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Old 16-01-2013, 21:08
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Not got a clue so far...seems all rather too clever...will persevere.....
Had to record this last night so have just watched it. And fast forwarded through the torture bits But my comment to hubby was "this is too clever for it's own good"
Still going to give it another week though.
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Old 16-01-2013, 21:40
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They would find me in 52hours, that is if they knew my local Council which it does not recognise!
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Old 16-01-2013, 21:47
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Why is it not available on 4OD? I can't watch the rest of the series if I've missed the first one
It is !
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Old 16-01-2013, 22:18
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"this is too clever for it's own good"
Nah! I gave it about 12 minutes on Four seven before thinking "if the people who made this are too stupid to make the floating messages big enough to read..." (with an ordinary TV and eyesight, and I'm quite happy to watch subtitled quality drama like Borgen) then I don't think I'll bother. Maybe the content of the messages is important, maybe not. Should I assume it can't be?

And the dialogue put me off.
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Old 16-01-2013, 22:28
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Quite possibly the best thing I've ever seen on television. The American studios spent million of dollars attempting this kind of thing, yet look tiny in comparison.

Creepy, dystopian mind-f*ck, with abstract plotting - like Eraserhead turned into a hallucinatory crime thriller, swathed in darkened primary colours. What isn't there to like?

Mind you, that torture scene will probably give me nightmares.
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Old 16-01-2013, 23:20
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I guess you have to be high to appreciate it. The writers certainly were.
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Old 17-01-2013, 01:36
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Quite possibly the best thing I've ever seen on television. The American studios spent million of dollars attempting this kind of thing, yet look tiny in comparison.

Creepy, dystopian mind-f*ck, with abstract plotting - like Eraserhead turned into a hallucinatory crime thriller, swathed in darkened primary colours. What isn't there to like?

Mind you, that torture scene will probably give me nightmares.
Did you read my mind?

I've just got around to watching it and I think it's bloody AMAZING! Very PK Dick-ish. It's one of the best things I've seen on telly in a very long time.

That sex scene

That torture scene

I hope it can keep the standards up to this one over the rest of the story.

Series link set.
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Old 17-01-2013, 01:37
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It wasn't when I asked, though.
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Old 17-01-2013, 01:41
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Quite possibly the best thing I've ever seen on television. The American studios spent million of dollars attempting this kind of thing, yet look tiny in comparison.

Creepy, dystopian mind-f*ck, with abstract plotting - like Eraserhead turned into a hallucinatory crime thriller, swathed in darkened primary colours. What isn't there to like?

Mind you, that torture scene will probably give me nightmares.
OMG, the torture scene had me running to my kitchen. I could still hear what was going on, but I just couldn't watch (but, mind you, I'm the sort of person who can't even watch You've Been Framed because I don't like watching people getting hurt).
I'll still watch the series though.
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Old 17-01-2013, 06:57
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The torture scene didn't affect me at all, I liked the warning before it came back from the ad break though, made me expect something.
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:24
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I changed channel for few minutes when the torture scene came on - LOL

Compulsive viewing though, hope the rest of the series can live up to the premier.
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Old 17-01-2013, 12:16
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The previously mentioned plot holes are certainly valid but also interesting. Did you notice the way in which one of the hit men deliberately walked through the pool of blood on the floor of the video store? Perhaps they feel that their connections are so high up that they feel no need to attempt a cover up. Then why go to all the trouble with the gas? Perhaps it really was some kind of knock-out gas rather than poisonous. Didn't one of them open a gas tap before leaving? Whatever the answer, the entire thing is the prefect recreation of your worst nightmare. Perhaps that's a clue.
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Old 17-01-2013, 15:09
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Very clever very slick show. Really enjoyed it and great that Channel 4 are doing something you have to actually watch and absorb. Anyone scan the picture on the wall in Bejans flat?
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Old 17-01-2013, 15:33
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Got bored and turned it off. After reading the comments here I am glad I did as I missed what seemed to be an extremely gross torture scene. I won't bother to watch again. I usually like these intriguing stories but this seemed to be trying too hard to be different.
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Old 17-01-2013, 18:11
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They would find me in 52hours, that is if they knew my local Council which it does not recognise!
My local council is only the 2nd biggest in England but not recognised by C4, and it would take them 55 hours to find me.

I 'closed' as they quaintly call it - turned off in disgust is more like it!

[Loved the actual programme tho']

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Old 17-01-2013, 18:21
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Very clever very slick show. Really enjoyed it and great that Channel 4 are doing something you have to actually watch and absorb. Anyone scan the picture on the wall in Bejans flat?
The best I've seen on Channel 4 since Max Headroom. That's the original British drama I'm talking about, not the spin-offs.
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Old 17-01-2013, 20:41
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I really enjoyed it, right up my alley.

Quirky, funny, creepy, not mainstream.

Re: someones query about why the civil servant had weird dialogue exchange about mission with two executives, then rewatch (listen) to previous blackmail phonecall.
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Old 17-01-2013, 22:38
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Does anyone know the music used at the very start with the rabbit costume/title card, was it a piece of actual music already out there or was it score music made for the series.
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Old 17-01-2013, 23:00
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Interesting drama, going to give it until the end of the series. Started slow and confusing, but made sense in parts and got pretty good towards the end.
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Old 18-01-2013, 20:43
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Reminded me slightly of 20th century boys, another conspiracy thriller involving a mysterious graphic novel.
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Old 18-01-2013, 22:12
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OMG, the torture scene had me running to my kitchen. I could still hear what was going on, but I just couldn't watch (but, mind you, I'm the sort of person who can't even watch You've Been Framed because I don't like watching people getting hurt).
I'll still watch the series though.
Poor Wilson Wilson couldn't watch either, afterwards..... for ever!







I'm here all week.....
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Old 18-01-2013, 23:04
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Well, that kept me glued. Love the length too, hope they all go past the hour mark.
The next episode is 10 - 11:10 p.m. so shorter than the first, not sure exactly how many minutes long it would come to without the ads.
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Old 19-01-2013, 00:05
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I just watched part one, very good esp by the standards of Channel 4 these days!

Its the best looking drama series in some time with (shock horror!) crisp vibrant colour with well balanced use of strong tones, none of that horrible milky nonsense that BBC dramas are bathed in these days. The "pepper, sand, bleach, spoon" scene was no big deal to this veteran of horror flicks and King Lear, dunno what the fuss was about to be honest, the scene was shot to show just enough not too much I thought.
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Old 19-01-2013, 01:04
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The next episode is 10 - 11:10 p.m. so shorter than the first, not sure exactly how many minutes long it would come to without the ads.
I watched the first one on 4OD and it was exactly 1:00:10 without ads so a bit longer than a BBC 1 hour programme.
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Old 19-01-2013, 07:41
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Superb first episode - great seeing Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley together again (albeit for a short period!).

The best character for me is/was the 'bequiffed' torturer, played by Paul Ready...hope he reappears!
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