One of the things that bugs be about "Ripper" is that it was shot more 
like an American TV series instead of a British one.  "Copper" was done 
a little like that too.  I first noticed this difference in 
cinematography with the UK seires "The Prisoner" back in the 1960s.  
Most US TV shows had lots of close ups and few master shots.  "The 
Prisoner" had a lot of master shots and medium shots instead of 
close-ups during dialog.  It looked more like a movie.  Likewise 
"Utopia" was shot that way and even in scope (another thing which would 
keep it of US networks).

Only a few years after I worked with a couple of entertainers who had be 
guest stars on some US TV shows including "Star Trek". They told me that 
doing TV was easy because of those close ups. You didn't need to act 
just deliver your lines.  Acting also has to do with what you are doing 
with your body.  So to save money US TV shot a lot more close-ups just 
to make sure that no actor blew his body language in a scene.  With the 
advent of widescreen TVs and many of us own larger than 27" sets that 
kind of cinematography looks ridiculous or as some cinematographers like 
to say, "shots only a dentist would enjoy."

Maybe it's the tradition of the UK having Shakespearean actors though 
from commentaries I've learned that not all UK actors have been brought 
up in that discipline.

On 03/04/2013 11:46 PM, turquoiseb wrote:
> Thanks for the heads-up. You were certainly right about
> both "Utopia" and "Black Mirror," so I'll give this one
> a shot.
> --- In, "salyavin808" <fintlewoodlewix@...> 
> wrote:
>> Another fun BBC thriller for anyone who likes to watch
>> these dark things.
>> A 14 year old girl goes missing on the way to the May day
>> fair in her village, has she been murdered? Who is the
>> most likely suspect if she has?
>> Actually it's easier to work out who *isn't* a suspect,
>> I have my theory but it's bound to be wrong as this one
>> is particularly well written and played. Enjoy.

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