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Title: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
Post by: Domestique on December 27, 2011, 06:34:34 pm
I have given up looking at the tv guide and asking here instead
What is worth watching tonight  :-\
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on December 27, 2011, 06:37:55 pm
RI CHristmas lectures. 8pm
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on December 27, 2011, 07:04:49 pm
Just finished watching Coal on Discovery, may well be tuning into that DM. Read someones mind from 100 miles away  :o
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Wonky on December 27, 2011, 07:30:01 pm
TY DM. I always miss the first one every year. Series linked.
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Post by: redshift on December 27, 2011, 07:33:51 pm
If you're a fan of the Griff/Rory/Dara Three Men stuff, they're in New England tonight and tomorrow.
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Post by: Domestique on December 27, 2011, 09:19:44 pm
DM and rs many thanks  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on December 28, 2011, 10:38:24 am
Missed it - went out on the bike instead. Doesn't help that the remote control for the digibox went missing..
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on December 28, 2011, 05:13:39 pm
Tonights a bit better.
Top Gear, Countryfile, Sir Jimmy Saville at the bbc, Jon Snows 2011, Add of the year
Thank goodness for V+  :thumbsup:

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Post by: citoyen on December 28, 2011, 05:40:45 pm
Tonights a bit better.
Top Gear, Countryfile, Sir Jimmy Saville at the bbc, Jon Snows 2011, Add of the year

OK, that's the stuff to miss, what's the stuff that makes it a bit better? ;)

We didn't see Great Expectations last night but the noises on Twitter were mostly favourable (and from people whose opinions I trust - YMMV). We've recorded it and will watch it later, along with the second part.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: JohnP on December 28, 2011, 05:50:24 pm
Tonights a bit better.
Top Gear, Countryfile,

... and Three Men etc part 2.

Thursday 1st of new earth flight series looks as though it could be interesting.  Probably be spoilt by those who belived the cameraman really had his own wings and flew.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rogerzilla on December 28, 2011, 05:52:44 pm
When "Countryfile" is the best thing on TV, you know it's not worth paying the licence fee any more.  It used to be Sunday lunchtime schedule-filler, watched only by farmers and hungover students who were fearful of stretching for the remote control, lest they yawn technicolorifically.
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Post by: andygates on December 28, 2011, 05:53:05 pm
World's Strongest Man on Five, 8pm, if you prefer brawn to brain. 
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Post by: Domestique on December 28, 2011, 07:58:44 pm
The Jim'll fix it prog. What an ace he was  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Peter on December 29, 2011, 12:33:51 am
Tonights a bit better.
Top Gear, Countryfile, Sir Jimmy Saville at the bbc, Jon Snows 2011, Add of the year

OK, that's the stuff to miss, what's the stuff that makes it a bit better? ;)

We didn't see Great Expectations last night but the noises on Twitter were mostly favourable (and from people whose opinions I trust - YMMV). We've recorded it and will watch it later, along with the second part.

d.

d. I'm not sure if you should be holding your breath.  I caught a bit of it and I'm uneasy about a hero who is prettier and appears to have more collagen in his lips and more lipstick and eye make-up than the girl.  It looks like a good production but Pip is just too distracting - I keep waiting for his face to fall off!
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 29, 2011, 08:11:23 am
He certainly is a very pretty young man, isn't he. Estella looks rather plain in comparison.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on December 29, 2011, 08:54:35 am
I didnt see it all as it was on to late for me, but that Ben Elton program on 80's comedy looked quite good. Might see if I can watch that on catch up.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 29, 2011, 09:29:11 am
Celebrity Mastermind.  OJ Borg dressed as Princess Leia :o

What is a Stacey Solomon (apart from a breathtaking thick-o)?
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Post by: JohnP on December 29, 2011, 09:54:04 am
i'll leave you to google for yourself but I loved her reply to "What breed of dog includes Cocker and Springer?"  After much "brain" searching whispered "Cockerpoo?"
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Post by: rower40 on December 29, 2011, 01:14:58 pm
+1 for Great Expectations.  Watching it now on i-Player.

Gillian Anderson looks great in a wedding dress.

It's rumoured that Ray Winstone was only second choice for Magwitch, but Julian Clary was busy.
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Post by: mike on December 29, 2011, 09:03:04 pm
dorian gray - on C4 right now.  Good film of probably my favorite book!
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Post by: Domestique on December 29, 2011, 09:09:37 pm
dorian gray - on C4 right now.  Good film of probably my favorite book!

Have that on the V+  :thumbsup:
QI at the mo
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Post by: rower40 on January 03, 2012, 08:28:06 pm
Sky Arts 2.  8pm to 10pm all this week: Gilbert- & Sullivan-fest
Tonight (Tues): HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury
Wed: The Pirates of Penzance
Thurs: Patience
Fri: The Mikado (as produced by Jonathan Miller)

The TIVO box will get its first use, as I'll be in Sunny Didcot towards the end of the week.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 03, 2012, 08:38:00 pm
What is a Stacey Solomon (apart from a breathtaking thick-o)?
She did very well on X Factor a couple of years ago. I can't remember if she won, but she was top three. Simon Cowell described her as a singing candle.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 04, 2012, 09:48:59 am
What is a Stacey Solomon (apart from a breathtaking thick-o)?
She did very well on X Factor a couple of years ago. I can't remember if she won, but she was top three. Simon Cowell described her as a singing candle.

And in the breathtaking thick-o stakes may I present Michel Roux Jr, answering questions on l'Escoffier.  He runs Le Gavroche, which has two Michelin stars.  My idea of cookery is to microwave a Sainsbury's curry.  I got more questions right on his specialised subject than he did.
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Post by: citoyen on January 04, 2012, 10:45:59 am
From what I've seen, very few of the celebs have done all that well, so it's a bit harsh to pick on Stacey Solomon.

You've also got to take into account that performance on quizzes is not so much a measure of intelligence as a measure of ability to recall trivia under pressure. Clive Sinclair came last on the episode he appeared in, behind a 12-year-old Blue Peter presenter. And Brian Moore WON his episode and he's a proper thicko.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 04, 2012, 10:56:04 am
Spoilsport ;)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 04, 2012, 11:47:17 am
Come on, though - does anyone really think Stacey Solomon is thicker than Brian Moore?

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 04, 2012, 01:23:12 pm
Brian Moore was a solicitor.  I leave it to the panel to decide whether this is the province of a thick-o O:-)
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Post by: Domestique on January 09, 2012, 08:25:06 pm
The Great Train Robbery's Missin Mastermind
On Ch.4 now.
There is also some great footage driving around London, just look how much space there is  :o :o
Btw the rest is interesting as well  :thumbsup:
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 13, 2012, 08:48:45 pm
Sicily Unpacked - BBC2 9:00pm tonight.

Andrew Graham-Dixon (art historian) and Giorgio Locatelli (chef) show each other their favourite things in Sicily.
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Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 13, 2012, 09:18:58 pm
Recently caught onto Michael Portillo's railway programmes, most interesting and enjoyable.
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Post by: Domestique on January 16, 2012, 09:35:46 pm
Coppers on Ch4. Been on since 9pm. That family birthday party  :o :o 
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Post by: Rig of Jarkness on January 17, 2012, 07:07:21 am
New series of Hawaii Five O and Desperate Housewives  :thumbsup:

No sign yet of the second half of Pan Am :(
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Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2012, 11:08:09 am
Coppers on Ch4. Been on since 9pm. That family birthday party  :o :o

I wouldn't have watched that but my wife put it on and I got drawn in. I enjoyed it far more than I would have expected. Some of the people they had to deal with were pretty awful, but it seemed to be edited to make the police look bad as well (yes, I know some might say this wouldn't be hard, but it seems quite a deliberate, calculated and cynical move on the part of the film-makers).

d.
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Post by: Biggsy on January 17, 2012, 11:10:19 am
You missed Star Gazing Live last night, on BBC2.  They were cramming too much in, so leaving little time for detailed info, but still it was a nice watch.  More tonight, I think.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2012, 11:46:06 am
Can't stand Pretty Boy Cox.

My son's school are taking part in the star-gazing tonight - making good use of their new £2m observatory. Tempted to go along, though I might just save it for one of their regular open evenings when it's likely to be less busy. Likely to be better than watching that nobber (to use his own favourite word) cooing over the magnificence of the universe like a loved-up puppy.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 17, 2012, 12:03:19 pm
Can't stand Pretty Boy Cox.

Strange, he seems perfectly intelligent, unassuming and witty.  Any reason in particular?

Personally I think he's precisely what the subject(s) needed for a TV audience.  I find his enthusiasm rather infectious and his credentials can't be argued with (On top of that he's had 2 rock/pop careers).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2012, 12:15:52 pm
Strange, he seems perfectly intelligent, unassuming and witty.  Any reason in particular?

One man's unassuming and witty is another's superficial and glib.

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Personally I think he's precisely what the subject(s) needed for a TV audience.

That's just the problem - the programme is made for the average TV audience... It's great that he's making it cool to like sciencey stuff but religion would be cool if the Archbishop of Canterbury had those cheekbones and a floppy fringe. Where's the substance? (Coursing around Brian Cox's veins, probably.)

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 17, 2012, 12:17:37 pm
Strange, he seems perfectly intelligent, unassuming and witty.  Any reason in particular?

One man's unassuming and witty is another's superficial and glib.

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Personally I think he's precisely what the subject(s) needed for a TV audience.

That's just the problem - the programme is made for the average TV audience... It's great that he's making it cool to like sciencey stuff but religion would be cool if the Archbishop of Canterbury had those cheekbones and a floppy fringe. Where's the substance? (Coursing around Brian Cox's veins, probably.)

d.

The real substance of the subject is probably in a Degree course at University.  This is prime time TV.

It sounds like you're blaming him for his bone structure...would you be happier with some 1970's Open University lecturer geek with bad hair and B.O.?

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That's just the problem - the programme is made for the average TV audience... It's great that he's making it cool to like sciencey stuff

I'm struggling to see the problem.

The BBC didn't just get Hugh Grant to present their popular Physics programs, they went to a  British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

The fact they found someone with that CV capable of presenting to "an average TV Audience" is a miracle.  He reminds me of Carl Sagan (the person who made this stuff cool and interesting for me on similar programs back in the day).
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Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2012, 12:28:03 pm
I'm struggling to see the problem.

Apparently.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on January 17, 2012, 12:29:50 pm
I suspect dislike for Brian Cox is partly to do with him being one of those people who appears to smile even when he doesn't mean to, just due to his bone structure and teeth.  You shouldn't find him terribly annoying once you get over this.

I am Mr Average TV Viewer, perhaps albeit with a slightly greater appetite for science than Mr Pure Average.  I get as much substance as I want from Cox.  I'll go elsewhere for more if I want more.  I do find his tone too monotonous for an hour-long documentary, but he's just fine for a few mins here and there.

There were plenty of other people in front of the camera last night besides Cox, including Liz Bonnin (http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=liz+bonnin&hl=en&safe=active&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=fmsVT5OrB9G0hAfjv6mNAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CA8Q_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=861).  Liz happens to provide candy for my eye as well as food for my brain.  She genuinely knows her stuff.  :thumbsup:  I love Dara Ó Briain (http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=liz+bonnin&hl=en&safe=active&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=fmsVT5OrB9G0hAfjv6mNAg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CA8Q_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=861#hl=en&safe=active&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Dara+%C3%93+Briain%2C&pbx=1&oq=Dara+%C3%93+Briain%2C&aq=f&aqi=g-s1g-S1g-sS4g-S1g-sS2&aql=&gs_sm=s&gs_upl=45645l45645l0l48443l1l1l0l0l0l0l93l93l1l1l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=c532a30ca5d82f67&biw=1280&bih=861) as well, who knows some stuff and is genuinely enthusiastic on the subject.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 17, 2012, 12:29:50 pm
I'm struggling to see the problem.

Apparently.

d.

Care to explain it?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2012, 12:32:22 pm
I can't explain it better than I already did.

Where are the science programmes for people with more than two brain cells to rub together?

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on January 17, 2012, 12:35:06 pm
Where are the science programmes for people with more than two brain cells to rub together?

BBC4.  Star Gazing Live is on BBC2.  The last man on the Moon was impressed with the programme.  It's good enough for me if it's good enough for him!  I only have two brain cells, so I like it.
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Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2012, 12:46:25 pm
I prefer to make up my own mind.

I'm not having a dig at anyone who likes the programme. I expressed an opinion, that's all, and expanded on my reasons for that opinion on request. I don't like it but, as ever, YMMV.

d.
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Post by: fungus on January 17, 2012, 12:54:03 pm
I will be sitting down comfortably for the second installment of stargazing tonight & I'm also enjoying Great British railway journeys with Mr Portillo too & Time Team.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 17, 2012, 01:03:28 pm
New series of Hawaii Five O and Desperate Housewives  :thumbsup:

No sign yet of the second half of Pan Am :(
I gave up on Pan Am after the second programme because it was so very very awful. I am happy that The Good Wife is back though.
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Post by: numbnuts on January 17, 2012, 01:13:07 pm
I think Brian Cox explains things very well even to a layman like me
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Post by: Domestique on January 17, 2012, 09:24:36 pm
Coming Out Diaries on BBC3 is on now, its very good.
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Post by: Thor on January 19, 2012, 01:26:26 pm
The Good Wife continues tonight and new series of The Big C (More 4) and Mad Dogs (Sky 1).

Jonathan Meades on France was excellent last night on BBC4 - there are more episodes to come.
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Post by: Juan Martín on January 19, 2012, 01:32:59 pm
I enjoyed Jonathan Meades last night and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Post by: rower40 on January 19, 2012, 08:45:13 pm
Currently cringing behind on the sofa while watching "Help! I Caught it abroad".  A tsetse-on-the-wall documentary about a (the?) tropical diseases hospital.

Concerned about that Kildale trip now.
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Post by: Jaded on January 19, 2012, 11:33:17 pm
Gypsy Blood.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: AndyK on January 20, 2012, 12:00:56 am
.  but religion would be cool if the Archbishop of Canterbury had those cheekbones and a floppy fringe

Cliff Richard?
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 20, 2012, 08:46:58 am
I enjoyed Jonathan Meades last night and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

Thanks for the heads up. I had missed that this was on and watched it last night on iPlayer. Very good it was too.
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Post by: Domestique on January 20, 2012, 04:57:47 pm
Gypsy Blood.

Wtf was that dog thing all about  ???
Was that a deer the dog caught, then the butchering  :sick:
Did he have his fight in the end?
I switched over to Family Guy at that point
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Post by: Jaded on January 20, 2012, 05:05:01 pm
I missed the beginning - and I had to have the subtitles on.

He didn't get his revenge fight, I suppose that will be in a follow-up programme.
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Post by: mattc on January 20, 2012, 07:28:35 pm
Strange, he seems perfectly intelligent, unassuming and witty.  Any reason in particular?

One man's unassuming and witty is another's superficial and glib.

That applies rather well to such critique as
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Can't stand Pretty Boy Cox
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Talking of getting the level right [ as they say in teacher training] I really enjoyed the Meades programme despite not having a clue what he was talking about half the time!
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Post by: spindrift on January 20, 2012, 07:30:53 pm
Sexy Beast, Film 4 11pm.
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Post by: Tim Hall on January 20, 2012, 11:42:56 pm
Ben Kingsley channeling Adrian, or the other way round?

You choose.
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Post by: Frere on January 22, 2012, 08:15:13 pm
Birdsong, adaptation of Faulks' book of the same name, BBC1, also in HD, 9pm, anyone else planning to watch this?

Frere
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Post by: border-rider on January 22, 2012, 09:07:48 pm
Birdsong, adaptation of Faulks' book of the same name, BBC1, also in HD, 9pm, anyone else planning to watch this?

Frere


watching it now.  I read the book some years ago and enjoyed it
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Post by: border-rider on January 22, 2012, 09:40:23 pm
Bloody good so far.
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Post by: LindaG on January 23, 2012, 08:59:45 pm
Slumdog Millionaire's on a minute.

Clearly this was meant to be.   ::-)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 23, 2012, 09:22:19 pm
The two episodes of Corrie tonight were absolutely magnificent.
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Post by: Juan Martín on January 26, 2012, 09:00:16 am
Birdsong: I remember enjoying the book when I read it about 10 years ago so I was looking forward to seeing the adaptation. But I just found it immensely irritating and only managed about half an hour. All the reviews I have seen have been positive so I assume it's just me. Did anyone else struggle with this?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 26, 2012, 09:52:18 am
I just saw the trailer for "Birdsong" and when the stiff-upper-lip subaltern was telling the other chap what to do in case of shooty DETH on the part of the former, I'm afraid I expected the latter to reply "Of course, darling".

I haz no soul.
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Post by: citoyen on January 26, 2012, 10:15:00 am
Birdsong: I remember enjoying the book when I read it about 10 years ago so I was looking forward to seeing the adaptation. But I just found it immensely irritating and only managed about half an hour. All the reviews I have seen have been positive so I assume it's just me. Did anyone else struggle with this?

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24030772-why-are-critics-all-in-love-with-middlebrow.do

I didn't see it myself. Didn't really appeal, tbh, but beyond that, I can't comment.

d.
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Post by: keeks on January 26, 2012, 11:23:06 am
Anyone watch that "Magnificent men in their flying machines " I loved it . Theres was something heroic and romantic about it.
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Post by: mattc on January 26, 2012, 02:57:53 pm
Quite enjoyed Birdsong.

Having read the book (few years ago), I'm wondering what 'newcomers' thought about why-on-earth our hero is staying in this house in France. The book explains all, but there didn't seem to be any expo. in this version.

(I'm also with MrL - Blackadder has ruined any trench-based drama for a while yet!)
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Post by: Frere on January 26, 2012, 10:45:54 pm
Right now, on C4, Japan's Tsunami: Caught on Camera.

Real 'Hail Mary' sort of stuff, and pretty sobering.

Frere
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Post by: Zipperhead on January 27, 2012, 12:01:55 am
Anyone watch that "Magnificent men in their flying machines " I loved it . Theres was something heroic and romantic about it.

Yes I did. It was brilliant, very funny and quite moving. It was lovely to see peoples attitudes to each other and the whole race change as they came to realise what was really important to them.
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Post by: BrianI on January 28, 2012, 02:58:47 pm
"Galaxy Quest" on tonight, BBC2 / BBCHD 4:35pm   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on January 28, 2012, 03:20:15 pm
Borgen

Frere
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 30, 2012, 12:39:55 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16658110

A documentary series about social workers in child protection.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 30, 2012, 10:40:23 pm
Borgen

Frere
Watched the first 4 eps. Not impressed.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 01, 2012, 08:05:15 pm
Heston, C4, now. All about cheese.
nomnomnomnomnomnom
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Post by: Peter on February 01, 2012, 08:10:11 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16658110

A documentary series about social workers in child protection.

Kirst, I only saw a glimpse of this.  What was the upshot for the little boy who wasn't talking and chucked toys around (just a snapshot, by the way, not a definition)?
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Post by: Biggsy on February 01, 2012, 08:25:52 pm
No, everyone does not love cheese on toast, Heston Bloominghell.  I won't be putting stilton on a chocolate biscuit either.  :sick:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 02, 2012, 05:14:52 pm
Kirst, I only saw a glimpse of this.  What was the upshot for the little boy who wasn't talking and chucked toys around (just a snapshot, by the way, not a definition)?
Oh, get it on iPlayer, it was good. The upshot was they took the wee boy into foster care, his mother was pregnant, the dad did a runner (no great loss) and the mother gave both the kiddies up for adoption. The baby girl was adopted very quickly, the wee boy is still waiting and because of his additional needs, will probably never be adopted.

The feelings of most of us here (who do not work in child protection) was that if the dad had pissed off months before, it might have been possible to support the mother to look after her child - but any parents who don't understand it's not ok to have a child playing on a floor covered in dog shit are going to struggle.
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Post by: Peter on February 02, 2012, 05:18:48 pm
Thanks, Kirst, I'm just in a break at work at the moment but will try to catch it asap.  I expect I'll find it distressing but I was hoping something like that might happen from the bit I saw.  I'm also wondering if the boy might be autistic, poor little mite, although it would be perfectly understandable that he wasn't talking in circumstances like that.  Social-worker is a hell of a job.
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Post by: lou boutin on February 02, 2012, 05:21:21 pm
Heston, C4, now. All about cheese.
nomnomnomnomnomnom

very stretchy cheese at that.  He inspired me to try his version of cheese fondue - I've invited friends around on Saturday to taste/test my experiment.
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Post by: Frere on February 04, 2012, 07:35:04 pm
Borgen. Last two episodes :(

Frere
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Post by: Frere on February 04, 2012, 11:03:55 pm
Borgen. Last two episodes :(

Frere

Excellent series. Very good in showing the transition from an idealistic soon to be PM to a hardened operator of power, picking up the necessary callouses while paying a high price, as did of her principles, husband, children, friends and associates.

Frere
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Post by: andyoxon on February 06, 2012, 11:05:40 pm
My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next...

Seen Gladiator loads of times, but it's still good... (on now)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 07, 2012, 09:01:29 pm
ooo Junior Doctors is on now. I love watching gore from the other side of the telly :)
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Post by: Frere on February 19, 2012, 09:28:41 pm
Now, Homeland on C4. Be interesting to see how this pans out.

Frere
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 19, 2012, 10:09:52 pm
We're recording Homeland to watch later. Supposed to be proper event telly à la The Wire. We also recorded Luck last night - horse racing drama written by David Milch, who did Deadwood, and starring Dustin Hoffman, which is good enough for me.

Yesterday, we watched the first ep of Friday Night Lights (drama about an American high school football team) and found it hugely enjoyable. It's cheesier than a Stilton sandwich but has great characters and is very accessible - me and my son were totally into it from the start and by the end of the episode, we were jumping on the sofa and cheering for the Panthers. Not intellectually demanding but really good telly.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on February 20, 2012, 09:11:33 pm
Coppers on Ch4 now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on February 21, 2012, 09:34:00 pm
A new series of The Indian Doctor starting on Monday afternoon.  The first series was thoroughly enjoyable.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 06, 2012, 02:28:26 pm
Saw the first in the new series of Dirk Gently last night. I was expecting to hate it but gave it a chance and very glad I did - it was hilarious, made me laugh lots.

I was planning to go to bed when it finished, but then Knuckle came on, a Storyville documentary about bareknuckle fighting and family rivalries in the Irish traveller community. I started watching and was instantly hooked. The film-maker spent 12 years following the families and the result is a thoroughly compelling piece of work. Well worth catching up on iPlayer if you missed it.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on March 06, 2012, 04:19:52 pm
Saw the first in the new series of Dirk Gently last night. I was expecting to hate it but gave it a chance and very glad I did - it was hilarious, made me laugh lots.

I was planning to go to bed when it finished, but then Knuckle came on, a Storyville documentary about bareknuckle fighting and family rivalries in the Irish traveller community. I started watching and was instantly hooked. The film-maker spent 12 years following the families and the result is a thoroughly compelling piece of work. Well worth catching up on iPlayer if you missed it.

d.

I saw "Knuckles" as well. 

Did you see that chap with the brain-cell? 

No, neither did I.

Quite spectacularly bad fighting though, makes you appreciate how good professional boxers are really.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 06, 2012, 04:33:06 pm
Quite spectacularly bad fighting though, makes you appreciate how good professional boxers are really.

Yes, appalling technique. Fascinating characters, though. I thought it was a brilliant insight into their way of life - unlike the truly awful Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on March 06, 2012, 07:54:18 pm
Quite spectacularly bad fighting though, makes you appreciate how good professional boxers are really.

Yes, appalling technique. Fascinating characters, though. I thought it was a brilliant insight into their way of life - unlike the truly awful Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

d.

Jesus there was some brave talk from the Travellers when their opponent/sworn-enemy/1st-cousin/Uncle (usually all 4) wasn't around wasn't there?

"I'd have fekkin had the fekker if I hadn't had a bad leg/bad back/bad knee and the sun wasn't in my eyes and ..and...and...and so on"

Fabulous documentary though. 

£60,000 bets on fights!!!!

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biff on March 06, 2012, 09:53:31 pm
Now watching 'Horizon - Solar Storms'. BBC at its best. Cracking stuff.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: lou boutin on March 07, 2012, 01:26:48 pm
I've been watching Whitechapel. This series has seriously freaked me out, even so I love it, especially as DI Chandler is very easy on the eye.  #typicalHormonalWomanOfACertainAge
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 08, 2012, 01:05:32 pm
Now watching 'Horizon - Solar Storms'. BBC at its best. Cracking stuff.

I gave up on this after ten minutes because it was so glacially slow.  Horizon is supposed to be a SCIENCE programme, so please can we have SCIENCE rather than, say, arty footage of a professor running in the Arizona desert which had absolutely no relevance to the subject at hand >:(
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on March 10, 2012, 09:09:43 pm
Our Man in the Costa's - About the British Consulate in the Costa's
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on March 10, 2012, 09:35:53 pm
As GF is venetian, italiano night on the TV. First, Sicily Unpacked, now Montalbano.

Frere
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on March 11, 2012, 08:24:28 am
I loved Sicily unpacked.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on March 11, 2012, 07:57:42 pm
Homeland

Frere
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on April 09, 2012, 08:51:21 pm
Inside Nature's Giants: Hippo.  Nearly finished, but catch it 4+1 at 9pm.

As well as seeing what they look like on the inside, only tonight have I learnt that hippos come out of the water at night to eat, and eat nearly all night.  They're not actually very fat.  Much of the bulk comes from the huge stomach, full of grass.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ferret on April 09, 2012, 08:59:00 pm
well we have st Trinians the great train robbery on, old but fun :facepalm:
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Post by: her_welshness on April 09, 2012, 09:04:21 pm
Just about to watch 'Heat'. There is nothing else to watch  :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on April 09, 2012, 09:12:04 pm
Just about to watch 'Heat'. There is nothing else to watch  :o

Uber bank heist shoot out  :thumbsup:

Frere
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: her_welshness on April 09, 2012, 09:13:50 pm
Just about to watch 'Heat'. There is nothing else to watch  :o

Uber bank heist shoot out  :thumbsup:

Frere

Stonkingly good cast  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jogler on April 09, 2012, 10:52:45 pm
MotD
Newcastle FC
Ben Arfa

class act
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on April 12, 2012, 07:04:42 am
I've just remembered to catch up on Four in a Bed, quality viewing  :thumbsup:

I can't believe how some B&B owners get away with charging so much, especially when they have the crap attitude to guests shown by the Rolls Royce driving couple in this week's series.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: AndyK on April 12, 2012, 07:14:19 pm
Derek. New series from Ricky Gervais.



Cue the knee jerks.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: AndyK on April 13, 2012, 08:09:20 am
Well Derek was excellent! Pathos and humour in equal measure. Very enjoyable indeed.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 13, 2012, 08:56:01 am
On Wednesday the BBC started a new series - Divine Women - about women in religion. The first one was about pre-historic and ancient people worshipping goddesses as creators and destroyers, and how the goddesses were supplanted by gods, plus a bit about modern goddess worship in India. It was very interesting and I'm looking forward to the next ones.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on April 13, 2012, 09:57:42 am
Well Derek was excellent! Pathos and humour in equal measure. Very enjoyable indeed.

I was dreading it.  I'm a fan of Gervais and I know there are many haters out there (despite much of his work receiving the highest praise/awards possible).

Then there was "Mong-gate".  I was worried this would add fuel to the fire.

Anyhoo...I also really enjoyed it, my wife and daughter also.  I think AndyK sums it up well.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 13, 2012, 12:34:16 pm
On Wednesday the BBC started a new series - Divine Women - about women in religion. The first one was about pre-historic and ancient people worshipping goddesses as creators and destroyers, and how the goddesses were supplanted by gods, plus a bit about modern goddess worship in India. It was very interesting and I'm looking forward to the next ones.

Watched that yesterday.  'twas dead interesting and presented by the gorgeous Bettany Hughes.  Win.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 13, 2012, 12:37:45 pm
Her presentation annoyed me. She's too gushy and emphatic.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 13, 2012, 01:05:28 pm
I'm a fan of Gervais and I know there are many haters out there (despite much of his work receiving the highest praise/awards possible).

Then there was "Mong-gate".  I was worried this would add fuel to the fire.

Leaving the controversies aside and judging the work purely on its own merits...

I found it over-sentimental and under-funny.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 16, 2012, 09:49:18 pm
I'm half-watching a BBC2 thing about the 70s. It's currently talking about the influx of Ugandan Asians. Before that it was talking about David Bowie and Marc Bolan wearing makeup.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on April 21, 2012, 05:27:47 pm
The Bridge, BBC4, 21.00 - 22.00 and 22.00 - 23.00

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2012/apr/20/bridge-killing-wallander-lund

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9216202/The-Bridge-BBC-Four-preview.html

7.8/10 in http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1733785/

Should be ok to watch :)

Frere

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on April 21, 2012, 05:39:20 pm
I'm half-watching a BBC2 thing about the 70s. It's currently talking about the influx of Ugandan Asians. Before that it was talking about David Bowie and Marc Bolan wearing makeup.

