Saturday 29 November 2008

Richard Armitage, Flu & Bright Ideas

Sorry about the gratuitous photo of Richard Armitage (looking rather divine, I think) but I thought I should tell you about a new five part series exploring the incredible impact that costume dramas have had on tv history over the past fifty years, called "The Story of the Costume Drama". It starts on Monday 1st December on ITV3 at 8pm and is on each evening this week. The third programme called "Affairs of the Heart" (on 3rd December) includes an interview with Richard (though apparently it's possible he might turn up in any of the other episodes). Thanks to Annette, I would have missed the first two episodes if she hadn't left her comment.

R is feeling much better - thanks to all of you who wished him well - and has generously passed his germs on to me. I shivered until 3.30am this morning before being able to get off to sleep, and for most of today, thought that I wouldn't be able to make it for dinner with 'les girls' tonight. However, never one to be put off by a bit of a shivery cold/cough, I've dosed myself up and am going to get going soon, leaving R with Grumpy to have charge of the remote control, for once.

I've been struggling with how to change the last few chapters of HH&S, as apparently most of the book was great, but the last 30 pages seriously let it down. I've been wracking my brains for a way to bring everything together, and wasn't getting very far for ages, then yesterday, it hit me (BAM!) I started writing notes, and now know where I'm going with it. The relief is great, I'm a happy bunny, and no cold (nor hangover, no doubt tomorrow) will dampen my mood. Have a great weekend.


HelenMWalters said...

Hope you have a great night out! Sounds like you've had a real breakthrough with the novel as well.

Karen said...

Sounds exciting, and a photo of RA is always a good thing! Hope you have a lovely time and are feeling better soon :o)

Melissa Amateis said...

Ooh! I'd love to watch that t.v. show. Pity I don't get it over here...well, I don't have a t.v. to watch it on anyway. Ha! Maybe I can find it on YouTube sometime in the future.

Feel better soon!

Faye said...

Lucky me to choose this morning to check out The Shed! Our Richard has an interview? Thanks for the heads up. Will research but fear that won't be able to see the "Affairs" special in the U.S.--at least until much later.

Hope you were well enough to enjoy your girl's night out.

Jenny Beattie said...

Debs, that's great news (about HH&S) but not so great about the flu ... I hope you enjoy your night out anyway.

Annette said...

The programme about the history of costume drama is actually called "The Story of the Costume Drama". It starts on Monday 1st December and is on each evening this week. It's the third programme that's called "Affairs of the Heart" (on 3rd December) that includes an interview with Richard (though apparently it's possible he might turn up in any of the other episodes).

I hope you recover from the flu soon!

DJ Kirkby said...

You amaze me, you managed to change and improve your final chapters with a shivery cold? I am healthy and can't move on from my writer's block!

Kerry said...

Irn-Bru, Hummous, thick socks, slushy 90's films.....the best hangover cure ever ;)

Laura Essendine said...

Thanks for the info on this - guess where I'll be at 8pm every evening this week!

Laura Essendine
Author – The Accidental Guru
The Books Limited Blog

Elle Field said...

Good luck with the break-through! :D

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

helenmh - it was fun, but I wilted towards the end of the evening.

It was such a relief to finally figure out what to do with my ending.

karen - he's so gorgeous. I'm hoping to feel better by tomorrow (in time for work).

melissa marsh - no doubt the best bits will be on You Tube before we know it.

faye - I'm looking forward to it.

I dosed myself up and did go and enjoy myself, thanks.

faye - it was a relief. The flu/cold is a bit of a drag.

annette - thanks so much for your comment, I would have hated to miss any of the series, and have now updated the post.

dj kirkby - I think it was desperation to get the book sorted once and for all.

kerry - mmm, liking your hangover cure. I did actually have some houmous last night, and it was good.

laura essendine - me too, I shall set sky so that I don't forget too.

elle - thanks so much. I need to get this sorted once and for all.

Flowerpot said...

hope you had a great night out and thanks for the info re RA!

Lane Mathias said...

Congrats on the 'lightbulb' moment! That's great news.

Thanks for the RA alert. Also looking forward to Spooks on Monday so a RA evening:-)

Troy said...

Great news - both feeling better and cracking the problem with your book. I'm glad I read your article in "My Weekly" and saw its pictures - then I knew that "Grumpy" was the dog not the husband! (Although this post would have also given me more clues).

Phillipa said...

Glad you're feeling better, Debs and than you for the alert about Affairs of the Heart.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

flowerpot - it was lovely, despite the sneezing and coughing (poor them having to put up with me).

lane - the lightbulb moment was an enormous relief.

I'm looking forward to the RA tv too.

east anglian troy - thanks for reading MW. Grumpy looks, and usually is exactly that, bless him.

phillipa - thanks, I'm looking forward to watching it.

Fiona Mackenzie. Writer said...

Never apologise for the attractive men photos on your blog.

Great news about the book - if you've only got 30pages to sort out, you're doing well my dear.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

fiona - glad to know they are appreciated :)

I suppose you're right about the 30 pages, I just need to get this damn thing sorted once and for all.

Carol said...

Yay for inspiration breakthroughs!!

Hope you managed to dodge the full blown flu (will probably find out when I read your latest post).

I've just been given the full series of the BBC's Bleak House....I can't wait to get started watching it...I surprised myself by loving the book when I read it for book club!!

C x

C x

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

carol - it was such a relief, now I just need to make the most of this inspiration and get the damn thing out there once and for all.

I never caught the whole of Bleak House, I'd love to see it too. Enjoy. x

Annette said...

Melissa, I've just put a clip of the bit about North and South from "The Story of the Costume Drama" on my website:

Both Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe talked about the filming, and about that last scene at the railway station... ;)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Annette - I love your website, it's brill, and I've popped over there many times.

I watched/taped and loved seeing RA and DDA (lucky thing to have such a wonderful job) last night. Am thoroughly enjoying the series.

Annette said...

Thanks, Debs!

Yes, it's been an enjoyable series, hasn't it?