TV Series: Ballykissangel

This is another British (at least BBC, set in Ireland) show that I discovered recently and really enjoyed.  It follows the adventures of a young priest from Manchester assigned to a parish in Ireland in the town of Ballykissangel.

His supervisor is somewhat conservative and doesn’t always appreciate his approach to ministry, but the villagers often do, with the frequent exception of one of the largest contributors to the church.  Those who have been involved in ministry will recognize the types of problems he encounters as well as the joys.  The culture may change, but the human equation remains the same.

I’ve put my humor and mystery previews from British sources on this page.  These are also available for viewing on Netflix by subscribers.

TV Series: Campion

I love British mystery series, in just about any period.  Over the weekend I discovered a new one, to me, though it’s been around for some time and I missed it.  This is Campion, set in the 1930s, with another of those kind of standard eccentric aristocratic detectives, complete with slightly mysterious butler.

I would say this one is a somewhat less humorous (and the detective less eccentric) than the Lord Peter Wimsey stuff.  It’s less about the science of detection than the more modern series like Lynley or Alleyn, though it tends to be a bit more serious like those latter two.

I found myself thoroughly enjoying this series from the start, and I think others will as well.  I’ve created a page on which to place the Amazon.com preview widget which collects Campion and a number of other British mystery and comedy shows I have enjoyed.