Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Reviews of last night's first episode of Cape Wrath on Channel 4 see it as derivative and boring. I beg to differ. The quirky mix of weird and wonderful characters in the admittedly somewhat implausible Meadowlands estate housed by people with something to hide does succeed in mixing the strangeness of Twin Peaks with the claustrophobia of The Prisoner, as the advance PR suggested. But more importantly, the acting from David Morrissey as Danny Brogan down is pretty flawless, the story fairly gripping and the filming of a quality we are more used to from the best American series. More of this, and less Big Brother and makeover shows could give Channel 4 the distinctive edge it had hitherto appeared to have lost.