I watched tons of them when I was a kid. Loved Poirot, Holmes, and Morse. Never did care for Miss Marple. I''ve seen a few of the Inspector Lewis shows and I like them, but forget to record them and thus can''t participate in the great threads we have about them on DL.\
By the way, if anyone wants to buy the entire series of Inspector Morse, it''s hundreds of dollars cheaper to get a region-free DVD player and buy the UK set.
Love them all. Just got the complete t.v. series of Poirot and the production really is terrific:the sets, costumes, make-up all very true to the period - beautiful and seductive.
I loved Morse. When I wanted something lighter, I''d watch Lovejoy. A&E used to run a night of British mysteries once a week during the 90s. That''s how I got hooked.
Did anyone watch Campion? I missed it when it was on PBS and I think it was only one season, too.
You''ve got a long memory R4. There were two series, twenty years ago. Great role for the late Brian Glover as Lugg.
Sherlock. Prime Suspect. Marple - yes, with Geraldine McEwan\
Campions are on Netflix aren''t they?
Just worked my way through the Poirot''s thru Netflix. Delightful. Same for the Christie''s, the Foyle''s War, Tommy and Tuppence, Mrs. Bradley, Jonanthan Creek, Dorothy Sayers Peter Wimsey, Rosemary and Thyme and Blue Murders. %0D\
The only series that I gave up on was the Father Brown series from the late 70''s. Just could not get in to that one.%0D\
Still not sure about Pie in the Sky.%0D\
OP, have you watched any of the Midsomer Murders? Love... love those!
Mystery! on Thursday nights was the only semi-bonding moment I had with my dad, R5, so I have a lot of memories of the 1980s British mystery shows.\
R7, I tried to watch all the Morse on Netflix but they were missing a few, so I ended up buying the entire series from Amazon UK. Glad I did, too. Just saw the episode with Simon Callow''s naked butt, a milestone indeed.
Sherlock - adore it. Marple, the new ones (McEwen, especially, and McKenzie). Midsomer Murders. Rosemary and Thyme. Poirot, of course, although the last series was not very good - I hope they let him have at least one more series of four. \
Morse I could never get into, but I like Inspector Lewis. Jonathan Creek, love it, Tommy and Tuppence (is the guy who played Tommy, James Warwick, gay? 63 years old, still handsome, and never been married).\
I''ve got the full set of Inspector Alleyn, but haven''t watched them.
Apart from Sherlock have any of you actually seen any recent UK crime drama such as Accused, Garrow''s Law, Luther (truly awful tbh), or even long running standards such as Taggart?
I love Midsomer Murders, Miss Marple and Poirot.
Luther sucks? Damn, I was thinking of ordering that just to watch Idris Elba.
I watch British mystery shows for the pretty settings and costumes. The plots of most of them are tedious, silly, and overly full of red herrings. Apparently everyone in every picturesque village and at Oxford is leading a sordid double life and is prone to random killing sprees.
r13 - much like Cabot Cove then?
Love them, used to watch on PBS and A&E. Most of my favorites have already been mentioned: Morse, Campion, Rosemary & Thyme, Jonathan Creek, Tommy and Tuppence, Lovejoy, Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis. I like McEwan''s Marple the best, and enjoyed the new Sherlock.\
Anyone remember Heat of the Sun with Trevor Eve?
[quote]Luther sucks? Damn, I was thinking of ordering that just to watch Idris Elba.\
It''s a great idea, it has good scripts and great actors but, for some reason it just doesn''t work at all.\
[quote]I watch British mystery shows for the pretty settings and costumes.\
That''s just the costume dramas you won''t get that from modern dress UK crime.
[quote]Heat of the Sun with Trevor Eve\
Do you get Foyle''s War in the States? That is really excellent. It stars Michael Kitchen, who is one of the best actors of his generation.
Regarding costumes. Anyone remember Agatha Christie''s Partners in Crime?
I include the modern Morse, Lewis, Rosemary and Thyme shows in with the pretty settings/costume stuff. I guess it''s the complete lack of believable motivations and psychology in most British mystery shows that annoys me. I love Swedish and German mystery shows, though. They''re great at creating twisted personalities. I never watch American mystery shows, for some reason.
[quote]I include the modern Morse, Lewis, Rosemary and Thyme shows in with the pretty settings/costume stuff.\
Apart from Lewis they''re a bit old but I don''t get the pretty settings and costumes comment. It''s just England and English people - all fairly ordinary and mundane, nothing overdone or special. OK, Oxford isn''t a Wigan industrial estate but neither is it anything other than a fairly ordinary town with slightly more University buildings than other places.
Sherlock, Morse, A Touch of Frost, Foyle''s War.
Jericho was very good, and I''m sorry it was canceled.
It''s curious which British shows are marketed to the U.S. I loved John Thaw as Morse, but I really had no idea that he''d had prior successful shows. I found out about [italic]The Sweeney[/italic] because it was mentioned in a British mystery novel. \
And vice versa, I suppose. The Times ran a list of U.S. TV shows that Brits ought to check out. I was surprised to see [italic]Supernatural[/italic] on there. I love it, but wouldn''t have guessed it would have appeal abroad.
I recently discovered "Waking the Dead." Some of the episodes are very good. Some are like watching paint dry.
Foyle''s War is the absolute best of all of them. Every episode in the series is watchable. Beautifully written, acted and designed.%0D\
I''m trying, but failing, to get much joy out of the Midsomer Murders series which was (at least originally) produced and written by Foyle genius Anthony Horowitz. But the Midsomer episodes are mostly ho-hum lazy exercises and I just can''t get into the lead recurring actors....blanking even on their real names.%0D\
I also loved all of the original Morse shows though the solutions to the mysteries were often too convoluted to make logical sense. But LOVED sexy John Thaw as Morse! I''m enjoying the Lewis sequels now though they realy seem more like ordinary British versions of an American detective show.%0D\
As far as Marple goes....they begin and end with Joan Hickson as far as I''m concerned. Her version of A Murder Is Announced is a masterpiece of the genre. %0D\
Thaw was a big star on British TV well before (and after)Morse, both in drama and comedy.\
[quote]I was surprised to see Supernatural on there. I love it, but wouldn''t have guessed it would have appeal abroad.\
In terms of viewer numbers at one time it was more successful in the UK than it ever was in the US. But, after it jumped the shark in series 3 it lost a ton of viewers here. It''s sold here as a pretty action series for teens, like all the different vampire series and comedies like Big Bang - not sure who the target audience is in the US. A sot of Buffy or Charmed for the new batch of 12-18 yr olds.
If you''re into the period stuff you should try to gt hold of Garrow''s Law. Set in the 18th Century and based on real cases it has the added bonus of the lovely Rupert Graves, as does Sherlock of course.
The first three seasons of Wire In The Blood were appointment TV for me, but the final three were only so-so, although still better than most of what passes for a mystery show made in the US, and I fear what CBS is going to do with their version of it.\
I will re- watch any episode of Prime Suspect if I run across it on any of the low-rent PBS stations in my area. \
Midsomer Murders is my comfort watch. It never fails to make me feel better. That could be because of the very same reasons that r27 doesn''t like it. It is slow and lazy and repetitive. It''s soothing, but with some brain engagement required.\
And of course, there''s Sherlock. That''s pure gold.
What am I. Chopped liver?
Lord Peter Whimsey
[quote] What am I. Chopped liver?%0D\
Not at all, Sir. I mentioned you in my post. Loved the three you did with Harriet Walter that came under the title Dorothy Sayer Mysteries. And of course, the entire Whimsey series from the 70''s.
I loved Morse, Prime Suspect and Sherlock with Jeremy Brett. A Touch of Frost and Poirot can be enjoyable. I did not watch any of the other ones. Just one Agatha Christie with whatshername from Absolutley Fabulous.
Thanks for the Trevor Eve recommendation. Never heard of that series. Just added it on Netflix.
[quote]Midsomer Murders is my comfort watch. It never fails to make me feel better. That could be because of the very same reasons that [R27] doesn''t like it. It is slow and lazy and repetitive. It''s soothing, but with some brain engagement required.%0D\
Me too! A cup of tea or coffee and a cookie (or two) and I''m set. Love Midsomer.
Love "A Touch of Frost"!
r31, I like Lord Peter, too.
Another fan of Lord Peter - and Joan Hickson is my favorite Miss Marple, and among my favorite of the British detectives. I enjoy Roy Marsden doing P. D. James'' books, but now I can''t remember his character''s name.\
Oh I''ve loved them all. Even back to Basil Rathbone''s Sherlock. And back in the day, I enjoyed Peter Falk''s Columbo but can''t really think of any other American detective series I liked very much - too earnest and too many guns. Oh, Burke''s Law was ok I guess, for its time.
Love the British shows. Poirot, Morse, Inspector Lewis, Rosemary and Thyme, Bergerac, Midsomer Murders, Dalziel and Pascoe...
