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August 3rd, 2010


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08:15 am - Sleeping with Wallander
BBC4 are showing all of Swedish Wallander, starting at episode 1, with the swans on fire. My friend who came to stay at the weekend said he preferred the BBC Branagh version. The British version is more heavyweight, it's got a bigger budget, and a very big actor, and because it comes to the character knowingly it is more extreme in its existential dread. It's classy, but I think I like the Swedish one better.

Swedish Wallander is a completely different show, to me. It's gentle and comforting in a quite unique way. Here's the thing - I always fall asleep. I don't know if it's the music, the soft colour tones, the intermittent violence, the gentle banter. It's very pleasant.

It screens from 9-10.30 pm. At 9pm I am always 'Well, luckily this evening I am not tired, and I will watch it all the way through'. By 10pm I am holding my eyes open by main force of will... blinking slowly... missing the subtitles because my eyes are unfocussed... the incomprehensible dialogue washing over me... someone is walking on the shore of the Baltic... the sound of gulls.... 'Wake up Mum, Wallander's over'. Damn it.

But the funny thing is, I enjoy it, and the falling asleep is part of what I enjoy.

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From:gfk88
Date:August 3rd, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
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So come the day when we all have magic screens in our cars, Wallander DVDs will have to be banned.

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From:communicator
Date:August 3rd, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
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It's hard to imagine which TV shows would be suitable for wile-u-drive viewing. Something like Big Brother, so you'd be encouraged to keep your eye firmly on the road, for fear of seeing part of it.
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From:despotliz
Date:August 3rd, 2010 09:56 am (UTC)
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A few years ago I got a taxi in Spain, and it wasn't until we set off I realised the driver intended to carry on watching CSI while he drove us to the airport.
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From:communicator
Date:August 3rd, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh god, I've never seen that, but you do get the imrpession sometimes people aren't hardly aware that a car is a real thing in the real world. They shoot down my road sometimes talking on a mobile.
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From:mraltariel
Date:August 3rd, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
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I completely agree with you about this, in all respects. One day, I'm going to record them and watch them in the afternoon and see if they have the same effect.
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From:communicator
Date:August 3rd, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
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No kidding? I thought it was just me. It's like Mogadon. I must try the afternoon experiment.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:August 3rd, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Here's the thing - I always fall asleep.

I used to get that with The Wire! I was enjoying it, but in the first couple of seasons particularly I couldn't quite keep my eyes open for long.

I think the Swedish Wallander is much more enjoyable. The British version is all about WALLANDER and his PAIN. I encountered it first, but then saw quite a lot of the Swedish one, and when the British one returned for another season I did watch it, but I kept thinking "Who are these people pretending to be the Ystad police and why are they speaking English?" Though in another sense the British version may be more authentic, as I gather that it's based on Mankell's novels, and that the Swedish TV version isn't (the books had already been filmed in Swedish with another actor).
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From:communicator
Date:August 3rd, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
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The Wire never had that effect on me.

Pretending to be the Ystad police! Exactly. It feels like I work with them sometimes, perhaps that's why I doze off.

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