name='Lord Brett']I tried to watch last night's ITV Miss Marple story Towards Zero, but found it hard to stick with because the standard of acting seemed to be so poor.
Between Paul Nichols' failed attempt ast a posh accent and Alan Davies shouting his lines in a monotone any subtlety in the script was lost. Viewers watching ITV's big new drama series Harley Street have also been complaining that the cast is almost entirely made up of miscast former soap regulars who just can't cut it in 'proper' telly.
I wound up watching the first episode of Van der valk, from 1972, last night just to see some proper acting, and the contrast was remarkable. One expects goos performances from actors like Barry Foster and Clifford Rose, but even Michael Latimer, who tended at the time to be regarded as a bit wooden, could have acted any of the Marple cast off the screen.
It's no wonder Martin Shaw gets cast in everything!