“ Tube Talk ”
In our interviews with the cast, Ed Speleers (aka Jimmy) made quite an astute observation about the relationship between his show, Echo Beach, and its comedic counterpart: "The only possible fear is whether it's looking like Moving Wallpaper is taking the piss out of Echo Beach. If yes, [ITV] wouldn't put the two shows together."
To put that remark into context, this week's episode of Moving Wallpaper features Jonathan Pope suggesting a storyline where Martine McCutcheon flashes her breasts. He laughs when she - off camera - refuses on the grounds of "artistic integrity".
I genuinely believe that Echo Beach was intended to be viewed as a serious soap. Unfortunately, as the weeks go by, Echo Beach does feel more and more like a parody of a soap and it becomes much harder to take any of the plotlines seriously. Miscast Martine is its biggest problem: if she believes it is genuine too, she's doing a poor acting job; if not, then she's out of sync with the rest of production. What do you think?
If you can suspend belief in Echo Beach in its own right, then there are more laughs to be had in the coming weeks. Susie Amy gets a bigger and bigger part as the series goes on, this week even blagging herself a place on the opening titles. The relationship between Daniel (Jason Donovan) and Susan (Miscast Martine) continues to grow, to the point of downright-adultery. Meanwhile rest assured that Jason Donovan's accent - is he English? Australian? South African?? - becomes more bizarre.
Finally this edition, an X-rated treat. Which Echo Beach actor was secretly taped having this foul-mouthed rant?
...and who was he talking about? Click onto 'The Mole' on the Moving Wallpaper site to find out.
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