12 November 2008 | trpuk1968
mid way through the box set
What a treat for these cold winter evenings... this series is certainly uneven, but got better as it progressed, tightening up on the script and direction. The same world of The Avengers transposed to a series falling into the same generic category of Tales Of The Unexpected / Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense...
I ve just watched several superb episodes. By season 5 this has really got into its stride, abandoning the corny witchcraft and devil worship to favour murder mystery type plots. Check Anthony Valentine s chilling psychopath in The Crazy Kill, along with Denolm Elliot's Doctor. There's so many well loved vintage British actors in this. The Double Kill is another amazing episode, as is Won't Write Home Mum, I'm dead.
I think its because we re a small island nation we produced such quality television, our way of looking at things suits the small screen. The claustrophobia of THRILLER seems to articulate something about Englishness. It presents a bizarre England of country houses and characters stratified through social class. There's an academic paper to be written about how THRILLER works through issues of class, repressed sexuality and how about race? Black people, Orientals, Asians, rendered hugely significant in my view through their complete absence...
Might this series be read as being about terror of the lower social classes as well as fears of contamination by foreigners?