red riding – good


Well I seem to be on a TV kick at the moment. I was interested to read yesterday that ITV’s advertising revenues and profts are steeply down so Michael Grade is dramatically slashing production costs by canning a number of  shows/programmes. Expensive drama productions are the first in line for the guillotine and, in the midst of all this televisual doom and gloom what happens? along come, not one, but two dramas to demonstrate the power of the tv medium. I wrote about the programme Margaret only recently  and then on Thursday night I caught the first in the trilogy entitled Red Riding. It’s set in West Yorkshire in the late 70’s and features child abductions, torture, the gruesome Ripper killings and a corrupt and amoral police force. It’s dark, bleak and lacking in any sense of redemption. And it starred Sean Bean, the truly annoying voice of Aw Toe. I should have disliked with a passion but it was gripping viewing even if most of it was done through clenched fingers. Here’s a thought Michael Grade, kill off all that Heartbeat crap and invest in programmes like this – totally absorbing drama for a change.


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About Paul

Having decided on a change of life by moving home from the UK to Italy, this is the story and thoughts of a man on a personal journey from the Blackpool Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in search of la dolce vita. After several olive harvests he's now back in London but en route he shares his very personal perspectives on life.

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