You know what British TV is sorely lacking right now? Entirely studio-based comedy-dramas in which Northern bouncers have relationship issues, talk to camera and sing the hits of Cole Porter. We need more of these, I feel, since The Ritz hasn't been on in over 20 years.
The Ritz was based on the stage play, Bouncers, also written by John Godber, and was a six-part BBC series set in newly established night club The Ritz. Three bouncers (Chike played by Paul Rider, Skodge played by Andrew Dunn and Kenny played by Andrew Livingstone) helped to protect the club from rival club owner Mad Mick (Richard Ridings), while simultaneously juggling their love lives. It was very weird, but very popular, so when it ended, a sequel series called The Continental got commissioned.
But don't take my word for its enjoyability: watch an episode of it on YouTube.
Cop shows tend to be about excitement, don't they? Shootouts, undercover work: you know the form. But most police work is routine, mundane stuff. Any cop assigned to that kind of mind-numbing tedium would want to be doing stuff more like what you'd seen on TV, wouldn't they?
In that sense, The Good Guys is cop wish fulfillment. An action-comedy cross between Burn Notice and Reno 911 that would really like to be a 70s show like Starsky and Hutch, it sees Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and Bradley Whitford (Josh from The West Wing) playing a pair of Dallas property crime detectives, who no matter what they investigate, whether it's a rock being thrown through a window or a burglary, somehow manage to end up facing gunfire, international assassins and all the excitement the genre has to offer.
If only it were as funny as that sounds. Here's a trailer.
Where:White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4DJ When: 18th May-13th June 2010, Tuesday-Saturday: 7:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm How long: An hour and a half with no interval How much: £13 (£10 concessions) Tickets from:Ticket Web or 020 7793 9193 (leave a message with the number of tickets you wish to reseverve and on which date. They will only get back to you if there are no seats available.)
Hippolytus is a Greek tragedy by Euripedes, in case you didn't know. In it, the Greek goddess of love and lust, Aphrodite, is furious that Hippolytus rejects her in favour of a chaste existence and seeks bloody revenge, destroying everything and everyone around him. As spurned Greek goddesses called Aphrodite were/are want to do.
However, this production is based on a new translation by David Crook that "emulates the poetry of the Greek text using a modern language through which it engages the audience as Euripides’ play would have engaged its 5th Century BC Greek audience".
Is this true? Does it work? Well, only if you're in middle management or a big fan of Blake's 7.
Since we're all modern and webby, here's a video trailer of the production.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.