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Luther: Episode #2.4 (2011)
Luther has two massive problems to deal with, and this time he doesn't have Alice to call on.
It's such a shame that Series two was so short, but if ever the phrase quality over quantity was appropriate, it's here, four terrific episodes, Part four, an excellent conclusion.
The test, could the show work without Alice, the answer, yes.
The pattern has been, gruesome, heavy, crime visible first episode, crime solving, engaging, toned down second episode, that formula worked well, we did get less violence, but the showdown was astonishing, almost like one from a Western.
I absolutely love Nikki Amuka-Bird, and I like how wholesome her character is, particularly when contrasted with the great man. The acting fabulous throughout, but be fair, it's Elba you tune in for.
Luther: Episode #2.3 (2011)
Horrific, but great.
Customers at a petrol station stand in horror, and watch as a round man causes mass destruction,and major harm to anyone in front of him.
Toby continues to pull Luther's strings, as Jenny chooses to stay safely in his care.
That is one of the most shocking, dramatic, unnerving opening sequences, I can ever recall, it's very disturbing, you could be forgiven for saying it's a bit sick, even a little bit too much. Violence on TV had definitely been toned down over the last few years. One of two of the scenes may be a bit too much.
All in all though, this is a remarkably good episode.
David Dawson is excellent here, he seems like such a nice guy in real life, his character here is vile, Stephen Robertson perhaps steals the show, and doesn't even speak a word.
Disturbing, but excellent, 9/10.
Murder City: Happy Families (2004)
An engaging storyline.
The team are on the hunt for a killer, after a grim discovery of body parts is made.
I enjoyed the first and second episodes, I really enjoyed this third one, there is a depth to this episode which made it that little bit more interesting. As it opens up, the story evolves into something pretty deep.
A complicated storyline, which will intrigue, baffle and sadden you, themes of longing, loss and greed, it builds well, and has a very dramatic conclusion, you see just how far somebody is willing to go for something or someone that they love.
I really like the rantings of DCI Turner, and his ashes with Boyle, who always just seems to be one step ahead. I like the dynamic between Like and the others, especially Turner.
Very watchable, 8/10.
Only Mine (2019)
It's watchable, just don't expect too much.
Young student Julie falls in love with a handsome, older Policeman, David, who isn't quite what he seems to be.
I don't think it's quite as bad as some would have you to believe, I have seen much worse, and I've also seen much better, worth remembering that the events here are loosely based on real life events.
Ok, some of the acting is a little dodgy, but young Amber Midthunder was really good I thought.
The parts that work, Julie, Amber is good, she'd pretty, she has a vulnerability, her character is sincere. David, Zimmerman is very well cast, handsome and charming, he's a bit hit and miss, I also think the story is good.
On the debit side, it's a bit cheap looking, it doesn't flow well, the cutaways are jarring, and some of the acting is very ropey. The ending is a little silly, but always good to see the shoe on the other foot. 5/10.
Murder City: Under the Skin (2004)
A strong second episode.
Workmen discover a skull, which leads the team to hunt for a depraved killer.
A more complex story than we were given in the first episode, this is very nicely layered and satisfying story, it's very well written. For the most part, the events don't seem to make sense, once you're given the conclusion, the pieces of the jigsaw all fall nicely into place.
The team are developing nicely, Like is a fun, clever, interesting central character, you can see how he'd irritate those around him, Marshall is very good.
I really liked the acting of both Serena Gordon and John Castle, the pair were very strong.
Very watchable, 8/10.
The Wall (2019)
I'm not sure this show has travelled very well, it may work over in The USA, but it just doesn't work in Britain, poverty the way it is during and post pandemic, I don't like it.
Danny Dyer, I adore the guy, he's funny, charismatic, he's gorgeous, but as a quiz show host, I'd sooner he carries on with acting.
It really isn't very good I'm sorry to say. 3/10.
I Can See Your Voice: UK (2021)
BBC you have reached a new low.
I thought Pooch Perfect was as bad as it could possibly get, this is on par, absolutely dismal, it's a show to watch only if you like trash TV, full of celebrity no hopers. Times are hard at The BBC, it seems like a lifetime ago we were treated to Saturday night drama with Taboo, how good was that, instead we're given trash like this.
Intruder: Episode #1.2 (2021)
Solid episode Angela.
Sam and Rebecca seemed to have such a solid marriage, it seems their problems are deeper than first appeared. Someone knows too much, and has a big mouth.
I don't think anyone would make a case for this being the most professional drama of all time, it's a bit clumsy, the acting is a bit on the dodgy side, but I am enjoying it. I like the twists and turns, and all of the complications that seem to be thrown in, the pieces of the jigsaw are very jumbled, but there. Some stunning shots, gorgeous area.
Fitz is one hell of a creepy character, it's interesting to learn what kind of hold he has over Rebecca. Sam is stressing me out as a character, every single time he appears he's jittery and agitated, making my nerves bad.
