Thursday, August 31, 2023

Thursda Movie Picks #460: TMP Television Edition - Female Investigators (Private or Police)

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five titles and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Female Investigators (Private or Police)
These are series I like.

Mare of Easttown (2021) and Broadchurch (2013 - 2017)
I'm putting these two series together as they are quite similar and are really good. Mare of Easttown is a HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet as the detective while Broadchurch is a three season British series starring Olivia Coleman as one of the detectives. Both series takes place in small towns and the female detectives are moms juggling family life and work life when a murder of a young person, whom they know since it's a small town, occurs and they have the difficult task of solving a case where their friends and neighbours could be the killer.
The Fall (2013 - 2016)
Gillian Anderson stars as a London detective who is temporarily transferred to the Northern Ireland Belfast police at the request of an ex boss to assist with a serial case. It is a great series with a wonderful performance by Anderson, quite possibly the best I have ever seen her in. The series also makes astute social/gender observations. For example how professional women are very careful with how they dress because their outfits often get scrutinized. Or how female victims who are professionals or with a higher social status are often described by the police and/or media as "an innocent victim" thereby assigning some sort of guilt on other female victims who are perhaps promiscuous or prostitutes making it seem as if what happened to them is a kind of punishment, something deserved.


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  1. The Fall was one I always meant to start but never did. One of these days I'll get to it.

    1. It is soo good so I hope you do eventually watch it.


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