TV review – January 2015

Foyles War

Foyles War Cast

Foyles War Cast – Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen on right) & Samantha “Sam” Stewart (Honeysuckle Weeks on left)

I think that the decision to end the series after last nights episode in the UK is the correct one as I have been profoundly disappointed by this season as the character of Foyle seems perpetually world weary and the plots seem to be merely hanging points for political statements which I personally happen to agree with but I don’t think that they take the place of a good coherent plot which intrigues you.

 

Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise – Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall – Series 3—present on left) and Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey (Sara Martins – Series 1—present on right)

What can you say – Death in Paradise is a feel good series; yes, there is a murder each week but the Caribbean background and the characters give you an hour of good quality entertainment with a component puzzle at its heart.

 

Spiral (Engrenages)

Spiral Cast

Spiral (Engrenages) – from left to right: Police Lieutenant Frédéric “Tintin” Fromentin (Fred Bianconi), Police Lieutenant Gilles “Gilou” Escoffie
(Thierry Godard) & Police Captain Laure Berthaud (Caroline Proust)

The flipside to Death in Paradise – dark & gloomy with some people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons and others doing the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Plot & character-wise it is the best series on TV in the UK at the moment for me with great acting, a strong plot and lots of twists and turns.

 

Broadchurch

Broadchurch Series 2

Broadchurch Series 2 – Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant on left) & Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman on right)

I personally like the 2nd series better than the first although I do acknowledge the procedural issues of policing and law that have been raised by others. This is due to the supporting cast for me and the twisty-turny plot.

 

Silent Witness

Silent Witness Cast

Silent Witness Cast – from ;eft to right: Dr. Thomas Chamberlain (Series 17 onwards – Richard Lintern), Dr. Nikki Alexander (Series 8 onwards – Emilia Fox) & Jack Hodgson (Series 16 onwards – David Caves)

I really don’t know how I feel about this – it is an enjoyable enough 2 hours a week (2 x 1 hour episodes) but the plots don’t always make sense and any engagement with the current core cast is minimal – it is a rarity in the TV detective genre in having become less soapy in recent years.

 

One thought on “TV review – January 2015

  1. Slight opinion change on Broadchurch

    • would a defence lawyer be allowed by a Judge to throw mud everywhere and see if any sticks which seems to be the defence case here?
    • is Alec Hardy quite with it – he suspects Claire but protects her and continues after her husband.

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