Informer - BBC drama

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Spymaster, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    We struggled through the first episode of this and watched the second on iPlayer tonight.

    There's something about it that annoys me. The way it's written perhaps. It's slow as fuck and seems stuck up its own arse trying to be too trendy. The acting's ok but the writing seems amateurish and too try-hard.

    Anyone think it's good?
     
  2. passenger

    passenger up and down...

    I like it, as you say loves its self, there is going to be so much of this stuff in the pipeline
    hopefully for the good ,this should be a winner so good so far for me.
     
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  3. paulhackett

    paulhackett voiced by strother martin

    Yes. It's not bad at all. Or far better than the Bodyguard (you should work out who's responsible for the attack after episode 2. Or was it 3?). And if a little slow, it's not the slowest and I think all the pieces fit and the story does move along. There's occasional moments of scenic indulgence. I think it gets over itself once you know who is who. Or maybe forget how annoying it is to work out what's going on at the beginning? I stuck with it and would gently recommend it.
     
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  4. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    I'm up to ep 4 and really enjoying it.
     
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  5. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Yeah, not bad Tuesday night fodder in the supine household :thumbs:
     
  6. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    I'm really enjoying it (seen up to episode 3). Interesting storyline, good acting and great camerawork.

    On a mundane note, I noticed some of it was filmed in my area - noticed the Rivoli Ballroom and Crofton Park Co-op! Cue minor argument between me and Antelope as to whether the petrol station (the scene in which the Paddy Considine character bumps into the northern guy from his past) was the one further up Brockley Road. :oops:
     
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  7. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    I’ve enjoyed it - so far - despite a few clunk moments. It is of course preposterous but as others have said positively social realism compared to The Bodyguard

    However, given the return of Paddy Considine’s ‘previous life’ to proceedings I’ve got a feeling that this could get very very stupid. I’ll be watching to see...
     
  8. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    I really enjoyed the dialogue. I don't actually know kids who talk like that but it felt pretty authentic to me and i loved the actor playing Dadir.
     
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  9. Red Cat

    Red Cat Well-Known Member

    I like it too. Yes it's absurd, but I've been gripped, on the edge of my duvet stuff :D
     
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  10. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

    I think it's unusual and original and quite strikingly arty/ahead of the times in some ways. Only up to s3 but I am really enjoying the escalating levels & configurations of paranoia and exploitation - who's using who, who knows and isn't telling who what, etc. Definitely more creative than Bodyguard. However - and it hurts me to type this as I am usually a big fan - it's not a great performance from Paddy Considine... not helped by some clunky, obvious lines in the script, but it felt to me as if he wasn't even trying to make some of them sound spontaneous and un-staged / not like they were written for him by a screenwriter to Signpost Big Themes Ahead.
     
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  11. Calamity1971

    Calamity1971 If Mr Peanut says It's okay, then it is.

    I binged watched the whole series in one night on catch up. :D
     
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  12. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Don't blame you! Just watched episode 4 and it gets better and better.

    The BBC have been putting on some excellent stuff recently - haven't seen threads about them, but I'd really recommend Press (the story of two young journalists, one at a tabloid, one at a liberal broadsheet) and Black Earth Rising (ostensibly about catching up with war criminals after the Rwandan genocide, but a lot more than that).
     
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  13. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    Based on recommendations here, I binged watched the first 4 episodes yesterday, and I am looking forward to the rest later today.
     
  14. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    At the risk of appearing to be from the dark ages are you saying that you can watch the entire series online before they are on the tele?
     
  15. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Burn the witch!
     
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  16. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Is that a yes then? :D
     
  17. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    All 6 episodes have already been transmitted, the last on 16th Oct.
     
  18. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    Was it?? It's on my TV every Tuesday at 9.00 on BBC1.
     
  19. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    I had looked on iPlayer & it said episode 6 went out on 16th Oct., but looking again, it shows all 6 episodes went out on that date, very odd. :hmm:

    But, yeah, they're all currently available in iPlayer.
     
  20. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    I never think to look at iPlayer. I will check it tonight. Cheers mate
     
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  21. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    fucking hell

    just finished it. not sure what to think
     
  22. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them


    lots of SE15 as well
     
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  23. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    Blimey, that iPlayer is good eh cupid_stunt! Seriously, thanks for heads up. I’ve now binged through to episode 6 which I’m saving for later!

    I suspect I know how this ends but will wait to see.

    One thing that struck me however was this - why would anyone bother to watch tv normally these days if you just watch the lot in one go via on demand.
     
  24. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    I've watched it all now, it just seemed to get better with each episode, I really enjoyed it.

    This is the first time I am aware of a whole series going up on iPlayer before transmission, I've not noticed it before when I've watched-up anything else on catch-up, it normally shows the date of the next episode's transmission, with a message saying it will be available soon after on iPlayer.

    This is what it says on the site:

    So, not sure why Informer was available in this way. :hmm:
     
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  25. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    They did it with Killing Eve too. I think it's a new thing/experiment
     
  26. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    I wish I had known that, I've been recording Killing Eve & resisting watching it until I've got the lot, but the last one is on tonight anyway. :facepalm:
     
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  27. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    Haha! The whole series has been on iPlayer since the first ep was broadcast :D
     
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  28. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    TBH I hardly ever use the iPlayer, I don't watch much TV, and normally just set to record anything that I think could be interesting, then binge watch it at some point.

    Somehow I had missed Informer until seeing this thread, and because I've been ill this week, I've been watching a lot of TV, so it was a total accident finding it all on there.
     
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  29. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    So have I. Patiently series linking away when you can in fact watch the whole series on demand.

    I’ve got no idea why this is a ‘a thing’ but it must destroy the ratings for a programme? :hmm:
     
  30. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    They have to accept that watching scheduled TV is dying out. I never watch it now and I'm sure the young'uns don't even know what it is! I guess they are experimenting with how many watch the scheduled broadcasts vs how many watch on the iPlayer.

    I'm buying a new TV soon and people are asking me about what kind of aerial I have but it doesn't matter. All I need is an internet connection.
     
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