I'm enjoying Sally Lindsay in it, and I'm sure we'll see more of her.
6/10. How many times did he say Angela!!!
Why Did You Kill Me? (2021)
Tasteless, an advert to avoid messing with drugs.
A family takes revenge on those that killed their beloved Crystal, they use social media to lure, and trap the killer.
What can I say, I found this incredibly tasteless, is it an interesting watch, not for me, all I can see is an advert for not messing around with crystal meth, you can see the horrific effects it has on the individuals that have been thick enough to take it, strange eyes, dramatic ageing, and general weirdness.
The poor girl that had to lose as Crystal, what on Earth did and will that do to her, she seems like such a sweet, nice girl, unlike the mother.
I feel so sorry for those living a life such as this, wanting to escape it.
I watched it, I didn't enjoy it, 5/10.
The luck of The Irish.
Private Dooley has picked up something that's going to change the luck of his team for good, a Jimmy O'Goblin, but in the wrong hands, one man's luck, can be another's misfortune.
The first ever episode of The Army Game I have ever seen, and I enjoyed it very much, it's quintessential cheeky Brit humour, slapstick, one liners, and clever plays with words.
I'm writing today, and this comedy is sixty two years old, sure it looks vintage, but the acting is great, and the humour is there.
I will definitely be watching more, 7/10.
Murder City: The Critical Path (2004)
A Murder in peaceful Suburbia.
DI Susan Alembic and her team are on the case of a missing teenage girl, whilst DS Luke Stone is on the case of a murdered financier.
It's a good first episode, I like the team, I liked the storyline, and I particularly liked the involvement of meddling psychic Calvin Moran.
I am so glad to see this series again after all these years, I have such a love of itv dramas from the early 2000's, this is along the same lines as Murder in Suburbia, it's pretty light.
I like the duo of Donohoe and Marshall, they make a good team, he looks so fresh faced.
It's a satisfying mystery, 7/10.
Follow this episode from start to finish, and be able to explain it at the end, and I'll be impressed, this was the only episode of Wire in The Blood, I thought was somewhat below par.
I can cope with visions, I like surrealism, but The Darkness of Light verges on strange and confusing, I get why and who, but it's just the how question that is hard to fathom.
The imagery is good, but perhaps better in a sci fi drama, the pyrotechnics look terrific.
Best of all for me, is the presence of Stanley Townsend, that velvet Voice is always very welcome on screen.
It's watchable, but on a rare occasion, 6/10.
A fascinating documentary.
It was natural for documentaries to follow on from the incredible TV series Chernobyl proved to be such a hit. This is incredibly interesting, presented by the incredibly likeable Ben Fogle.
The tour of the building was fascinating, but I found myself more intrigued by The Stalkers, and the story of Valentina and her little dog Dana.
It should serve as a chilling reminder as to what happened back in 1986, and it does, Pripyat is a chilling place, this documentary shows the lasting devastation, the bleak land that remains.
Credit to Fogle for doing it, I thoroughly enjoyed it, 9/10.
A Family affair.
Lynley and Helen arrive at his family home to celebrate their engagement, unhappy at being in his mother's company, Tommy is almost pleased to be distracted by a murder.
I really would have to class this episode as excellent, the tables are turned somewhat, we've had a fair bit of Barbara's private life, and apart from his relationship with Helen, we didn't get to know much about Tommy, here we do, we learn why such a privileged man is in The Police.
A deep, but engrossing mystery, you'll guess at different suspects, but at conclusion, you may not be totally surprised.
A tremendous cast, what a list of names, Peter Egan and Mali Harries both stand out, but once again it's Sharon Small who steals the show.
Too Close: Episode #1.3 (2021)
An excellent ending.
The time has come for Emma to give evidence either for or against Connie, Emma finally confronts some of her own demons.
It's been an interesting series, possibly slow for some, but I have loved the intensity of it, and the storyline, the acting, has been the best feature.
Not the outcome I was expecting, but the conclusion was terrific, and so very moving.
Emily Watson as always is first rate, an actress I totally and utterly adore, Denise Gough, should have an award for her part as Connie. The way they developed her mentally and visually, was amazing.
I loved this series, and this was an excellent conclusion, 9/10.
Stateless: The Right Thing (2020)
Such a good continuation.
Claire continues to hunt for the leak, Cam makes a big decision about an event he's uncomfortable about.
It's the moment we have all been waiting for, where Cam whips his shirt off, we all knew it was going to come at some point.
You really are seeing the story of immigration from the other side, it's very easy to sit in judgment from a nice garden, in a nice house, nice coffee, but these events are happening for real.
Sofie's story is still so incredibly baffling, piece by piece we are learning about why she's come to end up here.
Very good indeed 8/10.
Stateless: Incognita (2020)
Absolutely loved it, tough watch though.
