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Review by C.J. Bunce

Two former Dwarf actors and a duo of song-and-dance hitmen named Barbie and Ken?  Netflix’s eight-part British mystery series Stay Close can’t be as strange as that, right?  Or maybe it can.  The series centers on a former strip club dancer who made herself disappear after evading a stalker, only to have her past catch up with her a decade later as her wedding date to a new man closes in.  Played by Cush Jumbo (Torchwood, Vera, The Good Wife), the series’ lead is Megan Pierce, a woman pursued by an ex-fiancé played by The Hobbit star Richard Armitage and a cop played by The Hobbit star James Nesbitt.  Meanwhile the cops realize men have been disappearing during an annual celebration in this beachside town.  A coincidence?  All the players seem to own some part of the secret in this modified adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel.

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Broadchurch Tennant and Whittaker

By Elizabeth C. Bunce

Two episodes down and we at borg seem to be the only viewers utterly underwhelmed by BBC America’s hotly-anticipated new import, Broadchurch.  Lured in by trailers featuring some of our genre favorites, including Jodie Whittaker (Attack the Block), David Tennant, and Arthur Darvill (both, Doctor Who), we eagerly cleared our schedule and tuned in, expecting the sort of dazzling drama that series like The Hour and Life on Mars have led us to expect from BBC.  We won’t tell you what happened next (it makes borg.com reviewer Elizabeth C. Bunce seem soulless), and we won’t waste the bandwidth trying to shout over the accolades.  Instead we’re putting our energy into giving other disappointed viewers what they really wanted from the eight-part series.  Unfortunately for many American viewers, several of these shows have not yet made it to Region 1 (U.S.) DVD, but they are well worth tracking down.

If you tuned in to see…

Whittaker in Marchlands

Jodie Whittaker as a grieving mum, try Marchlands (reviewed earlier this year here at borg.com)

The luminous Jodie Whittaker gives a haunting, nuanced performance as a young mother trying to come to terms with the disappearance of her daughter, while stifled by life at her in-laws’ home and the judgement of local villagers.  Also starring Denis Lawson (Bleak House, Star Wars) and Doctor Who’s own River Song, Alex Kingston (Arrow), Marchlands is a complex look at the lingering resonance of one family’s tragedy.  Plus there are ghosts, which in borg.com’s opinion is always a bonus.  (And if you love Marchlands then you’ll want to see the follow-on series Lightfields we also reviewed here).

Morrissey and Tennant in Viva Blackpool

David Tennant investigating a murder in an idyllic seaside village, check out Viva Blackpool (just Blackpool in the UK)

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