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Too brief an encounter.,
This review is from: True Love - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Everything about this series was great. The acting was superb, (nice to see DT in a drama and not an advert) but really, look at the actors, would you really expect anything else? It was shot beautifully, the atmosphere spot on, the stories intelligent and true to life and the directing was excellent. Given all this, why not five stars?
Simply put, half an hour was too short a time. Take each episode, each story, with everything I've previously mentioned, and this could easily have filled an hour a time. We only glimpsed the characters and it just felt incomplete. Frankly, we got a sketch rather than a finished piece. Perhaps that was the intention, but with the talent in all parts, both on screen and behind it, being so good, why not build something more?
So, buy this, watch it and enjoy it, but think on, someone missed a trick here. We got two pairs when we could have had a Royal Flush. For example, look at the story behind the excellent Single Father, also with DT. That ran for four one hour episodes. I suppose I always want more of a good thing.
PS; if the BBC make a second series, other than making them longer, please include Suranne Jones. She'd excell here.
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2012 08:15:24 BDT
John H Perrin says:
The fact that each episode was 30 mins long ruined it for me and reading the press many other people
How you could get that quality of actors and not run it for an hour is plain silly ?
Maybe the should for the DVD version ?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2012 08:21:46 BDT
Dick Pearson says:
If you read about the series when it was broadcast on TV you'll understand why the episodes were 30 minutes: the shows were "semi-improvised" and it was felt that this was the best length of storyline they could get from the actors efforts andf guarantee the same quality for all five episodes. I suspect any further shows made will be the same length if they are also "semi-improvised".
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2012 11:38:40 BDT
Mr. S. Kerfoot says:
I recall reading about that when they were made but given the actors involved I'd have said that each episode could easily have been an hour or at least forty-five minutes long. In fact, as they were shown as half-an-hour long, I'd guess there was quite a bit which wasn't shown, such is the way when producing anything for TV. Perhaps that would have made for a different series, something less refined. In any case, whatever the reasons, each episode is still too short, after watching them again.
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