While there are many drawbacks to this time of COVID-19, including the postponement of travel and travel planning, there is one advantage your library can help with. Thanks to our streaming resources, some of the best international offerings are available to you on your computer or device, and we want to highlight some from Scotland and Wales this week. Since my hobby of choice is to watch English language media not created in the United States, I subscribe to two services which enable me to view life in English speaking countries all over the world. But you don’t have to subscribe - all you need is a free Abilene Public Library card!
The biggest show to come out of Scotland recently has been the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon that can be read, seen on DVD, or downloaded as audiobooks on RB digital. The show is beautifully filmed in Scotland, France, Prague and Capetown and the books are well written. If anything, the author does not shirk from describing that history held some brutal moments and war and violence are not romantic. Gabaldon does weave a nice love story with her two main characters who search for each other and defy time to be together. The time setting is alternately from 1945-1969 (Claire’s time) and 1743-Revolutionary War period (Jaime’s time). The author is on her ninth book and a 6th season has been renewed for television.
“Loch Ness’’ is a DVD series that your library owns and that can also be viewed on Hoopla. It is filmed in Loch Ness, Scotland. The story is about a female detective who discovers that she has a serial killer in her small town while examining a corpse with the brain removed. She is quickly removed from the case because her daughter has been planting/tampering with evidence in the case… a washed up carcass of a fake “nessie” with a human heart. Fortunately for her daughter, her mother is a good detective who is operating behind the scenes without government permission and is able to prove that someone else placed the human heart in the beached “nessie”.
Wales is a small country with a different culture than Scotland on the Island of Great Britain. Recently they have been producing top quality programming in both Welsh and English which, in some cases, means actually filming the scenes twice - once in each language. The two that I have watched recently are both crime dramas that leave you on the edge of your seat. One is a noir thriller set in a remote corner of Wales called “Hidden” and the second is called “Keeping Faith” filmed on the Welsh coast.
“Hidden” explores the darkest of human tendencies. A Detective Inspector is placed in her hometown to take care of her ailing father and finds a series of crimes of kidnapping and human bondage all perpetrated by one young man over a period of years. She tracks him through his job and his movements and finds his remote home. In this home, his mother verbally abuses him and his daughter. The daughter does not appear on any school or medical records with the state and has never been vaccinated. Whose child is this? Are there others on the property and what happened to the mother? All answers Detective Inspector will find in this haunting tale. A second season is being released in this series soon.
“Keeping Faith” is about a small town lawyer who believes her world is in order until her husband vanishes. She reports his absence to the police, but then becomes the prime suspect in his disappearance. So, she begins to investigate and finds out that he has been working with the city’s underworld drug population. She finds passports and disguises and wonders just who she’s married to, all while keeping a law practice afloat and three children happy as everything crumbles around her. A second series has been released of this series.
Let your Abilene Public Library help with your cabin fever, and perhaps feed your wanderlust with our best streaming resources!
Article Contributed by Janet Bailey, Technical Services Manager, Main Library