Friday, August 15, 2003

Great Night of British Television

I've just spent couple of hours watching Croatian state television and, by one happy accident, its programme included two British shows – Manchild and Murder in Mind.

First show was translated as Seks i neki drugi grad (Sex and Some Other City) and this wasn't an accident. The show employs Darren Starr's formula but instead of 30-something women protagonists are 40-something British men. One of them is played by Anthony Heald, best known as Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Another show, Murder in Mind, tells murder stories from the perspective of murderers. First episode features David Suchet in a role very different from Poirot – here he plays highly regarded teacher whose attempt to satisfy long-repressed urges in seedy part of town leads to terrible messy situation.

Both shows are well-written, well-directed and well-acted and serve as another proof that British television shows are much better than their American counterparts.


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