Excellent . Kept me interested throughout the episodes . Sam Riley was very good as Douglas Archer . I love his voice and those people who complained about the sound should put the volume control up or use an hearing aid .I did not have a problem. If there was a problem with the sound then that is the sound technician' s fault not the actors .
By coincidence, I read Len Deighton's novel only a few weeks before discovering that it had been dramatised by the BBC, so the plot and characters were fresh as I watched SS-GB. Overall, I think it is an effective drama (I'm not concerned with the 'Mumblegate' that has surrounded the series) with a number of strong performances, especially those of Lars Eidinger as Oskar Huth and Maeve Dermody as Sylvia (whose role is nicely expanded upon in comparison to the novel). Yes, Sam Riley is a little on the young side to fully convince as 'Archer of the Yard', but he does provide a stylish presence, and it would be good to see more of the character. Fundamentally, the concept is an imaginative one, however the reality of a Nazi-occupied Britain does not quite come off due to obvious budget restrictions, as such, the scale and social impact of the German military presence is never really fully established or effectively visualised. Furthermore, the series really needed an extra episode as the plot strands (the atomic research base attack and the freeing of the King) rather abruptly come to a crux. However, by adding some revisions to Deighton's plot, the series does leave the way open for further Archer adventures, which hopefully will appear in the near-future
I started watching the first episode of this expecting something like the classic "Foyle's War" -- maybe more stylish for the younger set but still a gritty, character-driven story of wartime tensions, and something of reality about it. Yes, I had anticipated the noir visual style as well, which I generally like very much. But this is presented virtually as a sequence of connected "stills" with each static scene shot and reshot until the two-shot of the leads forms the intended composition of two impossibly "beautiful people", with sheets draped over luscious nude bodies, he looking for all the world like a preppie untouched by the real world (never mind a Nazi invasion) and she most concerned with holding her cigarette holder at just the right louche angle to display an expensive manicure. All this topped by luxurious fashions (for a cop and his woman?) that make Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall look like peasants. Obviously that's the whole idea -- to astound shallow people with a series of visual images of unreality. One can watch for 5 to 10 minutes before asking "What's the point?" and gratefully switching over.
A lot of reviews seem to have this series decided from the first episode. Well I enjoyed the first episode and the second seems to have improved the quality of the series.The premise is hardly new and despite the book being out in the 70s it seems like it has similarities to "The man in the high castle" but, other than the premise that Germany won the war, it's not.I think it's closer to 40s film noir where the hero/Nazi Sympathiser(?) is constantly lied to and friends become enemies and visa versa. I'm going to give it a go and see where it goes. I'm hopeful.