Friday, August 11, 2006

It's the little things

You get home from a hard day in retail (eight hours on your feet, and you never realised one could get so filthy just selling books) and the house is in a mess. It's a really cold night and there's something wrong with the heating and you're going to have to get the instruction book out, if you can find it. You are very hungry, but too tired to cook.

Dispiritedly, you wonder what's on the teeve. You find the liftout from The Advertiser and scan across the channels. And suddenly the world goes all pink.

Because Wire in the Blood is back.


Ron said...

My favourite program. I hope they have plenty of episodes.

Pavlov's Cat said...

It's the new (fourth) series. I think the plots have now completely departed from McDermid's books.

I'm going to miss Carol, though -- Johannesburg, indeed. Pffft.

Ron said...

I thought Carol's replacement was quite good and Robson a little nuttier than before (THE brain operation: we'll have to blame that).

Has he changed digs or am I mixing his character with another? I seem to remember a big armchair facing a large bow window in an old flat.

And the police station was a bit weird with that submariney-looking interrogation room.

Next week's episode looks like a trip into some dark corners.

FXH said...

pav. I've blamed you for getting me to read Kathy Reich and watch BONES. See comment at After Grog Blog.

JahTeh said...

It must be ratings. Two Australian madeforTV movies with Colin Friels, Crossing Jordon with Jill Hennessy, Midsommer Murders on two, Bones, good.

Stargate and Battlestar Galactica on at some ungodly hour when they could replace some of the dross on earlier.

naomi said...

I find Wire in the Blood is just too convincing - it creeps me out! And the loss of Carol and that sexual tension element is very sad (like the discombobulation of the doctor though).

Don't you think the hostility of the new replacement officer was resolved a bit too quickly?

Cozalcoatl said...

I thought it was to be released later in the year.
Yay for all the seasons restarting (in the US anyway)- Stargate, SG-Alantis, Battlestar...

comicstriphero said...

Hmmm, not so sure about this new series.

The 'handover' to the new DI was pretty clumsy. A lot of the dialogue seemed a bit forced and awkward and they seemed to be spelling out the plot for the audience more than they used to. You know, almost patronising.

I know that the first episode with a new character (and set) is always going to be difficult and that I should maybe hold-off until the next episode to conclude that I am disappointed.

But I miss Hermione Norris. And the relationship between Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

Can't help that we recently watched the first two series again. They were good.

Jury's still out on this season thought.

Word verification is "uloss"

tigtog said...

I'm with comicstriphero. I thought the dialogue and plotting of this episode both suffered from the lack of a full McDiarmid storyline to pare down from.

It's still one of the better crime shows on TV, but this first episode was not up to the standard of the first three series. I hope now that they've introduced the new DI they can stick to just plotting the mysteries and building the sexual tension.

Hermione Norris is going to be in the next series of "Spooks", BTW.

Kate said...

I've been busy last few friday nights so I've missed it (bugger). Hopefully they'll repeat it at some point or I'll get the DVD.

comicstriphero said...

Hermione Norris is going to be in the next series of "Spooks", BTW.

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! She might not look quite as hawt as Keeley Hawes though.

tigtog said...

Keeley Hawes is indeed disgustingly delectable.

She and Matthew McFadyen are both in a movie coming out next year as part of a large UK ensemble cast - I don't know whether they play many scenes together at all.

mr tog will be most happy - KH and Jane Asher too!

tigtog said...

Ooh ooh ooh ooh


This Fri night on Channel 7, Robbie Coltrane is back as Fitz after 10 years, and Jimmy McGovern is back writing it after 12 years.

Set those VCRs, everybody.

Zoe said...

Yay for tigtog's cracker alert service!

Pavlov's Cat said...

Agreed. Breathtaking screenwriting. Excellent Brit acting. Lovely Robbie Coltrane.

But it's so sexist ... Normally I would just sigh, but one does so want something that superlatively good not to fall at so important a hurdle. Let us hope that Jimmy McGovern is less in thrall, twelve years on, to the British 1950s Angry Young Man mode.

tigtog said...

I see what you mean, PC, but to be fair Fitz steamrollers everybody, not just his wife and Penhaligon.