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ITV renew Safe House – do you think that’s awfully wise Sir?



The Christopher Eccleston and Paterson Joseph starring drama focused on an ex-cop (Eccleston) who had moved to a remote cottage in the country with his wife (Marsha Thomason) with former police colleague Paterson Joseph persuading him to use his cottage as a safe house for a family whose life is in danger from a vicious killer.

The first episode opened promisingly enough – the family coming under threat but not at all happy about having to up sticks and Eccleston having a recent trauma to contend with (he had left the force after the woman he was guarding prior to a trial in which she was to give key evidence was shot and killed). But by episode three things disintegrated somewhat with flashbacks pushing out the drama and the plot going nowhere. Anybody who did stick with the story to the bitter end would have witnessed one of the worst endings to any crime drama seen in recent times.

This felt like either a six part drama that had been cut (with all the interesting bits taken out) or a three part drama that had been padded out (certainly if one removed all the moody scenes of Eccleston’s lake swimming it would have quite easily run to three episodes.

One can only assume that ITV have made the decision based on reasonable ratings (many viewers would have been drawn in by the star cast and stayed with it just to see how they wrapped things up). With nowhere for this series to now go surely the wisest thing here would have been to left this four part drama as a one and done – after all not everything needs to be a continuing series.



Once And Again: Are Lily and Rick A Turn Off




It’s been almost two years since that fateful day when Once and Again‘s Rick Sammler (Billy Campbell) and Lily Manning (Sela Ward) first set eyes on each other in the principal’s office at Eli (Shane West) and Grace’s (Julia Whelan) school. Since then, we’ve watched them embark on what has become their most significant relationship since the demise of their respective unions with Karen (Susanna Thompson) and Jake (Jeffrey Nordling).

In the early days, they seemed like soul mates, as if all that was left to do was get married and bring their two separate families together into one extended brood. On the May 2 episode, that much-anticipated event finally came to pass, but something about it seemed anticlimactic.

Once and Again began its run focused on the story of these two lovers trying to find their way toward each other amid numerous distractions, such as Judy’s (Marin Hinkle) hopeless relationships, Karen’s control issues, Jessie’s (Evan Rachel Wood) anorexia and Jake’s financial struggles.

The problem is that somewhere along the way these subplots became moreinteresting than the lovers ever were. Making it worse was the fact that Rick’s insecurities and Lily’s selfishness made them seem less like soul mates and more like a couple in dire need of couples counseling.

For those reasons, watching Lily and Rick exchange “I do’s” was somewhat bittersweet, because after two seasons the secondary characters have become more intriguing than the main ones, which probably isn’t a positive harbinger for the future of this insightfully written and beautifully acted series. The ABC show’s declining ratings support this theory, placing it in jeopardy of not returning for a third season.

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