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Madam Secretary

Friday, December 4th, 2015

If you’ve been watching the US drama Madam Secretary you will have noticed Secretary Elizabeth McCord wearing frames similar to the Black Eyewear ‘Artie‘ or ‘Lester‘.  In fact we’ve noticed serious looking frames popping up in lots of dramas involving lawyers, politicians and other serious roles.  So if you want to be taken seriously we’ve got some serious frames for you.

Serious frames

Serious glasses

It’s Clear Frames for Gareth Malone

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The latest series of Who Do You Think You Are featured the nation’s favourite choirmaster Gareth Malone.  In this program he is wearing some fantastic clear crystal frames which are very similar to the classic Black Eyewear ‘Dorsey‘.


Black Eyewear 'clear crystal' frame

‘Life in Squares’ or in vintage glasses?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Recent BBC2 drama mini-series Life in Squares was not received with huge acclaim however we noted it for the vintage frames.  Both the character of Lytton Strachey and that of the mature Virginia Woolf wear appropriate eyewear of the time.  For Lytton’s small metal oval gold frames try the OVAL ‘Olly‘ Gold.  Virginia’s bold round glasses are the spitting image of the Black Eyewear ‘Chico

Oval gold frames

Round vintage style glasses

Indian Summers

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Set in 1930s India, during the final years of British colonial rule, Channel 4′s Indian Summers is a stunning visual feast.  As you would expect, the period costuming is wonderful and includes round NHS style glasses for the character Eugene Mathers.


1930s glasses


MasterChef 2015

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

New series of MasterChef, new glasses for Gregg Wallace.  If you’re a fan try the Black Eyewear ‘Lester‘ or ‘Pepper‘.

Week 1 contestant Tony has already impressed and we think he could go all the way, maybe it’s the specs?  They are very similar to the classic Anglo American 406 seen here.


Gregg Wallace glasses black_eyewear_pepper_ttb_two_tone_brown


Tony from Masterchef

Castles in the Sky

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Last week’s BBC 2 historical drama Castles in the Sky was the wonderful telling of the invention of the radar which was so important in the Battle of Britain.  Starring Eddie Izzard as spectacle-wearing inventor Robert Watson-Watt, actors Alex Jennings and Julian Rhind-Tutt also wore glasses appropriate to the 1940s as Henry Tizzard and Albert Percival Rowe.


Mr Sloane

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Will Mr Sloane ever get his life together?  Followers of Sky Atlantic’s new series Mr Sloane will be tuning in Friday night at 9pm to find out.  While eagerly anticipated this romantic comedy, created by Robert B. Weide and starring Nick Frost, won’t appeal to everyone as Mr Sloane’s antics are totally cringe-worthy!  True to character, slightly behind the times, Mr Sloane wears glasses of the 1950s while the rest of the world is speeding into the swinging sixties.  Here are our picks that best match his classic retro 50s and metal combination eyewear choices.



The Great Train Robbery

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery comes a highly anticipated two-part drama from the BBC with plenty of 60′s frames to keep Roope Vintage lovers entertained!

Keep your eyes pealed for the premier on 18th Dec.



Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We like 1960s drama Breathless where  Joanna Page stars as Lily Enderbury an ex nurse now married to the hospital’s anaesthetist.  She wears classic upswept glasses of the 1950s/60s.

Masters of Sex

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Masters of Sex follows the relationship between Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), the couple who gave birth to the sexual revolution. We have already glimpsed some fantastic period glasses similar to the Saville Row ‘Panto Gold Curl’ and the Upswept ‘Glenda’.