I was also watching that. Makes you realise just how different Bowie and Co where to what else was around then. The bad thing for me, I suddenly find myself on Amazon adding to my ever growing music collection  :-[.
Aso the opening clip showing London and the then working power station on the south bank.
Totp 1977 has been good as well.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ferret on April 22, 2012, 04:03:04 pm
watched The Bridge last night, why are these type of things so much better to watch than the crap we get from America, same things happen goodies and baddies and the occasional bit of rumpy pumpy,
 The Killing which was on a while ago proved this point (for me any way ) watched the euro version brilliant, watched the yank version gave up before the end of episode one.
 
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on April 22, 2012, 08:13:24 pm
Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve on BBC now. I think he did a series 'Cooking in the danger zone' a few years ago which was good, so far this looks good as well.
Anything is better than Top Gear though  :smug:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on April 22, 2012, 08:54:30 pm
Reggae Britannia - repeated 1.25 am tonight (or early tomorrow morning) on BBC4.

http://soundofthehound.com/tag/reggae-britannia/
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 22, 2012, 11:48:34 pm
The Bridge was superb. Not as subtle as The Killing, but more immediately accessible. Great characters - already love the relationship between the easy-going Danish cop and the intense Swedish cop. Another thing that's different to The Killing is the humour - there were some very funny moments. And some very grisly and/or tense moments. Nice line in mysterious subplots too.

The first ep is repeated on BBC4 tomorrow (Monday) night for anyone who missed it, and the second ep is repeated on Tuesday night. Highly recommended.

Did I mention Friday Night Lights already? Cheesy drama about an American high school football team on Sky Atlantic. It's all rather predictable and perhaps somewhat cliched, and probably aimed at a much younger audience than me, but it has real heart. And great characters. And it has completely sucked me in. I'm totally addicted to it, to the point where I really missed it when they skipped a week for the launch of Mad Men (which has completely passed me by). Go Panthers!

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 23, 2012, 01:44:25 pm
The Bridge is turning out to be æxcellent though I haven't figured out where either the heart-transplant chap, the skank who spends her life sitting in puddle smoking or the bloke with the seventies porn-star 'tache fir into it yet.

I am one of the Slow Children.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 23, 2012, 02:58:32 pm
The Bridge...
(click to show/hide)

I'm intrigued as to how the relationship will develop between Saga and that nice chap she flirted with in the bar. Do I hear the distant tinkle of wedding bells?

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on April 23, 2012, 03:20:18 pm
Well Derek was excellent! Pathos and humour in equal measure. Very enjoyable indeed.

I was dreading it.  I'm a fan of Gervais and I know there are many haters out there (despite much of his work receiving the highest praise/awards possible).

Then there was "Mong-gate".  I was worried this would add fuel to the fire.

Anyhoo...I also really enjoyed it, my wife and daughter also.  I think AndyK sums it up well.
Me too! (sorry, only just got round to watching the tape  :-[ ) I was expecting a series, shame.

Far less shoutyness and general irritation than The Office  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: welshwheels on April 24, 2012, 08:16:59 pm
chelsea barcelona  :facepalm:http://www.firstrowsports.eu/watch/120838/4/watch-fc-barcelona-vs-chelsea.html
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on April 24, 2012, 08:59:50 pm
Yes.

A self Destruct button has been pressed.

Listening to John Terry's explanation is cringeworthy.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 25, 2012, 12:15:19 pm
I couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to watch the foopball last night so I watched Prof Mary Beard's Romans thing instead, which was brilliant.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2012, 12:15:56 pm
Who won? ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2012, 12:17:01 pm
Attila the Hun...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on April 26, 2012, 10:41:19 am
I couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to watch the foopball last night so I watched Prof Mary Beard's Romans thing instead, which was brilliant.

d.

She's fantastic. "and no fanny doesn't mean that in Latin ...."  (referring to a tombstone to one Fanny Voluptua a pub landlady) :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 26, 2012, 11:29:21 am
Yes, I did like that bit. Those names were hilarious - they could have been taken straight out of Monty Python. Didn't the bloke have a name that meant "Hot Sex" or something like that?

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on April 26, 2012, 11:35:04 am
… and at the very end of the programme… "… and all shitting together."

Voiceover chappie after programme: "Ahem, yes, thank you for that insight Mary."
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on April 26, 2012, 11:37:47 am
Friend of ours was at school with Mary, and she said she was dead clever even then.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on April 26, 2012, 04:53:52 pm
Friend of ours was at school with Mary, and she said she was dead clever even then.

What about Mary, was she bright too?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on April 26, 2012, 04:57:30 pm
<smiley with pathetic expression>
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Domestique on April 28, 2012, 08:39:12 pm
Catching up on Extreme A&E. Fecking hell this is gruesome  :o
There is some very nutter driving in Australia.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on May 09, 2012, 10:08:07 pm
@Domestique, yes there is, but there is also a lot of very considerate driving, just like most other places....

Tonights recommendation has to be Metalworks! on BBC Four, unfortunately just finishing (but should be on iPlayer) a fascinating account of how Henry VIII, among others pushed forward the art of armour making.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: andygates on May 09, 2012, 10:12:31 pm
Lovely articulation! Lovely bluing and gilding! Lovely big armoured bear!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 09, 2012, 10:21:28 pm
That was cool :-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 10, 2012, 11:11:30 am
Tonights recommendation has to be Metalworks! on BBC Four, unfortunately just finishing (but should be on iPlayer) a fascinating account of how Henry VIII, among others pushed forward the art of armour making.

Ooh, missed that but I like the sound of it. I'll have a look on iplayer. Thanks for the tip off.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Pingu on May 10, 2012, 04:34:26 pm
Great codpiece protection!
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Post by: tiermat on May 10, 2012, 04:35:52 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01hdhpy/Metalworks!_The_Knights_Tale/

There you go, the first episode (which I missed) was about silver.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 11, 2012, 09:12:35 pm
There you go, the first episode (which I missed) was about silver.

Just figured out why I missed the first one - it's got that Dan Cruickshank on it. Meh.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on May 14, 2012, 08:46:39 pm
56 Up - ITV1 9pm

Continuing the "Seven Up!" series; fifty years in the making.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on May 14, 2012, 09:07:49 pm
TV - of sorts. Or rather, the second series of Borgen. Just finished the box set (imported) and its great as ever. I understand it will be shown soon on BBC4, something like that.

Frere
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Frere on May 26, 2012, 08:00:54 pm
Another Scandinavia import tonight  - Sebastian Bergman, 9pm, BBC4

Frere

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: microphonie on May 30, 2012, 07:07:17 pm
Tonight (30/05/12)  on BBC4 at 22:00 - as a precursor to  Punk Britannia  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00s81jz) on Friday there's   Evidently - John Cooper Clarke  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jcdbc)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: NeilP on May 30, 2012, 11:06:59 pm
Tonight (30/05/12)  on BBC4 at 22:00 - as a precursor to  Punk Britannia  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00s81jz) on Friday there's   Evidently - John Cooper Clarke  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jcdbc)

Just caught the final half hour of the JCC doc, definitely on my list of all time greatest Englishmen. OGWT now on BBC4, classic early Banshees plus more JCC. I love BBC4
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Post by: Rig of Jarkness on June 01, 2012, 09:37:20 pm
Just watched Prince Charles' programme of home cine footage and holiday snaps.  Marvellous  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Illegal Combat Ant on June 05, 2012, 08:27:58 pm
If More4 weren't such a bunch of arse I'd be recommending people to watch Jon Stewart reporting on CNN reporting on the Jubilee flotilla. Brilliant.  :thumbsup:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-tears-apart-cnns-over-the-top-coverage-of-queens-diamond-jubilee/ (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-tears-apart-cnns-over-the-top-coverage-of-queens-diamond-jubilee/)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on June 21, 2012, 03:40:17 pm
I've been enjoying 24 Hours In A&E, even though it's not the kind of thing I'd usually go for. I think I like the fact that they concentrate on the procedural elements of working in A&E rather than going after the "human interest" stories.

Last night's ep featured a young woman who was in because she'd got blood poisoning from muscle protein breaking down in her thighs after a spinning class. I looked it up - it's called rhabdomyolysis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhabdomyolysis). Scary.

It looked like she also had compartment syndrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartment_syndrome) - her thigh had ruptured and they had to staple it back together,

They didn't say whether she had any underlying illnesses or was on any medication that could have exacerbated the condition, though there was a hint that alcohol may have been a factor.

Still, makes you think about the damage you can do to yourself with intense exercise... <scoffing lots of bananas>

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on June 28, 2012, 08:43:46 am
Turn Back Time.  I'm feeling really sorry for the poor family that got house 3.  All the families are coping remarkably well in the circumstances.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rig of Jarkness on July 12, 2012, 07:14:20 pm
This week I discovered Thelma's Gypsy Girls.  Trash TV at its best  :thumbsup:
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on July 30, 2012, 10:18:35 pm
Adam Buxton's Bug on Sky Atlantic.

Basically, he plays a video from YouTube then reads out some of the user comments. Very, very funny.

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on February 07, 2013, 09:09:45 pm
I hope this will be good: drama documentary on Joyce Carol Vincent, a young woman who died in her flat and wasn't discovered for three years.  The TV was still on when her skeleton was eventually discovered.  10 pm C4.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/oct/09/joyce-vincent-death-mystery-documentary
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: BrianI on February 07, 2013, 09:26:24 pm
Currently watching a doc on C4  "How to build a bionic man"
Quote
From prosthetic arms and legs to artificial organs, science is beginning to catch up with sci-fi in the race to replace body parts with man-made alternatives. Psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a bionic hand himself, meets scientists working at the cutting-edge of research to find out just how far this new technology can go, while a team creates a complete `bionic man' for the first time, using state-of-the-art limbs and organs borrowed from some of the world's leading laboratories and manufacturers
Read more at http://www.tvguide.co.uk/detail.asp?id=147757007#dAQmsu6wjVrcp5cb.99

So far seen obligatory boston dynamic's big dog footage, and now surgery for a digital retina implant.....
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 08, 2013, 10:45:32 am
Currently watching a doc on C4  "How to build a bionic man"

Damn, forgot to watch that. Was Peter Kyberd on it?

d.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Juan Martín on February 09, 2013, 07:49:23 pm
Spiral (Engrenages) Series 4 on BBC4 tonight at 9.00. Any takers?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Diver300 on February 09, 2013, 09:08:25 pm
Spiral (Engrenages) Series 4 on BBC4 tonight at 9.00. Any takers?

Of course.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: StuAff on February 09, 2013, 09:13:30 pm
Moi aussi :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hillbilly on February 12, 2013, 09:03:37 am
Black Mirror on C4 last night.

Interesting TV, even if it is not half as clever as it thinks.  The kind of show that would be more powerful as a series of 15 minute short films.  But not to be too harsh, it is very watchable.  And it benefits from being a new scripted drama made and set in the UK, with no hint of the 1950s (or earlier).  And not a hint of physical violence, preferring instead to focus on emotional turmoil.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on February 12, 2013, 09:30:03 am
Black Mirror on C4 last night.

Interesting TV, even if it is not half as clever as it thinks.  The kind of show that would be more powerful as a series of 15 minute short films.  But not to be too harsh, it is very watchable.  And it benefits from being a new scripted drama made and set in the UK, with no hint of the 1950s (or earlier).  And not a hint of physical violence, preferring instead to focus on emotional turmoil.

I thought it was pretty powerful as it was. I did like it, if you can like something at the same time as being vaguely disturbed by it.

The woman who played Martha was in my year at school, which just added to the weirdness.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 12, 2013, 11:45:35 am
I thought this was an improvement on the first series, more subtle and better acting. It was stretched out a bit, but 15mins wouldn't have worked!!!

"not half as clever as it thinks" is pretty fair, and applied to the first series too. This show was basically a 1950s science-fiction short story, with elements of very recent technology woven in to make it feel 'current'.

There was an episode of R4's Digital Human that dealt with what happens to dead people on the internet, and how our legacies are affected by vast digital libraries. The freakiest thing was a service you could 'book' to send pre-scheduled emails to loved ones (or others ... ) after you die.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on February 13, 2013, 01:49:28 pm
I hope this will be good: drama documentary on Joyce Carol Vincent, a young woman who died in her flat and wasn't discovered for three years.  The TV was still on when her skeleton was eventually discovered.  10 pm C4.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/oct/09/joyce-vincent-death-mystery-documentary

And it was good, and nominated for several documentary awards.  Recommended viewing.

http://www.dreamsofalife.com/

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dreams-of-a-life/4od
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on February 13, 2013, 01:56:45 pm
I hope this will be good: drama documentary on Joyce Carol Vincent, a young woman who died in her flat and wasn't discovered for three years.  The TV was still on when her skeleton was eventually discovered.  10 pm C4.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/oct/09/joyce-vincent-death-mystery-documentary

And it was good, and nominated for several documentary awards.  Recommended viewing.

http://www.dreamsofalife.com/

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dreams-of-a-life/4od

It was good, if a difficult watch at times. Thought-provoking and very sad.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 14, 2013, 09:58:22 pm
It's Harold Wilson night on BBC Parliament.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 15, 2013, 08:28:51 am
I watched Horizon on BBC4 last night about mapping the universe. Fascinating. And slightly brain-melting. And no floppy-haired pretty boys saying "amazing!" every two minutes.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on February 15, 2013, 08:33:16 am
Does the walking dead start again tonight?

Yes on Fox at 10.00pm, just checked.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on February 19, 2013, 09:52:04 am
Anyone else see last night’s Black Mirror? I thought it was great and did not see the twist coming. Charlie Brooker has a dark, dark mind. The best thing is that the situation didn’t seem that implausible, given where we are today.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rhys W on February 19, 2013, 03:25:48 pm
Yes, I thought it was very good (better than the first episode, which I thought was also good). About halfway through I realised the post-apocalyptic atmosphere reminded me of Derren Brown's programme where he succeeded in suggesting that his "victim" was a survivor in a zombie apocalypse... then suddenly, we had the "it's all just a show" denouement. Wow. The very end was satisfyingly ambiguous.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hillbilly on February 20, 2013, 06:53:07 am
Ditto - interesting concept with a decent twist.  And it had the courier from Spaced in it (I've not read the credits but that Irish voice is very distinct).  Ah, the clubbing episode from Spaced.  Now that was awesome telly...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 27, 2013, 07:02:08 pm
Final Black Mirror (S2 Ep3, as I think they say):

Slightly disappointing, mainly in terms of the ending. Perhaps because I was expecting some kind of twist ... dunno. Whatevs, I think it was the weakest of this series. Although possibly the most plausible!

[and was he the bloke from those awful student brodband ads?!?]
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: her_welshness on February 27, 2013, 07:08:30 pm
Final Black Mirror (S2 Ep3, as I think they say):

Slightly disappointing, mainly in terms of the ending. Perhaps because I was expecting some kind of twist ... dunno. Whatevs, I think it was the weakest of this series. Although possibly the most plausible!

[and was he the bloke from those awful student brodband ads?!?]

It was - Daniel Rigby. I thought he was bloody brilliant!

Did not see the other two episodes but I thought it was good, still thinking about it..
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 28, 2013, 06:19:31 pm
He was very convincing in the role.

It was a good prog, just didn't match my expectations after the other 5. That's my problem, I guess!

(But I'm still not convinced about the ending ... )
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hillbilly on March 01, 2013, 08:42:16 am
As Charlie Brooker might put it:  "I'd rather be be bummed in the mouth by Waldo than watch that shit again."
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 08, 2013, 06:52:21 pm
Because I am irredeemably shallow, I have fallen in love with Quest's "Destroyed In Seconds" (Freeview 38).  Fire, flood, natural disaster, explosions, crashes and extreme sports wonks face down, unconscious, and wearing something unorfadox (for e.g. motocross bike, snowmobile, a half-ton of angry pot-roast ect. ect.) for a hat.  No-one actually gets killed utterly to DETH on camera, although the occasional firefighter does get deaded discreetly in the background.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 08, 2013, 06:54:30 pm
Crufts.

Drop a tab of acid, lock the door, sit back and enjoy.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on March 18, 2013, 08:30:10 pm
Documentary on the life of Mstislav Rostropovich on BBC 4 at the weekend. it's still on iplayer. Facinating biography of a wonderfully musician and great human being. The anecdote about him flying all the way to Japan to play the Sarabande from Bach,s cello suite outside the house of a friend who had just lost a child then flying straight back to Europe without even knocking on their door raised a tear in my eye. such a generous spirit.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 21, 2013, 04:25:16 pm
Crufts.

Drop a tab of acid, lock the door, sit back and enjoy.

I caught a bit of Crufts. I've never watched it before. It's completely barmy.

Favourite was the woman who appeared to be exhibiting her footstool...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/crufts_zps6528961a.jpeg)

Also spotted Dougal off the Magic Roundabout.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Littlesox on March 21, 2013, 10:50:33 pm
The Weather Forecast.

You will laugh your tits off.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 21, 2013, 11:00:41 pm
Abigail's Party... the horror. It hasn't even got to the most excruciating bits yet but I feel compelled to keep watching.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on March 22, 2013, 09:25:36 am
Abigail's Party... the horror. It hasn't even got to the most excruciating bits yet but I feel compelled to keep watching.

I watched it again (from behind a cushion of course, to protect me from the social tension).

It's still wonderful and Alison Steadman's performance is as good as it gets.

But yes..compelling and excruciating. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc8WVJQdO3A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc8WVJQdO3A)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 22, 2013, 09:39:34 am
I've seen it several times, but on each occasion I notice some new ghastly detail. Even though it is mentioned in the script, the absurdity of having a light fitting about 6" above the candelabra on the dining table hadn't occurred to me before  ;D

I see it as being more about marriage than social class. One of the things that makes it hard to watch is that undercurrent, occasionally bubbling up, of physical violence mixed in with the psychological abuse.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 28, 2013, 08:27:58 pm
Oh, man lab is back on. Only missed half the 1st ep... .
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on March 28, 2013, 10:59:43 pm
On BBC3, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Flesh_(TV_series)

Missed Ep1, Ep2 was rather intriguing. A zombie drama without people running around screaming (in Ep2 anyway). Logical progression of the genre, I guess ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on March 28, 2013, 11:10:11 pm
On BBC3, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Flesh_(TV_series)

Missed Ep1, Ep2 was rather intriguing. A zombie drama without people running around screaming (in Ep2 anyway). Logical progression of the genre, I guess ...

I saw the first one but missed the second!

It's okay in a different, undead type way. At least its not a clone of that twilight or vampire diaries mush!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Juan Martín on April 08, 2013, 12:52:49 pm
Not quite sure where to post this as you have just missed.... I caught the end of this on BBC 4 last night and googling it found that it is still available on i-player for a few days.

From the Sea to the Land Beyond: Britain's Coast on Film

Storyville: Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, From the Sea to the Land Beyond offers a poetic meditation on Britain's unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives. With a soundtrack specially created by Brighton-based band British Sea Power, award-winning director Penny Woolcock's film offers moving testimony to our relationship to the coast - during wartime, on our holidays and as a hive of activity during the industrial age
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on April 09, 2013, 05:46:48 pm
The Mimic is just lovely. (It really belongs in the thread we had about gentle feelgood comedy recently). Ch4 IIRC?

S2 of Parks & Recreation is much better than the first. (Apart from not having a single character I genuinely care about!)  BBC3?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on April 11, 2013, 10:57:59 am
The Century That Wrote Itself - BBC 4 last nigh and on iPlayer

Documentary about the 17th Century based on what people living then actually wrote, their letters and diaries.
Fascinating.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 12, 2013, 10:01:40 pm
Modern Family is always worth watching but tonight's episode was particularly brilliant. Superb Godfather homage. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on April 12, 2013, 10:21:15 pm
Modern Family is always worth watching

+1
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on April 14, 2013, 10:28:25 pm
Endeavour. STV series about Morse as a young detective in the 50's

(You did know his first name was Endeavour, right?)

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 24, 2013, 06:12:56 pm
The Bear says you have to check out Great Bear Stakeout.  2100, BBC1/BBC1 HD; concludes same time tomorrow.  Watch out for the cameo by his cousin, The Stig Other Bear :P
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 26, 2013, 07:59:22 pm
The Bear says you have to check out Great Bear Stakeout.  2100, BBC1/BBC1 HD; concludes same time tomorrow.  Watch out for the cameo by his cousin, The Stig Other Bear :P

That guy was Howard Moon from The Mighty Boosh, and I claim Pingu's five pounds.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Manotea on April 27, 2013, 09:33:13 pm
Under Seige or Commando?

 I think Commando, because it's the rarer treat.

"This Green Beret is gonna kick your ass" "I eat Green Berets for breakfast" "I can't stand all this macho bullshit"

"What happened to sulley?" "I let him go"

Of course, you all know the punchline to the old favourite: "Remember I said I'd kill you last..."
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on April 27, 2013, 09:46:55 pm
The Bear says you have to check out Great Bear Stakeout.  2100, BBC1/BBC1 HD; concludes same time tomorrow.  Watch out for the cameo by his cousin, The Stig Other Bear :P

That guy was Howard Moon from The Mighty Boosh, and I claim Pingu's five pounds.

He was the spitting image wasn't he?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Pingu on April 27, 2013, 11:16:55 pm
The Bear says you have to check out Great Bear Stakeout.  2100, BBC1/BBC1 HD; concludes same time tomorrow.  Watch out for the cameo by his cousin, The Stig Other Bear :P

That guy was Howard Moon from The Mighty Boosh, and I claim Pingu's five pounds.

He was the spitting image wasn't he?

And the way he talked!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 30, 2013, 09:04:41 pm
The first series of the brilliantly dark Luther is being repeated, starting tonight, on the alibi channel (you'll find it in the deeper recesses of the Sky epg).

Repeated on Sunday if you miss it tonight.

Well worth watching if you didn't see it first time round.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 04, 2013, 09:02:33 pm
Town on BBC2 starting now is about Huddersfield tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 04, 2013, 10:11:20 pm
Eggselent doco on the Voyager on BBC4 just finished.  Full of Carl Sagan and assorted Beards from the JPL  Looked out in vain for my chum Paul, but he's obvious;y not sufficiently qualibobobbed to  be allowed to appear on camera.  Or his beard in insufficiently academic...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 04, 2013, 10:22:06 pm
I am laughing a lot at the tweets about Huddersfield tonight after Town.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ewan Houzami on June 05, 2013, 12:39:31 am
Beeb 4 prog about Cornelia Parker at the moment. She used to live in my flat, and there's still some of her naff and utterly pretentious work up in my loft. I'm watching in an attempt to gauge opinion about the moralities of whether, or how to flog it to some deluded collector.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on June 05, 2013, 09:16:23 am
You sound like a professional art dealer.

If the game is Snakes & Ladders, move up a ladder.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ewan Houzami on June 05, 2013, 05:47:19 pm
Sadly not. I'm more of the I don't know much about art, but I know that I don't like C Parker's combination of visual and verbal allusions that trigger cultural metaphors and personal associations, which allow the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary mobile of lead castings dangling from my roof joists by piano wire persuasion. It must be worth something to somebody though!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on June 06, 2013, 03:07:21 pm
You hold on to it soldier. Given time, it might make a decent contribution to your pension!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 07, 2013, 07:06:04 pm
BBC4 looks good tonight - a profile of Bobby Womack and then Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett & Friends Live in Ghana (from 1971).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Von Broad on June 07, 2013, 10:15:44 pm
a profile of Bobby Womack

love Bobby Womack
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: JennyB on June 11, 2013, 05:21:45 pm
Town on BBC2 starting now is about Huddersfield tonight.

This week, Enniskillen (my home town)  :thumbsup:

I think this was before they knew about the G8 Summit coming - there's been a whole lot of fresh paint and tarmac lately!  ::-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 12, 2013, 06:04:40 pm
Only just caught up with it but the documentary about Agnetha Faltskog is worth an hour of anyone's time.  Thirty-five years ago I should rather have thrown myself off a tall building than admit to liking ABBA; today I remember every word of the hits and don't know whether to laugh or cry.  What I do know is that as songwriters Bjorn and Benny are up there with the rude boys; doubly so since they were doing it in a FOREIGN language.

Mind you, I preferred Frida back then  :P
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 13, 2013, 06:04:55 pm
I've recorded it but I haven't watched it yet. I have bought her new album though. It's weird hearing her voice without the ginger one's in harmony with her.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on June 13, 2013, 07:43:01 pm
^ I saw that.  I didn't realise that Agnetha released four solo albums and was already very well known in Sweden before joining Abba.



A reminder that the cat program is on tonight.  BBC2 9 pm.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rhys W on June 13, 2013, 11:00:50 pm
Question Time from Edinburgh... and they've invited reactionary bawbag Nigel Farage onto the panel!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: IanDG on June 13, 2013, 11:09:19 pm
Billy Elliot
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 14, 2013, 11:40:22 am
Only just caught up with it but the documentary about Agnetha Faltskog is worth an hour of anyone's time.  Thirty-five years ago I should rather have thrown myself off a tall building than admit to liking ABBA; today I remember every word of the hits and don't know whether to laugh or cry.  What I do know is that as songwriters Bjorn and Benny are up there with the rude boys; doubly so since they were doing it in a FOREIGN language.

Mind you, I preferred Frida back then  :P

Anni Frid could really sing, and was winning competitions from 1964. She was a shy young mum back then, but she shone in performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHUGxTvkKis
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 14, 2013, 12:59:26 pm
They are both great singers, but the combination of them singing together is so special. I watched the documentary last night. I thought it was really touching how Agnetha said that when she's feeling down and lacking in confidence, she puts on The Winner Takes It All and reminds herself that she was involved in making  something so brilliant.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on July 29, 2013, 08:55:00 pm
Channel 5 +1 (Freeview channel 44) now (9 pm):  Steam Trains: Monster Moves.  A pair of vintage steam locos are transported 850 miles accross Turkey, before being shipped back to the UK.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biff on July 29, 2013, 09:00:12 pm
Just watched that on Ch5. Splendid effort.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 31, 2013, 09:23:00 pm
Dusty Springfield on BBC4 later.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on September 07, 2013, 04:43:43 pm
Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO.

BBC4 23:00 tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on October 02, 2013, 08:00:54 pm
The Wrong Mans

(ok, not sure when it's on, we tape it ... )

Luckily I was not put off by the presence of James Corden (who isn't great); it's rather good, and a bit different  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: microphonie on October 07, 2013, 06:34:48 pm
Not tonight but tomorrow: Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish 22:00 on Dave - Powerpoint presentations about the minor things in life that irk him. Includes a poem made up from random comments trawled from the bottom half of the internet.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Salvatore on October 08, 2013, 09:34:53 am
Tonight's TV schedule 60 years ago. All of it. (I dug around for this because it's my sister's birthday today. Not that I'm trying to make her feel old or anything. Certainly not.)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/10152098473_39bf8e8922_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/89773100@N02/10152098473/)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on October 08, 2013, 11:10:40 am
The air race sounds jolly good, old chap.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Salvatore on October 08, 2013, 11:18:48 am
The air race sounds jolly good, old chap.  :thumbsup:
Some info here (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/10153123646_102306ebc0_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on October 08, 2013, 11:19:45 am
The air race sounds jolly good, old chap.  :thumbsup:

Not full live coverage of the whole event though, I presume.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on October 08, 2013, 01:30:23 pm
Tonight's TV schedule 60 years ago. All of it. (I dug around for this because it's my sister's birthday today. Not that I'm trying to make her feel old or anything. Certainly not.)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/10152098473_39bf8e8922_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/89773100@N02/10152098473/)

I think that's "DAVE's" current Thursday schedule.

Shame to think that the Horse of the Year is now 40 year-old glue.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Salvatore on October 08, 2013, 05:53:19 pm
The air race sounds jolly good, old chap.  :thumbsup:

Not full live coverage of the whole event though, I presume.
It started on the eighth. On subsequent days there was no TV coverage, but 2 daily 10-minute wireless bulletins on the Light Programme.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on October 10, 2013, 02:09:39 pm
The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors

On BBC 2 and iPlayer. Rageh Omaar's history of the Ottaman Empire. A bit light weight but interesting non the less.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: hillbilly on November 01, 2013, 07:09:46 am
Bit of an uptick in new British comedies recently.  Two in particular:

Toast of London (C4 Sundays at 2230hrs).  Matt Berry plays an actor with delusions of brilliance.  Slightly surreal, mixing Mighty Boosh and Father Ted sensibilities.

Drifters (E4 Thursday 2130hrs).  Feckless girls having fun.  I thought I wouldn't like it.  I did.  Like 2 Pints etc and Inbetweeners in tone.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 01, 2013, 09:06:24 am
Toast Of London is brilliant. The second episode didn't quite live up to the utter bonkersness of the Bruce Forsyth lookalike business in the first episode but was still very funny. Matt Berry is superb.

Also absolutely loving the new series of Veep on Sky Atlantic. It's basically The Thick Of It transplanted to the White House.

