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When the BBC were good value...,
This review is from: Between The Lines : Complete BBC Series 2  [DVD] (DVD)
World Productions have seen sense and released series 2 of Between the Lines just 5 months after the first. This show is the finest piece of drama the BBC has ever produced and it's 35 episodes are still as engaging to watch some 12-14 years later.
Nothing in my eyes has ever really come close - there could be an argument for 'Spooks' and 'The Cops' but you could soon pick holes in it. The writing/storylines, the characters, the acting, and the the direction are all top notch and Series 2 is as equally good as the first. I'm sure if Pearson, Georgeson and Redmond were questioned on their acting career highlights 'Between the Lines' would spring to the forefront. I cant imagine 'Trevor's world of Sport' being quite as exciting to make for Pearson as playing the complex but endearing Tony Clark and I'm certain Georgeson would rather be portraying streetwise Harry Naylor than appearing as himself on 'Call my Bluff'.
This show had everything you could want - there will probably never be another quite like it as we are now in 2006 and TV drama is generally sh*te. In the 90's you had 'BTL', 'Civvies', 'Cracker' even 'Casualty' was better, unfortunately these days we have become saturated with mind numbing Celebrity and Reality TV, and big budget/poor quality drama such as 'Rome' interspersed with monotonous rolling news programmes. The TV license has never been such a financial burden.
So thank the DVD for being invented, grab yourself a copy of 'BTL 2', turn off that foul 'different shades of red' BBC wallpaper, and the stupid idiots performing martial arts on a roof somewhere while some pretentious fool tells you what 'the ONE to watch' is and go back to the good old 90's when the Beep were good value, 'BTL' was the ONE to watch, and TV programmes were introduced with the good old revolving globe which had a big fat '1' stamped on the front of it....
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2012 21:32:26 GMT
Well said coach !! uk tv , like uk has hit massive decline since the 90s . BTL is my favorite uk drama ,next to cracker . Favorite comedy , only fools and horses , Blackadder .All things of the past ! Be greatfull for DVD !!
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