Category: BBC TV Series

Line of Duty – S5 (2019)

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Thank God for Acorn TV for us across-the-pond fans. Line of Duty, the BBC hit and highest rated series in the UK, is now on Acorn TV.  It started May 13th.  Like a junkie on drugs, I watched five episodes straight in the row until I couldn’t keep my eyes open.  Savored episode six with dinner the next day while eating my microwave TV turkey and gravy (what else).  What a freaking season!  This show is addicting.

Bent coppers – that’s what it’s about.  You don’t know who to believe.  Suspicion with a capital “S” pointing to Superintendent Ted Hastings.  By the end of the episode, you’re raging on Twitter #lineofduty – Free Ted.

Here’s a good rundown from DigitalSpy about Season 5 and how it may be frustrating to some viewers.  Naturally, the mystery remains.  People you thought were the good guys are turning out to be the corrupt guys.  Where is Season 6 going to take us?

Season 5 is interrogation overload, for sure (…let me turn your attention to page…), and by the end there still is corruption in the force.  Of course, the writers and producers are going to make us wait again to find out what comes next.  Buggers.

And one last thought, for a woman who can play parts such as docile Mrs. Darcy in DeathB Comes to Pemberley, Esther Summerson in Bleak House, or Bessy Higgins in North & South, Anna Maxwell Martin can really play a woman on a mission with a bitchy attitude that makes you squirm in your seat.  Let’s face it, when you want to gag a character in a TV show, the actress is doing a great job of making you despise her.   Well done Anna.

And last, but not least, there definately (pun here) should be multiple kudos flung at Adrian Dunbar.  Well done, Superintendent.  You had me shaking in the hot seat with you.

Line of Duty Season 5: Ted Hastings and Kate Fleming RETURN…  Yes!!! 

LINE OF DUTY fans were in for a treat last night when Jed Mercurio dropped a teasing look at the upcoming fifth season of the hit BBC drama after the Bodyguard finale.

Source: Line of Duty season 5: Ted Hastings and Kate Fleming RETURN as Steve Arnott unrecognisable

The Passing Bells (2014 BBC Series)

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Why do I watch these series that make me go through a box of tissues?  Can someone answer me, please?  It’s that phrase that continually resounds in my brain, “Lest We Forget.”

Since I’ve recently written a book set in England during World War I, between finding all of my distant cousins who perished, plus doing research non-stop, I’ve been pulled into this terrible conflict. The more I watch, the more I cry.  Someone on the Period Drama Group on Facebook suggested The Passing Bells. It’s streaming on BritBox, if you care to watch it.  It’s also on sale on Amazon but in overseas format only. Beware, the ending will rip your heart out.

It’s a story that spans four years of the World War I, seen through the eyes of two young lads – one from England and one from Germany.  From the moment that war is declared and they enlist, the story flips back and forth following their training and fighting in a war that after four years becomes tiresome and pointless.

In addition to their lives, the story touches upon their families — the fears of their mothers when they enlist, the proud fathers who wish their sons the best, the young ladies the young lads love, and the effects of war upon their home communities. It also places the audience in the trenches and at the battle of Somme, which was the most horrific battle where in reality 420,00 English soldiers, 434,000 German, and 200,000 French died.  At the end of the series, the following is shown – What passing-bells for these who die as cattle. (Anthem for Doomed Youth byWilford Owen)

There is great hope as you watch this five-part series that the two young lads (Thomas played by Patrick Gibson as the English soldier and Michael played by Jack Lowden as the German soldier) will survive. As you watch the politicians sign their names to the Treaty of Versailles something terrible happens at the end.  It is not an easy story to watch, but it reminds us that we should never forget.

My only critical comment about this series is that British actors with distinctive British accents also play the Germans in this movie. It detracts from the realism and would have been much better had they learned the accent for the role.  At times it feels as if it’s the British lads fighting British lads.  Otherwise, it’s realistically filmed and well acted.

Line of Duty (BBC 2012-Present TV Series

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BBC films. Acorn TV posts. I binge.

It’s as simple as that scenario to keep me glued to my recliner. My latest binge, when I should be writing and editing my books, Line of Duty – now streaming on Acorn TV.

The show is from a different slant about DS Steve Arnott (a short man who has a lot to prove), who is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after a dastardly stint in another. Series one focuses on the officer of the year, who tells enough lies to wrap himself up in a sticky spider’s web with no way out.  

It’s well done, well acted, just the right amount of suspense, not too boring that you fast forward, and keeps you guessing and entertained until a surprising and inconclusive ending.  I’m afraid to start season two because I will probably waste the entire day getting nothing done.

As usual, British television does it again. The show apparently started in 2012 and is now in season five in 2017.  I suppose that tells you it is good enough not to cancel.

Check it out if you’re a crime-crazy nut that would rather watch the corruption from inside the force, rather than the force fighting the corruption outside.

UPDATE:  As a side note, I’ve watched Season 2 and Season 3, and they continue to be extremely engagement, to say the least.  Great show!  Keeps you guessing.

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