Normally I would breeze through a box set of DVDs in a weekend. When I received The House Of Elliot I thought the same thing, until I watched the first episode. Clear your calendar, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
I won't go into the elaborate details. I will say that The House Of Elliot series centers around Beatrice and Evangeline Elliot (Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard), two sisters in 1920s England who find themselves left without a penny after their rather wealthy father passes away. They attempt to find jobs to survive, but neither of them have suitable skills. Eventually, they discover that they both have a talent for fashion design and decide to create their own fashion house.
Since The E! Network canceled The Simple Life, perhaps Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie could be cast in a remake? Both of them are fashion whores and both of them have made disastrous decisions like the characters in this show. It would be more funny than anything else despite how bad the acting or writing would be in the American remake.
Plot twists, random characters and cliffhangers aside, there is a distinct difference in each of the three series of The House of Elliot.
The first series is, for a show about fashion, a tad more on the low-budget side. The second series is easily the best out of the three. With more money and tighter writing, The House Of Elliot easily could have been on longer than it was. However it appeared the standard set by the second series caused a kind of panic within the writers. By the third series, everything seemed to be dead. As a result, too many things were added in an attempt to make things more interesting. Coupled with the expense of the budget being more than the BBC was willing to deal with, the show ended on a cliffhanger (a rather tired one at that).
Because the plots get rather complicated, I would not suggest watching this all in one weekend. Make one weekend for Series One, another for Series Two, and another for Series Three. When you are finished I would suggest something happy to watch or do, it's just that draining.
If you are interested in useless trivia, you will find that Lombard isn't without work these days. She recently got herself a role on CSI (the original).Powered by Sidelines