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for me, it has the potential to be the best thing on British TV this decade.
Some people on here must think Verbal and I are being paid by Channel 4, but it really is good, and promises to get better.
Verbal: Did you get your signed photograph of Gok Wan? My Jon Snow tie came through yesterday.
but I was on the recieving end of a rather large package from Alan Carr yesterday.
if a little difficult and overly-artsy at times (G2 did a whole piece on "What was actually going on?" today, so I'm not the only slightly confused one). Apparently things will become clearer in the next two episodes.
I especially liked it beacuse I'm a trainee reporter, so it was really interesting to see what it was like in a newsroom 30 yeas ago (bigger sideburns and more smoking, mainly).
But the atmospherics of it in general were excellent, and the grim northerness of it speaks to my soul (Humberside 4 eva).
"It's all blimmin' foreigners oop 'ere now" etc
"Ooh, bar ther weh, I also larke teh kill kiddees".
It spent too long trying to engender it's noir atmosphere and not long enough on the plot. Hopefully it gets better though, and the presence of Paddy Considine almost certainly implies that it does.
for me it was inches away from being amazing telly but just fell short....great cast...possibly the best cinamatography i've ever seen on the telly...just everything about the way it was shot was perfect and beautiful...the way the camera always lingered just off the main focus of the shot...all the emphasis on bits of inconsequential nothings like the wobbling phone cord...amazing.....but then...the script and the characterization drew it short......if i'd believed in the doomed relationship the ending would have really hit but almost everything to do with rebecca halls character seemed so routine and pedestrian and sluggish......i was pretty despairing until it all perked up in the last 20 minutes...so overall i'm not sure...the portentious stuff seemed delicate and enticing when the plot had your attention but when it was trundling along like a slow episode of heartbeat at the beginning, all the flashes and visions and dreams just grated.
anyway.....still looking forward to the second...
i thought it was better, but i've quite the soft spot for paddy considine.
I'd give my left testee for it to be thursday already.
the episode was pretty baffling compared to the book..not making much or any sense at all.......characters cut and minor figures enlarged to obfuscate the detials....dunno....i'll watch the 2nd one now and wait and see.....
but i think slow, surreal, risk-taking television at prime time on a thursday night should always be applauded as genius
there are few times when TV even *seems* like art, let alone when it IS art
i supposse the ambition is admirable....and of course there needs to be more challneging tv.....but it felt a bit like.....'hey...look.....look at us being gritty...we're really pushing for something here'...without actually reaching what they are going for....but still.......i'll be getting started on the 2nd one soon
if they were pushign for it but didn't achieve, what was the "reality" of this weird weird weird yorkshire.
i think they did nothing but find horrible, surreal visions of the truth
gritty intelligent drama and was too aware of this effort to the detriment of any actual plot or character development.......why the fuck did anyone do anything?....like motives i mean.....why?....what was anyones thought process?....it might be trying to be high minded but it still has to play out as a drama....maybe the vagueness all adds to the mystique...the surreal aspect....yorkshire as some weired black hole seperate from everything else where no one acts conventionally....or maybe it's an excuse for shoddy script....i dunno.....