[quote]I enjoy Roy Marsden doing P. D. James'' books, but now I can''t remember his character''s name.\
I love mysteries, but I can''t stand English accents. I wish there were more good mysteries written/filmed by other nationalities.
[quote]I can''t stand English accents\
What all of them? Cornwall to Northumberland? How do you feel about the other UK accents which appear on these programmes? Do you dislike Scots, Welsh and N. Irish accents too?
Yes, all of them and I particularly can''t stand the accents of people who have learned British English as a second language. I like Irish accents. Scots are okay in limited doses. Welsh irritate me.
Are the Dalziel/Pascoe mysteries really good? I adore the books but had always heard that the series was disappointing. Same with the Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series, many of which I''ve enjoyed as books. %0D\
In any case, neither of those series seems to be very available in the US. I don''t think PBS has ever carried them.
Forget the costumes - where does the BBC get all those antique cars for the Christie shows?
Joan Hickson was a bloody bore. That''s probably why r1 could never get interested in Miss Marple (although as a rule, even in the original novels, Poirot''s stories are always a little effort and have more punch than Marple''s)\
The redone A Murder is Announced is my favorite. Zoe Wannamaker is brilliant and it''s fun seeing Elaine Paige play drab Dora knowing she couldn''t wait to glam back up after she left the studio.
But no...you had to go and play Hercule fucking Poitrot!
So is it true that there will be no more Poirots? I know Suchet wanted to get through everything and end with "CURTAIN," but I guess the future was iffy.
Speaking of Adam D/Roy Marsden, what happened to him? The last one I watched had an unwatchable actor do Adam D. I didn''t realize how much Roy M brought to the table in the PDJ books. Yes I googled a long time ago and found nothing.
[quote]So is it true that there will be no more Poirots?\
Murder on the Orient Express is on over Christmas. After that there may be a few more to show and then they''ve finished all the stories.
[quote]where does the BBC get all those antique cars for the Christie shows?\
It hires them from people like my brother. There are thousands of veteran, vintage and classic cars still on the road or in personal collections. It''s not difficult to find something appropriate.
Not really a mystery series, but I''ve been eating up Ashes To Ashes lately. Love the 80s nostalgia.
R50, Murder on the Orient Express was shown in the US last summer (it''s not very good, unfortunately). But there are still three or four books to be filmed (including Curtain), and a few short stories. Enough to do one or two more series. But Suchet said the BBC was ambivalent about whether they''ll bankroll any more. "Orient Express" may be the finale.
[quote]I found out about The Sweeney because it was mentioned in a British mystery novel. \
I bought "The Sweeney" because I was already ordering Morse from Amazon UK and figured they might as well ship 2 DVD box sets over here to the US. Love "The Sweeney." It''s not really a mystery show, it''s a police procedural, but it''s very good. \
I absolutely love Jonathan Gash''s Lovejoy books, and his other series with Clair Burtonall is terrific, too. Hated the TV show "Lovejoy". They changed the character Tinker from a really disgusting old man to a cute little scamp.
McEwen all the way. Jonathan Creek, the new Sherlock. Never warmed to Brett, but had fantasies about Basil Rathbone. I killed Dr Watson (the bore) and it played out as The Maltese Falcon. (I was Brigit O''Shaunessy, in case you wondered.)\
Don''t like the Branaugh series. He looks too rough.\
Agree only the first 3 eps of Supernatural are worth anything
meant first 3 years. I even proofread.
[quote]But Suchet said the BBC was ambivalent about whether they''ll bankroll any more. "Orient Express" may be the finale.\
Why would the BBC be involved, it''s an ITV series?
Did anyone here watch [italic]Red Riding[/italic]? I tried reading the first book, and it was a bit gritty for me. I have a thing for Sean Bean, so I''m wondering whether to give the show a try.
[quote]Did anyone here watch Red Riding?\
It was very good, and easily as gritty as the book.
Did anyone here like [italic]Red Riding[/italic]? I tried the first book and found it too gritty to finish. OTOH, I like Sean Bean, so I''m wondering whether to give the BBC show a try.\
Sorry if this is a duplicate post.
I really enjoyed Touch of Frost - that old guy was great fun. Wonder if it''ll ever be re-run. Seems like PBS doesn''t do as many British series as it used to. Didn''t they combine Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery into one, cutting in half their Sunday night Brit program?
They''ve divided them up, R61. Masterpiece Classic (Wuthering Heights, Oliver Twist, Emma etc) hosted by Laura Linney. Masterpiece Mystery is hosted by Alan Cumming. Finally, there is Masterpiece Contemporary. Don''t remember the host''s name for that series.
I''m loving them OP!
R3, I was just trying to remember Lovejoy, for the thread about English sightseeing. Those stories took place in East Anglia. I was stuck on those Monday evenings on A&E, as well.\
I loved the old Masterpiece mysteries doing the Dorothy Sayers mysteries. Loved Lord Peter Wimsey.
I forget to watch them but I''ve rented some British TV shows. I liked Hotel Babylon but Flying High was kind of cheesy. I rented Flying High because Tom Wisdom is so cute.
R42, I love all British accents.
r57, well, ITV then. The point was, that whoever is in charge was not committing to doing any further Poirots, finishing off the series. "Orient Express" was designed to be the "finale" to the series, in the event that they didn''t go forward with any others. Suchet made a statement that he hoped there would be more, but if there weren''t, he had certainly had a good ride.\
But I just found an online mention that ITV has now agreed to do one more series in 2011 - presumably "Elephants Can Remember," "Dead Man''s Folly," and "Curtain," and maybe one more.\
"Orient Express" isn''t particularly good - not horrible, as a couple of the recent Poirots have been, but not great, either (like "Hallowe''en Party" was).
Me, too, R30 and R35. I liked to pick up and clean a bit while watching Midsomer Murders. I hate cleaning and the show made it tolerable.\
I liked most of these shows, but really don''t like the modern ones done in the past several years. Sherlock is probably the single exception.
Article about the last-minute save of "Poirot." It says they are going to film six episodes. Apparently the success of "Downton Abbey" was responsible for the reprieve.\
Interestingly, Suchet recommends at the end that they they get a younger actor to do some stories of Poirots early years, not based on Christie, in the style of the current "Sherlock."\
I wonder what a "Poirot" set in 2013 would be like?
[quote]Apparently the success of "Downton Abbey" was responsible for the reprieve.\
I''m very happy to read that. I love "Downton Abbey".\
A lot of studios and TV channels keep their statements (whether they give a show another season or not) vague so they can change or adjust their programming because of sudden changes (ratings, etc.).
I like Midsomer Murders for its totally over the top plots.\
They are not as good as they once were though. Tomorrow the last episode with John Nettles is aired in UK. Maybe with Barnaby''s cousin taking over, they will be able to re-invigorate the series. \
I also like Lewis. \
Poirot is an institution. New Marple is bleah
I kind of started getting into Johnathan Creek a few years then it disappeared off BBC. Is still on at some weird time? All I ever see now is Top Gear and Dr. Who over and over again.
I like Tales Of The Unexpected from the 70s.%0D\
You must be able to get them on DVD.%0D\
I''m also quite tempted by ''Thriller'' from the 70s or 80s, but it''s expensive and the reviews are very conflicting.%0D\
''Public Eye'' from the 70s is really good. I''ve got most of the series now.
I watch the shows (especially the Christie ones) and come away with the feeling that the UK has:%0D\
1. An inexhaustible supply of classically trained character actors and;%0D\
2. An inexhaustible supply of quaint villages, country manors, village cottages with stunning gardens and really eccentric people.
I like Midsomer Murders, but I find Poirot utterly boring..
The British myserty shows usually were very traditional/conservative. But Midsomer Murders actually included a plot about a rich lady having an affair because her husband was gay. He apparently had affairs as well, which she totally knew about, and kinda accepted because of his sexuality.\
I think it''s awesome of Midsomer Murders to include gay themed plots as well. Maybe that''s why I like it so much. And yes, it is totally over the top, but fun nontheless.
Then you''d be right, R75. Not just in fiction.%0D\
I get the impression that a lot of people in the US think the BBC is the only organisation making TV shows in the UK! %0D\
Most of the shows under discussion here (Poirot, Marple, Morse, Lewis, Foyle''s War, Modsomer Murders) are made and broadcast by ITV, one of the UK''s commercial stations.
Because these shows are invariably broadcast in the US by PBS (public television).
Americans just say BBC as a shortcut referring to all British television.
1/3 adulterous sluts and playboys\
1/3 too old to have sex
There was one from the mid-90s I think that I really liked -- it was about a detective who was all excited about retiring because his real love was food and now he could open a restaurant. His wife was a CPA (or whatever the Brits call them) who had no interest in the culinary arts (no taste buds, I think) but good-naturedly offered to do his books and helped him set up the venture during his last months on the force.
