I can’t quite believe I did this, but when I wrote my last ‘What I’ve Been Watching on TV’ roundup, I totally forgot about the best show I’ve seen in ages, which is… *drumroll please*
When I tell you this show centres around the efforts of a group of coders to sell their data compression engine (Or, you know, whatever the thing is that the whole series revolves around, but which I only vaguely understand the purpose of…) to the highest bidder, you’ll probably think I’m winding you up, right? I mean, I won’t watch New Girl, but I will watch a bunch of geeks sit around and code all day?
Guys, I most definitely will. Because, unlike New Girl (Which I had to give up on, by the way. I know you lot were all, “stick with it: you’ll stop wanting to smack Zooey in the face eventually!”, but I just couldn’t take that risk…), which I think just isn’t my kind of humour, this show very much IS my kind of humour. Most of it’s very subtle, character-based stuff, and I guess it helps if you spend most of your life online, but while it’s not “roll around on the floor snorting coffee through your nose” funny, it’s basically a show about misfits, and, well, it takes one to know one, right?
This isn’t actually on at the moment (although I think it has just been renewed for a third season), but get the box set, find it online, do whatever, just watch it. Trust me on this.
It took Terry a bit of time to talk me into giving Nashville a shot, because I’m not a big fan of musicals, and although Nashville isn’t one, I had a feeling it would be full of people bursting into song at every opportunity, and seriously, I HATE THAT. (Yes, I even hated Les Miserables. I know, I’m a freak…) Anyway, there IS a fair bit of singing in Nashville, as you’d expect from a show about country music stars, but it’s so, SO good that I was pretty much hooked by the end of the first episode.
The story centres around two country singers (Connie Britton as the established star, and Hayden Panettiere as the young starlet snapping at her heels), but there’s a huge cast, and they spend a lot of time on the other character’s stories, too. What I like about this show is that, rather than just going for the conventional ‘boy meets girl’ storylines, Nashville also takes a look at the complex relationships between parents and children, mentors and mentees, siblings, friends, you name it. I was expecting it to be all big hair and cowboy boots, but it’s a bit more layered than that, and if y’all aren’t speakin’ with a southern accent and wondering if you should dust off that old guitar by the end of season one, then… well, you’re obviously not me, basically. GOD, I wish I was a country star, I really do. Also that I had Connie Britton’s hair, come to think of it. Actually, I’d settle for JUST the hair, if I had to: it’s THAT good.
Jordskott is a Swedish drama, which we’re actually still watching as I write this (um, not literally as I write this, obviously: I’m not much of a multi-tasker, to be honest…). It starts off as a classic missing person story, with a cop whose daughter went missing 7 years ago joining the police force in her old home town to try to find another child who’s gone missing under similar circumstances.
I’m always drawn to stories of missing people, which I realise makes me sound like a right weirdo (It’s actually just that I like anything in which a mystery gets solved, and if the missing person is found, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Well, assuming they’re still alive, anyway…), but this one quickly takes a turn for the “what the hell is happening here”, which adds another element to the storyline. It’s an element I’m not sure everyone will like, but we’ve been really enjoying this: one word of warning, though – the episodes are all about 80 minutes long, so it’s not exactly a quick – or indeed light – watch!
What have you been watching lately?