Sunday, 1 August 2010


Just when I thought TV couldn't reach any lower into the depths of seven shades of crapola, along comes Sherlock to gladden the heart. BBC1's latest series is a modern version of the Sherlock Holmes story brought alive in 21st century London. It stars the very watchable Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr Watson. It's fast-paced, contemporary and a bit macabre and it sort of works! The BBC just produce drama of this genre to the highest standard and they have a real gem with this three part series. It has that feel of Life on Mars or Ashes to Ashes once had in that you know you're watching great television. The acting and production is superb and I'm looking forward to more series. 

Another series I'm enjoying at the moment is The Hotel Inspector on Channel Five. The Hotel Inspector in question is Alex Polizzi who just happens to be the granddaughter of the chap who started the Forte hotel group, so she knows a thing or two about the hotel industry. I caught this week's episode where a 21 year old clueless spoilt brat called Justin was left to run a hotel in Brighton for his mother. Despite being an educated Business graduate (?), he'd turned the opulent abode into an 'art boutique hotel' which loosely translates to allowing sixth form art and design students to run amok painting crap in each of the rooms. It was the most hideous display of art I or indeed Alex had ever set eyes upon. Quite rightly she lambasted Justin and his ineptitude at running a successful business into the ground and told him in no uncertain terms to pull his socks up and indulged him in some home truths like 'clean the place up you idle little shit'. With a shedload of good advice and some expert help in the field of art curating, the penny finally dropped with little Justin and improvements were made. The reviews were good and paying guests passed through the doors in droves. The programme is great but even better is the arrogance of the hoteliers and the indignation of someone pointing out that the reason they are losing money hand over fist is because they provide such inadequate and frankly dreadful accommodation. It's common sense stuff, and Alex Polizzi doesn't hold back in her appraisal of the hotel. 

So it's a five star rating for both series from me....


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