30 Days of TV (Day 2)

You haven’t really thought I would post entries for this meme on consecutive days, did you?

So this is day two – a show I wish that more people would watch.

Now there actually is a show I really want to pimp to other people, but it’s not a show that actually fits the category “fandom meme”.

So just to get it out of the way: Go and watch “Blood, Sweat and Luxuries“. It’s a BBC documentary series that follows a group of urban youngsters from the first world to the factories and other places where the goods we all love to consume or spend money on are being produced.

The group spends some time working and connecting and living with the locals. I like the way the show brings people of the same age together who usually experience the utter opposite sides of the global markets.

The show is bold, entertaining and shocking. From what I read on the internet, it seems that it triggered quite some discussions in the UK and I really hope that it will make it to other countries. I’d rather see it dubbed than re-made with local twens, as I fear that it can easily be turned into an almost colonial version of post-Victorian Big-Brother nonsense.

So that’s what I really want you to watch, but let’s return to the gist of the meme:

I think I’ll pick “New Tricks“, not because it’s the only show I think you should watch, but because there are more categories coming up that otherwise would feature the same names and shows over and over again.

What do I like about “New Tricks”? Well, first of all it’s still on air and the overall quality of the writing hasn’t plunged after a season or two.

The show is about a group of UK police investigators in their late 50s who have come out of retirement to form a special team that reopens cases from that were closed without results 20 or more years ago.

The characters are all pleasantly flawed (they were originally sent into early retirement for a reason) and the writing thus has a somewhat interesting case and the quirky three-dimensional persons to play with.

“New Tricks” is not a show that will hold you captivated or really excited, this is almost mindless entertainment that simply doesn’t insult your tired brain. It’s entertaining, it has clever dialoge and it’s somewhat surprising.

It’s a show that has the ability to bring audiences together: It will please the whodunit-crowd, it’s playing with enough clichees to please the fandom-crowd, it’s innovative as it’s taking its main cast of “elderly” actors seriously and it will also please people who are interested in politics and modern history as many of the cases are rooted in the overall zeitgeist of the 1980s.

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