Wednesday, 22 October 2008
The American TV series John Adams is showing in Britain at the moment. It is a quality production that whilst looking visually stunning is also illuminating a period of history that is greatly overlooked in Britain. I would imagine many Americans watching it would be surprised at just how English the rebellious American colonists appear.Everything about them is English...speech,clothing,habits and buildings...in fact they rebel because they wish to hold up their rights as freeborn Englishmen. Watching I feel deeply conflicted as I hate seeing the killing of British soldiers and an alliance with a despotic France whilst I applaud the stand the colonists make against the perceived tyranny of the Crown.It's not often I get to watch a programme that I find stimulating on all levels...I wonder how the story ends?