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Tue 3 Jan 17 #1 
jmaxg
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TWO shows (that I know of) that he has written and produced........

1.  Line of Duty (3 seasons) - A particularly well written and devastating drama cleverly written around police procedure that involves British police and the "AC" or "Anti-Corruption" units that seek out corrupt cops.

The seasons shown involved an intricate yet honest portrayal of deep corruption starting from station level up to and including command as the three seasons played out....the conclusion itself leaving it open for another season.

The show itself is beautifully scripted, wonderfully acted and masterfully directed by it's multiple directors.

It's also uncomfortable to watch, excruciating in Season 2 and revelationary in Season 3.

In short, it is the best police drama both in film and TV that I have ever seen.

2. CRITICAL - The theme of the show is thus......a trauma case. In every episode, you see ALL of that case. You see the internal bleeding, you see the chest getting cracked open, you see the heart being manually manipulated, you SEE the heart, lungs and intestines.

You watch this manic trauma surgeon (Lenny James) as he fights death no matter what.

Everything is laid out in explicit, gory detail. Do NOT watch this show unless you understand the human body is a machine.

The thing I love about this show is at the end of the episode, my neck (the viewers neck) is also stressed.

All you do is watch. But given what you are shown HAS to be done to save one person's life, you wonder where they get the strength from.

That's pretty cool writing.

Ok......so cough up. Where did Jed Mercurio come from? Does he have have a history?




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Tue 3 Jan 17 #2 
jmaxg
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To those who think I am joking, I reinforce.....

"Line Of Duty" is the best police drama, both in cinema and TV, that I have ever seen.




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Tue 3 Jan 17 #3 
Helen McKenzie
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Mercurio was born in Nelson, Lancashire but grew up in Cannock, Staffordshire.[6] While an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham Medical School, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force and underwent pilot training with the intention of specialising in aviation medicine.[7][8] Instead, during subsequent practice as a hospital physician, Mercurio answered an advertisement in the British Medical Journal and, despite negligible writing experience,[2] scripted the BBC medical drama Cardiac Arrest under the pseudonym John MacUre.[9] Subsequently he retired from medicine and the military to pursue a writing career under his own name.[6]




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Tue 3 Jan 17 #4 
jmaxg
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You pommies should be proud.

His writing is STUNNINGLY accurate both in procedure and emotion.

He is the "Michael Crichton" of the new age.

That is a HUGE compliment.




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Tue 3 Jan 17 #5 
Helen McKenzie
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His partner is an actress on "Men behaving badly"




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Tue 3 Jan 17 #6 
jmaxg
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I have watched many films and TV shows that simply conjecture.........ESPECIALLY like shows called "NCIS".

"Line Of Duty" (LID) didn't even come close to that. LID was all about  ACTUAL procedure, law and policy.

The writer knew that and provided a show that was gripping, fascinating and open from season to season.

I am NOT gonna give away spoilers. But what I watched was taught, tight and terrific from season 1 to the unexpected end of season 3.

I do NOT believe I am saying this but, that was the best and most engrossing cop show I have ever seen.




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Tue 3 Jan 17 #7 
jmaxg
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Did he take a tip from and use the method of Australia's "Underbelly" series?

I personally don't care. All I see is awesome writing, acting and a great series called "Line Of Duty".

Writing and acting makes the difference.

If the originator was inspired by style, then so be it.

But that script came later and was inspired all by itself.

The "Underbelly" series was good, even great.

But Jed Mercurio came up with something that surpassed that.

One has to acknowledge that.




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Thu 5 Jan 17 #8 
jmaxg
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Procedure is the key.

In "Line of Duty", the producers went out of their way to explain police "anti-corruption" procedure.

As a former clerk of the Australian Army, I really appreciated that. It made sense and put everything into perspective.

Obviously, Jed Mercurio is the Michael Crichton of the 21st Century.

I hope that is regarded as a compliment.




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Thu 5 Jan 17 #9 
jmaxg
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As for "Critical"? Apart from the gore, it is a thing of beauty.

I would recommend everybody watch it.




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Thu 5 Jan 17 #10 
jmaxg
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Did I almost throw up watching "Critical"? Yes.....a couple of times.

But the bravery of this show made me keep watching.




