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Bonekickers. Why??

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retiredgoth Sat 09-Aug-08 21:16:45

.....I rarely watch tv. Maybe 3 or four hours a week. When I do watch, it is usually quality light BBC drama. Dr Who, or Life on Mars perhaps...

....so when I noted that the series "Bonekickers" was produced by Ashley Pharaoh (who was involved in Life on Mars and the follow up 1981 thingy) I earmarked it. The fact that it was set in Bath, just down the road, was an added interest.

.....so I watched one.

I am now investigating the possibility of taking the BBC to court for depriving me of an hour of my life that can never be reclaimed....

...and I am sure I would have won, but for the fact that I went back and watched a second, incredulous that anything could be so strikingly awful.

Clunking, obvious plot twists, declaimed by one character to another repeatedly lest we miss them (it would be easier, and preferable, to hold up a cue board instead with the plot clues whilst the entire cast gave a knowing wink).

..... I initially thought one episode (about a saintly black presidential candidate, who somehow ends up in a gun battle on Lundy. Don't ask) might have been penned by the Barack Obama campaign team. Except that I think they would baulk at anything so gut wrenchingly mawkish.

....as for this week's tosh involving Joan of Arc and a WW1 tank.... well. Words fail me.

So that is two hours I am owed by the BBC. Time that I could have spent in a more productive fashion (like, for example, curling into a foetal ball and emitting low moans)

retiredgoth Sat 09-Aug-08 23:36:32

Just thought I would answer my own post.

....still think it is appalling rubbish. Even after a bottle of Bordeaux..

JonahTakalua Sat 09-Aug-08 23:37:59

hi rg.
there was a thread on this a few weeks ago.
the majority of posters basically agreed with you - that bonekickers is pile of steaming shite! grin

BoysAreLikeDogs Sat 09-Aug-08 23:39:55

As an aside, did anyone else think it was called Bone Knickers?

blush

<<polishes glasses>>

vonsudenfed Sat 09-Aug-08 23:41:46

I can't watch it; in fact the dialogue is so bad that I can't even be in the next room to it.

Inexplicably, DH has become addicted, and wants to know what happens in the end...

retiredgoth Sat 09-Aug-08 23:42:02

.....I think Bone Knickers is a fine title.

Significantly better premise too....

retiredgoth Sat 09-Aug-08 23:45:27

.... the lead actress has many, er, fine qualities von sudenfed. I hesitate to suggest that this might have led to your DH's interest but I fear it may have been implicated in my wish to persevere to a second episode..

JulesJules Sat 09-Aug-08 23:47:02

Yes, known as Boneknickers in this house. There have been a few threads on this.

It is actually so bad it's FAB, and I am desperately hoping that it is not cancelled after this mini - 6 episode series. Highlight of our week, we get wine and crisps and everything.

Very quotable, too - "Give up your secrets" whispered to a trench, for example...

DillyTanty Sat 09-Aug-08 23:47:51

it's hilarious, i rather like it now. vs your dh will be happy with the final episode, it all comes together in a suitably risible fashion and inclused the line 'don't mess with me i'm an archaeologist'. fooking brilliant. grin

JonahTakalua Sat 09-Aug-08 23:48:22

it will have achieved cult status by next year. grin

DillyTanty Sat 09-Aug-08 23:48:53

jules, did you also like 'i've got an etruscan sword and i'm not afraid to use it'? rofl.

DillyTanty Sat 09-Aug-08 23:52:04

btw ashley pharaoh also involved in where the heart is so hardly a byword for dramatic quality.

vonsudenfed Sat 09-Aug-08 23:56:10

apparently it has been recommissioned (or so my sources tell me).

God only knows how, it's been losing viewers like nobody's business.

JulesJules Sat 09-Aug-08 23:57:39

Oh yes, that may have been repeated a few times round here! Also "Don't you just love Iceni coinage" to a bright and shiny coin picked up off the ground apparently only buried a millimetre down. I am fond of the way they stumble across the true cross (in Bath, obviously), Boudicca's love nest (and actual body), Joan of Arc's bones etc, merrily destroy the lot and bugger off to the pub without a trace of regret. I think in the last ep they will find at least the actual Round Table, if not Excalibur, torch them and get to the pub before last orders. Can't wait.

DillyTanty Sat 09-Aug-08 23:58:03

critics love it.. grin

JulesJules Sat 09-Aug-08 23:58:52

It's been recommissioned?? You have made me so happy, must go and tell DH...

Twinklemegan Sat 09-Aug-08 23:59:39

It has WHAT?? It is the most embarrassingly appalling load of shite I've had the misfortune to watch for a long time. And I've only been able to sit through one full episode. Apart from anything else, it manages to make the subject matter boring. And I'm a member of the profession, so if I find it boring there's not much hope for anyone else! Mind you my colleague's addicted to it - she reckons it's so bad it's really quite good.

DillyTanty Sat 09-Aug-08 23:59:41

<says nothing about last ep>

aren't julie graham and adrian lester shite? LOVE hugh 'call yourself a bonekicker?' bonneville.

DillyTanty Sun 10-Aug-08 00:01:27

i wept with laughter at the boudicca body. lolol.

retiredgoth Sun 10-Aug-08 00:07:16

...I particularly enjoyed the cave paintings of George Washington initiating affirmative action....

TwoWindyDays Sun 10-Aug-08 11:30:18

We love it too blush but for all the wrong reasons, as already mentioned

Cappuccino Sun 10-Aug-08 15:11:22

we liked "There's a killer snake on the loose!" screamed at a hotel guest

JackieNo Sun 10-Aug-08 15:15:28

I think it's dreadful too, but am inexplicably addicted. I loved 'I've got an Etruscan spear, and I'm not afraid to use it' toogrin. And the whole mysterious quest for whatever her mother was looking for - what's that about, then? (see, addictedblush).

DillyTanty Sun 10-Aug-08 19:05:10

oh yes, rofl at the killer cartoon snake, have you EVER seen such bad CGI? it was fabulous. grin

just you wait, jackieno, just you wait. it'll all come bad good in the end. wink

JackieNo Sun 10-Aug-08 19:45:47

grin. Can't waitgrin. Is it King Arthur's round table they're finding this weekhmm?

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