Yes it’s the return of Bookish Small Screen Viewing. And I’ve got three TV shows for you that have been brought to our screens by the Beeb. I’ve been watching them on catch-up whilst I worked my way through all four seasons of Line of Duty in preparation for the new series that started last month.
I’ve got another post in the pipeline so watch this space!
Death in Paradise
I’ll hold my hands up, I’ve been watching Death In Paradise for years. I love the series, the tropical location, the Brit abroad with his band of local police officers. And then there is the catalogue of well known actors making guest appearances as either murder victims or suspects.
But the series isn’t just about the crime. No, the programme’s writers build around the close knit police team and the relationships between them. I bawled my eyes out in season 4 when….oh wait there are #nospoilers here….
The series reminds me a bit of Midsomer Murders just in the baking sun of the Caribbean! I love sitting and watching each episode, trying to work out from the clues who the murderer is.
What some of you may not know is the series creator, Robert Thorogood has written novels based on Saint Marie featuring the original British detective in the series, DI Richard Poole. What am I saying, I bet many of you have read these books, unlike me!
The ABC Murders
Another Christmas and another adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel was broadcast in the BBC (yes yes yes I’m extremely late in posting this!). I’ve got to admit I haven’t read The ABC Murders so this was a fresh Poirot story for me.
I didn’t know what to make of John Malkovich’s Poirot. In some ways, he suited the part of the man trying to hide his past but he played a darker Poirot and I’m not sure I like that.
Rupert Grint, now he took a total change of character from the part he is best known for. I think he did pull it off to a fashion though I really struggled to get out of my head his age. He just isn’t old enough for me to be playing a detective inspector.
All in all, I don’t think it was one of the more successful adaptations the BBC has done of the iconic Christie novels. It wasn’t a bad mini-series but for me, it didn’t live up to my expectations of a Christie drama. Let’s see how 2019’s adaptation of Death Comes As The End fares….
Luther (season 5)
Open admission time….I ADORE LUTHER 😍😍😍 #shockhorror. I binge watched the first three series when I was on maternity leave with my second son and I’ve been hooked ever since! Idris Elba is brilliant as the lead John Luther, the policeman who toes the line to get the job done. He bends the rules for his own means and for justice.
In this latest series, Alice Morgan is back in John Luther’s life and she’s brought trouble with her. She’s on the run from a dangerous gangster who incidentally knows Luther. I love the spark between Luther and Alice. They’ve got this illicit connection that they can’t break. Will they ever be found out?
In this final series 😭😭 not only is Alice back in his life but Luther has a dangerous psycho serial killer to deal with in a more professional capacity. Will he catch the nutter before another victim is found?
I’ve got Neil Cross’ The Calling to read so I really must bump it up the list somehow!!
So next time will be You and The Umbrella Academy. Is there anything else you think I need to be watching?!?? Until next time …..