Now 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.
Bear 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.
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