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Old June 4 2011, 11:39 PM   #61
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Well the last ep of The Shadow Line...crikey!
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Old June 7 2011, 07:02 PM   #62
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The Shadow Line just continues to blow me away - literally, this week, with the Glickman/Gatehouse confrontation. Only two episodes left, but we're promised answers this week!

Also, I don't recall if it had a thread of its own or not (and it's not really drama), but I have also bloody loved Psychoville 2. Why they felt the need to move the final episode forward 3 days just for Mock the bloody Week I don't understand, but it was spot on. Okay, the returning character came from nowhere really, but I can buy it.

I'd also like to think the mysterious driver in the car park in PV was Gatehouse
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Old June 8 2011, 11:54 AM   #63
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Gatehouse Vs Glickman was both cool and a trifle silly all at the same time. I'm loving this show though!
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Old June 8 2011, 11:57 AM   #64
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Inspired by the quality and complexity of The Shadow Line we rewatched State of Play this week.

TSL would seem to be a natural successor, there's not a great deal between them in terms of quality - both fantastic.
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Old June 10 2011, 09:24 AM   #65
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So it looks like Luther starts Tuesday and it's gone from 2 feature length episodes to 4 one hour episodes.
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Old June 10 2011, 09:30 AM   #66
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So the penultimate ep of The Shadow Line has been and gone and the body count still piles up in a most impressive manner. Who's placing bets on the winner? Will it be Gabriel? Will it be Gatehouse? or will it be the utterly sleazoid police commissioner? Still a great show and still, for me, completely unpredictable, except we all knew Gatehouse was gonna git his assassin, didn't we?

Also Case Histories is really very good, so if you haven't been watching it, catch up. Next ep is on Sunday.
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Old June 10 2011, 10:00 AM   #67
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The Shadow Line has veered perilously close to parody at time the last few weeks, but has managed to stay just the right side of it (seriously if Gatehouse is revealed to be a Terminator I wouldn't be that surprised).

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I seriously wonder how many people are going to be left alive by the end, and yeah what's great about it is that it's in no way predictable for most of the time, except like you say it was pretty obvious what was going to happen in hopsital.
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Old June 10 2011, 10:15 AM   #68
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Still not caught up with The Shadow Line, going to need to catch up soon.
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Old June 10 2011, 11:14 AM   #69
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The Shadow Line has veered perilously close to parody at time the last few weeks, but has managed to stay just the right side of it (seriously if Gatehouse is revealed to be a Terminator I wouldn't be that surprised).

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I seriously wonder how many people are going to be left alive by the end, and yeah what's great about it is that it's in no way predictable for most of the time, except like you say it was pretty obvious what was going to happen in hopsital.
I wondered at the enormous cast at the beginning of the run but the novel way the writers have dealt with that has solved it. I'm worried about Joe Bede now. It's strange when an out and out villain gets everyone's sympathy vote.

I sincerely hope sleazoid police commissioner is added to the body count before the end but I suspect he'll emerge squeaky clean.
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Old June 10 2011, 11:36 AM   #70
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Yeah I'm worried about Jospeh as well, I think he's either going to die or we're looking at a Godfather situation here and he's going to reluctantly end up having to assume Ratten's mantle permanantly.

I really like the guy who plays the commisioner as an actor, he veers from sleezy to scary quite well and he's also very good as the comedy dad in the Sarah Jane Adventures!!
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Old June 11 2011, 12:50 AM   #71
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Yeah I'm worried about Jospeh as well, I think he's either going to die or we're looking at a Godfather situation here and he's going to reluctantly end up having to assume Ratten's mantle permanantly.

I really like the guy who plays the commisioner as an actor, he veers from sleezy to scary quite well and he's also very good as the comedy dad in the Sarah Jane Adventures!!
I know the commissioner from band of gold,he played a sleazy pimp.
Just read that Stephen Rea first role was on crossroads, well they all have to start somewhere.
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Old June 11 2011, 06:51 AM   #72
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I've watched 2 more episodes now. So got 3 more to catch up with before the final one next week.
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Old June 17 2011, 09:32 AM   #73
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Good grief. Well it doesn't pull any punches. Overall I'd say The Shadow Line was unique in many ways and very well done. It's not often we get to watch a drama where the story not only takes centre stage but completely overshadows the characters in it. There were a few niggles, like Gatehouse's penchant for toying with his victims in some kind of psychological experiment. He only very rarely resisted the temptation to do this. It was a dramatic device, like Bond villains insisting on telling Bond the evil plot before sending him to his death, but it was overdone. There's a reveal at the end which is frankly ridiculous. You'll know what I mean. Aside from that, a terrific ride.
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Old June 17 2011, 09:39 AM   #74
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Was the last episode on last night? I'm up to episode 6 on my watch. Oh, 7 is on my recorder, I'll watch that later. Then I have to watch Luther, too. Too busy reading to have watched that yet.
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Old June 17 2011, 09:41 AM   #75
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Personally, loved it. Dark endings always work for me.

This AND Luther - British drama's looking pretty good at the moment.
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