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About Bernadette Angell

After cutting her journalistic teeth in Boston USA, Bernadette met and married an Englishman, whom she followed back to London. Two decades and three children later, they divorced. She now occupies herself as a freelance writer (credits include television soaps and radio plays) and occasional amateur gardener. More Posts

John Mortimer and Rumpole

 As the old Jewish joke goes if John Mortimer was alive today he would be turning in his grave. Why? Rumpole of the Bailey is repeated every Wednesday evening and carries a PC health warning before it is broadcast by Talking Pictures that it might offend some viewers but should be judged by its [...]

April 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

Line of Duty

We critics never admit it but when we go out on a line we check whether other reviewers have done the same. I criticised Grace last Sunday for its weak dialogue and acting .. .and so did other reviewers. I found the new series of Line of Duty formulaic and heavily accented to police procedure. It [...]

March 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Grace/ ITV

The many Rusters who live in Brighton might be disappointed to see more images of a person stuck in a coffin in this new series than shots of their city. Add in limp dialogue and poor acting I doubt if there will be many takers for the next one. A stag night goes wrong with the groom stuffed and [...]

March 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Deutschland 89

It was good to have the third series of Deutschland back on our screens. We are now in 1989 with the Wall about to fall in East Germany where the action is set. There is a new travel law lifting restrictions on foreign travel. Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) is tasked by the Security Service (HVA) to do [...]

March 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Investigation (BBC 4)

Three episodes into this superb Danish Production based on the true story of a journalist apparently murdered at sea in a submarine I asked myself – and now you – why cannot the BBC produce such drama. The investigation centres for the first three episodes on the efforts to locate the [...]

January 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Undoing

Last Monday was the final episode of The Undoing and the big reveal was that Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) stoves in Elves after all. I though Grace (Nicole Kidman)’s father Donald Sutherland’s Franklin was the murderer and dare I say it my ending would have been better. It goes like [...]

December 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Bridge, The Undoing & Good old Poirot

The Bridge reached its finale on Saturday. The big reveal came in the penultimate episode that the murderer was the son of Freddy Holst the millionaire art collector and the murders set up as tableaux of his art works. I should have realised that my choice of murderer – the funeral director [...]

November 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Bridge and The Undoing

Ostensibly the third series of the Swedish detective drama The Bridge and the HBO production The Undoing have little in common. The first is about police detection centred round Saga Noren of the Malmö Police brilliantly played by Sonia Helin. Her directness stemming from Asbergers Syndrome [...]

November 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Undoing

I very much enjoyed this psychological thriller on SKY ATLANTIC. It’s set in New York and stars Hugh Grant as Jonathan Fraser, a paediatric encologist, and Nicole Kidman, his wife Grace a psychiatrist, specialising in marital breakdown. Both actors starred as villains in the excellent [...]

October 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Contrasting tv dramas

Over the weekend I watched Roadkill, Montalbano and The Bridge. Within minutes of watching Roadkill I could see what we were in for. The playwright Sir David Hare is known for his left wing views and his subject was a hypocritical amoral Tory minister Peter Laurence. The first scene featured him [...]

October 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

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