I’ve given up on watching television. Oh, I’ll binge-watch.
I’ve been watching Amazon, Netflix and British TV through an Amazon subscription to Acorn TV.
Foyle’s War is on PBS and Amazon.
At the beginning of the series, it is 1940, WWII is on and Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) wants to serve. He’s a police investigator in the south of England.
DCI Foyle is assisted by his driver, the adorably curious Samantha Stewart, played by the overwhelmingly adorable Honesuckle Weeks.
The tall guy in the back is Sergeant Paul Milner, a war vet.
Each episode is a mystery, though there are some two-parters. Real events are woven into the plotlines, especially incidents from WWII. Don’t miss “Fifty Ships” and “High Castle” for morality plays — and in a morality play, Foyle always represents the high road.
The character Foyle is prickly, likeable and unique. At some point you realize that for all his talents, Foyle doesn’t want to catch crooks. Given a choice, he’d rather be serving in uniform or fly-fishing. He knows he’s just carrying on. His sense of duty, and his commitment to the truth guide the series.
I watched the second season of Dicte, and the second season of Hinterland this weekend.
Dicte is a crime show on the level of Law and Order in terms of seriousness. She’s the brave but headstrong writer for a newspaper. It’s a bit of a challenge since the dialogue is in Danish, but it is subtitled in English. Turns out Danes curse in English sometimes, and certain sexual acts apparently have no accurate Danish word. Danish sounds like German spoken by much more polite people. Also I expected more breakfast pastries.
If you like your heroins perfect, she’s not for you. She is sooo excited when her daughter starts having sex, it’s a bit odd. Season one reminded me a bit of Sex and the City.
Hinterland is a dark, moody crime drama. The main characters are police detectives. DCI Mathias (below) is a train wreck. He needs counseling. He also needs a shave. Always.
While it is in English, it takes place in Wales and was shot for English and Welsh. As a result, there are long scenes with no dialogue at all — as if it was smarter to have characters stare into space instead of talk, since they have to shoot the speaking scenes twice.
This scene might last 45 minutes. He is not looking at anything important. The crime scene is over his right shoulder.
According to this show, all of Wales is bleak, cold and needs a coat of paint. The Welsh government actually did predict the show would boost tourism. They need to get their money back.
Still, it’s good drama.