At the opposite end of the spectrum on TV at the moment, Case Histories is proving a delight. Humour comes in unexpected places, sometimes unintended I suspect. In episode 1 I burst into fits of giggles when the sisters buried their dog. This was a funeral so unlike the one they held for their late father (but given the story, it can be understood). So much emotion.
Phil Davis deserves a mention for some superb acting while guesting in these episodes, as does young lady Millie Innes, playing Brodie’s daughter (who can be found on twitter @Milliecinnes).
Edinburgh is getting a good airing in this too. We are seeing shots of new places and familiar places from new angles. It’s certainly making me want to visit.
As a TV production it’s not perfect, but its flaws can be digested as easy as marshmallows. Did they have to raid The Sound of Music’s costumes department for the nun’s gear? It’s just not modern. And thanks to the recent royal wedding we all know how nuns dress these days. They even wear Reeboks. The missing baby storyline denouement could be seen an Edinburgh mile off, but it was just one minor case in the melting pot.
It’s quirky, it’s very watchable. I’m watching. Are you? Don’t miss it.
Episodes 3 and 4 follow tomorrow night and Monday.
A small selection of tweets from immediately after the first episode:
@MrsJFriendly: #CaseHistories Never in the field of TV Entertainment was so much owed by so many to one chest.
@arcadiaego: I'm sorry, but if a nun stands by a window I'm going to expect a rendition of Climb Every Mountain or be disappointed.
@EdinBookshop: As always with Edin-set tv: where's that? How can he afford to live there? That road doesn't go there! Where Scottish people?