Saturday July 4, 2020

Clunky, chaotic and anything but Clean

Reviewed this week: Clean Break RTE One; Fargo Channel 4; The Meaning of Life RTE One; Disclosure: Ireland’s Screen Slaves TV3

25th October, 2015
Ted Danson in Fargo (Channel 4)

The difference between Clean Break (RTE One) and Fargo is that Fargo was trying to be brilliant while Clean Break was just, well, trying. And trying in both senses of that word, floundering about, attempting to be something, as well as unconvincing and tedious.

Fargo (the original 1996 Coen Brothers movie) had been cited in comparisons even before Clean Break was broadcast, and writer Billy Roche acknowledged its influence.

But while the first episode of Fargo’s...

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