The Handmaid’s Tale is most effective in its intimacy

the handmaid's tale bonnet close up reed morano bruce miller elisabeth moss hulu channel 4 hd review floria sigismondi

It’s notable how much time The Handmaid’s Tale spends in close up – rather than luxuriate over the production design, the camera rarely strays from within each Handmaid’s bonnet. It’s a subtle, intelligent choice, illustrating not only the restrictions on these women, but ensuring we rarely leave their own personal world. Such sharply considered direction places each woman, quite decisively, at the centre of the story; its impact is powerful.

I wrote a little something about The Handmaid’s Tale, which is, to my mind, the best new programme of the year.

Facebook | Twitter | Blog Index | General TV Index

Cancer comedy Ill Behaviour elevates an absurd premise to affecting drama

ill behaviour sam bain chris geere lizzy kaplan tom riley jessica regan cancer comedy bbc two showtime tv show steve bendelack

Each character is in a state of denial; repressing feelings, refusing to confront illness or addiction, and being unable to let go of the past. Up to a point, it’s self-destructive – the catalyst that keeps pushing them further and further down this road, until it becomes increasingly clear there’s really only one way it can end. However, it also serves to highlight that there’s a genuine emotional core to the series; it’s more than just gallows humour, but a programme about the lengths people go to for their friends.

Here’s an article I wrote recently about new BBC Two comedy Ill Behaviour – which was absolutely brilliant. Since writing this I’ve also sort of become twitter friends with Jessica Regan, who’s in Ill Behaviour, which is nice.

The show, which I really really enjoyed, doesn’t seem to have done so well in America – I wonder if that’s a result of it being edited to six episodes of half an hour, rather than the three hour long episodes it was here in the UK?

Facebook | Twitter | Blog Index | General TV Index