As I continue to travel during this COVID-19 pandemic by watching English language media not created in the U.S., I have found more gold! High quality, entertaining TV programming is to be had in many places, and this article is about offerings from Canada and the Caribbean. And we can offer this programming on DVD or via streaming media for your enjoyment right here at your Abilene Public Library.
Canada produces many quality television programs for families with children. Among them have been all of the series produced by Kevin Sullivan. Abilene Public Library has purchased many of the series on DVD that he has produced like Anne of Green Gables, Ann of Avonlea, Road to Avonlea, Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story, Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series, and Wind at My Back. Another series produced by Mr. Sullivan is another book trilogy by L.M. Montgomery entitled Emily of the New Moon that can be seen on Hoopla.
Emily of the New Moon is about an orphan girl named Emily Starr who is sent to live with her aunts Elizabeth and Laura Murray on New Moon Farm. The farm also is on Prince Edward Island like Anne of Green Gables. Emily makes friends with Ilse Burnly, Teddy Ken, and Perry Miller, who is the hired boy. Each of the characters has a special ability that they cultivate like writing and drawing or excelling at elocution and politics. The series follows Emily through her school years. There are forty-six, 60-minute episodes available on Hoopla for this series. If you are an Anne fan, you’ll like this one too.
Murdoch Mysteries is a 12 season (and counting) DVD and Hoopla series starring Yannick Bisson an Helene Joy from the turn of the 20th century Toronto, Canada. The series is based upon characters from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings. Detective William Murdoch solves cases for the Toronto
Constabulary and uses new and upcoming techniques for that time period like fingerprinting and blood testing. Dr. Julia Ogden plays the medical examiner and together they discover new ways to solve crime that is ahead of their time. Historical figures like Annie Oakley, Nikola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell and Harry Houdini make their debut to create intriguing episodes. The show also alludes to future events that happen between British, American and Canadian governments and inventions like airplanes, night vision goggles, computers and Area 51. While anachronistic, the foreshadowing is quite entertaining.
Death in Paradise is set on the fictional island of Saint Marie in the Caribbean. On this island there are seemingly a lot of murders to be solved. The show itself is a
French and British collaboration and is one of the top rated shows on British television. The show is known to follow the same plot line every time; showing events leading up to a murder, discovery of the body, introduce the guest characters and then the police force of Saint Marie enter and learn of the murder.
They begin their investigations, interview the subjects and place the relevant information on an old white board. The lead Detective Inspector will have an ah-ha moment and then sit everybody down and systematically go through the evidence ala Agatha Christie. Once the murder has been dispatched then they all go to Catherine’s bar and have a drink.
The show is in its 9th season. Hoopla has 4 seasons available and APL has the first three seasons on DVD. The creator of the show, Author Robert Thorogood, was commissioned to write a trilogy of books entitled the “Death in Paradise” novels. Death Knocks Twice, The Killing of Polly Carter and A Meditation on Murder are also on Hoopla as Ebooks. His fourth novel entitled Murder in the Caribbean came out in 2018.
You may not be able to jump on a plane right now, but you can visit far away places with the help of your Abilene Public Library. Let us help you to escape for a bit!
Article Contributed by Janet Bailey, Technical Services Manager, Main Library