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Case Histories - isn't Cambridge photogenic enough?

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Lilymaid Sun 05-Jun-11 21:27:53

Somewhat baffled with the BBC version of Kate Atkinson's book. Book is about Cambridge, TV is set in Edinburgh. Jackson Brodie was no hunk in the book ...

Besom Sun 05-Jun-11 21:32:01

Must have been cheaper/easier to do it all in Edinburgh - where subsequent two books are set. Is maybe a Scottish production company or something? I've not seen it - is it on now?

TheCowardlyLion Sun 05-Jun-11 21:32:16

Yes, agree - Cambridge obviously hideous hmm

Am all confused by Jackson Brodie being played by Lucius Malfoy anyway grin

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sun 05-Jun-11 21:48:50

Love the sister's blue dress with the little love birds on it!!

Bue Sun 05-Jun-11 22:04:50

Ah, thanks for the reminder! I've been trying to figure out why so much of this seems unfamiliar. We're in the wrong location confused

tortilla Sun 05-Jun-11 22:09:49

What's so ridiculous is that they are making a big deal of the Edinburgh location with sweeping shots of the city but then the only Scots in it appear to be his daughter and his ex...

I love the bird dress too smile

peachsmuggler Sun 05-Jun-11 22:14:48

Very odd but I guess maybe if they are filming the subsequent books there then it might be easier. Very amused that the only Scottish people living in Edinburgh were Glaswegians!

Thought they made a good job of it though. Am always worried when they do one of my favourite books. Think Jason Isaacs makes an excellent JB, though maybe too buff (dribbling emotcion)

kitkatya Sun 05-Jun-11 22:17:20

I always imagined him to be this fit tbh. Well, I thought he would look like Sean Penn......

Lilymaid Sun 05-Jun-11 22:31:17

Yes, the shortage of Scots accents was weird - and Jackson's bijou cottage seemed at odds with his book character. Has the third murder been mentioned yet?

QuickLookBusy Sun 05-Jun-11 22:34:14

Really enjoyed the programme, was relieved they hadn't made a mess of her wonderful stories.

Where was that lovely dress from I wonder?

QuickLookBusy Sun 05-Jun-11 22:36:52

The one in the cottage in the woods Lily?

No it hasn't, I thought maybe there were too many murders to fit into one programme!

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 05-Jun-11 22:45:31

I don't understand them setting it in Edinburgh if they weren't going to have a few Scots in it.
I've read all the books and still found this a bit confusing, but will give it a chance.

UnrequitedSkink Sun 05-Jun-11 22:50:30

Maybe cheaper to cast in London and then swoop with cast up north? Everything's about money these days!

Orlando Mon 06-Jun-11 10:01:32

Have been fruitlessly googling 'case histories julia's dress' and similar this morning but can find no mention of the lovely blue bird dress, or indeed the nice burgundy one in the first few scenes. Gah! Thank goodness mumsnet at least cuts to the heart of the matter. Hope someone can identify it, for I feel an obsession coming on that could easily swallow up the best part of a working day...

(Thought the programme was pretty good. Not at all how I remember the book, but somehow different in a non-infuriating way.)

HarrietJones Mon 06-Jun-11 10:04:34

I hadn't read the book but commented on the accent thing!Think it's a BBC Scotland production too

Jason Isaac is YUM though grin

KnockedUpBaz Mon 06-Jun-11 11:10:56

the third murder has been mentioned - surely by the woman he was being ridden by at the end?!

it's such a shame that the whole book is being condensed into 2 episodes - wish the whole 6 episodes had been given over to Case Histories, then another 6 for When Will There Be Good News, etc.

I did spend much of this 1st episode crying though - even DH was crying at Olivia's mouse sad

Scholes34 Mon 06-Jun-11 11:43:52

Have read a number of Kate Atkinson books and was sure I'd read this one, but couldn't remember it being set in Edinburgh. This now clarifies everything and I realise I'm not going mad.

UnrequitedSkink Mon 06-Jun-11 11:56:08

Thought it was pretty well cast actually, apart from Jackson's ex wife, who was a lot posher than I thought she'd be! The little girl who played his daughter was a good little actor though wasn't she?

limitedperiodonly Mon 06-Jun-11 12:10:09

I read the book but I can't remember who killed the solicitor's daughter or why or the storyline about the girl who wanted him to find someone for her just before he ran out in that gratuitous topless scene grin.

So I'm enjoying it all over again.

sungirltan Mon 06-Jun-11 18:38:59

brodie is nothing like i imagined him but isaacs is hot though!

bigbadbarry Mon 06-Jun-11 18:40:36

I've not watched it yet but am nervous smile she is my absolute favourite author. This thread gives me some hope that it won't be dreadful.

BitOfFun Mon 06-Jun-11 18:41:58

I really liked the secretary in the solicitors' office's frilly blouse. Really. Liked.

expatinscotland Mon 06-Jun-11 18:43:53

You think that chap playing Brodie is a hunk? He's got a face like a well-skelpt erse. Why doesn't Julia smoke in the film? She's forever smoking and boozing in the book.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Mon 06-Jun-11 18:47:46

Haven't watched it yet but looking forward tremendously. Have a burgeoning crush on Isaacs.

Marlinspike Mon 06-Jun-11 18:49:47

I envisaged Julia to be more... blowsy. Loved the mad cat lady! I had also pictured Jackson Brodie to have a bit of a pub pallor and slight beer gut, but Lucius Malfoy is easy on the eye!

I didn't realise they were doing all the books! Does that include "Started Early, Took My Dog"?

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