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Old May 2 2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Just saw this, a look at current and upcoming BBC shows. It's looking like there's a pretty good slate of drama coming up.
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Old May 2 2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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Hmmm very interesting, liking the look of most of that. Perhaps a good British TV season coming up!
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Old May 2 2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Was that Gwen getting all violent?
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Old May 2 2011, 04:23 PM   #4
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Was that Gwen getting all violent?
Yus. That's what you get for calling a Welsh lass English, I suppose.

Exile and Doctor Who have already started (obviously), The Shadow Line starts later this week. Not sure about the others.
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Old May 2 2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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I see BBC1 controller Danny Cohen has stated that there are too many male detectives on BBC. Which is fair enough, but he went and threw the baby out with the bath water by cancelling the excellent Zen. Shame, as it and Wallander were the only UK 'tec shows I've watched in an age.

Anyway, back on topic, these shows do indeed look promising, though I've missed Exile. Apart from Doctor Who and Torchwood The Shadow Line is probably the one that interests me most (and not just because it's got a former DW in it!).
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Old May 3 2011, 10:48 PM   #6
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I'm getting a bit sick of Detective shows. A review piece in the Guardian summed it up quite nicely for me this weekend. They go to great lengths to create these lovely characters in the leads; realistic, understandable, sympathetic or easy to relate to. Then they create the most absurd crime and contrived whodunnit and throw the whole thing into farce. The problem, it seems, is that the sort of crime detective shows thrive on is very, very rare to the point of almost never happening. So creating a 'mystery' tends to ruin these very grounded, gritty realism type shows.
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Old May 4 2011, 03:26 PM   #7
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Not sure if this is relevent but I quite liked the Crimson Petal and the White, even if it did end with a bit of an anti climax. I am tempted by Shadow Line.
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Old May 4 2011, 03:36 PM   #8
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Not sure if this is relevent but I quite liked the Crimson Petal and the White, even if it did end with a bit of an anti climax. I am tempted by Shadow Line.
I only saw the first episode, it was pretty good but a series link wouldn't set so I missed the rest.
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Old May 4 2011, 03:41 PM   #9
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It was good, but like I say meandered around a bit at the end and I was slightly dissapointed with the finale. That said I've heard the author's written more books based on some of the characters so maybe the Beeb were leaving it somewhat open.
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Was that Gwen getting all violent?
Yus. That's what you get for calling a Welsh lass English, I suppose.

Exile and Doctor Who have already started (obviously), The Shadow Line starts later this week. Not sure about the others.
What did you think of "Exile?" I'm interested in seeing it, if and when it ever makes its way to BBCA.
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what is exile? loved dr.who and looking forward to torchwood.
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Old May 5 2011, 12:17 AM   #12
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Exile is a three-part serial, with John Simm as a mess of a tabloid journalist who's forced to go back home to his sister (Olivia Coleman) and senile father (Jim Broadbent), and gets caught up in an old scandal which is somehow connected to the reason why he left in the first place - a savage and unprovoked beating inflicted by his father.
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Old May 5 2011, 07:13 AM   #13
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I'm getting a bit sick of Detective shows. A review piece in the Guardian summed it up quite nicely for me this weekend. They go to great lengths to create these lovely characters in the leads; realistic, understandable, sympathetic or easy to relate to. Then they create the most absurd crime and contrived whodunnit and throw the whole thing into farce. The problem, it seems, is that the sort of crime detective shows thrive on is very, very rare to the point of almost never happening. So creating a 'mystery' tends to ruin these very grounded, gritty realism type shows.
Voila. Totally agree.
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Old May 5 2011, 08:04 PM   #14
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I really liked Exile.

I don't watch too many detective shows, and Eccleston is a big draw for me, so I'm looking forward to Shadow Line later.

Edit - missed that Torchwood bit on the TV, always happy to see Katya from Neighbours get a kicking, especially from our Gwen!
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Old May 5 2011, 10:05 PM   #15
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Shadowline: bloody brilliant. Complex, grown-up, first class British drama. Made no concessions to easing you into the story; you just had to hang on and work it out for yourself. Stellar cast, all superb.
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