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Something needs transplanting...!
on 3 December 2013
Both the stars are for Simone Lahbib. There's a good story in here waiting to get out, but the flaws are so numerous I'm having a job to know where start explaining them. Sadly I must say that one is Angus as the romantic lead, and there's no chemistry between he and Simone. I'm so used to seeing him as the sarky talk show host that I have no trouble with him in sarky lawyer mode but I cannot see him embraced by the remote Scottish community. I think it takes the p*** out of Scotland, with its emphasis on folk who only serve whisky in pubs, who never leave the shores of the loch they bagpipe round, and know all your business. It recalled the French and Saunders Titanic take off when, pre turning into a leprechaun, Saunders says "let's run away and be jolly Irish people" - translate that remark to Caledonia and it's true of this. I didn't feel them fall in love, I felt the kiss to bed then scuttle is a modern cliché, and as for the denouement.... I felt myself cringing. If you're watching this as a way to bring Simone back to your screen after the demise of Bad Girls, you won't find the depth and forbidden love of Helen Stewart here. It's not a criticism of her, but this telly movie, whose arcs and pacing are all entirely wrong. I'm not sure I can sit through this again.