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Watching Lovejoy at the moment which I'd never shown any interest in before. Weird thing about it is Season 1 was made in 1986 then the next in 1991 with other seasons following soon after. Season 2 is very good and as good as the first lot but watching Season 3 which is on at the moment it starts to try and be too likeable and cosy.

B/W The Lines was top shelf. I have a vague but lasting impression of Peter Postletwaite riding in on a tank in the first episode I saw.

Lovejoy is dreadful now, but I liked it when I lived in Geraldton ... groan ... 20 years ago. Tempis fugit, etc.

Postlethwaite was certainly in BTL, and last week on Foxtel I spotted him as a barber in The Duellists.

Speaking of, I'm about half way through "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" the book David Simon wrote when he hung out with the Baltimore PH homicide squad for a year as a journo. Twas the direct inspiration for Homicide Life on the Streets and is the also the hole world of The Wire right there in print.

Amazing book.

Baltimore Pee DEE, that should be, not the acidic/alkaline thingo.

Sounds just the thing. I've been meaning to get that book, and also the one he wrote with Ed Burns, and also the mini series The Corner, and also a couple of books by George Pelecanos since I saw that Q&A on the extras disc at the end of Series 3.

This is quite spooky, Tone. Firstly you mention "The Parallax View" and now "Between The Lines", two of my all time favs. Check out "Three Days of the Condor", it's also deserving of an honourable mention.

If memory serves series 3 of BTL was a major disappointment(Nowadays it would be winning awards, but a serious comedown from the first two)

The critics loved BTL but viewing figures were poorish - the great British public were too busy masturbating over dreary tripe like Inspector Morse and that Frost crap.

Tony Doyle died not long after series 3 - a terrific actor. Up there with the great Ray McNally in my book.

Season 2 of Rome is not quite up to the first, but its still enjoyable. Less hot sex but more violence and madness.

Disagree with you about "Three Days of the Condor", Woody. Loved it when I saw it in about 1980, five or so years after it was released, but a recent revisit on cable telly was very disappointing. It had dated badly. Rarely have I liked Faye Dunaway, either, even in Network where she was magnificently malevolent.

In fact, while I loved many Robert Redford films from that period - The Great Waldo Pepper, All The President's Men, Brubaker through to The Natural - all have massively disappointed on subsequent viewings. Especially The Natural which I absolutely loved in about 1985 but which I now think is absolute rubbish. And not just in light of reading the book; if you've read it, you'll know exactly what I mean.

Redford is just too, too hammy. He can't act and most of his films are hokey tripe.

The exception, of course, is The Sting which is a fine film in spite of him.

You're smack bang in my territory, though, with Ray McAnally. A superb character actor and main support actor. A Very British Coup is one of the great TV series. (Jim Carter's in it, too, as a slimy polly caught with his pants down.)

Wicky, I'm looking forward to catching up with it, even though S1 wasn't as good as it should have been. Violence and madness is always a bonus.

Speaking of Dunaway, Towering Inferno is on Movie Greats right now. What a silly film. Fun, though, in that gaudy coloured seventies way. We Maay Never Burn Like This Again. I still remember OJ chucking a cat out of an 80th story window to see if it landed on its feet. (In Mad Magazine.)

TI prevented me from ever being able to climb into a flying fox or breeches boy (Spelling?).

I actually preferred the work safety film Hospitals Don't Burn Down.

The only TV I watch with regularity besides sport is Lost which I haven't watched on free to air since the end of the 1st season.

Like Twin Peaks 1st season, Lost suffers with commercial TV format and is immeasurably better when downloaded from the US without ads.

The 3rd season the producers made the first 6 episodes straight up and aired them over 6 weeks took a 2 - 3 month break during which they created the rest of season 3 to again run in consecutive weeks which has just started 2 weeks ago. This is a much better method than the sporadic stop start nature we had to contend with in the 1st two seasons. Whats more I believe agreement has been reached that there will be a max 5 seasons which means there should be no shark jumping with an end in sight and resolution to be found.

I missed it last night but starting last night was a 3 episode series on SBS of Kurt Wallander - of Henning Mankell books.

I've no idea how it translates to the screen, but if it's only half as good as the books I'll be happy (ish)

Pat: One doy I'll work out how to get TV shows off of the internet.

FX: What, you mean the flying guy in the circus?

1) Get a Bit Torrent client like Azureus (google it)
2) Go to Mininova.org and search for TV, Movies etc find what you want & download the torrent.
3) OPen the torrent and away you go. May need to check your NAT but Azureus explains it all.
4) Get WinAvi if you want to convert avi or mpeg whatever to DVD

I recommend none of the above.

Yes BTL was great TV and while the third series did suffer by comparison with the first 2, it was still excellent viewing compared to most other cop shows - although by then poor old Deakin was being forced by British Intelligence to go undercover among neo-nazi groups and blacl market arms dealers. And it had a very dark and ambigious conclusion.

Another good TV series from around that time is Sleepers.

Sleepers was must-see Sundee tellee when I was living in Carnegie back in 1991, waay back in those grim, grim days before Foxtel and DVDs.

Like Telefon, but better, because Warren Clarke is better than Chuck Bronson.

yuk yuk

I also got the new Gary Disher yesterday.

Well for those of us who like to wallow in nostalgia I recommend season one of King Fu - yes I am talking about "when you can snatch the pebble from my hand, creme de menthe, creme de cacao and cream, you can leave"...

There was probably never a pebble in his teacher's hand (until 15 year after that intial meeting when it was time for Kwai Chang to leave - they can be wily and inscrutable these msytical Oriental teachers) but that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying a revisit to the bigoted Old West and marvelling at Caine's serenity.

If, as legend has it, Bruce Lee brainstormed the idea with the producers (not Bialystock & Bloom) only to see David Carradine get the whole enchilada I must say that I cannot see Mr Lee displaying the required calmness, quietness and diffidence maybe (??) that Carradine shows... but I digress.

I managed to snare the entire 1st season of 23 eps for $15 at ye olde JB Hiye Fiye and then today found the 2nd season at the same price... except the 1st season is now priced at the semi-mind-boggling price of $65.

Still... teaching oneself the value of inner peace and eternal tranquility does not come cheaply!!

Not only that but one is treated to a 'spot the future star' game as we got Jodie Foster (and others not famous enough to remember) in the first season, and I am looking forward to Han, sorry Indiana, sorry Harrison Ford in season 2. And also to a comeback by the hugley under-rated Tina Louise.

OK.. amply-bosomed then.

Ahhh.. where was I??


Kung Fu - brilliant nostalgia and strangely enjoyable and calm-inducing.

Highly recommended.

Inner peace up your arse! Just don't call me fuckin' Grasshopper.

Nice one TT...

I know not this TT of which you write, my Green one.

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