International Writers Magazine :Reviews
BBC 9pm Monday 26th May:
Linda Regan review
Lombard of CSI fame starred alongside Danny Dyer and Leonara Chrichlow.
was a prime-time television, police- procedural, harrowing tale,
of a murder division seconded together to solve the mystery of the
gruelling body parts that have been washed up on a beach, (made
all the more poignant by the five human feet washing up on Vancouver
Island beach in Canada recently). It was written by Barbara Machin,
who took this one-off from a new slant, she has told it using the
view-point of all the investigating officers, forensic officer,
DI, DSI, DS, and Detective Superintendent.
In Creative writing
one of the first things we are taught is to decide on whose viewpoint
the story is best told and then stick with that. There are various police
procedurals that do use multi view-points and work perfectly well, but
this is the first I have seen in a television drama that used so many
and told the same scene over and over from each.
So did it work? This different approach where we saw the same scene
told by each of the police involved, in the hands of the multi-talented
Barbara Machin who devised and wrote the award winning Waking the
Dead series? The answer, in my opinion, is both yes and no.
Yes, if you are paying great attention and understand all the protocol
of a police investigation plus the rules of forensic scientists, and
then it was still complicated, but fascinating. It was advertised as
a well written television drama, strong on violence and gore, and on
that front yes, it delivered.
But no, it didnt work if you were looking to solve a crime and
be entertained. The camera shots didnt help, they were jerky,
busy, and unclear. The story was told, retold, and then told sideways.
I would take this to be a flaw in direction and editing, as oppose to
a hiccup in the writing. I believe a multi-view point can be a plus
and can enlighten us enormously in this kind of genre. Sadly I think
the Kiss of Death failed to do this, but not through the fault
of Barbara Machin whose work I have total admiration for. Isnt
it a shame then that if you are successful enough to have your work
produced for the screen, it is taken out of your hands, and the judgement
of editors, directors and directors of photography can become responsible
for changing the story you originally wrote.
© Linda Regan June 2008
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Daniel Alves review
Life long feuds, unsolved hatreds, and more than enough lies to twist
the plot into a maze. This detective novel boasts all the themes that
darken in the eye of betrayal; sex, money, and murder.
Tide by Sam North
Linda Regan review
A beautifully written, unusual and a good story, one I was sad
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