Safe House-A One-off Review of Episode One. Some notes and dialogue on first Episode. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on ITV Channel or number 103 on Virgin Media TV.

Safe House-ITV Channel
First aired on  Monday, 20th April 2015.

With:
 Chrisopher Eccelston as ex-Policeman Robert.
 Paterson Joseph as Detective Chief Inspector Mark Maxwell
 Marsha Thomson as Katy, Robert’s wife.

See below for preview re-posted here from:
 Note to my readers of some new and returning series in the UK first posted on 14th March 2015.
Preview:
A couple are asked by a Policeman friend to turn their remote guest house into a safe house..

TV Preview quote:
  Safe House Episode One-20th April 2015.
” Mark finds himself dealing with a family left reeling from an unexplained assault.  David Blackwell has been hospitalised and an innocent passer-by is in a critical condition.  Mark needs to find out why..”

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Episode One.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Safe House opens on a lake with a man furiously swimming.  We see a beautiful valley road and then the hills above.  So Christopher Eccelston and his wife live a long way away from anything.  In the country.  Forgot where exactly.

 Anyway.  A serious looking man is driving.  A Bentley kind of car.  It is Paterson Joseph.

Christopher Eccelston is called Robert.

Then things start to go all sorts of weirdly wonderful.  Err, not.

So where the safe house is is truly spectacular.

Paterson Joseph is an impressive Detective Chief Inspector.

Robert to the first family in the safe house:
“You’re perfectly safe here..”
Sure.  Famous last words..

Footnotes.


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The safe house is in the Lake District.

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The Blackwell family are:
David
Ali
and their children:
Sam
Joe.

***

Review

Yes, what could possibly go wrong in a safe house in the middle of nowhere.  To which the entry is by one long and lonely road.  Set in the bottom of a valley.  Hills all around.  No cover at all.

I thought safe houses-spy style anyway as per the series The Americans and that era: were places like The Fruit Company or Import and Export Agency.  Or even an anonymous flat in a block.
Ah well.

Plus, in this deep undercover case requiring witness protection and so forth, the Police always use exit/entrance number two.  To drop off/pick up the vulnerable family and or the super duper ex-Cop/ Policeman Robert. (at the Police Station)

Luckily we can see that retired/ or just resting (from The Bad Case) Policeman is as fit as a fiddle. Since I predict that very shortly he will be zooming, S.A.S. style around the homestead.  And the hills.  Probably or possibly perhaps: in tandem with his wife.  Who also looks ready for action of an unpredictable and dangerous kind.

We already suspect Katy of some involvement in her husband’s old case.  The Bad Case.  This suspicion is purely on the basis of her eyes flashing open in bed. Always the sign of a guilty character is it not.

James Paterson is both menacing and urbane.  As the Police Inspector and retired/ resting Policeman’s old boss/ colleague/ friend.  As per usual.  Detective story trope.

However somewhat creepily, Paterson as Mark is portrayed as perhaps someone  who seems jealous of his friend.  Being with his wife.  Since Mark knew Robert’s wife from back in the day.  Indeed as he mentions bitterly it appears, he introduced Katy to his friend.

Of course all this may be supposition on my part.  I am going on the general vibe and how Mark hugged Robert’s wife like he was saving that hug in the fibres, every fibre of his being, forever.

I may be wrong.  There may be other enemies out there.  Apart from the eponymous staring  bearded man.  In the battered old Barbour jacket,  In the black Jeep.

***

Safe House-A One-off Review of Episode One. Some notes and dialogue on first Episode. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on ITV Channel or number 103 on Virgin Media TV.

Safe House-ITV Channel
First aired on  Monday, 20th April 2015.

With:
 Chrisopher Eccelston as ex-Policeman Robert.
 Paterson Joseph as Detective Chief Inspector Mark Maxwell
 Marsha Thomson as Katy, Robert’s wife.

See below for preview re-posted here from:
 Note to my readers of some new and returning series in the UK first posted on 14th March 2015.
Preview:
A couple are asked by a Policeman friend to turn their remote guest house into a safe house..

TV Preview quote:
  Safe House Episode One-20th April 2015.
” Mark finds himself dealing with a family left reeling from an unexplained assault.  David Blackwell has been hospitalised and an innocent passer-by is in a critical condition.  Mark needs to find out why..”

***

Episode One.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Safe House opens on a lake with a man furiously swimming.  We see a beautiful valley road and then the hills above.  So Christopher Eccelston and his wife live a long way away from anything.  In the country.  Forgot where exactly.

