I’ve got a very fashionable virus – it’s so on trend, everybody’s got it. I got it first of course ha ha.
The great thing about being in bed for two days is that I’ve had time to watch lots of television, something I hardly ever seem to do.
I’m mostly glued to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Yesterday I inhaled several episodes of White Collar, a film called Chalet Girl which turns out to have one of my great pals in it (Steve Furst), three of Nigella’s brilliant new series (I’m so asking Santa for that book) and the original Hammer version of Dracula. Happy day.
Today I turned to YouTube with a strong yearning to see a programme I loved as a youngster – Jason King. It did not disappoint, in fact it was even more outrageously camp than I remembered it.
That show is one of the things which shaped me. It gave a little girl growing up in provincial England an idea of a world out there, with fabulously suave people doing thrilling things.
Lady Penelope was another influence.
Eva Gabor in Green Acres (I still long for a peignoir like the ones she used to wear) and 1970s Martini advertisements (see below for a link to a post I wrote about those).
And never forgetting one of the original city girls…
There were real life influences as well, of course, friends of my parents and visits to the original Biba boutiques, Kensington Market and the King’s Road when it had shops like Granny Takes a Trip.
But while first-hand experiences – and I’d throw in travel,trips to the theatre, stately homes and museums with that – were very important, I would never underestimate the influence of TV on our developing sense of ideals, even of ourselves.
There’s no doubt my daughter will have been influenced by Friends, rather as I was by I Love Lucy (and yes, that’s how ancient Friends would seem to her, which is pretty terrifying…).
Which shows shaped you?
(Here’s the post I wrote about the wonderful 1970s Martini commercials. http://maggiealderson.com/2013/10/the-right-one/http:// )