Skip to main content

The Tailor of Gloucester

Every Christmas Eve I like to watch one of my favourite Beatrix Potter stories, The Tailor of Gloucester and since it's less than a week till Christmas now, it's a good theme for today's post.  Please note this post contains spoilers. :)

 In the 90s the BBC showed a TV series called The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends which consisted of TV versions of some of the Beatrix Potter books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Pigling Bland, Samuel Whiskers and The Tailor of Gloucester. I used to watch them when I was young and about 6 years ago I got the DVDs free with a newspaper and I still like to watch them now. The TV programmes were a mix of live action and animation. They usually started with Beatrix (played by Nimah Cusack) travelling back home and writing a story in a letter she was going to send to a child she knew and then went into the story itself with the cartoon.

The Tailor of Gloucester is Christmas themed. It's about an old tailor (voiced by Ian Holm) who lives in the kitchen of a house in Gloucester and has a workshop nearby. He is making a wedding coat for the Mayor of Gloucester, who's getting married on Christmas Day. It's a few days before Christmas and he's nearly finished making it but needs a skein of cherry coloured twisted silk. He sends his cat Simpkin out to the shops to get some items including the cherry twist. While she's gone he finds some mice she's trapped under teacups and sets them free.* When Simpkin gets back she's angry that the mice have gone and hides the twist. The tailor has fallen ill and he takes to his bed. In his delirium he talks about being unable to finish the waistcoat and having "no more twist". The mice hear him and decide to help.

Christmas Eve arrives and the mice have done what they can but are lacking the twist. On the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the animals can talk and Simpkin goes out around the town and observes the other animals talking and singing. When she gets back she has a change of heart.



Here's a clip from it.




If you'd like to watch the whole episode go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmMj55RDoLk

The songs are one of my favourite parts. :)  You can watch this clip for the songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3i8hMl8FTY



I've just read that there was a live action TV adaptation of this in 1989 which also starred Ian Holm as the tailor. I can't find it on YouTube but here's the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0331668/


Beatrix Potter lived in the Lake District and I'd like to visit Hill Top Farm where she lived and the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction one day. My grandma used to live in the Lake District too, so it would be nice to see where she grew up.


For more on Beatrix and her stories visit these links:

http://www.peterrabbit.com/en/beatrix_potter/beatrixs_life

http://beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/


P.S. I normally do my 1000 Songs Challenge update every 2 weeks. I've done this post instead today but I'll do it tomorrow as well, otherwise the list can get too big to post in one go.


 *I thought Simpkin was a boy but when the mice are singing and she's at the window they sing "Miss Puss".

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Weekly Music Video

This week's video is Love Lies by  Khalid featuring Normani (from American girl group Fifth Harmony). Khalid (full name Khalid Donnell Robinson) is an American singer who started out by posting music to Soundcloud and then featured on Alina Baraz's single Electric in early 2016. He released his debut single Location in July 2016, which is one of his biggest hits to date. His debut album American Teen came out in March 2017.

Khalid's other singles include Young, Dumb & Broke. Love Lies and OTW with rappers/singers Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK.

Love Lies was released on Valentine's Day (14th Feb) and is from soundtrack of  the American film Love, Simon. I've only seen the video in the last month though). It's the first single Normani has released outside of Fifth Harmony, who are currently on hiatus.



For more on Khalid visit these links:

Official site: https://khalidofficial.com/

Offical FB: https://www.facebook.com/thegreatkhalid/

Capital Xtra feature: http://www…

So Sharp: Dance Squad

So Sharp: Dance Squad is an American reality TV series about the University of Louisville Ladybird Dance Team run by Todd Sharp. It's set in Louisville, Kentucky. As you'll know if you follow this blog, I'm a fan of dance reality shows such as Dance Moms and Bring It! So I was interested when So Sharp started in the UK a few weeks ago.

Todd is head coach along with Sheryl Knight, a former Ladybird herself. Todd has also coached the Floyd Central Dazzlers. The team have won 15 national championships so far.

As with the other dance reality shows, there's a lot of drama! Marissa Hall is close to Todd and describes him as like a father to her. She is considered one if the best dancers and her close relationship with Todd rubs some people up the wrong way, particularly Michelle Carpenter. Rose Crombie is one of Marissa's main rivals but according to the Decidr article about the team (see below) they're close. Gabrielle Iannone struggles sometimes with the choreograp…

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant

Earlier this month I did a post on the new series of Teen Mom UK. At the end of of the post I mentioned that a new show had started in America called Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. It's now due to start in the UK next week, so here's more about the programme. :)

Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant is the latest in the Teen Mom franchise which started with the 2009 series 16 and Pregnant. It follows 5 girls- Ashely, Brianna, Kayla, Lexi and Jade. Their ages vary from 17 to 21.


Lexi Tatman

The clip of Lexi was the first one I saw. She's 17 and  a cheerleader from Colorado. Her baby son's father is Kyler Lopez and she split-up with him before finding out she was pregnant. When you see Lexi cheerleading while pregnant it reminds me of Farrah Abraham (from Teen Mom OG) in her 16 and Pregnant episode!

Here are Lexi's social media links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexi_tatman

Instagram: http://www.thepictaram.club/instagram/achually


Brianna Jaramillo

Brianna is 18 and  lives in W…