Or should that be Boredchurch? That was the twitter hashtag that was trending apparently.
I loved the first series, it was a brilliant whodunnit that had me on the edge of my seat. At the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival last year I was eager to get a seat near the front and listen to the panel in anticipation of the new series, I even got myself a signed copy of the book.
So season two started and we tuned in… and we stuck through it, as many left the viewing behind, spurred on by the brilliant first series last year, we persevered. That is eight weeks of viewing I’ll never get back!
Disappointing more than anything else, the only thing that lent any credence to this series was Olivia Colemans fantastic acting and brilliant comebacks, just the way she tells DI Hardy to ‘F’ off is brilliant! Jodie Whitaker was great as an actress in an emotional role and I appreciate her character was grieving the death of her son, but there were times I wanted to shout, “oh bloody cheer up, you just had a new baby girl!”
Joe Miller Not Guilty? Even after they managed to get the confession thrown out, never would I, sitting on a Jury, have found him not guilty. The defence case was as preposterous as most soap story lines, especially as the evidence for the financial information was obtained by means of sexual manipulation which I’m pretty sure the prosecution could’ve had thrown out on basis of entrapment or solicitation!
Then of course the Sandbrook murders, urgh, predictable by the end, I guessed they all did it and to be fair completely unnecessarily. There was no need to kill the little girl at all! The whole case just became a bit boring; it would have been more interesting if Lisa had been alive in France and Lee had nothing to with any of it, if they had actually shown that sometimes coppers can get so obsessed with one person that they completely get it wrong. I’d have preferred it if he was totally innocent. It would’ve made a good twist.
Then the weird relationships surrounding Jocelyn, the obsession of her former protege to beat her, no explanation about what her son actually did and why that made her such a vindictive cow. The lost love from years ago turned out to Maggie, which apparently blew the minds of the Daily Mail readers, however whether it was a lesbian love or straight, it just didn’t seem to fit in the story. It seemed like a very unnecessary extra not related to anything that was going on.
Most of the relationships seemed a bit weird and bodged up to be honest, so much so that with half the cast being former Doctor Who or Torchwood stars I was half expecting John Barrowman to show up and sort it all out!
I only really watched it till the end just to put it to bed, to finish it, I wasn’t really that bothered by the outcome at all and very quickly turned it off and nodded off to sleep.
Maybe if it had been its own story it might have held up against the Monday night drama’s, but the first series was so good we were holding it up to a really high expectation and it just didn’t deliver. Shame really.
At the end it declared it would return… to be honest I’m not sure I’ll be a returning viewer, think I’ll curl up with a good crime novel instead!