Despite his devotion to food, he was a stellar detective who never missed a case except for the last one, when he was double crossed by an informant, and set up to look like he was on the take. This wasn't the case and everyone knew it, but the chief blackmailed him and said he would only get his pension if he agreed to be on-call to investigate the hardest cases. So, inevitably, he would be in the middle of a souffle or something, and the young cop assigned to him as an assistant would show up and interrupt his cooking with a that week's mystery.
I think the show was called "Pie in the Sky" and used a real restaurant in a smaller Brit city as its locale. The stories, unlike most in the US, were well written and true to life, especially where New World Order employment issues were concerned. His excellent staff were mostly those who didn't "fit in" and had "bad attitudes" in the places he found them, mostly toxic businesses.
The local PBS station used to air it with "Rosemary and Thyme" back when I lived in the Bay Area, but I haven't seen it around lately.
For the promotion of "Orient Express" there was as "Orient Express" docu special with David Suchet travelling from London to Prague on the Orient Express (he talks to some of the other guests and there''s an older gay couple being on their honeymoon). In that special he mentioned that remaking Orient Express was the (proper?) ending for the show or something to that effect. I understand that the special was filmed before the decision was made to greenlight one more season.
I liked Wallander but there were only three shows.
Joan Hickson as Miss Marple was what we watched in the 80s, and that is the definitive one for me. There is just no one else who comes close- all of the episodes were brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the "4:15 From Paddington" and "The Body In The Library".\
And then came Poirot. I''ve seen several actors play the Belgian detective and only Suchet seems like the books, to me. Ustinov was too nice, Finney too nasty. We all loved the TV series when it was just an hour but the feature-length episodes were much better, in retrospect.\
I also watched "Pie In The Sky" when I was about 16/17 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I expect it''s incredibly dated and the stories don''t stand up now.\
After the fact in the last couple of years on ITV4, I also greatly enjoyed Jeremy Brett''s take on Sherlock Holmes from the mid 80s.\
Ironically though, Columbo has always been my favourite TV Detective. Especially given that the focus is always the same- not who did it but how will they get found out.
R86 I was watching Peter Falk in something the other night and I realized he was quite hot IMO back in his youth. Strange that you mention him.
[quote]Ironically though, Columbo has always been my favourite TV Detective. Especially given that the focus is always the same- not who did it but how will they get found out.%0D\
Is that what it was about? Who knew? %0D\
I could never follow it for long enough.
"I liked Wallander but there were only three shows."\
There are 6 Wallander movies\
3 aired in 2008 and 3 in 2010
[quote] Strange that you mention him.%0D\
R88 I meant it was ironic I, coming from a country with a proud whodunnit tradition, should be most into a show where you''re told from the start, which on the face of it doesn''t seem very interesting at all. Columbo is unique in this sense and that''s why it''s interesting I think.\
Imagine when they pitched this show to the network? They were probably like- "it''s a murder mystery but we show the murder at the start??? Huh?!? Get out of my office!"\
But then what''s the most successful high quality sitcom of all time? The show about nothing, Seinfeld.\
Ah, but I digress.
AYB, have you seen the thread on washer/dryers? I hope you find the time to contribute to the conversation.
Wallander (which has a second series btw and it was good)\
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Britt\
And has anyone seen the L&O UK? Because it''s absolute shit.
If you like the cat and mouse aspect of Columbo, you must like the original version of Sleuth, with Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier. I can''t believe that''s still not available on dvd.
The Hickson Marples were dull, and Hickson herself was a snooze. Thank God they''ve redone them so there''s an alternative for those of us who like our mysteries to be interesting.
[quote]I kind of started getting into Johnathan Creek a few years then it disappeared off BBC.\
They stopped making them years ago, good job too since the quality plummeted after the first two series.
They made some Jonathan Creek specials in the last couple of years: New Year''s Day 2009 and Easter 2010
Anyone saw Midsomer Murders'' "Fit For Murder"? \
I don''t want to spoil the ending (the last five minutes), but what I love about the show is whenever they have some supernatural element in their murder mysteries they allways reveal most of it as a hoax, but leave the door open for some part of it being real.
R81, it doesn''t help that BBC America airs programming from every UK network.
theres been a murrrrrrrdhur
Wasn''t there some kind of scandal attached to Jonathan Creek? Alan Davies had Caroline Quentin dumped because he was screwing Julia Sawalha and Sawalha became his co-star but no one liked her because Quentin was so popular. And he broke up with Sawalha so age was dumped too, and the whole thing was so painful that Sawalha took a sabbatical from her career.\
Did I get it right, or was this all just rumor?
R49, Roy Marsden has refused to continue playing Adam Dalgliesh. I''ve seen him interviewed on the topic and he''s quite adamant. If I recall, his decision was based on a combination of having become overly identified with the character and his boredom at playing the character too many times. It''s a shame, because P.D. James and Marsden''s Dalgliesh are BBC Mystery at its best.\
I generally love British mysteries, both to watch and read. There are a few I could never warm up to: Lord Peter Whimsey, the one about the monk, and Hetty Wainthropp for three.\
I loved Robson Green in Wire in the Blood and Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect. I also enjoyed Clive Owens in the Second Sight series. I have enjoyed all the Miss Marples, even the rather boring and superficial Helen Hayes version. I admit to having developed a terrible crush on John Thaw as Inspector Morse, but that has not extended to dull as dishwater Inspector Lewis.
Holmes, Marple, Poirot, I love just about all of them. Morse and Dalgliesh in the P.D. James mysteries are probably my favorites. \
I also love the police procedurals with Helen Mirren, Robson Green, and a few others whose names escape me. Oddly enough, I''m not into any similar shows, i.e., CSI, etc., etc., etc., from the U.S.
No actress has been as good as Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
Agreed, r104. She was extraordinary.%0D\
There was a 1982 Thames TV series of adaptations of lesser-known Christie short stories, called The Agatha Christie Hour. It''s recently been released on DVD; they look a bit low-budget in places but have some top-quality performances.
Campion is one of the best in my opinion - Peter Davison and Brian Glover were perfect for those roles. A pity they only did 8 of the novels.
Brian Glover died in 1997, unfortunately
Love "Wire in the Blood" series, especially the last 2 seasons.
Thank you for that info on Roy Marsden. I had wondered what happened to him as Dalgliesh. I tried to watch the one where they had replaced him but it was just so not D that I couldn''t finish it. I saw him in a Sherlock Holmes the "Sussex Vampire" and really liked him in something else. I would be glad to follow his career but do agree that his D is the best.%0D\
I wish someone would do a good job on Lord Peter Wimsey. The stories are good, could be tightened up a bit but I really like the era they portrayed. Maybe some day.
Does anyone remember a show from the 70s, perhaps even earlier, about a British rock band that solved murder mysteries?\
I vaguely remember this show from when I was a kid and can''t remember the name or much of anything else except that they were fun to a teenager.\
There may have been an occult-ish element as well.
I think it was called "Murder, They Rocked," r111.
You may be thinking of children''s programme "Ace of Wands" [R111] - not a rock band but a stage magician and his assistants. A lot of the stories had supernatural elements.
ITV (Downton Abbey,Brideshead,ect....) has some new mystery drama for the Easter,Royal Wedding,May Day Holidays.\
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher was last weekend, this was well reviewed but I thought Paddy Considine was miscast.\
Tonight has a new series, Vera starring Brenda Blethyn and tomorrow night and Tuesday is a 2 part drama called Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Really looking forward to seeing Olivia Williams in a TV drama.
Thanks for the heads up, r114
I like the Foyle''s War where he finds out that the he-man RAF stud was in love with his son.
BTW, the guy who plays Poirot''s son is a total hottie and a pro trainer.\
I had a consultation with him and he didn''t ping but he''s nice to look at.
Rob Suchet is David Suchet''s son. David Suchet plays Poirot.
R118, I think that R117 is referring to David Suchet''s real-life son. It would have been less confusing if he''d written "the son of the guy who played Poirot" instead of "the guy who played Poirot''s son".
I''m not familiar with some of the series cited here. I liked Prime Suspect, Second Sight, Inspector Lynley, Heat of the Sun, Luther, and the new Sherlock. \
I watched the most recent Poirots, Marples, Zens and Inspector Lewis'' broadcast on PBS, but it didn''t turn me into a fan.
Can''t believe no one has mentioned Inspector Lyndley. I think that these are the best. Although Inspector Lewis is quite good too.\
Midsomer Murders are the Murder She Wrote of English TV. They''re more for a middle brow viewer, and there''s no continuity; you can watch any one in any order. That said, some of them are really quite good. A few are excellent. And a few are so bad they''re ridiculous.
r122, I LOVE Inspector Lyndley. Nathaniel Parker is a real hottie.
I love the Midsomer series. John Nettles was kind of hot in his own way. Also love Poirot and Marple with Geraldine.
Waking The Dead is a really awesome show with some wonderful acting.
I think Nettles deserves his own thread.
