Written by Julian Fellowes and released in March, 2009, it was a lavish production, with good acting all round. Nice soundtrack too. It was pretty accurate from a historical point of view except for the scene where the Prince ‘took a bullet’ for the young Queen!
Fans of the cult BBC series, ‘Life on Mars’ from a few years back may be pleased to know that buried away on Channel ‘FX’ on Fridays at 10pm, is the US version. Given that the US’s track record of taking Brit shows and re-working them doesn’t normally mean a good move, this doesn’t bode well!
Well, good news (mostly), in that episode one, that aired last Friday, more-or-less keeps the storyline intact. Surprisingly for me, there was one moment where it actually surpassed the Brit version – when, just after Sam’s first encounter with a cop from the 70s, Sam sees the twin towers, intact – a powerful scene, and one that’s bound to have had a more powerful resonance state-side.
Jason O’Mara (who?) plays Sam Tiler whilst Harvey Keitel (I’ve heard of him!) plays Gene Hunt.
It’s probably too early to say how the other episodes will pan-out. I hear that they changed the ending to series one to better suit US audiences – and it’s one of the cheesiest endings ever…ever in the history of TV!
The series was cancelled at the end of the first, back in the US, apparently because the audiences found the storyline too complex – ahh, bless!