“We’re dealing with a back combed asymmetric bouffant the size of a cow, what do you want me to do give it a shampoo and set?” with this cry Stephen Fry sets the tone for the whole second series of This Is Jinsy. Jinsy is a place of weirdness, whimsey and wonder with a dark underlying tyrannical streak, it is a place with feral accountants, singing obituaries and Sandy’s Choice – a talent show judged by a dog.
With a pilot put out by the BBC This Is Jinsy was eventually picked up by Sky Comedy and is now in it’s second series, perhaps a little too off the wall for the BBC since the inevitable demise of the brilliantly offbeat The Mighty Boosh; Sky has definitely hit gold with this thoroughly British comedy series. The potential love child of The League of Gentlemen and Monty Python, This Is Jinsy is the next in a long, orderly queue of bizarre British comedies.
Set on an island, loosely based on Guernsey the home of the two writers Chris Bran and Justin Chubb, This Is Jinsy’s whimsey takes place in 20 minute long independent stories. While it is not a sketch show there are elements of the genre in the short snippets of the islands TV that we are treated to. In these interruptions to the story we are gifted with such musical numbers as “Vegetable Tricks” and “This Mock Fireplace You Gave Me”, as well as the show Extreme Etiquette for Girls.
From the makers of Broadchurch comes The Tunnel a smart, stylish and thoroughly European take on the murder mystery. When a body is discovered in the service tunnels of the Channel Tunnel a Anglo-French investigation begins into to the person later dubbed the “Truth Terrorist” or the “Terroriste Vérité” depending on which side of the channel we are on. This cleverly constructed crime thriller effortlessly spans the 21-mile stretch of water with subtitled passages running smoothly alongside the English-speaking scenes.
Elise (Clémence Poésy) and Karl (Stephen Dillane), the French and English officers on the case, are thrown together in difficult circumstances and have an uneasy relationship, but predictably his wise cracking English personality somewhat melts her icy, almost sociopathic, front to build an unlikely friendship. So far so predictable, but this slow moving drama builds cleverly with each episode always leaving you wanting just a little more information. The controlled pace allows mysteries to build and unfurl over several episodes rather than granting the quick gratification and neat endings we often expect from a police drama.
With star turns from the likes of Keeley Hawes and Joseph Mawle it is needless to say that the level of acting talent is very high, however sometimes the dialogue can be a little clunky. This is a shame as is distracts from the fairly sophisticated plot, but the intriguing nature of the “Truth Terrorist” and the slow coming together of disparate plotlines is enough to keep you watching over the 10, 45-minute episodes.
Read more at: TQS Magazine
DVD released: 13th January.
The night was full of surprises, but something that surprised no one was Olivia Coleman’s win of 2 BAFTA’s and her graceful and comedic acceptance of both.
Here’s a breakdown of the main winners:
- Actor – Ben Whishaw (for Richard II)
- Actress – Sheridan Smith (for Mrs Briggs)
- Female comedy performance – Olivia Colman (for Twenty Twelve)
- Male comedy performance – Steve Coogan (for Welcome to the Places of My Life)
- Supporting actor – Simon Russell Beale (for Henry IV Part II)
- Supporting Actress – Olivia Colman (for Accused)
- Drama series – Last Tango in Halifax
- Sport and live event – The London 2012 Paralympic Games
- News coverage – Hillsborough – The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)
- Current Affairs – The Shame of the Catholic Church
- Sitcom – Twenty Twelve
- Soap and continuing drama – EastEnders
- Audience award – Game of Thrones
The BBC walked away with a total of 15 awards, Channel 4 left with 4, Sky with 3 and ITV with 2.