British retiree John Thaw and his wife Lindsay Duncan spend a Year in Provence in this TV miniseries. Each episode covers a single season of the couple's experiences in their new home in the south of France. Purchasing a 200-year-old farmhouse, Thaw and Duncan must undergo the usual rigors of restorations and adjustment. They also come to understand the fancies and foibles of their new neighbors, many of whom seem to be refugees from a Rene Clair musical. Most pleasurable of all, the couple is permitted to partake of eating and drinking experiences that they'd never dreamed of in their staid previous existence. A Year in Provence is based on two autobiographical novels by former London businessman Peter Mayle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
It was not what I expected. I found the representation of Peter Mayle irascible and his wife, well, too wifely. I hated the Brit's attempts to speak French; and the locals looked like stereotyped peasants. I'm astonished that Peter Mayle seems to approve this inane TV series.
I haven't read any of the books, so I am just reviewing this as a movie, or rather as a PBS style series. It is engaing, on a slower pace. I found the area interesting since I am planning a trip to Provence. The small bits of French are good to brush up on before a trip. I think Russel Crowes "A Good Year." shows much more of the area if planning to travel soon.