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TV executives are really a lazy bunch . They`re sitting there trying to
think up new ideas as to how to get a ratings winner so they hire a former
EASTENDERS actor and put them in a very formulaic action/detective series .
They did it with Ross Kemp and ULTIMATE FORCE , they did it with Tamzin
Outhwaite and RED CAP and now they`ve done it with Martin Kemp and SERIOUS
AND ORGANISED .
Martin Kemp is by no means a bad actor , he`s a damn sight better than just about any former pop star turned thespian you can name and I thought one of the very few good things in EASTENDERS was his role as Steve Owen but I wasn`t too impressed with SERIOUS AND ORGANISED . It`s basically a run of the mill cop show cum exEASTENDERS star vehicle . Any of the episodes plots could more or less have been done in THE BILL , THE SWEENEY etc . The only selling point is Martin Kemp as DC Jack Finn and the fact that Finn has a brother which leads to some on screen sibling rivalry , and the " Im DC Finn. So`s he " catchphrase wears very thin very quickly . That said I did enjoy the episode in which Finn makes the joke " talk about being in two places at once " which could have come from the mouth of Jack Regan
This tv programme really is a cracker, the I'm DC Finn, So's he is a really good line and the two actors set in as the brothers are good aswell. In the UK they is still a month more to go so I will be sure to watch, Great TV Programme and Great Actors!! 8 outta 10!
STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal
Instead*Avoid At All Costs
In the hit soap East Enders,Tamzin Outhwaite and Martin Kemp played on-screen couple Mel and Steve.In 2002,both stars left the show seperately to pursue other acting projects.And finally,in early 2003,in the most poetic twist of fate,both stars who once shared so many scenes together in the BBC serial drama,found themselves in an unexpected and unwitting ratings battle on seperate terrestrial TV channels.Outhwaite with Red Cap on BBC 1 every Tuesday and Kemp on ITV 1 every Thursday with this series,Serious and Organised.
I myself don't keep up with such trivial matters as ratings,that's for TV bosses to worry about,but I'm certainly interested in determining which is the better show.........and the winner is..........Red Cap,I'm afraid.
This is a well intentioned but ultimately unremarkable show that just doesn't quite leave you swelling with the eager anticipation to see the next episode as soon as possible that RC did.And all the more underwhelming since this is an original show and not a spin off.Kemp and Joe Duttine are actually very well cast as the hardman copper brothers and the lead stars of the show,Kemp especially bringing an air of charisma and style that is required.It also adds a surprising and unexpected air of realism to give him an on screen brother given Kemp's real life close relationship with his brother Gary.It's certainly a novelty that pays off,and their chemistry is fine.But unlike in Red Cap,the storyline's aren't as brain taxing,however much they try to be,and instead come across as rather disjointed and skewed.Some of the dialogue's a little cliched too,although probably quite a stretch for a TV project of this magnitude.
It's certainly not missable,but it's certainly not unmissable too,if you know what I mean.***
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