Tuesday, March 19, 2013

More that I have learned from watching BBC murder mysteries, part 3

More things I have learned...

1. If the aristocracy is involved, there will be revelations of surprise children and sometimes incest. (That gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Are you my mother?")

2. Revenge is a motive no matter how tenuous. "A bell ringer once ruined my ancestor! Therefore, will kill all the bell ringers in this village, even though it is 300 years hence!" (This was in an episode. Really.)

3. The boytoys and trophy girlfriends are always (surprise!) using the older partners for their money. Hey, at least it gets revealed in fiction, as opposed to real life.

4. A clue that will later reveal the mystery will be found in a book, or a song, or a diary.

5. The friendliest person or the person with the best accent is usually the sociopathic killer.

6. The American accents are terrible! Guys, find American actors to do American parts, and we'll do the same, yeah?

7.  Learning the language:"Workshy" equals "lazy bum." This is me improving my British.

8. The murderer, before being found out, will inevitably cry and say, "I loved him/her!" Not as much as a blowup doll, apparently.

9. Even in small counties, public safety offices have TONS of resources. Like enough to spontaneously fly a helicopter to Wales, for instance.

10. You make up the last one. I need some more laughs today.


LL Cool Joe said...

I used to love the comedy Frasier, but had a time watching it when there was this American actor trying to talk with a British accent. I don't quite understand why we don't use British actors for British parts and American for American parts. There's enough of them to go round aren't there?

OldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...you are soooo funny! I am hooked on these British Mystery's, too, as I think I mentioned before...."George Gentlty?" Have you seen that one?

The British and American actor "problem". This is quite a sore spot with many of us who work, or used to, in the "acting" business. Producers here in the U.S. keep hiring British actors to play Americans, when there are Sooo very many WONDERFUL American actors who could play those parts. It doesn't seem to work the other way. Producers in Britain rarely hire American actors to play AMERICANS, and certainly NEVER NEVER hire American actors to play British people.
Not fair! Not fair, at all!

The Elephant's Child said...

The murderer's mother/wife/husband/lover are completely flabberghasted. Just how well did they think they knew them?

However, I have discovered that I am never going to be murdered. In murder mysteries the deceased was decidedly unpopular and everyone (and their dog) had a reason to want them dead.
In real life, if our media is to be believed, the murder victim was about to be beatified and no-one has a bad word to say about them. Which is why I can confidently say that I will never be a murder victim.

Claire said...

British LOLcat FTW. Or rather, for the absolute win!

Cheryl said...

I don't watch nearly enough TV. I have never watch a BBC mystery. Totally clueless but I will now be curious and watch some.

I am freaking out though...that is my cat Carmen in the picture. I am sure of it. Or maybe I need Carmen to ask it "Are you my mother?"

Charles Gramlich said...

I've been surprised on The Walking Dead where they have two British actors who do the American accents so well you can't tell.

CraveCute said...

You are spot on with your observations! Love the BBC mysteries, we always watch Inspector Lewis, love the humor!

Lynn said...

I need to start watching those. :) I just watch Downton Abbey, which has its own intrigue. Sometimes I put closed captioning on so I don't miss the phrases, like the one you mention.

A Beer For The Shower said...

This is spot on. I love the accent one because it's so true. To them American = bad southern accent. Uh, no, we don't all sound like we just waddled out of a Wal-mart at 2 am. Also the revenge thing. 30 years ago your mother punched my mother in the face, and so today I'm going to murder you. Makes complete sense, right?

DWei said...

And yet Hugh Laurie somehow managed to make a perfectly amazing English accent.

Uhhh... Nothing about homoerotic pairings of characters? Or do we need to go to tumblr for that.

Ileana said...

I wish I could add to your list but can't. Your #5 scared me a little; I think I'm friendly with a good accent.

Riot Kitty said...

Joey: Exactly! Why do we farm each other out?
Naomi: I haven't seen that one. You're right, it's not fair!
TEC: So it feels good to be safe? :0
Claire: I was wondering what that acronym was!
Cheryl: Can't hurt to ask ;) I don't watch any TV, actually, this is on Netflix. I can't stand the commercials, which are targeted at people a lot less intelligent than my cats.
Charles: I'll have to check that out.
CC: I need to watch that one, too!
Lynn: I heard that is like a soap opera, is that true?
ABFTS: EXACTLY!! And I want to yell, "Hello! I lived in Texas and most of them don't even sound like that!"
DW: Um, he's English ;) Yeah, the homoerotic pairings were so obvious in the first Sherlock movie with Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr., that Arthur Conan Doyle's family threatened to not let them make a second one if they kept it up! Seriously!
Ily: Uh-oh! ;)

Red Handed said...

Thankyou for workshy! Period!
and yes if only boytoys and trophy girlfriends got revealed in real life!

DWei said...

DURR. I meant American. American accent. :(

Riot Kitty said...

RH: You're welcome ;)
DW: Gotcha.

Introverted Art said...

hahaha this is freaking hilarious. I love murder mysteries. Especially the LifeTime ones ;-)

Riot Kitty said...

IA: I haven't seen any of those, what would you recommend?

Betty Manousos said...

lol! this is hilarious!

you're spot on with your observations.
i love bbc mysteries, they cover a variety of detective styles and have great writing. i just have finished watching "downton abbey"...mystery, murder and intrigue.

big hugs!