Beyond The Fourth 2010 Awards- Best TV Drama
So, thats Christmas over for another year, though the turkey will keep you going for another week. Did you get anything good this year? Really? Wow, thats quite a cool present. Well, even though it has passed Boxing Day, many of you are probably still prostrate on the sofa, and this was the last link you clicked on before you lost all semblance of energy. A goood time then, to award the second of my 2010 Awards. This time, its Best TV Drama. The nominations are:
WINNER: Misfits (E4)
This was initially a programme I was late to, flocking to it along with most others when the rave reviews started. And I am so glad I did. What initially comes across as another excuse to feed taboo hungry teenagers with their fill of swearwords, gratuitous sex and violence, also captures the attention with clever plotlines, decent acting and excellent dialogue.
A fantastic example of all of these comes in a recently aired episode from Season 2, where Le Grande Fromage (played by up-and-comer Jordan Metcalfe, doing some of the finest acting of the series), a supervillain whose ability is total kinesis of dairy products. This inspires one of the immortal lines of the series: “You feel that? Thats the mozzarella you had earlier, wrapping itself around your cerebral cortex.” That is an example of dialogue that has been sorely lacking from high end dramas in recent years, and I commend Misfits for such bravery in allowing it into top quality British drama.
Sherlock came on to our screens with very little attention for most people. It was just a quick three-parter reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes story. And modern adaptations are rarely as good as they sound. This is often because writers cant wait to fill any script with up to date pop culture references and slang. Sherlock saves itself by reworking the story faithfully. Writers Moffat and Gatiss kept true to the original, with updated technology the only real differences. But most credit has to go to the acting performances of Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Andrew Scott in his one scene as Moriarty. The dialogue is crisp and the storylines are superb. Most importantly, we realised how much we missed Martin Freeman’s blank look of helplessness as a complete arse patronises him. A second series has been announced for 2011, and I couldn’t be happier.
The Trip (BBC2)
This was a very slow burning comedy that was misunderstood by many. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been friends and collaberators for many years, and their on screen chemistry really holds the programme together. In fact, it is the only thing in the programme at all. The show is all about Steve and Rob trying to out-do each other, be it with impressions, intellect or integrity. However, it really works, and as probably the most minimalist and divisive drama of the year, it really captured my attention, and held it well.
The Great Outdoors (BBC4)
The real hidden gem of the nominations and the subject of my first blog, way back in August. This was a quirky little comedy about rambling, with a fantastic cast (Mark Heap, Ruth Jones, Katherine Parkinson) that really gels together to lift the script onto a whole new level. I don’t know how much I can say about this that isn’t already covered in the earlier review, but I dearly hope it earns a second series this year.
So, those are my favourites. If you have anything to say that may sway my decision one way or the other, please post a comment. Results will come soonish.
Posted on December 27, 2010, in Television and tagged Awards, Cumberbatch, Katherine Parkinson, Mark Heap, Martin Freeman, Metcalfe, Misfits, Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Sheehan, sherlock, Steve Coogan, The Great Outdoors, The Trip. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.