A Cookson Christmas with Drama

Hi Nuffnangers,

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas break and New Year’s Eve celebrations with family and friends. We’re just back from our regional summit in Singapore and wanted to share with you some of the great features from our recent collaboration with Drama this holiday season. Have you heard about Catherine Cookson?

She is one of the most prolific British authors and a good number of her novels have been adapted for TV and radio. This Christmas, Drama had handpicked some of the best period adaptations of her work and asked us to commission reviews from the bloggers we work with to announce the Christmas special. Hop on to the posts below to read:

The Twinkles Diary - Cookson Christmas

“When I was younger there was nothing I liked more than curling up in an armchair, on a lazy weekend, reading the latest bestseller or a much-loved classic. I used to read loads too. Crime novels, fiction, biographies, autobiographies — there was nothing I enjoyed more than immersing myself in the pages of a good book. Period stories were also a bit of a favourite too, particularly by Emily Bronté, Jane Austen and Catherine Cookson. These lovely novels are guaranteed to transport you to a bygone era and whisk you away to another time.

– Caro from The Twinkle Diaries

Sophie Etc - Cookson Christmas

“It wouldn’t be Christmas without the massive amount of specials and films on TV for the next week or so, would it? There are so many great things to watch this year including all the adaptations of Catherine Cookson’s books that will be shown over the holiday season on Drama. I got to have a sneak peek at The Cinder Path recently and it’s pretty good! I won’t reveal too much but if you like great period dramas with plenty of plot twists this is definitely one to snuggle up with.”

– Sophie from Sophie Etc

Laura Summers - Cookson Christmas

“If you’re like me, nothing beats a cosy Sunday afternoon cuddled up on the sofa with a good book or film. Christmas is a great time for cosy films, with a handful of Quality Street and maybe a cheeky mince pie. I was asked to review ‘The Girl’, a TV adaptation of a Catherine Cookson’s novel for Drama this Christmas and it sounded like a rather fun thing to do. I am a big fan of romance novels and I’m a sucker for a happy ending and love conquers all storyline.

– Laura from Laura Summers

A Moment with Franca - Cookson Christmas

“I very much enjoyed watching the story unfold, in spite of a few scary moments such as when Hannah and Mrs Thornton are whipped. It wasn’t obvious how things would end or whether Hannah would finally find happiness. She is an admirably strong, determined woman who has to deal with some quite horrible people, some of whom have her best intentions at heart. However, this is the kind of period drama that allows you to get lost in the story and really hope things work out.”

– Franca from A Moment with Franca

Brenda Busy Bee - Cookson Christmas

“If, like me, you are a bit of a bookworm, you may have heard of Catherine Cookson. Her period drama novels not only capture the gritty life of a common man in the 19th century: their ambitions, struggles, family dynamics and romance, but also tackle important issues from women’s rights to interracial marriages. Think Mills and Boon meets Pride and Prejudice and produces a hard hitting, tough talking, not afraid to speak their mind offspring.

– Brenda from Brenda Busy Bee

Old Fashioned Susie - Cookson Christmas

“We don’t buy the Radio Times at any other time of year and we are like big kids going through it with our highlighters. I was pleased to see this year that Drama will be showing TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson novels. Have you seen any of these? If you are around my age (35) you may have. Many of them were originally screened in the 1990s and I remember watching a few with my mum. Always gritty and with fantastically richly developed characters, some of the stories have stayed with me nearly twenty years on.

– Susan from Old Fashioned Susie

Rhyme and Ribbons - Cookson Christmas

“With my love of theatre, romance and reading anything that I can get my hands on, it’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of period drama. Therefore, it’s with great shame that I admit that I didn’t know who Catherine Cookson was. Because I grew up watching “Little Women” around Christmas, I associate the tradition of the holiday season with cuddling up and watching an excellent period drama.”

– Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons

A Cornish Mum - Cookson Christmas

“The Wingless Bird is the perfect Catherine Cookson to watch at this time of year, as with it being Christmas at the start there are a few festive scenes, that made me wish for a lovely traditional Christmas with sugar mice popped around the tree and a big family meal. Despite being set so many years ago, watching The Wingless Bird reminded me of modern-day soaps. There are dramatic scenes, an unplanned pregnancy, people falling in love with people they shouldn’t and more. Similar to some of the soaps that I watch weekly.

– Stevie from A Cornish Mum

The Reading Residence - Cookson Christmas

“Oh, how I love Christmas TV! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have no doubt gathered this from my excitement over finding that the Christmas TV guides are out! I spent an hour last week poring over every single page of it and circling everything that we need to watch and record over the festive season. I’m impressed with the line up this year, and I’m happy to be talking about Drama’s Catherine Cookson Christmas with you today.”

– Jocelyn from The Reading Residence

Rebel Angel - Cookson Christmas

“It’s funny that I’ve never really mentioned this before, apart from an aside in a post once upon a time, but I’m a little bit addicted to good old fashioned TV dramas and murder mysteries. One of my favourite times of the year is when it starts getting dark on an evening (although that isn’t such good news for outfit photos!) and all the good dramas start on TV – I’m currently waiting on new series such as Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders and Father Brown to start up again but lamenting the end of New Tricks and Lewis (boo hoo!).

– Sian from Rebel Angel

Mum in a Nutshell - Cookson Christmas

“I tend to work most evenings but every so often, something will draw me away and lately, this has involved more historical genres, Pollard, Last Kingdom and last year’s Jamaica Inn were particular faves of mine, so the TV adaptions of the world famous Catherine Cookson novels showing on Drama this Christmas are perfect. I was soon swept away and transported back to the 1900’s, with a whisper of resemblance to the small terrace street where I spent my baby years up North. It’s a gentle film, easy to sit down and relax to on a gloomy afternoon, where life was hard but perhaps much simpler and family values were to be obeyed and large families were the norm.”

– Ali from Mum in a Nutshell

Janmary - Cookson Christmas

“I was that child happiest with her nose in a great novel. As an adult I tend to need/want to multi-task and I find I read a little less than I used to but I still enjoy a good story. However as you know it can be hard to read and iron, read and make crafts, read and browse on Pinterest! It’s much easier to watch a classic drama on TV, although it’s not always easy finding what to watch and there are so many channels to browse from. When I heard that Drama was having a Cookson Christmas, I thought that was the perfect solution, some of my favourite stories to watch while I iron/craft/browse online!”

– Janine from Janmary

Nuffnang Campaign for Drama - Cookson Christmas

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