Originally Posted by Pyxell
Fair enough to you both!
I know what you mean, Ruthio, as I haven't watched a lot of the dire dramas that have been so popular in the last couple of years. I didn't even watch most of the last Line of Duty.
I don't want to watch a serial with lots of doom and gloom and violence and misery.
However, there was something about the sound of Years and Years that intrigued me, so I decided to give it a go, and was pleasantly surprised.
Another one I gave a go to the other day was The Virtues. Yes, it is about someone with a lot of history, and a lot of sadness when his young son emigrates to Oz with the ex and the ex's new partner, but there was a lot of love in it.
It stars Stephen Graham (who was the murdered John Corbett in Line of Duty), as a recovering alcoholic, and his acting was superlative.
There was a very graphic scene where, after he says goodbye to his son, he falls off the wagon big, big time. However, there is enough to intrigue me as to where the storyline will go, because he is taking off to Ireland where he had a troubled upbringing, and I want to see where the storyline goes.
Besides which, despite the sadness and bleakness, there was a small glint of hope towards the end of the first episode that was very heartening, and makes you sympathise a lot with the character.
The script and direction was first class, too.