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White Heat, BBC2
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

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I recommended this programme as my top TV tip of the week before the first episode aired so what did I think of it?

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

White Heat is a new six-part drama series about the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the Sixties through to present day, written for BBC Two by award-winning writer Paula Milne.

Passionate, dangerous and compelling, the characters' love stories and friendships are set against a backdrop that takes us from Wilson to Thatcher, feminism to the Falklands, hedonism to HIV - exploring the personal and political journeys which shaped their destinies to make them the people they are today.

Raks's Reaction

This was a really slow burner but I am so glad that I persevered with it. The first three episodes were slow because you were getting to know the characters as individuals and also how they were connected to eachother. Once that was established, you could really get into the piece and you were more appreciative of it because you cared about the characters. There was a lot of food for thought in this piece as it covered so many topics including abortion, infertility, infidelity, drugs, politics, mental illness and sectioning, AIDS, the IRA, race ... I could go on and on. But I guess what I ultimately liked about the piece was the complexity and diversity of the characters, and their individual and collective issues. The characters were also a rainbow of class, race, nationality and gender; more of this type of drama please!

To summarise, a very enjoyable and entertaining piece of drama, I loved the range of characters depicted and issues covered, and it gave me plenty of food for thought. I will be cogitating on this for some time to come! Highly recommended.
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