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Old January 8th 18, 03:02 PM posted to
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On Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:59:10 GMT
Johnny B Good wrote:

On Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:34:01 +0000, The Other John wrote:

On Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:47:34 +0000, Brian Gaff wrote:

Has tv drama decided to record all dialogue as mumbles?
I was watching the box last night to see what was on and something
on bbc 1 which I'm assuming was a drama seemed to have all the
dialogue mumbled.

I watched the first episode of the new thriller "Hard Sun" on
Saturday and had to turn subtitles on due to mumblevision [tm]!

I downloaded it using get_iplayer. Mumbling was the least of its
problems (in fact I never noticed any). The story appears to be a
fresh spewing of an earlier version that was shown some years ago.

Unfortunately, I can't find any trace of that earlier series
recording on my NAS box but it may have been relegated to an off-line
archive I haven't had a chance to check out thus far.

Interestingly, I noticed Prof Brian Cox listed in the end credits as
the "Specialist Advisor". Quite frankly, I'm rather surprised by such
'bravery' in allowing his name to be associated in any way with such
a piece of fiction where the simple act of downloading a computer
file results in a rapid movie of its content during the download,
rather than the more commonplace "Progress Bar" (both in real life
*and* movies like "G-Force" for Gawd's sake!).

It's hard enough to suspend critical judgement in order to enjoy the
story as "A Jolly Good Yarn" when you see such efforts to "Jazz
Things Up", seemingly in an effort to retain the interest of a
typical BBC1/ITV audience.

Searching the interweb for any mention of the earlier series just
draws a blank. It would help if I knew its actual name (which may or
may not have been "Hard Sun" or a variant thereof). The story has
certainly been aired before but my memory fails me on this
occasion. :-(

I found this on a Guardian review, if it's any help:

Cross took his inspiration for Hard Sun from the David Bowie song Five
Years, in which Bowie views a doomed-to-die Earth with a renewed sense
of unity and wonder.