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This morning when I woke, I decided to watch BBC’s most recent production of An Inspector Calls. Have you seen it yet? If not, here are my thoughts on An Inspector Calls (2015).
First Up – The Trailer
What Is An Inspector Calls?
An Inspector Calls is a 2015 British thriller television film written by Helen Edmundson, based on the J. B. Priestley 1945 play of the same name. It is directed by Aisling Walsh, produced by Howard Ella and stars David Thewlis (Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter films!) as the titular character. The story is centred on a mysterious inspector, who investigates the socially ambitious Birling family and a dinner guest following the suicide of a young woman. The film was first broadcast on 13 September 2015 on BBC One, so just a few days ago at time of writing.
The Plot of An Inspector Calls
The film is set in 1912 and follows the events of a single evening on which the wealthy Birling family is holding a dinner party to celebrate the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, to Gerald Croft. The festivities are then interrupted by a visit from a policeman, Inspector Goole, who is investigating the recent suicide of a local young woman named Eva Smith. Goole’s interrogations of each member of the dinner party make it clear that all of them have contributed to the tragedy through individually unjust, selfish or exploitative behaviour. The Inspector leaves the subdued group with a warning that human beings have shared responsibility for each other and that this lesson will soon be taught “in fire and blood and anguish”—an apparent reference to the outbreak of World War I two years later.
My Thoughts on An Inspector Calls
Having not read or seen it before, I wasn’t sure what to expect or even what the storyline was for An Inspector Calls, apart from the obvious fact that an inspector was going to call with the family we are introduced to at the start of the programme. Sometimes that’s the best way to go into something – both feet first and with your eyes closed! But with not knowing what to expect, I sort of had to make sure I watched it instead of the usual watching and blogging at the same time. A bit of a pain, but boy am I glad I did!
If you know the story of An Inspector Calls, then I’m sure you’re aware that I can’t go into too much detail. Just in case you or your fellow readers feel like you want to watch it after reading my thoughts.
I loved it. That’s the only way to put it. The acting was brilliant, the storyline excellent and, above all, the production was superb. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed something this much since ITV aired the last ever Poirots to involve David Suchet.
Some well known names from An Inspector Calls include Miranda Richardson, Ken Scott and David Thewlis. With these three being the most known and having big parts in the show, it was always going to be a success. An interesting piece of trivia (and warning this may be considered a spoiler) playwrite J. B. Priestley died before disclosing the true identity of the Inspector.
So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, An Inspector Calls is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. Let me know what you think! I, for one, could watch it over and over again for the fantastic acting skills. Then again, there are a lot of shows I can watch multiple times – take Grey’s Anatomy as an example!
The Rest of Today
I am currently sitting at my desk, listening to The Archers Omnibus, and waiting for Jason to wake up. We’re meant to be going to the fresher’s fayre this morning together however the plan was to leave 25 minutes ago… Unsure whether to wake him, wait for him, or just go off on my own. It’s quite a scary prospect – navigating the advertising teams along University Avenue and Library Hill. I am meeting my Granny today in Glasgow City Centre. She’s coming over for a while to look after my cousins while my aunt and uncle are out of town. Granny is actually travelling to Dundee but her bus has about an hour and a half of a stop over in Glasgow and so we are going to go out for dinner. This doesn’t bode well for the healthier eating plan but I suppose the box of After Eights I ate last night in bed doesn’t help either… I wouldn’t have eaten them but they were a birthday present and it’s rude to say no, right? Yes, I know… I have no self control whatsoever. Hopefully today will go better.
Have a good afternoon, whatever everyone gets up to! At least I’ve now crossed a few things off today’s to do list…
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