Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Berkley Square

We just finished seeing the tenth and last episode of a 1998 BBC series called Berkley Square. It follows the trials and tribulations of three nannies. We found it far more tense and gripping than any current-day spy thriller can possibly be. The reasons are the three most important facts about fiction (on the model of real estate): character, character, character. The tale ends, sort of, but enough pieces are left hanging so that not everything is properly resolved. A heavy web search does not show that this initial showing, in ten episodes, was ever followed by a continuation—although I “remember” the ultimate resolution. Now how could that be? 

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