"919 Fith Avenue"...as I had dinner cooking at 3.30pm I was ready for some entertainment as I knitted.I prefer something light if possible. You can't get much lighter than most Channel Five films so we gave it a try. It started off oddly, we couldn't put our fingers on it .We have "Missles of October" which is a filmed play ( at one point the editing forgets to cut out the applause) . That was it , the whole thing was very obviously on set and the script manipulated to make sure there was only one outdoor scene . To make matters worse it was the 1980s so everyone had huge hair , huge shoulder pads and kept trying to adopt Princess Di poses ( except the men!) .Any American with the good taste not to think that our Royals are fascinating , good etc by mere virtue of being born so forgive me. I think it was aimed at Diana fans who loved James Hewitt ...oh dear !.I have slight sympathy for the poor woman but my gut feeling is that she was very ,very lights out .
Even more oddly all the "downstairs" folks were Irish and I don't mean Irish-American ( the actors might have been ). Anyhow the father says "It doesn't do to mix with them upstairs" ..no he didn't tug his forelock .So with all of the working folks of New York why would you have Irish servants ? To make matters worse the poor souls were twee as all outdoors as in Irish villages in "Murder She Wrote" . Them upstairs could have been out of Dynasty they were that awful .They had the required drug addict son ...after what the right-wing nut said about what Kennedy kids do with their money you simply must have one in society. There was some poor actor who when William Devane was busy always got the white-haired Patriarch role . Now that rich ,old men die their hair these guys will be un-employed !