Originally Posted by Church AV Guy
Yeah, it was pretty good. I wonder why the ratings in the UK were so bad that they cancelled it? It looks pretty well done to me. When Porter gets his hands on Collinson... well, I am waiting for that showdown.
I'm a Brit and saw SB in 2010 and followed the Sky ratings. It was, in fact, a great success, with Sky getting at least three times its regular viewing numbers for that slot. Sky didn't cancel it: they wanted to make more but Richard Armitage wriggled out of his contract to play Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. No contest really, although he was sorry to let the character of John Porter go.
It's a different beast from the Cinemax version which I have watched and liked. But it needs to be enjoyed in its own right. I would say that it is more of an absorbing drama with violence but no sex (so don't hold your breath, LOL). JP is a great character and Richard Armitage and the supporting cast put in some outstanding performances. I really enjoyed the final showdown between Porter and Collinson although the scriptwriters have changed the rather crass ending in the book to make it more intelligent and thoughtful.
The third story is the best, IMO, providing you can understand the Scottish accent of Ewan Bremner, the guy who needs extracting. I know that some Americans were also offended by this story and I hope that you can rise above this.Edited by ricrac - 11/12/13 at 9:32am