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Broadchurch [Mar. 5th, 2013|10:54 am]
Tony Grist
Broadchurch is intended as a British riposte to Scandi-noir. Great sense of place? Check. Superior direction and cinematography? Check. Top-notch cast? Check. Interesting characters? Erm, not so much. David Tennant's unsociable Detective Inspector with a past is formulaic. Why not give him a sense of humour? A line in conjuring tricks? I dunno- anything to make him stand out from all the other mean, broody, lonely machos who clog up popular fiction? Olivia Colman's mumsy Detective Sergeant is more promising but compare these two with the odd couple from the Bridge and they're nowhere.  I notice Chris Chibnall wrote the script- the guy who does the filler episodes for Dr Who. Sorry, chaps, but writing is everything. You can get  all the other ingredients wonderfully right but if the writing plods the whole thing will.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-05 04:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Theodicy with a side order of biology.

I doubt if I'll bother with the rest of it.

I may check out Mayday. It seems like the better of the two.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2013-03-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm recording both, but we have watched the first episode of Mayday and it seemed promising. Will probably save Broadchurch for another time because I don't think I can cope with two lost/murdered children in one week. Regarding formulaic detectives, I always find Midsomer Murders refreshing in that respect. Having happily married, well-balanced detectives who enjoy the occasional drink but aren't well on the way to becoming alcoholics is so original. :)

We did enjoy the documentary about the Flying Scotsman though. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-06 08:20 am (UTC)
Midsomer Murders is fun. Totally bonkers, of course.

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