Saturday, November 04, 2006

Today's Random TV-Related Thought

Watching British cop shows is weird. I keep finding myself thinking, wait a minute, why on Earth don't they just draw their guns-- Oh.

I suspect that, no matter how many British cop shows I watch, this is always going to be the case. Which certainly says something about either about the US or the UK. Or possibly just about me.

9 comments:

  1. American cops pull their guns a lot less often in real life than on TV.

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  2. Well, obviously. But that fact doesn't change my expectations of what I'm going to see on a TV show.

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  3. British cops dont have guns. They are over here in the hands of kids.

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  4. Which shows in particular?

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  5. Well, the three examples that have particularly jumped out at me (not all of which are exactly cop shows, I admit) were Cracker, Torchwood and Life on Mars. I've just been watching that last, which was what prompted the post. Although, interestingly enough, there were guns in the next episode.

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  6. I've yet to see Life on Mars or Torchwood, but Cracker was crackingly good. I hear they have relaunched the series.
    The old Brit cop show I want to see is The Sweeney.

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  7. British police don't carry guns?

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  8. Nope! Well, I think there are some special divisions that are armed, but regular beat cops don't. I think they get some kind of a stick. :)

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  9. I believe that is changing, if it hasn't changed already. Flying Squads (hence Sweeney Todd) signed out firearms and then proceeded to bank hold ups etc.

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