Droughtlander Survival Guide – Part 2

So you’ve rewatched Seasons 1 and 2, you have Skye Boat Song as your ring tone, Jamie as your screensaver and you’ve read all the books. What else can you do to get you through Droughtlander? I know it’s blasphemous but there ARE a few other watchable shows out there. Here are a few of my favouites:

White Queen (Stan)

Based on Phillippa Gregory’s books (The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter), this lush period piece starring Rebecca Ferguson and Max Irons is set during the War of the Roses where the Yorks and the Lancasters fight over who should be King. It’s based on factual history and the tells the story of three of the main female characters during the time. The leads are good looking, the story exciting and full of intrigue, there is love, sex, and even witchcraft!

Seasons – 1 (10 episodes)

Available on DVD


Poldark (ABC)

A reboot of the popular 1970s British series, we find Ross Poldark returning home to Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and to top it all off his lady love is now engaged to his cousin! He decides to try to make ago of his father’s mining business and in the process employs the young tomboy Demelza as a kitchen maid after saving her from a beating. As time passes, Demelza developes in to a comely lass who finally manages to snag the hunky Ross’s attention. The main drawcard to this show is the very gorgeous Aiden Turner, he of Being Human, The Hobbit (Kili the dwarf) and Mortal Instruments: City of Bones fame. His bare chested scything scene was somewhat of a sensation when the show first aired. I’m getting a little flushed just thinking about it! Watch Season 1 now – Season 2 starts on ABC soon.

Seasons – 2

Season 1 available on DVD


Game of Thrones (Foxtel)

This is the show that paved the way for epic book adaptions such as Outlander, and to which they alas must always be compared. Based on George R R Martin’s Fire and Ice book series, which it has now outpaced (come on George, get your act together!), it is based on the War of the Roses (yes the very one covered in White Queen!) in mythical lands where rival families fight for the throne. There are so many storylines that very little can happen to one character in a whole series! It can be headspinning keeping them all straight, but it’s worth the attempt. Stand-outs among the characters are of course the delicious Kit Harington as Jon Snow, the superb Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as the incestuous Jaime Lannister but really the entire cast is fantastic. Keep an eye out for Black Jack Randall himself – Tobias Menzies can be seen as Edmure Tully in Seasons 3 and 6.

Seasons – 6

Seasons 1-5 available on DVD; Season 6 in November


The Musketeers (BBC)

Another retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ classic, this time we have four gorgeous, musket and sword wielding men in leather, protecting the King and Queen from forces foreign and domestic, notably the evil Cardinal Richelieu played by Doctor Who himself Peter Capaldi. This is a modernish version, the music is awesome, there is romance, intrigue and action and fabulous British accents.

Seasons – 3 (ended)

Seasons 1 & 2 available on DVD


The Last Kingdom (Netflix)

Based on Bernard Cornwell’s series “The Saxon Stories”, it is the year 1872 and young Uhtred is captured by Danish Warlord Earl Ragnar and raised as part of his family alongside fellow captive Brida. As a man he finds himself torn between worlds, wanting to regain his ancestral land, but still feeling a Dane at heart. Uhtred’s temper and inability to respect the Christian religion has him constantly at odds with his King and others. There is love, sex, and violence aplenty. A second series is due to air in 2017.

Seasons – 1 (another to come)

Available on DVD


Vikings (Netflix)

This drama was filmed for the History Channel and tells the story of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, the notorious Norse hero known for his bloody invasions of England and France. Follow Ragnar, played by Australian actor Travis Fimmel, who seriously has the most amazing blue eyes (and you must google his earlier modeling shots for Calvin Klein gulp!) and his family thorugh the politics, intrigue and bloody battles you would expect from Vikings, and the friendships, enemies, family feuds, love and sex that make the show better than the average of it’s kind. Has been renewed for a fifth season for another 20 episodes.

Seasons – 4 (10 eps Seasons 1-3; 20 eps Season 4)

Seasons 1-3 Available on DVD


And a few more:

Downton Abbey (Netflix)

Ripper Street (Stan)

Indian Summers (BBC First)

Peaky Blinders (Netflix)




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