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Making a drama out of architecture

It’s always fun to see architecture featuring in a drama and new televison series New Blood really makes a meal of it. Its second case, featuring a young policeman and his pal who works for the Serious Fraud Office, involves dodgy goings on surrounding the construction of London’s tallest new building.

It’s always fun to see architecture featuring in a drama and new televison series New Blood really makes a meal of it. Its second case, featuring a young policeman and his pal who works for the Serious Fraud Office, involves dodgy goings on surrounding the construction of London’s tallest new building. 

There are lots of rather gratuitous shots of London as a fast-moving city, but the fun comes with this newest construction by a pair of slick developer brothers. The building is dubbed The Scimitar and its predecessors have equally silly names, although no sillier than those that have been given to some city proposals (anybody for the can of ham?). One of the characters rants about the iniquity of these buildings, all foreign-owned and with unoccupied flats.

There is an Italian architect, an insurance problem, an inconvenient archeological discovery, a corrupt minister, some backhanders over the importing of inferior foreign stone, and a rather surprising amount of sitting round and chatting on a building site. This is the real construction world seen through a distorting mirror of murder and mayhem. Not of course all that plausible, but really enjoyable. How many TV dramas mention Section 106 agreements, after all?

Ruth Slavid

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