As a new non-Shameless Channel 4-commissioned UK drama series is quite a rarity nowadays, I thought this would be worth a look. And the first episode was enjoyably intriguing, with every stylised shot built for satisfying viewer consumption.
Yeah, I know the writers desperately want Lost-style mass viewer pontification on what this is really about (blah blah are they actually in limbo or is that just to bleedin' obvious blah blah), however I'm all pontificated out (I'm still suffering from Matrix Theory Exhaustion Syndrome). Though that said, its already premiered on Showtime in the States (as "Meadowlands"), so I'm already stepping around spoilers left, right and centre. And I can't help but wonder whether Meadowlands is, you know, actually an isolated Prisoner-style community actually on, wait for it, Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly part of Scotland. But with better weather. Hmmm. We'll see.
So all in all, not bad at all. C4 need more of this homegrown stuff, especially now that Sky are likely to just buy up any hit "cult" US shows they might want to nurture.
Oh, and I know I'm a week late, but what I really meant to say about Cape Wrath was that the detective-who-wasn't-a-future-surgeon from Life on Mars was of course in it, being almost as mysterious.
Which was nice. Just by being he managed to give me the shivers even without anything else he was up to.
And I meant to talk about Jekyl, which I'm really enjoying (nice one, Steven Moffat, who incidentally wrote that piss-poor 1999 Children in Need Doctor Who special before graduating to the real thing), and Rome, which I enjoy when I've got subtitles on (apart from when it covers up the good visual bits)
And now we've got Heroes starting on the Beeb (I stupidly decided to wait rather than watching on the Sci Fi channel - I was worried I might miss an episode by accident since I don't hang around the channel that often, which is stupid reasoning considering it seemed to be repeated pretty much every night of the week).
And The Wire on FX starting from the very first series (people with FX who missed it can watch the first episode on the Guardian website).