Category Archives: BBC

Second Sight (BBC)

Been watching this BBC crime drama series about (described on netflix as “absorbing”…eeehhh…not really all that absorbing) -Det. Ross Tanner, played by Clive Owen back before he had giant white caps put on his teeth, is going blind because of some weird eye disease thing.  Aren’t we a bit tired of all the different gimicks writers use to make the detective story “fresh”?  —The crimes in this series are fairly easy to figure out ahead of time and not very interesting….Clive is the only thing really making it worth while to follow….but I tell you, if you want a BBC crime drama, check out Wire in the Blood.


Wire in the Blood (finished series)

Was a great series.  Sad to be done with it.  I hope they give us a season 7 one of these days.  Dr. Tony Hill was one of my favorite TV characters.  And I learned a bit about psy profiling.  I didn’t care as much about the who done it of the crimes as much as I enjoyed watching Tony figure it all out using psychology.

Wire in the Blood –Season 4

I’ve finished season 4 and if not for my total love of the character Dr.Hill and the drool factor for the actor who plays him (Robson Green), I wouldn’t have watched this season out of spite!  They took Carol off….the flirtations between Dr.Hill and Carol were great and I am pissed they dropped that storyline.


The It Crowd: Series 2 episode 1

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia BBC version

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia BBC version

I’m on my fourth glass of wine and started this show with episode one of series 2 so I thought it was chuckle worthy…reminded me a LOT of It’s Always Sunny and a bit like Flight of the Concords minus the singing ……I’ll try a few more episodes….let’s start at the beginning shall we?

Brideshead Revisted, episodes 6-13 (finished)


Should be subtitled:  how religion torments people and tears apart great loves …how religion is the death of happiness….that’s my non catholic accessment…to a devout catholic I’m sure it is a story of redemption etc….you could draw some parallels with Graham Greene’s End of the Affair (though Bendrix comes away with a different attitude about religion than Charles)… can catch a whiff of Atonement in this story too…..but only marginally.  All I know is, I’d hate having to live with the weight of being Catholic.  I sure will miss the house….

Brideshead Revisted, Disc 2 – episodes 3, 4, & 5


BBC mini series (1981) — remember how I said I liked the narrative parts and wanted to read Waugh because of the language?  Well he said of Brideshead:

It was a bleak period of present privation and threatening disaster — the period of soya beans and Basic English — and in consequence the book is infused with a kind of gluttony, for food and wine, for the splendours of the recent past, and for rhetorical and ornamental language which now, with a full stomach, I find distasteful.”

I’ve felt that about my own writing many times….and I guess I can see where the language does become overblown especially to modern readers…..but even the way he describes his distaste for his writing is so beautiful….I’ve always really loved that style.

The plot is dragging a bit….I find myself reading a magazine while watching the movie….that can’t be a good sign.