Season 1 – 3 Stars
Season 2 – 1 Star
Meet the dysfunctional family whose central character Leo played by Iain Glen. He is having an affair with his first wife, Gina, played by Dawn French. Twenty years earlier, he left her for a younger woman named Sam, played by Emilia Fox. At one time he and Gina owned a hotel, were both celebrated chefs. He now runs that hotel with Sam.
Leo makes a mess of his life when his current wife discovers he’s shagging his first wife on the side. When he finally decides to ask for forgiveness and confess his love to his second wife, he ups and dies by accidentally taking too much heart medication. He leaves behind a bankrupt estate, debts, children that no one knows about, and a convoluted mess of relationships. If that weren’t bad enough, Gina, his first wife has been holding onto a secret of her own that her mentally disturbed daughter, Teresa, is unaware exists.
The tale waffles between the odd and often strained relationship of Gina and Sam who attempted to keep the hotel afloat after Leo’s passing. They have their own secret buried in the backyard that will eventually come to haunt them. Joe and Sam have an 18-year-old son named Michael who has a nearly incestuous relationship with his supposed half-sister. It’s another storyline that plays out to a surprising conclusion. Among the two seasons an old lover returns, Gina’s father shows up who she hates, the police are investigating money laundering, and another secret in the closet that Leo has held quiet for twenty years emerges.
Season one was mildly entertaining in the fact that dead Leo narrates the story and occasionally appears to his daughter and Gina. However, when season two rolls around, the storyline crashes into the ridiculous, making me wonder what hallucinations the writer entertained The ending makes absolutely no sense, and if it were a book, I probably would have thrown it against the wall. Just when things are all coming together for the good of everyone involved, Gina goes off the deep end with no rational reason for her behavior whatsoever. By the end, her character and the audience’s relationship with her turns from tolerable to absolute hatred.
If you’re curious, give it a watch only if nonsensical endings do not get the best of you.
Striking Out is a series available on Acorn TV. It’s an Irish legal drama broadcast on RTE Television. It’s based on a variety of legal professionals (solicitors and barristers) and their professional and personal lives in Dublin. The show focuses on Tara Rafferty. Poor Tara walks in on her fiance, Eric Dunbar, shagging another colleague. Brokenhearted she breaks the engagement, while Eric kicks himself through two seasons for having lost the best thing in his life.
Among the storyline you are immersed in Tara’s cases, but also a larger sideline plot of corruption being investigated that involves her former law firm and all sorts of hidden secrets. Tara works alongside her mentor, Senior Counsel Vincent Pike, to uncover the dirty coverup. There isn’t a whole lot of internal courtroom drama, so you won’t have to sit through hours of testimony on cases.
Season one kept my interest, but season two really sucked me into the dark side of the hidden dealings of Eric’s father and newly formed love interests between the cast members. Trust is a huge issue, and the audience has no idea who to trust in this convulted storyline. Now I’m stuck waiting in limbo for season three! It better be back.
Below is an article on season two but beware the spoilers.
This is a good series to watch, and here’s hoping it continues to some type of conclusion in the future with the bad guys getting their due and love for Tara finally realized.
Source: Striking Out season finale delivers ‘line of the year’ and leaves viewers on a cliffhanger
Highly recommend! Just watched the first episode. Check it out on BritBox.
Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. Mr. Bean, returns as French police detective Jules Maigret.
Source: ‘Maigret’ marks a welcome return from Rowan Atkinson
There are times that I become so overwhelmed at the absolute greatest of British television, I’m speechless. No one does it better than the Brits. I’ve just finished the two seasons of The Jury that first broadcast in 2002 and then again in 2011. Both series consists of five one-hour episodes.
It begins with ordinary citizens receiving in their mail a summons to jury duty. A few of the jurors in each case are focused upon as subplots and how the experience affects them. Of course, the main focus is upon the accused. The first 2002 series revolves around a Sikh teenager who is accused of murdering a classmate who bullied him. The second in 2011 focuses on a man accused of brutally murdering three women he met on an internet dating site.
For those of you who love Gerard Butler, you will find him staring as one of the jurors, along with other familiar faces such as Helen McCrory.
The entire series engrosses you into the English jury process. As the audience, you are given no more information about the guilt or innocence of the individual than what the jurors hear. When they retire to deliberate, no one agrees, of course, initially upon the verdict. You, on the other hand, can cast your own vote. In the first series there is still some doubt, but in the second it appears to be overwhelming evidence at the end of the unanimous outcome.
Needless to say, I’m continuing to rave about the excellence in writing, acting, and presentation of some of these fantastic British shows. This one is currently streaming on BritBox and well worth the ten episodes.