Thursday, December 10, 2015

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RIVER and DETECTORISTS


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RIVER

The original drama series centers on John River (Skarsgård), a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault line is the fragility of his mind — a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax and "Ruth on SPOOKS) will play River’s colleague and confidante, Detective Sgt. Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson, with Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) as Detective Sgt. Ira King. Lesley Manville (An Adventure In Space And Time) will play their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) plays a notorious killer who haunts River. Additional cast includes Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) as Stevie’s mother, Bridie, and Georgina Rich (Sherlock) plays Rosa, a police psychiatrist.

River was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin, Abi Morgan and Lucy Richer are executive producers. Chris Carey (Run, Ambassador, Dirk Gently) produces, and Richard Laxton (Burton And Taylor, Him And Her) directs.

Note: If you watch this series you will almost certainly wonder what the hell is the name of that song Nicol Walker sings.  Here it is (I Love To Love).

In a nutshell, River's partener is murdered and in death still hangs around.  "I see dead people" for adults. Brilliant. 

Here's another jewel I tripped over; "Detectorists"


“ Not a great deal happens in Detectorists, which began its second series tonight. For those who've not managed to catch this novel sitcom you need to know the following. First, well, not much happens. Very much like the lives of the metal "detectorists" (never "detectors" – those are merely the machines they use, you see), things meander along at a pace which makes Last of the Summer Wine feel like Spectre.

It has a slight Vicar of Dibley feel to it too, but it is much more intriguing and edgy than any of its gentle comedy predecessors. Which brings me to my second point – it is very nicely written and directed by Mackenzie Crook, who also plays one of the major roles, the semi-happily married Andy, and, no, I can't resist adding that he has come a long way since he played the gawky, immature and bizarre-looking Gareth Keenan in The Office. Crook is joined in his quest by his older and lonelier mate Lance, as portrayed by the brilliant Toby Jones (whose resemblance to Ian Hislop, by the way, is unnerving). Andy's mother-in-law is Diana Rigg, who does a fine line in withering contempt. ”

 

Both from Netflix  You're welcome

Media Irrelevance



                         




"Most of those who were persuadable have been persuaded. "
In the early days of blogging there was a blog called Oh, that liberal media, which regularly exposed instances of liberal media bias. In fact in the early days of blogging that was one of the top achievements of the blogosphere, to point out the easy political bias most supposedly objective news sources engaged in. I used to think that the blogosphere would serve as a necessary corrective to the media, but that hasn’t happened.

In recent years, I don’t think that the criticism has had the same effect, even if in some ways the media cocoon has worsened. I think that conservative media critics have convinced all those who can be convinced of the bias and now either people accept the bias because they agree with it or look to alternative news sources because they don’t trust the MSM. And the MSM started paying less attention to the criticism. Most of those who were persuadable have been persuaded. (As far as those who deny that such bias exist … it’s hard to deny when prominent journalists have boasted of the bias.)

But I still believe that it’s possible for the media to jump the shark. At some point the media will show that they are so hopelessly out of touch with most voters, that even non-ideological types would cease to believe them.


Glenn Reynolds’ op-ed Monday in USA Today makes me wonder if the media may have just reached that point with the front page New York Times editorial over the weekend calling  for confiscation of all guns in the wake of last week’s San Bernardino terror attack.

In his op-ed Reynolds (Instapundit) wrote that there’s a very good reason that President Obama and his supporters may want  to focus on something other than the Middle East, the economy or personal safety: [Continued]

This Legal Insurrection phrase "have convinced all those who can be convinced" was a splash of cold water.  I've railed about the lack of critical thinking goin' on out there, and this is the result in just a few words.  'Argh matey, we be farkt.  It's stage 4 doctrinairism.