Im sorry but nothing beats FOYLE'S WAR.
Amazing actors, plotting, period design, the whole thing. Not a single weak or uninteresting episode in all its years.
I thought I'd heard awhile back that the series was going to resume in the post-WWII years but haven't heard anything recently. Does anyone have any info?
I watch Rosemary and Thyme and Midsomer Murders for the landscaping.
I wish I could figure out how to make such gorgeous gardens. I can't hire anyone to do it for me, as I am a middle class person living in an area that has become a second home location for jillionaires. I recently got an estimate for one carpet to be cleaned in my house --- $600. And the guy said to me, "Nobody ever asks me what anything costs. I just send the bill." (I borrowed a friend's carpet cleaner.)
So I fulfill my landscape fantasies watching these shows.
Inspector Lewis has some good landscaping, but the show is too irritating.
I tried to get Ashes to Ashes from Netflix but they had it in limbo and then informed me they won't carry it
Nettles has a hot daddy vibe.
Most of them.
Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Dalziel and Pascoe, Silent Witness, Wire in the Blood and a lot more.
Rosemary and Thyme was good fun for a Saturday evening. The gardens were great and I think their last season as filmed entirely on the continent and not in England.
Also, wasn't there a a thread here years ago about how hot Laura's son the police officer was?
He had quite the pair of legs in the episode where someone was murdered at a tennis club...
Nettles' false teeth really bothered me. I swear I could hear them clicking sometimes.
Didn't care for David Jason's Frost. I preferred him as Grenville in Open All Hours.
I liked the George Gently shows. Wish there had been more.
Are you all fuckin' blind?
NO! Over here at the moment every day at about teatime we are suffering Midsummer Murders. It's shite. We have never known so many peeps die in one tiny village and the series seems to be going on for fucking years! It's like Jesus with bread and a few fishes making sandwiches for the 5000!
I send my sincere pity and apologies across the pond in advance of you reciving this drivel.
But I love John Nettles. He can be my daddy any day.
Inspector Lewis shows usually drag but the one about the transsexual and the antigay Catholic group was outstanding!
[quote]Waking The Dead is a really awesome show with some wonderful acting.
I watched most of it on Netflix which has the first five season on streaming. Some episodes were unwatchable due to lousy writing and Trevor Eve's overacting, but overall it is a good show.
I send my sincere pity and apologies across the pond in advance of you reciving this drivel.
It's just an English version of "Murder, She Wrote." Mindless, meaningless comfy TV.
Is Inspector Lewis trying to get edgy by having Hathaway smoke cigs all the time? Damn, that show is dull and stupid. It's way too long. The male and female cast members are boring and humorless.
If you're going to be a dull, stupid mystery show, at least be humorous or campy or something.
How about Silent Witness? For some reason it's not available in the US.
Oh I did love the Jonathan Creek tv series as well as Rosemary and Thyme. Midsomer murders, Poirot and Miss Marple (with Geraldine!) were brilliant as well. I also enjoyed such tv series like Colombo or The Avengers with Diana Rigg. I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned it before as it certainly does have a feeling of crime, although it's more on the si-fi side I guess. I recommend it to anybody who likes old tv series, Diana Rigg is wonderfull in action and my word Patrick Macnee is really worth watching.
I tried watching Pie in the sky, Inspector Lewis, Lyndly (?) as well as Mrs Bradley and other tv series you all have recommended but nothing really caught me... I was wondering if anybody knows maybe more recent tv shows like lets say Rosemary and Thyme (discovered them recently and I loved them from the very start. Sadly there are not many episodes :( )or Jonathan Creek (the same here) I really enjoy tv series with murder, with interesting investigators and a story with a nice twist that is just nice for a cup of tea and some cookies.
I watch 'Inspector Lewis' on PBS on Sundays. The last episode of the season was last week.
The final season is being made now in the UK and will air next year.
Laurence Fox is hung like a horse - one of the biggest cocks I have ever seen on an actor. He's in Michael Fassbender territory.
Yes, Indeed, I am trying to find out where I can watch some of them on a more regular basis. It seems like the only ones that come on PBS....Masterpiece anymore are the ones having to do with maids and the upper class......The Manor Born, etc. or maybe a reg. show like that one that comes on every night at 11:00. It seems like they hardly ever do Morse, Midsummer Murders, or any of the others that were mentioned above....forget things like Taggart, or ....Refus, (spelling)...my mind is going blank....there are so many, I have had to rent them because they are never on PBS. Does anyone know any other channels to watch in USA, where they may show any of these shows?
r27 Hickson is not only the best, there is no one else to fill her shoes. McEwan isn't fit to carry her knitting bag. r46. Hickson is nowhere near a bore, Zoe Wanamaker is sua scenery chewer, that she's impossible to watch. r31 Wimsey is by no means chopped liver. Ian Carmichael was great in that role, I'm still trying to figure out who Edward Petherbridge was supposed to be? He was not good. Hetty Wainthropp was a hoot, especially when she "slipped into" Hyacinth every so often. It's a shame Jeremty Brett didn't do more of the Holmes, I believe he completed half of them? The definitive Sherlock. Enjoyed Brother Cadfael, not great art, but always like to see Sir Derek. r104 and r105 Great minds think alike.
Pam Ferris's series son certainly was a hottie, especially when he was in uniform. r141 Come over for tea and BIKKIES anytime. Anyone ever catch the "Charters & Caldicott" series? Two NEAR-queens having fun being amateur sleuths. Their characters have a very interesting origin, as young men they appeared in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" They were the 2 men who were angry they would miss a cricket match. David Suchet did them all, HOORAY! He must be burnt out. i DO prefer Finney's "Murder on the Orient Express" though. Suchet's is far too dark and brooding. And there was no Wendy Hiller!
Can anyone recommend programs similar to Tommy and Tuppence? I like that 1920's ish vibe with idle wealthy beautiful people who get into sleuthing, with that jazzy score and those old fashions.
It's not a mystery but The House of Eliot takes place in the 20s.
I hear the David Tennant series, Broadchurch, is good.
[quote]Tonight has a new series, Vera starring Brenda Blethyn and tomorrow night...
Series 1 & 2 on Hulu now.
Vera is ok but a little depressing. Not Scandinavian level depressing, but it's clear she has major issues she will never conquer.
I like the ones with Inspector Jane Tennyson. Those are good.
I'm enjoying Broadchurch, though it is strongly inspired by the superior Forbrydelsen. Any other modern "gritty" mystery shows from Britain worth mentioning? I started Wire in the Blood, but never got past the first episode.
Not sure if it's been mentioned in this thread and not strictly a mystery like others mentioned, but does anyone remember COLLISION?
IIRC it was shown in one 2 hour presentation and told the story of a highway car crash and brilliantly interwove together all of the victims' stories.
Foyle's War and Hickson's Marples are the pinnacle of this genre.
Endeavour is terrific. Great setting (Oxford and surrounding area), great period (1960s), great actors, esp. the adorable main character, played by the Liverpool-born Shaun Evans. Looking forward to Season Two!
The Jane Tennyson ones are called, "Prime Suspect" with Helen Mirren as Jane Tennyson
"It's a shame Jeremty Brett didn't do more of the Holmes, I believe he completed half of them?"
Playing Holmes practically drove him insane...
Wire in the Blood, Luther and Prime Suspect.
George Gently is beloved by critics, but they drag for me.
The '80s version of "Nemesis".
Miss Marple AND a lesbian murderess!
Joan Hicksom was a utter bore as Marple. I don't understand why her rabid fans screech about the new versions. The Hickson Marples are eternally available on DVD, so what's the problem? Watch your Hickson DVDs all you want, and let the rest of us enjoy a more interesting actress (both McEwen and McKenzie) in the role.
Love almost all the shows mentioned. Personally, liked McEwan as Marple the best, but Hickson was good too. Personal taste, I guess. Mrs. Bradley, good, and I have always loved La Rigg. Check out her driver (Neil Dudgeon) as the new Barnaby in Midsommer Murders.
Hickson was best.
Thanks to this thread, I've watched a couple Jonathan Creek mysteries on YouTube. They are cleverly written. I don't quite understand how they came to be posted on YouTube (and no commercials) but they are definitely worth watching.
Johnathan Creek baffled me as to why they hooked him up with that ugly, old woman. I saw a few episodes and could not get past that.
Which ugly old woman, r168? I'm watching random episodes and he always has a different partner.
I don't know R169 but the first few shows I saw had an older, fat lady with a short, sensible haircut (looked like a dyke to be quite honest) he was obviously supposed to be hooked up with.
Caroline Quentin. I looked her up, she's roughly his age. He reminds me of one of the guys on Top Gear.
[quote] Apart from Lewis they're a bit old but I don't get the pretty settings and costumes comment. It's just England and English people - all fairly ordinary and mundane,
You've obviously never seen Rosemary and Thyme, which is mentioned in the post you quoted, R22. The settings are not ordinary and mundane -- they are lovely gardens and communities in the UK, Spain, Italy and France. Not all of us consider moorish gardens in Alcazaba to be ho-hum or find Kew Gardens to be a bore.