Moving away from comedy, The Tunnel, also on Sky Atlantic is great too - it's an Anglo-French adaptation of The Bridge (Broen) and unlike the US remake of The Killing (Forbrydelsen) works just as well as the original. But that may just be because I'm totally besotted with Clemence Poesy.

And I'm also very much enjoying The Blacklist - an utterly preposterous US drama about a rogue CIA agent turned supergrass, played with typical relish by James Spader. Not highbrow by any stretch of the imagination but lots of fun.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 01, 2013, 08:16:18 pm
Can we please stop pluggin Sky-only stuff?!? Breaking Bad is frustration enough!

But yes, Toast of London is great. I think Billy's right about the Father Ted sensibilities.

My obscure US comedy 'Like' would be The Bitch in Apartment 23 (sp?). It's like an american attempt to do Father Ted style surrealism. Anyone that is annoyed by typical US comedy will probably hate it, but it has a lot more to offer if you give it 5 minutes.

(I assume everyone knows that Big Bang Theory started up again yesterday on E4? thought so, hardly needed mentioning, did it ... )
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruth on November 01, 2013, 08:35:20 pm
I've had Letters to Juliet on with no sound on tonight, the few bits I've peered at have looked like marvellous vintage chick-flick stuff.  I may actually watch that properly tomorrow.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on November 03, 2013, 09:32:17 pm
Portillos great continental railway journeys.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: red marley on November 03, 2013, 09:37:29 pm
Can we please stop pluggin Sky-only stuff?!? Breaking Bad is frustration enough!

Sign up for a one-month free trial on Netflix. Take a week off work and watch your way through all five series. Emerge a week later blinking into the light a changed person.

I'm with you on the Sky thing though. Murdoch can whistle for it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on November 03, 2013, 10:03:09 pm
Bob Servant, Independent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 04, 2013, 10:38:43 am
I'm with you on the Sky thing though. Murdoch can whistle for it.

Nearly all the decent stuff on Sky is imported, so there are usually other ways to see it...

I'm no fan of Murdoch but we signed up to Sky because we can't get a terrestrial TV signal. There was no such thing as freesat back then. We could go freesat now, I suppose, but we've got the telly bundled with our phone and internet, so it wouldn't necessarily be any cheaper for us. And our internet connection is too rubbish for Netflix to be a viable option.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 04, 2013, 07:50:33 pm
And our internet connection is too rubbish for Netflix to be a viable option.
I'm 90% sure this is the case here, even without trying it! I must see if Lovefilm still do loss-leader offers with DVDs ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 04, 2013, 08:01:53 pm
Portillos great continental railway journeys.
Bobb watched that yesterday and was impressed at the Milan tailor showing him the bolt of cloth marked as from Huddersfield. As discussed in the episode of Town about Huddersfield, it's the only town in the world which can add value to cloth by adding its name.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on November 05, 2013, 01:30:48 pm
Toast Of London is brilliant. . Matt Berry is superb Matt Berry.


FTFY

I never thought they'd successfully replace Chris Morris in "The IT Crowd" but they did.

" Faaaaatheeeeeerrrrrr"
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 06, 2013, 02:45:57 pm
New series of Masterchef: The Professionals started this week. I no longer bother with the regular version of Masterchef, and I've never bothered with the Celeb version, but I admit to rather enjoying the professionals - not least for the skills test, featuring Monica Galetti's extraordinary gurning as supposedly highly trained chefs flounder with basic culinary technique. If only they could get rid of the odious Gregg Wallace...

Last night, the "classic" recipe test set by Michel Roux was beer soup. That's soup made with beer. One I'll be trying myself, I think.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on November 08, 2013, 03:09:24 pm
New series of Masterchef: The Professionals started this week.

"Rancid, indigestible, acts against flavour, cuisine against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the home, the pub, from restaurants - these are The Professionals."
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 08, 2013, 03:11:13 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ferret on November 08, 2013, 09:14:29 pm
cold war hot jets bbc 2 now interesting
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 08, 2013, 09:23:15 pm
Best ever Elvis song on STV just now. Yes, it's a cheap compilation of clips show, but the clips are Elvis.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 18, 2013, 12:36:59 am
Yonderland.

Pratchettesque fantasy comedy-drama thing from the makers of Horrible Histories. Very funny. The top gag in this week's episode was disguising four truth-telling monks as estate agents.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on November 23, 2013, 11:21:52 am
BBC2 last night and now on iPlayer

Bach: A Passionate Life

John Eliot Gardiner attempts to get a handle on Bach the man and conducts excerpts of some of his music. Really excellent program from a conductor who has devoted much of his life to Bach's music.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 25, 2013, 08:30:33 am
Has anyone else been watching Man Down on C4? It's essentially a Mr Gilbert from Inbetweeners spin-off, in that it has Greg Davies playing a teacher who hates kids. Although he's a bit less sadistic than Gilbert, and a lot more socially inept.

Plus it has Rik Mayall as his dad and Mrs McClusky as his mum. And the hilarious Roisin Conaty as one of his best mates.

Totally off the wall, utterly puerile, cringingly painful at times and very funny. Think it might have finished now but it's worth catching up with on 4OD.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on November 25, 2013, 09:01:32 am
I've watched them all and found them hilarious.

Even though Rik is a dwarf compared to Greg, he could actually be his dad. They are extremely similar when side by side.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 25, 2013, 09:09:11 am
Not sure if they are still on, or in one case have ever been shown in the UK, but I am currently enjoying (for a certain value of enjoying) "Devious Maids", "Defiance", "Jo" and some series about a special force setup by the courts in Den Haag, the title of which escapes me (can you tell I am getting a lot out of that one? :) )

All good, apart from the last one :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 26, 2013, 02:55:25 pm
Last night's Masterchef was hilarious. It was the "Invention Test" round, when they give the chefs a selection of ingredients and an hour to come up with a knockout dish. Among the ingredients last night were pork sausages, which inspired one of the contestants to do a dish of "Sausages Three Ways". Monica was not impressed. The last contestant to present his dish had made a superb-looking pannacotta that went down rather better with the judges.

I wonder if you can guess from this picture which chef did the Sausages Three Ways and which did the pannacotta...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/ScreenShot2013-11-26at145012_zps184fac3f.png)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 12, 2013, 06:38:42 pm
BBC2 on Sunday night - The Happy Lands. It's a community-made film about a Fife mining community's experience of the General Strike.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 19, 2013, 12:39:54 pm
Caught up with Monday's Never Mind The Buzzcocks Xmas special last night, hosted by Johnny Vegas. Not normally a huge fan of the show and tbh I was only watching it because my son put it on. But I'm glad I saw it because it made me laugh until I hurt all over. Much of the humour stemmed from the fact that Johnny Vegas was clearly pissed - kind of tragic, really, bit of a car crash, but very, very funny. Worth catching up with on iPlayer.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: TimC on December 19, 2013, 12:43:10 pm
Caught up with Monday's Never Mind The Buzzcocks Xmas special last night, hosted by Johnny Vegas. Not normally a huge fan of the show and tbh I was only watching it because my son put it on. But I'm glad I saw it because it made me laugh until I hurt all over. Much of the humour stemmed from the fact that Johnny Vegas was clearly pissed - kind of tragic, really, bit of a car crash, but very, very funny. Worth catching up with on iPlayer.

Yes, I saw it too. Priceless!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 20, 2013, 09:00:01 am
At the other end of the scale, if you can handle it, watch John Pilger's Utopia on ITV's catch-up service. Hugely enlightening, but very depressing.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 20, 2013, 05:39:56 pm
Watched this almost by accident:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03lz29w/The_Revolution_Will_Be_Televised_Series_2_Episode_6/

It seems I've missed rather a lot of these! I think I'd always assumed it was about the Gil Scott-Heron song  :facepalm:

Topical satire - but very influenced by Dom Joly in style. My favourite bit was the Israeli Embassy Expansion Team, who go around reclaiming local businesses.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 20, 2013, 06:52:30 pm
Just watching last night's Educating Yorkshire, and crying a bit at Musharraf.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: BrianI on January 16, 2014, 08:19:59 pm
BBC1, Thursday Jan 16, 8pm -
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New series. Documentary revealing the survival techniques used by the animal kingdom's smallest creatures. North America's Sonoran Desert is home to the grasshopper mouse, which is capable of disarming scorpions and centipedes twice its size, and displays a power and athleticism that enables it to avoid the attentions of rattlesnakes and tarantulas. In Africa, the elephant shrew, known as the sengi, employs speed to keep its distance from predators, following a meticulously constructed - and maintained - network of tiny racetracks in the savannah. The film concludes with Hidden Kingdoms Revealed, a 10-minute report on how the documentary was made. Narrated by Stephen Fry

Interesting documentary so far. Shame about the over use of "Epic Hollywood Style Sountracks" to add "drama" :-/

ETA - blue screen special effects in a nature documentary?!?!? 
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 16, 2014, 08:56:40 pm
Hostages - new US drama, possibly jumping on the Homeland bandwagon of Israeli source material. Ive forgotten what night it's on  :facepalm:

A promising/worrying combo on paper - stars Toni Collete, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer  :-\

On viewing Ep1, I think we were right to be worried. :( Has Colette been in anything else this bad?!?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Rhys W on January 16, 2014, 08:57:07 pm
Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe tonight is essential viewing. Essential for my sanity, that is.

"I'm Doug Stanhope, and that's why I drink".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: red marley on January 16, 2014, 10:23:36 pm
Because Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas.

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People say that Stewart Lee is funny, but he's never done anything as funny as that.                      And he never will.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biff on January 27, 2014, 09:14:59 pm
Britain's Great War (with Paxman). Just started on BBC1. Looking v good thus far.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on January 27, 2014, 10:40:29 pm
The previews were pushing this, so I have recorded it. A meeting prevented me from seeing it live.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 28, 2014, 08:15:58 am
[edit: post about Girls moved to own thread (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=79793.0) cos I think it deserves it]
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on January 28, 2014, 04:08:10 pm
Rococo - Waldemar Januszczak's exploration of Rococo art and architecture on BBC4 and iPlayer. The first episode was excellent, as good as his series on The Baroque.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on January 31, 2014, 09:17:33 pm
Just watching Channel5. People who had everything, then binned it all to live in the wild. Wish I had the bottle to do it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 01, 2014, 10:30:06 am
Because Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas.

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People say that Stewart Lee is funny, but he's never done anything as funny as that.                      And he never will.

Stewart Lee never has. Screenwipe is the funniest thing on at the moment.

I've been watching 'Uncle'. It won't stand the test of time, but it has its moments. Anybody spot a balding Nathan Barley in the last episode?

Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 01, 2014, 10:47:37 am
Saw the first two eps of Uncle, not the third yet. Very funny, but yes, ephemeral. I do love Nick Helm though. I first became aware of him when he was warm-up man at a comedy gig I went to a few years ago. He took about 30 seconds to have the whole audience in stitches. His turns on Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown are great too - love his flirting with Susie Dent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 01, 2014, 10:55:18 am
I must admit I find his character a bitter clichéd. Bit like the fat guy in Shaun of the Dead.

I think its the other character s that make like the boy himself, or the cross-dressing proprietor of the gay club, and that wanker Bentley dealer at the party.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 01, 2014, 11:03:22 am
Agreed, total cliche, but what makes it really funny for me is that he reminds me an awful lot of a good friend. It's uncanny.

Cross-dressing nightclub dad is brilliant.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 01, 2014, 11:10:28 am
I think we've all had friends like that  ;D

The third episode has been the best yet. There are two points where you'll cringe ;)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Zipperhead on February 01, 2014, 12:33:48 pm
Last night on BBC4 was "Sound City (http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03sltyb/)", which should almost have been subtitled "Sound City, and why the Neve mixing desk was so great"

Lots of interesting (and some great) musicians talking about how they came to record albums there and why it was so good, and Dave Grohl talking about why the Neve desk was so good.

Possibly it could have done with being split into two programs, one about Sound City and one about moving the desk to tthe 606 and the section that was afterwards (and I'm sure there was more stuff that could have been said/shown about the process of moving such an enormous piece of complicated analogue equipment)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruth on February 04, 2014, 08:01:40 pm
Horizon = Solar Storms, on now.

Should fill up a nice chunk of the evening.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 05, 2014, 09:07:37 am
Possibly it could have done with being split into two programs, one about Sound City and one about moving the desk to tthe 606 and the section that was afterwards (and I'm sure there was more stuff that could have been said/shown about the process of moving such an enormous piece of complicated analogue equipment)

A classic bit with the remaining members of Nirvana cutting a track with Paul McCartney. Paul suggests adding some harmonies as an overdub and that will make it better so they do. Dave comments that he wishes it was always this easy and Paul replies "it is".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2014, 01:08:54 am
Last night on BBC4 was "Sound City (http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03sltyb/)", which should almost have been subtitled "Sound City, and why the Neve mixing desk was so great"

Thanks for that.  I know very little about music, but I once had the opportunity to meet a Neve with its guts hanging out (they're every bit as pretty on the inside), and am generally in awe of the "it's transformers all the way down" approach.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruth on February 06, 2014, 07:07:11 pm
Deep Blue Sea's on tonight!  Sharks!  Samuel L Jackson!  Hurrah!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!1
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 11, 2014, 10:11:46 pm
Anyone catch "Inside no. 9"? I've just watched the first episode on iPlayer, typically dark but funny, as we've come to expect from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, it could become a classic, only time will tell...
Yes. We liked it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 12, 2014, 10:07:22 pm
Just watched the first ep of the new series of Line Of Duty.

O

M

F

G

 :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 12, 2014, 10:09:29 pm
Now watching Inside No.9 (2nd ep). Three LOLs already. Genius.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 12, 2014, 10:40:17 pm
Gold star for the Beeb for tonight's telly. Outstanding work.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: StuAff on February 12, 2014, 11:37:46 pm
Just watched the first ep of the new series of Line Of Duty.

O

M

F

G

 :o
Wasn't it, just? Brilliant stuff.
Inside No.9 recorded, last week's was great.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 13, 2014, 01:00:16 am
Line Of Duty was so good, I expected the characters to break out into Danish at any moment.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 13, 2014, 01:42:11 pm
You'll get this if you saw it...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/Screenshot2014-02-13at133658_zps2f635f85.png)

 ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on February 13, 2014, 11:10:39 pm
Line Of Duty was so good, I expected the characters to break out into Danish at any moment.

That's the one with the very nicely done trailer isn't it...I shall iplayer it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on February 13, 2014, 11:54:11 pm
This looks promising:
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/13/jonathan-meades-brutalism-a-z
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 14, 2014, 06:43:24 pm
This looks promising:
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/13/jonathan-meades-brutalism-a-z

Thanks that's on my list now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: microphonie on February 16, 2014, 10:05:02 am
Now watching Inside No.9 (2nd ep). Three LOLs already. Genius.

Superb, I was laughing my head off from the point the big dog wandered in near the beginning until ...

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They'll have to go a long way to improve on that episode...just superb
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 16, 2014, 08:11:51 pm
You'll get this if you saw it...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/Screenshot2014-02-13at133658_zps2f635f85.png)

 ;D
Very good!

watched Ep1 last night. We were blimmin confused for the first 10mins, but in hindsight I can see that was hard to avoid. Really got into it later on. The ending [or at least the window element] was a bit of a shock  :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 19, 2014, 11:36:31 pm
Ep2 just as good. Fewer window moments but still breathtakingly gripping. Adrian Dunbar is superb, and I have to revise my previously low opinion of Keeley Hawes - she's playing for the bafta judges in this.

Wednesday has suddenly become top telly night - Line Of Duty, Inside No 9, Outnumbered, Suspects*, and just starting tonight on BBC4 was the new Michael Mosley series about parasites, which I've had to record the repeat of later in the week cos it clashes with several of the above.

*C5 police procedural - no Line Of Duty but worth watching.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on February 20, 2014, 12:01:50 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01mv2md/hd/Dissected_The_Incredible_Human_Hand/

(Not for the squeamish, for obvious reasons.)

As barakta once famously said "Most people are born with thumbs, and are given thumbs to play with from an early age.", and there's a lot of thumb-pr0n in this.  The programme shows some of the more subtle aspects of why hands are really cool, and how we use them to do different tasks - day to day stuff that we never really bother to think about.

Worth watching, and unless you're in the body-fettling business, you'll probably learn something.

(We've just spent half an hour comparing our use of grips for some common tasks, and discovered that recessed multimeter knobs are one thing that barakta's hands really don't have a good way of doing.)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: red marley on February 20, 2014, 06:29:15 am
Ep2 just as good. Fewer window moments but still breathtakingly gripping. Adrian Dunbar is superb, and I have to revise my previously low opinion of Keeley Hawes - she's playing for the bafta judges in this.

Absolutely. Can't wait for next week. I love all the shifting balance of power affecting many of the characters. It also passes the Bechdel test with flying colours.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 20, 2014, 02:02:04 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01mv2md/hd/Dissected_The_Incredible_Human_Hand/

(Not for the squeamish, for obvious reasons.)

As barakta once famously said "Most people are born with thumbs, and are given thumbs to play with from an early age.", and there's a lot of thumb-pr0n in this.  The programme shows some of the more subtle aspects of why hands are really cool, and how we use them to do different tasks - day to day stuff that we never really bother to think about.

Worth watching, and unless you're in the body-fettling business, you'll probably learn something.

(We've just spent half an hour comparing our use of grips for some common tasks, and discovered that recessed multimeter knobs are one thing that barakta's hands really don't have a good way of doing.)

we watched that - it was well cool!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 20, 2014, 05:38:05 pm
Wednesday has suddenly become top telly night - Line Of Duty, Inside No 9, Outnumbered, Suspects*,
We've taped the 3 without asterisks!

But you forgot BBC3's weekly dry academic documentary. What was it called .... oh yes,  The Truth about Webcam Girls (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/the-truth-about-webcam-girls-tv-review-a-peep-show-that-reveals-how-online-intimacy-is-far-from-fantasy-stuff-9139527.html). Didn't see much, but it was quite interesting! Possibly not in the right forum/thread ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 20, 2014, 05:47:31 pm

BBC3's weekly dry academic documentary.

;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 24, 2014, 07:11:00 am
Now watching Inside No.9 (2nd ep). Three LOLs already. Genius.

Superb, I was laughing my head off from the point the big dog wandered in near the beginning until ...

(click to show/hide)

They'll have to go a long way to improve on that episode...just superb
We watched 2&3 last night.

Ep2 justifies my licence fee. Ep3 couldn't compete, but was still great.
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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on February 28, 2014, 08:17:53 pm
And a new series of Jonathan Creek starts tonight on BBC1.. And he is married. Wonder if they'll use the same old windmill.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 05, 2014, 05:07:43 pm
Not on tonight but Maxine Peake is back in Silk :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: red marley on March 05, 2014, 11:25:15 pm
Stewart Lee's latest Comedy Vehicle, currently on iPlayer. Absolutely perfectly crafted meticulous comedy that had me laughing out loud more than anything I can remember in the last few years. If probably helps being the same age, living in the same bit of London with a similar outlook and a tendency towards self-analysis and smart arsedness. Hilarious.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 06, 2014, 07:50:04 am
I fell asleep during the 'phone conversation'. I found it all a bit tired, and to be honest I think he's ripe for putting out to pasture, or, if there isn't the goodwill, being euthanased. He's read his own reviews and believed them, he's trying to trade on being 'clever', but his cachet of melding a bit of Mark Thomas with a bit of Jack Dee and covering it with viscous gelatinous smug seems pretty pedestrian up against the unpredictable danger and excitement of people like Frankie Boyle.

And what was that horseshit with Chris Morris? Really? Is that the best they could do with those resources?

Watching Stewart Lee was like watching Lee Mack on diazapam, but without the humour.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on March 06, 2014, 02:59:53 pm
Oooh.  A split opinion.
He's read his own reviews and believed them.
From his website it looks as if he does read his reviews (youtube and message boards, at least)
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"A cultural bully from the Oxbridge Mafia who wants to appear morally superior but couldn't cut the mustard on a panel game."
Lee Mack, Mack The Life, 2012

"A sneering tosser." Rowing Rob, Guardian.co.uk

"Smug elitist liberalism. Who is this cunt?" Tokyofist, Youtube

"I hate Stewart Lee with a passion. He's like Ian Huntley to me." Wharto15, Twitter

"Stuart Lee = Cock." Brendon, Vauxhallownersnetwork.co.uk

"Stewart Lee is a massive asshole." Secretdeveloper, Youtube

"I saw him at a gig once, and even offstage he was exuding an aura of creepy molesty smugness." Yukio Mishima, dontstartmeoff.com

"I used to think stewart lee was quite good, then i spoke to him at edinburgh festival. Arse doesn't cover it. Ah well." Bobby Bhoy, Twitter

"Stewart Lee. Boring as hell and unfunny." Peter Ould, Twitter

"Five minutes of Stewart Lee makes me want to kill myself . Completely unfunny, dated, painful SHIT." Anon, westhamonline.com

"One man I would love to beat with a shit covered cricket bat." Joycey, readytogo.net

"The most overrated smug twat ever." Syhr, breakbeat.co.uk

"A small, sad man." FBC, finalgear.com

"Stewart lee is a shit comedian doing a shit impression of a shit comedian. If he was burned alive it could raise serious cash." Mrdavisn01, Twitter

"I hope stewart lee dies." Idrie, Youtube

"Fuck this Stewart Lee twat, fuck anyone that agrees with him, and FUCK PC." Mearecate, Youtube

"3rd rate comedian and politically correct maggot." Anonymous, The Northfield Patriot

"All this man seems to be able to do is dance about going "ah ha ha ha ha ha!' So incredibly unfunny." Emilyistrendy, Youtube

"Is Stewart Lee supposed to be funny? Because he's really not." Keilloh, Twitter

"Lee was a good comic. Unfortunately now he comes across as a chaotic drunk." Foxfoxton, Youtube

"See that stupid look on his face....you just know he would have that exact same facial expression if he was getting the kicking of his life. He's a total dick cheesecake." Neva2busy, dontstartmeoff.com

"Stewart Lee, I will shove my thick cock in your throat you gay lord." Hiewy, Youtube

"Prime example of a well educated looooooser." Rudeness, Youtube

"If this is supposed to be a "Comedy Vehicle," maybe someone should call the RAC to get it started." Gwaites, Digitalspy

"If this is supposed to be a "Comedy Vehicle," someone had better call the RAC to get it started." Gmanthedemon, bbc.co.uk

"If this is supposed to be a "Comedy Vehicle," someone had better call the RAC to get it started. Or push it down hill. Stewart Lee should have 'cunt' stamped onto his forehead with a branding iron."' Coxy, Dontstartmeoff.com

"Stewart Lee should jump in his 'comedy vehicle' and drive it off a very high cliff. Whoever this youth is, he sounds about as funny as three weeks of really bad weather!" Shane, Beverley, Dailymail.co.uk

"I want to run Stewart Lee over in his own comedy vehicle." Robert Gavin, Twitter

"Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle seems to be driving itself up his backside." Jamespearse, Twitter

"Only a Sun reader could mistake this dross for intelligent comedy. Probably laughs at farting noises too. Here's to hoping this particular vehicle runs off the road. Under a train." NevW47479, UKTV.co.uk

"Comedy vehicle? more of a comedy 'right off!'" Guest, Dontstartmeoff.com

"The boringly infantile Stewart Lee." Peter Ould, Youtube

"This guy sure knows how to run a joke into the ground." Mpf1947, Youtube

"I tried to watch Stewart Lee but had to stop due to him being shit. He addressed an insular cadre of socially challenged, prematurely middle-aged, pseudo-intellectual men, I thought." Z-factor, Twitter.

"Stewart Lee isn't funny." Slothy Matt, Twitter

"Liberals like this guy would just love to live in totalitarian state where only their views could be expressed and opposition views crushed. They are childish hypocrites. They should stop reading the guardian and get in the real world." 12dgdgdgdgdgdg, Youtube

etc.

 Looks like you're not alone in your opinion Flatus. As for me, I'm with Jo and other socially challenged, prematurely middle-ages, pseudo-intellectual men like him.  He makes me laugh.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 06, 2014, 05:18:13 pm
You seem to be insulting Jo there.  ;)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Chris S on March 06, 2014, 08:12:12 pm
Now watching Inside No.9 (2nd ep). Three LOLs already. Genius.

Superb, I was laughing my head off from the point the big dog wandered in near the beginning until ...

(click to show/hide)

They'll have to go a long way to improve on that episode...just superb

Yes. I larfed a lot! It had the air of Futtocks End (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futtocks_End) about it; but darker.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on March 06, 2014, 10:16:07 pm
You seem to be insulting Jo there.  ;)
Yes, but he makes me laugh.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 07, 2014, 07:04:07 am
Now watching Inside No.9 (2nd ep). Three LOLs already. Genius.

Superb, I was laughing my head off from the point the big dog wandered in near the beginning until ...

(click to show/hide)

They'll have to go a long way to improve on that episode...just superb

Yes. I larfed a lot! It had the air of Futtocks End (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futtocks_End) about it; but darker.

Thanks to this thread I've just watched the first two episodes.

First one was a masterclass of acting and dialogue.

The second was a masterclass of acting but no dialogue.

Best BBC comedy for years.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on March 07, 2014, 07:20:35 am
Oooh.  A split opinion.
He's read his own reviews and believed them.
From his website it looks as if he does read his reviews (youtube and message boards, at least)
Quote
"A cultural bully from the Oxbridge Mafia who wants to appear morally superior but couldn't cut the mustard on a panel game."
Lee Mack, Mack The Life, 2012
...<snip>
Thanks Nuncio. That is a brilliant review portfolio. :)

(It almost trumps the one in Wasp Factory, except they are 'proper' reviews, not InterWeb keyboard cowboys.)

I've now watched the new Stewart Lee, and it is very funny. (but I also like Lee Mack when he's on form, dunno what this proves. Something about spice of life and variety I guess ... )
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruth on March 11, 2014, 08:41:32 pm
Things are really  hotting up on the Great British Sewing Bee!  It's prom dress week next, I can't wait. 

I do like a properly hemmed hem.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 12, 2014, 10:41:01 pm
Line Of Duty tonight... Breathtaking.

Inside No.9 was pretty awesome too.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: gene hunt on March 12, 2014, 11:31:11 pm
Line Of Duty tonight... Breathtaking.

Agreed, it has been excellent, really looking forward to the end now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 13, 2014, 03:21:15 pm
Live from Space, Ch 4 9:00 p.m. Dermot O'Leary at the Johnson Space centre with guest Astronaut, talking about Astronaut stuff. Last night was about life on th ISS and had some good footage and sections.

Tonight is apparently called 'Houston' we have a problem' and is, as the title suggests, about how Astronauts deal with problems.

Dermot may not be some folks cup of beverage but, I get the impression he is a frustrated astronaut so, he is like an enthusiastic kid in a sweet shop- just like I would be if doing this programme
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on March 13, 2014, 03:59:34 pm
Live from Space, Ch 4 9:00 p.m. Dermot O'Leary at the Johnson Space centre with guest Astronaut, talking about Astronaut stuff. Last night was about life on th ISS and had some good footage and sections.

Tonight is apparently called 'Houston' we have a problem' and is, as the title suggests, about how Astronauts deal with problems.

Dermot may not be some folks cup of beverage but, I get the impression he is a frustrated astronaut so, he is like an enthusiastic kid in a sweet shop- just like I would be if doing this programme

Yup. Loved every minute of it... that Dermot wasn't on screen. Waste of perfectly good airtime IMO.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 13, 2014, 09:28:26 pm
Live from Space, Ch 4 9:00 p.m. Dermot O'Leary at the Johnson Space centre with guest Astronaut, talking about Astronaut stuff.

Agreed - excellent telly.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruth on March 16, 2014, 02:59:12 pm
They've re-jigged the mighty Cosmos, as originally presented by Carl Sagan, RIP.

Trouble is it's on National Geographic, which I don't have.  But if you do, let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on March 20, 2014, 08:23:59 am
I think Davina is on tonight, with her sport relief effort.

Bbc1 9pm.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on March 24, 2014, 05:28:04 pm
Having slagged off Stewart Lee, the UKIPs episode was superb.....kind of predictable and that sort of reduction absurdam has been done before but rarely with such incisiveness. The sketch on the beach was brilliant.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spindrift on March 24, 2014, 07:01:49 pm
I think Davina is on tonight, with her sport relief effort.

Bbc1 9pm.

Did you watch? Notice the bit after Windemere when she said something like "I came back didn't I?"

Bit melodramatic.

I can't stand the woman, awful screechy tawdry programmes, but I've massive respect for what she achieved, she dug deep and succeeded.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruth on March 24, 2014, 07:03:53 pm
The really awesome thing about that,
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  Massive respect.  I mean, HOW?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on March 24, 2014, 07:08:44 pm
I did watch and was very impressed by her achievement.

The people knocking it for her seeking attention have missed the whole point, it needed lots of attention to help raise money.

The people knocking it for how much it must have cost have also missed the point. If this country has a disposable £££ and it raised ££££££££ for a poorer nation or people who aren't as fortunate as us, job done.

