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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Spooks, of all kinds


I've just finished watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the seven part BBC series from 1980, with Alec Guinness as George Smiley. Fantastic production, smeared with 70s drear (and everybody smoking, all the time. Funny how that stands out so much now). Very little in the way of action, but full of suspense all the way through: a difference that a lot of modern TV drama could well do with understanding. Brilliant acting, from a stellar cast, and a script which crackles with wit, double meaning and things left unsaid.

High on my Christmas list is another DVD box set. This one's a compilation of BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas, a few of which I have in various states of crackly VHS transfers, and a few of which I have on BFI DVD. This though, is how they should have been released a long time ago. The Signalman, Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You, A Warning To The Curious, and more. 

And while I am on a horror theme, I really enjoyed Mark Gatiss' three part series A History of Horror. A follow-up's coming at the end of October, this one a feature length documentary on European horror. From Murnau's Nosferatu to del Toro. Perfect Halloween viewing. 

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