Review: Fargo (S1 E4/10), Sunday 11th May

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FARGO YR 1Now then. Here’s something a bit different I’m going to try. We all know that Fargo the TV series paying a lot of lip service to the large-screen original. Even though the two stories (and indeed the locations) are different, there are huge similarities between the two – from the character types to the dialogue. There are plenty of sly and clever nods to the film and in last night’s episode there was another one – a young Stavros, on the way to Bemidji, found the case of money thrown into the wilderness by doomed hitman¬†Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) in the film. It was a very nice and neat way to explicitly link the two together. But there were other things in this episode that made me ponder heavily.

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Is Happy Valley the UK’s Breaking Bad?

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624Bear with me on this. Happy Valley – BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright’s hit thriller – has been attracting strong audiences on Tuesday nights. It tells two story strands involving two characters.¬†Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is a policewoman in a West Yorkshire town. She’s a no-nonsense type, a divorcee, still hugely affected by the suicide of her daughter. And then there’s the maccountant Kevin Weatherill (Steve Pemberton), who wants to send his kids to a well-to-do private school. Spurned in his request for a pay rise, he decides to ask his boss for a pay rise. When he’s refused, he decides to put into a plan to kidnap the boss’s daughter in order to get hold of a meaty ransom. But, of course, things don’t go well.

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Broadchurch series two cast announced

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Here we go then. It’s the most anticipated news in British crime drama we’ve seen for a while – the announcement on who will be appearing in series two of Broadchurch. At the end of series one’s shattering conclusion, speculation was rife as to whether its two main stars – David Tennant and Olivia Colman – would return for the next series. And now, this morning, ITV made the announcement we were all waiting for… Continue reading