I might have said this last year, (I get more like a grumpy old man) I can't remember, but the Christmas TV schedules in the UK served up a load of crap. I don't think there were any decent films shown on any of the main channels. Well if there were I missed them.
I've been reduced to scouring satellite channels to watch old episodes of TV dramas from a few years back.
|Jonathan Creek (1997-2016) - BBC TV Drama (5 series)|
I watched some of these years ago when they initially aired and I quite liked the quirky nature of them. They give off a locked room vibe with an unexplainable mystery which consultant Jonathan Creek gets invited to look at. I like the humour and there's a decent cast throughout. Creek (Alan Davies) is very good. Every series or two, the main female support changes.... Caroline Quentin, Julie Sawalha and Sheridan Smith so far. With Quentin and Sawalha there's a sort of on/off romance/personal relationship with tension that adds to the mix. I've only watched one with Smith so far so don't know if that trope continues.
|Bull Season 2 (2017-18) - US TV Drama series|
|New Tricks (2003-2015) - BBC TV Drama (12 series)|
|The Outlaws (2021) - BBC Comedy/drama series|
Two episodes from six watched so far and I'm liking it. I can't actually believe they've got Christopher Walken in this. How did they manage that? Funny and tense in places. Stephen Merchant is a great comedy actor. Not sure if he wrote it as well, but his fingerprints are all over the show. Love the set-up and love the tensions between the characters on their community service. Each of the mains has a back story that holds interest.
|King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) - TV Film|
I'm not usually one for period/historic drama type film but we started watching this and were enjoying it, so why stop? Jude Law is the villain on the piece. Not quite sure why they had to have David Beckham in it though.
A lucky spot by my wife and based on some books by an author I used to read a lot of back in the day - Robert B. Parker. That said, I only ever read his Spenser series and the odd standalone novel. I think I tired of him before he started his Jesse Stone series.
There is a series of about nine films in all with Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone. We caught up the films on the fifth entry. I'll be keeping an eye out for earlier ones in the series.
Decent storylines, decent cast. Enjoyable setting. And there's a dog. The relationship between Stone and the dog breaks my heart. They're both traumatised by loss and care for each other without actually showing it.