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Good TV mysteries
Reviewed in Canada on December 16, 2018
PD James was an intelligent writer who created stories in real time, never obvious or formulaic, and these programs do pretty good justice to the original (and in the case of Cover Her Face, probably improve slightly). Dalgleish never gives the impression (like Holmes or Poirot) the he knows everything. The programs themselves are slow-moving, a kind of thinking person's Midsommer Murder without the contrived structure. For fans of murder mystery with the mystery part left in, these are quite entertaining. A serious flaw (and the only reason for not giving 5 stars) is the lack of subtitles for the hearing impaired. These vintage dramas are going to appeal to people who are old enough to have watched them first time around thirty years ago, and some of us don't hear as well as we did then. I realize that subtitles were not the norm in those days, but you can't enjoy what you cannot hear, especially in dramas in which what people say is crucial. A second flaw is that these old drama were not filmed in today's wide screen, and the film is stretched to meet the new screen dimensions- so everyone looks like they've put on a few extra pounds. Not a big flaw- but they should have maintained the original screen ratio. Last point: the predicted delivery date is almost never met anymore by Amazon deliveries; it would appear the company is using Canada Post now, instead of UPS. With Canada Post, you're lucky to get your parcel at all, I suppose, but I would encourage Amazon to ship via another carrier. Otherwise, stop making delivery date promises you can't keep.