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The horror, the oh, so British horror!
on 8 August 2010
"The Beiderbecke Affair" has just made it across the Atlantic and into Canada.
An earlier Amazon USA reviewer described the writing of this British series as brilliant. Another reviewer noted the resemblance of the two main protagonists to Nick and Nora Charles. A third reviewer professed to find a family resemblance to the Monty Python series.
Such comments clearly demonstrate that Amazon reviewers are as likely to espouse preposterous notions as anyone else.
How do I despise this series? Let me count the ways:
The writing is universally dull, repetitive, pompous, illogical and profoundly, appallingly, grimly unfunny.
The actors, some of whom have shown competence elsewhere, display themselves as frighteningly inept here. This might be the fault of the writing, the direction or even the actors themselves. Having suffered through this dismal swamp of a series, I have become convinced that all three are equally to blame.
The plot--I'm virtually sure there was one--ranged somewhere between ethereal and twee. And, of course, I mean this in the very worst sense.
To anyone who truly enjoys dull, illogical, unfunny, twee scripts, especially those which are poorly directed and ineptly acted, this is definitely your thing. Five stars for you, and welcome to them!
For myself, though, I'll content myself by awarding one star and regretting that I cannot cut that in half.