July 26th, 2010
|12:34 pm - These little-town blues are melting away|
Two excellent TV experiences in the last day. Firstly Steven Moffat's modern-day Sherlock on BBC, with adorable Martin Freeman as Watson and sharp-tasting Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes.
Sherlockian spacefall has asked friends to avoid open spoilers so I will be super-cautious about cutting.
- I liked the way they were modern and sensible about the vexed UST issue: let's not pretend this doesn't occur to people, now let's move on
- My daughter has just read the stories and was very thrilled by the in-jokes and hidden references.
- Much better modernisation than Moffat's Doctor Jekyll
- Moffat understands Watson's function, and is building it sensibly
- Holmes more extremely dysfunctional than you might have expected, but this ties in with making Watson a meaningful necessary half of a functioning whole
Will definitely watch the next two eps
And secondly Mad Men is back. Oh yeah. Every single episode seems to speak to me directly. Take a good look at what your life is; then decide whether you want to make the most of it. Stop pissing about.
ETA Extra Mad Men Links
review of episode 4.1 from a TV blog I like
Interview with Matt Weiner
Wall Street Journal: online dialogue.
In the comments to that:
At the end of the show when he was making the (bikini ad pitch) and they didn’t like the ad because it showed too much, Don commented that if you didn't show you would be left behind by the competition. I think he realized he had been doing the same ... That’s when he felt compelled to put himself out there to the Wall Street Journal or be left behind by his competition.
Mad Men? Where? When? Well, BBC Four, I presume... but I just looked on the website, and it said "Sorry, no programmes coming up."
Enjoyed Sherlock too. Though I always roll my eyes at Moriarty being made a constant, I was relieved when it wasn't who it appeared it might be. (That was an attempt not to be spoilerish.)
No, on AMC, via a circuitous route. Yes, we were wondering about that and I was pleased it went that way.
Oh well, I can wait...
Of course, it might be a twist in which he's both. But at this point my eye is drawn to someone else.
I do like BC.
Dept of Useless Knowledge; in Carry On Cleo there is an early scene where two Roman ladies bid for slave Jim Dale. One is the tubby Willa Claudia, who buys him, while the unsuccessful bidder is a pretty but unnnamed blonde. She is also Benedict Cumberbatch's mum - everyone has a link to the Carry Ons if you look!
And to doctor who: 'She has appeared in Doctor Who on three occasions over three decades: playing Jean Rock in The Faceless Ones (1967); Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl (1977); and Faroon in Time and the Rani (1987)'
Wanda Ventham! I didn't know she was his mum! Yes, I can see it.