Tag Archives: crime

Telly Tuesdays : Broadchurch

I’ve decided to make a change to my categories, as writing about travelling just made it more clear to me that I’m not going on holiday anytime soon. So instead I’ve decided to switch to another major interest of mine, television. Yes, the majority of the programmes that I watch are via iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube or Sidereel, but it still counts as TV, plus I work unsociable hours so the only other option is to turn off my brain and make do with Jeremy Kyle.

For the past 8 weeks I’ve been ever so slightly obsessed with an ITV crime thriller called Broadchurch, a detective series in which Olivia Colman and David Tennant investigate a small community after a young boy is murdered. The best elements of it were the dual allegiance of Colman’s character, who is an active member of the community and mother of the dead child’s best friend. At first she refuses to believe that anyone within her community could commit a murder, yet over the course of the series she begins to doubt herself. I have loved watching Olivia Colman since I saw her playing the scatterbrained mother Harriet Schulenburg, and I still don’t feel like I’ve recovered from Tyrannosaur – arguably the best film I’ve ever seen that I never want to see again. She is perfection, so I knew I wanted to watch Broadchurch as soon as I saw that she was in it.
Then there’s David Tennant as the distant and blunt detective with the failures of a previous case and as well as a serious illness weighing heavily on his mind. Plus he’s my favourite Doctor Who, so enough said really.

But the series did have its problems. At times it felt like I was watching some sort of sequel to Hot Fuzz, complete with comedy accents, a token outsider and Colman back in the police station. And by the end it seemed that the writers were fixated on creating every character into a paedophile (not so much like Hot Fuzz). But either way I love a good puzzle, so was immensely proud that I correctly guessed the killer from the first episode, even if everyone else did too.

That was the main failing of the programme, in such a small community there are only a certain number of people that you can paint as a suspect before the one person that no one suspects becomes glaringly obvious. I won’t spoil the reveal for anyone who has yet to watch, but the reasons behind the child’s murder are equally dubious, and many elements of the investigation are left unresolved (WHY was Danny arguing with the postman!?). However it has been announced that there will be a series 2, so it will be interesting to see how the writers work around the complete lack of serious crime in rural Dorset coastal towns, unless the people of Broadchurch are just very, very unlucky. The closing moments of the series seem to suggest that the two detectives, who were the only three dimensional characters anyway, will move on to pastures new to escape the demons that Danny Latimer’s murder unearthed.

It wasn’t perfect, but it kept me hooked.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fame On A Friday: Forget Kony, Arrest Jason Russell

So it’s been established by now that I’m having a few difficulties settling into the whole ‘write a blog every day’ thing. Apologies, but for the past week I’ve actually had something of a life – which is exciting in itself. I’ve been across what felt like every bloody county in England, from London to Cambridge to Nuneaton to Manchester to Salisbury to Bath to Southampton. Yup, it’s quite a lot to cover in a few days, so you can appreciate that writing a blog wasn’t exactly high on my priorities. But anyway, back to normal…

 

Earnest yet slightly creepy

 

This week, in a brilliant twist of irony, the figurehead of the ‘Arrest Joseph Kony’ movement has been arrested for public intoxication and masturbation. The plastic good looks of Jason Russell couldn’t even save him from a crime so low that not even Lindsay Lohan has managed to commit it. He was later hospitalised, so his altered state was no doubt due to more than just a few too many cocktails.

Of course, Invisible Children (his slightly shady foundation) have released a statement painting him as a victim of exhaustion and malnutrition, so dedicated to his cause that he ran himself into the ground. Bollocks. The man has created a worldwide phenomenon with a video viewed by 76 million people (so far), he was definitely basking in his newfound glory. He seemed like a pompous twat in the video, I can only imagine that his ego has inflated further. I do feel incredibly sorry for his family though. Maybe someone should try to explain Russell’s indiscretions to his incredibly adorable son through the use of two photos, one of a doting father and the other showing the mess that his own has become.

See The Guardian for more details: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/16/kony-2012-campaigner-arrested?newsfeed=true

 

[Image via http://www.ibtimes.com]

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,