 Anyway.  A serious looking man is driving.  A Bentley kind of car.  It is Paterson Joseph.

Christopher Eccelston is called Robert.

Then things start to go all sorts of weirdly wonderful.  Err, not.

So where the safe house is is truly spectacular.

Paterson Joseph is an impressive Detective Chief Inspector.

Robert to the first family in the safe house:
“You’re perfectly safe here..”
Sure.  Famous last words..

Footnotes.

***
The safe house is in the Lake District.

***
The Blackwell family are:
David
Ali
and their children:
Sam
Joe.

***

Review

Yes, what could possibly go wrong in a safe house in the middle of nowhere.  To which the entry is by one long and lonely road.  Set in the bottom of a valley.  Hills all around.  No cover at all.

I thought safe houses-spy style anyway as per the series The Americans and that era: were places like The Fruit Company or Import and Export Agency.  Or even an anonymous flat in a block.
Ah well.

Plus, in this deep undercover case requiring witness protection and so forth, the Police always use exit/entrance number two.  To drop off/pick up the vulnerable family and or the super duper ex-Cop/ Policeman Robert. (at the Police Station)

Luckily we can see that retired/ or just resting (from The Bad Case) Policeman is as fit as a fiddle. Since I predict that very shortly he will be zooming, S.A.S. style around the homestead.  And the hills.  Probably or possibly perhaps: in tandem with his wife.  Who also looks ready for action of an unpredictable and dangerous kind.

We already suspect Katy of some involvement in her husband’s old case.  The Bad Case.  This suspicion is purely on the basis of her eyes flashing open in bed. Always the sign of a guilty character is it not.

James Paterson is both menacing and urbane.  As the Police Inspector and retired/ resting Policeman’s old boss/ colleague/ friend.  As per usual.  Detective story trope.

However somewhat creepily, Paterson as Mark is portrayed as perhaps someone  who seems jealous of his friend.  Being with his wife.  Since Mark knew Robert’s wife from back in the day.  Indeed as he mentions bitterly it appears, he introduced Katy to his friend.

Of course all this may be supposition on my part.  I am going on the general vibe and how Mark hugged Robert’s wife like he was saving that hug in the fibres, every fibre of his being, forever.

I may be wrong.  There may be other enemies out there.  Apart from the eponymous staring  bearded man.  In the battered old Barbour jacket,  In the black Jeep.

***

Code of a Killer-a two-part drama. Shown on consecutive nights: Monday and Tuesday. Some notes and dialogue on Episode one and a one off Review. Minor Spoilers only. Was on in the UK on ITV Channel or Channel number 103 on Virgin Media TV.

Code Of A Killer-ITV Channel

With the excellent actors John Sims and David Threfall.

See-preview below: re-posted here.
first posted 14th March 2015 in Notes for my readers..

Preview of Code of A Killer.
The story of the world’s first DNA manhunt.   With John Sims as Professor Alec Jeffries and David Threfall as the Detective.

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Nb. Notes and dialogue for Episode One only.

First Episode.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

21 November 1983
A girl walks home in the dark.
(crows echo faintly)

Yey.  An Explanation of DNA by John Sims as Professor Alec Jeffries.

Girl to her parent:
“Linda’s not home yet..”

John Sims is speaking with a lispy husky accent.

Here comes David Threfall.  He is Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker.

Professor Alec Jeffries: (in a lecture to his University students)
“Mice have the myoglobin gene,”
“”Seals have the myoglobin gene,”
” Humans have the myoglobin gene..”

John Sims is a believable and brilliant portrayal of a Professor.  He bustles away in his laboratory with a fag/ cigarette in his mouth.  You gotta love the 1980’s.

So learning about DNA from John Sims as an obsessed Professor is extra cool.

Yep. Everything was orange in English houses then.  Orange lights, orange lamp shades, orange walls.

Professor Alec Jeffries:(to his Research Assistant)
“I’m going to try a new probe, extracted from the myoglobin gene, let’s see if that lights up the DNA fragments?”
Yes, let’s see…

The next working day.
Research Assistant:
“Doctor Jeffries!
“He did it!”
Wow.  This is huge.

Professor Alec Jeffries:
“Five past nine, tenth of September nineteen eighty three” he says.
Wicked indeed.

David Threfall is impressive indeed as the Inspector.  David Threfall to his Sergeant:
“Like it or not, the science saved us!”

