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31 October 2011

South Riding – Review {+ Giveaway}

Well you may already know this about me, but if you didn’t I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a period drama.

South Riding is based Winifred Holtby’s 20th century classic novel – and was recently screened on television (BBC / UKTV). I received a review copy of the DVD, so this weekend, I sat in front of the telly with my TTS stitcheries (which I managed to finish) and was transported to a different time - 1930’s Yorkshire to be precise.

South Riding DVD

South Riding is about a fiery young headmistress, Sarah Burton, who after having lost her fiancé in the trenches of the First World War, leaves London and heads back to Yorkshire (the place where she grew up).

Sarah takes up the position of headmistress at a Yorkshire school for girls. She brings her modern ideas and ambition to the conservative girls’ school, Kiplington High. Sarah tries to change the views of the local community. Tries to instil the belief in the girls (and women) that ‘girls can do anything’ and that it is a changing world and that the ‘girls must be prepared for the future’.

There is beautiful English countryside.

There is romance.

There is controversy.

There is corruption.

And there is triumph.

If you love a period drama, I certainly recommend South Riding.

RELEASED: 20 OCTOBER
SRP: $29.95
CERT: MA 15+
DUR: 177 MINS

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With thanks to the lovely people at Roadshow Entertainment, I have a couple of South Riding to giveaway. Yay!!

To enter this giveaway, just be a follower (here on my blog or on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook page) and leave a comment telling me:

What is your favourite period drama?

Terms and Conditions:
Open to Australian residents only.
Giveaways closes at midday on Friday 4 November 2011.
The winner will be chosen by randomly and announced here on my blog.

30 comments:

  1. Mmm my favourite period drama would have to be pride and predujice...gotta love Mr Darcy :) Barb.

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  2. Downtown Abbey is my new favourite but saw this advertised on ABC over the weekend & thought it looked great. Good on you finishing those TTS stitcheries. It's the quilting driving me crazy. Tracee xx

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  3. Looks good... I have to go with Pride and Prejudice as a favourite because I am in love with Mr Darcy... but only if he really is Colin Firth...
    Hugz

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  4. I loved Downton Abbey first series and am eagerly looking forward to the next. Another favourite is " Little Women" also Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre- oh heck I like most period pieces. :)

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  5. I really enjoyed The Tudors.
    I think I would really like this one.

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  6. There was a movie on UKTV forever ago that had Daniel Radcliffe as the child actor aged 10 before Potter. It was David Copperfield and the acting, scenery and costumes were wonderful.

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  7. I know everyone will laugh but I just really liked Titanic and could watch it again and again. I always wondered how uncomfortably tight the corsettes would have been, they would do magic for my figure!

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  8. Without a doubt it has to be "Pride and Prejudice".

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  9. I don't have any particular favourite. I just love watching all period dramas!

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  10. I already follow you via GFC :)
    I adore period dramas! Everything, especially Jewel in the Crown, any of the Merchant Ivory stuff really, anything set in colonial times...I'd love to win this set as I'm not familiar with it but it looks great, and almost all my family is from Yorkshire, so I have visited many, many times, and being so far away it would be nice to see on DVD :)

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  11. I liked Downtown Abby and everything else set in that time.

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  12. Would have to be Love In A Cold Climate. Was on the ABC many years ago - luckily I taped it as I have never seen it released. The great Judi Dench was in this version.

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  13. Oh how I wish I was living in Aussieland to win that DVD. I love period pieces but don't have cable so I only see period movies. It sounds so divine, I'll have to see if they have it available here in the states.

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  14. I really like Downton Abbey but all period dramas are great to watch. This one looks like a good one too. So of course would love to win it. Thanks. Hugs Vicki x

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  15. You know not to enter me because I don't live in Australia, but I just wanted to say I was born in Yorkshire England (not in the 1930s!!) so this was very nostalgic to me, some of the filming was done in Leeds and Bradford (I worked in Leeds) and we have visited many of the other locations. Linda x

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  16. I really love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I really wanted to get into Downton Abbey but I was never home on Sunday nights :(

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  17. I love anything set in the 1920s or anytime in the 1800s.

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  18. Oh, anything by Thomas Hardy. I love how he mixes the historical with the novel.

    I follow you already.

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  19. Another Downton Abbey fan. But I do really like "Civil War "times,actually anything that has a good story to it.

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  20. Love Downton Abbey here with a vengence. We have had not South Riding that I know of here in NZ yet but will look out for it. If I happen to win this DVD, it will be for my sister living in Australia. She would love it

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  21. I think I love all that I've ever watched but most recently Downton Abbey

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  22. I think I would have to say Foyle's War. Great WWII drama.
    I have been a follower of your blog for some time now.

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  23. BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice. Just love it. This show sounds great!

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  24. Well prior to Downtown Abbey, I have to confess to secretly liking Brideshead Revisited (showing my age!)

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  25. My new fave is Downton Abbey, so I'll definitely check out South Riding and see if I can double my fix of intrigue

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  26. Ooh, never heard of this, it sounds exciting!

    I'm a cliche... can't beat BBC's Pride & Prejudice!! Although, does Downton Abbey count?! If so, that one!! Ooh, or there's Forsyte Saga...

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  27. Downtown Abbey or Pride and Prejudice - could watch them over and over. That being said - a new drama would be fabulous!
    Jessie Boan jessieboan@hotmail.com

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  28. Pride and Prejudice :) the BBC version.

    Anne of Green Gables comes a close second.

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  29. I love Gone With The Wind.I know it is British, but I still love it.

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