The Book Of Daniel, ITV4

by | May 2, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Good God, no. This so-called comedy drama about an unconventional priest was hellish from start to finish.

What was good about it?

• Grieving widow Victoria’s “somebody stop that bitch” outburst at the funeral of her philandering husband.

• American friends say it does get better – but we’re not sure it’s worth the time investment.

What was bad about it?

• Aidan Quinn can’t carry the show as painkiller-addicted Episcopal priest Daniel Webster who has links to the Mafia and gets visits from Jesus Christ (the stereotyped white man with long hair, a beard and a white robe – with a touch of surfer dude attitude added), who passes on mindless platitudes (“Life is hard – that’s why there’s such a good reward at the end of it”) and prevents the priest from smoking.

• The priest’s teenage children seemed to have been sketched by someone who has never met a teenager – there’s the floppy haired gay boy (he’ll never get a shag with that hair – but then TV gays rarely go looking for shags, do they?), the drug-dealing manga artist girl (off the rails but soon put back on the straight and narrow) and the adopted Oriental boy who thinks he’s a stud/comedian but is just an appalling specimen.

• Other characters were odious, too, including Ellen Burstyn’s bolshy female bishop, Daniel’s boozing wife and the sinister churchman Roger

• The squabbling over Sunday lunch (which had been preceded by a sung grace). Not a patch on the infighting among the Mitchells at the Queen Vic.

• There was no credibility in the crazy, mixed-up world that The Book Of Daniel sought to convey. It should have learned lessons from Six Feet Under (all of it) or Desperate Housewives (series one only).

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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