I swear they only made one episode of Pie in the Sky and endlessly show it.
The Jackson Brodie mysteries are badly translated for t.v. They should have gone with someone hotter than Jason Isaacs.
Good grief R174 I think Jason Isaacs is hot enough.
Is anyone watching the new season of Whitechapel? What do you think? I like it!
I like the actor who plays George Gently, but the scripts bored me. My favorites are Foyle's War and Inspector Morse.
I'm LOVING Broadchurch, my first time watching a British mystery series. I love how they take time to build character. Not every single scene has to have some huge reveal like in the US.
Broadchurch is great, ITV have a winner there and a second series is being made. ITV have made a wonderful short promotion of their current shows plus some old favourites.
Joan Hickson was the definitive Miss Marple for me. The new versions toyed with the plots too much.
I did like Poirot. Also like Midsomer Murders.
Sherlock is amazing. I haven't seen Broadchurch, but I've heard lots of good things.
I came to love "Vera". Sorry there weren't more of them to watch.
Anoter vote for BROADCHURCH. A new season of WHITECHAPEL is on??
I'm enjoying BROADCHURCH but really feel it could have been more effectively done in half as many episodes. It's dragging on a wee bit too long.
Maybe because I'm only watching an episode a week (though that's the way it was intended), but I'm forgetting plot strands from earlier episodes.
Speaking of Whitechapel.. does Kent have a crush on his boss? I'm suspecting he's gay. He seems smitten, and he threw away that girl's phone number too, like he wasn't interested. Hmm..
I loved Endeavour. Thought it was very well done indeed. Glad they are making another season. I prefer prefer Shaun Evans as Morse to John Thaw.
Two more recent Brit TV mysteries to note: 'Southcliffe' and 'What Remains.'
If I see two new TV dramas a year which are unmissable I feel lucky, and these two have fitted the bill.
Downbeat, perfectly cast and cinematically filmed, they make the UK seem grim, but the authenticity is compelling.
If DLers ever catch them, there should be some lively threads. I'll watch them again on DVD in a heartbeat. Recommended!
R148, I'm the other way round - thought Edward Petherbridge's damaged version of Peter Wimsey was perfect, loved Richard Morant as Bunter too. For my money Ian Carmichael's Wimsey was a bit too easy going and convivial, plus there's the way he looks - nothing wrong with the poor guy, but they could at least have blonded him up a bit.
But seriously.. did any of you watch Whitechapel this season? How many times are they going to hint at Kent's sexuality without actually coming out and saying that he's gay? I feel like they might actually go there next season, that's if they are doing another season. It's not like this season was very good, but I still enjoyed it. The homoeroticism was off the charts.
r187 Having read all(hopefully) the Wimsey books, I can say that Carmichael's interpretation was true to Sayers's writing. He IS a bit of a fop, and jolly-fellow-well-met sometimes. He has his serious moments, but you are always aware of WHO he is, and the background from which he springs. Petherbridge's take was far darker, Wimsey never would have brooded the way he did. Chacun a son gout! I'd love to know what other actors were considered for those remakes?
I've started watching Campion via my library's Hoopla download service. He pings for me big time, whereas Davison as The Last Detective didn't.
Not a fan of Nettles as a sex object in Midsomer, though I did find him so as Bergerac. His sidekick Jones is cute.
Surprised no one's mention Thaw's series: Kavanaugh QC? He was miscast as Peter Mayle in the Provence series.
Jeffrey, Hetty Wainthrop's sidekick, was h-o-t.
No one has mentioned two new British TV mysteries: "Death in Paradise" and a new version of G.K. Chesterton's "Father Brown."
Father Brown blows. DIP is tolerable, but no more.
Do British aristocrats really involve themselves in police work?
Even just upper crust sorts without titles?
In the US, the rich rarely become cops.
I like Death in Paradise but it's hardly new.
It bothers me that DIP has so little local color considering that the whole show is supposed to be about colorful Caribbean societies.
Midsomer Murders starring hot daddy John Nettles
Which once again brings up the question why do sexy British men marry ugly women? I realize Midsomer Murders is only a show, but there's hot John Nettles with a doofy looking, buck toothed wife.
And what's up with Rosemary and Thyme? Every time these two lady landscapers show up, there's a murder. Can't someone connect the dots or is the entire British population suffering from Mad Cow Disease?
What do you mean, lack of colour R195? All the main characters are black other than the Inspector, or whatever his title is. It's true that a lot of the individual cases involve white murderers or victims though.
I think r195 meant color in terms of the locale.
I don't think Nettles is considered so "hot looking" that Joyce stands out as a mismatch.
I've watched the first couple of episodes of "A Touch of Frost" and not sure what I think of the series, but hey ... they're free library downloads via Hoopla!
r197: It's been deleted from Youtube, but if you ever bump into a DVD or stream, be sure to watch the French and Saunders' parody of R&T called "Sausage and Mash."
Sad news, "Dalziel and Pascoe star Warren Clarke dies after a 'short illness' at the age of 67".
I watched many seasons of this show, although at some point I felt the plots were getting bit ridiculous. Anyway it was fun show to watch at least in the beginning when Clarke was the bitchy older know-it-all and Colin Buchanan his posh pretty boy sidekick.
I watch a lot of these shows with my old mom when e are visiting and she always asks "why are all these good looking British men paired up with dogs as wives or girlfriends?" I love her.
I love Brit mysteries and I'm a longtime fan of Mystery. It was always the best thing about Sunday night.
I'm currently bingeing on some new/old Morse shows that have been added to Netflix.
Nettles' on-screen wife is as attractive as he is. Eye of the beholder and all that.
[quote]It bothers me that DIP has so little local color considering that the whole show is supposed to be about colorful Caribbean societies.
We get a lot of T&A and full-body tight clothing shots of the unlikeable female Caribbean detective. I guess that's what passes for "colorful" in the producers' eyes.
Father Brown was very uneven. It was interesting and Agatha Christie-like at times but mundane at others. It's no longer being aired locally.
The only English detective show I'm enjoying currently is DCI Banks. Peter Robinson is a very talented English mystery writer, and after getting over seeing Father Peter Clifford as a detective, Stephen Tomkinson is quite good as Alan Banks.
It seems that most of you on this thread are talking about frau PBS/BBC/ITV mysteries. Nothing wrong with that. They can be wonderful "comfort food" tv. Personally, I'm REALLY looking forward to the return of THE FALL on Netflix. I love that this show kind of turns things on their head. They cast Jamie Dornan - who looks almost preternaturally beautiful on screen - as the serial killer and made him a loving and doting father. They almost dare you not to fall in love with a serial killer and then they turn the detective, Gillian Anderson, into an icy, demanding and uncompromising woman and dare you not to, well, dislike her. Great stuff.
Those aren't "frau" mysteries, moron at R206.
I agree with you about The Fall, except that I didn't dislike Gillian Anderson's character. She goes after what she wants sexually and she's not interested in relationship stuff, but that doesn't make her unlikeable. She's very single-minded and that's why she's good at her job.
How old is David Suchet? I fear what's going to happen to the Hercule Poirot franchise when Mr. Suchet kicks the bucket.
It's actually over R208.
The final story was filmed last year, "Curtain".
I won't give away the ending but the character and David Suchet are done.
Seeing the final episode was bitter sweet. At least there are DVDs to watch.
Warren Clarke died? He was every mystery series guest star as the older working class schlub who waited on the wealthy. He was also Dim in a Clockwork Orange and young Winston Churchill
R207 - I didn't find a unlikable either, but I think the creators purposefully didn't make her overly likable either. She's a steely, uncompromising woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. I don't know that she has the audience in her pocket rooting for her and I think that makes her a more interesting character than the usual detective. What I really hope is that in the second season they don't start to make her feel guilty for being sexually liberated. That would be a huge disappointment.
I like The Game, it's a spy thriller.
Have any of you tried Grantchester? Easy viewing and a gay curate in it.
R213 I've only seen the first episode, I haven't had time to watch the rest. It certainly has potential though. And it doesn't hurt that the main character is hot.
R213 and R214 - Woof! He is the definition of dashing. What a looker. Is he any good? I mean, as an actor.
R215, I enjoyed the show and Norton is certainly up to the role. It does actually give a little food for thought in a couple of episodes too. Definitely worth a go. It was just renewed for its second series today too.
Just started The Missing - a Starz and BBC coproduction - and it's so fucking good. It's rightly being compared to True Detective.
Ooh. Thanks for the reminder on The Missing, R217! Have a couple eps sitting on my DVR. Is it a one-time mini-series?
Yes, it's a limited series.
R217 is that the one with James Nesbitt?
Is anyone watching 'The Missing'? It's so good.
