"Mike Swift" <mike....@yeton.co.uk
> wrote in message
> In article <0u8khg9ujbsfor6tq...@4ax.com
> <m...@address.invalid> writes
>>>> It is done often, All Creatures Great and Small, War of the Worlds,
>>>> HHGttG, the original Swedish Wallander, Total Recall, Omega Man, the
>>>> list is endless.
>>>> The only thing I can remember being re-made that was better than the
>>>> original was the Jason Bourne series over the Richard Chamberlain mini
>>>> TV series.
>>>The recent remake of "All Creatures Great And Small" may not totally
>>>satisfy those with a nostalgia for the "old days", but in sheer
>>>production values, it was some way above the 1970s BBC Television Centre
>>>with-filmed-exterior sequences original.
>>Some of the original cast were better than the current ones.
> I see from next week's Radio Times that they are at it again.
> Remakes of The Darling Buds of May and Dalgliesh, what could possibly go
Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin in The Darling Buds of May looks uncannily like
Pam Ferris who played her in the earlier version. I can imagine her and
Bradley Walsh doing well. But will the actress who replaces Catherine Zeta
Zones as Mariette be as good? And will they find an actor to play the
hapless Charley as well as Philip Franks did?
Dalgliesh. Hmmm. I never liked Roy Marsden as Dalgliesh (*), even if he was
played more as the cold, aloof, distant, peremptory (**) character that P D
James wrote. I *much* preferred Martin Shaw who was still fairly faithful to
the way James wrote him, but managed to inject a bit more compassion and
tenderness, especially in his relationship with Emma Lavenham (Janie Dee). P
D James was great on plots, but never managed to create characters (police,
victim or suspect) that you could really warm to and sympathise with. I
wonder whether the new version will cover some of James's more recent books
such as The Lighthouse and The Private Patient which were never filmed with
Martin Shaw. I wonder whether there were plans to and Shaw decided not to
(*) That may partly be Roy Marsden - he was a cocky, surly sod in Airline; I
much preferred his Scottish engineer Jock McEvoy. And Terence Rigby stole
the show as Ernie Cade the Brummie spiv.
(**) Rather like my grandpa when he was putting on his headmaster act which
occasionally carried over into his "other life" as a grandpa - but in his
case I knew it was all an act.