By Jules Belanger
Here are some lighthearted TV series you might enjoy if you like comfy British-ness:
“Shakespeare and Hathaway” (2019) is a sure-fire win for cozy mystery fans who enjoyed the long running Midsomer Murders. Oddball private detectives investigate crimes in gorgeous Stratford-Upon-Avon. A 10-part series from the BBC.
“Marley’s Ghosts” (2019) is also from the BBC. Scatty magistrate Marley Wise is haunted by her dead husband and lover. This one is a fun, rather silly sitcom for lovers of farce.
“Delicious” (2017) stars Dawn French, of “The Vicar of Dibley” fame, as chef and co-owner of the most fabulous country hotel and restaurant. This one is another entertaining, easy watch that is now on series 3.
“Kingdom” (2012) stars lovely Stephen Fry, who is one of our “national treasures,” as a warm-hearted country solicitor practicing in picture-perfect Market Shipborough. You might like this one if you enjoyed “Doc Martin.” A good one if you need a hug.
“One Foot in the Grave” (2009) is a long-running, much-loved British sitcom about grumpy retired Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson, and his long-suffering wife, played by Annette Crosbie. If you love British humor, this one is a rare laugh-out-loud treat. It’s old, and it’s so difficult to find the DVDs on this side of the Atlantic, but I managed to lay my hands on the Christmas Special lately for the library, and there are copies of the various series in the Rhode Island library system to place holds on.
All are available on DVD through the Rhode Island Ocean State library system.
Top requested books
1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
2. “Summer of ‘69” by Elin Hilderbrand
3. “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
5. “Redemption” by David Baldacci
6. “The 18th Abduction” by James Patterson
7. “One Good Deed” by David Baldacci
8. “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner
9. “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake
10. “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline
Top requested movies
1. “Captain Marvel”
2. “Outlander, Season 4”
3. “Game of Thrones, season 8”
4. “The Upside”
6. “Green Book”
7. “Five Feet Apart”
8. “Cold Pursuit”
9. “Hotel Mumbai”
MONDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Toddler Music (ages birth-5) – an interactive music program for parents and kids; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Photography in the Park – learn to take better photographs, with Wilcox Park as your backdrop! 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 2-3:30 p.m., for teens, Intergalactic STEAM Space Station with MobileQuest – activities include coding a robot & completing a circuit to light up the moon; 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 6:00-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics.
TUESDAY — 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club; 6-7:45 p.m., Sewing Social – amateur or experienced sewers are welcome!
WEDNESDAY — 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – for ages 3+, at 2 Everett Ave.; 1-3 p.m., Animation Nation Club (ages 8-12) – a stop-motion film making program, online pre-registration required; 2-3:30 p.m., Film Club – We will discuss three movies we selected last month and choose three to watch for our August meeting; 2-4 p.m., Teen DIY: Bullet Journaling – learn the basics and receive your own bullet journal (registration required to get one, for ages 12-19); 5:30-7 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners; 5-7:45 p.m., Hoxie Gallery Art Opening! – this month our artist is Katia Jirankova Levanti.
THURSDAY — The library will be closed for Independence Day.
FRIDAY — 2-4 p.m., Teen Trivia: Cosmic Knowledge – come test your knowledge of the universe, NASA, and physics; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
SATURDAY — 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 11a.m.-3:30 p.m., Return of Camera Obscura – weather permitting (must be sunny), find us in Wilcox Park to try this optical phenomenon; 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
SUNDAY — 7-9 p.m., Flock Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors in Wilcox Park.
Jules Belanger is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.