WELL BLOODY DONE DAVINA  :thumbsup:
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Post by: spindrift on March 24, 2014, 07:28:45 pm
£2.4m. chapeau.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on March 24, 2014, 07:41:33 pm
£2.4m. chapeau.

Chapeau indeed  8)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 20, 2014, 04:32:41 pm
Fargo, the tv series, C4 tonight. I may be watching through my fingers, the film is one of my favourites.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on April 20, 2014, 06:52:03 pm
Fargo, the tv series, C4 tonight. I may be watching through my fingers, the film is one of my favourites.

The reviews seem to be good, the Coens were actually involved and it's got Billy Bob Thornton.  The omens are good.

OTOH, 10 episodes is quite a commitment...
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Post by: Kim on April 20, 2014, 07:20:37 pm
Downfall appears to be on iPlayer.

After so many Youtube parodies, I feel it's my duty to watch it.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 27, 2014, 06:05:11 pm
If you have Sky Sports, there's FINA world series diving on just now. Sky being arseholes, they're only showing the male & female 10 metre platform finals, but they've blocked live streaming of the rest of the weekend's competition.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on April 27, 2014, 06:08:20 pm
Downfall appears to be on iPlayer.

After so many Youtube parodies, I feel it's my duty to watch it.

You won't find it a chore. Its gripping.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 27, 2014, 06:12:00 pm
And he really does have a point about the trams.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on April 27, 2014, 06:58:18 pm
Fargo, the tv series, C4 tonight. I may be watching through my fingers, the film is one of my favourites.

The reviews seem to be good, the Coens were actually involved and it's got Billy Bob Thornton.  The omens are good.

OTOH, 10 episodes is quite a commitment...

Episode 1 was really good.  Thornton was truly menacing, especially the scene when he was stopped by the traffic Cop (which reminded me of the Gas-Station attendant scene in "No Country for Old Men").
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rogerzilla on April 27, 2014, 08:09:12 pm
Don Giovanni, the ROH production.  It's very very good.  Don Ottavio is suitably wussy, Don Giovanni is suitably sleazy and Donna Anna sings like a lark.  Not sure about Il Commendatore yet, but he's always better dead.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rogerzilla on April 27, 2014, 09:44:00 pm
Not sure about the staging, but the singing is pretty spot on.  "Non mi dir" always brings a tear to my eye...I want it at my funeral.
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Post by: Hot Flatus on April 27, 2014, 10:03:00 pm
Nah.

You're getting Benny Hill
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on May 24, 2014, 09:03:00 am
Not tnight, but last night, a Fast Show special. 20th (!) Anniversary special.

It was the first of two parts, think the second is on next week.

Oddly enough, it still works.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on May 24, 2014, 12:54:44 pm
iPlayer currently has an assortment of Horizon episodes dating back to the 60s.  Including the 90s Fermat's Last Theorem one which in my mind represents the turning point where BBC science output went shit.  Plenty of Feynman and space rockets.  What's not to like?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p01qvnmd
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on May 24, 2014, 01:30:45 pm
Is it me, Kim?  Or are those Horizon episodes "Watch Only"?
I don't see a download option.
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Post by: Kim on May 24, 2014, 01:45:41 pm
Is it me, Kim?  Or are those Horizon episodes "Watch Only"?
I don't see a download option.

Hadn't noticed that.  I'm on Linux, so the download option doesn't work for me anyway (I have to spawn get-iplayer in another window).  But yes, I'm not seeing a download option for them either.

Get-iplayer does appear to do the business, thobut.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on May 24, 2014, 09:57:14 pm
Not tnight, but last night, a Fast Show special. 20th (!) Anniversary special.

It was the first of two parts, think the second is on next week.

Oddly enough, it still works.

It really does.   :thumbsup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b044jzs8/the-fast-show-special-episode-1

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Post by: bumper on May 26, 2014, 06:37:19 pm
Part 2 is on tonight :thumbsup:

Today I 'ave mostly been plodding 'round the house.

Which was nice ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: microphonie on June 08, 2014, 05:06:13 pm
Late notice but at 17:30 today there's Inspire: the Olympic Journey - a profile of IoM cyclist Jonny Bellis & his recovery from the accident he had a few years ago
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Chris S on June 08, 2014, 06:37:12 pm
#iplayer

How the Wild West was won - Ray Mears.

Stunning photography, and interesting stuffs from Mr Mears.

Just watched the first instalment - which includes an account of how the Cherokee befriended the first settlers and taught them how to survive in the Appalachians, only for the government to then round them all up and ship them off on the Trail of Tears. Sigh...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Wowbagger on June 10, 2014, 10:38:34 pm
I watched "Pointless" this evening and it seemed to me that one of the guys in the final was deprived of a pointless answer because he had a slight speech impediment. The winning pair were from Cardiff and in the final they decided to name three member of the Welsh team that beat England in the 6 Nations in 2013. They chose, in order, Justin Tipurik, Matthew Hibbard and Toby Faletau.

Hibbard is, of course, completely wrong: his name is Richard, not Matthew, but the guy mispronounced Tipuric's name and called him Triptych. He had been having a bit of trouble with his pronunciation two or three times in the programme. Justin Tipuric was a pointless answer. Luckily, Toby Faletau was also a pointless answer so they won their £2000 anyway, but it was perfectly obvious to me that the guy was doing his best to get his tongue around the word "Tipuric" but just couldn't do it. It reminded me of the mispronunciation which has allowed Oldham Athletic to be namd "Thlatic".
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Post by: madcow on July 10, 2014, 11:10:09 pm
Any body else watching A Sunday in Hell-Paris Roubaix 1976 on BBC 4 NOW!!!!!
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Post by: jsabine on July 11, 2014, 12:31:32 am
Any body else watching A Sunday in Hell-Paris Roubaix 1976 on BBC 4 NOW!!!!!

Yup. It's another world, both in terms of the racing (or at least the dress, the cars, the TV equipment ...) and in the style of the documentary. Great chunks of time where the pictures and the untranslated foreign dialogue are allowed to speak for themselves.

Got me checking the details of the Paris-Roubaix Challenge too ...

It reminded me of the mispronunciation which has allowed Oldham Athletic to be namd "Thlatic".

That's not a mispronunciation, more a contraction - they've been Latics (or t' Latics) since the dawn of time.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on July 11, 2014, 03:33:06 pm
I recall my Dad lending me SIH years ago. For about 10 mins I thought it was great.

Then I realised there was going to be an awful lot of untranslated foreign dialogue ...
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Post by: Dibdib on July 11, 2014, 03:40:51 pm
I got half-way through it before I succumbed to sleep. I very much hope they're able to put it on iPlayer so I can watch the rest tonight.


ETA: Woo! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074qhx/a-sunday-in-hell (available until 00:44 18/07/2014)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on July 20, 2014, 10:53:06 pm
Watching the python on Gold.. Some good parts. Best bit was Brian COx being pedantic about the 'just remember' song and being run over by Stephen Hawking in a wheelchair.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 22, 2014, 01:12:20 am
Just watched "Rich Hall's California Stars".  The gravel-voiced one is on good form.  Repeated at 22:30 on Wednesday July 23, BBC4.  We approve of this product and/or service.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on July 22, 2014, 08:21:50 am
Is Banshee any good?
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Post by: Nuncio on July 22, 2014, 08:25:47 am
Advance notification for those with ESPN.  Film of Richard Moore's Slaying the Badger at 19:00-20:30 on Sunday 27/7. Review here (http://inrng.com/2014/07/film-review-slaying-the-badger/). For those without ESPN, I think it's being shown on 'terrestrial' TV some time during the Tour of Britain.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on July 22, 2014, 10:29:16 am
Is Banshee any good?

Banshee is an improbable premise and each episode is liberally scattered with gratuitous sex and violence.  Which may not sound like quality television, but some of the characters are quite good and I suppose it's well-made for what it is.  Currently, series 2 is running on Sky Atlantic.
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Post by: Ruth on July 28, 2014, 09:58:11 pm
Children of Syria.  BBC2.

Great telly.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on July 28, 2014, 09:59:46 pm
Children of Syria.  BBC2.

Great telly.

+1
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on August 07, 2014, 09:00:56 am
Andrew Graham Dixon's Art of China on BBC4. Missed the first one but saw the second last night. Some extraordinary ceramics and paintings. They looked like they could have been done in the first half of the 20th century but were from the 11th and to 13th century ! He got fantastic access to stuff in the vaults of Chinese museums that only comes out once every 10 years or so.
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Post by: pcolbeck on August 21, 2014, 12:19:13 pm
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds

Vienna 1908. Excellent I hope the next two on Paris and New York are as good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jsabine on September 01, 2014, 10:06:59 pm
Metroland - John Betjeman presents suburbia and the Metropolitan Line ...

BBC4 right now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spindrift on September 04, 2014, 11:44:27 am
Sheridan Smith on WDYTYA tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: asterix on September 04, 2014, 12:29:14 pm
Sheridan Smith on WDYTYA tonight.

You win!  You can't beat celeb-watching.  I remove my clashing suggestion lest I cause anyone to miss Sheridan Smith. :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spindrift on September 04, 2014, 01:30:21 pm
Diss Sheridan and I WILL FIGHT YOU. Shortly to be seen as the bellowing scouse foghorn:

(http://i2.cdnds.net/14/34/618x411/uktv-cilla-sheridan-smith-03.jpg)
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Post by: sg37409 on September 04, 2014, 11:01:34 pm
ITV4 had Lemond Slaying the Badger on.
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
La Vie Claire tops were the coolest in cycling.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spindrift on September 05, 2014, 11:05:13 am
Actually, WDYTYA was shit on toast, that series has jumped the shark, there are way too many establishing shots and lame voiceovers and minor celebs sobbing their hearts out at the sad stories of relatives they hadn't chuffing heard of five minutes previous. Sheridan Smith was milking it for all it was worth. 2/10 would not watch again.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on September 05, 2014, 12:01:09 pm
I don't normally have much time for WDYTYA but my wife loves it so I often end up watching it by default and I actually rather enjoyed the one last week with Brendan O'Carroll (aka Mrs Brown), which focused on the fascinating story of his grandad, an IRA man who was murdered by British militia - just goes to show that it's not necessarily your favourite people who have the most interesting family stories.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on September 05, 2014, 02:21:48 pm
ITV4 had Lemond Slaying the Badger on.
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
La Vie Claire tops were the coolest in cycling.

I enjoyed that. It's on ITV Player too, if anyone wants to catch up.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on September 06, 2014, 09:23:14 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gnhv7/castles-in-the-sky

Recommended to me as "like Micro Men, but with valves instead of membrane keyboards".  With Eddie Izzard.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Chris S on September 06, 2014, 10:21:25 pm
Not tonight - on catchup.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04grp09/horizon-20142015-4-inside-the-dark-web

Actually, quite interesting. Scary, if you believe such things. I've had dealings with ToR through work. Really excellent tech, thoroughly open to the Dark Side of the human psyche. It's a tricksy thing - balancing freedom, with the in-built human desire to fuck each other over.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on September 07, 2014, 11:37:33 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gnhv7/castles-in-the-sky

Recommended to me as "like Micro Men, but with valves instead of membrane keyboards".  With Eddie Izzard.   :thumbsup:
Just watched that on I-thing. V good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 08, 2014, 06:03:20 am
Every time I walk through the lobby here the TV is showing Joan Rivers' funeral.  Fox "News", natch.

So the answer is, of course, "nothing".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on September 10, 2014, 10:16:30 pm
All creatures great and stuffed

On ch4 now. There are some weirdos that do some weird shit.
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Post by: Deano on September 10, 2014, 10:19:05 pm
Some Boffins with Jokes on BBC2 now :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on September 10, 2014, 11:26:00 pm
Secrets Ep1 was very good.
10:35ish, 2 to go.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on September 13, 2014, 10:02:10 pm
Last night of the proms, as ever.
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Post by: Clare on September 13, 2014, 10:52:39 pm
Me too, Roderick Williams has a wonderful voice.

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Post by: Vince on September 16, 2014, 11:32:16 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gnhv7/castles-in-the-sky

Recommended to me as "like Micro Men, but with valves instead of membrane keyboards".  With Eddie Izzard.   :thumbsup:
Just watched that on I-thing. V good.
+1 I'm totally impressed by Eddie Izzard's acting ability. Actually, I didn't realise it was him until the end  :hand:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on October 29, 2014, 08:28:58 am
Not really tonight, but any night if you have Amazon Prime Instant*.

Constantine, the TV series of the graphic novels.

Only seen the first so far, but if the rest keep up the standard it should be a good series.

Thanks to Andygates, via FB, for the heads up.

*or wish to test an offsite backup
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Post by: spindrift on October 29, 2014, 03:28:47 pm
Anyone see that N Irish bloke in the thing about the missing kid? Getting amazing reviews.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on November 12, 2014, 08:48:26 pm
David Attenborough inthe Himalaya. Fascinating.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 14, 2014, 06:27:07 pm
Tonight: Children In Need some paint drying.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on November 15, 2014, 09:38:16 am
Last night on BBC4 and now on iPlayer  - Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

A 1969 documentary about the man in black. No voice-over just a camera following him in concert, on tour and talking to friends, relatives and the public. Riveting.
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Post by: Zipperhead on November 15, 2014, 11:33:11 am
I watched some of it, it was fabulous. I must download it on iplayer so that I can enjoy all of it.
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Post by: Torslanda on November 16, 2014, 10:07:06 pm
22.40 tonight on More 4.

The Plane that Saved Britain. The Mosquito documentary in case you missed it last time.

ETA. Not sure how long it will be available (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-plane-that-saved-britain/4od)
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Post by: Vince on November 16, 2014, 11:17:16 pm
Last night on BBC4 and now on iPlayer  - Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music

A 1969 documentary about the man in black. No voice-over just a camera following him in concert, on tour and talking to friends, relatives and the public. Riveting.
Its on again at the moment.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 17, 2014, 08:58:08 pm
On in about 3 minutes, Gotham, on 5.

Obviously it follows the story of Gotham City, pre The Dark Knight, in fact Mr Wayne is still in short pants.

Worth watching.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on November 21, 2014, 08:49:13 am
Gillian Anderson's voice/accent on 'The Fall' has finally gotten to me. No more.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2014, 12:14:22 pm
On in about 3 minutes, Gotham, on 5.

Obviously it follows the story of Gotham City, pre The Dark Knight, in fact Mr Wayne is still in short pants.

Worth watching.

I've just watched the latest episode.

And, yes, very much worth watching. It's brilliant TV, a top-down first rate production with some incredibly intense and accomplished performances. You see baddies in their ascendance, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is my fave. Boy he has fun in that role! And his mum will correct your pronunciation of their surname! A young catwomen, Harvey '2 face' Dent, The Riddler (have you spotted him yet??!), Poison Ivy, the list goes on... Great fun and great TV.

Shows once again that US television (the new cinema darling!) is a much superior product (at its best) to anything out of the UK.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 28, 2014, 12:31:00 pm
Gotham seems to be getting better and better, which is mirrored in the TV execs extending the series from 16 episodes to 22!

The Riddler was easy to spot, his mug of coffee gave him away :)

Poison Ivy and Two Face were a bit harder, though.

The baddy in the last episode (Victor Zsasz) was brilliantly played, he scared the shit out of me!

Having Sean Pertwee as Alfred is a bit of a stroke too!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2014, 01:17:14 pm
Having Sean Pertwee as Alfred is a bit of a stroke too!

Yes, agreed. How did I forget to mention him??!

Pertwee plays the role so well; a gentrified east London gangster. Hints of unfathomable depths of violence behind a waistcoat and 'sir'-ing. I reckon he had a bit of a liberty with his dialogue too (or there's a Londoner on the script writing team!) because some of his vocab is pure east end (not Van Dyke mockney either!) and guaranteed to baffle US audiences.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on November 28, 2014, 01:17:58 pm
Gillian Anderson's voice/accent on 'The Fall' has finally gotten to me. No more.

Never seen it but I have it "taped".  What accent is she doing?  She grew up in London btw.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2014, 01:32:59 pm
I believe she lived in London (Islington??) for 4 years, ages 10 through 14... so didn't really 'grow up' there. She moved about a bit as a kid though, a US forces family as I recall, so probably her accent moved around equally. I believe she got the piss taken out of her when the family finally settled back in the US. That kind of thing tends to shape you - I know, as a little pommie kid growing up in NZ, I got used to being 'different'.

Anyways, her accent in 'The Fall' (and it's as much vocal mannerisms as accent) is definately not north London! It's a kind of clipped, upper class-ish slow and precise delivery that defies exact localisation. I find it hugely irritating.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on November 28, 2014, 01:41:14 pm
Back to Gotham, and I hope this isn't a spoiler, '2 face' is probably schizophrenic rather than disfigured. I think that's a neat reworking but may, of course,  be shortlived. As it's still early days, he may yet suffer the injury that gives him his moniker/alter ego. At the moment though, there's just the hint of Jekyll & Hyde.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 28, 2014, 02:06:33 pm
Back to Gotham, and I hope this isn't a spoiler, '2 face' is probably schizophrenic rather than disfigured. I think that's a neat reworking but may, of course,  be shortlived. As it's still early days, he may yet suffer the injury that gives him his moniker/alter ego. At the moment though, there's just the hint of Jekyll & Hyde.

There is also a discussion, out there on the web, about how he is a lot older than Bruce Wayne, but in the comics/films he is about the same age.

Some liberties have been taken, but none, I think, that spoil the stories or timeline.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Wobbly John on December 10, 2014, 09:37:22 pm
It's half over now, but Forbidden History on Yesterday - programme about Nichola Tesla should appeal to many forumites - There's a guy with a million volt Tesla in his lock-up on at the moment!  :D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: asterix on December 12, 2014, 01:39:31 pm
Anyone see that N Irish bloke in the thing about the missing kid? Getting amazing reviews.

Yes, I may have done.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on December 12, 2014, 05:14:15 pm
Anyone see that N Irish bloke in the thing about the missing kid? Getting amazing reviews.

Yes, I may have done.

Yes.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 14, 2014, 10:48:12 pm
Olive Kitteridge, miniseries on Sky Atlantic with Frances McDormand. Downbeat and gently paced sharp and funny, reminiscent of Alexander Payne. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on December 26, 2014, 10:27:51 pm
Olive Kitteridge, miniseries on Sky Atlantic with Frances McDormand. Downbeat and gently paced sharp and funny, reminiscent of Alexander Payne. Good stuff.

Thanks for that - enjoyed it very much - Frances McDormand was tremendous.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 29, 2014, 09:15:59 am
The Royal Institution Christma Lectures ~ BBC4, 20:00.  Professor Danielle George on "How To Hack Your Home", or, Kim-ness For Beginners.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 29, 2014, 10:40:14 am
'Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death' made for relaxing, brain off viewing. Was the Roose Boltons bastard being the gay PA that I saw?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 29, 2014, 02:28:19 pm
The Royal Institution Christma Lectures ~ BBC4, 20:00.  Professor Danielle George on "How To Hack Your Home", or, Kim-ness For Beginners.

I suppose I probably ought to watch that, then...   :D


ETA:  Just did.  I know that cool demos and handwaving are what the Christmas Lectures are all about, but it did seem to be a rollercoaster ride of introducing more and more quite complex technologies and not really elaborating on them at all.

But I'm struggling to think of how I'd do it any better.  Maybe focus on smaller aspects of the project (I'm sure I could fill a whole lecture on ways to light up a window), but that's missing the point of what engineering a whole system is about.

Anyone got kids of the appropriate age?  What did they make of it?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on December 30, 2014, 10:33:11 pm
Too busy stuck on their PEDs.[1]
They'll probably watch it on iPlayer.


[1] No. Personal Electronic Devices.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 31, 2014, 11:14:06 am
Was the Roose Boltons bastard being the gay PA that I saw?

Haven't seen Agatha Raisin yet but I can tell you that Yara Greyjoy plays Quaint Irene in the new adaptation of Mapp & Lucia on BBC1. Which isn't all that good, tbh (from my PoV as a big fan of the books).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 31, 2014, 03:03:23 pm
The Royal Institution Christma Lectures ~ BBC4, 20:00.  Professor Danielle George on "How To Hack Your Home", or, Kim-ness For Beginners.

I suppose I probably ought to watch that, then...   :D


ETA:  Just did.  I know that cool demos and handwaving are what the Christmas Lectures are all about, but it did seem to be a rollercoaster ride of introducing more and more quite complex technologies and not really elaborating on them at all.

But I'm struggling to think of how I'd do it any better.  Maybe focus on smaller aspects of the project (I'm sure I could fill a whole lecture on ways to light up a window), but that's missing the point of what engineering a whole system is about.

Anyone got kids of the appropriate age?  What did they make of it?
A pretty fair review! It seemed like "A Grand Idea" that never truly fitted together. The Raspberry Pi "bullet time" demo was good though, hadn't seen that done before :)

I'd quite like to hear how the budget compared with previous years. Maybe Ep2 will be massively cheap ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on January 03, 2015, 11:42:12 pm
The Royal Institution Christma Lectures

*Much* better in episodes 2 and 3.  Completely handwaved most of the systems integration glue ("MIDI is a programming language that's a bit like sheet music" is about the right level, and allowed them to go on to discuss latency issues later) and concentrated on smaller aspects of the various shiny technologies in order to demonstrate something specific (from optic fibre to pepper's ghost to haptics to feedback loops).  Bonus points for making a phone call to the ISS, getting Faraday's original motor out, Doctor Who references, an anthropomorphic robot playing the theramin and prodding the back end of a cow in the virtual uterus.   :thumbsup:

For the entertainment of the over-30s in the audience, they wheeled on a h4xx0red dot-matrix printer, and then had to explain what a dot-matrix printer was.   :D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on January 03, 2015, 11:51:12 pm
SHame they didn't have a chain printer.. ferocious beasts.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on January 03, 2015, 11:52:53 pm
SHame they didn't have a chain printer.. ferocious beasts.

Not quite as musical, thobut.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on January 03, 2015, 11:56:22 pm
At least they were true to form and played the only tune that is ever played on large pieces of physics equipment as a demo.  Just missing the sparks and the Tesla Coils.
(Beethoven's Ninth SYmphony - Ode to Joy)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 06, 2015, 04:47:11 pm
Poncy middle-class fans of subtitled crimethings might like to know that the next series of "Engrenages" aka "Spiral" starts this coming Saturday (January 10th) in the usual BBC4 poncy middle-class subtitled crimething slot of 21:00.

As a fully paid-up member of the poncy middle-class crimething fan er, class, I shall be setting the Infernal Machine.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 06, 2015, 04:51:28 pm
Well, now I am a postman, I can no longer claim to be middle class, but still will be tuning in on Saturday. It will be a bit of a shock to the system after the far more gentle Inspector Montalbano. Laughs a-plenty? You're 'avin' a larf!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 06, 2015, 05:12:26 pm
I missed the previous series of Spiral. Will I need to catch up or is it safe to jump on board with the new series?

My recent Saturday evening middle class ponce hour has been devoted to The Legacy on Sky Arts, but frankly it's a bit dull (not enough murrrrders) so I'd be happy to switch to different middle class ponce fare.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on January 06, 2015, 06:05:45 pm
9 pm Channel 4, 24 Hours in Police Custody.

10 pm BBC Four, Smiley's People.

http://www.freeview.co.uk/whats-on/tv-guide
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on January 06, 2015, 11:14:08 pm
Just finished watching (so should be on Iplayer) Smiley's People.  From 1982!  Damn, it was good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: JennyB on January 07, 2015, 11:57:52 am
Just finished watching (so should be on Iplayer) Smiley's People.  From 1982!  Damn, it was good.

"Vladi's been shot.  It wasn't  an accident or suicide, or anything like that."  Funny what you remember for 32 years. Quality  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on January 08, 2015, 09:39:20 pm
The Super-Rich and Us.

I think this will strike a chord with many of us on yacf. I really like Jacques Peretti as a presenter.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 10, 2015, 02:56:51 am
I missed the previous series of Spiral. Will I need to catch up or is it safe to jump on board with the new series?

I can't actually remember much of the previous series but the first one I saw was series 3 and it still made enough sense.

In the meantime I am keeping up my ponciness quota by watching a dodgy download of series 1 of "Broadchurch", with French subtitles.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: perpetual dan on January 10, 2015, 01:45:46 pm
Not tonight at all, but I watch pretty much everything delayed...
Walking the Nile on C4. Partly the usual "going on an adventure" looking at the animals and natives, done in a viewer is aware of the camera crew (or lack of) way. But, for added interest, we have: robbed by gun runners, watching on the spot beatings by the police, and death of a co-traveller from heatstroke.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 10, 2015, 08:35:42 pm
In the meantime I am keeping up my ponciness quota by watching a dodgy download of series 1 of "Broadchurch", with French subtitles.

Bah!  I had Tom pegged as the Murderer, probably because Adam Wilson played the Psycho Teen in last week's "Silent Witness".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: IanDG on January 10, 2015, 08:58:52 pm
Anything on BBC1-4? It's all we can get in the Western Isles since Thursday's storm. Mind you I'm lucky, Harris are getting hot food deliveries as they have been wirthout power since Thursday!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 11, 2015, 11:57:54 pm
O noes!  I'm in love with Audrey Fleurot all over again.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 14, 2015, 05:00:58 pm
Scanning the distascope guide for something tonight I was drawn to "Welding Disaster Specials".  A bit out there for 5, I thought.

Oh.  Wedding Disasters :(
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 14, 2015, 05:03:39 pm
O noes!  I'm in love with Audrey Fleurot all over again.
Hands off, she's mine...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on January 14, 2015, 06:51:12 pm
Scanning the distascope guide for something tonight I was drawn to "Welding Disaster Specials".  A bit out there for 5, I thought.

Oh.  Wedding Disasters :(

No hope that they could combine the two?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Deano on January 14, 2015, 09:05:41 pm
The Life of a Mountain: a Year on Scafell is just starting on BBC4. Looks worth a watch.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: loafer on January 14, 2015, 11:57:18 pm
The Life of a Mountain: a Year on Scafell is just starting on BBC4. Looks worth a watch.

just watched it on I player  ;D  stunning also this from ctc forum   Publicity film March 1939 for launch of the new Austin 8 hp saloon car. Fascinating footage showing detailed climbs over many famous passes. I imagine that most of the tracks are now metalled roads .
http://www.austin-eight.com/apps/videos ... 39-youtube

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Deano on January 16, 2015, 08:48:26 pm
He is, isn't he. Fell runners are astonishing anyway - in terms of just going about their business, they (almost) make audaxers look like auditionees for I'm a Celebrity.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Peter on January 17, 2015, 05:03:27 pm
Joss Naylor deserves to be far better-known, though I doubt if he would enjoy it.  Fell running is indeed very special, Dean and has its own heroes.  I think the reason that the so-called elite athletes tend not to take part is that (apart from it not fitting their plans) is that it's just simply too hard - and not a little dangerous.  I only tried two fell races, though I used to run over the moors a lot and once ran the Lyke Wake Walk.  I did the Three Peaks race in my late twenties or early thirties and did a respectable time.  However, the winner, Jeff Norman, finished about an hour ahead!  I was like a sheet when I came in, apparently.   It's a big regeret that t I've been warned off running because of arthritis, otherwise I'd still be on the moors most days.  But running's loss is cycling's gain, I hear nobody say!

My only beef with the programme was that it spent too much time on the talking heads and not enough on just the scenery:  you couldn't even have got odds on a Wainwright-related interview or ten minutes with Eric Robson.


Edit - sorry, that's all about me and not the programme.  I just got carried away by reminiscence!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 18, 2015, 03:40:07 pm
O noes!  I'm in love with Audrey Fleurot all over again.
Someone give her a hairbrush!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 18, 2015, 06:06:51 pm
I aten't watched yesterday's yet but I'd be quite happy to take my hairbrush over to Paris and give her a hand with the brushing ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 22, 2015, 01:01:53 am
Voyager: To The Final Frontier.  First broadcast in October 2012; on iPlayer for another 29 days.  Spacecraft go walkabout in the outer reaches of the solar system.  Contains Carl Sagan, as himself.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 22, 2015, 10:12:30 am
Voyager: To The Final Frontier.  First broadcast in October 2012; on iPlayer for another 29 days.  Spacecraft go walkabout in the outer reaches of the solar system.  Contains Carl Sagan, as himself.

