Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oliver's Travels

If you've never watched this BBC miniseries (now, don't stop reading just because I said "BBC miniseries", okay?) you really need to remedy that failure as soon as possible. Five episodes in total, this tracks the journey of Oliver, an out-of-work professor, and his "predestined companion" from Wales to The Orkneys. Crime, jazz, crosswords, love, anagrams, Beethoven, Restoration playwrights - they're all mixed in here to create a delightful stew. We first watched it in law school on PBS; it came out on DVD, finally, just a few years ago.

Oliver says "I have never expected the world to make sense. But suddenly it was making so little sense --- it almost made sense."

How can you resist that?

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