SS-GB, and muttered dialogue on television February 25, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
How did I miss this? A BBC adaptation of Len Deighton’s rather fine novel of an alternative history of a Britain in the early 1940s under German occupation? I missed it because of no access directly to terrestrial television.
Did I miss this? Not getting great reviews unfortunately, but hey, if it’s like Sherlock etc, it should be out on DVD soon and usually at a reasonable price. Though come to think of it the last season of Sherlock didn’t get much love from the critics.
Just on the complaint aired in the Guardian piece about how the dialogue was muttered – that’s an issue with a fair bit of television these days. Taboo, which I caught an episode of, and liked, had similar issues.
And not sure I’m entirely convinced by the historical analysis in the last two paragraphs.
SS-GB imagines what would have happened if the Nazis had won the Battle of Britain in 1941. It was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the Bafta winners behind Bond films Spectre, Skyfall and Casino Royale.
Wade said the drama was aimed at making viewers think, “What would I have done?”
He added: “It’s very important that we talk about this stuff. It’s become part of our mythology that we stood alone. We did, but it was a very close-run thing. We could have lost the Battle of Britain if the weather had been different. In fact, it was miraculous that we won that battle.
“Britain was alone at that period. America wasn’t involved. They were looking the other way. It was before Pearl Harbor.”
Well, not exactly looking the other way. FDR was, without question, assisting as best could be done under the various constraints.
Anyhow, anyone see it?