Edge of Darkness

by Suw on June 29, 2003

I've just discovered that BBC4 is re-running the old 80s political thriller Edge of Darkness tonight at 9.10pm, and I'm so looking forward to seeing it again. I missed the first episode last week, but I do remember roughly what happened so that's not too much of a loss.

It will be strange, though – I was 14 when this first ran and I remember being really quite awed by it. Edge of Darkness looked at issues that usually didn't make for prime-time tv back then – the environment, the threat from terrorists accessing nuclear material, the Gaia living earth theory. Of course, now a lot of that is either going to be old hat, or tosh, but then it was new and gripping. At least to a teenager from rural Dorset anyway.

I wonder what it will be like to watch it now, with a good 18 years of cynicism and experience under my belt.

I also wonder if they're going to re-run some of the other really good (or what I remember as really good) thrillers from around then – there was one that I remember as being fantastic which I think was a cold war based spy thing called Bird of Prey. My Dad and I were glued to the tv every week watching that, although I remember nothing of the plot now. Then there was, I think, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which wasn't as good, but which obviously made some sort of impact on me.

Funny how these things lay dormant in your memory for all these years, then suddenly, up they pop, fresh as last week's underpants.

A visitor June 29, 2003 at 10:15 pm

I have quoted you on my web, hope you don't mind!
JJ's web site, JJ's blog


A visitor June 30, 2003 at 1:19 am

I would quote, but somehow “fresh as last week's underpants” left me with thoughts best left untought for now. 😉

Ken [ken@ipadventures.com]

Suw June 30, 2003 at 6:38 am

JJ – no problem.

Ken – I really think your relationship with last week's underpants is something for you to consider seriously and at length before dicussing it in public. After all, only you know the details and maybe some things are just best left unsaid… LMAO

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