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red riding, part three - The Villages

hutch0
Date: 2009-04-10 18:02
Subject: red riding, part three
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It's taken me a while to get around to watching this, and the experience was not heightened by my having recorded it on a very old videotape which only just recorded the sound, meaning I had to watch it with the volume all the way up and sitting very close to the television.
Anyway.
If the first episode bordered on the surreal and the second was fairly straightforward, this was sort of impressionistic.
The first episode began with lives lost. This one ended with lives saved, the redemption of Mark Addy's overweight, sleazy solicitor John Piggott and David Morrissey's tortured, conflicted detective Maurice Jobson, a young life rescued, and the eventual freedom of BJ, who has woven his way through the series like a thread.
It wasn't tidy. The involvement of Piggott's father in the evil besetting this part of West Yorkshire was sort of depth-charged into the story. We didn't get to find out what happened to Jim Carter and Warren Clarke and the other bent coppers. Piggott's unravelling of the story seemed a little too easy - he just bumped into people who told him more parts of it. Saskia Reeves's medium, in a part which if memory serves was severely cut down from the book, was pretty much wasted, only there to give a rather confusing sense of a real occult dimension to the murders.
But this series has not been tidy, much like the books. You had to pay attention, which is unusual in television drama these days.
High points? Sean Bean's John Dawson. Mark Addy and David Morrissey, at the top of their game. Peter Mullan's priest, source of evil, increasingly other-worldly as the series went on. The catchphrase, "...The North, where we do what we want." The words "Put your hands on the table," which I won't be able to hear again without shivering.
It was some of the best television I can remember seeing in a very long time, beautifully written, directed and acted.
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 Communicator
User: communicator
Date: 2009-04-10 18:22 (UTC)
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Wonderful trilogy. It lost a lot in the cutting, but I think it had the dreamy swooping despairing feeling of the books. Bean and Morrissey were both fantastic
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-04-10 22:34 (UTC)
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It's been a while since I read the books, and I read them out of sequence. I'd like to go back and read them all again in the right order while the imagery from the series is fresh in my mind, because one thing it helped me do was get Peace's cast of thousands straight in my head.
You're right, the atmosphere of the books came over almost undiluted, didn't it? That sense of inescapable evil swallowing up good and bad alike, of something sick and unstoppable.
Morrissey's in a class all of his own; I first saw him years ago in a series called One Summer, and he was good even then. I like Bean, but I used to think he was a rather lazy actor. Here, though, he was marvellous.
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