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An inconvenient mini-series

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Has BBC got a death wish?

Why do they insist on dropping these great mini-dramas on weird nights within the same week? Don’t they know we’re programmed to watch things weekly?

Burn Up

Bradley Whitford was great as ever in this climate change/oil power/Kyoto conference drama. He outacted the remaining cast put together as Mac, unhinged and strangely loyal, pumping action and emotion through each scene. Like a deeper Kiefer/Jack from 24.

Photo - BBC.co.uk Burn Up

So does the backdrop of Climate change add anything to the normal political/big business power games mini-series? Similarly to le Carre’s The Constant Gardener, I suppose it taps into a subject matter than worries us in the same way the bomb or the cold war worried previous audiences.

The fact that there is no conclusion, solution or outlandish precedent for government reacting to a real oil shortage lets Burn Up pull the punches as they wish.

I’m so starved for decent TV that I even thought Neve Campbell was good in this. My only gripe was the finale held on the roof of a sky scraper, which I literally couldn’t watch, as I feel like I’m going to throw myself off the ledge, or at least off the couch. I wonder if this technicque could also up the ante for run of the mill shows; like a random tarantula on the head nurse’s shoulder in Casualty?

Anything else?

Back to You – Great episode last week with a racoon on the loose, maybe this series will turn good, like 30 Rock did.

The Colbert Report – Watch it nation, it’s the best thing on at the moment. Or watch clips online.

The Soup – Yes I know, I’m complaining there’s no good TV and watching TV clip shows. The Soup is on form though, with a nice cameo from Simon Pegg & Jessica Hynes promoting Spaced on DVD.
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Written by Victoria

July 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Posted in TV