2017 News (All Chan­nels)

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE -

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.

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