This Sunday saw one of the most important nights in #film and #TV land with the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The show was spectacular and delivered some great moments, from Andrew Garfield's and Ryan Reynolds kiss, to Queen Meryl and Queen Viola making killer speeches and Sarah Paulson getting more love for her astounding performance as Marcia Clark in The People vs OJ: American Crime Story. As well as the high end fashion, surprising results and celebrity appearances, one thing that shocked the world was the success of the British drama The Night Manager.
Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Coleman took home awards for their performance in the BBC series — it's transmitted on AMC in the US — and this achievement goes to show that some of the best TV dramas don't originate in the States. However, it also begs the question as to why The Night Manager was the only British drama to get a nomination and if it has anything to do with the use of a big name like Hiddleston or the broadcast on AMC. With this in mind, let's take a look at several other series that deserve just as much, if not more, Golden Globe recognition than The Night Manager.
It's no secret that BBC is the home of some of the best drama series in the world and none of them are better than Happy Valley — not even The Night Manager. Happy Valley is set in the Calder Valley in Yorkshire and follows tough, no-nonsense police sergeant Catherine Cawood who's nightmares come back to haunt her when the man responsible for her daughter's suicide is released from prison. At the same time she has to investigate a sinister kidnapping but the two events are more linked than Cawood knows.
The BAFTA winning series is extremely popular worldwide, with leading actress Sarah Lancashire constantly receiving praise for her performance as Cawood. The series is nominated for several awards at the upcoming National Television Awards and is without a doubt one of the most compelling and edge of seat dramas on TV. #HappyValley has broken boundaries with its excellent script and hard hitting scenes — The Guardian called Happy Valley Britain's version of The Wire, noting that it's the "best thing on TV on either side of the Atlantic".
Before the nominations for the Golden Globes were announced, I was certain that Happy Valley and Lancashire would receive some recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press and I was stunned to hear that they didn't. After all, Netflix dramas are more popular than ever at the moment and with Happy Valley being promoted as a Netflix original in the US, it would've been a prime candidate for a Golden Globe nod.
With a third and final season in production, perhaps The Night Manager's win will encourage the Hollywood Foreign Press to include Happy Valley next time around. Hopefully this Golden Globe success for the Tom Hiddleston led drama has paved the way for equally as good, and in this case, more deserving series' because Happy Valley is the best British drama there is.
War & Peace
Tolstoy's epic novel War & Peace has been adapted for the screen — both big and small — several times before, but last year's eight part BBC version was astounding on all fronts. Featuring a stand out performance from James Norton — who also plays the villainous Tommy Lee Royce on Happy Valley — War & Peace is everything that you would expect and more.
#WarAndPeace deserves Golden Globe recognition not only for the writing and the cast but also for the production. The outfits are gorgeous and the settings and locations are magnificent.
From the outset, it's clear that the production costs were high and the creators spared no expense in making War & Peace look and feel exactly how a period piece like this should feel. For such an epic production of one of the most famous novels of all time, War & Peace deserves much more credit than it appears to get from award ceremonies.
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Happy Valley isn't the only spectacular crime drama to come out Britain. ITV's Unforgotten first aired in 2015 and received rave reviews. The series focuses DS Cassie Stuart as she leads a police investigation after the 20 year old remains of a young boy are discovered in a house. Several completely different storylines intertwine as Stuart gets closer and closer to the truth.
The idea behind #Unforgotten may not sound original but it's how the script cleverly weaves together the storylines and keeps viewing guessing until the very end that makes us want to come back for more.
Unforgotten returned for a second season last week in the UK and so far it seems to have avoided the second series syndrome that plagues so many great shows. This excellently written drama is certainly worthy of a Golden Globe nomination and Nicola Walker's performance as the intense Cassie Stuart is most deserving of every award going.
Last Tango In Halifax
One particular genre that British TV excels in that doesn't seem to work in America is the standard family drama. BBC's Last Tango In Halifax, which airs on PBS in America, is exactly that but with a twist. From Sally Wainwright, the brilliant writer behind Happy Valley, #LastTangoInHalifax follows the story of elderly couple Alan and Celia as they re-connect for the first time in over 50 years via Facebook. Through their new found love, their families become one and together the twosome realize that you're never too old to find happiness.
Featuring standout performances from Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker, Last Tango In Halifax is a breath of fresh air in an age where television is so obsessed with crime and period dramas. Despite being most known to viewers for her performance on Happy Valley, it was her performance as Caroline on Last Tango In Halifax that resulted in Lancashire winning a BAFTA award. This begs the question as to why the series, like all of the others on this list has been snubbed by the Golden Globe awards?
Although there are great dramas produced all over the world, there is no doubt that the Golden Globe Awards are primarily intended for US programming. That aside, there are few series' such as Downton Abbey and now The Night Manager that have been incredibly successful with US audiences and this led to the Hollywood Foreign Press awarding them with Golden Globe Nominations. The Night Manager's win at this year's award ceremony hopefully marks the beginning of several more deserving British series' getting nominated in the years to come.
What British TV series' would you like to see nominated for a Golden Globe award? Tell me in the comment section below.
[Source: The Guardian]