If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know how much I love the BBC. So let me tell you of a few series I’ve watched of late. You can’t wait, right? Here goes.
Doc Martin – For the longest time I was put off by the picture of the doc that stares out at you from the Netflix screen. Not exactly a romantic icon is Martin Clunes. His facial features are somewhat alarming at first (second and third) glance. But I had nowhere to go one evening and decided to give it a shot. Oh. Wow. After two episodes I was completely hooked. So much so that I want to go live in Port Wenn where the doctor, Louisa, the father / son duo of Bert and Al Large, the wacky practice secretaries and so many more, live. Doctor Martin Ellingham, the curmudgeon that Clunes plays, encounters in his daily rounds what so many of us face in our daily rounds – idiocy. And humor. And love. And life in a small village in Cornwall (okay, you can only encounter that if you live there or watch the series) Anyway, if any of that appeals to you – you’ve got a treat waiting for you in this one. Go – start watching it now.
Luther – Another bit of brilliance I came to reluctantly. Judging a show by its cover is a problem I must have. But Idris Elba is amazing. He’s the lead. He’s the hunk. He’s the way we want all detectives to be. Well, except for the drinking, the temper, his ridiculous clinging to his rotten wife, and the breaking of the rules (my hand is draped over my brow here) to help the lowly. On second thought, that last part is Exactly how we want him. And Luther’s relationship with Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson, is troubling and morbidly fascinating. There weren’t enough seasons for me, but there's talk of a movie. Yay!
Wire in the Blood – Here’s a detective series with two leads I grew to love. Robson Green, as psychologist Tony Hill, is quirky, enigmatic and has incredible eyes. His almost love interest, DCI Carol Jordan, played by Hermione Norris, is tough and needy all at once. Her focus in life is on solving crime, she’s the go gettum gal, but only has a cat to go home to. You want her to go home to Tony, but . . . well, I won’t spoil it for you. Religious themes snarl through several of the plot lines and annoy me at times. But I got hooked.
So that’s what I’ve been watching. I came back to the good old US of A after enjoying all the Brits for a while and am now in the thrall of Twin Peaks, a show I did not view when it was actually sweeping the nation back in the 90’s. I’m that way with shoes, too. Always wearing the latest style – from six years ago. I’m hopeless.
What shows keep your imagination engaged?