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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

ACCUSED - Tracie's Friend

Date: 27th August 2012


Tracie’s Friend - Just in case you think I’m being totally negative, I’ll make another case for ignoring the critics. I understand that the Sunday Times critic rubbished the first programme of four in the short series ‘Accused’. I don’t know the individual but I can only suggest he missed the finer points and sensitivity of the story.

I have to admit that I tuned in because I have a ‘thing’ for Sean Bean. I only caught up last year with the Sharpe Adventures not having seen them first time around. I openly admit I’m a romantic and I like history without tears. (Incidentally, having criticised poor speech and bad enunciation, there was no problem at all in comprehending Sharpe (a Northerner)  or anyone else in the series but then the programmes were made nearly 20 years ago before the ‘school of mumble’ became acceptable.)

Back to Sean Bean in Accused – you couldn’t imagine a more rugged male playing a transvestite but I thought Sean was absolutely superb and gave a very moving performance. It is only when you have actually seen a very big, butch male dressed in women’s clothes that you can comprehend that it is a situation which does exist. In his role, Sean showed the sensitive side of his character’s nature but he at least had the courage of his convictions and dressed as a woman in his ‘free time’ as opposed to the outwardly heterosexual man who is leading a double life with awful consequences.

I don’t think one an extend the term ‘enjoy’ to a programme which is harrowing and makes you think – but whatever is the appropriate word, I felt it and couldn’t wait for the next programme which was equally gripping in a completely different way with superb performances in Mo’s Story from Anne-Marie Duff and Olivia Colman which left me in tears at the end.

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