TV listings | Shining like a bunsen burner in a meth lab
There are two types of people in this world: those that like Breaking Bad (TV2 Zulu, Sun 22:15) and those that don’t. I am in the latter camp. Say that you don’t like the programme to a fan and they will look at you like you have just kicked a puppy in the face. They just can’t believe it. Objectively, I can see I am wrong in my dislike of the series, which has a Metacritic score of 96, but the bathtub scene in one of the first episodes was too much for me. Fans of the show will know what I’m talking about. Having said that, the start of Breaking Bad series 4 shines through the fog of bad television this week like a bunsen burner in a meth lab.
When marriages end it can often get very messy. Fatal Vows (TV3 Puls, Fri 21:05) takes this to a whole new level. The show takes a ‘scientific’ approach, enlisting the help of a forensic and clinical psychologist, to investigate divorces that have resulted in murder. Whatever happened to a simple ‘it’s not you, it’s me’.
Fox production Sons of Tucson (TV2 Zulu, Sat 12:45) was cancelled in the US after only four episodes had been aired. Killing off shows comes easily to Fox as their news channel is convinced we’re all going to die before the age of 35. The series follows three brothers who hire a stand-in father to stave off the suspicions of the authorities after they are abandoned by their mother and their father is imprisoned.
New animation series Brickleberry (TV3+, Sun 23:05) is about a group of forest rangers and a talking bear. The series came under criticism for its similarities to American Dad and Family Guy, but this may also work in its favour as both those shows have been hugely successful.
And there’s another chance to see The Pacific (SVT1 Sat, 23:35), a dramatisation of the 1st Marine Division’s battles in the Pacific War during the Second World War. Produced by the same team behind Band of Brothers (Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Jesus etc), each episode has the budget of a blockbuster film. Expect unapologetically realistic images of the horrors of war.