The Dig

Hello there – did you watch Stanley Tucci’s “Searching for Italy.” last Sunday? Part 3 of the 6 part series is on CNN at 9 pm est tonight. Read . It’s already been picked up for a second season.  The first episode on Naples, and the second on Rome were fantastic. I can’t wait for tonight’s. Bologna. See ‘Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy’: What’s on the menu – and set your pvr for CNN tonight at 9 pm est.

Today, I’ll recommend a different show. This time, a movie. Have you seen “The Dig?” The one-liner is pretty simple “An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.” It’s a very simple, quiet, and slow-moving story on Netflix set in Britain. But it’s incredible. It stars Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes. It’s definitely worth a watch. The story of Mulligan and Fiennes persevering with their quest, even in the face of increasing opposition and a growing involvement in the war.  Besides English manors, history, quiet, and archaeology, I love the underdog nature of the story, and their sheer determination to keep going.

As this article notes:

As a British TV addict and former archaeology nerd, Netflix’s “The Dig,” based on John Preston’s 2007 historical novel of the same name, gets me on a remarkable number of levels. So much so that, frankly, when I first saw the trailer, I thought someone was pulling my leg.

You’re telling me Netflix is giving me a dark academia film about archaeology set in the English countryside during World War II starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and a few doomed romances? Has Christmas come early?

“Not in a month of Sundays,” I said to myself in the voice of “Downton Abbey’s” Mrs. Patmore. But no, indeed, this film is real, and it is a delight; it’s beautifully shot, and the script leaves little to be desired.

And I’d strongly agree with that. It’s a treasure. Watch the trailer.

Here’s a great review too where the reviewer notes: “Told with simplicity and grace, and a sensitivity to the pastoral Suffolk landscape of wide fields and wider skies, “The Dig” is often quite thrilling, particularly in the dig’s initial phases, when it’s just Basil and Edith discussing how to proceed.”

And if you’d like to learn more, you might check out this post someone shared with me on twitter.

retweet: John Cooper@J0hnB0yC For Basil Brown. the ‘Uncrowned King’ of Sutton Hoo, you might like my small tribute :

Let me know if you watch the film, and if you are a fan!