Post by Arthur Pringle on May 13, 2020 19:42:32 GMT
Belatedly bought this series & have watched 6 plays so far. It's likely to disappoint viewers expecting blags, crims & coppers a-plenty as the focus is on character rather than action, each play tells the story of what happens to each character after they've escaped from custody whilst travelling to court ( after having served some time in prison ) to appeal their sentence.
The deviser & producer of the series, New Zealand born Andrew Brown, made two other ITV shows from the early 70's 'Manhunt' & 'The Guardians', both are similar to 'Villains' in structure, tending to concentrate on individual characters in each episode rather than the usual cast of characters varying from scene to scene. I think this approach works very well as it gives a sense of how people are bound together through fate & circumstance, regardless of who or where they are. The theme of Villains seems to be one of people trying to escape but being doomed to fail, this is also true of 'Manhunt' & 'The Guardians', both of which have very disappointing endings for the protagonists. This pessimistic outlook on life is what makes many of these 70's dramas quite compelling, happy or conclusive endings are less interesting I think.
So far the Villains episode that struck me as being best concerned a girlfriend ( played by Sharon Duce ) of one of the robbers ( Patrick Durkin in a rare starring role ), it was one of the most depressing pieces of tv I've seen with a great performance by Duce as a hapless young girl who is used & abused by all around her.
Last night I watched 'Sand Dancer' ( sand dancer being a name, like 'monkey hanger' for Hartlepool natives, for someone from South Shields ) with Alun Armstrong, strongly reminiscent of 'Get Carter' towards the end with its Newcastle locations.
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