Realised this was on and started watching from the approach to Jupiter. Was very good. That last image from Voyager 1. Thought provoking in exactly the way Carl Sagan would have it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 22, 2015, 10:53:29 pm
Catastrophe - Sharon Horgan co-written rom-com on C4. Ep1 Bloody brilliant. No idea who the yank is,  but he's pretty funny.

some very ... "robust" humour,  but with a good heart.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 23, 2015, 12:05:31 am
Rob Delaney. He is indeed very funny. Worth following on Twitter - completely mental, in a brilliantly funny way. Haven't seen Catastrophe yet but have heard good things.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 23, 2015, 12:51:35 am
Horizon: Can We Make A Star On Earth?  BBC4 delves into the vaults again with this 2009 offering.  Floppy-haired cleverness dispenser Brian Cox on nuclear fusion.  Ignore the "Brian Cox on a mountain-top" footage - it's part of his contract.  Ignore also the fact that his Mustang changes from a coupé without a front number plate to a convertible with one, and back again, on a shot-by-shot basis as he ponces around southern California.  Probably needed a bit more SCIENCE and a bit less poncing around but much better than for e.g. HorridCockneys or "Celebrity" Big Brother.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on January 23, 2015, 07:18:28 am
The first episode of the BBC's adaptation of Wolf Hall on iPlayer as I missed it earlier this week. It was very good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 23, 2015, 05:57:27 pm
Rob Delaney. He is indeed very funny. Worth following on Twitter - completely mental, in a brilliantly funny way. Haven't seen Catastrophe yet but have heard good things.
Some wonderfully insane tweets there. remind me of the News Ticker on The Day Today.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 24, 2015, 11:48:52 am
Catastrophe. Superb. Very funny. The dinner party scene was priceless.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 25, 2015, 02:22:50 pm
After an ingominious DNF with the book,  can't bellieve I'm saying this:

Wolf Hall - very very good. Cromwell was just amazing.

(It was all a bit like the better-done Shakespeare - I often got lost in the plot/political detail,  but was in no doubt of the sentiment of each scene and confrontation. And the reviewers say it gets a bit less opaque next week :)

Of course if you know the relevant history,  you won't struggle at all!)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 30, 2015, 06:20:32 pm
BBC4, 22:00 - doco about Kraftwerk.  Could be interesting, if not chock full of laughs.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Exit Stage Left on January 30, 2015, 06:45:14 pm
BBC4, 22:00 - doco about Kraftwerk.  Could be interesting, if not chock full of laughs.

I must record ' Sound of Song' at 9pm on BBC 4, last week on the impact of tape on music was excellent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 30, 2015, 11:17:19 pm
Ghostbusters is on ch5 right now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on January 31, 2015, 11:03:33 am
BBC4, 22:00 - doco about Kraftwerk.  Could be interesting, if not chock full of laughs.

I recorded this, but can't play it for technical reasons (mention in the Grumble thread).  Did I miss much?

I'm not enough of a fan to have their records, but I enjoy'm on the radio and like music documentaries in general.  I could iPlayer it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on January 31, 2015, 12:43:27 pm
They all seem a little non-plussed about their popularity.

They're not exciting to watch but delightfully precise in that undefinable Germanic way. Massively influential, lets face it, having Grand Master Flash as a fan and being credited with the invention of hip hop can't be all bad, can it?

And they all ride bicycles. (One of the very few bands I could think of who have written songs about cycling, Mungo Jerry notwithstanding.)

Watch it on i-Player. Have a beer and chill. Definitely a cut above C4 & 5 with their 'List 10/20/50/100 things and get a load of overpaid wankers to spout off the stuff we already know about' progs.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on January 31, 2015, 03:20:26 pm
Thanks Torslander.  My recording has come back to life; I'll watch it now.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on January 31, 2015, 04:01:07 pm
Another convert. My work here is done . . .
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 31, 2015, 10:08:03 pm
BBC4, 22:00 - doco about Kraftwerk.  Could be interesting, if not chock full of laughs.

I must record ' Sound of Song' at 9pm on BBC 4, last week on the impact of tape on music was excellent.

Missed this when broadcast in real time; Hurrah! for get_iPlayer.  Quite fascinating and confirmed my suspicion that Auto-Tune is the jbex of Stan and needs to be deleted from the universe.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 31, 2015, 10:45:50 pm
Now watching the Kraftwerk wossname.  Paul Morley is, in his own way, just as much of a ponce as ponce-for-hire Stephen Bayley.

Can't think why anyone would pay to see them live though ???
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 01, 2015, 08:27:09 pm
Now watching the Kraftwerk wossname.  Paul Morley is, in his own way, just as much of a ponce as ponce-for-hire Stephen Bayley.

Can't think why anyone would pay to see them live though ???

For the amazing 3d graphics and to hear the music at volumes you just don't get at home I suspect.
Excellent documentary, I had missed the Computer Love/Talk ((Coldplay) connection but once it's pointed out it's ridiculously obvious. It seems on that Coldplay gave Ralf Hutter a writing credit for it and asked him before they used it. Apparently he wrote back saying 'Yes, you can use it, and thank you very much for asking my permission, unlike that bastard Jay-Z'."
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on February 07, 2015, 12:56:39 am
Tonight has been Genesis wall to wall on BBC4.

i haz a happy . . .
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: runsoncake on February 08, 2015, 12:54:22 am

Wolf Hall - very very good. Cromwell was just amazing.

(It was all a bit like the better-done Shakespeare - I often got lost in the plot/political detail,  but was in no doubt of the sentiment of each scene and confrontation. And the reviewers say it gets a bit less opaque next week :)

Of course if you know the relevant history,  you won't struggle at all!)
Don't know much about history 1
But I am gripped by the slowly building tension and political intrigue, also sooo want Cromwells hat, do they do a Merino version?

1 Sam Cook "Wonderful World" 1960  (keeping plagiarism lawyers away since 1998)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 08, 2015, 01:51:48 pm
O noes!  I'm in love with Audrey Fleurot all over again.
Someone give her a hairbrush!

She seems to have found it, presumably while clearing out Pierre's flat before his parents showed up.  I note that Grégory Fitoussi is still listed in the opening credits
(click to show/hide)
.  It's all shaping up nicely for the dénouement and I'm away next weekend and won't be able to watch it until late Monday chiz.

Also, Caroline Proust is a cyclist :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 08, 2015, 09:24:55 pm
Wolf Hall is just blowing me away. No unnecessary soundtrack, no dumbing down. Fantastic sets and lighting with sparse dialogue. There is a lot of silence in it. Everything is conveyed with a look, a touch or a short pithy bit of dialogue.
The book is brilliant as well, I,m just starting on it at the moment.

As an aside I also watched the documentary on Tyndale's bible. Melvin Bragg claimed Tyndale's is forgotten today and that almost no one knows who he was, really ? I would think anyone with a passing interest in either Tudor or religious history would know who Tyndale was.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 08, 2015, 10:17:54 pm
just caught up with this week's Ep - agree with all the above.

Except the tyndale business - never heard of him! (although I do know who Jane Seymour was :P )

its good fun playing "what have we seen _him_ in before???"
I'm embarased to say i may never have seen Mark Rylance before. And I'm kicking myself for not remembering Claire Foy was in the Promise. (this is a lot easier with imdb, isnt it?)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 09, 2015, 04:07:11 pm
Except the tyndale business - never heard of him! (although I do know who Jane Seymour was :P )

Didn't she play Solitaire in "Live And Let Die"?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 09, 2015, 04:26:27 pm
O noes!  I'm in love with Audrey Fleurot all over again.
Someone give her a hairbrush!

She seems to have found it, presumably while clearing out Pierre's flat before his parents showed up.  I note that Grégory Fitoussi is still listed in the opening credits
(click to show/hide)
.  It's all shaping up nicely for the dénouement and I'm away next weekend and won't be able to watch it until late Monday chiz.

Also, Caroline Proust is a cyclist :thumbsup:
Yebbut, there's no way she's going to give birth to that baby, is there?

I'm sure there's a joke to be had about Audrey and briefs, but maybe that's best left dangling.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 09, 2015, 04:39:42 pm
Dr Larrington and I were speculating about this last night and concluded that a life of domestic bliss with Gilou was just what the scriptwriter ordered for the already-commissioned series 6.  If Gilou doesn't get killed utterly to DETH by an angry husband first.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 09, 2015, 06:53:57 pm
Well, there's scope for a troublesome menage a trois with TinTin. Maybe Josephine could join in for a very French scenario.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: asterix on February 10, 2015, 10:49:27 am
It could be YOU :o

Not in front of the telly: Warning over 'listening' TV (http://)

Quote
The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.
When the feature is active, such TV sets "listen" to what is said and may share what they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.
Privacy campaigners said the technology smacked of the telescreens, in George Orwell's 1984, which spied on citizens.

..Samsung said: "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search.

So, yeah, you too could appear on telly soon.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: delthebike on February 10, 2015, 03:55:47 pm
I don't know if it's "worth watching" but a short documentary involving cycling London to Brighton (not sure if it's the charridee ride or not). 1930 London Live on Freeview

"Following five youngsters from different backgrounds as they cycle from London to Brighton, examining the transformative potential of the bicycle in bringing people together"
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on February 14, 2015, 11:31:26 pm
just caught up with this week's Ep - agree with all the above.

Except the tyndale business - never heard of him! (although I do know who Jane Seymour was :P )

its good fun playing "what have we seen _him_ in before???"
I'm embarased to say i may never have seen Mark Rylance before. And I'm kicking myself for not remembering Claire Foy was in the Promise. (this is a lot easier with imdb, isnt it?)

Just been put onto this by the elder gentlemen of my acquaintance. Watched the first four episodes back to back tonight.

Brilliant. Pacing is superb. No intrusive music. Minimal but clear dialogue. Acting. Tension. Cold blooded threats. Cromwell's 'interview' with Henry Purcey was a masterpiece.
The tension and intrigue is fantastic - the playing out of the conflict in Cromwell over the trial of Thomas More was superb.

And then Norfolk (I think) gets all thick of it and potty mouthed at just the right amount of belligerence.

Can't wait for Wednesday.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 16, 2015, 02:13:05 pm
Dr Larrington and I were speculating about this last night and concluded that a life of domestic bliss with Gilou was just what the scriptwriter ordered for the already-commissioned series 6.  If Gilou doesn't get killed utterly to DETH by an angry husband first.
Rather a damp squib of an ending, I must say.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 16, 2015, 06:09:12 pm
I only realised  Oz was a gurl on reading the cast list in the Radio Times!  Nice to see Maitre Karlsson back to her old ways though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 17, 2015, 12:13:51 am
I'm not sure a Jimmy Nail character would've gone down well. Do you reckon Roban's in for a bit of rumpy-pumpy in series 6? Not sure I'd want to witness that...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 17, 2015, 08:17:25 am
I'm sure Arsene Wenger Juge Roban had a romantic interest in an earlier series but I don't feel up to 36 hours of subtitled Stuffs today, doubly so since both series of "The Bridge" are still in my to-be-watched pile.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on February 17, 2015, 05:59:50 pm
Ah, Broen/The Bridge; the only series with a female lead character, Saga Norén, who makes Engranages' Laure Berthaud look like a well-balanced individual.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 17, 2015, 06:05:43 pm
Laure has benn getting steadily more normal over the years.  By the time she retires or is killed utterly to DETH she'll have turned into Juliet Bravo.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on February 18, 2015, 08:45:27 am
Wolf Hall is brilliant, have caught up with the first 4 episodes and am looking forward to tonight's episode.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 18, 2015, 08:59:02 am
Heads up for Saturday: Reginald D Hunter's Songs Of The South.  BBC2, 21:00.  Three-part road trip through the southern US exploring the place through its music.  As a confirmed USAniaphile this appeals.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on February 19, 2015, 12:02:31 am
Wolf Hall is brilliant, have caught up with the first 4 episodes and am looking forward to tonight's episode.
And so it develops.. Next week will be great.
Definitely a slow burner of a series. Proper acting with more said unspoken than in the lines.
 
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on February 19, 2015, 08:32:02 am
Wolf Hall is brilliant, have caught up with the first 4 episodes and am looking forward to tonight's episode.
And so it develops.. Next week will be great.
Definitely a slow burner of a series. Proper acting with more said unspoken than in the lines.

Due a bout of the lurgy I missed it, shall DL it and try to watch it tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 19, 2015, 06:35:55 pm
Heads up for Saturday: Reginald D Hunter's Songs Of The South.  BBC2, 21:00.  Three-part road trip through the southern US exploring the place through its music.  As a confirmed USAniaphile this appeals.
Dya think Rich Hall was asking for too much money?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 20, 2015, 08:48:19 am
Perhpas Rich Hall is, well, er, y'know, a bit too white.  BRITAIN gets Messrs Hunter and Hall while the USAnians get Piers Moron and Craig Ferguson.  Win :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Psychler on February 20, 2015, 06:22:59 pm
RAAM 2014 tonight Europsort 9pm
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on February 24, 2015, 02:23:12 pm
Heads up for Saturday: Reginald D Hunter's Songs Of The South.  BBC2, 21:00.  Three-part road trip through the southern US exploring the place through its music.  As a confirmed USAniaphile this appeals.

My grate frend Frank recommended this to me.  I downloaded it and watched it whilst doing the vebavat.  Ded gud it was. Can't wait for the next episode.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: davelodwig on February 24, 2015, 06:26:50 pm
Heads up for Saturday: Reginald D Hunter's Songs Of The South.  BBC2, 21:00.  Three-part road trip through the southern US exploring the place through its music.  As a confirmed USAniaphile this appeals.

Back in the day I was part of a collective putting on interesting club nights that mixed music, comedy, dancing, art and video into experiences rather than jumping up and down to deafining drum and bass. Reginald D Hunter was doing a set (for free cos he's ace) and I bumped into him in the yard at the back of the venue where we'd stashed all the old flightcases and created a bit of a wonderland smoking area. He's a jolly nice chap, even shared his vodka with me, was very pleased when he started appearing on that tellybox thing.

D.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on February 25, 2015, 08:06:57 pm
Dante's Peak is on!  Pierce Brosnan invalidates his car hire warranty, oh yes.  That's my evening sorted.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 25, 2015, 09:38:47 pm
Wolf Hall is just blowing me away. No unnecessary soundtrack, no dumbing down. Fantastic sets and lighting with sparse dialogue. There is a lot of silence in it. Everything is conveyed with a look, a touch or a short pithy bit of dialogue.
The book is brilliant as well, I,m just starting on it at the moment.

As an aside I also watched the documentary on Tyndale's bible. Melvin Bragg claimed Tyndale's is forgotten today and that almost no one knows who he was, really ? I would think anyone with a passing interest in either Tudor or religious history would know who Tyndale was.

I've been up his monument a few times
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on February 25, 2015, 11:13:26 pm
Last episode of Wolf Hall. Awesome. Is there a sequel?

The lighting was fantastic - Absolutely brilliant (or not as it left all the corners in shadow). The plot moves with a relentless beat. You know the eventual outcome, but how the mighty fall. Cromwell as the bull terrier of Tudor England.

Great TV - more please BBC. Though definitely a bit of license with the chronology of the book.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jsabine on February 26, 2015, 01:18:24 am
Having been a bit of a dozy sod and not got started to Wolf Hall, I find Ep 1 has vanished from Auntie's magnificent iPlayer.

I don't suppose anyone happens to have an, um, backup that could do with being stored offsite? I'd be more than happy to inspect it for integrity.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 02:24:59 am
Watched the Reginald D Hunter wossname tonight.  It was teh Aces.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 26, 2015, 07:41:33 am
You've Been Framed was odd last night - mostly rubbish but there was a great clip of some middle-aged woman falling down the stairs.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on February 26, 2015, 09:45:21 am
Watched the Reginald D Hunter wossname tonight.  It was teh Aces.

It's his RADA training luvvee.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 10:32:11 am
Watched the Reginald D Hunter wossname tonight.  It was teh Aces.

It's his RADA training luvvee.

See this?  That's me not caring ;D  Proper intelligent TV interspersed with Mr Larrington pointing at the box and shouting "Ooh, I got stuck in a traffic jam there!"
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on February 26, 2015, 10:38:55 am
Watched the Reginald D Hunter wossname tonight.  It was teh Aces.

It's his RADA training luvvee.

See this?  That's me not caring ;D  Proper intelligent TV interspersed with Mr Larrington pointing at the box and shouting "Ooh, I got stuck in a traffic jam there!"

I often enthral my wife with interesting anecdotes such as "I cycled through there on <insert name of Audax>" during "A Place in the Country".

She never ever gets bored of my Audaxing tales, nor the gin and the Valium either.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on February 26, 2015, 12:53:41 pm
Having been a bit of a dozy sod and not got started to Wolf Hall, I find Ep 1 has vanished from Auntie's magnificent iPlayer.

I don't suppose anyone happens to have an, um, backup that could do with being stored offsite? I'd be more than happy to inspect it for integrity.

Ah. I can help in this regard.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on February 26, 2015, 01:00:18 pm
You've Been Framed was odd last night - mostly rubbish but there was a great clip of some middle-aged woman falling down the stairs.

Are you sure you weren't watching the programme celebrating the success of the music industry, "You've Been Farmed"?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 26, 2015, 01:56:07 pm
It may well have been. My mum doesn't usually let me watch ITV so I'm not all that familiar with its content.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 26, 2015, 03:58:53 pm
Hopefully a few reruns of that middle aged woman falling down the stairs will liven up tonight's TV :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 26, 2015, 06:56:48 pm
Having been a bit of a dozy sod and not got started to Wolf Hall, I find Ep 1 has vanished from Auntie's magnificent iPlayer.

I don't suppose anyone happens to have an, um, backup that could do with being stored offsite? I'd be more than happy to inspect it for integrity.
No, but the same thing happened to a colleague whom I persuaded to watch this!

My advice is the same - its probably watchable starting from Ep2. If you really struggle you can lookup all the history! But I don't think you will; its not really that kind of story.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on February 26, 2015, 07:09:12 pm
Having been a bit of a dozy sod and not got started to Wolf Hall, I find Ep 1 has vanished from Auntie's magnificent iPlayer.

I don't suppose anyone happens to have an, um, backup that could do with being stored offsite? I'd be more than happy to inspect it for integrity.
No, but the same thing happened to a colleague whom I persuaded to watch this!

My advice is the same - its probably watchable starting from Ep2. If you really struggle you can lookup all the history! But I don't think you will; its not really that kind of story.

Dropbox is busy doing something useful.  jsabine, I'll PM you in a bit.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on February 26, 2015, 07:24:20 pm
The Reginald D Hunter music thingy, it's good, courtesy of iPlayer.

That will be followed by the last episode of Wolf Hall.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 26, 2015, 08:50:24 pm
Hopefully a few reruns of that middle aged woman falling down the stairs will liven up tonight's TV :thumbsup:
Ze fallen Madonna with ze big bruises?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jsabine on February 26, 2015, 10:44:23 pm
Having been a bit of a dozy sod and not got started to Wolf Hall, I find Ep 1 has vanished from Auntie's magnificent iPlayer.

I don't suppose anyone happens to have an, um, backup that could do with being stored offsite? I'd be more than happy to inspect it for integrity.
No, but the same thing happened to a colleague whom I persuaded to watch this!

My advice is the same - its probably watchable starting from Ep2. If you really struggle you can lookup all the history! But I don't think you will; its not really that kind of story.

Dropbox is busy doing something useful.  jsabine, I'll PM you in a bit.

It did, you did. I am now in a position to confirm the file's integrity (not to mention fail to comment on the historical accuracy or rigour of the book adaptation), for which much thanks.

And what's more I've fettled MediaBrowser onto our NowTV box, so we can watch stuff on the telly rather than on the computer, without need for transcoding or popping large files onto a USB stick. (We are late developers when it comes to any of this media server or Smart TV malarkey.)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 26, 2015, 10:53:40 pm
Hopefully a few reruns of that middle aged woman falling down the stairs will liven up tonight's TV :thumbsup:
Ze fallen Madonna with ze big bruises?
due to a "radio 1" policy at wrok, I've been hearing about this all day. (very irritating, as it happens)

After EGs post, i feel no compulsion to watch the video - it can't possibly compare.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 27, 2015, 07:12:17 pm
BBC4, 21:00 tonight, Joy Division.  I'm not a big fan of JD but this still promises to be interesting.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Von Broad on February 27, 2015, 07:35:39 pm
BBC4, 21:00 tonight, Joy Division.  I'm not a big fan of JD but this still promises to be interesting.

Yeah, I'll be checking that out too. I never listen to them now, but if ever there was a rock&roller who got lost in their own despair, never able to see beyond his own personal hell, and believing in it, it was Ian Curtis, and boy some of the stuff on those two albums expressed that.

Must admit, I didn't like 'Control'.....just found it a bit tedious and self-indulgent [which was fair enough actually, because it was about Curtis more than anything], but this looks a bit more interesting as regards placing him in the context of the band. Brilliantly unique sound they had too.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on February 27, 2015, 08:09:17 pm
Also interesting is Peter Hook's book/audiobook: Unknown Pleasures.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 28, 2015, 12:10:07 am
Turns out the JD programme dates from 2007 - my lying liar of a TV listings magazine claimed it was "NEW".  I'd not seen it before, though, and found it rather good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on February 28, 2015, 12:25:53 am
It was SD too. Which was this: chiz
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: redshift on March 01, 2015, 03:46:36 pm
It was SD too. Which was this: chiz

Disclaimer: didn't see the prog.  However, Ian Curtis died in 1980, which means that any archive footage will probably be either 2" VT (not so likely) 1" VT (quite likely), U-Matic (maybe) or 16mm film.  Old 2" can look quite good, as long as you find someone who can remember how to line them up and get rid of the quad banding.  1" looks soft.  U-Matic is ropey.  16mm film can look good, but stuff from that era usually doesn't.  None of the above are HD, so why make them worse by upconverting?    If the rest of the prog was talking heads, it'll either be old musos, who aren't usually that pretty, or people too young to remember Joy Division, whose opinions are irrelevant…   ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on March 01, 2015, 03:52:55 pm
Yes, they weren't too pretty  ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 01, 2015, 04:14:18 pm
At least Paul Morley was rather less of a pseud than he was in the Kraftwerk one the other week.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on March 02, 2015, 01:43:51 pm
But still quite a bit of a pseud.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on March 02, 2015, 02:07:33 pm
Talking about picture quality, why did the recent re-showing of Smiley's People look so terrible?  It was shot on film.  Rather than show what-looked like an ancient video tape conversion, couldn't the Beeb have been arsed to make a remaster from the original film?  Or is the original film lost or crap, too?

There have been complaints about the Blu-ray version as well.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 02, 2015, 02:10:10 pm
couldn't the Beeb have been arsed to make a remaster from the original film?

At a guess, remastering takes time and costs money.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Biggsy on March 02, 2015, 02:12:21 pm
But far less money than making new drama - of which I wouldn't mind a tiny tad less.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 08, 2015, 06:36:24 pm
I'm liking "How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b053hxjw).  Series of five; 1-4 available on iPlayer with the last one broadcast on BBC2, 19:30, March 14th.  Originally made for PBS so somewhat US-centric but contains some interesting historical Stuffs.  Previous eps have been "Clean", "Time", "Cold" and "Light", with "Sound" still to come.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on March 08, 2015, 09:34:26 pm
I'm liking "How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b053hxjw).  Series of five; 1-4 available on iPlayer with the last one broadcast on BBC2, 19:30, March 14th.  Originally made for PBS so somewhat US-centric but contains some interesting historical Stuffs.  Previous eps have been "Clean", "Time", "Cold" and "Light", with "Sound" still to come.

+1

In many ways it's the US-centricity that's making it interesting.  Any self-respecting BRITON is familiar with Bazalgette's sewers, John Snow's pump and so on, but the wholesale jacking up of Chicago to bodge a sewage network in underneath was news to me.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 08, 2015, 10:33:09 pm
I knew about Chicago but thought it had happened about forty years later than it actually did.  Didn't know about the Thermo-King bloke though.

Now watching "Light".  Mr Johnson in the bath :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 15, 2015, 06:23:45 pm
Recorded some top Nonsense off More4 last night.  Bombers!  Cold War Paranoia!  Conspiracy Theories!  Marilyn Monroe!  Nazis!  The Scorching Plains of New MexicoTM!  Three Letter Agencies!  UFOs!

Only Elvis is missing so far.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 15, 2015, 09:39:35 pm
Poo!  It was a baby marmoset.  Not a chupacabra at all :(
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 07, 2015, 12:21:29 am
Been binge watching Better Call Saul the last couple of nights. Final episode in the series tomorrow. Can't wait. It's bloody brilliant.

I was a bit sceptical initially, imagining the only point of interest would be finding out how Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman, but in fact it definitely stands up in its own right - you could watch it without having seen Breaking Bad.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: hillbilly on April 07, 2015, 10:32:28 pm
Inside no. 9 is back, 10PM tonight. The first series was a bit hit and miss, but included the brilliant A Quiet Night In, so hopefully there are some gems to be had in series 2.

I missed that this had come back.  Thank goodness for iPlayer.  Two episodes in and your description in the 2nd sentence still seems apt.  Sheridan Smith is one hell of an actress though (#2). 

But I'd rather have a dozen of these than the latest "Generic US comedy" which clogs up the comedic arteries of the other public service broadcaster in the UK.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: asterix on April 10, 2015, 06:34:44 pm
Talking about picture quality, why did the recent re-showing of Smiley's People look so terrible?  It was shot on film.  Rather than show what-looked like an ancient video tape conversion, couldn't the Beeb have been arsed to make a remaster from the original film?  Or is the original film lost or crap, too?

There have been complaints about the Blu-ray version as well.

I've the DVD of it.  It's not great but I didn't find it awful.  I guess they must used a VHS tape.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on April 10, 2015, 07:35:12 pm
Inside no. 9 is back, 10PM tonight. The first series was a bit hit and miss, but included the brilliant A Quiet Night In, so hopefully there are some gems to be had in series 2.

I missed that this had come back.  Thank goodness for iPlayer.  Two episodes in and your description in the 2nd sentence still seems apt.  Sheridan Smith is one hell of an actress though (#2). 

But I'd rather have a dozen of these than the latest "Generic US comedy" which clogs up the comedic arteries of the other public service broadcaster in the UK.
Yes ^3 !  (although we've only watched the first one so far - which was a Curate's Egg, but an enjoyable one.)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 10, 2015, 12:25:35 am
Advance warning: Dr Larrington tells me that that long-awaited distascope version of Susannah Clarke's most stout novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell starts next Sunday, May 17, 21:00, BBC1.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on May 15, 2015, 11:48:33 pm
Thursday night, BBC1.  Shark.

It's a natural history program about Sharks.

It's really quite stunning.

I bought a rather large LED TV a while back.  This program alone justified the purchase.

Let me know if there's is anything quite as majestic as a Great White Shark.  They really are magnificent aren't they?

Not sure if this was filmed in 4K 3D but I would really give anything to see it if it was.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: runsoncake on May 16, 2015, 05:52:07 pm
Last night's W1A (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05vjk30/w1a-series-2-episode-4):

I almost hate myself for noticing in the first 20 seconds that Ian Fletcher's Brompton had changed to a new model before it became a sub-plot.

I mentioned it before the point was made in the plot only to be told that I was a sad git. Things got even worse at the end when I pointed out the 3 diiferent types of handlebar on show  :facepalm: :facepalm:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: perpetual dan on May 16, 2015, 08:01:21 pm
Last night's W1A (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05vjk30/w1a-series-2-episode-4):

I almost hate myself for noticing in the first 20 seconds that Ian Fletcher's Brompton had changed to a new model before it became a sub-plot.

You're not alone. Unfortunately Mrs Dan really dislikes W1A so I have to record it and watch it at strategic times.

I saw an interesting program (Garden Watch) on people that video the wildlife in their garden's the other day.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on May 16, 2015, 08:41:23 pm
I've tried watching W1A twice now but it comes across as a program made by, and for, BBC employees.

"The Office" was beautifully generic but this isn't my office environment at all and it doesn't have the bite of "The Thick of It".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on May 17, 2015, 01:13:46 pm
I think it's a programme for people who've ever had to work with marketing.  That it's set in the BBC is a minor act of genius, as it allows them to harness the inherent ridiculousness of new Broadcasting House.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: redshift on May 17, 2015, 03:35:16 pm
The problem with W1A is that it's presented for general viewers as satire, when in fact anyone who works with the BBC knows it is a documentary.  I have worked with, and/or had meetings with every one of those people.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 17, 2015, 09:35:04 pm
This ^^^^ was my problem with The Office.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Vince on May 20, 2015, 06:13:43 pm
+1
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on May 20, 2015, 06:45:54 pm
Thursday night, BBC1.  Shark.

It's a natural history program about Sharks.

It's really quite stunning.

I bought a rather large LED TV a while back.  This program alone justified the purchase. I justify the purchase by citing this program.

FTFY
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on May 20, 2015, 07:56:11 pm
Thursday night, BBC1.  Shark.

It's a natural history program about Sharks.

It's really quite stunning.

I bought a rather large LED TV a while back.  This program alone justified the purchase. I justify the purchase by citing this program.

FTFY

I get the point but I actually justified the purchase using "Planet Earth" on BluRay.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on May 20, 2015, 07:57:35 pm
Is it just me or does anyone else play guess what the backing music will be to "Homes Under the Hammer"?

Property is in Winchester? - That'll be "Winchester Cathedral" - The New Vaudeville band.

Brass mirror on the wall? - "Brass in Pocket" - The Pretenders.

It actually makes an incredibly shit program rather watchable*

* Caveat.  It's quite possibly a cunning parody of a shit property program and I'm the only one not in on the joke.