Clare Kowitz arrives at Barton, and she's intent on making an instant change, her job is being made tough by a local journalist. She seems like a monster.
I liked the first one, but wasn't too sure that this was going to be for me, this second episode was terrific, it was intensely dramatic, intriguing, and at times it was absolutely heart breaking.
He scene where Ameer confronts his daughter is absolutely heart breaking.
Sophie Werner, what is she playing at, I am absolutely baffled by her, I'd love to know what she is up to.
Too Close: Episode #1.2 (2021)
Lots of character development.
Connie begins to give Emma more details about the events leading up to that fateful night, Emma in turn starts giving Connie information back in return.
Very good again, an intense episode, the acting remains incredibly good, the story develops, and for the first time, there's a little bit of doubt about Connie's guilt, was she to blame, or have those around her cultivated her state either deliberately or unknowingly.
Not a massive amount of story development going on in this episode, instead this middle episode gives us a lot of backstory, on both characters, we begin to learn why Emma is the way she is, we also begin to see why Connie is the way she is.
Can't wait for the concluding part, 8/10.
An impressive start.
Four strangers all seem to be about to converge in this drama of immigration and tragedy.
Boy, that was bleak, this was one of the darkest, most intense things I've seen in some time, however these events are sadly real, and happening all over the place. It's a captivating first part, that really does grab your attention, hopefully there will be some lighter moments later in the series, so far we've just seen cruelty and sadness, again, it's real life though.
Dominic West and Cate Blanchett provide some real star quality, the pair are amazing, that scene at The Eisteddfod was brilliantly done, but goodness me if was sad.
It's an interesting story.
This documentary series tells the story of the famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and what happened there one night back in March 1990, the most infamous art theft in history.
The case itself is a fascinating one, one I studied years ago, you will be shocked, you'll be surprised, you may also get a tiny bit bored.
This four part documentary series, was too long, the first two episodes are very good, they should have made this a two part series, the last two parts drag a bit, and unfortunately lack any real content.
It's of course very well made, contains some very interesting details, you will see the ripple effect of the crime, it took its toll on so many people associated with The Museum.
Lots of old rogues and criminals, it really is a good old fashioned rogues gallery, interesting to learn the fate of those suspected.
After a good start it just becomes a little too slow and conjecture based. 6/10.
Lots of interviews, and again lots of theories, but ultimately it's a little bit vague, as there isn't really an end point.
I came away from this slightly more confused about the outcome, than when I started.
It was interesting to see the main players then and now, and it was also very revealing to learn the impact the crimes had on everyone, it seemed to hang over the heads of everyone so heavily.
We are left with the impression that the only person who could possibly have had any involvement is the one that was there bound on that night. Not sure what I make of that.
Too Close: 1,2,3 (2021)
An impressive start.
Does Connie Mortensen really have no memory of her crimes, or is she playing a smart game of cat and mouse with her Doctor, Emma Robinson?
An impressive first episode, I really enjoyed this, so nice to have a show with a format like this, on over three nights, why aren't more shows?
I thought the story was great, I thought the acting was great, and it was feasible, so many dramas you watch, just push the bounds of reality a little too much.
Credit to Denise Gough, what an Amazing transformation, physically as well as her performance.
Can't wait for part 2, 8/10.
Too Close (2021)
Intense, cracking drama.
Doctor Emma Robinson is called in to assess patient Connie Mortensen, who claims to be suffering from amnesia following a horrific crime.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, I like the format of it being on over three consecutive nights, with so much on it makes it a lot easier to follow. Presumably made during Covid, so there is a somewhat smaller cast, but it had a very intimate feel.
Too Close, does that imply how close Doctor gets to their patient, or something else?
Two very strong lead actresses, I am a huge fan of Emily Watson, she never disappoints, you know it'll be good when you see her starring. Denise Gough also, terrific, her transformation is incredible, it takes some real talent to do that.
I really enjoyed it, 8/10.
The lead has long been cold.
Several years later, and blackout silence, nobody is talking about the art, no arrests, it seems like a forgotten event.
It spun a different take on the story, the idea that it was a Russian Oligarch or wealthy Private collector has pretty much been dismissed, the theory here, is that it was stolen as part of organised crime, possibly to fund a terrorist organisation such as The IRA?
I found this one a little less engaging than the last two, and sure there are some interesting characters, and some intriguing theory, the main issue I had, so much conjecture, they've literally padded this whole episode out with theories, could this have perhaps been a two or a three part series, I definitely think so at this stage.
Watchable, just no meat on the bone, 6/10.
Some amazing theories here.
We hear some really interesting interviews, see some wonderfully colourful characters, several old rogues, and learn more from the staff that were at work the night of the robbery.
It's an interesting, if slightly padded episode, but it is pretty much all conjecture, nothing hugely concrete here, but lots of fascinating theories being put about.
I never would have thought about artwork being used as an international currency, it's very interesting.
A get out of jail free card, fascinating.