Review: Endeavour (S4 E2/4), Sunday 15th January, ITV

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endeavour_2017After last week’s excellent (and dark) start to the series, I had no idea where Endeavour was going to go next. And that’s one of the beauties of something like Endeavour – each story is different, and the tone can sometimes be different, too. As long as Morse and Thursday are, well, Morse and Thursday, it doesn’t really matter where it goes. And this week it really did go somewhere else. Continue reading

Review: Acquitted (S1 E4-6/10), Walter Presents

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577d2e4b84ae08b974ef67eb-1467877083180It’s been a relentlessly wet and miserable day here in London town, so it only seemed right not to leave the house, make myself some nice food and settle down to watch lots of TV. Yesterday, I watched the first three episodes of Walter Presents’ new Norwegian import, Acquitted, and I enjoyed it. It was a multi-layered tale of a hotshot businessman, based in Malaysia, called back to his hometown of Lifjorden in Norway to save a company that was the lifeblood of the town. Nothing too dramatic about that, you might think, but there were big-old wrinkles to this story: Aksel Borgen was going back to a hometown he hadn’t visited for 20 years, since he was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend, Karine. The CEO of the company he had been asked to save? His deceased girlfriend’s mother, who still thinks he’s guilty of the crime.

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Review: Acquitted (S1 E1-3/10), Walter Presents

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frikjent-1This 10-part Norwegian crime drama – currently playing out on Walter Presents – gives us an interesting proposition: a hotshot financial whizz returns to his hometown of Lifjorden in Norway to help out a bankrupt solar energy company. There’s one small catch: the man, called Aksel Borgen (Nicolai Cleve Broch), was acquitted of the murder of his then-girlfriend Karine 20 years ago, and left town, making a success of his life Kuala Lumpur, marrying and having a child. But here he is, back in Lifjorden for the first time since he spent a year in jail, and naturally, not everyone is pleased to see him back. Not everyone believes he was innocent.

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Review: Unforgotten (S1 E2/6), Thursday 12th January, ITV

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DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) must really have been feeling her age in this week’s episode, having to explain the workings of such antiquated technology as pagers to her squad of millennials.Toothsome techie Nathan from the phone shop has managed to salvage fragments of the texts recorded on the pager on a 26-year-old corpse of murder victim David Walker, so back at the station, Cassie and the team are all playing a macabre version of hangman, filling in the blanks to find out who might have stabbed him to death, sealed him in a suitcase, and flung him in the River Lea. Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S4 E1/4), Sunday 8th January, ITV

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endeavour_2017Two days after the 30th anniversary of Inspector Morse’s first ever appearance on our screens, Endeavour keeps the torch burning with a fourth series. It’s been a patchy-old ride for Endeavour since its inception – yes, its air is thick with Morse lore and what people now call ‘easter eggs’, but over the course of its three previous series, we’ve had the good, the bad and the ugly. With the anniversary in mind, it’s important for fans of the titular, classics-loving detective this series got off to a good start. Thankfully, it did.

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