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Midwinter Of The Spirit [Sep. 27th, 2015|10:20 am]
Tony Grist
This is something a little out of the ordinary- a TV show that takes its metaphysics seriously. The hero is a vicar- and this really is a novelty- not a funny vicar but a weary professional- as jaded and cynical as any detective inspector or private eye. She's the diocesan exorcist- newly trained and palpably unconfident- and she's up against evil- not funny, camp evil- all horns and cackle and dry ice- but the real thing- invasive, corrupting, soul-destoying.  Again, we're in Herefordshire- Englands least populated county. When did you last see a TV show set in Herefordshire?  I should imagine never.

Anna Maxwell-Martin is the vicar, David Threlfall is her mentor; that's class. Herefordshire is lorn and beautiful and the spooky horrors are joltingly presented. The source is a series of books by Phil Rickman. He's written 12 and there's another on the way. If the show catches on it could run for years. 

[User Picture]From: dadi
2015-09-27 12:57 pm (UTC)
I have read all Rickmann's books, not only the Merrily Watkins ones. I am always waiting for the next one to come out.. his characters have depth, and they are..different. I don't know if I want to see the whole thing on TV though.. I am always disappointed by movie or TV adaptions of my favourite books!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-09-27 01:44 pm (UTC)
I feel much the same way. I tend to avoid dramatizations of favourite books too.

So should I read the books and give up on the TV series?

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[User Picture]From: dadi
2015-09-27 03:34 pm (UTC)
Well, give it a try and read the first one. Most times the books contain a lot more interesting people too.
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