To save you the time of watching the "grand reveal", try to imagine what the original shit-hole looks like painted magnolia and with some beige carpet. You won't be a million miles off.

Anyway.. it's worth watching if you play the guessing game.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on May 27, 2015, 08:08:49 pm
Has springwatch turned into a kids tv series?

I miss Oddie, Humble and King.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 27, 2015, 08:19:46 pm
I was thinking last night that there seems to be a dearth of actual wildlife watching on it these days.
You can keep Oddie though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on May 27, 2015, 08:28:04 pm
There's definitely a lack of watching spring stuff.

Having said that, there's been more tonight. I just can't abide the constant childish chit-chat between the presenters, and don't start me on anthropomorphism, and stupid bloody names!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Bledlow on May 27, 2015, 08:56:37 pm
Mrs B refuses to watch it since Cwis took over. She loathes him, & she was disgusted by what she saw as its transformation into a standard programme about presenters*, with the wildlife being a bit of background. She's never heard of the Goodies, but quite liked Bill Oddie on Springwatch, I think because he seemed to be interested in the creatures.

*Like anything with Nigel Marven or any of a host of others who she refuses to watch. She has been known to soothe herself by watching old David Attenborough wildlife programmes.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on May 27, 2015, 09:01:40 pm
Mrs B refuses to watch it since Cwis took over. She loathes him, & she was disgusted by what she saw as its transformation into a standard programme about presenters*, with the wildlife being a bit of background. She's never heard of the Goodies, but quite liked Bill Oddie on Springwatch, I think because he seemed to be interested in the creatures.

*Like anything with Nigel Marven or any of a host of others who she refuses to watch. She has been known to soothe herself by watching old David Attenborough wildlife programmes.

Mrs B is correct about Bloddie. He was all for the wildlife on the series.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on May 29, 2015, 01:42:27 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04230p2

Series 2/Ep.1 is currently on iplayer
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on May 30, 2015, 09:43:56 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04230p2

Series 2/Ep.1 is currently on iplayer

Not for me it isn't.

Is this N.I. only?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jsabine on May 30, 2015, 06:56:38 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04230p2

Series 2/Ep.1 is currently on iplayer

Not for me it isn't.

Is this N.I. only?

Pumpkin's link is to Ser 1/Ep 2 - try http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05x2pvx instead.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on June 02, 2015, 12:38:23 pm
Banshee

Not, strictly speaking, on at the moment, but available on Sky Boxsets*

Imagine the storylines of Justified mixed with the sex and gore of GoT and you pretty much have it to a tee.

I quite like it, but there has been times I have had to look away, such as
(click to show/hide)

*Other online providers are available
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on June 02, 2015, 01:35:57 pm
I'm enjoying No Offence - pacy, funny, rude, grimy. If you didn't know before it would only take a few seconds to see that Paul Abbott was behind it. Joanna Scanlon and the other 2 female leads are brilliant. Even Will Mellor is better than tolerable.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on June 03, 2015, 10:01:55 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05xgkxq/michael-smiley-something-to-ride-home-about-series-2-episode-2

Now on iplayer
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on June 03, 2015, 03:29:49 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05xgkxq/michael-smiley-something-to-ride-home-about-series-2-episode-2

Now on iplayer

Here he is in said Jersey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sF6Lnxl8ZA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sF6Lnxl8ZA)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on June 09, 2015, 01:28:12 pm
Anybody see 'Bespoked' on BBC iplayer? Fist episode was last week. Basically amagazine prog but looked at a fewdifferent things
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2015, 01:37:32 pm
If you are interested in hist. (which few boys are) then jump on iPlayer and watch "The Savage Peace" while it's still there.  Documentary about the fate of ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia and Poland in the immediate aftermath of WW2.  Not for the squeamish.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2015, 04:38:45 pm
Coming soon: The Clangers!

All-new Clangers starts Monday June 15th, CBeebies, 17:30.  Narrated by Michael Palin, co-produced by Smallfilms, Dan "Son of Oliver" Postgate and Peter Firmin involved.

If They have messed with it I'll set the BEAR on them.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on June 09, 2015, 05:19:49 pm
Coming soon: The Clangers!

All-new Clangers starts Monday June 15th, CBeebies, 17:30.  Narrated by Michael Palin, co-produced by Smallfilms, Dan "Son of Oliver" Postgate and Peter Firmin involved.

If They have messed with it I'll set the BEAR on them.

Sneak peek (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/clangers-sneak-peek)

The sky's too blue!  Like Teletubbies in space.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Zipperhead on June 09, 2015, 05:37:54 pm
But where's the soup dragon?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on June 11, 2015, 08:12:31 am
NOT The Interceptor

From the off, I thought 'oh no'. To say it's dire is wasting words on it.

Tedious formulaic tripe.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: clarion on June 11, 2015, 10:41:55 am
But where's the soup dragon?
She's in there, don't worry :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 11, 2015, 02:00:04 pm
Spotted the Soup Dragon in a trailer last night; also the Iron Chicken and the Froglets.  Thor is right about the sky, though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on June 13, 2015, 03:46:47 pm
I know where Emily lives. Shall I go round and have words?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 14, 2015, 02:11:54 pm
I know where Emily lives. Shall I go round and have words?

(Imagines citoyen Having Words in a Ray Winstone accent)

(Boggles)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: perpetual dan on June 15, 2015, 09:07:33 pm
Series record set on CBeebies. They're really skewing the demographics with the Clangers.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 17, 2015, 04:52:19 pm
I have just noticed that the Iron Chicken has a chainring as part of her nest :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on June 17, 2015, 05:40:29 pm
NOT The Interceptor

From the off, I thought 'oh no'. To say it's dire is wasting words on it.

Tedious formulaic tripe.

I read your comment and thought, Nah, it can't possibly be that bad...

It's worse. Really very bad indeed.

Also, a few points of geography:
1. Thanet isn't listed on motorway road signs
2. There is no junction 10 on the M2
3. In any case, the café where they shot that scene was by the A2 near Gravesend, not at the M2 services
4. Besides, the M2 services are near Rochester, not near the end of the M2 at Faversham

I won't be watching episode two.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on June 29, 2015, 04:09:47 pm
clarion's Pappano's Classical Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on June 30, 2015, 09:55:21 pm
7/7 - Survivors' Stories.

What a horrible, and excellent, programme.  It brings back that terrible day, and gives an account of some of the lasting damage.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 05, 2015, 04:27:06 pm
Tuesday July 7th, BBC1, 22:35.  "Imagine" profiles legendary drummer and miserablist Ginger Baker.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spesh on July 05, 2015, 05:35:46 pm
Tuesday July 7th, BBC1, 22:35.  "Imagine" profiles legendary miserablist and drummer Ginger Baker.

Fixed, no charge.  :demon:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 05, 2015, 06:16:12 pm
clarion's Pappano's Classical Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576)
Great Nordic-themed Schönbrunn concert too...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on July 05, 2015, 08:12:13 pm
ITV4. NOW. 'Slaying the Badger'.

A story of the 86 TdF LeMond/Hinault battle . . .
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 06, 2015, 09:09:10 am
ITV4. NOW. 'Slaying the Badger'.

A story of the 86 TdF LeMond/Hinault battle . . .

Dead good, that was, though I have to take issue with their statement that Hinault was the last Frenchman to win le Tour.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on July 07, 2015, 12:06:41 am
Fignon? no one since that i can think of.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 07, 2015, 09:53:04 am
Fignon indeed.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on July 07, 2015, 10:08:40 am
No Fignon's wins were 83 and 84 he was injured in 85 when the Badger won his last TdF and then famously beaten by Lemond in the final time trial in 89 when he was back to full strength. Hinault's last win in 85 was therefore after Fignon's wins. It's odd given their relative ages but that's the way it worked out. Had he not been injured in 85 Fignon might well have gone on to win a couple more TdFs or perhaps not who knows.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 07, 2015, 10:35:03 am
You are right.  I had wrongly thought that he had won while Lemond was off sick after being mistaken for a turkey but that was the Roche versus Delgado era.  I can't even blame Strong Drink, so will go for Galloping Senility instead.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 07, 2015, 02:03:21 pm
You are right.  I had wrongly thought that he had won while Lemond was off sick after being mistaken for a turkey but that was the Roche versus Delgado era.  I can't even blame Strong Drink, so will go for Galloping Senility instead.

S.A.G who got it wrong?

<fuzzy commences his escape and evasion protocol due to likely introduction of The Bear>
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on July 07, 2015, 02:22:29 pm
Last night I watched a couple of episodes of Cordon (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02tc97z/cordon-episode-1), in the BBC4 forrin drama from abroad slot.

One day someone will make a programme where people actually do what they're told, apply common sense, and healthcare professionals follow strict infection control procedures even when things get a little bit dramatic.  The outbreak will thus be contained with minimum loss of life, and there will be much rejoicing (at least amongst the scientists and medics in the audience).

That aside, it's a reasonably watchable example of the genre.  The smart money is on the fat kid with spikey hair[1], who got given a detention for being bullied and is now locked in a library with nothing better to do than read about epidemics, as being the most likely to walk out of it alive.  Pregnant Girl is top of the list for having to give birth in gruelling circumstances later in the series.  Old Man Who Breeds Rats is neck and neck with Anxious Primary School Teacher for the Typhoid Mary award for lack of common sense.  Sensible 1337 h4xx0r woman is most likely to do something tragically stupid because of political intrigue and/or her polite ossifer boyfriend later in the series.  And Important Doctor Guy is most likely to be accidentally shot, assuming his implausible failure to use latex gloves appropriately doesn't kill him first.


[1] In a US series, he would be cast as the bully.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on July 07, 2015, 02:33:16 pm
ITV4. NOW. 'Slaying the Badger'.

A story of the 86 TdF LeMond/Hinault battle . . .

Lemond, even in retirement, seems to have that rather annoying "I wasn't crying, I had something in my eye" sort of character that many top sports people have.

He shouted his wife down every time she said something like "...and that really upset us.." or "...Greg was really hurt...".

Let it lie Greg, let it lie.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on July 07, 2015, 02:41:54 pm
Given the way he was royally f***ed over by LA,Trek & the Merkin Meedja, I think he might have a touch of justification. Nevertheless I really enjoyed the footage of REAL bicycles, some of them were(still are) works of art. Fragile and beautiful...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on July 07, 2015, 02:51:06 pm
Last night I watched a couple of episodes of Cordon (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02tc97z/cordon-episode-1), in the BBC4 forrin drama from abroad slot.
I enjoyed the first episode. I know they're only suppositions, but now I've read your prognostications they seem obvious.  We'll have to wait to see if they were really should have had spoiler tags.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on July 07, 2015, 02:52:38 pm

Lemond, even in retirement, seems to have that rather annoying "I wasn't crying, I had something in my eye" sort of character that many top sports people have.


Don't badmouth him please - Lemond means the world to me.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on July 07, 2015, 05:18:52 pm
Don't badmouth him please - Lemond means the world to me.

Very good. Shame he can't spell his own name properly though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on July 07, 2015, 06:38:09 pm

Lemond, even in retirement, seems to have that rather annoying "I wasn't crying, I had something in my eye" sort of character that many top sports people have.


Don't badmouth him please - Lemond means the world to me.

Eye-thanyooo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4-gLlF0uw)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on July 09, 2015, 12:11:47 am
National Park Stories.  It's about offroaders versus local people in the use of green lanes.  It's like 'On The Road' on this forum.  Drivers of offroad vehicles and motorbikes wanting to drive on the green lanes, local people finding them all a blasted nuisance.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on July 09, 2015, 02:24:57 pm
National Park Stories.  It's about offroaders versus local people in the use of green lanes.  It's like 'On The Road' on this forum.  Drivers of offroad vehicles and motorbikes wanting to drive on the green lanes, local people finding them all a blasted nuisance.

I watched that, to sum it up: Locals people getting miffed, 4X4 drivers know their legal rights.  Local people try appealing to TPTB's sense of right and wrong, 4X4 drivers wave their legal rights in TPTB's face.  Local people run off, crying.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on July 09, 2015, 03:02:19 pm
National Park Stories.  It's about offroaders versus local people in the use of green lanes.  It's like 'On The Road' on this forum.  Drivers of offroad vehicles and motorbikes wanting to drive on the green lanes, local people finding them all a blasted nuisance.

I watched that, to sum it up: Locals people getting miffed, 4X4 drivers know their legal rights.  Local people try appealing to TPTB's sense of right and wrong, 4X4 drivers wave their legal rights in TPTB's face.  Local people run off, crying.

Wot, no spoiler tags?   ;D

Pretty much the whole thing there Phil.  The mess created on the lanes was rather shocking, I'm not surprised the locals get fed-up.  But, legal rights and all that.  Plus a vocal and rich group with support probly garnered from forums much like this one.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Peter on July 09, 2015, 09:47:22 pm
The problem with those legal rights is that they are based in a time where off-roading didn't even exist.  These were historic routes which were actually used for basic movement of essential goods and - well, anything, really.  They fell into disuse with  the successive arrivals of canals, railways, then metalled roads.  There has never been, as far as I know, a specific right for off-roaders.  What is actually needed is a change in the law or regulations, nationally, so that National Parks cannot make up their own minds about this.  As it stands, they really have no choice but to bow down to the powerful lobby.  We are not talking about the odd quaint little green lane; Mastiles Lane in the Dales, was a colossal thoroughfare from East Yorkshire over to Malham and beyond.  Not too long ago it was easily rideable on a bike.  I'm pretty sure it isn't now, except possibly in a drought year.

Peter

PS I didn't watch more than a couple of minutes; it was obvious what the result would be and it's just too distressing.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on July 10, 2015, 11:27:30 am
Re-reading what I posted, I realise that it is, possibly, painting an incorrect image of where my sympathies lie.

As early as 1998, up on the old drovers roads round Pately Bridge, I noticed this kind of damage.  It's horrible to see and makes some places impassible, even on a full suss mountain bike.

However, the locals got it ALL wrong and their requests were uniformly thrown out because of it.  Until they hit upon the TRO order thing, then it started to go in their favour.

The guy from the Peak District National Park, with the short hair and earring, was a complete and utter dick.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Vince on July 10, 2015, 11:38:26 am
The guy from the Peak District National Park, with the short hair and earring, was a complete and utter dick.
This is a repeat from about six months ago? I thought at the time that he was dick that was in a position where he could never please anybody.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Peter on July 10, 2015, 02:27:03 pm
Yes, I wondered if it was a repeat.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on July 20, 2015, 10:20:02 pm
clarion's Pappano's Classical Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576)

Last episode now available.  This one was my favourite (though I may be vocally biased).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on July 22, 2015, 11:21:06 am
Currently on Fox, Marvel's Agent Carter.

Not your usual Marvel TV series, it is well written and funny.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on July 22, 2015, 01:54:33 pm
Since we don't have a thread for what's not worth watching, I'll post this here:

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week31/flockstars

(It was either that or in the why-we-should-have-a-BBC debate.)


It occurs to me that if you'd gone back to the 90s and explained to someone that in the future Come Dancing was one of the BBCs most popular shows, they'd sarcastically suggest that One Man And His Dog was also getting great ratings.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on July 24, 2015, 01:46:38 pm
BBC1 are rerunning Operation Wild (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dby0q).

1st episode was last night
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on July 30, 2015, 12:05:30 pm
clarion's Pappano's Classical Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576)

Last episode now available.  This one was my favourite (though I may be vocally biased).

I missed these. Only caught the last two minutes of the soprano one. Hopefully they will  get a repeat.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on July 30, 2015, 12:31:20 pm
clarion's Pappano's Classical Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576)

Last episode now available.  This one was my favourite (though I may be vocally biased).

I missed these. Only caught the last two minutes of the soprano one. Hopefully they will  get a repeat.

They're still available via iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576/episodes/player
Three days left to catch episode 1: Sopranos.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on July 30, 2015, 12:49:35 pm
clarion's Pappano's Classical Voices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576)

Last episode now available.  This one was my favourite (though I may be vocally biased).

I missed these. Only caught the last two minutes of the soprano one. Hopefully they will  get a repeat.

They're still available via iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0615576/episodes/player
Three days left to catch episode 1: Sopranos.

Ta Andrij I must have missed them when I looked at iPlayer on my telly.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on July 30, 2015, 02:56:13 pm
It's tomorrow, but Ripper Street series 3 starts.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 31, 2015, 07:07:22 pm
As is customary, Google is no help whatsoever in finding the original post but the very splendid Sound Of Song is being repeated in its entirety tonight on BBC4 starting at 21:00.  Neil Brand on sound recording techniques and technology.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on July 31, 2015, 07:42:54 pm
It's tomorrow, but Ripper Street series 3 starts.
Beat me to it!

(already shown on Amazon Prime - apparently it was their first UK commision. But who cares ... )

Happy!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on August 03, 2015, 11:47:56 am
It's over now but thought I'd mention "Humans".

Domestic robots, "Synths", become self-aware and this drama told the story of the problems that ensue when this sort of thing happens.

Christ almighty it was awful.

OK, maybe I'm being unfair but it had all the acting skills and production value of "The Tomorrow People", circa 1972.

Another case of a 90 minute film being stretched too far.

I'm going to count to 10 and see if Kim, OTP, provides a list of technical issues with the program because I thought they were glaring.

Chief amongst the issues I had:

1) I wish our code developers could find defects in code as quickly as the young girl in the show.  In fact everyone seemed perfectly capable of watching a screen of scrolling code flash before their eyes and point out "There's a problem in the code there!"

2) Why can Robots never be made to turn and walk away properly?  Why can they be made with realistic sexy parts and yet, when they turn and walk away, they do it like Robbie the Robot? (In fact I know why, the director told everyone to "Can you do it like you;re a Robot Darling?".

This, and their glowing green eyes, makes them noticeable from 100 yards, when it seems nobody is able to notice it.

Take out the Robot shagging and screen it at 5pm for the kids.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on August 03, 2015, 11:52:44 am
2) Why can Robots never be made to turn and walk away properly?  Why can they be made with realistic sexy parts and yet, when they turn and walk away, they do it like Robbie the Robot? (In fact I know why, the director told everyone to "Can you do it like you;re a Robot Darling?".

This, and their glowing green eyes, makes them noticeable from 100 yards, when it seems nobody is able to notice it.

Considering the deliberate choices of blue "blood" and vivid green eyes (which Niska deliberately covers with coloured contacts, and which weren't given to Karen) I'd guess the "in-universe" explanation is that they're deliberately programmed to walk "robotically" so that people can tell who's a human and who's a synth. See also the difference in Anita and Mia's body language.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on August 03, 2015, 01:27:02 pm
It wasn't great, but it was interesting enough to watch to the end (whilst thinking that, yes, it should have been half the length).

Funnily enough I noticed a completely different set of defects to Lee! The writing just wasnt ... good enough. The finale was pointless and over-egged. The family just didn't .. makes sense, somehow. There were too many strands, none of which were satisfactory. And it felt like it was aimed at people who were completely new to the idea of robots, AI etc; as if Blade Runner had never existed (let alone Terminator and a billion other more mainstream stuffs).

Anyway, series 2 is on its way!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on August 03, 2015, 04:11:39 pm
I didn't watch Humans but I wonder how it compares in the preposterousness stakes to Wayward Pines...

Wayward Pines finished its 10 episode run last week. It was supposed to be a one-off 'event' but there are rumours doing the rounds of a second series. I have mixed feelings about that. Part of me would like to see what happens next, but on the whole I'm not sure there's enough scope to drag the story out that much further.

Anyway, it was a completely ridiculous series, with a new plot hole appearing in almost every scene, and Matt Dillon hamming it up for all he was worth... and yet I found it strangely compelling.

The first four episodes seem designed to totally bamboozle the viewer. Matt Dillon is a secret service agent who is sent on a mission to find a missing agent, but after a car crash he wakes up in the peculiar town of Wayward Pines, from which no one can escape or even contact the outside world. A lot of stuff happens that doesn't make an awful lot of sense but it's worth sticking with it because it all makes a kind of sense eventually - just as long as you don't ask too many questions about the logic and/or science of it. But I'm not going to say any more than that because spoilers.

All good fun, definitely worth watching on Netflix, if it comes up.

I pretty much agree on all points with this review (no spoilers): http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/05/wayward-pines-m-night-shyamalan/393149/
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on August 03, 2015, 09:58:11 pm
Flying to the Ends of the Earth, on Channel 4 tonight.   It was episode two, but it's on 4OD.

Arthur Williams uses tiny little planes, DeHavilland twin otters mostly, to fly to the most remote places in Nepal and get an insight into the lives of the people who eke out an existence there.

It was a bit sad really, stories of rank exploitation in sublime landscapes, but it was very good, if only for the take offs and landings on teeny weeny airstrips  dug out of the sides of mountains.  I'll be watching the rest of them.  It's Australia next week.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 04, 2015, 05:24:55 am
Tonight on Pick (Freeview 11, other viewing wossnames are available) at 23:00 the only and only Sharknado.  "Unmissable!" - Chris Waddle.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on August 04, 2015, 09:14:33 am
Tonight on Pick (Freeview 11, other viewing wossnames are available) at 23:00 the only and only Sharknado.  "Unmissable!" - Chris Waddle.

It's not as awful as Pterodactyl (which means it's actually worse).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on August 04, 2015, 02:26:02 pm
TBH, it's probably better to skip the movie and go straight to the final song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fCaU6bV3PI
http://youtu.be/0fCaU6bV3PI

...which is now today's earworm.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on August 05, 2015, 11:00:53 am
It's over now but thought I'd mention "Humans".

Christ almighty it was awful.

I've now watched the first two episodes. I didn't think it was that bad. I'd say it was aimed at a younger audience though, late teens rather than middle-aged men - the 'issues' are dealt with in a fairly glib and immature way. I don't mean immature as a criticism, just that it lacks the emotional depth and complexity you'd expect of something aimed at older viewers with more experience of the world.

Yes, the story is a bit slight but I think I'm going to continue watching it. It's not Blade Runner and it's not trying to be. I like the domestic setting, I think it works. Especially in the little scenes such as when the boy tries to cop a feel of Anita's tits.

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2) Why can Robots never be made to turn and walk away properly?  Why can they be made with realistic sexy parts and yet, when they turn and walk away, they do it like Robbie the Robot? (In fact I know why, the director told everyone to "Can you do it like you;re a Robot Darling?".

It's just visual rhetoric. You can have too much naturalism in these things. (And we don't actually know quite how realistic the synths' sexy parts are anyway.)

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Take out the Robot shagging and screen it at 5pm for the kids.

So far, I've been pretty disappointed at the robot shagging.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on August 05, 2015, 11:19:23 am
While I'm glad they've got a second series, I did think the last couple of episodes weren't as strong as the first half of the series. Shame, really.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on August 05, 2015, 09:31:08 pm
Just watching a recording of 'Dead Man Cycling'. A truly unbelievable story of a man who has overcome disability to be an athlete and paralympian.

Originally shown on BBC2 Scotland. I'll leave the link HERE (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b064k1q5/dead-man-cycling)

I wish that I had one per cent of that man's determination and strength of character.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on August 05, 2015, 10:27:49 pm
Also on a disability theme, http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b064jj14/disabled-in-an-instant wasn't bad (apart from the BBC three soundtrack).  Full marks to Baroness Campbell for telling it like it is.

Best watched with the subtitles on, so you can spot the bit where the voiceover has been edited so as not to offend the government.  It b0rks the sync for the remainder of the programme, but at least this time it was for a good cause.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on August 08, 2015, 01:55:14 pm
Having binge-watched the rest of Humans on my day off yesterday, I have to say you're all wrong - it's brilliant, and it built up superbly to an excellent ending.

Not especially original, fairly insubstantial, but well made, well acted and a good solid script.

Was genuinely upset when
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Kind of wish they would leave it there though - another series might kill it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Juan Martín on August 09, 2015, 07:38:44 pm
He's right you know.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on August 09, 2015, 07:44:46 pm
If you are squeamish, look away now.
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Also, of possible interest to folk here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b02xbj6m/precision-the-measure-of-all-things-1-time-and-distance (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b02xbj6m/precision-the-measure-of-all-things-1-time-and-distance)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on August 11, 2015, 10:43:58 pm
Last night I watched a couple of episodes of Cordon (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02tc97z/cordon-episode-1), in the BBC4 forrin drama from abroad slot.

One day someone will make a programme where people actually do what they're told, apply common sense, and healthcare professionals follow strict infection control procedures even when things get a little bit dramatic.  The outbreak will thus be contained with minimum loss of life, and there will be much rejoicing (at least amongst the scientists and medics in the audience).

That aside, it's a reasonably watchable example of the genre.  The smart money is on the fat kid with spikey hair[1], who got given a detention for being bullied and is now locked in a library with nothing better to do than read about epidemics, as being the most likely to walk out of it alive.  Pregnant Girl is top of the list for having to give birth in gruelling circumstances later in the series.  Old Man Who Breeds Rats is neck and neck with Anxious Primary School Teacher for the Typhoid Mary award for lack of common sense.  Sensible 1337 h4xx0r woman is most likely to do something tragically stupid because of political intrigue and/or her polite ossifer boyfriend later in the series.  And Important Doctor Guy is most likely to be accidentally shot, assuming his implausible failure to use latex gloves appropriately doesn't kill him first.


[1] In a US series, he would be cast as the bully.



Did you watch it to the end? If so, you must feel vindicated, on several counts...  ;D

We just finished watching all of it, often shouting 'Oh for fuck's sake!' every time someone did something particularly stupid, and subsequently died.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on August 11, 2015, 10:54:16 pm
Last night I watched a couple of episodes of Cordon (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02tc97z/cordon-episode-1), in the BBC4 forrin drama from abroad slot.

One day someone will make a programme where people actually do what they're told, apply common sense, and healthcare professionals follow strict infection control procedures even when things get a little bit dramatic.  The outbreak will thus be contained with minimum loss of life, and there will be much rejoicing (at least amongst the scientists and medics in the audience).

That aside, it's a reasonably watchable example of the genre.  The smart money is on the fat kid with spikey hair[1], who got given a detention for being bullied and is now locked in a library with nothing better to do than read about epidemics, as being the most likely to walk out of it alive.  Pregnant Girl is top of the list for having to give birth in gruelling circumstances later in the series.  Old Man Who Breeds Rats is neck and neck with Anxious Primary School Teacher for the Typhoid Mary award for lack of common sense.  Sensible 1337 h4xx0r woman is most likely to do something tragically stupid because of political intrigue and/or her polite ossifer boyfriend later in the series.  And Important Doctor Guy is most likely to be accidentally shot, assuming his implausible failure to use latex gloves appropriately doesn't kill him first.


[1] In a US series, he would be cast as the bully.



Did you watch it to the end? If so, you must feel vindicated, on several counts...  ;D

I did.   :smug:


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We just finished watching all of it, often shouting 'Oh for fuck's sake!' every time someone did something particularly stupid, and subsequently died.

We decided that making bad decisions was one of the main symptoms of the virus.  Or something.

There's now the CW remake to look forward to.  If you're not familiar with the output of the CW, you can expect just as many bad decisions, a better looking cast with hardly anyone over the age of 30 who isn't evil, a large helping of out-of-place teenage wangst (AKA The Prom Must Go On syndrome), and because it's leftpondian, a lot more guns and fistfights.

The
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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: perpetual dan on August 11, 2015, 11:12:57 pm
War Book is on now. If you're not into POBI it might not appeal, but its better than average.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on August 11, 2015, 11:23:18 pm
 ;D



The
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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 12, 2015, 12:37:58 pm
Cycling Weekly is going into the TV business?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on August 12, 2015, 12:53:02 pm
Cycling Weekly is going into the TV business?

Sadly not.  It's a TV network that makes programmes about (mostly) vampires and superheroes for teenagers.  Some of them are almost watchable, but inevitably jump the shark in the third episode.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 12, 2015, 01:08:42 pm
I can sort of understand the appeal of vampires as it's "cool" to do Stuffs like stay up all night and never get any older.  Superheroes - with the possible exception of ones called Tony - are a closed book to me.

I am happy to remain in ignorance of this "CW" phenomenon.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Wascally Weasel on August 12, 2015, 01:10:24 pm
Cycling Weekly is going into the TV business?

Sadly not.  It's a TV network that makes programmes about (mostly) vampires and superheroes for teenagers.  Some of them are almost watchable, but inevitably jump the shark in the third episode.

Do the sharks have frikkin lasers?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on August 12, 2015, 01:27:45 pm
Centuries-old vampires hanging around with high school girls are creepy, and Buffy already did it better, anyway.

All the best superheroes are called Tony.

Lasers feature all too rarely in the CW's output.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on August 18, 2015, 09:50:06 am
Unadulterated televoyeurism.   :o

https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/travel-guides (https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/travel-guides)

Seriously non-U, seriously entertaining.  My wife likened the 'back at home' scenes to Creature Comforts.  The highlight of last night's episode was the outrageously camp fella declaring of a Tenerifean black sand beach 'you can't build a sandcastle with mucky sand like that', while behind him an artist was sculpting a breathtaking sand cathedral. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on August 25, 2015, 02:29:19 pm
Flying to the Ends of the Earth, on Channel 4 tonight.   It was episode two, but it's on 4OD.

