I’ve been watching quite a bit of television of late. I don’t know whats got into Foxtel, but they’ve actually been broadcasting programs, on the ‘History’ channel, that have claimed my complete, and undivided, attention.
Of course, being the perverse people that they are, they air them late at night, when all octogenerians should be asleep, dribbling the night away, or semi-comatose wondering where the bed is, and if they’ll wake up in the morning. And then there are those like me, who don’t seem to have much to do, so they turn on the telly!
Naturally, it was too much too hope for, and everything went back to normal; garbage or American basketball. Why do the persist in showing this to Australian audiences? U.S.Basketball that is!
I must admit to watching the American Gridiron, which for some unknown reason is referred to as ‘football’; they also refer to the world championships of this ‘football’ which is incomprehensible to me; – the world championship that is-, as they are the only people that play the game.
However, I’ve learned to enjoy this game, of four quarters,each of 15 minutes duration, that lasts for 3 hours or more, and am now the fan of the Packers and the Broncos. The Packers have a good quarterback, the thrower of the ball, who had a very good game against the Detroit Lions yesterday.
As usual I’ve drifted off course, (wouldn’t have made much of a navigator ) which isn’t hard to believe.
So, being at a loss I turned to my old faithful, steam driven computer. (I’ve been told that I have to keep using this one, as I’ve gone through too many already.) where I remembered this thingy with the word ‘Go’; which is the Foxtel thing, that enables me to watch just about everything on their network; although I suppose that I’m paying for it somewhere along the line.
Feeling daring, I opened this ‘Go’ up, and browsed through the many programs listed, and I noticed this program, with an unusual name, listed on BBC First “Unforgotten”; “
“What a strange name for a TV program,” says me ” wonder what this is all about?”. Being of an inquisitive nature, I decided to go have a look see; and what I saw just blew me away!
What caught my attention at first, was the lead actress, Nicola Walker, who. you’ll recall was Ruth, in the “Spooks” series. Always enjoyed her performances; a class act is Nicola! Read the synopsis and thought”this’ll do me for 45 minutes; so I hooked the O.F.S.D.C, up to my big screen TV set, rearranged my speakers, (would be like watching a silent movie otherwise) and settled back.
Did I say 45 minutes? I was completely hooked after 5 minutes. Typical English TV production; scruffy looking, real people who could actually annunciate real words. clearly. A cop show and not a gun insight.
There are that many twists & turns, I know I digress most of the time; but this program made it seem that I’m stuck in a rut.
There are four different groups, seemingly unconnected. A mixed race Cockney couple, played by Ruth Sheen (no relation to Charlie, and a true thespian to boot!)& Brian Bovell, who coach young football players, not to be confused with gridiron, the game where they actually kick a ball around, with the sole intent, of boring me to death.
Trevor Eve, with his usual sterling performance as a London SPIV, who obviously knew how to climb the ladder, to become a knight of the realm. The always excellent Bernard Hill plays a married priest, obviously of the High C-of-E persuasion, he crosses himself, who in his younger days, didn’t mind a bit of hanky-panky, as it turns out.
Tom Courtney & Gemma Jones, are cast as a ‘nutter’; her, and a paraplegic, him! That live down at Southend-on Sea,; or as we Cockneys are wont to say “Soufen’0nSea”.
There are six episodes, and slowly this divers group come together, as our Nicola/Ruth/D.C.I. Cassie ably assisted by D.I. Sammy; Sanjeev Bhaskar, (a newcomer to me); gradually unfolds the mystery, surrounding a body, accidentally found after nigh on 30 years!
And the crunch?
I got so caught up after the first 10-15 minutes, that I sat, and watched the entire six episodes, one after the other, oblivious to time. 270/280 minutes of a police/crime show, not one gun, not one speed chase; just great dialogue, delivered by real actors, and actresses. Superb!
Just in case anybody is interested, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgotten will give you a much better idea of this series. If you haven’t seen, it and get the opportunity, I recommend it most heartily.
Oh by the way, I started this about a week ago and have just remembered it; the Packers game I referred to was on the 4th I think, I am now going to turn the telly on and watch them beat the Giants XD
Note done in green, Go Packers