A really under-rated one is 'May Day' and also 'Southcliffe' (although the latter is a bit depressing at times.
Yes, James Nesbitt. I've watched the first three episodes on Starz. It is very good and I can see why it's compared to True Detective.
I wonder if Helen Mirren could be convinced to do another Prime Suspect. The last two weren't as good as the original earlier series, but if they got the right writer it could be seriously good event tv.
I recently saw the first episode of Vera, which was quite something! Her assistant should appeal to most DL viewers with his good looks.
I'm enjoying the missing much more than "True Detective".
Crossing my fingers it has a decent ending.
[quote]Yes, James Nesbitt. I've watched the first three episodes on Starz. It is very good and I can see why it's compared to True Detective.
I've been enjoying 'The Missing' thus far as well, but who's comparing it to 'True Detective'? So far, it's a well done, but very conventional British mystery limited series. No way this is anywhere near 'True Detective's level.
Saw the first episode of Broadchurch this evening -- the guys are hot, but the woman cop is D-U-L-L!
You watch mystery shows for the hot actors? Why don't you stick with CSI and NCIS stuff, frau?
I didn't find the plot itself all that great; I mentioned the hot guys more as a redeeming factor than a reason to watch the show in the first place.
So far I'm really enjoying Case Histories starring Jason Isaacs.
Probably owing to the sadistic treatment of the star in that show R230.
I didn't see anything that looked like sadistic treatment, R231. He got beaten up, but fucking Rockford got beaten up every week.
Women love that shit R232, sexually speaking. It's a fetish. And it happens to Jason Isaacs all the time in these.
Are the Brodie mysteries with Jason Isaacs back for another season on US TV?
Was there a second one after Case Histories? I loved that!
Men love that sadistic shit, R233. That's why when you watch ultimate fighting and other kick your opponent in the face matches, most of the audience is male.
I watched Case Histories Series 1 last night on one of the PBS auxiliary channels. Series 2 apparently was shown on BBC in 2013 but it's on Amazon Prime and the DVDs are being sold by PBS.
I'm hoping it's one of those times when they bring back the first season to lead into the second.
I love everything and all things British. They can really spin a tale..no matter how convoluted and tricky one is always surprised by the outcome. How unfortunate that cable channel BBC-A is a huge joke, nothing but Hollywood movies, some car show that is on all day and Kitchen Nightmares which are all scripted. I wish we were able to get the real BBC.
I have to admit, The Missing is getting quite interesting. It's not groundbreaking, but it's very well done.
Thanks to a DL poster who said Netflix was going to stream Broadchurch beginning 12/12, I went looking for it last night. (Netflix is not featuring it and I had to use the search function.)
Excellent show. It really works that Tennant looks downright tubercular. His counterpart Olivia Colman is excellent. There were no clinkers in the cast, and the writing was very good.
Did you see the original British version of Broadchurch r239?
If so, how do they compare?
R240, I saw the 2013 British TV show. Are you talking about the Fox show called Gracepoint?
I've only seen a few episodes of Gracepoint but I didn't think it was as good, mostly because the supporting cast doesn't measure up (something at which the Brit mysteries always seem to excel). Anna Gunn isn't much of an actor and she doesn't play as well off Tennant as Olivia Colman did, so that was one major sour note.
The episodes I saw, it felt like the writers were told they had to write for people like Gunn and Nolte so there were weak points.
I'll eventually watch the entire series.
Yes, I was.
So it sounds like the American remake was unnecessary. No surprise. Didn't realize the title had been changed.
Shroud for a Nightingale.
I'm really enjoying The Missing.
I loved Broadchurch, but I just couldn't get into Gracepoint. It was interesting, though, seeing David Tennant playing the same character, now as an American.
Okay, I was the one offering some cautious praise of The Missing, but after this week's ep, I have to say it's really getting VERY good. Without offering any spoilers, I love what they did with the Ian Garrett's wife on the "boat".
If you're a fan of Broadchurch, The Killing, The Fall - this is your type of British mystery show. Smart, atmospheric, and just the right blend of slow-burn and thrilling action.
I love Inspector Lyndley. Nathaniel Parker is so suave and handsome.
Just started watching Broadchurch and if it weren't the work week, I'd be binging.
Happy Valley is wonderful. Highly recommend.
I also enjoyed Thorne, produced by and starring David Morrissey, based on a series of books by Mark Billingham. The first two books were Sleepyhead (which was excellent) and Scaredy Cat (which, although it was not quite as good, was better than most crime thrillers).
Morrissey said that eventually they plan to film all of the books in the series.
[quote]I wonder if Helen Mirren could be convinced to do another Prime Suspect. The last two weren't as good as the original earlier series, but if they got the right writer it could be seriously good event tv.
Really? I thought PS7 was great. Mirren gave a better performance in that show than in The Queen.
R249 - I'm the one who made that comment about Prime Suspect. I stand by it. Mirren remained riveting, but the writing was nowhere as strong as the earlier seasons. And that whole Bosnian sub-plot from one of the final seasons was ridiculous.
So, 'The Missing' keeps getting better and better. I really underestimated this limited series when it debuted.
I'm in the middle of binge watching HAPPY VALLEY. Is it me or does each episode flies so fast - it's incredibly well written and paced.
Can't wait for all the assholes to get theirs (please, tell me that they do).
The lady playing the sergeant is strangely hot (though everyone, especially her, is made up to look ordinary).
R251, she's also in Last Tango In Halifax, where she plays a lesbian school principal. I've seen her in many other BBC shows. She's very good.
^^That didn't come out right. She's a lesbian who is a school principal; I don't think her students are necessarily lesbians.
Just watched Happy Valley and some interviews with the cast. What do we know about James Norton? He pings but I can never be sure with Englishmen.
I was intrigued by The Escape Artist. Here's hoping more of the series is aired on PBS and it makes its way to Netflix.
Why was Maggie Gyllenhaal cast in The Honourable Woman? I just started watching the show, so there may be a reason for the lead to be played by an American. Surely, there are plenty of British actresses her age who could have played her part.
She is an unpleasant person to work with, so I hear.
According to DL, all actresses are reprehensible to work with. I've learned to take such gossip with a mountain of salt.
Gyllenhaal's casting in The Honorable Woman was interesting, given that most casting goes in the opposite direction.
She was excellent and she more than acquitted herself. I had never seen her act before, and after reading years of scathing condemnations of her on DL, I was pleasantly surprised.
[quote]According to DL, all actresses are reprehensible to work with. I've learned to take such gossip with a mountain of salt.
I happen to know this first hand, as told to me by a film director. There is a reason she never became a big name, though she certainly thinks she above the rest.
There's always some film director or key grip or parking lot attendant or janitor behind these stories, R259. I always assume there was a personality conflict of some sort.
How was the first episode of season two of Broadchurch?
[quote]There's always some film director or key grip or parking lot attendant or janitor behind these stories, [R259]. I always assume there was a personality conflict of some sort.
Fair enough. But some people do get mentioned more frequently than others. Where there is smoke there is fire.
My problem with it, R263? Those rumors are always about women, when you and I both know there is a much higher ratio of male assholes to female. Is it because they find aggressive or bad behavior acceptable from men?
It's amazing how these British actors can thrive as regulars in so many TV series at once.
The blonde actress from Happy Valley and Last Tango was also in that awful series about the Victorian department store....not the one with Jeremy Piven. The other one.
Sorry, can't remember the show's name or the ubiquitous actress' name..
Sarah Lancashire, R265.
Got all the Lovejoys on DVD. That was a great show. Sherlock is fantastic. Also Foyles war. I find Foyle really, ridiculously attractive, even though I don't go for older men much.
A&E was fantastic years ago, it was one of the first cable channels to show BBC TV series and IIRC, A&E also repeated many of PBS' Masterpiece Theater series.
What the hell happened to BBC America, when it first came on the air BBCA had so many wonderful entertaining shows, now it's endless "Star Trek" repeats and that horrid car show?
I really enjoyed all their cop and mystery shows as well as "Changing Rooms" and their real estate show was fun.
I just can't see the Dataloungers finding Tenant hot in Broadchurch.
I love all of them. One British mystery series, but not quite the same as what's been discussed is a wonderful series, Jonathan Creek, available on Netflix.
Inspector Lynley - SWOOM
HAH! Picked up the wrong pair of glasses. SWOON.
Also loved MI V, Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Lewis, Wallander, Benchley Park, all of them.
I find Brannaugh wayhawt as Wallander! The episodes themselves are a bit bleak though; Swedish houses look so damned sterile!
[R273] I agree, very bleak. There's a more upbeat Swedish mystery series called Annika Bengtson.
Someone mentioned Lovejoy - I have the whole series.
Look for the Australian series Mr and Mrs Murder -- exhausting to watch it all at once, but fairly clever. Don't know I want to see Midsomer after the episodes where Nettles retires, although the doc is wayhawt (and pings a bit); Jones is cute.
