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!

Dickensian (BBC / Amazon)

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Dickensian is a BBC drama that only aired one season. Clever in the way it combines the lives of Charles Dickens many characters, this story tells of Inspector Bucket’s attempts to solve Jacob Marley’s murder. Unfortunately for Detective Bucket, everyone has a motive to kill Marley. The problem is finding out who truly is responsible.

This superbly cast drama may please Dickens fans. However, it should be noted that this is a serious drama, with little comedy, and in keeping with many of Dickens’ characters, it does not end well for every one. (In other words, this is not a “happily-ever-after” type show.)

I was unable to find what the TV show was rated. I would guess it is about TV-14. However, there were a couple scenes that made me a little uncomfortable. The main one of which is when Silas Wegg forces himself on Mrs. Gant. While they are clothed in the scene, it was disturbing enough for me that I ended up turning the show off. So I would advise people who are sensitive like me, against watching the show.

I did go on Wikipedia to find out who Joseph Marley’s killer was, and that is why I know the show does not end happily for everyone. So, if you are in the mood for a happily-ever-after show, look elsewhere.

I will reiterate that I was beyond impressed with the acting – Scrooge and Fagin being my two favorite characters, closely followed by Detective Bucket. I appreciate the show’s cleverness in how it combined many of Dickens’ books; however, this show is simply not for me.

Candy Jar (Netflix)

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Candy Jar is a Netflix film (rated TV-14) about two high school seniors who hate each other, yet are forced to compete as a team for a debate competition. While the debate scenes are kind of boring, the rest of the show is kind of sweet. There is some crude language in the show, but if you can over look that it is a mildly entertaining way to spend your time (if you don’t have anything better to watch.)

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.

The Dangerous Book for Boys (Amazon)

DangerousBookforBoysThe Dangerous Book for Boys is a book (which I haven’t read) and a TV series created by Amazon. The TV series is entertaining and well-acted. I liked the values that the father tries to instill in his sons, particularly the main character Wyatt, who is struggling the most with his father’s passing.

This is an entertaining, light-hearted, family TV series that adults can enjoy with their children. Personally, I think it is clever how the idea for this series was created from a non-fiction, how-to book for boys. It will definitely be joining my list of TV shows to recommend to families or adults who enjoy good, clean, fun.