Braquo. Series One. A French Detective crime drama. My One-Off Review. Minor Spoilers only. In French with English subtitles. Currently watching on demand/box set on a Tivo Box (on Virgin Media TV) in the UK. Series Four is currently airing on FOX Channel in the UK.


Series One.  Episode One.

So Braquo is unremittingly cool. Everybody smokes. All the time.

The Police Officers all have incredibly cool, beaten up, sometimes sheepskin, sometimes motorbike, leather jackets. Naturally one of them has a Ducati. Black.

They all work in an unspeakably cool sub-industrial building. That had a red danger sign for electricity with a skull and crossbones head above the metallic stairs. Lending the building a sub-post-apocalyptic meets Hells Angels or breakaway organisation air.

All of this atmosphere is terribly low key yet effective. There is an in-house bar. That looks like Berlin or Paris. On a Friday night out. Where the Police unit of friends relax in between jobs.

We are fairly immediately thrown into the action of an ongoing story-line. One which has a sudden and surprising: shocking outcome.

All intense stuff. You barely notice the paucity of dialogue. Between the friends. The small gang of friends. From back in the day. I believe.

Some, if not all of the group of friends all Police Officers in this unit, knew each other before. As Commandos..




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Secrets and Lies. Series Two. Episodes Seven and eight- notes and dialogue. Minor spoilers only. On UK television on Watch Channel on Tuesdays @ 9pm.

Sunday, 4th of December, 2016.

Secrets and Lies

Series Two.

Episode seven.  “The Statement”.  

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Eric is cooking a suitably nutritious meal in his suitably cool flat.

Great. Eric’s Dad returns. he’s a good character. I mean actor.

Bit odd that Eric refers to “Your family” to his Dad.
Is he not his real Dad then? Who knows. Who cares.

Melanie, Patrick’s wife who is meant to be nicely mad and or manic: brings glowering to a whole new art form.

There is a lot of glowering in Secrets and lies.

The meaningful interludes on both story-lines: the police story and Eric’s family are tiresome.

Amanda is the name of Eric’s sister.

Hurray. Eric’s equally handsome friend Neil returns. At least he is a bit more animated. Than Eric and Amanda.

So Eric gets to glowering.

Great stuff. Action scene with Danny and Eric.

At least the meaningful scenes between Ethan and Detective Cornelle are watchable. Being they are both such good actors.

Then the phone rings.  The scene between them builds nicely in segments. Ahhhh. But not very Detectively really.

Du na da nu..atmospheric music, a nice cliffhanger at the end..


Episode Eight.   “The Racket”.  

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Prologue. Bla bla. A bit like a poor man’s Dallas.  They even play Dallas du na du na music.

The police side of the story is relatively exciting compared to the family side-story.

Eric pulls a fast one. On Patrick.

The worlds most least likely Detective meets Detective Cornelle.

Eric just does some more magnificent glowering.

I knew they were gonna make Eric take his shirt off. At one point.

Another meaningful moment between Patrick and I probably should not say..

There has been an edict I reckon that men characters should officially have emotional conversations.

Detective Cornelle to Patrick:
“A little boy asks an old man in New York..”
“How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”..

Now Detective Cornelle pulls a fast one.

So Melanie is at the yoga class.
Detective to the teacher:

More. Yet more orange flashbacks. But we’re used to them now.

More meaningful moments.

Detective Cornelle and Malanie have a satisfyingly enjoyable face off.

Ah ha. I told you it was him..


to be continued.

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Deep Water. An Australian Documentary-drama Detective mystery. A One-off Potted Review of the first episode. Was on BBC Four channel in the UK.

Saturday, 3rd of December 2016.


Deep Water.

A Potted Review of the first episode.

So I was quite excited or more specifically, interested, to read about Deep Water. Thinking it might be a cool and unusual random offering. By BBC Four in the subtitled foreign language Saturday night slot.

This interest was mainly based on the fact that I had assumed that Deep Water was a Scandi-noir drama.

But no, I reminded myself that I had already spotted the word Bondi which kind of blew the whole Scandi-Noir fantasy.

Hey, it could be Italian, I pretended to myself. But really I knew that Bondi was a beach. A famous beach. Which is I guess how I know the name. In Australia.

Still cool however.

Deep water starts promisingly enough but soon descended into a strangely unatmospheric drama. With overblown stereotypical roles.

It must be tiresome having to dance around, play violins, hug small children and drink endless tea. Because that’s what you supposedly do. All day. As a family. Oh and don’t forget the chandeliers.

The sneering and emotional Detective soon suspects the man upstairs. Mainly on the basis that he wears a plumber’s vest and is fond of punching. His punching bag. On his balcony. and looking supposedly snarling.

It gets worse.




