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BBC’s The Body Farm Episode Three

[Warning: this post contains a picture of a fake corpse.]

Oh that haunting voice of Dr Eve to lead us in to each story with episode three’s ‘… There must be a pristine separation of fact from fiction …’   If only we could have this in the series too.

But episode three did some shed some light on the mystery of who pays DI Hale’s salary.  Previously, I thought he must be from The Peripatetic Squad with all this crossing of the country.  Where last week we were in Salford, this week we were in picturesque Staithes on the coast of North Yorkshire.  Therefore he must be a locum DI ‘up north’, just like they have locum doctors in the NHS.

A body had been found at sea, off the coast of Staithes.  Next thing we know, Dr Eve is returning with it at The Body Farm – poor Oggy had to end his conversation with a corpse in the woods faster than you can say ‘maggots’.  A post mortem takes place at TBF highlighting all the dangers of relying on private forensic services: no one was fully gowned up and covered, risking leaving their own forensic footprints all over the corpse.  However, even with the ‘manner of death’ still to be determined, it’s clear that suspicious circumstances are involved, with more forensic investigation required.  There had been three on the boat and the second person is then discovered alive.  Reasons for the sea-faring venture don’t quite stack up, so it’s obvious that all is not what it seems and will the third person, mother of young Robbie Fay be found alive?

It was good to see Zara Turner back on screen.  This episode had a wonderful performance from Joe Duttine as the troubled, alcoholic father of Robbie, but it relied too heavily on emotional engagement with Robbie to pull you along.  Even the decent twist in the tale at the end felt like a damp squib when it came.  This could have been so much bigger and better.

We had a sense of the tension between Dr Eve and old-flame Mike again – this time on the professional front – but it sizzled like an amoeba in a Petri dish in the fridge.

After three episodes of this series, I can only hope that it ends with Dr Eve waking up to find it was all a nightmare as she opens her eyes to the previously familiar Waking the Dead bunker.  (With the BBC then announcing it’s back to biz with a recommissioned Waking the Dead.  There remains a demand for this series, even if I am happy to have seen it retired – always good to bow out at the top, I say.)

Highlights of the week:

Oggy has been watching too much of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and no one noticed.

The very seasoned in this fictional forensics world will know that hair and finger nails continue to grow after death – but in the format of a manicured moustache and goatee?  Please.

Before: Connor Ryan looking clean shaven.

After: Connor Ryan stylishly hirsute.

This week’s noted product placement:

Which character likes their hands pampered with moisturiser when doing the dishes?

Fairy Liquid.  Two bottles at the kitchen sink.

Beam me up, Oggy.  I really need to sort out my fact-fiction confusion.


4 comments on “BBC’s The Body Farm Episode Three

  1. Milla
    September 30, 2011

    Gave up on it after half an hour had only got 2 mins into first & avoided second so half an hour was good going. Is it not the biggest load of old tosh since the (similarly partially viewed) Bonekickers? Even Tara’s knife sharp hair and glorious growl cannot save it. But I never knew? Did ole Zara cark it?

  2. I have thoroughly enjoyed these reviews and while I am sad you are not going to continue with them, I can understand why: the complete lack of tension, ditto credibility, in these first three episodes makes viewing tedious. Your reviews are the best thing about The Body Farm ;o)

    • crimeficreader
      October 1, 2011

      Thank you so much Marianne. I may be tempted to watch a little more come some need for escapist R&R, but I don’t want to diss constantly.

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