I can’t really say that Bluestone 42 was a disappointment since I was prepared for the worst when I heard that the people who wrote Miranda also came up with this show. And, like Miranda, Bluestone 42 really wants you to like it. Unlike Miranda, it’s not really likeable. In fact, it probably has the worst clichés of British Television and maybe even military service.
Let’s start with a woman soldier named “Bird”. I think that sums up the humour of the show. The show got old–FAST. I couldn’t make it through the entire second episode and skipped through it on iPlayer.
I’m not sure how long this will last since Being Human managed to make it to five series. I fear the worst.
So, British TV can come up with some really good material, but it can also make some serious crap.
Sort of changing the topic, I found a book called A Concise History of British Television 1930–2000 by Tony Currie (Kelly Publications, ISBN 1-903053-17-X). I can’t imagine it being very thick given the Beeb’s archival policies. Yes, I am upset that shows such as The Borderers were trashed by the old archival policies amongst other things (lots of repeats of nothing I really want to see).