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The Killing Series 3 | Sarah Lund in Blue Sweater

The Killing Series 3

The Killing Series 3

The third series of the killing started last week on BBC four.

We enjoyed series 1 and 2 of The Killing and Sofie Grabol’s character Sarah Lund is a particularly interesting character. Series III looks like it’s going to be just as good as the previous two become off to a good start last night with a double episode.

Apparently they’re not going to make any more after this particular series and I can understand why. The success of any show is due to its repeatability and they’re probably running out of ideas at this point.

The Kiling Series 3 : Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund wearinh her new sweater

A Successful TV Series Formula

The killing does have a formula and it’s pretty evident as we starting to watch the third series. Series 1 and two have the same forked hyper formula. Effectively they consist of a political plot, a murder, in various happenings England’s personal life. One of the interesting things about the political plot is that generally there appear to be two political protagonists at loggerheads throughout the series right until the end episode. This is perhaps what makes the problem little bit more interesting than some of the traditional detective series we get in the UK.

It’s a bit of an odd quirk you wouldn’t expect to find a political miniseries inside a murder drama on television. In actual fact the political activity usually has very little to do with the murder itself. The political drama inside the series provides a useful break from the investigation of the case. The extra characters keep the interest going and provide more depth than you usually find in detective show.

Story Continuity

The fact that the TV series is a continuing story every week is quite different to what we usually have in UK detective shows. A continuing story of this nature allows the characters to be developed fully, and the lead character in particular we started about some empathy with and that’s quite unique. UK TV shows typically roll around the character of the story each week in the hour-long episodes is generally unrelated the ones previously all going forward.

Our best variation on this is something like the DCI Banks TV series where we get programs with a story that are generally shown over two episodes. This works to send extent but unlike The Killing Series (which has 10 episodes) it doesn’t really allow for the regular characters to be fully developed.

Popularity Despite Subtitles

The killing has been immensely popular in UK and this despite the fact that it’s actually a subtitled show. Another quirk of the show that has caught people’s imagination is the development of the Lund character. Sarah Lund is a mysteriously interesting character, she is distant, generally unemotional and quite curt with her colleagues. Overall she is not that animated and yet we remain fascinated.

Sarah Lund’s character is that of a Maverick this is compounded by the fact that she isn’t the typical stereotyped female character that you could expect to find in such a show. She doesn’t wear dramatic clothing and she never looks like she’s wearing make-up. She’s far from the well turned out female lead you would expect to see in such a show.

The Killing Sweater!

Sarah Lund typically wears a jumper and jeans and some sort of three-quarter length coat for her job throughout the series. In fact the sweaters have become something of a trademark of the show and are followed around the world. We’ll have a further post soon about Sarah Lund’s sweaters and how iconic they’ve become. We can’t help wondering whether or not this was intentional on the part of the producers!

Joanna

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Bond Girl Style – James Bond Skyfall

Bond Girl Style – Skyfall Film Premier

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, chances are you’ll have heard about the new James Bond movie hitting the big screen.
Skyfall looks like ticking all the usual 007 boxes – drama, action, witty one liners, clever gadgets, dinner suits and of course, devastatingly glamorous women.

Berenice Marlohe at Skyfall PremiereThe premier was of course an equally glamorous event and we were keen to see the array of fabulous frocks flaunted down the red carpet. Unfortunately, we were left a little disappointed. We wanted glitz, glamour and style, and in most cases we got boring, unflattering or starlet Naomie Harris, just odd. Her Marios Schwabb dress was essentially a sequinned bodice under a mass of sheer black netting. It looked unfinished and out of place, certainly not very bond girl. Tamara Ecclestone’s emerald green frock was a great colour, but opting for showing off your cleavage and your legs is never a good idea, it can end up looking a little cheap. Darcy Bussell almost got it right, in an elegant black fishtail frock, but it was topped with a much too big bow which made it look more Halloween than Hollywood for us.

It wasn’t all bad news though, Kelly Brook looked fabulous in a floor length glittering gold frock which flattered her curves beautifully and Berenice Marlohe looked every inch a bond girl in her stunning scarlet gown.

Skyfall Bond Girl Style Winner

Our style winner though, was the always gorgeous Penelope Cruz. Like Kelly, she opted to glitter in gold with a simply beautiful L’Wren Scott gown. She didn’t want to steal the spotlight from husband Javier Bardem (who plays one of the new villains in the new bond movie), and though she kept the look simple with her chic ponytail, subtle makeup and understated Emilio Pucci clutch, it was difficult not to notice how effortlessly elegant she looked on the red carpet. She could be the perfect bond girl. Penelope Cruz at Skyfall Premiere

If you’ve been inspired to add a little shaken not stirred style glamour to your own wardrobe, allow us to be of not so secret service!

Don’t be afraid of colour

Bond Girl Style Roll Neck Top At Vida ModaBond Girls don’t blend in to the background (unless they’re undercover, of course.) So take your lead from Ms Marlohe and dare to stand out with a pop of colour to ensure you don’t go un-noticed. Our purple roll neck is a great place to start, and is full of secret double agent style too. Team it with black skirt or trousers and heels for a classy evening soiree, or with jeans and boots for a daytime rendezvous. Oh, and if you are going undercover then you can team the black version of the roll neck with a black merino wool skirt to devastating effect. Wear either roll neck with a skirt or black jeans.

Know how to Rock a Frock

Anathea Dress By Parakian at Vida ModaGlamorous parties and elegant engagements are all in a day’s work for a budding bond girl, so you’re going to need a good supply of fabulous frocks. Little black dresses are all well and good, but to really stand out, how about this stunning patterned option by French label Parakian? The lacy texture and unusual pattern combine to create a truly stunning dress that will see you through many a dinner party. Good for everyday wear too. Transform this dress using different footerwear, stylish shoes for an evening party or boots as shown for daywear.

Bond Girl Style – Business

Bitte Kai Rand Designer Top and Skirt at Vida Moda

Alternatively, in a business setting you might opt for this striking combination from Danish designer Bitte Kai Rand. A beautiful patterned top and skirt in a wonderful flowing fabric. The skirt is cut in modern style that is glamourous, eyecatching and very chic, perfect bond girl style.

Embrace Your Curves

The most important key to Bond Girl style is to exude confidence and style. Embrace your curves and love your body, whatever shape it is! If you believe you look amazing, it translates to the way you carry yourself, and to the way other people see you. Don’t focus on trying to hide the parts of yourself you don’t like (perhaps we focus too much on this in the UK). Make the most of the parts you do like, and flaunt them to their full potential just like a Bond Girl!

If you’re blessed with voluptuous cleavage, experiment with v-neck and wrap styles to accentuate your ‘assets’. If you have a tiny waist, define it with a belt. If you have great legs, look for shorter length skirts and up the glamour factor with some fishnet tights.

Finishing Touches – Bond Girl Style

James Bond has Q to supply him with gadget or two. Bond Girls make excellent use of accessories and makeup. A flash of red lipstick or well manicured scarlet nails can be the perfect way to finish off your bond girl look, but experiment and see what works for you. Maybe some extra jewellery to add a little sparkle and detail? A killer pair of heels to elongate your legs and add instant glamour? Or perhaps a super chic little clutch bag to stash your lipstick which also doubles as a spy camera. (The 007 stuff might have gone to our heads there!)

Above all else, have fun with it. Bond girl style glamour is frivolous, flirty and fun. Go for all out glamour, or just add a few touches to your everyday look. Either way, you’ll soon be applying for your bond girl style license to thrill.

Joanna

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