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Good, but lacking development.
on 25 November 2013
I must admit a slight sense of disappointment with this drama. Firstly, the actual synopsis is excellent, and inspiring. The idea of looking in to scientific developments during the war could have really worked. The base idea was excellent; this was not the problem. Also, the cast and the acting was good - a good case bought the performance alive as a whole, and you could see each individual actor had worked hard to bring their character alive, and make them believable.
However, the real problem is one thing - the whole series only lasts 90 minutes - 2 eps of 45 minutes. There simply was not enough time to develop the story line and really explore the characters and the plot. I think there was a great opportunity here for ITV to create a great, perhaps 6 or 8, piece series. However, just being a two-parter there is not enough time for the show to develop and really intrigue - it's really annoying because the opportunity is there, but just not being pounced upon! I think ITV could learn something from the BBC - when they get an excellent base, they develop it in to an interesting and intriguing series; for example 'Ripper Street'
In short; idea: 10, acting: 10, plot: 10, development: 2