The Public Broadcasting System's "Masterpiece Theatre" is known for it's wonderful film adaptations based on popular British novels. Whether you view PBS via cable, dish, or Roku, many of us are life-long fans of this very British phenomenon. Therefore I recommend stopping by your Abilene Public Library and discovering the books these TV shows are based on!
One of my favorites is "Grantchester," whose season four concluded this past July. Set in the 1950s, the series follows the adventures of local vicar, Sidney Chambers. If you've been following the TV show, you know Sidney departed Grantchester very unexpectedly this past season. Not to fear. All seven books by renowned author James Runcie feature our favorite vicar-detective. According to Runcie's website, Sidney's reassuringly gentle manner always let's him go where police cannot. The books are set in Cambridgeshire England and span the years 1953 to 1978 and all can be found at your Abilene Public Library.
"The Durrells in Corfu" is another favorite, and the final PBS season will air this fall, beginning on September 29th. Featuring an intrepid widow who leaves England with her teenage children for the sun drenched Greek island of Corfu, this TV series is a huge hit. Adapted from the works of British naturalist Gerald Durrell, the books My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods were published between 1958 and 1979. Abilene Public Library provides access via Hoopla books and the library's OverDrive App. If you haven't gone digital yet, we can help! Patrons with a Kindle or tablet can stop in at any TECH Time session, to learn how to download eBooks on their digital device for free. For more information on TECH Time, phone 325-437-7323.
If you like more historical fare, "Poldark" may be your cup of tea. "Poldark" first aired on PBS in 2015 and will premiere its fifth and final season this September. Based on the series by British novelist Winston Graham, this TV show is known for its authenticity and fabulous scenery. "Poldark" spans the years between the American Revolution and the Napoleonic wars and is set in Cornwall England. The story begins as Ross Poldark returns to England after serving in the British Army. He finds his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Chynoweth, engaged to another and his father's business closed and abandoned. Thinking Ross had died in battle, Elizabeth accepted the proposal of Ross's cousin, which makes for a very tricky love triangle. You can read each of the 11 books in this series, available at your Abilene Public Library.
And while we're talking about PBS series, one of the all time favorites is coming to the big screen later this month. Many have been waiting for "Downton Abbey" since the show left the air several years ago. If you'd like to find out the basis for the series and movie, try Upstairs & Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downtown Abbey by Sarah Warwick. And don't forget our two Downton themed programs, Downtown Abbey Hats on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30PM in the Main Library Creation Station, and Downton Day on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00AM in the Main Library Auditorium. Both will be about the style and themes of the show, and you can Register Online to attend.
Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager