Wow! What a close to the series! It had everything! Long-winded exposition and explanation, completely nonsensical motives and a General Commissioner saluting a baby, for crissakes!! Who could ask for more?
But what really capped it off, what really puts this in the Hall Of Fame of British Drama is that immortal line that Gabriel says on the boat - the big reveal - the tagline, hook and sounbite we'd all been waiting to hear...
"Do you mean to tell me this whole thing has been about pensions?"
Classic. Stop press. Welles, you're sacked. Mamet, you're fired. Sorkin, go home. This is what it's all about... Pensions! No, you didn't mishear. Pensions. Then he blows his face off.
The only line better than than that line would be:
"Do you mean to tell me this whole thing has been about filling out self-assessment tax returns?"
Closely followed by...
"Do you mean to tell me this whole thing has been about better trained doctors and nurses for the NHS?"
"Do you mean to tell me this whole thing has been about international stamp collecting?"
I believe that's what the hotly anticipated second series is gonna be about. Approx 78 people get killed fighting over a Diana memorial stamp.
Just for those of you who didn't manage to catch the last in the series, fear not, I have put together a little picture montage and soundtrack basically summing up the entire series...... enjoy!