There are few television programs that I absolutely have to watch. Many are just watched to pass the time, or to occupy myself when sitting stitching or ironing, something I abhor, as proven by the huge pile of clean and crumpled washing that lurks behind closed doors, in my laundry.
There are programs I quite like to watch, usually on channel 2 as I have no patience for commercial television or soap operas, preferring programs like Timeteam, the Cook and the Chef, Gardening Australia, Antiques Roadshow, the occasional movie or Friday night’s ABC mystery series, but none are essential viewing. The exception for many months has been Spooks, a series about MI5 in London, and their endless fight against terrorism in our modern world. It is edge of the seat stuff, somewhat unlikely, but with interesting subplots, wonderful British actors and excellent production.
Last night I was sad to watch the demise of one of the central characters, Adam Carter, when he drove a car loaded with explosives, out of central London to avoid the deaths of many at a Remembrance service. He died as the car blew up just after he stepped out of it. My dear departed Mother would have said “he must have wanted out of the series” but it means no more enjoying the good looks of Rupert Penry –Jones in this series……. but wait, there is hope yet for my Monday nights. It seems likely that the newest member of the cast, or rather spy returned from years in a Soviet prison will be taking his place as resident good looking central character. He is another acting favourite of mine, Richard Armitage, who played a rather sexy and wickedly dark Guy of Gisborne in a recent series about Robin Hood, who will be playing a character called Lucas North. I look forward to seeing how it all develops.