So there we be... sittin wonderin what to watch on the box on a night completely devoid of stuff.
I's dreading, I admit, The Old Man announcing that we can watch a nice DVD. Perhaps an item of acclaimed third world cinema involving grim peasant life and not a little goat slaughter; or an early art film from the silent era what goes on for at least two hours.... parts one and then two.... another three hours.
But no. He do say...
"Shall we watch that new Danish crime thing? What we recorded the other night?"
I be gob-smacked as I had decided I would be watching this all by myself in hourly instalments. So I do say in bewildered tone "Er?....Sure...."
And so we do. It's the Danish crime series "Those Who Kill" broadcast for Brits on ITV3 on Thursdays at 10pm. And the Old Man enjoys it. This is a new development. He do already make it clear that he wants no more of the Inspector Montalbano series on Saturday nights on BBC4....
But I had not reckoned with his well-known lack of facial recognition tendency (see this Post.).
It is a wondrous experience as The Old Man settles down and with great air of pride shouts out the "identity" of the actors:
"Politician - "Killing 1"..... soldier - "Killing 2"..."
"Secretary - Borgen..." shout I, joining in with the spirit of the thing...
Seriously, The Old Man thoroughly enjoys the familiarity of it all.
We shall be watching more. But pre-recorded.... there is at least half an hour's worth of adverts in it... and this way you can speed through. Oh, and if you missed it... they seem to be discrete stories per episode so you can start watching soon with no great loss.
You will find a helpful diagram explaining the recycling of Danish actors in this Guardian article!