Arthur Williams uses tiny little planes, DeHavilland twin otters mostly, to fly to the most remote places in Nepal and get an insight into the lives of the people who eke out an existence there.

It was a bit sad really, stories of rank exploitation in sublime landscapes, but it was very good, if only for the take offs and landings on teeny weeny airstrips  dug out of the sides of mountains.  I'll be watching the rest of them.  It's Australia next week.

Australia was wonderful, but the final one (Northern Canada by seaplane) was just brilliant.  I flew over some of these territories in the Winter, it looked like another planet, but there are people living up there.  And bears, and rainforests.

Arthur had a go at flying all the aircraft, which he does in them all, but the seaplane landing was a bit special.  What a fab programme.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 26, 2015, 06:09:04 pm
As is usual with televisual wossnames I come to recommend things which have already been broadcast, in this case Soup Cans & Superstars: How Pop Art Changed The World (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b067ftp7/soup-cans-superstars-how-pop-art-changed-the-world), which is on iPlayer for another four weeks.  Refreshingly free from the ponciness that all too often accompanies programmes about art and as for the subject: anything which makes Baby Jesus Abstract Expressionist cry is undoubtedly a Good Thing :demon:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: robgul on August 30, 2015, 05:35:13 pm
Dragon's Den tonight (30 August) has a pitch from a cycle holiday business - Ride25 -  I know the people involved at Ride25, but don't know the outcome of the pitch .. although the teaser trailer has one of the Dragon's (dunno his name) suggesting they are "taking him for a ride"

May be interesting to see what Ride25 pitches, and how they fare with forthcoming funding (if any) . . .

Rob
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on August 31, 2015, 10:45:11 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pptp0/cbeebies-bedtime-stories-329-my-friend-nigel

I still think he'd have been better presenting Top Gear.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: menthel on September 04, 2015, 11:46:44 am
Cradle to Grave last night- very, very enjoyable!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on September 04, 2015, 12:03:50 pm
As is usual with televisual wossnames I come to recommend things which have already been broadcast, in this case Soup Cans & Superstars: How Pop Art Changed The World (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b067ftp7/soup-cans-superstars-how-pop-art-changed-the-world), which is on iPlayer for another four weeks.  Refreshingly free from the ponciness that all too often accompanies programmes about art and as for the subject: anything which makes Baby Jesus Abstract Expressionist cry is undoubtedly a Good Thing :demon:

Agreed, and showed/shows some of the lesser known works / artists as well.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on September 07, 2015, 10:28:46 pm
Just watched Ireland's Wild River: The Mighty Shannon (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b062vth0/natural-world-20152016-8-irelands-wild-river-the-mighty-shannon).  Some extraordinary wildlife photography.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on September 08, 2015, 07:26:45 pm
Antigone (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05sj2j6/juliette-binoche-antigone-at-the-barbican)

Caught this earlier in the year.  Great production and performances.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 08, 2015, 07:53:55 pm
Not tonight, but tomorrow there's a program about the Ordnance Survey on BBC for you map heads.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on September 12, 2015, 01:01:26 pm
Ooh, NightCops is visiting Darlo tonight!  I wonder if anyone I know will be on it  ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on September 12, 2015, 10:08:21 pm
Ooh, NightCops is visiting Darlo tonight!  I wonder if anyone I know will be on it  ;D

This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on September 13, 2015, 10:42:33 am
Obese: A Year To Save My Life USA  (S1, ep8)

This guy weights 490 lbs and he's been taken out on a 100 mile bike ride in the heat.  To give him a reality check.

It appears to have worked  ;D



Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on September 13, 2015, 01:23:05 pm
Not tonight, but tomorrow there's a program about the Ordnance Survey on BBC for you map heads.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: asterix on September 14, 2015, 08:20:35 am
On catch-up TV I just watched "Bletchley Park: Code-breaking's Forgotten Genius" about the Hut 6 cryptographer Gordon Welchman.  His contribution to the task was on a par with that of Alan Turing apparently but in a very different way.

The most interesting aspect IMO was approach to the task and his post war life when partly due to British spending cuts he continued his work in the USA.  It seems that much of what he did now underpins present day security methods, including the use of the internet by any one of us!  Hi guys!

The book he wrote wasn't actually banned but made him persona non grata in security circles who gave him a rough ride.   It's called 'THE HUT SIX STORY : BREAKING THE ENIGMA CODES' and if you want it today, it will cost you £354 on Amazon co uk :o  On French Amazon you can still order it, new, for 13 Euros.

It seems that if you were a British technological genius during WW2 then you had to tread very carefully once you were expendable.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on September 14, 2015, 09:25:58 am
Cradle to Grave last night- very, very enjoyable!
Caught up with these on iPlayer.  Thanks for putting me onto that.  I don't generally like Peter Kay, and it's easy to think that Danny Baker is just the face you'd like to pummel on your doorstep, but this is really excellent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on September 14, 2015, 01:22:53 pm
The first episode of Cradle To Grave was great - especially the funeral scene, which had me guffawing loudly - but I found the second ep a bit meh. I suspect there's a danger of it becoming very formulaic very quickly. Will probably keep watching though.

I've also been watching the repeats of Fawlty Towers on Gold, which they're showing to celebrate its 40th birthday. Obviously I've seen them all many times before but not for a few years, and while they're still extremely funny in places, I was surprised at how dated they are. I told my son he must watch it because it's a classic, but it portrays a world that bears little resemblance to the one he's growing up in.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Vince on September 14, 2015, 08:13:37 pm
Ooh, NightCops is visiting Darlo tonight!  I wonder if anyone I know will be on it  ;D

I was very surprised to see a friend of mine on Crime Watch a while ago. Fortunately he was one of the good guys.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on September 22, 2015, 11:41:49 am
Not just for geeky (ex-)maths teachers like me...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06csx20/secret-knowledge-the-art-of-the-impossible-mc-escher-and-me (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06csx20/secret-knowledge-the-art-of-the-impossible-mc-escher-and-me)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on September 22, 2015, 01:10:22 pm
Also on a geeky note, I forgot to mention:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p030s5bx/calculating-ada-the-countess-of-computing
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on September 22, 2015, 09:14:08 pm
Not just for geeky (ex-)maths teachers like me...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06csx20/secret-knowledge-the-art-of-the-impossible-mc-escher-and-me (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06csx20/secret-knowledge-the-art-of-the-impossible-mc-escher-and-me)

 :thumbsup:

Thanks for the recommendation.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on September 22, 2015, 09:47:07 pm
Thanks.  Downloaded, and now just need to watch sometime in the next 28 days.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 23, 2015, 09:20:14 am
Caught part of Which way is the front line from here? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2480784/) last night. A documentary about the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington. I missed the start where he was working in Liberia and had to get to bed before the end, switching off whilst he was working in Afghanistan. What I saw of the program looked very thought provoking and at times, harrowing and emotional. I will have to see if it is on catch up.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on October 18, 2015, 03:18:10 pm
River

Caught up on this last night after seeing it on Gogglebox. Quirky detective drama about a middle aged loner cop who sees dead people, in a Sixth Sense stylee. It's actually really rather good - the wilful quirkiness could be very irritating but it works well. The excellent casting helps - Nicola Walker off of Spooks and Stellen Skarsgaard off of everything Stellen Skarsgaard has ever been in, plus Lesley Manville off of Mike Leigh and Eddie Marsan off of pretty much any half decent telly thing you care to mention.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 19, 2015, 12:37:30 pm
The excellent casting helps - Nicola Walker off of Spooks
I facebooked a friend the other day to tell her poor old dowdy Ruth from Spooks is now a police officer on ITV at 9pm on Thursdays, along with bad Connie and half of Waking the Dead, and she replied that she's also a deceased cop with half a head on BBC with a troubled ponderous Swede.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 22, 2015, 08:41:16 am
I watched part II of the DIY SOS thing where they revamped a Manchester street as a haven for physically and mentally injured veterans. The humility of severely wounded Gambian Irish Guardsman Lamin and his family had me totally tear sodden.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on October 22, 2015, 10:46:47 am
The first episode of Cradle To Grave was great - especially the funeral scene, which had me guffawing loudly - but I found the second ep a bit meh. I suspect there's a danger of it becoming very formulaic very quickly. Will probably keep watching though.


Same here.  I've kept watching but mainly for the Dad's storyline (Peter Key) because absolutely nothing interesting has happened in Danny Baker's early life it seems.

It was odd to see them coming out of Stockport Plaza Theatre (from a David Essex concert supposedly in London) on the same day I had been photographing the Stockport Plaza Theatre though.  It was also the same day that a TV drama "Houdini and Doyle" was being filmed in Stockport (again for a London setting).

Who knew?  Stockport, the new Hollywood.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 25, 2015, 07:41:35 am
Psychedelic Britannia from last night is worth iPlaying.  Even if you're not interested in the music it's worth watching just to see how Steve Howe has actually turned into Gollum.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spesh on October 25, 2015, 02:28:45 pm
... worth watching just to see how Steve Howe has actually turned into Gollum.

 ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 02, 2015, 06:04:53 pm
I have to confess that the Grauniad has our TV watching nailed this week:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/nov/01/week-in-tv-the-dresser-catastrophe-detectorists-homeland-jekyll-hyde

(havent seen the first or last yet, but the middle 3 were brilliant!)

Is there a Catastrophe thread? Well anyway, S2 totally hit the ground running. There's quite a confusing twist-let at the start, but in fairness it leads to some very original humour around "new baby arrives". Plus all the usual in-family in-fighting, sarcasm, bickering and knob gags. More!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 03, 2015, 09:54:21 am
Impressive performance by Imperial on last night's University Challenge, scoring over 300 points.

Funnily enough, I saw an episode of Pointless last week in which all three couples in the second round also scored over 300 points - sightly less impressive in that context.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 03, 2015, 09:58:45 am
Currently on our regular watch list are:

The Last Kingdom - TV adaptation of Bernard Cornwall's Uthred books
You, Me and the Apocalypse - Silly (ish) end of the world comedy drama from the "Horrible History" team
The Flash - Needs no thought, TLD loves it.
Supergirl - ditto, but with the added expectation that you might see dancing babies...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 04, 2015, 10:32:32 pm
If anyone is watching the Great British Pottery Off, or whatever it's called, I hope you're rooting for Jim - I've known him for many years and he's a thoroughly lovely and decent chap.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 05, 2015, 06:26:51 pm
Right, have watched Jeckyl-n-Hyde.
Very good, I thought. Genuinely different to other treatments.

But crikey - did they REALLY think it was suitable for a 6:30 slot? It would have been pretty OTT in the Dr Who time-slot!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on November 09, 2015, 10:39:18 pm
Hunting Hitler on Nat Geo History.

As far fetched as shit from China.

Don't waste your time.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 10, 2015, 12:58:30 am
It seems The Hitler History Channel is not available on Freeview.

How terribly sad.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on November 10, 2015, 01:00:28 am
Who's a lucky boy then . . . ?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 12, 2015, 07:43:29 pm
London Spy ;  Wow!!!

Not sure I've EVER seen telly like this.

The only downers:
- a very very well worn (and thus predictable even to this dunce) plot device ending Ep1
- err ...
- oh ok; I cant see how they can keep this up. They'll have to bring some more spy-stuff plot in PDQ, which might change the whole tone. Nothing can be this absorbing for 4 hours.


[ Of course, you need to like Ben Whishaw, and not be averse to male arses. ]

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 12, 2015, 09:03:33 pm
[ Of course, you need to like Ben Whishaw, and not be averse to male arses. ]

I wasn't totally smitten to be honest, not even by Ben Whishaw's pert buttocks. I like dramas to be expansive but there is such a thing as too much detail (and I don't mean the sex scenes).

And then after meandering ponderously through the early stages of the relationship, it suddenly and inexplicably jumped 8 months - which I'm sure will become significant as the plot unfurls itself, but frankly I don't think I have the patience for it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on November 20, 2015, 08:17:16 pm
Power to the People (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06q4z6j/power-to-the-people-1-keeping-the-lights-on), first of three, was well worth a watch.  Looks at the old Ferrybridge coal-fuelled station in Yorkshire and how it is being squeezed out of the market.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 24, 2015, 02:11:16 pm
Jessica Jones - latest in the Netflix/Marvel "Defenders" quadrilogy, started with Daredevil and will move onto Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

Don't expect The Flash, nor Arrow, it's dark, very very dark.  Also stars an former Doctor Who...
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 29, 2015, 08:42:46 pm
Watched the first episode of Capital today - and so far I think I like it better than the book.

It shares the same problem as the book, namely that it is populated with broad pastiches rather than fully formed characters, but that somehow seems more forgivable when they're being brought to life by the likes of Toby Jones and Rachael Stirling (although I imagined Roger being a bit more 'alpha male' than Toby Jones).

Bit of Sliding Doors geography to note - odd seeing someone get off the Tube in the City then enter a building in Southwark (Roger's office is in the Blue Fin, where I used to work).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on November 29, 2015, 09:14:54 pm
Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 29, 2015, 10:23:11 pm

Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.

Yes, just a bit.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on November 30, 2015, 10:02:51 am
Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.

 ;D

D'you know, Lance's / Andy's wife is Diana Rigg's daughter in real life (and indeed in Detectorists).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 30, 2015, 10:22:34 am
Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.

Oi, SPOILER tags please!  >:(

EDIT: oh, sorry - this happens in Capital. As you were .....
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on November 30, 2015, 10:25:54 am
Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.

 ;D

D'you know, Lance's / Andy's wife is Diana Rigg's daughter in real life (and indeed in Detectorists).

Now you said it I can totally see it.  Uh-Oh...weird fantasy alert.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: geraldc on November 30, 2015, 10:38:17 am
Binge watched Amazon's The man in the high castle.

Alternate history where the Nazis and Japanese win WW2.
Enjoyed it I think.

(click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 30, 2015, 12:06:08 pm
Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.

 ;D

D'you know, Lance's / Andy's wife is Diana Rigg's daughter in real life (and indeed in Detectorists).

Now you said it I can totally see it.  Uh-Oh...weird fantasy alert.
Please tell us he doesnt bring the TR7.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on November 30, 2015, 01:09:24 pm
Lance being married to Andy's wife was a bit disconcerting for a while.

 ;D

D'you know, Lance's / Andy's wife is Diana Rigg's daughter in real life (and indeed in Detectorists).

Now you said it I can totally see it.  Uh-Oh...weird fantasy alert.

You'll have to push Guy Garvey out of the way.  They're (Garvey and Stirling) an item.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on November 30, 2015, 01:15:46 pm
You'll have to push Guy Garvey out of the way. 

Would that be grounds for divorce?

Anyway, she'll probably give him the "Big E" soon.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on December 02, 2015, 06:57:42 am
Finally succumbed to Game of Thrones last night and watched the first three episodes on Amazon.
It's rather good. I think this might keep me going until spring.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Feanor on December 06, 2015, 08:19:32 pm
Junior was zapping around on the Idiot Box a couple of hours ago, and we came upon the Jungle Book.
Just finished a few minutes ago.

I've not seen it for years, but remember it quite well.
It was every bit as good as I remembered it.

A true classic.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on December 06, 2015, 09:53:28 pm
Had to be Countryfile with Mark Beaumont riding part of the NC500 in 37 hours - 500 miles on the new Scottish route. Anyway, it's on the iplayer and it's in the first 15 mins
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on December 06, 2015, 10:43:11 pm
What a Performance! Pioneers of Popular Entertainment - 1. Music Hall (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06r7xz4/what-a-performance-pioneers-of-popular-entertainment-1-music-hall)

Good presentation on Music Hall and its development. 
If you've been on my Thames Path Meander then you've stopped at Brick Lane Music Hall; a few rides have also stopped at Wilton's Music Hall, which features in this programme.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 07, 2015, 08:26:46 am
Had to be Countryfile with Mark Beaumont riding part of the NC500 in 37 hours - 500 miles on the new Scottish route. Anyway, it's on the iplayer and it's in the first 15 mins
...and starts about 2:13

Well worth a watch. Presenter Ellie rides up the Bealach in daft conditions, without the producers making a mountain out of it. And then Beaumont just glides up through the snow :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on December 08, 2015, 09:15:41 pm
London Spy ;  Wow!!!

Not sure I've EVER seen telly like this.

The only downers:
- a very very well worn (and thus predictable even to this dunce) plot device ending Ep1
- err ...
- oh ok; I cant see how they can keep this up. They'll have to bring some more spy-stuff plot in PDQ, which might change the whole tone. Nothing can be this absorbing for 4 hours.


[ Of course, you need to like Ben Whishaw, and not be averse to male arses. ]

I just watched the last episode on i-Player.  It never really lived up to the promise of the first episode, but it was still stonking good telly drama.

I thought the final turn of the plot felt dreadfully BBC, but that's no bad thing.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on December 08, 2015, 09:17:16 pm
Throw your lump down.

It's the final!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 08, 2015, 10:48:38 pm
London Spy ;  Wow!!!

[...]

I just watched the last episode on i-Player.  It never really lived up to the promise of the first episode, but it was still stonking good telly drama.

I thought the final turn of the plot felt dreadfully BBC, but that's no bad thing.

Also just watched it.  Not really sure what to think, other than being generally relieved that they didn't borrow the MacGuffin from Sneakers.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 09, 2015, 10:46:32 am
Throw your lump down.

It's the final!

I found myself enjoying that far more than I imagined I would. Maybe partly because I know Jim well so had a vested interest, but also because I found the technical stuff really interesting. Matthew was a deserving winner.

As for London Spy, my wife stuck with it to the end but I found it dull.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 09, 2015, 07:28:35 pm
London Spy ;  Wow!!!

Not sure I've EVER seen telly like this.

The only downers:
- a very very well worn (and thus predictable even to this dunce) plot device ending Ep1
- err ...
- oh ok; I cant see how they can keep this up. They'll have to bring some more spy-stuff plot in PDQ, which might change the whole tone. Nothing can be this absorbing for 4 hours.


[ Of course, you need to like Ben Whishaw, and not be averse to male arses. ]

I just watched the last episode on i-Player.  It never really lived up to the promise of the first episode, but it was still stonking good telly drama.

I thought the final turn of the plot felt dreadfully BBC, but that's no bad thing.
Pretty much what I thought. Although most of the the resolutions/revelations were pretty good (and made quite disturbing watching on this sofa!); it was only that final shot that rankled a bit.

As I predicted, YACF has confirmed it to be very much Marmite TV!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on December 10, 2015, 11:05:34 am
Throw your lump down.

It's the final!

I found myself enjoying that far more than I imagined I would. Maybe partly because I know Jim well so had a vested interest, but also because I found the technical stuff really interesting. Matthew was a deserving winner.


Of all of the "how to" formats, this has been by the best, eclipsing the Sewing Bee IMO (I've never really bought into Bake-off, and the painting and allotments ones were dire). Real and very varied challenges, mixing both artistic and practical skills. And helped by a great group of contestants. 
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: JenM on December 10, 2015, 12:45:13 pm
Lovely film on the Scottish Mountain Bothy Association from the BBC. Available on iplayer for a while:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06s1762/bothy-life (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06s1762/bothy-life)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on December 14, 2015, 04:29:17 pm
Our Guy in Latvia - C4 9.00pm

Guy Martin travels to Latvia to uncover the history of his grandfather.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on December 17, 2015, 08:57:14 pm
The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 year olds at Christmas tonight on Channel 4 might be the best thing I've seen on TV all year.  Although I've not started on The Killing yet.

A little kids' nativity play.

I missed my own daughter's Mary at her school (late shift, nursing, bah) but these kids are more cute than that Jaime Lannister off of Game of Thrones. 

P-ing M L-ing.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Chris S on December 17, 2015, 09:01:19 pm
The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 year olds at Christmas tonight on Channel 4 might be the best thing I've seen on TV all year.  Although I've not started on The Killing yet.

A little kids' nativity play.

I missed my own daughter's Mary at her school (late shift, nursing, bah) but these kids are more cute than that Jaime Lannister off of Game of Thrones. 

P-ing M L-ing.

W T a F?

There's quite a lot here I'm having trouble getting a hold of...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on December 17, 2015, 09:09:09 pm
I made that up.

It means my pelvic floor gives way when I watch really funny stuff on telly.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 17, 2015, 09:12:52 pm
I think the new way of writing PMSL was the easy bit...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 17, 2015, 11:27:34 pm
Girls. I watched series 1 and loved it. Didn't manage to see series 2 & 3 yet but just catching an episode of series 4 and it kind of doesn't matter that I've not kept up. It's just brilliant. Superb writing, great all round performances.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on December 17, 2015, 11:48:42 pm
This is my favourite thread at the moment.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2015, 11:18:15 pm
From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age Of Children's Television.  BBC4, on iPlayer.  A nostalgia-fest for those of us of a Certain Age but also quite interesting, and not just learning that TV's Chris Packham had nightmares about "The Singing Ringing Tree" into his twenties or that Mr Rusty off "The Magic Roundabout" was clearly a proto-hipster:

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A hipster, yesterdayMr Rusty

Didn't have the classic Camberwick Green opening sequence with PC McGarry DCI Hunt kicking in a nonce and because it's the BBC it didn't have Jenny Hanley either chiz but there are Clangers.

(Has moment involving Pat Keysell)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on December 27, 2015, 11:43:52 am
Not tonight, but Saturday next, series 2 of "The Young Montalbano".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on December 27, 2015, 01:21:06 pm
The second half of And Then There Were None for me I think.

Although I know the story backwards, it's interesting to see the different productions
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: red marley on December 27, 2015, 01:55:07 pm
The second half of And Then There Were None for me I think.

Although I know the story backwards, it's interesting to see the different productions

And then there was one more?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 27, 2015, 06:00:05 pm
We watched ep one last night and will return for a second helping tonight, quivering bollocksometers notwithstanding.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 27, 2015, 08:09:16 pm
I often find the Marple-type Agatha Christies twee and tedious - this is in another league.

(but clashes with the Homeland finale, which takes precedence over just about anything :) )
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 27, 2015, 10:16:08 pm
It's a bit earnest, isn't it? I expect a good dose of camp in Agatha Christie. And fewer F-bombs. Aidan Turner with his shirt off though, eh? Phwoar!

Better than the deathly dull Dickensian though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on December 27, 2015, 10:22:12 pm
The men have been washing up and Looking for Cables.
The women have been watching Ten little names changed.

The men didn't find the right cable. I think I need a Cable Chest and a database.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 28, 2015, 12:45:44 am
The considered verdict on "Harry Price: Ghost Hunter" is that it had the bollocksometer deep in the red zone from the first advert break onwards.  They are clearly angling to get a series commissioned, a sort of 1920s X-Files ::-). Good luck with that.

Neil Spring, who wrote the book on which it was based, is a Jolly Nice Chap but even so...

Edit: Dr Larrington reports that Neil Spring is tweeting "Yay! Series in the offing!"
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tigerrr on December 28, 2015, 08:07:04 pm
I have just watched all three series of Vikings. On Amazon. Now that is proper telly. I am off to het my head shaved and tattood. Plus none of may axes are big enough.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 28, 2015, 11:12:15 pm
Not being familiar with Mrs Christie's "And Then There Was Nonse" I quite enjoyed the twist as I thought the Pretty Young Gel and the Smouldering Fenian would unmask the murderer in the last five minutes.  Still, at least it allowed me to crack the joke about the right to arm BEARs last night and yea, and verily, Dr Larrington did hit me.  We did feel them was some rather anachronistic dialogue though, picky buggers that we are.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 01, 2016, 10:41:18 pm
Sherlock: started promisingly enough but then travelled far, far, up its own bottom.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Robh on January 01, 2016, 11:02:19 pm
Sherlock: started promisingly enough but then travelled far, far, up its own bottom.
+1
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 01, 2016, 11:52:31 pm
Disappointed that Lady Carmichael did't ask Sir Eustace "what's the matter, darling?" but that's been par for the course with Tim McInnerny since 1989.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 02, 2016, 12:11:58 pm
I was finding it excruciatingly dull so went to bed with a good book instead.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 02, 2016, 12:13:22 pm
Disappointed that Lady Carmichael did't ask Sir Eustace "what's the matter, darling?" but that's been par for the course with Tim McInnerny since 1989.
That is a VERY cryptic reference sir!

Sherlock: started promisingly enough but then travelled far, far, up its own bottom.
+1

Well, yeah, fair review. But the last section was still pretty good if you enabled "dont care that none of this makes any sense" mode for 15mins.

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the dialog in the first half was just fantastic. I think they allowed themselves a little more silliness and self-parody, as it's a christmas special. More of that please!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on January 02, 2016, 12:15:37 pm
Tomorrow sees the return of Endeavour  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on January 03, 2016, 12:13:02 am
Sherlock: started promisingly enough but then travelled far, far, up its own bottom.
+1

Bah! And moreover, Humbug!  Methinks some forumites might be inspecting their own fundaments from the inside.

Lighten up, folks, it's a Christmas Special!  I found it thoroughly entertaining.  Was it perfect?  Of course not.  But what telly is? 
I give it 9/10.
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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on January 03, 2016, 12:18:21 am
Just watched Sherlock.  Delightfully silly.  My lurgy-addled brain isn't sure whether it actually made sense, but that didn't make Duane Dibbley any less funny either, so I don't think I care.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: runsoncake on January 03, 2016, 12:41:58 am
  My lurgy-addled brain isn't sure whether it actually made sense,

Yuck New Year lurgy  :( GWS Kim
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 03, 2016, 12:50:25 pm
Bah! And moreover, Humbug!  Methinks some forumites might be inspecting their own fundaments from the inside.

Why? There's been a lot of "if you didn't enjoy it you must be humourless and/or stupid" on social media, but the simple fact is that it was just... dull.

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Lighten up, folks, it's a Christmas Special!  I found it thoroughly entertaining.

I found the steady stream of self-congratulatory in-jokes tedious to the point of distraction. It might have been more entertaining had Moffat spent less time showing off how clever he is. I don't mind a convoluted plot, but this was actually just convoluted storytelling of an inanely simplistic plot.

Gatiss eating himself to death for a bet was amusing though. Andrew Scott is always good value too.

I hear the ending featured a man explaining feminism to a murderous suffragette cult in purple kkk outfits. Sounds amazing. Almost wish I'd stuck with it.

Anyway, looking forward to being equally disappointed by War & Peace tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on January 03, 2016, 02:36:04 pm
War and Peace, Deutschland 83 and the new Welsh language (with sub-titles, I hope) political thriller Byw Celwydd all starting at 9 tonight.  Then French political thriller Spin starting later this week. I must check how much space we have left to record stuff. Might have to clear a couple of Hinterlands this afternoon.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 03, 2016, 02:46:12 pm
Where is this Welshovik Thing to be found, apart from not in my TV listings mag?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on January 03, 2016, 02:51:11 pm
Where is this Welshovik Thing to be found, apart from not in my TV listings mag?

S4C m'lud. So not available via an aerial, but Murdochvision has it on 134 and Virginmeeja have it on 166.  Or presumably over t'intarwebs.

Edit: What I should have written is "not available via an aerial for people dwelling outside of Wales, eg Mr Larrington."
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on January 03, 2016, 03:36:41 pm
Just needs a *really big* aerial....
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 03, 2016, 03:58:47 pm

War and Peace, Deutschland 83 and the new Welsh language (with sub-titles, I hope) political thriller Byw Celwydd all starting at 9 tonight. 

I like the look of Deutschland 83 and Spin. Not sure about Byw Celwydd - sounds like a Welsh version of Borgen. Will check it out though.

And if they all turn out to be shite, at least we've got a box set of Engrenages S1-4 to get stuck into.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on January 03, 2016, 09:57:45 pm
Endeavour was quite good.
Edit: Apart from the solution being a deus ex machina at the end with almost no hints along the way.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on January 03, 2016, 11:09:41 pm
Not sure about Byw Celwydd - sounds like a Welsh version of Borgen. Will check it out though.
I wouldn't bother.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on January 03, 2016, 11:29:15 pm
Endeavour was noted for its disappointingly low space shuttle content.

Speaking of which, this year's RI Christmas Lectures (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00pmbqq) score well on astronauts and enthusiastic space scientists, surprisingly low on Kerbals, and include a couple of rather nifty demonstrations as well as just the right amount of silliness and plenty of stuff that goes BNAG!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 04, 2016, 08:55:09 am
Also Roger Allam is always going to be Peter Mannion, no matter how many coppers he plays.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Zipperhead on January 04, 2016, 11:46:33 am
Also Roger Allam is always going to be Peter Mannion, no matter how many coppers he plays.

Oh thank you Mr. Larrington for you have put my brain out of its misery and I can wander over to the tenuous claims to fame thread.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Redlight on January 04, 2016, 02:07:58 pm
Presenter Ellie rides up the Bealach in daft conditions, without the producers making a mountain out of it.