Coming to PBS very soon.
I also like hunky Robson Green and am now watching his series Wire in the Blood.
Loved him in Reckless with Francesca Annis and have been a fan ever since.
Robson Green is in Grantchester.
Prime Suspect, Midsomer Murders, the old series based on Agatha Christie characters.
Zen with Rufus Sewell and Wallender with Branagh. Although he's so moody and nasty to the other cops (and incapable of using a computer), I keep expecting one of them to bash him with his own cell phone.
Two favorites - Prime Suspect and Inspector Morse.
I love Robson Green and Wire In The Blood. He's a tiny little thing; really surprised me when I finally noticed.
Inspector Lynley is great, but I despised that thing he married. The series was better before she came along and after she got killed off.
The original Swedish Wallander wasn't nearly as bleak as Branagh's version.
Robson Green was nude in one of those episodes. I don't think he showed dick, but what he did show was fine.
No love for VERA?
A local PBS station had a Mystery Marathon on New Year's Eve and Day and I had a chance to see Endeavor (an episode I had actually seen about a murder in a factory) and, just as good, Vera (with the gorgeous David Leon as her assistant) and Miss Fisher Mysteries, which are situated in Australia. Also saw a few Midsomer Murders and the latest season of Sherlock with Cumberbitch and everyone's bitch Dr. Watson.
I loved Blethyn as Vera, caustic bitch who runs over people. Also enjoyed the Miss Fisher story (set in the 1920's, a flapper mystery solver).
Are there more McKenzie/Marples being filmed?
We talked about Vera early in the thread. She's a great crusty old dame and I really like the actress who plays her.
I realize David Leon causes many a mussy to moisten, but I'd feel my life complete for a night with Kenny on her squad. The poof who died in her arms was a nice touch, too.
Best of British mysteries:
Luther (first season)
Zen (not really that good, but worth it just for the sight of Sewell)
Poster upthread enquired about Season Two of Broadchurch. David Tenant's mumbling and his Scots burr are just about incomprehensible. Hope he enunciates in future or subtitles will definitely be required. The storyline is a tad shakey, contrived, as if they had to come up with something for a second season to top the first season.
LUTHER was such a ridiculous, over-the-top show. Made DAMAGES look subtle.
If you have Netflix, check out HAPPY VALLEY, an engrossing new(ish) BBC mystery/drama set in the North. It's a grim British limited series that they seem to do so well these days. An illegitimate birth, a suicide and a botched kidnapping several years apart coincide to form a messy and complicated mystery. The lead actress, Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax) is truly sensational. For fans of THE FALL, THE KILLING, THE MISSING.
Shaun Evans of Endeavour is adorable.
Vera is an okay character but the whiny tone of her voice is hard to take for an extended period.
She should have a husky, smoker's voice.
I liked the Hetty Wainthrop mysteries when Hyacinth transformed into a sleuth
I love Endeavour. They get all the period details right. But the real attraction is Inspector Thursday's voice, so sexy.
I like most of them. Strangely enough, I don't usually watch any American TV myseries. My faves from Britain are:
Dalziel and Pascoe
A Touch of Frost
"What the hell happened to BBC America"
Like all cable channels, it now plays to the lowest common denominator, to appeal to the masses and please advertisers.
I'm going through the Frost series currently myself. Nice to see Frost put down Mullet's homophobia over the lesbian detective.
R295 - The male character of Sgt Wield in "Dalziel and Pascoe" was gay too and Dalziel defended hime too. I like these rough coppers doing something out-of-the-ordinary to shake up our perceptions of them.
Typo in my post above should read defended "him".
I though Broadchurch was wildly overpraised. David Tennant's portrayal of The Anguished Detective was so overwrought it was downright silly at times. And that loud, sinister background music overpowered perfectly mundane scenes.
[quote] and she always asks "why are all these good looking British men paired up with dogs as wives or girlfriends?" I love her.
That was certainly true in Happy Valley. My god, the ex-husband! There is no way he would have been married to that quaterback. Sarah Lancashire's a good actress, but a quarterback. And I was pretty suspicious of the young, good-looking, perfect househusband who was married to the Olivia Colman character in Broadchurch. Maybe that's another reason why I found the show overpraised. Did nobody notice this odd couple when trying to solve a mystery?
American tv is the opposite -- Quasimodo-like male characters married to thin, gorgeous, movie-star pretty wives.
I've recently been watching the new season of "Midsomer Murders". It has a tall, dark and bearded police detective who is played by a guy named Gwilym Lee. I know he's unmarried and lives with three other people in a house in London. Anyone have any dishy gossip on him?
I thought Broadchurch ' casting aimed at straight women and gay men myself.
I don't have a problem with Broadchurch's casting.
First of all, I don't think everyone worldwide chooses a spouse based on looks.
Second, the series takes place in a small town. In small towns, couples often pair off when they're still in high school, then they get married and have families. Looks change over the course of years, but when you've been with someone for a long time, that doesn't matter much, if at all.
I enjoy BBC dramas because they aren't that superficial.
The other point is that they would have lost the best actor among the cast (Olivia Colman) if they had gone for the typical US casting scenario.
Anna Gunn in the unnecessary and not very good US remake is proof of that.
These are some of my current faves that some of you might like that evoke that feel of the classic British mystery.
The Bletchley Circle - set in 1952–53, about four women who used to work as codebreakers at Bletchley Park during WW2. After the war, they go back to their humdrum middle class lives where they are under the threat of the Official Secrets Act so they cannot tell anyone what they did during the war. Dissatisfied with official failure to investigate complex crimes, the women join together to investigate and solve crimes for themselves using those skills they learned at Bletchley to break the German code.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Phryne Fisher is a glamorous private detective (and sexually liberated British aristocrat) in 1920s Melbourne. If you like Tommy & Tuppence, you'll love this. She drives an Hispano Suiza...nuff said.
The Dr. Blake Mysteries - Set in the 1950s in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Doctor Lucien Blake takes over his late father's general medical practice after an absence of 30 years; he also serves as the local police surgeon (coroner). Doctor Blake is a keeper of secrets and a solver of mysteries and is a complex man hounded by his WW2 past.
Finally, if you aren't bothered by subtitles, watch The Time In Between (El Tiempo Entre Costuras). It's an 11 episode spy mystery set in Spain of the 30s-40's. Gorgeous sets and beautifully filmed. Its about a young and beautiful seamstress named Sira who uses her sewing talents as a cover for espionage during the rise of dictator Francisco Franco, the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of WW2. Sira is intelligent, gutsy and resourceful, whose ability to construct stunning garments and copy the latest Chanel or Schiaparelli lands her the posh job of couturier to the Nazi wives stationed in Madrid -- the perfect gig if you want to gather information and smuggle coded messages to the British inside the seams of dresses. Worth it just to hear the Nazi wives and British aristos speaking their accented Spanish.
Great post, R302. I've enjoyed both Bletchley Circle and Miss Fisher. I'll check into the other two.
Yes we get Foyle's War here in the USA. My local PBS station has run all the series and is gearing up for the latest installment. Am guessing it will start after Downton Abbey wraps up.
Currently PBS/Mystery in our area is showing reruns of Inspector Lewis.
Last month, Sky1 aired Agatha Raisin & The Quiche of Death. Yes, it's based on the books by M.C. Beaton. Here's the PR blurb: Agatha Raisin, a public relations professional, gives up her life in London in the hope of starting a new life in the seemingly quiet village of Carsley, but soon finds herself a suspect in a murder case when she enters the village's annual quiche-making competition in an attempt to ingratiate herself with the community. The quiche has poison and kills a village serial cheater. She sets out to clear her name and solve the mystery of the quiche of death.
Part 2 of The Fall is now on Netflix.
I've read most of the Agatha Raisin books. Here's hoping the awful gay character, Roy, doesn't appear.
Has anyone watched the current show (just finished on Starz), The Missing? I don't have Starz and am in US. Is it worth paying money to see (on Amazon Instant)?
I liked the first episode of Grantchester last night...pretty good, but mainly just liked it for the beautiful James Norton. He was so evil in Happy Valley--interesting seeing him as a vicar.
[quote]Second, the series takes place in a small town. In small towns, couples often pair off when they're still in high school, then they get married and have families. Looks change over the course of years, but when you've been with someone for a long time, that doesn't matter much, if at all.
Agree. It is clear that the ex couple in Happy Valley got together when very young and would have stayed together had it not been for the loss of their daughter. Also, they are intellectual equals, unlike the ex husband and his new wife.
I got the sense that the special agent that Sarah Lancashire's character calls to help with kidnaping is someone she had a romantic involvement in the past. Did anyone else think that?
[quote]Sarah Lancashire's a good actress, but a quarterback.
There was something attractive about her character's ballsiness and stubbornness, though.
Just saw the Broadchurch episode where Alec Hardy goes to Ellie's for dinner - talk about a lack of social skills on his part!
