ITV Appropriate Adult

September 11, 2011 by Post Team 

ITV Appropriate AdultITV Appropriate Adult, One would not expect a drama about how Fred and Rosemary West were brought to justice to be funny. But there are moments of comedy undeniable Adult Appropriate (ITV1, Sunday).

Even when Fred is telling the police what he did to her daughter after killing Heather. “I went to her place in the Wendy house,” he says. “And then I thought. I’ll put in the trash, but I could not get there, so was the ice … and cut my legs was unbearable, I mean I can still hear in my dream. And cut off her head. I closed my eyes first ‘because we will not take a chainsaw to her daughter while she is sitting looking at you, right? ”

It’s incredibly surprising: it is hard to imagine anyone saying something more shocking, actually. Maybe that’s where the laughter comes from – disbelief that leads to a kind of nervous laughter. It is the only possible answer. Or maybe it has to do with the lightness with which he says, as if talking about putting the trash out. Well, he is in some way. Then there is the Gloucestershire accent – something Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley about it. You killed them, Fred? “No no no no no no no, yes!”

Dominic West accent sounds great to me; as good as it’s wire one in Baltimore. The performance of all is a fascinating one. He seems to have left the West to take care of him. It’s a monster, obviously – sadistic, scheming, manipulative, and evil. But there is a charm, gaiety and a flirtatious rogue around. And ignorance.

It looked less-en-me part, but Emily Watson is also excellent, as Janet Leach, the appropriate adult title. Imagine this: you volunteer to help children with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people in the local police station and her work for the first time after the training is to help Fred West.

The standout performance for me though is Monica Dolan and Rose West. If Dominic West has allowed Fred West, then, Dolan seems to have been possessed, even against it. It’s extraordinary performance, convincing and frightening. And usually, you’d say it’s a shame there is not more of her in it. But I think it is really only here. Device writer Neil McKay – tell the story through Leach – is a smart, but it diverts attention away from Fred’s (and Rose), which means it is both a portrait of a crime because it is a portrait a series murderer or serial murderers. More pink have altered the balance, and anyway, it was Fred, who spent time with Leach, and helped convict.

There will be a Hoo-ha, I’m sure. What about the families of the victims? How West can show that it is almost pleasant? Well, I was by all accounts. Besides being a terrible man and a serial murderer. And of course serious drama must address difficult issues such as facts, and explore the darker side of human nature. Almost is required.

Appropriate adult is very well done. It is not sensational or hysterical – we do not see the crimes, or even body parts are digging in the garden of 25 Cromwell Street, thank God. It’s quiet, measured, real, fascinating and terrible. And yes, sometimes even fun.

Baby’s miracle of nature (BBC1, Sunday) was a good antidote to the horrors of Cromwell Street. It’s basically an excuse to show lots of cute little young animals. And it contains my favorite line of the weekend TV. “A big part of working life is dedicated to Ken to get her pregnant panda,” he says. Poor Ken, a zookeeper in Atlanta, Georgia. No wonder it looks so exhausted. Hot work I imagine, with all that skin.

It does not work. Lun Lun at the end has to be artificially inseminated. There is no way of knowing if a panda is pregnant or not – pregnancy can be anything between three and six months. But Lun Lun gave birth finally, and thankfully nothing like Ken.

Is there anything cuter than a baby panda? Well, maybe a baby squirrel – an adorable monkey thing with small hands, good grip. Ahhh. But then the mother squirrel attack their babies, kills one and injures another wrong. Eulalia seems to be the name of the mother. Maybe I should call Rose.

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