Ian Hyland: Drowned at Berth

Sunday Mirror (London, England), July 25, 2004 | Go to article overview

Ian Hyland: Drowned at Berth


Byline: IAN HYLAND

OVER at the barely afloat Making Waves (ITV1, Wednesday), the lost souls of HMS Suffolk are preparing for disaster.

And here, for once, no jokes are necessary. Because this nautical show is rapidly bringing new meaning to the term TV listing.

Ironic that on Wednesday night it was up against Madonna's Men over on Five. Because the speed it's sinking it's gonna hit the bed quicker than Madge on a first date.

It was meant to be a roller-coaster ride full of sea-faring excitement. Sadly, the only naval adventure I had was pulling the fluff out of mine.

The show looks like it was made in 1978. There are no big names in it. And the scripts developed scurvy long before leaving Portsmouth.

But the biggest problem, a problem that even the most talented bunch of writers and actors would struggle to overcome, is this simple truth: Unless it's set in wartime, a drama about what goes on in the Navy is always going to be pretty dull. There are only so many different shots of rolling waves you can show before viewers start wishing they hadn't had that last cup of tea.

And what about that ear-piercing incidental music - it sounds like The Clangers out on the lash.

Wednesday's big storyline? …

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