BBC2 is now showing all 60 episodes nightly, Monday to Friday. The drama made further headlines this week when the British actor Dominic West, one of the show's stars, criticised the BBC for drowning its schedules with costume dramas and failing to make any "high end contemporary stuff" to rival The Wire.
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Regardless of whether you agree with West's sideswipe at the bonnets and britches brigade, he has a point about the "contemporary stuff". The Wire is a TV programme like no other. Its central character isn't a cop or a criminal but a city: the faded industrial port of Baltimore, Maryland.
Over the course of 60 episodes and multiple storylines, The Wire portrays Baltimore — and by extension urban America as a whole — through the eyes of dozens of characters. Each series focuses on a different facet of the city, including the drug-ravaged housing projects, down-at-heel docks, crumbling public schools and corrupt political administration.
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Regardless of whether its characters are running drugs or running for office, The Wire refuses to make black-and-white judgements about them. Its prevailing moral universe is grey. Much of The Wire's power derives from its authenticity. The series' co-creator, Ed Burns, is a former Baltimore homicide detective. The Wire's 'Snoop' arrested in Baltimore drug raid.
The Wire writers 'must pen more'. How The Sopranos launched a TV revolution. In fact, The Wire is so unflinching in its portrayal of the city and its problems that Sheila Dixon, the Mayor of Baltimore, has publicly criticised it for being "overly negative". Incidentally, Dixon was indicted in January of this year for charges that included theft and misconduct in office. While in , during a trial in New York, members of a drugs gang said that they had been studying episodes of The Wire in order to learn about the latest police surveillance techniques, such was the show's realism.
Baltimore's fallen world of drug dealers and urban decay will strike some viewers as a depressing subject, which it is. Sarah had bet on this. If Casey Dowling was like most socialites, she dressed for her dinner parties and wore her jewels. Way in the back was a brocaded box the size of a small loaf of bread. She undid the latch and lifted the lid on the mother lode.
Sarah plucked bracelets and earrings and rings out of the box and stowed them in one of her two small duffel bags, the straps of which crisscrossed her chest. Sarah snapped off her light and dropped to a crouch, her heart rate shooting into overdrive as she heard the living, booming voice of Marcus Dowling, superstar actor of theater and the silver screen, bickering with his wife as he came into the room.
Jason Isaacs is great as Brodie, and while the plotlines never really reach the literary heights Atkinson set us up for, it is still a noble contribution to the genre. Read the books though. The town is turned upside down, tensions run sky high, EVERYONE is a suspect, and the amount of secrets that emerge are headspinning enough by themselves, while the final reveal is both heartbreaking and incredibly human.
Over 33 episodes, he solves some seriously grisly crimes in Oxford, a city he once denounced after university, and for whose academic residents he harbors a healthy mix of complete disdain and occasional reverence. Since Morse is pretty hard to handle by himself, the viewer was handed the smart but affable Inspector Lewis as his sidekick, who later got a show of his own which I personally prefer to Morse and a young, intellectual, tortured partner all his own.
The reasons are as follows: Peter Boyd, the head detective of the Cold Case Squad played by Trevor Eve is one of the gruffest, most unpleasant, completely untactful human beings to ever be on the small screen even several seasons in, his interview bedside manner made me want to cover my face more often than the murders themselves , and the murders, well the murders involve some true unsavoriness, from raping a girl and having her 9 year old brother watch and then throwing them both of a bridge to psychiatric hospitals with secret gravesites to awful child abuse scenarios, it is all here.
For nine seasons. Tony Hill a psychologist who finds himself entangled in some seriously gruesome crimes and even more gruesome people behind them.
There are six seasons and the first episode of season 1 perfectly sets the tone for just how unsavory these crimes are going to be. The fact that Dr.
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Branagh has a certain kind of water colored torture permanently imprinted on his face that makes him perfect for the recently divorced, very sad, yet emotionally disconnected detective he plays. The crimes are typically Scandinavian meaning decidedly more creepy than your standard American fare and the villains a little more desperate than usual, but the cinematography is GORGEOUS, Branagh obviously a very intelligent actor and the sum of all parts makes for a good rainy afternoon with a hot toddy viewing.
Season 2 deals with the Brothers Kray, and season 3 is less focused on obvious sensationalist cold cases and therefore, to me, the most effective. Bonus: Miss Fisher is played by Essie Davis who is uncannily reminiscent of a young Diana Rigg, a fact that should not be lost of at least some of the men reading this I hope.
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It sounds hokey, but it is truly dark, wonderfully acted, and heartbreaking from a certain feminist standpoint too. Final season is now finally available. Then, of course, there is Miss Marple. The likes of Colin Firth, and other British stage and screen mainstays pop-up, sealing in the prestige of the production. The show equivalent of your favorite low fuss dinner-always satisfying, never too demanding. Nothing supernatural happening here necessarily, but it is all the more deeply, profoundly disturbing for it. Bonus: Agent Cooper is truly the only purely good leading man that is also not boring at all.
Just think about it. We, as the viewer, always knew who the killer was from the very beginning because they WOULD show it to us , but watching Columbo get his man or woman, or both was never any less fun because of it.
Bonus: Doris Roberts. People enjoy making fun of it in a sort of a well meaning, loving way, naturally but think about it-this is a smart, funny, wink-worthy, wildly popular TV carried on the shoulders of not a young actress or some hunk-o-the-month, but a charming, life-loving, cocktail drinking, slightly saucy middle-aged widow, something that yes, has been a staple of British TV for a while and Lansbury herself played Miss Marple on occasion but almost unheard of on American TV.
Plus, the cases are almost gleefully delicious.
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A perfect murder mystery to relax to before going to sweet, sweet slumber. For extra nostalgia points, revisit the Magnum PI crossover episode too, for sure:.