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Post by ghiro on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:59 pm

I've just watched a recording of the first episode.  She presents an unusually feminine and touching view of Italy.

Fridays.  Channel 5.  9:00pm (GMT).  Recommended! Smile Smile
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:51 pm

Yes it was very good....

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Post by Hazy on Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:27 am

I saw the first episode and found it very disappointing - nothing really secret and the continuous use of 'Mamma mia' as her only expression of delight/wonder/astonishment etc was unbelievably grating - she needs to extend her vocabulary! Personally I think the series on Venice and then the whole of Italy with Francesco da Mosta made by the BBC some years ago is far superior - but each to their own of course.

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Post by Gala Placidia on Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:32 am

Francesco da Mosta's BBC series were superb. Very hard to beat!
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Post by la alma on Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:33 am

I too found the constant use of "mama mia!" annoying. I dont think I have ever heard an Italian use that phrase in all my 20+ years of visiting Italy. I'm still recording the series though.

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Post by Admin on Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:36 am

My daughter says it quite a lot and she's only 4!! It does make me laugh.
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:09 pm

Admin wrote:My daughter says it quite a lot and she's only 4!! It does make me laugh.

Thanks admin, makes me laugh too... Very Happy

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Post by Hazy on Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:22 pm

A cute 4 year old saying 'Mamma mia' is lovely but someone with an Italian background and who says she has been going to Italy for 40+ years should perhaps have a more expansive vocabulary ......?!!
I'll continue to watch though in the hope that someone tells her to stop repeating that phrase and she actually finds something 'secret'. Not holding my breath though.

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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:06 pm

Hazy wrote:A cute 4 year old saying 'Mamma mia' is lovely but someone with an Italian background and who says she has been going to Italy for 40+ years should perhaps have a more expansive vocabulary ......?!!I'll continue to watch though in the hope that someone tells her to stop repeating that phrase and she actually finds something 'secret'. Not holding my breath though.

Perhaps you just have far too much experience of Italy Hazy... Smile

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Post by ghiro on Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:28 pm

Only 4 'Mamma mia's' tonight by my calculations; a big improvement! Smile   Also she was much more 'Secret' by going well off the usual tourist beaten track

Incidentally a couple of years ago I showed our neighbour Sylvana, who is now 84 years old, around Casa Ghiro.  As we entered one restored room after another she would stop and look around her and exclaim 'Mamma mia' - which was, I suppose, only appropriate as her mother had actually been born in the house!
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:57 pm

Well I enjoyed that one too.... See ya clock is looking right Ghiro!

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Post by Angela Fuller on Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:12 am

Personally I don't have a problem with the 'Mamma mia' exclamation...surely no worse than Gordon Ramseys repatition of the f word !


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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:13 am

Angela Fuller wrote:Personally I don't have a problem with the 'Mamma mia' exclamation...surely no worse than Gordon Ramseys repatition of the f word !

Can't agree more. Amazing to me is how I can be ever so slightly put off the lovely woman knowing more about her and someone pointing out her repetition. I can't recall any of the words but people are often on the radio (actually, yes that's one of them "actually") and they repeat the word over and over again, almost every other word, which is actually very annoying. Actually I've been repeating myself because of it.....  Seriously though, perhaps it's because to me it's still a foreign language and I'm too busy trying to translate what she is saying and tend to ignore the superfluous words I know reasonably well?

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Post by la alma on Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:37 pm

It's funny how particular phrases catch on and then are so over used that you dont know how anyone can bear to repeat them. In house viewing programmes they always want one that "ticks all the boxes". On the weather report they have to say "spits and spots of rain". I do admit that I repeat myself all the time in Italy  as when I've successfully managed a conversation in Italian I tend to try it out on everyone!

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Post by FBower on Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:24 pm

I thought the programme was rubbish. Know Rome like the back of my hand and the programme was all Alex Alex Alex - interesting to note the lack of empathy with her mum. Felt I was watching Bridget Jones and her personal problems. We switched to Larry Lamb with no expectations and enjoyed it much more

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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:23 am

FBower wrote:I thought the programme was rubbish. Know Rome like the back of my hand and the programme was all Alex Alex Alex - interesting to note the lack of empathy with her mum. Felt I was watching Bridget Jones and her personal problems. We switched to Larry Lamb with no expectations and enjoyed it much more

... for me there lies the answer as to why I like a lot of these programs. I don't know Rome at all, indeed I know little of Italy, hence a lot of it is new to me. The other thing being that although I love the idea of seeing all these places and hearing about the history, I don't want to put up with the hassle of travelling to visit them. Hopefully for others in the UK that enjoy such things it will encourage them to visit Italy with lots of Euro to spend!

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