Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Allow me to recommend a TV show: Bramwell.  A woman doctor starts the "Thrift", a health clinic and surgery for the poor, in London's East End in 1895.

It does the Victorian setting like no one but the BBC really can.  It has complex relationships, both continuing and contained within episodes.  And it does a wonderful job of giving its characters complex moral choices.  They act as best they can, but they choose among imperfect alternatives, and every gain comes at a real cost, every benefit with a serious risk.

We're streaming it on Netflix -- I don't know know how generally available the show is otherwise.

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