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The Missing. Series two. An English mystery crime drama. Episode six. Some notes and a short Third Review. Minor spoilers only. On UK Television- BBC One Wednesdays @ 9pm. Nb. This write-up follows on from my postings on 22nd November 2016 Episode Five with Second Review and 15th November 2016 episodes 1, 2, 3 & 4 with a First Review.

Sunday, 27th of November 2016.

The Missing.


Series Two.

Episode Six.

Saint John.

Uh oh-not the drill..

Now-Eckhausen. Germany.
Present day it helpfully tells us.


Bla bla. David Morrisey and his wife.

It’s Jean Luc.

So. All quite un-cheerful. But some damn fine acting from David Morrisey and his son, Sam.

Missed a bit here. Starts again with Jean Luc Baptiste. In Eckhausen.

So the story has amped up it’s pace a touch..

Then the wife gets nicely manic.

And the story or side story is fairly seriously creepy.

Back and forth. But we don’t care any more it hardly matters. But sometimes a bit confusing.

So it has taken until now to pick up it’s pace for this drama.



So guess what I thought that The Missing had finally come together, in this episode. Then I remembered that due to some recording glitch, I lost somewhere around 20-30 minutes. Of action. well if you could call it action or a story line. Much. In The Missing.

The guess what is there because I realise: that loss was not a loss at all. To the episode. A missing twenty to thirty minutes had actually made the episode better. It barely missed a beat.

Later it transpired that I had missed exactly who (as in one character) had found out-what. To be deliberately vague.

How can this be. I wonder. That I could carry on watching after missing this chunk of time: and still makes sense of things. Even think the episode was better.

Because the length of the episode is just too damn long. In the watching of it. Now it wouldn’t seem so if it was working. Dramatically speaking. Surely.

There is just too much damn fluff and ridiculousness- stuffed in between.

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Dear Readers: a special announcement today, 26th November 2016. This is one of my two new WordPress websites.

Special announcement today, 26th November 2016.

Announcement of my two new WordPress websites.

Dear Readers,

Nb.  I didn’t realise that I wouldn’t be able to post on my old Google blog once I had done this re-direct!

Just in case this announcement was not now available on that site I am repeating it here on my new one.


From my original Blogspot named:

(first started in 2011).

Today we are jumping into the ether and over into my two new, independent WordPress websites.


Clarissima a day in the life of a tv

link: as above

Nb. This google blogspot site has now been redirected to my new wordpress site as above.  It will automatically go there from this site.


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1) Clarissima-a day in the life of a tv

Will be my new blog website.  This will be just the same as my present Google blog.  A list of TV and Netflix reviews.  Shown by date of posting them.  All my recent write-ups.

Nb. The main list is now in pictorial form mainly on the new website.  Shown by the dates on a month calendar showing up bold.  Representing that date as the day of a new posting.

There is a search box for archives.

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This is my new online publishing company.  For self-publishing purposes.

On this second, sister/ brother site if you like- to clarissima-a day in the life of a tv watcher blog:

I will be putting up e books for sale which will be e-books containing collections of my drama reviews.

The different dramas will be divided up and classified as genres.  Instead of by language.  although obviously the language of the drama will be specified.

Please note-This Page Left intentionally blank publishing is not yet fully functional.

**It is currently in test mode**


Nb.  When i started this blog it was a hobby.  Cat photos , my top 100 best ever tunes which ran into hundreds I reckon.

I started writing on the Guardian (newspaper) online blogs on TV series (the first subtitled/ foreign language dramas on BBC Four at the time).

Some of my readers might know my pen name from that time time-clarissima- (Catwoman) ha ha.

So this is me-properly publishing my work.  Like-officially.  If that makes sense.

My work as a writer.  Oo la la!


Nb. Update.

An Original Short Story Collection-coming This page left intentionally blank publishing

I will also soon be publishing an original collection of my short stories (dating from 2011-2016)  on:

This page left intentionally blank publishing

These stories are suitable for older children, teenagers and adults.

Plus eventually I will publish on This page left intentionally blank publishing

my own poetry collection from the archives.


I hope Y’all will enjoy!


London, United Kingdom.

26th November 2016.


Quick note to my readers of some new/ returning series on 20th of November 2016. Braquo and Boulevard du Palais.

Sunday, 20 November 2016


Braquo Series Four is on FOX Channel in the UK currently.
Details to follow.
Series Four-the final series of Braquo-first Aired on Tuesday, 8th of November 2016 on FOX Channel in the UK.

So I finally found something good to watch: Braquo.

Seeing this TV/television trailer for Braquo series Four I discover that the whole preceding three series is on my Tivo box as a Box Set. So I have started with Series One..

Braquo series One is dated 2009.
This is a French Detective crime drama series. Well- sort of Detective..

Boulevard Du Palais.
New Series of Boulevard Du Palais on the French Channel TV5. This channel is on Virgin Media TV.
Details to follow.

Nb. I wrote about Boulevard Du Palais a few years ago. I had watched a few episodes. The series seemed quite dated then but was fairly enjoyable.
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