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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Malcontent, Jun 25, 2013.
There was The Doctor Dances. But that was Eccleston.
The only thing I knew about David Tennant was that he was Doctor Who. Doctor Who is sci-fi/fantasy. I knew absolutely nothing about Broadchurch. So, for some strange reason, I thought maybe he would be in a show similar to a past show he was in. Evidently, that is a crazy thing to think.
It is when it comes to British actors. They do everything. Very few of them are single genre actors. In fact, I can't think of one that hasn't done a variety of things.
Rowan Atkinson? Has he ever done serious stuff?
Rowan Atkinson is NOT an actor - he's a comedian.
That's really a rather large generalization. How many British actors do you know?
He is an actor by every definition of the word. He acts out a role -- do you think he is Mr. Bean in real life?
I think you understand the difference.
A better example is Idris Elba, not at all known for his comedy, but the list is pretty endless.
I think what's more significant is that actors regularly play in multiple shows. That's much more rare here. For example the guy on CSI isn't in much else, where David Tennant has been on 3 or 4 significant things in the last 2-3 years playing completely different (as they can be) characters.
There are exceptions, of course, but actors in general don't want to do shows which are similar to a past show they were in. If they do, they run the risk of people only wanting to put them in shows that are similar to a past show they were in. This problem is called "typecasting", and it significantly narrows the number of jobs they might be able to get. Plus it's often more fun to do something completely different than your last gig. Note that Tennant went off and did Hamlet on stage after his role on Doctor Who ended.
Anthony Ainsley (Doctor Who's The Master in the 80s, who looked like a villain in real life), when asked if he worried about being typecast: "My dear, I don't care if I'm typecast, just so long as I'm cast."
My understanding from reading the critics on this show is that it's like the Killing in the main plot and concept but much better. Supposedly it picks up steam after the first 2 episodes. I've only seen the first though. Of course it's only 8 episodes so there's less dilly-dallying around and it can get to the point. I'll put the below in spoiler tags to be safe even though it isn't really a spoiler
Apparently in The Killing (I never watched it) every time a new suspect came up in each episode the cops would think he/she was definitely the killer and would never even think of other possibilities. It got old pretty quick. Supposedly, this show doesn't do that. The cops are more open minded about the suspects.
Again a massive generalization. The UK is full of actors who constantly play the same roles and there are plenty of actors who are exactly the same even when they are supposed to be playing different roles.
Lots. I watch lots of British tv and movies. I prefer them to most American tv programs.
Yeah, "All in the Family" and "Sanford and Son" were such dismal failures. There's also a bit of irony here, considering what's running before and after "Broadchurch" on BBC America.
I still think the US version of The Office was better (for the first 5-6 years, at least) than the UK one. All in the Family is one of the best examples. Didn't know Sanford and Son was based on a UK show.
Interesting, a list of UK shows based on US shows:
A great many of them are game/reality shows. Interesting that Maude (a spin off from All in the Family) was remade in the UK as Nobody's Perfect).
Actually, it's A BIT like The Killing without all that rain! My understanding is that it does not stay "like The Killing" very long. Some reviews say Broadchurch is much better.
I think it stayed pretty much like The Killing all the way through.
Remember the Euro version of the Killing which came first was very popular in the UK, so it's probably more accurate to say it's very similar to that.
I watched the second episode today. I found it a little more interesting. I think someone said above it gets better after the first two. So, I'll watch another episode or two for sure.