Recently, I found myself avoiding BBC dramas. Instead of enjoying them, I ended up playing an annoying game called 'spot the actor'. It goes something like this - 'Oh, I've seen that actor in this casting' or 'Oh, this person gets ALL the jobs'. Because there was a point when the same actors were in the same dramas all the time. And while this sort of applies to Sophie Rundle, because, let's face it, she's in A LOT of stuff, you can't deny that this drama is incredibly gripping.
The fighting, the bitchiness, the fallouts, the CHEATING (why does everyone cheat??) - it feels quite wrong to be promoting that kind of stuff. But, in these crazy times where we're all itching for something to distract us, it's nice to have a bit of release. For me, turning on an episode of VDPR where I can take myself off to West Hollywood for an evening, does just that. Oh and Lisa Vanderpump is an absolute legend. So that makes it all better.
As if this show needs any introduction. All I can say is that in isolation times, I have decided to re-watch it from the beginning. (Absolutely no time like the present). You start to notice things you previously missed and find episodes you didn't even know existed. For example, did you know Carol was originally played by a different actress or that Barry, the guy Rachel ran away from, moved on with her best friend? Yeah me neither. Winning.
I wasn't sure whether to mention this show. On the one hand; it's TV gold - drama, intrigue and a story unfolding in a way you don't expect AT ALL. And then on the other, you remember that some of this stuff actually happened. That lots of these poor animals were treated horrendously, that lots of people were treated horrendously and that lots of it is - well, horrendous. So basically, if you're going watch it - proceed with caution. It's pretty difficult to watch.
I've stuck with these glorious characters from seasons one through to three and now, I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for season four to come out. The creators seem to be teasing us here in the UK. We're not getting clear messages on when or what channel it'll be released so - frankly, I'm a bit mad. But if you want something to entertain you in the meantime, I interviewed a former screenwriter of the show - you can find the article here.
This series might be a year old now but if there's ANY way you can track it down and watch it, please give it a go. The show, based on the famous book and executive produced (and part directed) by George Clooney, is quite honestly one of the best TV shows I've seen in a while. It's dry, heart-breaking and gut-wrenching in one fell swoop and I was on the edge of my seat throughout. Christopher Abbot, you're brilliant. Keep up the good work.