Elizabeth McGovern, and a lot of British shows!

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of November 18, 2019

Tea Time Tidbit

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern, who played Lady Cora in Downton Abbey, has certainly been busy since the series ended.

As well making a major motion picture after series creator Julian Fellowes decided to take Downton to the big screen, McGovern has appeared in five other films since 2016. She’s also starred in three stage productions, one on Broadway, one in London’s West End, and one as part of a summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath. McGovern will be reprising her role in the latter, God of Carnage, when it starts a U.K. tour starting in January.

But, as the saying goes, that’s not all...McGovern is also an accomplished musician, singer and song writer. Since 2008, McGovern has been fronting the band Sadie and the Hotheads, with whom she occasionally tours and puts out album. She also recently released her own album called The Truth.

McGovern’s latest project is another television series, an update of the H.G. Wells alien invasion novel War of the Worlds. The eight-episode series began airing on FOX at the end of last month.

On Sunday, November 24th you can see McGovern in the title role of The Chaperone. This Masterpiece presentation as adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel by McGovern’s friend, and Downton creator, Julian Fellowes. It’s set in the early 1920s, and in it, McGovern plays a Kansas City housewife who chaperones a 15-year old girl to New York for the summer, so that the youngster can pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. The character of Louise, the teen, was based on the real-life screen star Louise Brooks who actually was chaperoned on a trip to New York City to study dance, by a middle-aged housewife.

Masterpiece’s The Chaperone airs at 9pm, but if you’re a fan of all things British, you might want to tune into MPT a few hours earlier, as we’ll be airing several programs that might be of interest.

First, at 5:30pm, you can see Inside Harrods, which tells the story of the world’s most famous department store. It’s followed at 6pm by a documentary called Prince Philip: The Plot to Make A King. Drawing upon unpublished memoirs, archival photographs and interviews with members of the royal family, the film reveals the inside story of the royal union - from the strategic matchmaking efforts of Philip's ambitious uncle, Lord Mountbatten, to the political and personal strain caused by the prince's German heritage.

Then at 7pm you can find out how an inhabitable swamp became one of the most famous cities in the world in London: 2000 Years of History. At 8pm you can see Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors, which explores the homes and apartments in which Austen lived and stayed and shows how they influenced the novelist’s work. We’ll step back across the pond at 9pm, for the Masterpiece presentation of The Chaperone. That’s all ahead Sunday, November 24th starting at 5:30pm on MPT.

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