When it comes to TV drama, I prefer stuff that does not involve murders, shootings, detectives, science fiction or supernatural bollix. In short, I am after tales of ordinary life. Realism. Believability. Yes that is my cup of tea.
Throughout my life the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have regularly satisfied my appetite for real life drama. The number of excellent shows they have commissioned and produced is quite mind boggling. Like our wonderful National Health Service, the B.B.C. is a jewel in this nation's crown. That's what I think anyway and if you think otherwise please keep it to yourself .
Recently, Shirley and I very much enjoyed "Life" - a six part drama funded by the BBC. Written by Mike Bartlett, "Life" focuses upon the residents of a big house in the suburbs of Manchester. Divided into four separate flats, the drama explores the tenants' very different lives . It is as if there are four stories but they intersect and at times they meld together - especially in Episode 6.
The cast includes some very talented actors and actresses including the brilliant Victoria Hamilton, Adrian Lester, Peter Davison and the wonderful Alison Steadman who has become something of a national treasure in her own right - playing a wide range of roles with empathy and commitment. On its own, her face can speak a thousand words.
I guess this blogpost is aimed at people who live in Britain or are able to access recent BBC output from other lands. My apologies if that does not include you. All I want to say is that "Life" is a great example of BBC drama and I thoroughly recommend it. Ultimately, its message about life is hopeful. If you haven't seen it already, it provides a good way of passing six hours during this continuing pandemic with its associated restrictions upon our lives!