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Offline Daverz

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2800 on: June 23, 2022, 12:21:10 PM »
Season 7 of Death in Paradise.  See I really liked the first detective, and I never really warmed to the second and I had drifted off the show somewhere around season 4.  But this third guy, I actually like him best!  He really reminds me of Columbo.



I lost interest after both original leads left the show.  Otherwise, it was very enjoyable light entertainment.

Recent watching:

The Boyz.  Still a fun show, though not for the squeamish about over-the-top gore.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.  Good enough to keep me watching so far, but not a patch on the best Trek show, DS9.

Endeavor.  I like the characters and the actors on Endeavor, but the mystery plots tend to be absurd.  Good comfort TV.


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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2801 on: June 24, 2022, 07:02:05 AM »
Longtime Death in Paradise fan here. Detective #3 is the best I think. Partly because Ardal O'Hanlon was trained as a comedian and comic actor, so he can play the light touch really well. He also seems to be having loads of fun, especially in his first season.

Unfortunately, the most recent/current detective is pretty much joyless, definitely the worst. I think Ardal had the most success creating a distinctive (and entertaining) character out of the generic main role on the show.

I've really gotten into English detective shows during the pandemic and a LOT of them are strongly influenced by Columbo. In the first episode of "Cracker" (starring Robbie Coltrane, a.k.a. Hagrid), the main character even does a deliberate Columbo impression.

If you know of any other light, cozy mysteries like this please share.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2802 on: June 24, 2022, 07:32:52 AM »
If you know of any other light, cozy mysteries like this please share.
None have the Death in Paradise format quite right - most are a little bit cheesier, or a little bit more self-serious, etc. But:

- The Mallorca Files - a clear DIP copycat set on Mallorca with an odd couple dynamic
- Shakespeare & Hathaway - private investigators in Stratford-upon-Avon - this is on the cheesier side but good background noise
- Midsomer Murders - the OG in the light mystery genre, a show on its 23rd season that is a usually impressive combo of gloomy people behaving badly and knowingly campy ridiculous murder methods
- Father Brown - personally I don't enjoy this one; it gets the campiness right but the solution of the mystery is always jarringly heavy and serious compared to the rest of the show's tone

Of course, the all-time champion of the Light Mystery genre isn't even English - it's Psych.

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« Reply #2803 on: June 24, 2022, 08:21:23 AM »
Oh yeah I love Psych!  You know it has been long enough that every episode would be like new to me.  Hmm...

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2804 on: June 24, 2022, 04:46:22 PM »
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2805 on: June 24, 2022, 05:07:35 PM »
If you know of any other light, cozy mysteries like this please share.

What about a combination of a Bucket and a Brandybuck?

Dominic Monaghan in his pre-Hobbit days is her teenage assistant/partner.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2806 on: June 25, 2022, 04:49:27 AM »

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« Reply #2807 on: June 26, 2022, 08:45:09 AM »
What about a combination of a Bucket and a Brandybuck?

Dominic Monaghan in his pre-Hobbit days is her teenage assistant/partner.

Oh yes I have seen Hetty!  But along time ago.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2808 on: June 26, 2022, 09:57:25 AM »
After a slow start BBC's Sherwood has promise. A murder committed in the present day with strong links to the 1984 miners strike. A bit "Summer Murders" with balls. Not often embarrassed watching TV but a scene in episode two had me squirming, watching you will have no doubt which. Excellent cast headed by David Morrissey.

I'm finding this very compelling indeed. The cast excellent, as you say. And the scene in question .. agonising!  :o

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2809 on: June 27, 2022, 06:32:51 AM »
I'm finding this very compelling indeed. The cast excellent, as you say. And the scene in question .. agonising!  :o

Ideally view alone. If not choose with care who you watch with......."more tea vicar?" :-[
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2810 on: June 27, 2022, 03:50:57 PM »
If you know of any other light, cozy mysteries like this please share.
Just remembered a few more!

- Jonathan Creek - this is really unique and like a British Psych. Alan Davies plays a magician's assistant who designs magic tricks. It's not a whodunnit, it's a HOWdunnit, as he uses his magic design skills to figure out how seemingly impossible murders could be pulled off. Lots of comic subplots. However, after Caroline Quentin left midway through (they forced her out due to a pregnancy), it tended more toward melodrama rather than pure comedy so I'd say the first three seasons are the clear best.
- New Tricks - this is one of the very top recommendations. It's about a gang of grouchy old retired detectives with mismatched personalities asked to come back part-time to solve unsolved old cases from their glory days.
- The Last Detective - so called because the title hero is "the last detective" that anybody would ever want to assign to a case. I liked it but my girlfriend found it dull so haven't gotten to see too many.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #2811 on: June 27, 2022, 05:40:21 PM »
Working through, currently season three: