B61DAEE2-7FEE-446E-87AB-54029DFE4E2BLucky me I have Netflix, BritBox, Acorn Tv, Amazon Prime and many, many TV channels and I have been using everyone of them during my confinement.  I thought you might like to hear about some of the shows I have found.  While I do love the Food Network, HGTV, DIY (soon to become the Magnolia Network), Ovation, all PBS channels and old classic films on TCM, I have found the following worthwhile….and as usual, in my reviews, I won’t tell you what not to watch, just what has interested me.

I must admit I was very late to the game in watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, beyond loving it.  Holding off on Shitt’s Creek….that will be a marathon viewing.


Loved Belgravia, but I’ll watch anything from Julian Fellowes…although I wasn’t happy with the last episode, it left me hanging, does that mean another season…we live in hope.  I liked it better than the book, which I find unusual it is usually the opposite for me.  The story, of course, very British and is set prior to our beloved Downton Abbey.

2DF4025E-82C5-4AA9-B49C-BE8D57A2C34BI did also watch the Downton Abbey film, I hadn’t seen it when it was showing in theaters.  Oh by the way, I watch everything, other than “regular” TV channels, on my iPad!  It works just fine for me.

I do love period pieces…here are two I highly recommend one a series the other a full length film.  Great to see David Suchet in a roll other than his superb portrayal of Hercule Poirot…as usual he is excellent playing a totally different character in this Trollope story, a villain,  (I have always found Trollope a difficult read, but that is just me).  I would watch Alan Richman (gone much too soon) in anything and seeing that he was in the cast I had to watch the film…I really enjoyed it.

Hollywood started very slowing for me but is well worth watching to get to the last two episodes.  Jim Parsons, Patti LuPone and Dylan McDermott are all extraordinary, but the entire cast is excellent.  The sets and costumes superb.

Two really good British TV shows I would recommend are The Big Flower Fight, truly a hoot, and The Repair Shop one to watch if you love the U.K. Antique Roadshow, fascinating watching true craftsmen at work.

Canada brings us two of my favorite light mysteries…Murdock Mysteries, who doesn’t love this show..and Frankie Drake Mysteries, I watch both on Ovation.

And then for my nenasnotes The Fashion Film Club, rewatching The Women, To Catch A Thief and Last Year at Marienbad. Also the new Bill Cunningham film and the André Leon Talley documentary.



Next up, the Diane Kennedy documentary, streaming from one of my favorite movie theaters The Vickers Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan…looks as luscious as her incredible recipes.  Gene Siskel Film Center is also offering a streaming service.


Well, my lovelies….does that give you some food for thought or rather some treats for your eyes and new knowledge to give life to your confinement.  Do share some of your favorites….


  1. Sally June 8, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    Always love your recommendations Nena, you sure love your mysteries!! Love Murdock Mysteries too ❤️❤️❤️

    • nenasnotes June 8, 2020 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks. Yes I do love my mysteries…not horror or really scary just well done thought provoking ones. Of course, love Christie, and basically all the British ones…..

  2. Marcia June 8, 2020 / 11:31 pm

    thanks for the reviews. Seen most of them. One I liked on PBS I believe is Sanditon.It was the one that Jane Austin didn’t finish but was finished by I believe the producer of the show.It is on again. Beautiful , the chemistry is incredible and the ending, well I won’t say. Watch it.

    • nenasnotes June 9, 2020 / 3:38 pm

      I didn’t enjoy Sadition at all found it slow moving. Glad you enjoyed it.

      • Marcia June 9, 2020 / 4:43 pm

        Oh dear that’s too bad . I do agree it was slow at first but finally got into characters . Just finished Hollywood last evening. Interesting to say the least. As they said revisionist history of what might have been.. liked Belgravia too!
        Murdock mysteries didn’t like at all.Thought it had bad acting. A Little Chaos saw awhile back and loved. Now back to reading instead of movies for the time being! Will get out your recommended list from a while back after I finish my current one. Be well…

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