Day: January 9, 2018

Murder One – tape 2211

Over to Sky One, and their week-long Murder One marathon. Here’s episodes 18-20, combined into a single long episode.

Neil’s mother is called to the stand, to testify as to the abuse of Neil’s father.

The prosecution brings up an old interview in which she said Neil had a happy childhood. “Were you lying then or now?” he asks, a slightly weak question, given that TV Guide interviews don’t happen under oath.

Justine (Mary McCormack) lied to Ted about doing work for Richard Cross, and as a result he fires her.

Miriam Grasso’s husband dies unexpectedly.

Justine goes to work for Richard Cross, and is shocked at his sudden outbursts of anger.

Let’s just take a moment here to appreciate the perfection of Stanley Tucci, and the writing of the character of Richard Cross. He is, undoubtedly, a monster, but Tucci brings such charm to the role that you can understand how such a monster is able to maintain his power. It’s one of the greatest characters in TV drama, I think, and Tucci’s performance is no small part of that. He’s the kind of actor that makes absolutely anything better, the kind of name in the credits that makes you feel that whatever you’re watching will at least have his performance. I love Stanley Tucci.

Teddy’s wife sues for divorce. I never liked this strand of the storyline.

Richard Cross is cross-examined by Miriam Grasso, and he starts behaving very oddly, saying inappropriate things randomly, and not being aware of what he’s saying. It’s a huge turn in the plot, and of course Tucci is amazing here.

By the end of this, we discover the truth. That Cross has Aids, and his behaviour is caused by lesions on the brain. It’s a brilliant plot turn and manages to make us feel sorry for this horrible character.

After this ends, the recording continues, with an episode of The Movie Show with Richard Jobson. It’s a Cannes Festival special, where we hear from Liv Tyler about Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty.

Marky Mark is embarking on a film career, in Fear.

David Schwimmer is there promoting The Pallbearer.

James Spader talks about David Cronenberg’s Crash.

Director David O Russell talks about Flirting with Disaster.

As does actor Patricia Arquette

and Tea Leoni

Kenneth Branagh is showing a Work in Progress cut from Hamlet.

Mike Leigh is there to promote Secrets and Lies.

Along with star Marianne Jean-Baptiste

And Brenda Blethyn

A young Michael Winterbottom is talking about Jude.

Star Kate Winslet is also there.

Roddy Doyle talks about The Van.

As does Donal O’Kelly

And the great Colm Meaney

Along with Director Stephen Frears

The hot ticket in Cannes is the Trainspotting party, with Danny Boyle

Accused Rapist Harvey Weinstein

Toni Colette

Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, here played by Peter Baynham

Ewan McGregor

Damon Albarn of Blur (who I almost typed as Damon Albran).

A Gallagher, who leads with “I come from Manchester…”

After this, there’s a part of Saturday Night Live. The cold open features Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman doing Johnny Carson’s last night on the Tonight Show.

Guest host is Woody Harrelson.

The tape ends during this show.

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