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November 19th, 2008


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10:33 pm - The Devil's Whore
The new Civil War drama started tonight. You wouldn't have guessed it was by the writer of 'Our Friends in the North': I enjoyed it well enough, and I didn't think it was a travesty or anything. Just a jolly old romp, really, with good actors and high production values.

ETA John Simm was cool

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From:gylfinir
Date:November 19th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed it too; it's great to see such quality in the midst of all the usual dross.
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From:communicator
Date:November 20th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
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I thought Peter Capaldi was particularly good as Charles I. He even looked like him.
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From:communicator
Date:November 20th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
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It was very compressed - a few times I looked away for a few seconds and the war had progressed by several months
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From:ninebelow
Date:November 20th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
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It was a funny old programme: very compressed as you said, wildly different tones to the individual parts, generally unintelligble dialogue.

I'm surprised there haven't been more modern dramas set during the civil war. It seems largely untapped. (Although I think Peter Watkins did a one?)
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From:communicator
Date:November 20th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
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There was the film 'To Kill a King' about Cromwell having a crush on Fairfax (Tim Roth and Dougray Scott) which was absurd IMHO. It also had a politically difficult and impetuous Royalist upper-class wife, but she was more annoying and spoiled than Fanshawe in this.

The tone was very changeable - in some parts it seemed like an historical romance, and it seems to be setting itself up to be 'Wicked Lady'. But I thought the actors were great.
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From:hafren
Date:November 20th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
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I did think of watching, but with re-runs of The Detectives on Paramount 2.....
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From:communicator
Date:November 20th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
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But the big question is - Are you going to change your icon now he has thrown in the towel?
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From:kalypso_v
Date:November 20th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't think he has thrown in the towel. He's flounced off the floor, whirling the towel round his head, dropping heavy hints that he'd have won if he hadn't had better things to do.
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From:hafren
Date:November 21st, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
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Certainly not - he justified the caption in the manner of his leaving!

Might not bother watching any more, though. I'd like Tom or Austin to win but I'm not that bothered....
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From:kalypso_v
Date:November 20th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
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I liked Nancy Banks-Smith's review this morning: "It is flatteringly well written and acted; they know we usually settle for much less."
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From:communicator
Date:November 20th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
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That must have been where I got the 'Wicked Lady' idea from too.
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From:pennski
Date:November 20th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I had to choose between this, "Heroes" and "Picture Books". This didn't win - although "Heroes" is teetering on the edge of being abandoned.

"Picture Books" was glorious though!
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From:communicator
Date:November 20th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Yes, great show, I've been watching it with my kids, I think it's on Saturday night
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From:mraltariel
Date:November 20th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
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I faintly thought that it was an over-extended 'Big Train' sketch that never quite reached the punchline.

Tip to actors. If you're going to wear a sword, spend a little time learning how to walk with it on.
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From:communicator
Date:November 21st, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Now you are being harsher than me. What did you think of Apparitions this week? (I didn't watch it)
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From:mraltariel
Date:November 21st, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
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I am, yes! :-) Although, actually, I thought it was fine - encouraging to see Channel 4 produce a decent drama for the first time in years. Of course, it has to have 'Whore" in the title to get past their schedulers :D

Apparitions this week - I think I was right in terms of what they are trying to do with it. They've also got a *real* POV character for us (a police woman), and you can see how the other factions fall into varying degrees of fantasy (including our ostensible hero). The difficulty, I think, is with the difficulty of the material (this two parter ended up in a holocaust narrative), and it is therefore walking a tightrope which, for many viewers, it will fall off repeatedly.

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