Been watching any good local TV lately?
Here’s some of my recent favs.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries – moody, murder mysteries set in 1950s small town Australia. Love the use of colour and the sets. Ballarat is gorgeous. Really get the oppressive, claustrophobia of post-war Australia. The acting is top notch too. Worth getting a box set to watch.
Rake is hysterical. Witty, mad, poignant. (That’s both the show and the central character.) He is ethical and deeply honourable while being a lying, cheating, drug-taking, gambling, alcoholic. Self-destructive and infuriating; he is manic and like the catherine wheel fireworks on the opening credits, he burns himself out in an increasingly speedy mania. But you have to love him. Can’t see the American adaptation working. If you don’t like swearing, don’t watch this. (Or if you don’t like any of the other things that get it an MA rating.)
Farck, can’t wait for its/his return.
The end of Janet King was a bit obvious but it told a good tale of corruption and murder. And isn’t Marta Dusseldorp brilliant and beautiful?
Love her in Series 1 of A Place to Call Home and can’t wait for the next series. OK, this is a bit melodramatic and soapy, but again the series really captures the era, and the drama is good.
Of course, everyone loves The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. Will there be another series? Hope so.
My god, the costumes are brilliant. I saw the costume exhibition. Just amazballs.
A break from drama is Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell. Being satirical, the topics will date, and the show may not travel well outside of Australia. Still, he is so clever, and can pull the most amazing faces. A very funny show.
No reality shows among my list. No weight loss. No bake off. No renovations but only in one hour/day/weekend.
We need narrative to entertain us; good narrative needs good writers.
And we need to see and hear ourselves. (I do watch a lot of shows from the UK and the US. A post for a later date.)