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Jill Gascoine: yes, but...
on 22 May 2011
It seems I was not alone in fancying Jill Gascoine in my teenage years. (and funnily enough her sex appeal went unnoticed, because I cannot remember seeing her annywhere else than on the telly in the Netherlands. And when I see her again now, I know why I fancied her and in fact still do.
Enter a curly haired Derek Thompson (good old Charlie from Casualty) and there's a first sign that this series is quite dated. And that can have it's charm, but this series on dvd proves that not all that television has ever given us stands the test of time, apart from Jill of course. Everything is annoyingly slow, all sets look bleak, brown, dark, then there is the markers for the commercial break: they could have been edited out. And of course every storyline must be explained in that hardly realistic setting of the police station, that seems more of a stageproduction background: the illusion of a police station.
I am a sentimental guy for old tv shows. I like Columbo any time of day (and that means I know what slow can look like), I've seen reruns of Bergerac, American series, anything. But The Gentle Touch worked better as part of my memory.