04 February 2011

Marchlands - 1987 Fashions And Decor Spot On!

Marchlands - a room in a house in three different decades - the 1980s, are of course, in the middle!

Christine has written:

I've just seen the first episode of the new ITV1 series Marchlands, a ghost story set in three separate decades, the 1960s, 1980s and 2010 and I must say I was bowled over by the 1987 family, particularly the parents - Helen and Eddie Maynard, played by Alex Kingston and Dean Andrews - and their fashions and house decor. Fashions came and went rapidly in the 1980s and yet the designers on Marchlands really seem to have got 1987 absolutely right - from the mother's hair - so Beverly Grice from Crossroads or Carly from Home & Away - to the colour of the bedroom sheets - so mid-to-late 1980s. Have you seen it? I was bowled over!

I did see some and yes, a brief moment of the 1980s seems to have been captured rather well. As you so rightly say, fashion changed so quickly and 1987 dress sense was very different from the donkey jackets, deelyboppers and New Romantic styles of the early decade.

The Marchlands 1987 sequences do seem very close indeed to the actual time style-wise, and as I usually give "set in the '80s" series a thumbs down for getting the fashions of individual years wrong, having just surfaced from looking at a mountain of 1987 mail order catalogues and TV ads, it's a pleasure to give Marchlands the thumbs-up for getting it right!

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