More British Crime

Luther, starring Idris Elba. One of my favorite shows. I can go back and watch it again and again. It’s intense, but good. Even the “villain” (Ruth Wilson) is one of my favorite characters! It’s just good.

In later seasons (which you can find them all on Amazon Prime Video), one of the characters gets killed off and it just gets to me like no other crime show does. I’ll begrudgingly admit that yes, I did cry when this particular character dies (no spoilers!).

It is intense, a little dark, heavy, but so good. There are a lot of recognizable faces in there. Luther’s friend, DCI Ian Reed, actually plays the cheerful nephew of Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (which is a Christmas movie my family has watched every year for as long as I can remember). Luther’s boss, Saskia Reeves, has been in many other British crime shows, but just in episodes not any recurring role.

I guarantee, watch the first episode and you’ll be hooked. Make it through the first season and you’ll be begging for more! (I’m currently re-watching this series as I write this.). Watch it! Let me know what you think! Like if you’ve seen it before!

British Crime Show

Vera

Vera is a show about a slightly frumpy woman, Brenda Blethyn, who is very good at her job. She’s a Detective Chief Inspector in Northumberland. So you might need subtitles at first, but your ears adjust to the accents pretty quickly. It’s a slower paced show. Something to watch while you’re doing something else that requires a little concentration if that makes sense. Each episode is about an hour and a half long, which explains the pacing. There are lots of characters and side stories you get to know in every episode. Vera is witty and emotional sometimes-just a good show. You can find it on Amazon Prime and a couple seasons on Acorn TV.

Overall, would I recommend the show? Yes. I rewatch it every now and then. Give it a shot. Let me know if you do in the comments and what you think!

New Recommendations!

Ready for another great TV recommendation?

I’m thinking I might make this a regular, weekly post. Because as sad as it sounds, I’ve watched a lot of TV.

Into the new show…

Do you like mysteries? Crime shows? All things from the UK?

Try Shetland.

It’s an interesting little murder mystery (one crime can last for more than one episode) and it’s set in the island community of Shetland, obviously. It’s about a man, DI Jimmy Perez, solving various crimes with his team. It stars Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell and Steven Robertson. You may need subtitles until you adjust to their accent, but it doesn’t take anything away from the show.

It’s about a DI Perez (Henshall), who is working and in a way, a single parent. He’s not the biological father of his daughter, but she calls him “Dad” and lives with him while calling her biological father by his first name. It’s an interesting dynamic that I’ve not seen on any other show.

The stories are told in two episodes each. They’re based off books written by Ann Cleeves.

I wouldn’t say it’s fast paced, but it isn’t slow. It’s full of twists and turns and learning a lot about each character. Now, I’ve tried to read her books before and I couldn’t because they were too slow for me. But maybe not for you. They’re pretty well-known books in English crime writing circles, or so I’ve gathered.

Anyway, that’s my story. Give it a shot. Let me know what you think!

Edit: Trigger warning, in season 3 there is a rape. It’s not really discussed and you don’t see anything, but it could still be upsetting.

One of My Favorites

One of my favorite TV shows is a British comedy show. It’s just hilarious. Every single episode I find something to laugh at without it being crude or vulgar. It’s a show you can watch with your parents or grandparents, but it is actually interesting. It’s on Amazon Prime Video, if you have that you can watch it.

The name of it is Doc Martin. It’s just so funny and there isn’t a lot of sex and drama in it. Of course, it is the famous British dry sense of humor. But let me tell you, it had me laughing, my mother laughing, and believe it or not, my father laughing. And my father doesn’t laugh at just anything. Usually he doesn’t stay awake long enough to laugh at something, but for Doc Martin he does.

Even if you’re not sure whether you like British humor or not, I think it’s worth giving it a shot for a few episodes. I can almost guarantee that you’ll fall in love with it.

It’s about a big city surgeon who can no longer be a surgeon and instead becomes a GP in the small seaside town of Portwenn. He’s socially awkward, terrible bedside manner, but excellent doctor. You’d be surprised at the crazy things the villagers get up to and end up calling for the doctor. And there’s a dog. The doctor can’t stand the dog, but the dog loves him and follows him everywhere. I should warn you, they do the medical procedures very graphically. (I’d say realistically, but I have no idea if it’s close to real life medicine practice or not.)

Give it a chance. It might take more than one episode. As my dad says, the more you watch it, the more you like it (and find it hilarious).