Sunday, 24 October 2010

Thorne: Sleepyhead and Wallander: The Joker


Thorne: Sleepyhead reached a very grim conclusion in the third and final episode. I thought this was a very good new series, with David Morrissey leading a dynamic cast. The pace seldom faltered, even if there were occasional over the top moments. The finale wss deeply depressing, not my idea of cheery Sunday evening viewing, but even so, I'd guess Mark Billingham will be very pleased with the outcome, and so would I be in his shoes.

I've been catching up on one or two episodes from the first Swedish TV version of Wallander, the one featuring his daughter Linda, very well played by the late Johanna Salstrom. Ola Rapace is also excellent as her colleague Stefan. I'd missed The Joker the first time around, but I read good things about it, and they were certainly justified.

The story is cleverly plotted. I thought I'd figured out the twist early on, but the script had a good trick in store. This was a story about the murder of a woman outside her failing restaurant. The reason for her death can be traced back to events some years before at another restaurant, called The Joker.

Again this was a bleak story, if not quite as dark as Thorne. Much as I enjoyed both shows, I found myself longing for a bit of light relief by the end of them, so I may delve back into the Golden Age now. Apologies, by the way, for delays in responding to comments etc. I'm experiencing a few pc problems which are slowing me down at present.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Martin - Thanks, as always, for your review. I've always heard that the Swedish Wallander is quite good, and it sounds as though I heard correctly. I know what you mean, too, about wanting something a bit lighter after having seen something bleak, no matter how good it is. I do the same thing...

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I think even the BBC version of "Wallander" is very grim--but then, I've been living in Cozyland for a while, now! I enjoy the series, but I need to get away from it. I don't watch it all in one sitting.

Martin Edwards said...

Thanks, Margot and Elizabeth. There are times when Cozyland seems very appealing to me!