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LOOK at the date will you; Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions have been up for months. And yet there are still new shows be­ing launched on tele­vi­sion. And not just on tele­vi­sion, but free-to-air tele­vi­sion.

It’s as if . . . it’s like . . . do you think some­one cares about us? Is that pos­si­ble? No. It’s noth­ing to do with us. We get the nice run-off though, this time.

When you’ve seen every­thing, it’s hard to get worked up about an­other re­make.

En­ter The Killing – who even knew that was a show in the first place? About three peo­ple. W---ers mostly, too, who get feel­ings of su­pe­ri­or­ity when­ever they watch some­thing with sub­ti­tles. Like the rest of us can’t read? But, as it hap­pens, I was one of those w---ers. I loved The Killing. Even though I didn’t make it quite to the end of the es­ti­mated 27 episodes. I can’t even re­call if SBS wound up putting them all to air. God it was long. I’ve had re­la­tion­ships that didn’t last as long as this show. It was from Den­mark. I don’t know if that had any bear­ing on its ex­treme length.

So what’s it about, an abat­toir? Be­cause it sounds like there’s a lot of killing, a name like that. But only the one death so far. As you’ll find out, when you watch it tonight on ONE.

I can’t speak for you but I feel as if I’m about to. We need an ab­sorb­ing, dense, long-haul cop show, now more than ever. Other­wise what hap­pens? Do we start watch­ing cricket matches? Talk­ing to the fam­ily about their day?

I’m just hop­ing the other two peo­ple who watched the orig­i­nal ver­sion of The Killing aren’t out there putting it about that this one is ‘‘ worse’’.

Only old peo­ple com­pare shows like that. Or me, when I’m talk­ing about the first Mil­dred Pierce ver­sus Kate Winslet’s. This one’s a cracker. It re­minds me a bit of Twin Peaks. Tiny bit. The bleak Pa­cific north­west set­ting. The po­lit­i­cal by­play.

Ob­vi­ously it’s not Twin Peaks. And the prob­lems that arise— if you can call mur­der a prob­lem — when a pretty teenage girl shows one side of her­self to her par­ents and un­leashes a very dif­fer­ent per­son on week­ends is hardly new. The hid­den side of peo­ple is the old­est, but most en­tic­ing, theme in fic­tion. And in real life.

The best rec­om­men­da­tion I can give The Killing is the net­work who did this in the US is AMC, who also brought us Mad Men and Break­ing Bad.

Leave it with you.

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