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BRADLEY ON THE BOX: Why Rose grows on me.

Byline: Bradley Walsh

IT'S been a tremendous week for television - marvellous acting, incredible, suspense-filled drama and great comedy.

But that's enough about Tony Blair.

I'm kidding. I'm talking about the electrifying Long Firm, the thrilling 55 Degrees North and the stunning Rose and Maloney.

Brilliant acting and terrific stories ...even if the dialogue in 55 Degrees gets a bit American at times.

The boss policeman actually said this at one point: "We canna do diddley squat if we canna stoap the goons."

Read it again in a Geordie accent. He was talking about the ease with which baddies can get hold of firearms, but "diddley squat"?

At one point Dominic Cole (played magnificently by Don Gilet) gets a message on his radio and pulls out of his inside pocket the biggest communications device this side of Jodrell Bank. One of those massive radio phones last seen on The Longest Day. Have the police not heard of mobile phones?

I'm a fool for Rose and Maloney. Sarah Lancashire makes me believe she really is figuring all this out for herself.

Phil Davis is excellent, too, and there are some nice wisecracks. If I had to complain (and why else would they ask me to stand in for moaning old Bushell?) I'd say the direction of UK cop shows borrows much from Law & Order and CSI: whatever-it-is-now.

It's not a bad idea and it keeps things pacey, but...

THE Long Firm came to an end on Wednesday night with Harry Starks (Mark Strong) on a boat bound for Morocco.

Thanks to a course of lectures called The Sociology of Deviance, Harry was about to have his thesis published by Oxford University Press as he escaped. To me the course seemed to last about three lessons but obviously Harry was paying attention. I expect in the next series we'll find out he downloaded it from some illegal Internet site.

The criminologist and lecturer Lenny was played expertly by Shaun Dingwall who eventually fell under the spell of the supreme criminal.

Enthralling.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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