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Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #178

Kick-Back Friday: #178

Poldark.jpg“Poldark” (1975-1976)*: Notwithstanding the low and terribly inconsistent BBC production quality, “Poldark” stands for the Britishprobably like “Roots” does for Americansas a venerable milestone in the annals of the TV mini-series (is there an annals of the TV mini-series?). And its value remains, like pretty much all good historical fiction, in the narrative’s conflicts, the adherence to period behavior, and solid English acting (yay, Robbin Ellis).

However, I urge closed captioning or subtitles (which are not available through my Netflix streaming device) if you want any chance of understanding Poldark’s interminably drunken servant, Jud Paynter, or of catching any dialog when an actor turns away from an overhead mic.

* Series 1.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.