Friday, October 03, 2008

Silent Witness

Did any of you watch this on Wednesday and Thursday?

I don't want to give too much away, as it is on iPlayer for anyone who wants to catch up, but I just found the story so depressing. It depicted an area of London where some of my friends have lived, indeed one is still there. It showed the sort of society which spawns the knife and gun crime which we hear so much about, the hopelessness, the inevitability that the cycle of violence will continue.


Three notable things:

1. I was stared at by two foxes in the garden yesterday. They are getting bolder.

2. Our next door neighbour knocked last night as her shoe had flown over the fence into our garden whilst playing football with their son.

3. This made me laugh. I never thought I would find Schiller funny.


Anne Brooke said...

That Schiller story is soooo good - I love it! Foxes are nice too.



Anonymous said...

I saw Silent Witness to, I agree, incredibly scary and I thought it was quite powerfully written. I was watching it thinking "Have they got some young guy to write this? Someone newbie script writer who's been there?", as it just seemed so real. So I did some digging and the writer is a Timothy Prager (although the Silent Witness is not listed on imdb), so if it's the same bloke he's actually 51 and more famous for having written stuff like Haunted. All the same I thought it was very well written and equally depressing.

Cathy said...

That's really interesting, Lacer. I've now seen that it was directed by Susan Tully of Grange Hill and EastEnders fame, who has also directed on The Bill, I believe.

Hubby missed the second part and when I told him what happened he said he was glad he did!

BooksPlease said...

I saw Silent Witness and thought it was scary and depressing, but it raised many questions, such as what can anyone do to break the cycle of violence. It came over as hopeless and it seemed that football may be the only way to form connections with the young boys. I wondered who that young man doing the football training was, why he was apparently alone in doing it and how come he was not also attacked.

All in all a good programme, I thought.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

I also saw the programme and despite being thoroughly depressed by the first episode had to see the second to see how it all turned out. Mind you, as it is based on fact (terrifying thought) it didn't make me feel any better by the end.

I'm impressed that Susan Tully was the director, I still think of her as the young girl on Eastenders.