Hmm

As big a rugby fan as I am, this has me bemused… Presumably they’re going to be sold to people who don’t know much about the sport?!

While I’m mumbling, has anyone caught the ITV series Demons? I had recorded the first episode because the ad made it sound like my sort of thing with millions of demons swarming underneath the streets of London. Unfortunately it had been made by ITV and I didn’t even make it through the first episode. Was it the fact that the main character didn’t keep his shirt on for more than five mins at a time for no obvious reason? Was it the generic template plot that shows the ITV drama department have absolutely no fucking clue and no interest in writing anything that might challenge the intellect of the average X factor fan? Was it the fact that I could have written the script with no script-writing experience at all? Was it the fact that they decided they needed to bring in Van Helsing as some weak attempt to give the basic idea some credibility? Was it the speech given to the main character when his destiny was revealed by his uncle that sounded like it could have been written by a jihadist (which would be fine if there was any substance to the plot but there was no indication the writer had even considered the implications of the ‘kill the unclean’ talk)/ Or was it that Philip Glenister, an actor with real ability and presence, was dragged in and no doubt paid loads to star? Fine, that last one’s great by me, except what fucking MORON decided he needed an American accent? Serious, it was embarrassing. I can just see some TV exec assuming that it gets them a US TV deal but I have to tell you, over there they can write some decent stuff – they don’t need to buy shit from over here…

24 thoughts on “Hmm

  1. Yep, agree, disappointing and generic and 99% wot you said [never mind that driving the girl home then letting her walk into a deserted housing estate building was one of those TSTL moments on both their parts, I mean, he was supposed to be keeping her safe …

    But will give it another go, maybe it might improve [despite the accent]

  2. Yep, agree, disappointing and generic and 99% wot you said [never mind that driving the girl home then letting her walk into a deserted housing estate building was one of those TSTL moments on both their parts, I mean, he was supposed to be keeping her safe …

    But will give it another go, maybe it might improve [despite the accent]

    1. What, you honestly believe that ITV could possibly muck up their remake of THE PRISONER? Surely you jest! :-O

      And that’s true unfortunately, coming later this year with Ian McKellan as Number Two. Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?

      1. Looking at the details of The Prisoner I don’t think ITV are the ones actually making it, so there’s hope yet! I’m not committing to hating it now, not yet…

    1. What, you honestly believe that ITV could possibly muck up their remake of THE PRISONER? Surely you jest! :-O

      And that’s true unfortunately, coming later this year with Ian McKellan as Number Two. Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?

      1. Looking at the details of The Prisoner I don’t think ITV are the ones actually making it, so there’s hope yet! I’m not committing to hating it now, not yet…

  3. I’ve been watching some HBO shows on DVD recently, mainly THE WIRE and started today on BAND OF BROTHERS, with ROME waiting after that. It occurs to me the last time Britain even remotely had a drama that could compete on the same level was five years ago with STATE OF PLAY. The last time was maybe five years before that with ULTRAVIOLET. I am left feeling quite embarrassed about the poor state of our TV drama at the moment.

    1. Did you see “The Devil’s Whore” on channel 4? I thought it competed very well, although the fact that it was cut from 9 episodes to a mere four, really showed in the plotting. Still, beautiful stuff.

      1. We’re a bit better at historical stuff certainly, while it didn’t excite me I saw a few episodes of Little Dorrit and it was at least well-executed. Overall though, yes, it’s embarrassing that we can’t do anything modern and respectable. I watched Smiley’s Game recently and it’s interesting to see how much of that is taken up by quiet in a way you wouldn’t be allowed to these days.

        Just got series two of the Wire and really looking forward to it!

  4. I’ve been watching some HBO shows on DVD recently, mainly THE WIRE and started today on BAND OF BROTHERS, with ROME waiting after that. It occurs to me the last time Britain even remotely had a drama that could compete on the same level was five years ago with STATE OF PLAY. The last time was maybe five years before that with ULTRAVIOLET. I am left feeling quite embarrassed about the poor state of our TV drama at the moment.

    1. Did you see “The Devil’s Whore” on channel 4? I thought it competed very well, although the fact that it was cut from 9 episodes to a mere four, really showed in the plotting. Still, beautiful stuff.

      1. We’re a bit better at historical stuff certainly, while it didn’t excite me I saw a few episodes of Little Dorrit and it was at least well-executed. Overall though, yes, it’s embarrassing that we can’t do anything modern and respectable. I watched Smiley’s Game recently and it’s interesting to see how much of that is taken up by quiet in a way you wouldn’t be allowed to these days.

        Just got series two of the Wire and really looking forward to it!

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