****

Review of Code Of A Killer

So I liked the Code Of a Killer. It was based on a true story the credits told us.  Plus some scenes had been dramatised as fiction.  That sorta thing. Yes I did wonder at the suspiciously post or is it retro-historical right on factor.

Did people really I mean really say: “let it go” for example in the nineties.  And did they really have bar-codes then.  Moreover, did people generally chat about bar-codes.  Did they even know the name or term.  I wonder.

Plus I never found out exactly how myoglobin split the DNA sequence into that formation.  Or what part or size as compared to the whole double helix did that printout represent? And so on.

No, all we got was a repetition in repetitive terms (obviously for our instruction) that: “this was our genetic code”.

Still, I’m guessing it doesn’t matter much where you metaphorically snip the strand of DNA pattern from: it would always come out pretty much the same.  Some parts different presumably.  Minorly. Who knows.  Geneticists I guess.

Some of this description as above did come over teachy.  I think I know more about Seals now than DNA though.

Still, the scientific excitement of a new discovery and its obviously universal application was palpable throughout the drama.  This was coupled with the originality of the intellectual  idea of Detective Chief Superintendent Baker, in using this science to solve a crime.

The tension rose.  Accordingly.  It was good to see a Scientist saving the day and being a hero.

***

Code of a Killer-a two-part drama. Shown on consecutive nights: Monday and Tuesday. Some notes and dialogue on Episode one and a one off Review. Minor Spoilers only. Was on in the UK on ITV Channel or Channel number 103 on Virgin Media TV.

Code Of A Killer-ITV Channel

With the excellent actors John Sims and David Threfall.

See-preview below: re-posted here.
first posted 14th March 2015 in Notes for my readers..

Preview of Code of A Killer.
The story of the world’s first DNA manhunt.   With John Sims as Professor Alec Jeffries and David Threfall as the Detective.

***

Nb. Notes and dialogue for Episode One only.

First Episode.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

21 November 1983
A girl walks home in the dark.
(crows echo faintly)

Yey.  An Explanation of DNA by John Sims as Professor Alec Jeffries.

Girl to her parent:
“Linda’s not home yet..”

John Sims is speaking with a lispy husky accent.

Here comes David Threfall.  He is Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker.

Professor Alec Jeffries: (in a lecture to his University students)
“Mice have the myoglobin gene,”
“”Seals have the myoglobin gene,”
” Humans have the myoglobin gene..”

John Sims is a believable and brilliant portrayal of a Professor.  He bustles away in his laboratory with a fag/ cigarette in his mouth.  You gotta love the 1980’s.

So learning about DNA from John Sims as an obsessed Professor is extra cool.

Yep. Everything was orange in English houses then.  Orange lights, orange lamp shades, orange walls.

Professor Alec Jeffries:(to his Research Assistant)
“I’m going to try a new probe, extracted from the myoglobin gene, let’s see if that lights up the DNA fragments?”
Yes, let’s see…

The next working day.
Research Assistant:
“Doctor Jeffries!
“He did it!”
Wow.  This is huge.

Professor Alec Jeffries:
“Five past nine, tenth of September nineteen eighty three” he says.
Wicked indeed.

David Threfall is impressive indeed as the Inspector.  David Threfall to his Sergeant:
“Like it or not, the science saved us!”

****

Review of Code Of A Killer

So I liked the Code Of a Killer. It was based on a true story the credits told us.  Plus some scenes had been dramatised as fiction.  That sorta thing. Yes I did wonder at the suspiciously post or is it retro-historical right on factor.

Did people really I mean really say: “let it go” for example in the nineties.  And did they really have bar-codes then.  Moreover, did people generally chat about bar-codes.  Did they even know the name or term.  I wonder.

Plus I never found out exactly how myoglobin split the DNA sequence into that formation.  Or what part or size as compared to the whole double helix did that printout represent? And so on.

No, all we got was a repetition in repetitive terms (obviously for our instruction) that: “this was our genetic code”.

Still, I’m guessing it doesn’t matter much where you metaphorically snip the strand of DNA pattern from: it would always come out pretty much the same.  Some parts different presumably.  Minorly. Who knows.  Geneticists I guess.

Some of this description as above did come over teachy.  I think I know more about Seals now than DNA though.

Still, the scientific excitement of a new discovery and its obviously universal application was palpable throughout the drama.  This was coupled with the originality of the intellectual  idea of Detective Chief Superintendent Baker, in using this science to solve a crime.

The tension rose.  Accordingly.  It was good to see a Scientist saving the day and being a hero.

***