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You, Me and the Apocalypse

I'm really enjoying 'You, Me and the Apocalypse' on Sky , a TV series about events in the days before a comet hits Earth.  (I'm one episode behind at the moment)  I believe it's only shown in the UK so far.
It started out seeming like it was more or less a sitcom, with Jamie the frustrated junior bank manager in Slough struggling to find the wife who mysteriously left him on their honeymoon, discovering he was adopted, (his Mum played by Pauline Quirke: what's more British sitcom than Pauline Quirke playing someone's Mum in Slough?)  and oh yes, a comet is about to hit Earth, to add urgency to the situation.  

Then they brought in a sort of US Jail sitcom element, with Jenna Fischer out of the US Office as an ever so lovely librarian lady wrongly convicted in a women's prison, experiencing an unlikely jailbreak with the aid of cyberterrorists and going on the run with a Deep South white supremicist lady called Leanne who has a swastika tattoo on her forehead.

And then there was the US Military drama, bit less comedy feeling, this, with Arnold the general in charge of organising Operation Saviour, the attempt to divert the comet by hitting it with a rocket, having a secret affair with Scotty, the civil service chap in charge of emergency planning.  (I have to admit, this is the only bit of casting I'm not quite sure about : I have some difficulty believing in Paterson Joseph as a US General.  Seems like there's something incredibly British about Paterson Joseph.  But that may just be overspill from things I've seen him in before.)

And finally we have the Glamour Section from the Vatican: Sister Celine the world's most gorgeous-looking nun, and Father Jude played by Rob Lowe, all filmed against a series of fabulous jewel-coloured Mediterranean buildings and locations, as if to make the point to alien observers: Earth: it's Not All Like Slough, You Know.  Celine and Jude have the job of investigating potential Messiahs on behalf of the Catholic Church, which feels that if the end of the world is nigh, clearly its time for the Second Coming and they need to be sure to back the right horse.

I really like the way all these different and contrasting strands have wound together.  The cast and writing are superb.  It's gone from being 'oh yes, that will be suitable for entertaining my rightbrain, while my leftbrain gets on with some work.' sort of viewing, to 'put the computer down, all my brain wants to watch this!'    It has got darker and darker though, and has pretty much left sitcom land behind now, and I'm a bit worried about where it's going next.  But I definitely want to know!

Tell you what though, the US government/military/NASA setup in this makes a hell of a contrast with the situation in 'The Martian' where everyone is basically just really nice and works together in perfect harmony.  This is a much more British world view somehow.  Even the nice people end up doing mean and dirty things.

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philmophlegm
27th Nov, 2015 13:15 (UTC)
I haven't heard anyone else talking about this serial? Are we the only ones watching it do you think? (For the benefit of bunn's readers, I think it's great too.)
bunn
27th Nov, 2015 13:49 (UTC)
Wikipedia suggests that the viewing figures dropped from 1.28 million down to 0.52 million, so... maybe not that many other people watching? Ah well.
timetiger
27th Nov, 2015 13:52 (UTC)
I've only ever seen Paterson Joseph as the Marquis De Carabas in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, so he seems very British to me, too.
bunn
28th Nov, 2015 19:43 (UTC)
Ooh, I'd forgotten he was in that. Blimey, that was a while back, he must have a terrifying portrait in his attic, he really doesn't look that much older!
the_marquis
27th Nov, 2015 22:36 (UTC)
Is this the one with the chap from Horrible Histories in it?
bunn
28th Nov, 2015 19:41 (UTC)
I never know what things actors have been in, but Google & Wikipedia, she say 'yes'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathew_Baynton
andrewducker
27th Nov, 2015 23:48 (UTC)
That sounds very good. I'll add it to the list.

I recommend "Last Night", which is a Canadian apocalypse movie, following ordinary people. Well worth a watch.
bunn
28th Nov, 2015 19:41 (UTC)
I shall look out for it! I do like a good apocalypse.
mcmurphy79
29th Nov, 2015 14:39 (UTC)
I'm watching too but I know a few people who started watching it and then dropped off. One said it was a pleasant watch but he wasn't sure what he was watching. It wasn't quite comedy and it wasn't quite drama.
bunn
30th Nov, 2015 09:18 (UTC)
That's what made it interesting to me. I like things that don't quite fit into a box. And isn't the acting good?
mcmurphy79
30th Nov, 2015 09:30 (UTC)
I think Jamie is more convincing as Jamie then Ariel. But I am curious to see how it turns out and I must say I'm finding Rob Low is priests clothes quite attractive but that's my own little quirk. I'm a couple of episodes behind at the moment x
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