It’s always a testing time because just about everywhere it’s not really a rating season so therefore the shows are rather terrible.
So, to counterbalance the rubbish we have here at the moment, I managed to find a few shows that are on TV overseas.
I’m always interested in any offering from the UK. The BBC and ITV make very interesting shows, sometimes quite offbeat, sometimes steeped in history.
The latest from the BBC is a show called ‘The Capture’.
It raises some very interesting questions, like
How far has big brother technology gone in London with a CCTV camera just about on every corner
Can we believe what we see on a television screen that is supposedly streaming live pictures
Are the characters being portrayed believably?
Basically, it’s about a man who is seen on CCTV attacking a woman. When he’s shown the video, he acknowledges that the man and woman on the tape, are him and the victim, but then goes on to deny he did what the tape displays, the assault.
Forensic evidence tends to disprove that he was the perpetrator, except there are anomalies.
Do we believe what we see, just about everyone in this does. Such is the power of visual messages. The question might also be, was it him that did it? The thing is, he says he didn’t, and the only clear shot of him was at the start when no crime had been committed, and after, his image is not as clear as at the start.
What the hell went on?
This is a piece about the value of CCTV evidence, and it’s admissibility. That same perpetrator got off on a murder charge simply because the video and sound feed was not aligned, ie, there is a fault in the evidence.
We’re also confronted with a police detective thrown into a high profile case, and who needs a resounding wein to further her career. She is being fast-tracked, and not everyone is happy about it. I’m not sure if I like the way she’s being portrayed, or whether that is a problem with the casting.
I only say that because I’m a Keely Hawes fan, and I know she could pull this role off in her sleep.
We also have MI5 somewhere in the mix, pulling all sorts of dubious strings. Those words, National Interest’ get bandied around a lot in shows like this.
And like any good show, it’s got me guessing if he is guilty or not.
But this show is in stark contrast to a little light entertainment know as “The Reef” and American based show that is shot at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
It’s near where we live, and I find rather than taking notice of the throwaway plotline and characters, I’m watching it for the locations.
To be honest, I was surprised it was not shot in Hawaii or somewhere like that.
Still, I can think of worse ways to spend the on average 42 minutes of light-hearted entertainment.
This is in direct contrast to a show called ‘Pennyworth’, about the rise to fame for the Batman’s Bruce Wayne’s eventual butler.
A SAS hard-nut, it’s quite an interesting portrayal, but sometimes drifts off track on peripheral issues like tonight, where we dwelled upon the possibility that the devil is alive and well somewhere in London, and in particular, Thomas Wayne.
There was a light bulb moment when I finally got the impression that Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane might just end up as Thomas and Martha Wayne patents of Bruce.
I know, a bit slow on the uptake.
And they dwelled, or should I say it was Martha that dwelled, on three missing days, in which it might be that she met the devil of a different sort, and ending up stark naked on Hampstead Heath. The problem is, she cant remember.
I also looked at Pandora, a sort of space opera, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around portals.
The lesson learned for the night, nothing is what it seems, and everyone has an ulterior motive. When they’re not trying to take over the world.
Maybe tomorrow night might throw up something a little more realistic.