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    The first part of an adaptation of Len Deighton's 1978 novel, with the what if the Germans had won the Battle of Britain scenario.
    Entertaining stuff, apart from a curious lead performance from Sam Riley as Superintendent Archer. Audiences complained about his mumbling, but to me he sounded more croaky, as he had a sore throat.
    A dead ringer for singer Pete Doherty/Docherty.

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    I agree - I didn't think he was mumbling exactly, but it was the strange hoarseness, as you say.

    He played Ian Curtis in "Control" a few years ago.

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    • #3
      Watchable though. James Cosmo is a wonderful actor, literally head and shoulders above everyone else in the show. He was in the Sweeney episode 'Hardmen' in which he showed his prowess at opening a door, by nutting it...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
        Watchable though. James Cosmo is a wonderful actor, literally head and shoulders above everyone else in the show. He was in the Sweeney episode 'Hardmen' in which he showed his prowess at opening a door, by nutting it...
        He's got a marvellous face.

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        • #5
          He has, even with a large sticking plaster on his face after nutting the aforementioned door...

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          • #6
            Also enjoying this. I'm reading along with the episodes (after the episode) and what is surprising is how linear the adaptation is.

            Scenes/dialogue is mostly as the book, but it is the atmosphere that wins for me.

            Looking forwards to the next episode.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
              James Cosmo is a wonderful actor, literally head and shoulders above everyone else in the show.
              His father, James Copeland was also a superb actor, though largely forgotten these days.

              http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178611/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by narabdela View Post

                His father, James Copeland was also a superb actor, though largely forgotten these days.

                http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178611/
                I never realised they were related - thanks Narabdela. I loved James Copeland in a recurring role as Willie Mauchlin in "Strangers".

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                • #9
                  There are lots of complaints in the Radio Times about people mumbling in this series

                  They should turn the volume up, or switch on the subtitles

                  Steve

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                  • #10
                    I wonder If this might provoke an official release of Game, Set and Match which I recall I enjoyed.

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                    • #11
                      It's building up to an exciting finale...

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                      • #12
                        Agree, it's been a slow, absorbing build up. It could go a few ways in the finale.

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                        • #13
                          I've decided that because of his difficult position, Archer has become so used to semi-whispering that it's become habitual.

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                          • #14
                            An interesting conclusion, which I won't spoil for those who've yet to see the end of SS-GB.
                            I fancy they have left it slightly ambiguous, in case a another series is commissioned.
                            I can't say I warmed to Sam Riley as Archer, finding him a little bit wooden, but the support cast was fine, especially the two German actors playing Huth and Kellermann.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
                              An interesting conclusion, which I won't spoil for those who've yet to see the end of SS-GB.
                              I fancy they have left it slightly ambiguous, in case a another series is commissioned.
                              I can't say I warmed to Sam Riley as Archer, finding him a little bit wooden, but the support cast was fine, especially the two German actors playing Huth and Kellermann.
                              Those two were extremely good. Here's another facet of Lars Eidinger

                              https://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/...l.asp?ID=20244

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