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Saturday, 20 May 2017


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OK, that was the clincher. I have been toying with the idea of the box set of Line of Duty after watching the last series and not having seen the earlier ones, so now it is on order. Jed Mercurio is a brilliant (if somewhat unrealistic) writer - did you see Bodies? A brilliant expose of the NHS amongst other things (he was a doctor).

Go for it, Mike, I have just spent the entire afternoon watching Series I. Fantastical tosh but with the accent on 'fantastic'!

Not long ago I got the box set of W. C. Fields movies. They haven't been played on American TV for years. Damn it, if we can't celebrate drunkenness, threatening violence to children and exaggerated stereotyping, political correctness has gone too far.

I'll drink to that, Bob!

Well, I've just sat through all Six seasons of the Sopranos - wonderful.
And that led me to Lilyhammer and I've seen the first two seasons of that. Apparently there is a third season but it's not available yet. Lilyhammer is a comedy Sopranos and a lot of fun.
In my spare time I've also been looking at old DVD's of Soap - from the 70's and probably the funniest series of all time. Susan Harris was a terrific writer.

Years ago, my wife and I "discovered" the Sopranos and eventually binge-watched the seasons we had missed to catch up. When we saw the final episode, we concluded this series would never be surpassed.

But, we were wrong. "Breaking Bad" was even better! So far, it has not been surpassed ...

Yeah, I've done all of Breaking Bad but I stopped watching it halfway through Series 4 for a couple of years - the unrelenting mayhem got to me. Finally got back to it a few months ago and managed to see the whole thing.
All in all I think the Sopranos was better - but I can't wait to see Season 3 of Lilyhammer - light relief is required.

Perhaps I should mention that my beloved Chinaman (the saxophone player) finally left the planet a few months ago and I am spending a lot of time at home, basically sulking and watching DVD's..... wine is also involved.
This too, will pass - hopefully.

Oddly, I tried both 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Sopranos' and I could see the merits in both of them but ... but ... gradually they began to bore me and I never finished them. Perhaps, just perhaps, they went on for too long.

I don't know if you can get them 'over there' or 'down under there' but I do recommend "Line of Duty". Yesterday I watched the five episodes of Series I, simply superb!

Of course, whenever discussing entertainment, people's mileage may vary. There was one season of the Sopranos when the main character, Tony Soprano [James Gandolfini], was in the hospital -- that got a bit boring and is the main reason why Trish and I preferred the Breaking Bad series overall.

American viewers are, perhaps, more accustomed to violence than the rest of the Anglosphere. But the acting and the character development in Breaking Bad is as good as it gets.

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