SOME TV dramas divide opinion more than most.
White Heat appears to have fallen into that category over the last six weeks.
I almost gave up on this BBC2 series after the second episode.
And am now very glad I didn’t.
Tonight’s (Thursday April 12) final hour repays the investment viewers have put in to the previous five.
“THIS is London…”
A BBC Radio announcer and the chimes of Big Ben herald the return of Upstairs Downstairs.
Its first full BBC1 series following the three episodes screened at Christmas 2010.
Keeley Hawes (Lady Agnes Holland) and Ed Stoppard (Sir Hallam Holland) again lead the line upstairs at 165 Eaton Place.
With Alex Kingston arriving in episode one as Dr Blanche Mottershead, the younger sister of Lady Holland.
“IF you go to the cinema midway through a film, you watch the second half first, don’t you?
“So you see how the characters end up in the story.
“What happened to turn them into the people they became.
“It’s like a riddle you have to solve.”
So begins The Night Watch on BBC2 tomorrow night.
Yet another television treat from BBC Drama.
In a month that will also bring us the start of The Hour, of which more later.
My feature on The Night Watch is in today’s MEN and below.
“AT first we thought that was a bit of a bore, quite frankly.
“As it happens, I think they’ve laid out the ground very nicely for us.”
Dame Eileen Atkins speaking at the British Film Institute in London last night about Downton Abbey.
Taking part in a panel Q&A following a screening of the first episode of BBC1’s revival of Upstairs Downstairs.