April 10, 2018

That Evil Anne Rand Villian

I'm cycling through the PBS / Masterpiece Mysteries of late. It was never my genre, but I became hooked on "Father Brown," based on the G.K. Chesterton character. Then, it was a short hop to "Grantchester:" kind of Father Brown with a young Anglican. I stuck around for s very sweet and endearing ensemble cast. I could not recommend a show more highly.

Now, I am six seasons into "Inspector Lewis." Each episode is more like a film than a TV show. Regular-guy-but-brilliant-detective travels in the rarified air of the financial and academic elite in Oxford. His partner, Detective Sergeant Hathaway, was an elite student who dropped out of divinity scholarship to pursue police work.

It's entertaining and stimulating with intricate plots and high-minded allusions to Oxford scholars of old.

But last night, I saw The Indelible Stain, which featured a character named "Professor Anne Rand" played by Nancy Carrol. I won't provide spoilers as to whether she was or was not the killer, but she was an aggressive self-promoter, devoid of feelings, sympathy and compassion. Comically unsympathetic in a show of general nuance.

The target demographic for the show must certainly have "gotten it;" I don't suppose many at the BBC have different sentiments for the woman who spells her name with a 'y.'

From the other side Posted by John Kranz at April 10, 2018 3:11 PM
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