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    The Bernard Cornwell books are about to be a TV series called Last Kingdom, BBC America, starting Sat., Oct. 10th. Just saw a newspaper review raving about it. If you haven't read them, well worth it---set in days before there was an England, when the Danes were fighting it out with future king of England---9th century. The hero is a Saxon, kidnapped as a boy and raised in Denmark--so mixed loyalties.
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    Thanks for the reminder!

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    Forgot this was on last night but am tickled pink at the prospect of having yet another period drama to add to my weekly TV lineup. I'm watching it as I type this. Will report back afterward.

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    I didn't know about it either, but I'm certainly going to take a look.
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    I am traveling and the local paper carried the news in their entertainment section, or I wouldn't have known either. Of course I don't have access to a TV right now so so far it hasn't done me much good to know it! I look forward to your reports.

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    I'm really enjoying this show this far. It has a "Vikings" show sort of feel to it and is holding my interest from week to week.

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    I just finished binge watching the first three seasons of Vikings, and I really enjoyed it. I stumbled across The Last Kingdom this weekend, and watched the first three episodes. Not quite as good as Vikings for me, but it shows great promise. Definitely on my viewing list now.
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    If you like the TV show, Uncle David, you will probably really enjoy the books--there are several, best read in order. Available on Kindle.
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    Re: The Last Kingdom--BBC America

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    If you like the TV show, Uncle David, you will probably really enjoy the books--there are several, best read in order. Available on Kindle.
    You don't find having read the books makes it frustrating watching the TV show?
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    Yes, at times, but if the TV show veers too far from the book (e.g., Under the Dome) I try to look at it as another writer's take on the same premise. My problem usually comes when they start similarly and then the TV show runs out of book material or doesn't like that a character got killed off and makes a right hand turn. But I've watched several Pride and Prejudice versions for example and enjoyed them all even though I'd read the book. I'm sure the book gives much more of the hero's thinking than the TV show can....and detail about warfare.
    I haven't watched this show yet, so can't comment on it.

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