I rarely watch t.v. I just don't have the attention span for it but I do have a weakness for gritty British crime series ~ Morse, Frost, Midsomer Murders, Macbeth ~ most of which anyone in The States probably hasn't seen, you poor things, you.
The Best of them all is Jonathon Creek. (The Brits have a thing for names!). This wonderful little show has the added bonus of totally doing my kids' head spaces in. It is as weird as all get out & I do so like weird. It is spooky. It has the best theme music.
Now in my house we all like murder shows. I know...I know. Surely we can find something better to put in the empty spaces between our ears! This means we are pretty good crime solvers ~ at least as done on t.v ~ & Liddy & I have these running wars on who can solve the crime right & first!
Which is why I like Jonathon Creek sooo much. He is not predictible! The shows are almost impossible to solve & keep you guessing to the very end. Then there is weird. The man invents magic tricks. He lives in a windmill. (I want a windmill too!) He works for a magician & in his spare time (what's that?) solves the unsolvable crimes. They are also child friendly in the sense there is no bad language, rarely any actual gore, & good morals (well the ones I saw were good.)
It usually airs late at night here, so far too often I fall asleep before it's on & I can't use the video (huh?) so it's a rare night I am still bright eyed & bushy tailed when Jonathon Creek comes on. Rarer still, for some reason I have since forgotten, both girls were up with me when the first bars of the theme music came on. 'What are you warching, mum?!' Liddy asked. Leery. She knows I go some very strange places & she had no intention of going there with me. 'Murder mystery.' I flapped my hands to shush her because I have enough trouble without missing vital clues. So she sits with me. After all, she too is partial to a good murder. Ditz takes my other side seeing as we are being very boring & insist on being riveted to the t.v.
'This is sooo spooky.' Liddy edged a little nearer. Ditz was mezmerized. I think it was the one the victim dissapeared from a windowless, locked garage. Impossible, right? The running commentary started up. I just love watching a show that requires attention with the peanut gallery jabbering ~ 'that's not possible! What's he doing? What is that music? How can you watch this?' I suggested they go to bed. This was not recieved well. Weird, spooky, strange ..& did I mention addictive? The next week Liddy videoed it for me (so she could watch it with the sun up & the lights on!) This Christmas she ordered me the first series. It hasn't arrived yet but it is something I am anticipating with pleasure.