There are some great series on the TV at the moment. Once again the gentle and slightly ridiculous Death in Paradise has returned to our screens. I am convinced that the popularity of this is due to the location and that it is broadcast in a cold dark January and February. The location is supposedly, St Honore, but is in fact filmed in Guadeloupe which is sort of South East of Puerto Rico. Both the fictional and real place are in the Lesser Antilles in the Carribean. The characters are really caricatures and the plots are almost always the same. However, it is entertaining and provides a lot of light relief in the dark days as we wait for spring to arrive. I’m all for it.
We currently have a fabulous series on the BBC, though it was shown on Amazon Prime last year. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is based on the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. Michael Sheen and David Tennant star as an angel and a demon. They are both perfect in these parts as they attempt to prevent Armageddon. The end of the world is scheduled as the anti-christ has been born but carelessly misplaced in a village in England. The demon, Crowley, played by Tennant, and the angel, Aziraphale, Sheen have been around since the creation and have overseen the whole development of the human race. There is a lovely juxtaposition between the fantasy elements of the plot and mundane matters such as the the way that the angels use ‘management speak’ to refer to their line of authority or Crowley hoping about in a church due to stepping on consecrated ground. There is an obvious tension in their relationship that they overcome in a common cause, to prevent the end of the world. It’s just brilliant.
Also coming soon to ITV is Endeavour. It’s a police procedural set in the 1970s, it traces the early career of Inspector Morse, the character created in the books by Colin Dexter. It has it’s own cast of characters and Shaun Evans is just perfect in the role, and he has directed some of the episodes. It is penned exquisitely by Russel Lewis with some fabulous music by the fabulously named Barrington Pheloung, who sadly died last year. The series was based in 1965 when it started and is moving along until 1969 when they incorporated the moon landings into the script. It’s back next Sunday in the UK. We don’t know yet what the year it will be set, but photos confirm the absence of the ‘dodgy’ mustache that appeared in series 6.