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Wire in the Blood: Torment (2006)
A fantastic case for Doctor Hill.
Tony and Alex investigate the brutal killing of a young prostitute, also on the case is DI Jan Shields, there to offer her expertise. Tony is instantly struck by the similarities to this killing and those of convicted killer Derek Tyler, Tyler unable to speak has a massive outburst when he catches a news programme showing the crime, this incident triggers Tony's interest, and he sets about finding the link.
This is a particularly strong episode, the storyline is fantastic, and the performances excellent, Siobhan Finneran is fantastic as Shields, her scenes with Green are fantastic. Plaudits also for Andrew Westfield (Derek) who is brilliant, his facial expressions are superb. Finneran's presence meant Lahbib was somewhat sidelined a bit.
Quite graphic and a little gruesome in parts, but this episode reminds me how much I miss this show. 9/10
A smashing episode.
How appropriate having watched Dunkirk the movie the day before watching this episode for the first time. I always enjoy Father Brown, but this one was definitely one of the better written stories, very much on a bigger scale. The historical Dunkirk element certainly enhanced the story. A great tale of deceit and betrayal, so many great elements, Sid's lack of a military background, Lady Felicia's previous involvement with The Colonel, the fascinating mix of The Army, Church and Police all having to work together under one roof.
A particularly good episode, 9/10
An exquisite film.
Awards will follow.
How often can any of us say that a film lives with us for days, I've not been able to add that tag to anything I've seen in years. Within the first few moments of this film I knew this was going to be such a film. Most of us will know the incredible Dunkirk story, the fear many would have had I think would have been that the story was sensationalised, or lacking the real essence. All you can say is Christopher Nolan has once again shown his genius, this film is a masterpiece. You have no choice but to feel raw emotion as you watch, feelings of despair, hope, anger, fear, terror, you will feel exhausted having watched this film.
The acting is impeccable, every single member of the cast performs to an incredible standard (maybe Harry Styles's character will irritate one or two,) Mark Rylance is utterly sensational, as is Kenneth Branagh, the scene where his character looks up and sees the fishing boats arrive is one of the most moving in the film
The camera-work is astonishing, as is the music, which for me was one of the most powerful elements of the film, it built tension to enormous degrees.
There is a realism in this film which I find quite incredible, at times it's so difficult to watch, it brought elements to life I hadn't even thought of. I can see this being used in history lessons of the future.
The only real question is how many awards will this win. See this film, it's utterly incredible.
If only someone could predict 6 lottery numbers for me
Mr Ipswich, a retired and elderly psychic predicts the Lottery numbers in unusual circumstances, strangely it is won by local man Leonard Corbyn many years after his prediction. The local Church newsletter manages to bring sensitive news to its readers without much effort, however they fail to report on a strange beast seen wandering the Vicarage grounds.
I remember this series coming in for a fair bit of flack at the time of its transmission, and I don't remember being bowled over, but upon revisiting, I rather enjoyed it, some good use of humour, well delivered lines, and some good performances, notably the one from Selina Griffiths. Renwick always manages to mix humour and sadness incredibly well, we get the funny opening, which sees Jonathan release the tied up criminals, then we get Polly's recollection of the death of her rabbit as a child, and her creating of the Sandman.
It feels a wee bit padded in the middle I guess, but overall I really enjoyed it. 7/10
National Treasure: Episode #1.1 (2016)
A hugely promising start
Paul Finchley is a national treasure, a funny man, and one half of a legendary comic duo, admittedly in the latter years of his career. His life, and that of his beloved wife Marie is turned upside down, the moment The Police knock on the door and explain he's been accused of historical rape, dating back to the early nineties. As events unfold, more victims come forward.
The opening points are light and funny, the appearances of Alan Carr and Frank Skinner. That lightness lasts all of five minutes, then the tone changes, a dark story, relevant in this day and age. Superbly acted by all, Coltrane and Walters make for an outstanding pairing. Andrea Risborough also worthy of a notable mention.
Very promising start to this mini series 9/10
Father Brown: The Laws of Motion (2014)
Not your average day at the races.
Audrey McMurray is a sexy, successful business woman and racing driver, but cold hearted, unfaithful and ruthless. During a big race the locals gather at the race track, and witness Audrey receive a death threat from Harriet Welsby, a woman who's husband suffered due to the ruthless business nature of Audrey. When it comes to her time trial Audrey sets off but as she gains speed her car crashes, killing her, it turns out her break cable had been cut. Her younger husband Walter and lover/employee Gary are top of Father Brown's list of suspects.
Lady Felicia's commentary is hilarious, the show always has a great balance of humour and mystery. It's an intriguing plot with, loaded with twists and turns, and a fantastic conclusion. Tracy Anne Oberman is great, but even she is trumped by Lisa Jackson, who undergoes some incredible transformations.
Excellent mystery. 9/10
Father Brown: The Grim Reaper (2014)
A very good episode.
Alfred works on his father's farm, but is a drunk and a waster, like his mother according to his gruff father John Tatton. Alfred bullies the local GP, Doctor Crawford, demanding painkillers, and taunting him over his young wife Oona. Soon after Alfred is found dead, and a string of poison pen letters are sent out, one which names Crawford as the killer.
The Grim reaper did indeed come to town in this darker episode which saw its fair share of blood and death. Hilarious scenes with Mrs McCarthy in her eye patch, I love the look on the faces of Sid and Father Brown when they're sat on a bench with her, the humour was a welcome addition to this grizzly tale.
James Fleet was excellent as Doctor Crawford. The wonderful David Troughton isn't given enough screen time.
A very good episode 8/10
Beware the soup.
Colonel Gerard throws a party for his nephew Edward, who's returned home having been a prisoner of war in Korea. The Colonel is now married to Edward's mum, and family matters are further complicated as Edward is in love with his adopted sister Jia_Li. The Colonel is poisoned in grizzly fashion, and Father Brown himself seems to have fallen foul to the mystery poisoner.
A solid mystery, a pretty decent plot, which makes me recall an episode of Tales of the Unexpected, Fat Chance, where the modus operandi is also used.
Some definite humour throughout, with Mr Digby causing a few laughs. Emma Fielding very good as always. Some lovely costumes used throughout.
A solid mystery 7/10
The Worst Witch (2017)
A fun show.
A fun series, which is both amusing and sweet, a long time since I read the books, these seem loosely based on them from what I can remember. Fun performances all round, Claire Higgins is super sweet, ably supported by all, but it's Raquel Cassidy that steals the show, she's a lot of fun as the dark and sinister Miss Hardbroom, surpassing even Kate Duchene. It's bound to have it's critics as some of the special effects are a little on the cheap side. A fun show 7/10
This village is deadlier then Midsomer.
Father Brown is incapacitated, with a broken leg. Members of the Women's institute start getting bumped off, a new with the Father out of action it falls on Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy to do the leg work for him.
Lots of humour throughout, the film at the WI meeting was hilarious, especially Lady Felicia's reaction. Fine performances all round, Clare Higgins, Annette Badland and Janet Henfrey, but it's the sparkling combination of Cusack and Carroll that shines through, the semi compliments and back stabbing are a joy.
A cracking story, as has been said they managed to pack a lot into 45 minutes. A very strong, different episode. 8/10