There are a few simple pleasures I enjoy at Christmas and over Wintertime in general. One of the big ones for me is pulling up the metaphorical drawbridge to our home and staying indoors with my family.
I get really excited, on the run up to Christmas for the release of the Christmas Radio Times. We don’t buy the Radio Times at any other time of year and we are like big kids going through it with our highlighters.
I was pleased to see this year that Drama will be showing TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson novels. Have you seen any of these?
If you are around my age (35) you may have. Many of them were originally screened in the 1990s and I remember watching a few with my mum. Always gritty and with fantastically richly developed characters, some of the stories have stayed with me nearly twenty years on.
Drama asked me to watch one that I hadn’t seen before, “Colour Blind.” Set in Tyneside during World War One its starts with a young woman who returns from Liverpool married to a Black man. The racism within the woman’s family is actually truly shocking- and it is difficult for me to think that there were so many people like that back then.
Even when the woman falls pregnant some of her family are still out to sabotage her life with her husband. Eventually (I don’t want to tell you everything obviously!) a daughter arrives, and this girl Rosie is such a brilliant character. She is so strong and good- despite all she has been through.
Something else which I like about the Catherine Cookson adaptations is that there is usually a “before they were famous” face or two in there, and of course some brilliant British actors. I bet they loved being in these adaptations as all the parts are so meaty and give an actor something to really get hold of when playing the part.
Head over to BrendaBusyBee to find out what she thought of Colour Blind.
If you want to watch this particular story then Episode One is on Drama next Tuesday 22nd December at 1pm. Drama is 158 on Sky and 20 on Freeview.