Since this was written back in 2008, I wanted to the revisit the post and see what has aired in the meantime and deserves a mention.
Luther. Obvs. OBVS.
The IT Crowd. Now that one did air prior to the original post. However I haven’t seen it at the time. I have rectified that mistake and yes, it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Someone actually called me a moron for leaving that one out. (shrug)
Gavin and Stacey.
Gogglebox. Yes, I know. It’s a TV show about people watching TV. But it’s really, really funny.
The Thick of It.
Any other suggestions? I’m sure I have forgotten plenty.
Meanwhile the Daily Fail, the bastion of all that is decent and moral and upstanding (written with heavy irony), is outraged at the lesbian kiss. (To be clear I’m outraged at the shoddy plot lines and what the what with that Eve Myles character?)
Although I am still not sure what caused more outrage a) that the ladies are lesbians b) that they are middle-aged or c) a combination of both?
To be fair – even the Daily Fail comments section* is like – are you serious with this sh*t?
I never EVER thought I’d see the day I would see eye to eye on anything (ANYTHING!) with any random Daily Fail commentator.
But there you go.
* Or rather the first 10 comments. I cannot read too much of Daily Fail comments section. It gives me the urge to stick a fork in my eye and makes me lose the will the live.
What it is labeled as: a psychological thriller. Me thinks however they were aiming for a Scandi noir.
What I like to call it: Broadchurch on ice. Yes, I am aware how that sounds like, but it was my first association.
Reasons to watch: Stanley freaking Tucci! Michael Gambon. Sofie Gråbøl. Also? Fuzzy sweaters! So many fuzzy freaking sweaters!
The down side: I’ll be honest – I don’t have a clue what the what is going on at the moment (3 episodes in).
A dude was killed with a potato peeler (yes, a freaking potato peeler of all things! They peeled him to death. Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Everyone is sleeping with everyone else. It seems to be a normal thing?
Also everyone walks around with riffles because polar bears? BUT if a polar bear attacks someone you kill the human rather than the bear? I thought that was odd, but what do I know, Bear Grylls I am not.
Why it shows promise: So did you know that in permafrost nothing can decay? As in corpses and stuff? So they still have people buried there with the plague. BUT plague aside there is this mammoth, yes? And they showed it a number of times already. So am thinking ancient virus/bacteria? Or wait – that would be more SyFy’s jam, right? I KNOW, I’m facepalming myself. See?
Be as it may – I watched the first three episodes because I couldn’t quite fathom what the what are they going to do with it. To me Broadchurch made sense as a mini-series. But do you know, it’s interesting.
Without giving much away – David Tennant is back (in case you were wondering about that. As one would ITV also added some stellar performers to the cast (Charlotte Rampling, Eve Myles and Marianne Jean-Baptiste!). PLUS there IS a new crime mystery AND (what I find the most fascinating of it all) they are touching upon the aftermath of the crime?
You know how in “regular” crime series it’s always: a crime happens, the police investigates the crime, they catch the culprit, they get a confession, the end. Sometimes (but rarely) the trial is also covered.
See, with Broadchurch they went a step further. We get to see what actually happened to the people and the community impacted by the crime. And it’s heart wrenching really. And kinda overwrought. And it might be too schmaltzy and whathaveyou for some.
BUT yes, I will keep at it with Broadchurch. Because that freaking Sandbrook? I need to know what happened.