I have often complained about the crap that is shown on television and of how difficult it is to find something worth watching among the six hundred odd channels on offer these days.
However, two series have grabbed my attention in recent months. One is the magnificent ’The Sopranos’ and the other is the superb ’Deadwood’. In my opinion they are both unmissable.
Explicit violence and sex play a part in their story lines and although I do not like to see either used in a gratuitous form on the screen, I think that in this case it is justified as it only adds to the authentic ‘feel’ of both dramas.
The myriad of colourful characters portrayed, is I feel, worthy of a Damon Runyon or a Charles Dickens and I am sure that you will agree that the dialogue in ‘Deadwood’, when spoken by great British actors such as Brian Cox and Ian McShane, is truly Shakespearean.
How well I remember watching The Royal Shakespeare Company, when Dame Judi Dench uttered those immortal lines ……
….. “Romeo, Romeo ! Where the f – - k art thou Romeo?”