Wednesday, 11 May 2016



Surely they don't mean me?  But I guess I must be one of the 'conservative Brits' being mocked by French media ... 

However, I'm not outraged by France's most expensive period drama, which bizarrely was made in English to secure wider sales. Having seen the first two episodes of Versailles, I'm just bored ...  How can so much earnest sex be so achingly tedious?  Barely two minutes in and Louis was hard at it ... wasn't long before the mandatory wet chemise stepping out of yet another lake ... then there's the King's pretty brother Monsieur who wants to go to war in a frock. It's not preposterous enough to be amusing, it's just dull. I think I've given up on this one already. I'm just puzzled why the BBC didn't buy Scotland's biggest period drama instead? After all, it's now set in Versailles - just 60 years later. 

4 comments:

Camille de Fleurville said...

Are you sure the French have something to do with this? From the link you send with the title (Versailles), it seems utterly and totally British. And I have never seen this in France. The French are not keen on costume drama - even about their own history. We mostly have documentaries.

mary said...

It was on Canal Plus last year, Camille - and they're supposed to be making a second series. But the writers are English so we can't blame the French! It's deadly. We're supposed to be having an introduction from Lucy Worsley telling us who's who - but I think people will be switching off in droves.

Camille de Fleurville said...

Then I understand. You have to pay to watch Canal+. And I don't think there is any use in paying TV channels when I already have bad programmes on the free channels! It also explains why it was written by British people. As a private, encrypted channel, Canal+ may do what they wish as they wish. When we have - very seldom - costume dramas or miniseries on public channels, they are rather good,but they must be as required by a very selective request.

mary said...

I certainly wouldn't pay for this, Camille! I've just started watching another French series Disparue which so far seems rather good, not costume drama, of course - quite different.