Since the beginning of the year, British TV channels released more than a dozen curious mini-series. Traditionally, most of them are action-packed detective stories, regularly supplied by the BBC and ITV. But there are exceptions to the rules - for example, a tragicomic show about how difficult it is to return to normal life after many years in prison. Let's talk in more detail about the most curious premieres.
Text: Dina Klyucharyova, author of the telegram channel One Oscar For Leo
Year of the rabbit
year of the rabbit
An over-the-top Victorian comedy full of black English humor about an extraordinary trio of detectives - a kind of caricature of serious costume dramas like Ripper Street. The experienced detective-inspector Rabbit drinks a lot, swears and does not shy away from assault - which, however, does not prevent him from catching criminals one after another. The problem is that he is not young, his heart is failing, and Londoners who have fallen under his hot hand are flooding the police department with complaints. So the boss assigns Rabbit a partner, an enthusiastic young forensic scientist fresh from Harvard.
The police chief's adopted daughter, the businesslike Mabel, who dreams of being the first female police officer in England and resolutely rejects the fate imposed on her by the Victorian society, is imposed on them (“Dad, you promised me all the best!” - “But Mabel, I had in the kind of hat! "). The ridiculous, but amazingly effective trinity successfully solves cases, at the same time putting in place scoundrels, idiots, overly talkative officials and colleagues who prefer window dressing to the law and are looking for murderers using the method of spiritualism.
A spin-off of the 2014 series "Missing" about retired detective Julien Batista (Cheki Cario). After the events of the second season of "The Lost", the terminally ill Baptiste decides to retire and moves with his family to Amsterdam. However, the work catches up with the charismatic investigator even in retirement: the case of the missing girl, the niece of an inconsolable Briton named Edward, literally falls into his hands.
Baptiste decides to shake things up and help Edward, but soon finds out that the Englishman is not at all who he claims to be. The disappearance of the girl turns out to be connected with the criminal circles of Romania, and the family of Batista himself is in danger. The series has already managed to get "fi" from especially meticulous viewers for the fact that instead of Amsterdam, street scenes were filmed in Antwerp, and Dutch heroes were played by Belgian actors - which, however, does not affect the lively plot and the number of cliffhangers that fill each episode.
Summer of rockets
summer of rockets
1958, Russia is in a state of cold war with the West, so the British inventor with the Russian name Samuel Petrukhin (Toby Stevens) is having a hard time. Despite the fact that he supplies Winston Churchill himself with hearing aids, he is now and then suspected of spying for his historical homeland.
At the races, the Petrukhins family accidentally meets the Shaw spouses - a famous member of parliament and his wife (Keeley Hawes). After several visits to new friends, special services begin to follow Petrukhin, who not only suspect him of treason, but are also interested in his inventions - in a gadget - the prototype of a pager. Petrukhin finds himself drawn into spy games and is forced to find a balance between his own conscience and the need for a large order for the supply of equipment for MI5.
Director and screenwriter Stephen Poliakoff (The Enemy Is Close, Dancing on the Edge) wrote Summer of Rockets based on the biography of his own father, Russian inventor Alexander Polyakov, who actually made hearing aids for Churchill.
A hard, emotionally devastating drama about how to face demons from the past and survive.The incomparable Stephen Graham plays Joseph, an alcoholic hero who falls into despair after his ex-wife takes his nine-year-old son to Australia. Deciding to start life anew, he travels to Ireland to once and for all deal with traumatic memories of his youth in an orphanage and at the same time overcome his addictions, with which he is trying to drown these memories.
He will meet with a long-lost sister and an old foe, as well as a test of new love for a woman with the same difficult past. The Virtues is written by multiple BAFTA award winner Jack Thorne, who has already credited National Treasure, Kiri, This Is England and an epic adaptation of Pullman's Dark Principles, which will air on HBO this in the fall.
A four-part, heartbreaking legal drama about maternal grief and how dangerous lynching on social media is. Craig Myers, a regular bus driver, returns to his family after a shift and, barely entering the house, experiences an attempt on his life. Suspicion falls on the seemingly harmless nurse Anna Dean (Kelly MacDonald from "Underground Empire").
Detective Grover, who received this case, discovers that fifteen years ago, Anna's nine-year-old son was brutally murdered, and his killer after a prison term received a new identity. It turns out that Anna is engaged in online activism, calling for revenge for the death of her son Myers, in which she suspects the murderer. The woman is put on trial, and during the trial more and more unexpected and unsightly data about the past of the heroes and their family members emerge over her, and the final episode brings catharsis at all.
Back to life
back to life
A dramedy about acceptance and forgiveness - first of all, of herself. The six-hour episode series will appeal to those who love dark British jokes and shows like Trash and Killing Eve. Actress and screenwriter Daisy Haggard plays a woman named Miri Matteson, freed after eighteen years in prison for murder.
Miri, convicted at a young age, a little over thirty, and she returns home to her parents and the remains of her life, which did not even have time to really begin: to school photographs, her beloved Tamagotchi and "discman". The stuffy atmosphere of a small town, where everyone knows everything about each other, does not contribute to an easy start from scratch. The series is dedicated to Miri's attempts to rehabilitate herself in the eyes of others and to merge into a reality about which she knows almost nothing - starting with unfamiliar gadgets and ending with how to communicate with her adult peers and old acquaintances.
The modern version of Yankee at King Arthur's Court is a balanced detective procedural with good jokes about geopolitics and social stratification, a charismatic protagonist and his charming side kick. Rob Lowe of Californication and Parks and Recreation plays American police officer Bill Hickston, who moves to the English countryside with his teenage daughter and becomes the local police chief. His life is not sugar: in addition to solving typical problems in communication with his own child, Bill has to quickly adapt to the unhurried English rhythm of life, unusual accents and sharp-tongued locals.
PHOTOS: Channel 4, BBC Two, ITV, BBC One