Posted on March 6, 2009 | |
You wouldn't know it from the BFI's celebration of 25 years of Channel 4 and S4C, but S4C does in fact produce television programmes, some of them quite good. Have a look at Caerdydd. Go on. It's good.
But it would be a mistake to think this is a recent development. A case in point is A Mind to Kill, Wales' answer to Taggart. Starring Welsh man-god Philip Madoc as widower Detective Inspector Noel Bain, A Mind to Kill was a dark and gritty 1991 TV movie about neo-Nazis set and filmed in South Wales.
Shot in both English and Welsh - as (Noson) yr Heliwr (which, I think means either The Night Hunter or Hunter in the Night. Anyone?) - the film, the charismatic Bain and the series format proved popular enough that a series of sequel films was made, running for five series from 1994 to 2004 - even making the transition to the rest of the UK by airing on Five. Yet almost nobody remembers it.
Praise be, then, the first series is being released on DVD by Network on March 16th.
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Posted on March 6, 2009 | |
There's been a marked "treading water" quality about Burn Notice. On the one hand, Burn Notice is very, very good when it's dealing with spy stuff; but when it's all that tedious "person in distress" stuff, it's really very boring - having all the mystery of whether the nuclear-bomb grade spy skills of Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) really can take out the small tea hut that is the usual criminal-of-the-week.
The spy stuff for the last few seasons has come from the series' big question: why was Michael fired from his spy job? I don't know. He doesn't know. He's been looking for ages and to stretch that plot out, they've been filling up episodes with tedious "person in distress" episodes that make me want to yawn. We've even had guest rapper episodes. Not good.
Fortunately, though, we've found out the answer to that question. Yes, we've found out. Sort of. And it looks like the hatches are being battened down for a third (or is that fourth?) season of mostly spy hijinks. Thank God for that.
Oh, some spoilers ahead, so watch out.
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Posted on March 4, 2009 | |
There are a couple of interesting things about the current season of 24:
- It's good. No, really it is. After the last season which even the writers' were hating as they wrote, they've had a sit down, thought about what was wrong and fixed it. We've even had the "there's a second shooter" moment which has neatly divided the season into two parts to avoid plot fatigue. The launch of the second part was on Monday - and wasn't it exciting?
- Jack Bauer is starting to become a real person.
Continue reading "Jack Bauer is a character no more"
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