For me a great pleasure is finding a good TV show. One that makes me excited to see what happens next time. One that I will regret the ending of.
For a split second a few months back I thought I’d found one. Buried in the late night schedule I found the kind of show I like, but because it was on so late I saw too little to be 100% sure. So I finally tracked it down.
Oh weep ye angels of writing for the small screen… it’s got all the elements of an excellent TV show and yet it fails.
Why does it fail? It does the one thing that can never be good writing; it breaks its internal consistency. And it does it in the worst possible aspect of story – its characters.
In a show that is character driven, this is probably the worst thing you can do because the characters are what everyone’s focusing on. When they suddenly say things out of character, or have unexplained mood swings, it’s very hard to miss.
So a show that has a strong cast and a good premise and an interesting set of characters – including one who’s delightfully well written – falls flat because characters are doing what suits the scene. Yes, not even the episode’s plot in a lot of cases, but just the individual scene.
Why, oh why, oh why?
Okay, so now I’ve had a bit of a rant, I’d like to point out that this is something I think is afflicting so many British shows that it’s become a style. It’s why I stopped watching Spooks in the second series, and it probably would have stopped me watching this one too, except it only got 2 seasons.
And that I think is a shame, because this series could have become a classic. It’s got all the elements. As it stands I doubt many will remember The Fixer.
Though anyone who’s seen it will remember what I think is one of the best characters on TV in a long time – Callum, played by Jody Latham.