Miss Potter

“There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they’ll take you.”

Miss Potter

I was quite pleased to see Miss Potter on iPlayer today as I was looking for something to watch over lunch (which is how I watch all my television nowadays. It doesn’t count as procrastination if you’re going to stop anyway), because it’s one of my Old Favourites. It tells the true (for a given value of “true”, anyway) story of Beatrix Potter, well-loved children’s author and creator of the immortal Peter Rabbit.

Well, actually, that’s a bit misleading, because the film only appears to span a period of about a year (although according to Wikipedia, the Fount of all Wisdom, it should be about four years), this being the period of Potter’s relationship with her publisher Norman Warne, played, rather endearingly, by Ewan McGregor. It’s a fairly straightforward love story (for about the first hour, anyway), but I’m a sucker for a good love story, and it’s worth watching anyway just for lines like this:

I wish you wouldn’t invite tradespeople to the house. They carry dust.

The soundtrack is lovely, the story is moderately uplifting, and the drawings move around so that Peter Rabbit twitches his nose and Jemima Puddleduck flaps her wings (which does have the effect of making Beatrix seem just a bit odd, since only she can see the drawings moving) and it’s all delightful. And only an hour and a half, too, so you can almost justify watching it over lunch.

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