Two TV mini series viewed and completed, 15 full length films watched and an hour's worth of the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt.....I still haven't had a satisfactory explanation why my TV recording box thingy has a tendency to shut off some recording after an hours and 12 minutes, when there is plenty of space left on the device.
|New Blood (2016 BBC TV Series)|
New Blood is a British television drama series created by Anthony Horowitz and produced by Eleventh Hour Films for BBC One. The first three episodes of the programme were made available on BBC iPlayer on 2 June 2016, ahead of the BBC One premiere on 9 June, it received over 4 million viewers.
Stefan Kowolski and Arash Sayyad are junior investigators; both are second-generation immigrants. Initially thrown together by chance and common sporting interests, they later discover that they are working two different angles of the same case. Stefan is also attracted to Arash's sister.
Kowolski is a junior investigator with the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office, while Sayyad is a uniformed constable in London's police service, with ambitions of becoming a detective. In the first case, he secures a second posting as a Trainee Detective Constable (T/DC), having obtained poor reviews in an earlier attempt.
|The Magdalene Sisters (2003)|
Another uncomfortable film turning a necessary spotlight on one of the most shameful episodes in Ireland's history - the Magdalene laundries. Director Peter Mullan puts the Catholic church to the sword with his withering portrayal of the abuse these "fallen" women and children suffered at the hands of a sadistic cabal of nuns. The God they served and how they served him, is not one I care to recognise. The number of abused victims runs into the tens of thousands over a 70 year period. Who spoke for these victims? No-one. How many powerful figures of authority were complicit in this systematic abuse? Absolutely shameful.
Read more about them here Magdalene Laundries in Ireland - including details of a mass grave uncovered in 1993 with 133 bodies. Pol Pot would be proud.