*Keir Starmer’s Life Stories (ITV1) - *
Well, wasn’t Keir Starmer’s interview with Piers Morgan such a bloody (tissue, tissue) moanathon? He spent the whole thing doing his trademark tuck-his-chin into his chest schtick and wept like a petutelent toddler about his mummy and daddy. Piers Morgan, clearly a right winger, clearly spent the whole affair with a sense of smugness that the Tories are doing so well. It’s no wonder Hartlepool went to them considering Keir is such a charisma vacuum.
This interview was supposed to humanise Labour’s robotic text speech leader who has spent the majority of his last 12 months as leader criticizing Boris without articulating a clear vision for the country. Instead it became merely a space for Keir to mouth off about his family affairs which frankly have no mainstream appeal. He should’ve been talking about the state of the NHS, the vaccine rollout and how we’re going to revitalize the economy. Not sobbing about mummy.
Jeremy Clarkson last week in his Sunday Times column branded Keir a wimp and said bottling up his own feelings never did him any harm. They’ve never done me any harm either - in fact, a kick up the backside and someone telling me “man up or I’ll kick you out” was the reason I’m no longer drinking at 6 in the morning. Nope. Keir should man up too and stop sobbing on national television. This interview with Piers didn’t humanise the charisma-free Opposition Leader, it dehumanized him - made him look like a right old wimp.
I had found it a bit of a slow-burner with too much time spent on subplots about Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce, but the opening of this finale with Kate with a gun at the waterfall was topnotch TV - maiden hour ‘Broadchurch’-level stuff. It was unfortunate that the rest of the episode was such a damp squib.
It was revealed that Ryan - the little boy son of Mare’s friend Lori - was the killer in what must be the worst reveal of a killer since they crowned Bran Stark king. Ryan was so weedy and weak and insignificant. You could hardly call him serial killer material. The episode then ended with Mare climbing into a loft...Awards for most uninspiring ending are in order.
Kate Winslet has given her all to this series and rightfully so - she’s a brilliant actress, arguably our best working. But this fell short of the best whodunnits like ‘The Killing’ and ‘The Missing’ despite some stunning Scandi-worthy scenery. Boys don’t make for good serial killers...
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