Coming a few years after his death, and therefore, after his ability to press defamation charges in court, it all feels a little cheeky, and knocking a man when he can't fight back. Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. She's an elite-trained killer who works for a covert department within Her Majesty's Secret Service. She's an elite-trained killer who works for a covert department within Her Majesty's Secret Service. This is the funny and thrilling story of how one woman does what all women do all the time - manage every single thing - and throws in a bit of efficient killing. I was less convinced by Ben Whishaw's portrayal of Norman Scott as a mostly weak, simpering, attention seeking blackmailer when while not without faults, the real life Scott, still alive and seeking justice, just doesn't fit that particular profile as anyone watching the Panorama show could attest.
Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. Given Thorpe's acquittal of the crime he was accused of, Frears has taken some truly creative licence with a screenplay that assumes he was in fact guilty as sin, and his acquittal was presumably the result of establishment interference. With put-downs aplenty, breathtaking action sequences, and fascinating emotional insights into every working mother's innermost guilt complex, this is a hit-woman thriller that certainly hits the spot! She started writing Killing It on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. Even though I usually don't pay much attention to the music - often I don't really notice it at all - in the mini-series it is used so cleverly that in a number of scenes I had to applaud the director's choices in the matter. Maybe if you despise the would be victim, but the oddity of the Jeremy Thorpe story is that you can somehow end up with a measure of sympathy for both perpetrator and target without being certain that either deserve it. With just three hour long episodes to cover everything in, the series just doesn't give itself enough time to really develop the characters or the story enough to really get under the skin of the whole thing as much as it could have, despite inspired and effective casting with Grant and Whishaw in the lead roles. But, I recall Jeremy Thorpe coming across publicly as an odious, rather creepy, social imbecile.
This is the funny and thrilling story of how one woman does what all women do all the time - manage every single thing - and throws in a bit of efficient killing. Would love to go out for a drink with Lex. There were a few sad moments, but even these were told in an amusing way, not so much funny, but not at all serious or sad, which could be taken as a criticism by some. It really feels like the music is an integral part of the production, sometimes underlining characters' emotions and sometimes acting almost as a kind of comic relief in this pretty sad story. Clearly Thorpe thought himself above the law and with friends in high places somehow escaped prosecution. Brilliant, wish I'd done more of that. I would take issue with some of the tone of the writing and direction of the piece which seemed at times too light and comical in its depiction of certainly sinister events.
She's just been given the assignment of her life, but can she juggle motherhood with the life of an assassin and prove to everyone, including herself, that she's still the best? But woe betide anyone who ever tells Lex Tyler 'you can't'. It feels like each of these characters would make an interesting protagonist if a movie had been made about them instead of Thorpe and Josiffe. Praise for Killing It: 'Witty. It's Lex's first day back at work after maternity leave. But in real life,the 'collateral damage to Thorpe's family and Jeremy Scott was not fun at all.
Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw are both quite brilliant in this telling of the story, as Thorpe and Scott respectively. In a strange manner 'A very English Scandal' is quite fun to watch as Mr Grant frowns and growls for England and Ben Wishaw - as his erstwhile victim- piles on the camp. Hugh Grant is the center of attention here, proving once again that he can play it straight. He was cleared but the stink never left him. Thankfully, there are few of them and they are kept fairly brief. The trial is edge of your seat even when you know what the outcome will be before starting to watch episode 1. Only a few know his secret past.
An engaging, sometimes hyper kinetic retelling of an alleged murder plot by a high-ranking member of the British Parliament in the 60s and 70s. Luckily I was able to watch this all the way thought from start to finish in one sitting. He starts babbling to anyone who will listen about how Thorpe used him. In general, the mini-series is a solid piece of television telling an interesting story. We're so excited to be going on a thrilling action adventure with Lex, to cinematise her battle with returning to work, trying to take care of a young baby and, of course, trying to save the country. I read previous reviews of this mini-series and I was appalled at the condescension handed to Hugh Grant. But this working mum is one of a kind.
As fast with her mother-of-the-baby quips as she is with a loaded. Sadly, this takes away some of the characters' believability and makes the pacing quite uneven. At just under 3 hours, quite an easy feat. Great cast, great story, great writing. I feel both sympathy and sadness by watching this for the way Scott was treated. The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave.
A bad ass with a baby: every mother's dream' Georgia Tennant 'What new mother can't relate to murder? The trouble is that Norman is a tad unstable and a big drama queen. Yes, we are literally giving you away a steal. This is the funny and thrilling story of how one woman does what all women do all the time - manage every single thing - and throws in a bit of efficient killing. As fast with her mother-of-the-baby quips as she is with a loaded. He gets his day in court and Whishaw really delivers. Over the 3-parts of the series he runs the gamut from randy man about town to serious husband and father, and finally to grim middle-aged man facing a serious threat. James Bond should retire now: Lex Tyler shows him up for the tired old has-been he is.
Ben Whishaw's protrayal of Norman Scott is often light and innocent with a dark foreboding centre. But like many other fine British actors, Hugh Grant excelled in a wide variety of films. Thankfully, society's treatment of alternate sexuality has improved over the last 40 years; the odd, competitve characters of those drawn into politics probably has not. We're so excited to be going on a thrilling action adventure with Lex, to cinematise her battle with returning to work, trying to take care of a young baby and, of course, trying to save the country. Every now and then he sends a threatening letter blackmail really to Thorpe. An elite covert agent within Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Lex Tyler is the ultimate female trail-blazer: as dextrous with a breast pump as she is with a gun. Hugh Grant and the other actors are amazing. The trademark frantic touch of Russel T. But woe betide anyone who ever tells Alexis Tyler 'you can't'. But Scott is not the loser here. He lacks Thorpe's overweening vanity,the quality that caused Wilde's downfall when he failed to recognise that whilst he may have been jolly popular at the Café de Paris not many ordinary folks actually cared for him. His political career never recovered.