The Halcyon

E is for Emma Garland

Emma Garland is wonderful. She’s a very modern woman for someone living in 1940’s London during the Blitz. She’s the assistant manager in a posh London hotel so she has a lot of responsibilities and difficult decisions to make but she does so with confidence and a level-head.

Emma is caring and kind and while she’s always quick to believe the best in people she isn’t gullible. She listens to people and her friendship with singer Betsy is wonderful and Emma never judges her promiscuity. Emma is a very open and tolerant character, especially compared to how you normally see characters in the 1940’s behave. She treats everyone fairly and is a great manager of both staff and guests at the hotel.

I love her relationship with her father who is the hotel’s manager. There’s a moment when she undermines him in order to do the right thing and he says how as her boss he’s disappointed but as her father he’s impressed. I loved that moment because they both wanted the same thing but their hands were tied and it was Emma who thought outside the box to get the results she and her father wanted.

Emma Garland is a strong, independent woman who is loving and very much loved. She’s a brilliant character and always made logical choices and was very relatable. What a pity the show she starred in, The Halcyon, has been cancelled after just one series – I would’ve loved to see what she went on to do.

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Current Favourites that Aren’t Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a great feature created by GingerReadsLainey and hosted by ThoughtsonTomes. To find out more about Top 5 Wednesday and the upcoming topics, check out its Goodreads page. This week it’s all about favourites that aren’t books, so it could be TV shows you’ve been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food and drink you’ve loved – anything! I’ve decided my post will be about my current favourite TV shows. I’m usually pretty terrible at keeping up with TV shows but these five are the ones I’m really enjoying right now and am making the effort to keep up with.

Taboo
While I usually spend about 30% of an episode confused about who’s who and what exactly is going on I am really intrigued about this show. That’s mainly because I love the main character James Delaney (played by Tom Hardy) a lot, he’s just so interesting! He seems to have dark magic, he’s very clever and can see all the pieces on the board and is nearly always a step ahead of everyone else. He’s not a nice person, he even uses people like pawns in his game but I find him so interesting. Taboo is now a show that I actively look forward to as it gets closer to the time it airs on Sunday.

 

The Halcyon
The Halcyon is the other new show that I find myself looking forward to every week. It’s set in a posh London hotel during WWII and it is bit like Downton Abbey in the sense it’s about the “upstairs” or the hotel guests and the owners of the hotel, the Hamilton’s, and the “downstairs” all the staff who work in the hotel, from maids, to chefs, to the managers. It’s got some interesting characters and there’s some great relationships. My favourites are Betsey, the lounge singer, Toby the younger and often forgotten son of the hotel owner, and O’Hara an American journalist that says what he thinks.

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