Wednesday, December 15, 2010


We may be facing another burst of arctic weather but this weekend we have on British television a veritable cornucopia of crime fiction programs to keep us warm.

On Saturday 18 December at 9.00pm on BBC4 we have another episode of Wallander starring Rolf Lassgard. This is the two parter Firewall which is concluded at 10.00pm Monday 20 December.

Preceding this Swedish Wallander at 9.00pm is a program about the success of Nordic Noir, narrated by Mariella Frostrup [the presenter of The Book Show on Sky Arts 1].

On Sunday 26 December at 9.00pm there is another Rolf Lassgard Wallander, One Step Behind.
On Monday 27 December at 9.30pm a program on Italian Noir, and a repeated episode [from two years ago] of Inspector Montalbano program that I can recommend for among other things a brilliant portrayal of Catarella.
All these programs are on BBC4.

But not to be outdone ITV1 at 9.00pm on Sunday 19 December have the program 'David Suchet [the definitive Hercule Poirot] on the Orient Express'. This is a trailer for their 9.00pm Christmas Day production of David Suchet as Poirot in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
A lot to enjoy, and if you do want to talk to your relatives over the holiday period you can always record these programs to watch later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norman - It does sound like terrific viewing! I have to say I have become spoiled by modern DVR technology. I'm old enough to remember clearly the days when if you were not able to watch a show when it was being aired, worse luck you.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Margot- I am old enough to remember B&W TV with only one channel on a tiny screen.
We had the first TV in our road, my mother called in all the neighbours to watch this new invention.
She turned it on and we looked at a blank screen for 5 minutes, she said it took a long time to warm up and the neighbours shuffled around a bit.
But after twenty minutes we realised the TV wasn't working. It must have been about 1950 because my favourite program at the time was Muffin the Mule.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

But my question is, are they coming across the Atlantic at any time?

11:56 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Kathy I would think and hope that with the popularity of Agatha Christie and Scandinavian Crime Fiction you would get these programs some time.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

You are very lucky. This is summer non-ratings time for us so we have repeats of George and Mildred and Bless This House!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Don't complain Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce were so funny in that series. ;O)
George was almost a cult hero!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

I'm now addicted to the BBC Dalziel and Pascoe series. Saw year 2; the library has year 1 and that's it.

Another stunning disappointment, will have to do a search for these somewhere.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Bernadette said...

On that we shall have to agree to disagree Norman - I didn't think it was funny first time around and 30+ years hasn't helped things along any.

3:41 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Bernadette, I was a sad little man in those days, so a more pathetic characters like George appealed to me.
Now I am a happy little old man I possibly would not find it as funny, but I did laugh at G&M at that difficult time of my life.

5:56 AM  

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