I rather enjoyed the BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue – now on Netflix. Well, the first two episodes at least, and I gasped at the cliffhanger at the end of the second episode. But would I have been happier if I had stopped there? Probably.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode, set in Castle Dracula, with a surviving Jonathan Harker conveying his story of his time at Castle Dracula to Sister Agatha, and the confrontation that followed (as well as Doctor Who and Sherlock refs). The second episode, a reworking of the voyage of the Demeter to Whitby was also just the ticket, and yes the reference to Gatiss' League Of Gentlemen compatriots' Inside At Number 9 was bang on too.
But how was I to know? So last night I watched the third episode and – okay, look, there was lots that I enjoyed. The line 'Is he drunk?' 'In a manner of speaking' was glorious. And if you are looking for references we got both the Shining and Dracula AD 1972 that I could see. Probably many more. But, no it wasn't enough. And, look I'm being as careful as I can with spoilers here. But as to the position that has been claimed below…
You know what, that's probably fine. Stop there. You can come up with your own 'what happened next if you wish'. And for the best gags, just read the Supernatural Law series and you'll be done. I mean, okay, if you've watched the first three hours, you'll probably go for the final 90 minutes, there is nothing I can do to stop you. But at least I tried… and at least we found our next James Bond.