Posted on January 17, 2008 | |
In the UK: Wednesday 16th January, BBC2, 9pm
In the US: Saturday 26th January, BBC America, 9pm ET/PT
There is a movement that suggests that Murray Gold, erstwhile rubbish composer of the incidental music for Doctor Who, did his best work with the Torchwood theme: it's spooky, dynamic and mercifully brief. I'm not going to argue with that.
However, it became abundantly clear during series one of the Doctor Who spin-off that is was massively inappropriate. In fact, to my mind, there is an existing tune that matched up completely with the tone and feel of most of that series: the classic football chant, "You're sh*t and you know you are", which also has the good fortune to be sung to the Village People's "Go West".
Which was a shame really, since the opening episode of the first series was quite promising, as were some of the later episodes by people who weren't called Chris Chibnall.
Series two started last night. Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang*, written by show-runner – oh no, surely not – Chris Chibnall, was quite a revelation. It turns out that a man formerly associated with awful plots, terrifyingly bad dialogue and characterisation that makes you wonder if he's only ever spoken with online chatbots before now is actually capable of writing something halfway decent and that doesn't make you feel like your eyeballs and eardrums are being sandpapered. Will wonders never cease?
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Posted on January 14, 2008 | |
In the UK: Saturdays, ITV, 9pm
In the US: Not yet acquired
So here we are at the beginning of the episode-by-episode review of the second season of Primeval. Well, fingers crossed, assuming they prove at all popular that is. Let's see how it works out, hey?
The great thing about time travel is that you can reboot your whole series if you don't like it. Don't like the fact the Chinese guy was dead or the guy off Baywatch is getting too much screen time? Hey presto, use the mighty power of the Witchblade and your entire second season can retread the same territory as the first but with a completely different set-up that you like a whole lot better.
And so goes Primeval. Got a bigger budget but don't want to explain why you've had to change your HQ to a great big sci-fi base? Think your hero's love interest is a bit wet and pathetic? Think that the young guy is a bit of a twat? Hey presto, through the mighty power of the “anomalies” (which is actually an anagram of “script writers”. In Croatian. Honest), you can change everything in a couple of minutes in between seasons and everyone will just accept it. Or maybe they won't. Perhaps we shouldn't be so radical, huh? Let's keep the young guy as a complete twat.
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Posted on January 11, 2008 | |
In the UK: Thursdays, 9pm, ITV1 (next episodes are tonight though)
In the US: Not yet acquired
Well, to quote the Absolutely crew, when it comes to radical television, you can't get more radical than this. Ex-EastEnders supremo Tony Jordan wanted to write a comedy/drama about life behind the scenes of a soap opera. No one liked the idea until he had the brainwave of creating a new soap opera to go with it.
So now we have Moving Wallpaper, a half-hour comedy show about the making of a soap opera called Echo Beach. After Moving Wallpaper finishes, on comes Echo Beach for real. It's all so post-modern and clever, isn't it?
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