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Old Apr 2nd 2021, 8:06 am
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Discovering film on sky arts. It is one hour programs about all the old great film stars. A very good watch
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Marvelous: The Neil Baldwin story. ( We found it on Acorn)

So many emotions and such a heart warming story. It is quite a little gem, funny and sad with lots of cameos of well known Brits.

Well worth watching.
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The Looming Tower...Amazon. Rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the run up to 9/11.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6474236/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
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The Looming Tower...Amazon. Rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the run up to 9/11.
Top TV that was.

Jeff Daniels very good, just he was in The Newsroom and more recently The Comey Rule.

He seems made for these parts.
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Top TV that was.

Jeff Daniels very good, just he was in The Newsroom and more recently The Comey Rule.

He seems made for these parts.

Thank you...I’ve added them to my list.
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Just got into 'Shetland', downloaded from kodi.
For those who like crime series like Maigret and Midsomer rather than the crash bang wallop type of TV.
Two 1 hour episodes per story... but the scots accents can be a bit broad.
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I don’t care for that type of program, I find them boring, although my daughter loves Midsomer. I prefer programs like The Unforgotten, Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders...something with blood, guts and violence.

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Originally Posted by dave_j View Post
Just got into 'Shetland', downloaded from kodi.
For those who like crime series like Maigret and Midsomer rather than the crash bang wallop type of TV.
Two 1 hour episodes per story... but the scots accents can be a bit broad.
Very good series, Shetland. Definitely worth looking at Hinterland too.
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Originally Posted by Former Lancastrian View Post
IMHO I wouldn't say the public refuses to hold them accountable. I would say they give the Police a certain amount of latitude when dealing with the worst of society...Look at the difference between Policing in the USA and that of Policing in the UK
This might be a bit trite but one of the most popular shows on UK TV currently - and for a few years - is the excellent Line of Duty. Cops investigating bent (and even murderous) cops.

Several years ago there was also a very good Between the Lines, doing the same thing.

I can't think of anything comparable on US TV - not that I've seen everything of course. In my experience the portrayal of what seems to be called Internal Affairs has always been incredibly negative; they've always been the bad guys making life difficult for those on the front line.

In FBI based shows - the local cops are often dimwitted types deciding 6 gunshots to the head was suicide while in cop based shows, the FBI comes along to take over the case and behaves arrogantly. The difference being that while both are on the same side both are portrayed negatively and positively.

Perhaps the absence of good cops investigating bad cops on American TV means people don't want to see bad cops in TV Land and don't want to 'know' about bad cops in real life either.



Is there an equivalent to Line of Duty on American TV?
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
This might be a bit trite but one of the most popular shows on UK TV currently - and for a few years - is the excellent Line of Duty. Cops investigating bent (and even murderous) cops.

Several years ago there was also a very good Between the Lines, doing the same thing.

I can't think of anything comparable on US TV - not that I've seen everything of course. In my experience the portrayal of what seems to be called Internal Affairs has always been incredibly negative; they've always been the bad guys making life difficult for those on the front line.

In FBI based shows - the local cops are often dimwitted types deciding 6 gunshots to the head was suicide while in cop based shows, the FBI comes along to take over the case and behaves arrogantly. The difference being that while both are on the same side both are portrayed negatively and positively.

Perhaps the absence of good cops investigating bad cops on American TV means people don't want to see bad cops in TV Land and don't want to 'know' about bad cops in real life either.



Is there an equivalent to Line of Duty on American TV?
There's a US show just come to UK Amazon Prime Video called Against The Wall. It looks like it's in that genre.

Previously shown on the Lifetime channel in the US, so may not be well-known.

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It's an interesting observation. I don't know any of the shows well enough, but American TV/film certainly does glamorize the police and crime fighting in general.
Agreed.

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Old Apr 18th 2021, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by DaveLovesDee View Post
There's a US show just come to UK Amazon Prime Video called Against The Wall. It looks like it's in that genre.

Previously shown on the Lifetime channel in the US, so may not be well-known.
This one? From IMDB - A family drama set in Chicago following policewoman who causes a rift with her three cop brothers when she decides to join the department's Internal Affairs division.

10 years old, mixed reviews according to wiki. Not renewed and according to one reason "it did little to distinguish itself from the sea of other cop procedurals" which is kind of odd, but it didn't catch on and possibly something similar has not been tried since or even before?
Maybe individual plots within Blue Bloods has been the nearest
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This one? From IMDB - A family drama set in Chicago following policewoman who causes a rift with her three cop brothers when she decides to join the department's Internal Affairs division.

10 years old, mixed reviews according to wiki. Not renewed and according to one reason "it did little to distinguish itself from the sea of other cop procedurals" which is kind of odd, but it didn't catch on and possibly something similar has not been tried since or even before?
Maybe individual plots within Blue Bloods has been the nearest
Yeah, that's the one. It's just come over here.

Blue Bloods has some good storylines on this, but there's always been very few TV procedurals solely dealing with crime by Police. It does appear that no-one wants to broadcast bad PR, and that's what tv Police procedurals are at the end of the day, something to reassurure the public that the good guys always catch the criminal, even though sometimes it requires a few corners cut...
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
This might be a bit trite but one of the most popular shows on UK TV currently - and for a few years - is the excellent Line of Duty. Cops investigating bent (and even murderous) cops.

Several years ago there was also a very good Between the Lines, doing the same thing.

I can't think of anything comparable on US TV - not that I've seen everything of course. In my experience the portrayal of what seems to be called Internal Affairs has always been incredibly negative; they've always been the bad guys making life difficult for those on the front line.

In FBI based shows - the local cops are often dimwitted types deciding 6 gunshots to the head was suicide while in cop based shows, the FBI comes along to take over the case and behaves arrogantly. The difference being that while both are on the same side both are portrayed negatively and positively.

Perhaps the absence of good cops investigating bad cops on American TV means people don't want to see bad cops in TV Land and don't want to 'know' about bad cops in real life either.



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"Bosch" doesn't have 'internal affairs' as a primary focus but there's a recurring theme of 'bad cops' in that show.
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Originally Posted by kimilseung View Post
The soft propaganda of mass media, tends to be conservative (small c), tends to be for the status quo, tends to favour the present established power structures, and the apparatus of maintaining those power structures. Its more overt under despots and dictators, pretty clear under most States with control over the media, and still identifiable under free market media jurisdictions too. If you have enough capital to own a large media outlet, you will be for the status quo, so that you can be more assured of keeping it.
HBO comes to mind as a 'large media outlet' that is quite openly anti-establishment in many of its productions. Vice, Bill Maher, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are all quite anti-establishment, and many of their documentaries and special productions are along the same lines.
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Originally Posted by DaveLovesDee View Post
Blue Bloods has some good storylines on this, but there's always been very few TV procedurals solely dealing with crime by Police. It does appear that no-one wants to broadcast bad PR, and that's what tv Police procedurals are at the end of the day, something to reassurure the public..
Yes, that's what I was getting at when FL made the point about the different attitudes. We Brits can recognise that cops may be bad guys and Americans don't want to. Generalising but maybe there's something in it.
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"Bosch" doesn't have 'internal affairs' as a primary focus but there's a recurring theme of 'bad cops' in that show.
Is it any good? I came across mention of it somewhere a couple of weeks ago. For a Network production Blue Bloods is quite good - not seen it for a few years though as there are so many things better. Is Bosch a Network style show or something more realistic?
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