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12:10 pm - The Fades and Hidden
I have seen a couple of British TV shows that people might be interested in: The Fades and Hidden.

Hidden stars Phil Glenister (= Gene Hunt) as a rough-diamond solicitor caught up in an extremely complex conspiracy. I tried to catch up with episode one yesterday evening but I kept getting distracted by mraltariel's comments (real life = more interesting than TV) and then I didn't quite follow the second episode, because I was doing something else, and basically I have failed to get my head round it. FWIW it looks intelligent, sophisticated. I haven't quite cottoned on to it yet. But that might just be my deficiency. I might try to catch up properly this weekend on iPlayer.

The Fades is an interesting show, roughly in the same sub-genre as Misfits (imaginative, violent urban fantasy with young protagonists) but I think rather more mainstream in its views, and perhaps more consistent in production values. More BBC in other words. It's well acted and written. The premise is slightly unusual. Ghosts are gaining the ability to physically interact with humans, mainly by biting their faces off. Our hero is a super-weedy 18 year old who discovers he is like, the chosen one, with powers to defeat evil and everyone is depending on him? It's actually quite a lot better, in dialogue and presentation, than that might imply. In particular our hero's interaction with his best friend, a nerdy black guy, and his new girlfriend, are well observed, funny and neat.

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From:londonkds
Date:October 14th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
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Now I (not having seen it) would say that the hero being a Chosen One makes it utterly opposite to Misfits, which if it met a Chosen One would spike his drink and film itself pissing on him as he lies unconscious in the gutter for lulz.
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From:communicator
Date:October 14th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
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Absolutely. It's the same sub-genre but less subversive. It's quite explicit in sex and gruesome violence, but wholesome at heart. Makes it more immediately accessible I think.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:October 14th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
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I have remembered to watch both episodes of Hidden eventually (I keep forgetting and having to use the iPlayer) but like you I seem to be having trouble focusing on it. I do tend to be quite sleepy when I get round to it, so that may be a factor. But I suspect that it's the sort of story that demands concentration, which may be a bit optimistic on the creators' part.
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From:communicator
Date:October 14th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
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If you are finding it hard too I am more likely to think it is a problem (or at least challenge) in the story, rather than just me.
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From:khalinche
Date:October 14th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, Philip Glenister.

That is all.
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From:communicator
Date:October 14th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
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You should definitely watch it then because it's his best part since Hunt, and its quite emotionally complex.
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From:hfnuala
Date:October 14th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I'm loving The Fades. I'm a sad nerd, but my favourite bit was his shock at learning his girlfriend didn't know who Alan Moore was. Also, it is scary at times and currently hasn't over explained.
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From:communicator
Date:October 14th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm just the same, I don't like them to explain things too much. I particularly like his friend Mac, who makes me laugh. I only caught the last five minutes of the most recent episode, so that's another for iPlayer.
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From:tehomet
Date:October 29th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Not gonna lie, I would watch a televised tax audit if Glenister was in it.

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