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Fri 6 Jan 17 #11 
rmcmanus
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I thought you were talking about that bloke who was in Strictly Ballroom.




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Fri 6 Jan 17 #12 
Doctor Factenstein
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That's Paul "My Steps, My Way Fran" Mercurio. :)




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #13 
jmaxg
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To rmc...that's PAUL Mercurio.

PAUL Mercurio was the lead dancer in that film.....a Baz Luhrmann directed terrific film by the way that should be remade by the way because the soundtrack was not up to par.

The use of midi and electronik as opposed to actual musicians in the soundtrack infuriated me and I think, robbed the film of a bigger impact especially during certain scenes like the finale.

Imagine the final paso doble sequence but without the tinny eletronik music but instead, a full blown orchestra. It would have blown everybodies' minds.

Trivia associated with that film:

Paul Mercurio is the son of Gus Mercurio......a perennial Australian TV character "heavy" who came to Australia from America by way of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics where he was a boxing judge and decided to stay.

Gus was also one of the creators of the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame to which he was inducted in 2008 due to services relative to boxing, training and judging.

As a kid growing up in Australia, I remember that in every Australian show I watched, his pug nose and squinty eyes were always there as the villain. But even as a kid, I could tell it was acting......Gus never frightened me in the slightest.

I thought his portrayal in "The Man From Snowy River" (1982) was just perfect.....the secretive other guy that had a history, just don't ask about it. But knew of Jim's dad and would muster with Jim when called upon. That's what mates are all about.

But this was about Paul Mercurio, Gus's son.

To that I will say Paul's acting sucks.

But his dancing is energetic, artistic, skilled, flamboyant, expressive and stunning.

There is no doubt that "Strictly Ballroom" (1992) was as good as it was because of Paul Mercurio.

I just wish they'd backed off of the computer midi's and let real artists play the soundtrack.




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #14 
jmaxg
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The Final Dramatic Pasa Doble in "Strictly Ballroom".

Sort of.....it's been altered obviously. But in a good way.




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #15 
jmaxg
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But this was about Jed Mercurio so let's get back to it.

Java tells me he was once a doctor. Well, that explains "Clinical".

But why was "Line Of Duty" so bloody good?




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #16 
Ruby Franks
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Oh duh - because he is a good writer. I too thought Line of Duty was terrific.

I am looking forward to hearing GF Newman's third series of The Corrupted next week on radio.

Why is it that it seems so many doctors move on to the arts/showbiz? Or is it that we just notice it more because it seems more remarkable than the people who leave other professions to act/write/do comedy. Off the top of my head, ex-doctors: Jonathan Miller, Harry Hill, Graeme Garden, Graham Chapman, Paul Sinha, Somerset Maugham, Conan Doyle.  Was Michael Crichton a doctor as well or have I just dreamed that  up?




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #17 
Helen McKenzie
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Yes Ruby, Michael Crichton was a Physician specialising in the Science Fiction, Medical Fiction and Thriller genres.




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #18 
sally906
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They're probably related - Mercurio is an Italian surname from a small area near Venice.  Lots of Mercurio's emigrated to America in the 1800s




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #19 
jmaxg
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I was gonna say that........Michael Crichton was one of my favourite authors that became script-writers.

His books are un-put-downable.




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #20 
jmaxg
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But I'd just like to point out that even though I thought it, I didn't actually state it.

You bastards have a great author in that I watched and loved "Line of Duty".

You guys have an author that translates.

I KNOW why "Line Of Duty" was so good. I am just waiting for someone to tell me what I already know.

The reason is intimate and if you watch the show, it feels like it.




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #21 
jmaxg
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Procedure.

That is the reason why "Line Of Duty" works.

It's the reason why "Clinical" works too.




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Sat 7 Jan 17 #22 
jmaxg
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The viewer needs to know there is a system they can depend on.

That is perfectly understandable.




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Tue 10 Jan 17 #23 
jmaxg
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Just a small note relative to Ruby Franks' post above.....

Graham Chapman was in training to be a doctor, but he never actually became one. He opted out of his education in favour of being a comedy writer.

Same with John Cleese who I believe who was on track to become a law professor until he too discovered comedy writing.

Both were members of the Cambridge Footlights drama club.




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