Are we supposed to find him "hot"? I think he is, but don't think most DL denizens would at all.
From what I've read Broadchurch continues the same story in season 2. Sounds lame, to be honest. How much can they milk the same story?
I've been watching The Fall. Not bad. Jamie Dornan is very good. Unfortunately Gillian Anderson still can 't act for shit.
About the only likeable characters in the whole series would be Ellie's husband, and Danny's grandmother.
I thought the exact opposite, R313.
I do too, R315. Dornan isn't terrible or anything, but Anderson carries the show.
You guys need to watch "An Honorable Woman"
So fucking amazing.
[R309] Liked the cast. I've always loved Robson Green.
I can recommend Suspects, which is a Channel 5 show. It's just a standard police procedural but the dialogue is improvised and so it's really naturalistic. The acting is great.
Waking the Dead is great.
R27, you miss the point of Midsomer. It's complete trash and that's why it's popular. I was addicted to Midsomer. Have seen every episode.
I enjoyed Grantchester, too
I'm bingeing on Whitechapel now. It's on Amazon Prime and so far it's okay. Good actors but the writing is kind of off.
R323 - oh, that Rupert Penry-Jones, the detective on Whitechapel, is my cup of tea. I watched him in the TV show "Spooks" with Richard Armitage but my favorite role of his was in "Persuasion".
I saw the dishy Rupert P-J years ago in a play along with Jacqueline Pearce (Blake's Seven).
I've watched just about everything I can think of except Poirot and Miss Marple. I just can't get into it.
**sigh** Now I'm watching Doc Martin from season 1.
I should say "rewatching".
I started watching Broadchurch Season 2 on ITV site.
Why did the viewership drop so much from ep. 1? I actually find this season intriguing. The best scenes are between Tennant and Colman (she should get more screen time, she's amazing).
The mother of the killed kid is an amazing bitch. I hardly have any sympathy for her left. The father is just weirdly unpleasant.
Rampling is not that interesting. What is her connection to the newspaper woman?
Both the kid's dad, and the psychic guy, are kinda cute ... in an offbeat way. Alec Hardy gets so worked up at times that an aneurism seems imminent.
Hey, US fan here. So, what are the hot UK mystery shows currently (or recently - say in the past 6 mos) airing? Want to see what I can check out on ITV on demand, BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 On Demand etc. When I say "hot", I mean less POIROT or MIDSUMMER MYSTERIES and more THE FALL, BROADCHURCH, HAPPY VALLEY, THE MISSING. Dark, gritty, sharp writing, great performances, edge-of-your-seat-ness, just the right amount of "slow burn" etc. Cheers!
40D - Glue is good. Also Southcliffe.
Thanks, R331. You're the third person to recommend Southcliffe. Looks like it's available on US Netflix now as well. Definitely checking it out. Speaking of US Netflix, in case anyone missed it, season 2 of THE FALL is now available (no spoilers, please).
Be forewarned about The Fall. The Netflix version stops at a crucial point right before the end. I've notified them, but it wouldn't hurt if they heard it from others.
Hinterland is very good. On Netflix now.
Hinterland is great!
I loved the first Bletchley Circle, but the second series was a bore. Brant heater isn't terrbly exciting, but James Norton sure is pretty.
I'll third Hinterland. I'd forgotten all about it. In a similar vein is Shetland with Dougie Henshall.
R304, I hope you're right. Love Foyle's War, although I'm not a fan of Downton Abbey.
R309, I don't remember seeing James Norton before, but I sure sat up and took notice of him in Grantchester. As the minister, he is wholesomely gorgeous.
Question for 330 or anyone with knowledge: US fan as well of all those shows - just finding out about Channel Four and ITV on demand - but how can you get it in the US when it asks for a postal code - and won't accept most/any US zip codes?
You need to get UKiVPN. It tricks your BBC or ITV into thinking you're in the UK.
I used think what a waste that they're only 6-8 episodes, and might come back for another season 2 years later. I've actually come to appreciate that, though. They don't burn out on ideas or storylines that way.
You might like to look out for Fortitude, a Sky crime drama that's starting this week. With Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sophie Grabol (The Killing) and Stanley Tucci.
A few Americans seem to be making their way over here of late. We've had Jon Hamm in a couple of things, Brit Marling in Babylon, Anthony LaPaglia in The Eichmann Show, and now Tucci.
I love that little gay Poirot and his boycriend Hastings. David Suchet as Poirot is terrific. In that show, the costuming and set design is stellar. I have it on Netflix.
Yes, Foyle's War has been around for quite a while here.
339 Try Primewire or Couchtuner.You can get the British shows. I watched Downton Abbey the same evening that it originally played in England.Agree with a previous poster on Bletchley Circle. The first season was great, the second not so much.
HAPPY VALLEY all the way!
What an incredibly intelligent and thrilling series. The Brits sure know how to do it right.
R340 what is that?
You don't all find that Robson Green is kinda slumming through Grantchester? He looks like he's in another show.
And we get it....EVERYONE smoked in the 1950s.
R349 can probably smell the smoke through the screen, a very sensitive snowflake.
[quote]Question for 330 or anyone with knowledge: US fan as well of all those shows - just finding out about Channel Four and ITV on demand - but how can you get it in the US when it asks for a postal code - and won't accept most/any US zip codes?
Hey, R339, R330 here. It's easy as pie. Just download the "Hola" extension for Firefox or Chrome. It's a simple add-on to your browser that "tricks" the servers of the site you're visiting into thinking your internet connection is originating from their country. It works for geo-restricted online content from just about anywhere. As for the ones that require you to register - just look up a UK postal code and enter it in place of your US one. Duh! Hope you're pretty. ;)
Just finished HAPPY VALLEY. Minor spoilers ahead. Although eps 1-4 were superb, I have to say, I think things really fell apart in the final two eps when the mystery lost of all of its momentum. I also thought the very ending with Sarah Lancashire looking out over a green hillside of the valley while flashbacks to the major events from the series whizzed by in sepia tones and relentlessly cheery music loudly played, was incredibly sappy and sentimental and betrayed the otherwise gritty tone of most of the series. It smacked of some BBC programming exec insisting on a happy ending. Real shame, as the show started so promisingly.
I really liked the episode where she finds the kidnapped girl. Which one was that? 4?
And I do like the cop being depressed during her recovery. I thought that was realistic, that she'd be angry and doubting her choices in life.
[quote]And I do like the cop being depressed during her recovery. I thought that was realistic, that she'd be angry and doubting her choices in life.
I do as well, but they dragged it out incessantly. They seemed to have run out of ideas and momentum. The show would have been much better at 5 eps instead of 6.
Anthony LaPaglia Is Austrailian, r342.
Is Happy Valley coming back for a second season?
For the Brits here, is the show a huge hit in the UK? Is it appreciated there as much as in this thread?
Is Sarah Lancashire considered a big TV star in the UK? She and the great brunette actress from Last Tango in Halifax seem to be in every other Brit series now.....that could never happen in the US.
R355 - Yes, the BBC has commissioned a second season (or, second SERIES, as they say over there) of HAPPY VALLEY. I wonder how on earth they'll find another storyline so interwoven with the lead's personal history.
And, yes, Brit actors do seem to have more flexibility to show off their versatility in a wide variety of roles. I mean, the main baddie from HAPPY VALLEY is now the vicar and amateur detective on GRANCHESTER, the new Masterpiece series. I think it has something to do with the relative brevity of most UK series and the fact that film/tv/theatre is all concentrated in one city there as opposed to the bicoastal split in the US.
Yes, there's a S2 for Happy Valley. It'll be shown late 2015.
We're inclined to have a small array of "comfortable" "familiar" TV drama actors at any one time and Lancashire appears to be one of the current favourites. It helps that Last Tango and Happy Valley have the same writer in Sally Wainwright. She also wrote Scott & Bailey.
I found Scott and Bailey kind of silly. A real reach. Now the actress who plays the supervisor is the main writer, so I guess she'll be getting a bigger story line.
The first Whitechapel series was a cheesy guilty pleasure, but the second and third seasons were not so good. They seemed to be trying to find something for Steve Pemberton to do, just so he could get a paycheck. He spent how many episodes setting up an unnecessary library in the police station?
Phil Davis shows what a great actor he is by keeping a straight face delivering his lines.
You want silly, R358 ... try "Mr and Mrs Murder" from Australia!
Having finished my Whitechapel binge, I agree with R359. Rupert Penry-Jones is the only thing that made it worthwhile for me, along with Phil Davis and the actors who played smaller roles.
Steve Pemberton's part should have ended with Series 1. I was not entertained by his character, and think of all the money they would have saved on eyeliner.
Series 3 seemed to leave the psychologist's part in the mystery dangling out there unfinished. It was obvious there was something more there. Instead of devoting so much time to watching PD babysit RP-J and SP's silliness, they should have closed the gaps in the story.