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Frank Black UK




With a somewhat misleading title I am chuffed to bits that 'Wire in the Blood' has burst like a blood vessel back on to British Screens and as I have oft stated it is the nearest to a British Millennium we have. After watching the latest episode I was startled by the degree of commonality between the depiction of Tony Hills 'Internal Perspective' in relation to how this was realised on Millennium. I grant you that similarities have been evident since the onset of this series and suggest that it is not an intent to ape Millennium merely a coincidence when dramatising a similar concept but: this has reached preposterously Frank-like levels in the latest offering and I challenge anyone not to think of Millennium when they are viewing it.

The fascinating thing is this has never been dogged by questions of psychism as Millennium was and whilst it may never have been the intention to depict Frank as having a supernatural facility that was the only fitting conclusion to the subject as the use of his ability became broadened and less defined. With Tony Hill we merely presume that we are viewing the psychological process by which he dissects information and whilst it has been proposed that this reflects a form of autistic savant like thinking it has never been assumed that there is anything other worldly here. Of course MM Season Two opened the show's gates wide on the subject of the paranormal and established it as a reality at which point everything was viewed with new eyes and I guess this is why Wire has escaped some of the same debates Millennium engendered. Whilst not shying away from the supernatural in depicting cults, witches, voodoo and so on it leaves no question that there is anything other than malign human behavior or aberrant psychology behind the seemingly incorporeal events of certain episodes.

That said if you aren't watching this ITV has the first episode on catch-up so there's ample time to jump in with regards to the series. I promise you once you start the only place you will end up is Amazon to swallow up the DVDS. A hotly tipped recommendation from yours truly :)


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