Tag: Douglas Mackinnon

Good Omens, Series 2

Good Omens, Series 2

by Neil Gaiman & John Finnemore

dir. Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Prime, 2023)

TV poster: “Good Omens, Series 2” by Neil Gaiman & John Finnemore; dir. Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Prime, 2023)

Without source material tangling its roots, Good Omens blossoms into a gloriously satirical excoriation of biblical schtick and the whole good versus evil dichotomy. Aziraphale and Crowley make for one of TV’s great odd couples. Michael Sheen puts in a bravura performance.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

by Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat; dir. Douglas Mackinnon (BBC, 2016)

TV poster: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” by Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat; dir. Douglas Mackinnon (BBC, 2016)

Cleverly executed, presenting initially as a standalone special then morphing into a bridge between series. Gatiss and Moffat indulge in some social commentary while poking gentle fun at the original Sherlock Holmes canon. Cumberbatch and Freeman (especially) revel in the old-fashioned characterisation.