favourite mini series

The screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin was born on February 15th 1932. 

It’s usually the actors who get the glory and the in general the posts celebrating their contribution, but where would they be without the relatively unknown and overlooked writers like Kennedy Martin? Mention Z Cars, The Italian Job and Edge of Darkness and you will have three very well known pieces written by this Rothesay born man, yet in a career spanning six decades, these iconic works represent only the tip of an iceberg, with much of his television work unknown or lost and many scripts, for film and TV, unproduced.

Add Kelly’s Heroes starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland in 1970, then Red Heat with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi it shows the scope of his writing. 

He also wrote episodes of the very popular 70’s cop show the Sweeney, incidentally created by his brother Ian Kennedy Martin, and one of my favourite 80’s mini-series Reilly, Ace of Spies, dramatizing the true life of Sidney Reilly, a Russian Jew who became one of the greatest spies ever.

Another true story he wrote the screenplay for was that of former SAS Andy McNab in Bravo Two Zero, made into a mini-series in 1999.

Kennedy Martin died of liver cancer on 15 September 2009, aged 77.

30 DAY TV CHALLENGE : DAY 17 - Favourite mini series

Day 01- A show that should have never been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite season finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


No contest. Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries.. that kicked of the whole AWESOME remake. It was so good and well received that it went on to be a whole full length 4 season series (plus movies, webisodes etc). 3 hours long in total it focuses on the return of the Cylons, the attacked that destroys the colonies and the coming together of the surviving members space-bound of the human race, including Battlestar Galactica and her crew. Amazing cast, great action.. it sets up many of the the that run through the rest the series. I watched it in one go and had no idea that 3 hours of my life had passed, I had that much fun!


Also, there is Jamie Bamber.