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Spyship: Episode #1.6 (1983)
A SHOCK conclusion.
Main calls in old favours, and pulls the rug from under Hillmore's feet, the thirst for the top job, insatiable. Martin needs Erik's help as Evans literally goes in for the kill. He returns to England, knowing a lot more, and when he gets too close, he's taken for questioning, and learns the true events from Hillmore.
I am sure people (should they remember this series) will remember the last episode, and the shocking conclusion in particular. I will say no more, but it wasn't the usual way that the BBC rounded off a TV drama, ten out of ten for doing something a bit different.
Exceptionally well acted, Tom Wilkinson is fantastic, but to me it's very much Peter Eyre who steals the show with his devious, cool performance, he's fantastic. A note for Michael Aldridge too, he's been very good throughout.
9/10 deserved for the ending.
Spyship: Episode #1.5 (1983)
A Norwegian adventure in the penultimate episode.
Martin gets to meet with Dowdall, who imparts knowledge and gives Martin money, Evans (The hit-man) remains in dogged pursuit. Martin leaves his hideout in the docks and heads for the airport, to Norway, worse still, he has to listen to Cliff Richard in the taxi. Evans follows him even there, a battered and bruised Martin needs the help of Erik Starvik, a local fisherman.
The scenery in Part 5 is fantastic, it takes Spyship in a truly different direction, adding a little bit of freshness to it. The snow capped mountains, the very easy on the eye Bjørn Sundquist too.
Interesting, if a bit of a plodder, I think the Norway excursion helped massively, stopped it from running out of steam.
Spyship: Episode #1.4 (1983)
Smoke and Mirrors
Martin smells a drop following Joey's poisoning, and assumes that the miscreant will return to see if his plot to poison Martin has paid off or not. Martin sets a trap, and is left in no uncertain terms that he is definitely a marked man. On the run, Martin goes through dangerous and uncomfortable experiences in order to meet with Doctor Dowdall, who he believes can shed more light on the events of the Caistor. Francis Main is pushed aside by his superior over his recent actions, but Main has ideas above his station.
Lots of tension in this episode, far more interesting, quicker paced, full of intrigue too, you keep wondering what's going to happen and which way it's going to go.
The Landlord's wig is also grounds for a code red danger sign too.
Spyship: Episode #1.3 (1983)
The greater Political emphasis begins to take over.
Martin watches in horror as the house, letter and poor Mrs Miller are destroyed in the explosion. At the inquest, Mrs Williams broadcasts that there were irregularities with the ship, not just a fishing trawler, but a ship spying on the USSR. An old journalist friend of Martin's confirms that story, highlighting the high tech equipment on the Caistor. Martin has made too many noises and drawn too much attention to himself, and Main orders him to be dealt with.
A drama that could have only been made during the eighties, it's still very enjoyable, slightly slower paced, it's becoming way more of a political drama. I've always thought that Peter Eyre stole this drama, and he's beginning to come into his own now.
Joey the dog wins no prizes for his acting, shocking how healthy that dog looked.
Spyship: Episode #1.2 (1983)
Tom Silver's who's been fund-raising for a search, has been discredited, and made out to have stolen the funds, his mother breaks down during the Funeral. Francis Main has met up with a hit-man, tasked with clearing up. Martin is perplexed as to why his father has a huge bundle of cash hidden. People are still refusing to believe the Caistor has gone, there is still hope. Main continues to meet with USSR agent, Rokoff. A lengthy inquest finds there to be no political involvement. The wife of a crew member who received a letter is killed in a house explosion.
I am a big fan of Jean Boht, and she puts in a very passionate performance as the lost 'Paul's mum.' Some may say a little guilty of overacting a bit, but it was very heartfelt.
The explosion at the House was excellently done, talk about big scale with a bang. A very enjoyable second installment in the saga, more questions are being asked, and no answers given. Wonderfully moody and engaging once again.
Spyship: Episode #1.1 (1983)
The mystery begins
Martin Taylor has returned home, to the seaside town he grew up in, to spend time with his dad Johnno. Martin had seemingly turned his back on his roots for a new life. Johnno sets off with his fellow crew members aboard The Caistor, a fishing trawler, and Martin encounters a young lady 'Suzy Summerfield.' The pair hit it off. Alarm bells start ringing when contact with the Caistor is lost for four days, naturally all the crew's family and loved ones are concerned, believing there to be Russian involvement. It becomes evident that there is Political interest in the disappearance of the Caistor. After eight days, The Caistor is reported lost at Sea. Pulling the strings is Sir Peter Hillmore, along with subordinate Francis Main, their aim is to stop the real truth of what happened coming to light. Wreckage appears in Norway.
Political, Spy dramas were very popular back in the 80's and this is a fine, if lesser known example. I find the opening episode wonderfully engaging, it sets a fascinating story, creates believable characters, I find it well acted, Tom Wilkinson makes a great lead man.
Worth watching, if only for the magical theme tune.
Great start, 8/10
Girls' Night (1998)
A magical film.
I would say there is something magical about this film, but I'd be lying, everything about Girl's Night is magic. The story is sad, heart felt, heart warming, and gritty in a real life way. The combination of Julie Walters and Brenda Blethyn is jaw dropping on paper, and they perform outstandingly well together. Kay Mellor in my eyes can do no wrong, and this is another example of her at her best. The mix of the Northern working class environment, and glitz of Las Vegas makes for a great contrast. Even after all these years I can't watch it with a dry eye. Emotionally engaging and moving, this is truly a class act. It's a shame that we don't seem to be getting TV dramas like this anymore.
River: Episode #1.6 (2015)
A very powerful finale.
Chrissie is close to meltdown, having her husband in a cell several floors below her Office at work. She believes him to be guilty. River has to delve deeply into Stevie's private life, uncovering secrets, and facing up to a side of her life that he knew nothing about. He's faced with a tough dilemma.
If ever a series has passed by so quickly, it's River, what a truly unique, and utterly refreshing show this has been. The finale was excellent, very shocking, hard hitting, very gritty. Amazingly well acted as always, Turlough Convery was a revelation, just so good.
One of those shows that as much as I've loved and would love it to continue, I ask myself how could it possibly continue. A show this good will always be remembered.
River: Episode #1.5 (2015)
Fantastic penultimate episode.
River and co investigate Haider's killing, and are sure that his death is linked to Stevie's. River's placed in an awkward situation, when he begins suspecting Chrissie's husband 'Tom' of some involvement in the case. Chrissie begins to realise that the truth about Stevie's death may be closer to home.
I was really pleased to see two wonderful actresses appear, Adjoa Andoh and the very beautiful Anamaria Marinca. Once again though, it's Eddie Marsan that's making the show for me.
This was fantastic once again, full to the brim with excitement, tension and drama, what a great way to lead into the finale on what's been a fantastic series.
River: Episode #1.4 (2015)
It's hotting up nicely.
An increasingly agitated River begins searching for a young Somali man 'Haider.' A man believed to have been very close to Stevie, another Somali man 'Khalid' who worked at the Kebab Shop close to where Stevie was killed is questioned, he's reluctant to help the Police.
Very enjoyable episode once again, not on par with the first three episodes in my opinion, but excellent still nonetheless. Favourite bit had to be River's encounter with Thomas Cream post fire alarm. How good was Marsan! The twist made me desperately want to see the next episode.
Jim Norton was excellent I thought, I'm certain he's going to have something to do with it, he and stellan skarsgard bounce off each other brilliantly well. The acting throughout the series has been incredible, I see BAFTA's.