2017 News (All Channels)
IWATCHED a lot of things on TV in 2017, but as I look back, the main thing that comes to mind is the News. Not the News on any particular night or any particular channel, but the News neverending, the psychodrama in America and Britain which has enveloped us all.
They are still making TV drama in the old sense, whereby a fictional world is constructed over several episodes, with professional actors and directors and writers doing their best to purge the heart with pity and terror and all that.
I got through one of them before Christmas, the French series Witnesses: A Frozen Death, shown on BBC4, and quite engaging in its French way. There was a serial killer of course, driven by some devil-worshipping notions which persuaded him to murder large numbers of men and to place their frozen corpses sitting in a bus — just like passengers in their seats, except not alive.
He was your standard issue serial killer, putting in the hard yards in terms of pseudo-mystical twaddle, pursued mainly by a charismatic policewoman who eventually gets to him, ahead of every other police officer in Normandy.