New Tricks (BBC)

These last two months, I’ve binge watched 12 seasons of New Tricks on Amazon Prime.

New Tricks is a BBC show about a British task force that investigates unsolved crimes and open cases. The leader of the Unsolved Crimes and Open Cases Squad (UCOS) is Sandra Pullman who was given the responsibility of establishing and running the unit after a PR fiasco involving the shooting of a dog during a hostage situation.

Pullman views her new position as a punishment, even more so when she learns that her staff will be comprised of retired police officers. These police offers are old men used to the police work of the 70s, when policy and procedure were lax and the idea of women on the force was out of the question.

Needless to say the combination of old and new policing, coupled with the cast’s quirky personalities, makes for a great story, some good laughs, and endearing characters. Definitely worth checking out!

Death in Paradise (BBC)

Death in Paradise

Another reason I haven’t been posting lately is because I’ve been busy enjoying Death in Paradise. This murder mystery is more my style (unlike DCI Banks). Not nearly as graphic as DCI Banks, this show presents a good mystery with a little humor. I will admit, at first, I didn’t like the show. I watched it simply because it was clean and I needed something to watch. However, after several episodes, I found myself becoming attached to the characters. (I will say, that this show earned a spot on my “favorites” list with the arrival of the second detective inspector in season 3. He brought a level of levity to the show that wasn’t present before.)

I will say Death in Paradise has a very strong cast, especially in the first several seasons (it is always hard when some of your favorite’s leave the show). I enjoy watching it for the characters. And for those of you who like strong female leads, you will enjoy the character Camille Bordey, an outspoken woman whose not afraid to stand up for herself or others, and yet remains a caring and compassionate.

DCI Banks (BBC)

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I recently watched the first two episodes of DCI Banks (it was a two-parter). This BBC show is available on Amazon Prime. The show was very good – well acted and solid, engaging mystery. If the show wasn’t so serious and the murders weren’t so graphic, it is one I would continue watching. However, due to my my preference for less serious and more lighthearted mysteries, it is not one I will continue watching. But for people who enjoy a more serious, realistic crime-solving show, you might want to check it out!

Land Girls (BBC)

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For those of you who enjoyed Downton Abbey, you might enjoy BBC’s Land Girls. This BBC drama is well acted and really draws you in. As an American, it was interesting to see the lives of civilians during WWII from a British perspective.

But, like with most dramas, relationships play a key role, and if you (like me) aren’t the type to enjoy the drama surrounding relationships (particularly when infidelity is involved), then this isn’t a show for you.