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A Second Helping of Broadchurch

bc1Got to be honest and say that I totally missed the first season of ITV’s seaside detective drama, Broadchurch, when it first aired. Instead it took a seven hour flight back from a holiday in Dubai for me to finally catch up. Unfortunately, as our plane was only 15 minutes from touching down in Glasgow, I didn’t have time to watch the 8th and last episode of that first season. It wasn’t until several months later, with Season Two set to start, that I eventually got round to witnessing the season finale of the previous season – and a great episode it was. As I type, I have just watched the season finale of the second season, and I have to say I enjoyed the second batch of eight episodes just as much as the first.

However, it appears if some TV critics are to be believed Season Two was a disappointing flop, as viewing figures dropped. Not sure why this was the case. All the key elements remained: David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy, Olivia Colman as his sidekick Ellie Miller, the haunting music of Olafur Arnalds and the stunning blue skies and green seas of the mythical Broadchurch. The bugbear of the critics I read was that the season heavily featured a case mentioned, although never in great detail, in the first season – the Sandbrook killings. This was the case whose unsatisfactory conclusion tortured Alec Hardy to the marrow. It was the very reason he ended up in Broadchurch. One particular critic has been especially apoplectic in her insistence that “nobody” (i.e. her) is interested in the Sandbrook case because it was only an obsession of Hardy’s. Well, surely something which is an obsession of a main character should be of interest to people who watch the programme? Hardy’s “obsession” related to an unsolved case in which two young girls were abducted, assumed murdered. Struggling to understand why focusing on an unsolved crime should be seen as anything other than worthwhile.

In general terms I thought Season Two went where it should have gone i.e. trial of Joe Miller and closure on Sandbrook. To have another murder in this small, quiet seaside town would have been wrong. The whole point was that this sort of thing didn’t happen in that sort of place. No. I think they should leave it as is, with one murder which forever haunts the town.

Before it was announced there would be a Season Three, I perhaps thought that it might have been the end for Broadchurch. Just felt that the very name itself limited the future scope of the programme. Maybe an immediate spin-off based around the exploits of Alec  Hardy and Ellie Miller would ensue. They could both still live in Broadchurch but the cases they investigate are spread over a much larger area. However, I’m happy that it is returning – the central two characters created deserve to continue, only hope their not stifled by over familiar surroundings.

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Watching and What I’m Not Watching – Part 1

In our household the prime TV watching slot is when we are eating our tea in the evening. Yes, we are slobs who eat in the living room and not at a table. For that I don’t apologise. We use trays and even though some dinner ends up on our clothes most finds it’s destination. Anyway, I digress. Of more importance than how we eat is what we watch when we are doing it. Most programmes will either be on DVD or something we have recorded on our SKY+ HD box. The current hot and not so hots in our house are:

Hot

Lost (DVD) – Silly story about plane crash victims on a creepy island inhabited by Polar bears and other unlikely creatures. Love it. There are six seasons and we are nearing the end of season one. Good range of characters, each with plenty of back story. Think it will probably get increasingly silly in the seasons to come but nothing wrong with silly TV as long as it’s also interesting and fun.

Friday Night Lights (SKY Atlantic HD) – Currently on season three. Probably one of my favourite programmes of the last couple of years. Story focuses on a Texan high school football team called the Dillon Panthers. Core two characters are the team’s coach and his wife, who also happens to be the schools principal. Not actually a lot of football scenes in it but the ones they do have are usually fairly well done and not always as predictable as you may think. If you have never seen this you should watch it.

Not Hot

Blue Bloods (Sky Atlantic HD) – Struggled through the first couple of seasons of this New York based cop show. Centres around a family of policemen, ex-policemen and a lawyer. Feels like the Waltons meets Hill Street Blues. That said both of these aforementioned programmes were infinitely better than the resulting merger. Our household is currently a bit divided. I have given up completely on it whereas the good lady Doctor is willing to give it more time. For me it’s too heavy on paper thin plots, weak characters, religious overtones and it’s attempt to moralise leaves me cold. Some people probably love it and Tom Selleck does his best but I can’t help feeling if he wasn’t in it this show wouldn’t have got past the pilot.

Looking Forward To More of These

Breaking Bad (Season 5)
Mad Men (Season 6)
Dexter (Season 7)
True Blood (Season 6)
Boardwalk Empire (Season 4)

Last word for now. Anyone interested in reading reviews of the current crop of TV programmes, films and cinema releases could do worse than check out this site:

http://www.tvandfilmreview.com/