For Friday: Obsessed with Murder (mysteries that is)

August 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

BBC America - Luther

Image Source: bbc.co.uk, Idris Elba in “Luther”

Are you obsessed with intelligent, well-thought-out, character-driven murder mysteries?  I have come to realize that I am.  Here are the signs:

  • Police procedurals, psychological crime dramas, murder mysteries – you have the lingo down.
  • When a friend Gchats asking if you’re watching Des about to get the boot on “The Bachelorette,” you reply, no, you’re catching up on last night’s episode of “The Killing” OnDemand.
  • You know that some of the best “police procedurals” are produced by the Brits and the Danes.
  • You know that some of the best American “police procedurals” actually have their origins in Britain and Denmark: “Elementary” (Sherlock Holmes played by Jonny Lee Miller, though not a direct descendent, certainly inspired by the latest British go at the classic character), “The Killing,” “The Bridge.”
  • Though not a murder mystery, though certainly full of crime and drama, you’re aware that “Homeland” also began life in another country, in this case Israel. Can it please be September 29th already?
  • Sunday night’s PBS Masterpiece Mystery cannot be missed, starting with the Alan Cummings’ introduction of: “Inspector Lewis,” “Endeavour” (the prequel to “Inspector Morse”), “Sherlock” (Sherlock Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch and produced by the BBC), and “Foyle’s War.”
  • Over on BBC America, you are thrilled to see that “Luther” is coming back, loved “Ripper Street” and are watching “Copper.”
  • Having already heard great things about the new British series “Broadchurch,” you check and see that, although the first episode is not airing on BBC America until August 7th, it appears to already be available OnDemand.  You stop what you’re doing and watch – and by Jove, it’s as good as they say.  (It’s available to view online as well.)

No matter what you call them, I just can’t seem to get enough of them.  Perhaps you recognize the signs and you too are obsessed.  Welcome to the dark side.

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