A Mind to Kill (1994– )
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It seemed to all fall into place, location, script, Actors, blended well to produce an intense modern day who-dun-it.
Philip Madoc, Gillian Elisa and Sharon Morgan, to name a few, were fantastic.
Great story lines, delving into the nitty gritty of Wales, such a pity it came to an abrupt end.
The first two series of 'A Mind to Kill' were excellent, but it was a shame that only three members of the original cast remained for the third, or maybe they felt as I did, the script was too deep. It had lost it's way, the stories became too sinister, there was no longer a sense of joviality in the script, it was so serious and not what we had all, grown to enjoy. No longer like the Bain we knew and loved, the flirt, who could be a little rude, serious when needed, wicked when not.
Why change a good thing?, it was not the move to C5 from C4 that proved fatal.
It would be wonderful if it was possible to have the original actors and writers return, and maybe have it shown on either BBC, ITV or it's first home C4, and show the rest of the Country what Wales has to offer in good drama.
Trouble is it's on after midnight and hardly anyone's watching it.
Wonderfully atmospheric cop series.
It has a darkness about it that stays with you after you go to bed.
Utterly credible .. acted with restraint and so refreshingly the antithesis of the diet of police forensic porn mostly served up to us these days.
There's something genuinely likable about Bain .. but also a real world grittiness about him .. that doesn't always render him predictable.
Enjoying a love affair with this show at the moment .. would advise any Aussies not watching it who are reading this in Sep 05 to check it out on Channel 7 Tuesdays at midnight.
Set the VCR if you have to and let it get into your head .. it might take an episode or two .. but you'll be rewarded..
The stories are dark, gritty, realistic, and atmospheric. There always seems to be a background, however, of youth violence, which doesn't make Wales seems like an attractive place to visit.
The late Philip Madoc was a wonderful actor, and he creates an interesting character in Noel Bain. Not one to show emotion, the actor manages to give us a character who is a compassionate, perhaps disillusioned man, still mourning his wife and in pain over some of his daughter's behavior. It's quite a masterful performance.
I can't say I love this series as it always leaves me a little sad. Even if there is closure of the case, one is left with a hopeless feeling. That's realistic, of course. It's just not very entertaining.
AMTK - even in the English version, the original Welsh is much more atmospheric - is by far the best of the detective-procedurals of the last decade or so; it's genuinely gritty and down-to-earth without a trace of the cosy comfort of such as MORSE or FROST, and infinitely better in every sense than almost all much-trumpeted BBC product like SILENT WITNESS.
It is of course unfortunate it shows on C5 - but this is more a reflection on the sheeplike viewing habits of the British audience, as incapable now of changing channels to C5 as they were when Channel Four began, or BBC2 before it.
The story-lines were good, up to the standard of such major series as 'Frost', and the direction firm.
The pity is that this series (I don't know how many episodes were made, but it must have been 13 or so, having been made by Pearson, was aired on Channel 5 and therefore went largely ignored.
I would appreciate any help, I am going to take the music off the tape but their is a lot of talk going over it.
I really like the series, I am not sure how many we have on our great pile of tapes and must have more on them.
It is difficult to understand sometimes but he plays such a good part, I liked the ones with his daughter in them.