Just caught up with this (having never seen the prog before) and I think I'm in love  ;)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 07, 2016, 06:34:41 pm
Not tonight, but close enough that one can program the PVR - a new series of Brian Pern starts on the 14th on bbc4.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Deano on January 10, 2016, 08:29:30 pm
Walking the Himalayas is dead good tonight.

Ok, it helps that I've been there and much of his experience mirrors mine, but I did enjoy the holy man's response to his basic opening question: "didn't you look me up on the Internet?" ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on January 10, 2016, 08:59:26 pm
Endeavour.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on January 10, 2016, 09:06:12 pm
Endeavour.

Yes, was really glad to see this re-commissioned. I did hear the Dexter estate had put a block on more after the last series so this was a pleasant surprise.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on January 24, 2016, 09:18:50 pm
Did DI Thursday just refer to 'His old sargeant, Vimes, of cable street'?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on January 25, 2016, 02:08:16 pm
Did DI Thursday just refer to 'His old sargeant, Vimes, of cable street'?

I thought I heard that as well.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 25, 2016, 06:33:21 pm
Deutschland83 is filling the Homeland-shaped hole in our lives quite well. (With a bit more humour!)

its far from perfect, but it is endearingly different from anything else I can think of, and features authentically dire 80's Europop theme music.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 26, 2016, 06:53:24 am
I finally got round to watching the BBC adaptation of Iain Banks' Stonemouth last night, which confirmed my suspicion that it's just a reheated version of The Crow Road but much less good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on January 26, 2016, 08:05:35 am
Did anyone else know that there is a new 24 hour bike channel called, imaginatively, 'Bike'? Sky channel 464, Virgin 552. I came across it by chance last night, showing a rotund Paolo Savoldelli on a climb with a presenter, giving a blow-by-blow account of going up it in the Giro once. I can't find a schedule but did find this http://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/bike-channel-to-launch.aspx (http://www.skymedia.co.uk/news/bike-channel-to-launch.aspx).  It looks to be mainly racing/triathlon based, but not exclusively so.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on January 26, 2016, 08:57:06 am
Indeed, Nuncio, there is a whole thread about that channel!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 26, 2016, 09:44:30 am
Walking the Himalayas is dead good tonight.

Ok, it helps that I've been there and much of his experience mirrors mine, but I did enjoy the holy man's response to his basic opening question: "didn't you look me up on the Internet?" ;D

I've enjoyed both his walks.  His military training may give people the impression that his walks are easier than they actually are though. 
He makes light work of very difficult terrain and conditions.

I've also noticed, on several similar documentaries, that "Holy Men" in the remotest of places seem to receive a lot of telephone calls.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on January 26, 2016, 10:49:08 am
Indeed, Nuncio, there is a whole thread about that channel!

Oh yes. Found it. Duncio, more like. Carry on.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on January 28, 2016, 11:20:31 am
I think it's tonight, part 2 of 6 of "The Brain" with David Eagleman on BBC4 @ 21:00. Part one was excellent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 28, 2016, 07:09:36 pm
Having somehow missed every single episode of "The Peep Show" for about 10 years I have finally played catchup (on 4 On Demand) and am on the final few episodes of Series 9.

I'm addicted and I'll be distraught when it's over.

It was worth missing just to immerse myself in it all.

Brilliant (hardly a topical review I know).

I suppose every man lies somewhere in between Mark and Jeremy.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: hillbilly on January 29, 2016, 07:17:55 am
That's saying all men are self centred, surely?

But Peep Show is great. The dog BBQ episode is almost perfect from memory.

Still not as good as Father Ted though...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 05, 2016, 11:49:23 pm
sparticus

How was this given 4 seasons? terrible, terrible accents, wooden acting, awful costumes.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 07, 2016, 07:03:53 pm
Not tonight but 'tother evening.

Some bastard shot Derek Griffiths :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on February 07, 2016, 07:27:24 pm
I thought you were going to say George Dixon!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bumper on February 07, 2016, 07:30:08 pm
Not tonight but 'tother evening.

Some bastard shot Derek Griffiths :o

think you're a bit old to be watching Play Away
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on February 07, 2016, 07:34:41 pm
It's Superbowl Sunday, so a few mates and I will be staying up to watch the game, drink awful American beer (I've got a fridge full of Coors) and eat pizza and pretzels. I've even managed to obtain some Twinkies, although I'm not sure they officially count as food.

I haven't checked, but I think we'll all be supporting the Panthers.

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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on February 07, 2016, 08:13:04 pm
I've even managed to obtain some Twinkies, although I'm not sure they officially count as food.

They're a unit of psychokinetic energy.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 08, 2016, 12:04:57 pm
Not tonight but 'tother evening.

Some bastard shot Derek Griffiths :o

I had to check the credits after spending much of part 1 mumbling "I'm sure I've seen him before".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrew on February 08, 2016, 06:47:47 pm
London Spy ;  Wow!!!

Not sure I've EVER seen telly like this.

Late on this one but it was only a few weeks back that a friend recommended it to me.

I watched episodes 1 and 2 last night and I must say I'm really rather taken. It's got a weirdness to it that marks it out. I realise that's a marmite experience but I personally am a sucker for weird. Of course, it could all end up being a pile of wombat dung (and end up disappointing more than some NCIS shite that I expect no better from) BUT, for the moment, yes, describe me hooked.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on February 09, 2016, 03:54:47 pm
If you like weird use 4OD (or whatever it's called now) and watch Utopia.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on February 10, 2016, 08:40:54 am
And one from, I think, Monday night, Addicted to Sheep. Superb. It'll be on Iplayer I expect.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 10, 2016, 12:42:11 pm
The Story of China

Michael Wood's multi-part documentary is great viewing if like me your grasp of Chines history is lacking. All episodes so far are still on Iplayer I think.

As an aside where has Michael Wood been for the last couple of decades ? I remember him being on telly loads in the late 80s and early 90s.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: billplumtree on February 10, 2016, 01:52:31 pm
And one from, I think, Monday night, Addicted to Sheep. Superb. It'll be on Iplayer I expect.

It is.  Can't recommend it enough.  I saw the full 90-minute version (the director's cut  ;D ) at the cinema.  Full of warm, gentle humour and affectionate (self-)mocking, counterpointed by the harshness of the North Pennines in winter.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on February 10, 2016, 02:45:39 pm
The Story of China

Michael Wood's multi-part documentary is great viewing if like me your grasp of Chines history is lacking. All episodes so far are still on Iplayer I think.

As an aside where has Michael Wood been for the last couple of decades ? I remember him being on telly loads in the late 80s and early 90s.

He did the "History of Britain" didn't he? Ah no - "The Peoples History" in 2012 - digs around Britain. This China one is excellent, I agree.
Title: Re: Television tonight, what WAS worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on February 15, 2016, 10:03:21 pm
Sorry, bit late for this...

The People vs O.J. Simpson. Well acted, sharply edited and beautifully photographed. Even though you know how it's going to end.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 16, 2016, 11:04:32 am
Likewise AC/DC And The Story Of Aussie Rock from BBC4 last Friday.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on February 16, 2016, 08:56:30 pm
Likewise AC/DC And The Story Of Aussie Rock from BBC4 last Friday.

The history of AC/DC is one of immigrants...going over there, taking their bloody Rock Band jobs.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 16, 2016, 10:02:37 pm
True, though for a change it wasn't just the Scotsish.  First record company founded by a Schnibble and one half of the production team a Dutchie.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on February 17, 2016, 01:27:15 pm
I thought you were going to say George Dixon!


Ha Ha Ha !!! Love that. Excellent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on March 07, 2016, 10:31:04 pm
Just watched the first episode of Murder. Very nearly gripping.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on March 11, 2016, 10:52:40 am
Just watched the first episode of Murder. Very nearly gripping.

Directed by Birger Larsen, apparently, who directed early episodes of The Killing.  And yet, I thought Murder was godawful, borderline unwatchable.  Hated the format.   A series of single individuals talking to camera and therefore no interplay between characters.  Mrs Thor, OTOH, liked it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 11, 2016, 06:25:37 pm
It was certainly different.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: madcow on March 11, 2016, 08:06:49 pm
Julia Bradbury Walks with View- Dufton to High Cup Nick . On now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on March 11, 2016, 08:09:26 pm
Crufts, for the awwww, but generally not the breed-judging bits. Enjoying the agility and flyball though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on March 11, 2016, 08:16:37 pm
Crufts, for the awwww, but generally not the breed-judging bits. Enjoying the agility and flyball though.

Do they explain the logistics?  There's been some debate in our household[1] about what happens to all the dog poo at Crufts.  Advanced googling (to filter out *that* video clip) suggests that:

a) Crufts is where people go to exhibit novel ways of dealing with dog poo.
b) Someone has been selectively breeding a special type of worm for the purpose.
c) FORRIN doggists from ABROAD are in the habit of emptying theirs all over the car park.
d) You can tell it's large breeds day, cos it looks like they've been parking Shetland ponies.  Apparently.
e) The whole place stinks of piss, because it's hard to stop dogs from furtively weeing against things.
f) Bags and bins are provided.

I'm imagining someone trundling around on a little tractor, pulling a trailer full of shit, like they do at Glastonbury...  :sick:


[1] Ideally barakta would ask her colleague who knows about this sort of thing, but she's taken the week off for Crufts.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on March 11, 2016, 08:30:31 pm
I guess that Crufts is the leading reason why nobody should ever invent Smell-o-Vision.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 11, 2016, 09:27:08 pm
Only discovered yesterday that there's a new series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle started (ep. 2 last night).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 11, 2016, 09:32:39 pm
Been watching Thicker Than Water, some Swedish thing on More 4.
Uplifting. Or something.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on March 12, 2016, 09:06:26 am
Waldemar Januszczak - The Renaissance Unchained BBC4

All episodes on iPlayer now. He's always  good value.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on March 12, 2016, 10:45:34 am
Only discovered yesterday that there's a new series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle started (ep. 2 last night).
Same here.

How did the feck did the Beeb broadcast that for TWO WEEKS without any promotion?  :facepalm:

Grrr.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on March 12, 2016, 11:20:23 am
Waldemar Januszczak - The Renaissance Unchained BBC4

All episodes on iPlayer now. He's always  good value.

+1
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: microphonie on March 17, 2016, 06:35:41 pm
Only discovered yesterday that there's a new series of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle started (ep. 2 last night).
Same here.

How did the feck did the Beeb broadcast that for TWO WEEKS without any promotion?  :facepalm:

Grrr.

Stewart Lee explains the lack of trailers in this interview in  The Quietus  (http://thequietus.com/articles/19817-stewart-lee-interview)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on March 17, 2016, 09:35:29 pm
Guy Martin with David Coulthard. It's ace  ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 18, 2016, 12:25:29 am
I think I may have regressed to age four as that was probably the last time I laughed so much at someone blowing a prolonged raspberry.  BAD Stewart Lee.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 18, 2016, 08:59:08 am
I think I may have regressed to age four as that was probably the last time I laughed so much at someone blowing a prolonged raspberry.  BAD Stewart Lee.

Twisted genius.

But the one that really made me wet myself laughing was his impression of Chubby Brown.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 18, 2016, 10:30:50 am
OK, so it was last night but I just *had* to watch Childhood's End on Sky 1 last night.


This I recall was by far the best Arthur C. Clarke book I read as a kid - my Dad had his entire collection from when *he* was a kid iirc.  Certainly it knocked spots off 'The Sentinel' (aka 2001: A Space Odyssey). 
Wasn't sure if it would make a good TV show or filum but I gave it a go.
Didn't disappoint - I knew it would be cerebral rather than bang flash - waaah - spaceships!  And the revelation at the end of part I (which I'm sure came much later in the book - this is a 3 x 2 h miniseries) got my wife very interested in it - which was cool.  Bwahaha - she has no clue where it's going - which is really refreshing too.


Looking forward to the remaining two episodes. :-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: TimC on March 18, 2016, 11:00:19 am
Guy Martin with David Coulthard. It's ace  ;D

Thoroughly enjoyed that! Suitably impressed that DC made 3 laps in the RB at racing speed without dislocating his neck, though he did admit to it being very tiring. After so long away from regular F1 driving, I imagine it was quite hard work!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: sg37409 on March 18, 2016, 04:00:12 pm
I think I may have regressed to age four as that was probably the last time I laughed so much at someone blowing a prolonged raspberry.  BAD Stewart Lee.

Twisted genius.

But the one that really made me wet myself laughing was his impression of Chubby Brown.

Totally lost on me. Been closer to laughing at some mothers do have 'em.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 18, 2016, 04:22:36 pm
Tonight is DAREDEVIL TIME!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on March 18, 2016, 04:31:15 pm
Anything but sport relief.

Missed that Guy Martin thing, may have to download for catchup.  I'm still only on ep 3 of Trapped
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on March 18, 2016, 06:40:39 pm
Tonight is DAREDEVIL TIME!

That's my weekend gone, then!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 18, 2016, 08:31:37 pm
Tonight is DAREDEVIL TIME!

That's my weekend gone, then!
One episode down, it's a bit nail biting
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on March 18, 2016, 08:35:08 pm
Is that on Sky, or pleb telly?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on March 18, 2016, 08:46:18 pm
Is that on Sky, or pleb telly?

Nut flicks
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on March 18, 2016, 08:54:07 pm
Is that on Sky, or pleb telly?

Nut flicks

Brazil TV?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 18, 2016, 08:56:21 pm
Is that on Sky, or pleb telly?
netflix only
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 19, 2016, 10:23:20 am
Those with Dingovision or similar non-terrestrial receiving apparatus will be able to view Bill Hicks: Sane Man on Gold tonight at hours 23:00.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 20, 2016, 09:09:00 pm
I think I may have regressed to age four as that was probably the last time I laughed so much at someone blowing a prolonged raspberry.  BAD Stewart Lee.

I tried not to laugh, but it was funny cos it was cat poop.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Pingu on March 20, 2016, 09:47:25 pm
I think I may have regressed to age four as that was probably the last time I laughed so much at someone blowing a prolonged raspberry.  BAD Stewart Lee.

I tried not to laugh, but it was funny cos it was cat poop.

 ::-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on March 21, 2016, 01:04:43 pm
Guy Martin with David Coulthard. It's ace  ;D

Thoroughly enjoyed that! Suitably impressed that DC made 3 laps in the RB at racing speed without dislocating his neck, though he did admit to it being very tiring. After so long away from regular F1 driving, I imagine it was quite hard work!

What impressed me most was Guy Martin's BMW S 1000 RR (and of course his ability to hang off it).

Yes, it's modified for racing but it's fundamentally still a £13,000 road bike up against a Starship's worth of unobtainium-based technology (the expensive bits of which are generally fecked after a few hundred miles).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 23, 2016, 10:17:40 pm
It’s over now, but Employable Me on BBC2 was superbly done and extremely moving. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0755nyq

Also over (sorry, but I don’t want to start a new thread on two entirely separate programmes and there is always iPlayer) - Louis Theroux’s Extreme Love:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0755nyq

Autism. Watch it. I think Theroux does this kind of thing so well.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 24, 2016, 09:26:52 am
The Beginning And End Of The Universe - two-parter on BBC4, first ep broadcast Tuesday March 22.  Jimmy Alka-Seltzer Jim Al-Khalili manages to make the Big Bang etc. almost comprehensible, though I notice that while it is de rigeur for TV physicists to sit on mountain tops gazing into the universe, Brian Cox gets to ponce around USAnia in a Mustang while poor Jimbo has to make do with the Canaries and a poxy Citröen.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 24, 2016, 07:44:11 pm
I had an interesting conversation with my work colleagues about Brian Cox the other day.


Personally I can't stand him - whilst I was doing my PhD  I was getting pissed on the night and (reluctantly to them at least) hearing D-Ream on the jukebox at the time. Mostly though I was in the lab working on getting my PhD and getting academic publications, then getting post-doc positions and then getting appointed to academic positions whilst reasearching, supervising students, doing teaching, attending conferences etc.


Later in life I discover that one said member of that band is now a wurld famous 'physicist' and is a genius - whilst apparently having done the crucial years being the keyboard player touring the world in that band.
How so?  I've always wondered- is he *really* a physicist?


It seems all of us academic scientists (well 'all' being the various people I chatted to last week) can't stand him for those very reasons.  He has a degree sure (a PhD? apparently yes), but he's got not much of an academic record to speak of really - like a proper professor would be absolutely required to - even a junior lecturer would probably have a better publication record.


But - of course- we is spreading the word and is therefore almost beyond value in making science cool.  Hence he's on just about every grant CERN want to put in as he is the impact.  And what an impact.  Impact that's him, not the actual science.


Not really a proper professor in the usual academic sense.


Jim Al-Khalili is bona fide - I do like him a lot - but then as you say - he gets Citroen when Cox gets the Mustang.  Typically though Cox does in the end - probably get more grant money for his public profile.  We need a chemist like this - I wonder of one of 1 Direction is doing a degree in chemistry...?  :-D



Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on March 24, 2016, 07:45:37 pm
But he's got such lovely hair.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 24, 2016, 08:14:32 pm
 ;D

I think what i forgot to finish with was all power to him - the non-scientists love him which is great. He's not entirely ignorant  :) On balance there are the doers and there are the public faces - both have their place.

He's hopefully not *all* the impact of course - the science itself is what really counts of course.

Anywat - back to Masterchef  O:-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 24, 2016, 08:14:50 pm
But he's got such lovely hair.

Whereas Jimmy-boy is as bald as the Portland Vase.  OTOH he hasn't commited crimes against the ozone layer like Brian Cox.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 24, 2016, 08:37:45 pm
I rather liked the days of the wild-haired mob - Magnus Pike, patrick Moore, Einstein... Richard Feynman(?)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 24, 2016, 08:39:56 pm
Anyway Brian Cox - nice hair?

As with all else - in reality - an amateur...

http://www.improbable.com/hair/

 ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on March 24, 2016, 08:46:50 pm
Has anyone put Brian Cox in the same room as Kevin Warwick?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on March 24, 2016, 08:47:53 pm
I rather liked the days of the wild-haired mob - Magnus Pike, patrick Moore, Einstein... Richard Feynman(?)

Martyn Poliakoff (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyn_Poliakoff)?

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/95/Martynpoliakoff.jpg/794px-Martynpoliakoff.jpg)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 24, 2016, 11:02:55 pm
I rather liked the days of the wild-haired mob - Magnus Pike, patrick Moore, Einstein... Richard Feynman(?)

And, of course, Dr Brian May.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 24, 2016, 11:44:58 pm
NEW SERIES OF LINE OF DUTY!

Flippin' great. I *heart* Adrian Dunbar.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 28, 2016, 10:59:55 am
TV's Guy Martin will attempt to reach 100 mph on an outsize Wall ov DETH tonight :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on March 28, 2016, 12:40:29 pm
Quote
But - of course- we is spreading the word and is therefore almost beyond value in making science cool.  Hence he's on just about every grant CERN want to put in as he is the impact.  And what an impact.  Impact that's him, not the actual science.

Bill Bailey theorised that a Malteser and a satsuma would produce a 'satseser' in the LHC.

What could Prof. BC best be collided with and what would it produce?

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: andyoxon on March 28, 2016, 03:04:24 pm
TV's Guy Martin will attempt to reach 100 mph on an outsize Wall ov DETH tonight :thumbsup:

A trailer:  Guy Martin Learns How to Ride the Wall of Death   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvjWPjDkVUE

"It's gonna be a right night".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on March 29, 2016, 09:42:37 am
with my old Part I Mechanics prof Hugh Hunt (see also: Colditz Glider and Bouncing Bomb documentaries) - one of the best teachers I've ever had.  Didn't see it at the time, but will catch up if I can bring myself to do battle with All 4.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 29, 2016, 12:41:52 pm
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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: madcow on March 30, 2016, 10:59:52 am
"This Farming Life" has been on BBC2 for the last couple of weeks. It features real farmers in Scotland , with the commentary coming from them and a narrator. Last episode is tonight.
 It is made by BBC Scotland and gives a really good picture of farming  life   and, of course , the scenery is superb.
Way better than the sugar coated tosh served up by Countryfile.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 25, 2016, 08:10:30 pm
Going to try Flowers, starting on C4 tonight and on all week, starring Olivia Coleman & Julian Barratt.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 27, 2016, 09:04:57 pm
Going to try Flowers, starting on C4 tonight and on all week, starring Olivia Coleman & Julian Barratt.

Watched the first double bill of this tonight, suitably bonkers, liked it :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Tim Hall on April 27, 2016, 09:48:11 pm
Alan Bennet's "The History Boys" on BBC 4 now. Ooh, it's good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jsabine on April 28, 2016, 01:34:12 am
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May I also commend as worthy of this house's rispek', the estimable Colin Furze, who felt that, as a prelude to riding the WoD, it was necessary to build his own (http://www.colinfurze.com/wall-of-death.html).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on May 01, 2016, 07:38:50 pm
Plebs ITV2 tommorow night.
Now on series three and guest stars so far have included Maureen Lipmand and Miriam Margolyes. Mind you I still think Danny Dyres galdiator last season was the best so far.
You have to like a filthy comedy  set in ancient Rome that has Mary Beard as a historical consultant.
Its a pity its hidden away on ITV2.  Ryan Sampson should get an award for his Grumio the lazy slave.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 16, 2016, 07:04:40 pm
BBC4, 2300 tonight

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s954d
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on June 06, 2016, 10:03:43 am
The best thing on telly at the moment is the advert for 'Power Monkeys' with the Fun Boy Three singing 'The Lunatics have Taken Over The Asylum'.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on June 08, 2016, 06:57:58 pm
New series of Wayward Pines starts tonight.

I enjoyed the first series, for all its silliness. It will be interesting to see where they take it next. I don't have high expectations but I'm going to give it a chance.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on July 12, 2016, 07:14:57 pm
GN: http://www.channel5.com/show/Justified is back! Thu 11pm on er ... Spike.

BN: it could hardly be buried in a more obscure slot ...  and it turns out this is the last series.

Hopefully Timothy Oliphant will find another outlet for his peculiar charm. Justifed is sooo much better than all the iffy action movies he's been in.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 13, 2016, 09:14:17 pm
Now this, https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jul/13/the-out-laws-is-this-the-blackest-comedy-ever
Looks right up my street. Starts Friday.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on July 13, 2016, 09:41:16 pm
Now this, https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jul/13/the-out-laws-is-this-the-blackest-comedy-ever
Looks right up my street. Starts Friday.

Yes!  This has been booked for recording since they played the first trailer  :D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on July 21, 2016, 07:43:30 pm
The Joy of Data (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07lk6tj/the-joy-of-data), presented by Hannah Fry.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on July 22, 2016, 02:54:34 pm
The Joy of Data (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07lk6tj/the-joy-of-data), presented by Hannah Fry.

That's (the wonderful) Doctor Hannah Fry to the likes of you  ;D

Thanks, I hadn't heard about it. Bookmarked for later.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on July 22, 2016, 03:12:28 pm
Reminds me of The Joy of Stats (https://www.gapminder.org/videos/the-joy-of-stats/) with Professor Hans Rosling, and the wonderful Don't Panic (https://www.gapminder.org/videos/dont-panic-the-facts-about-population/) documentary.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on July 25, 2016, 08:49:16 pm
Was on yesterday* but we watched a rather wonderful and bizarre documentary about a film Saddam Hussein commissioned long ago in - well Iraq- starring one Oliver Reed - filmed just as the Iran-Iraq war started. Well worth watching - really quite bizarre with some wonderful stuff concerning Oliver Reed's usual antics, some rather disturbing stuff concerning that there war and how some of the crew managed to escape.




*So still on whatever CH4's iplayer equiv is
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on July 26, 2016, 11:58:04 pm
I watched Naked Attraction out of curiosity. I didn't imagine it was possible for a programme featuring so many naked bodies to be so incredibly dull. And the presenter is really annoying.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on July 27, 2016, 12:07:35 am
Am I the only one here who thinks that "Television tonight, whats worth watching" is an oxymoron?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on July 27, 2016, 12:10:48 am
Am I the only one here who thinks that "Television tonight, whats worth watching" is an oxymoron?

This is not the thread you are looking for.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 27, 2016, 07:27:43 am
Am I the only one here who thinks that "Television tonight, whats worth watching" is an oxymoron?

Oxymoron: spot cream for ["Poisonous term" - Ed.]s
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on July 30, 2016, 11:48:35 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07k189v/life-and-deaf

Deaf people being real, in a slightly staged for camera sort of way.  I don't think I've ever seen so much sarcastic signing (like you get in real life) on the telly before.  Well worth watching, even if you're just reading the subs (or listening to the AD version for a voiceover).

* Contains audist audiologists and sportsball or traces of sportsball.


ETA: Having just watched some of the AD version out of curiosity, it's bizarrely flat.  That's what you get when you have voice-over people (presumably with AD expertise) reading out the subtitles, rather than BSL interpreters translating the conversation to English.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on July 31, 2016, 06:46:27 pm
The Imitation Game - Alan Turing played by cumberbatch is on this evening, which means I can miss the third episode of the secret agent and binge watch them later.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on August 05, 2016, 07:02:37 pm
How are you finding The Secret Agent? I like most of the components, but (after 2 Eps) its just not drawing me in.

It may be because its like "regular" spy stuff, but in a very different era; and I'm thus not very clear on the motivations of people. Maybe.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on August 09, 2016, 03:04:02 pm
Not tonight, but supposedly sometime this month, series 4 of Ripper Street will be on the BBC.  First episode heavily edited - or maybe split into 2 on the beeb - as it's 2hrs+ long.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 17, 2016, 04:24:00 pm
Inside The Factory (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07pmyd6/inside-the-factory-series-2-4-bicycles) does bicycles.  Soz, it was on last night but I didn't find out about it until this morning.  On iPlayer for another 4 weeks.

Warning: May contain Mike Burrows or traces of Mike Burrows.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on August 17, 2016, 07:53:26 pm
Grand Tours of Scotland on BBC2 has a chap riding around on a funky trike, and mountain biking around Aviemore  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on August 18, 2016, 09:03:40 am
Monday night, 21:00 BBC 2 - Ripper Street series 4 begins.

And tonight, 5 of 6 of Full Steam Ahead.  I've enjoyed this more than I expected (though I generally do enjoy the Goodman/Ginn/Langlands programmes)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 22, 2016, 09:20:26 pm
Inside The Factory (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07pmyd6/inside-the-factory-series-2-4-bicycles) does bicycles.  Soz, it was on last night but I didn't find out about it until this morning.  On iPlayer for another 4 weeks.

Warning: May contain Mike Burrows or traces of Mike Burrows.

Actually, if you haven't watched it, don't bother.  It's mostly shit, and has a red-trousered hipster.  In it.  I have mostly managed to avoid mockney bellend Gregg Wallace up to now and will take precautions to do the same in future.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: andyoxon on September 07, 2016, 06:02:43 pm
Broken Trust.  BBC1 South.  7.30pm

and from today's news: Southern Health boss Katrina Percy had new job 'created for her'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37288843
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 11, 2016, 10:08:00 pm
Now this, https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jul/13/the-out-laws-is-this-the-blackest-comedy-ever
Looks right up my street. Starts Friday.

Yes!  This has been booked for recording since they played the first trailer  :D

Just caught up with this, enjoyed it :)

Pingu guessed the end about 3 episodes in, as usual...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mcshroom on September 12, 2016, 07:37:05 pm
I'm currently watching "Extreme Wales" on BBC1 Wales. Seeing Richard Parks ride from the Brecon Beacons to the top of Snowden.

He's switching between a MTB and a road bike and even with the weather being very welsh, it still looks stunning! :thumbsup:

edit - program link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w0ck8
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on September 21, 2016, 07:34:17 pm
I dont really get Modern and/or Conceptual Art, so I would rarely watch a BBC4 prog on such an artist. But this programme was different; I guess because its more the story of a man (a rather unusual one, admittedly). It was certainly as strange as the blurb suggested. I only caught the 2nd half, which was oddly moving:

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07w6gkw
The Bob Parks Story

If anyone here actually knows anything about Parks, I'd like to hear from them.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on September 21, 2016, 10:27:37 pm
Inside The Factory (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07pmyd6/inside-the-factory-series-2-4-bicycles) does bicycles.  Soz, it was on last night but I didn't find out about it until this morning.  On iPlayer for another 4 weeks.

Warning: May contain Mike Burrows or traces of Mike Burrows.

Actually, if you haven't watched it, don't bother.  It's mostly shit, and has a red-trousered hipster.  In it.  I have mostly managed to avoid mockney bellend Gregg Wallace up to now and will take precautions to do the same in future.

The Burrows snippets were worth it.  Just wish I'd been in Cambridge that day to try his bike, I have a feeling I'd have been one of a small group.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on September 21, 2016, 10:45:49 pm
Ibiza Weekender.

It's stunning.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on September 21, 2016, 10:55:54 pm

If anyone here actually knows anything about Parks, I'd like to hear from them.

It may be worth coming to Andover Council Offices Matt.  I noticed there's an entire department devoted to him in there.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ElyDave on September 22, 2016, 07:06:48 am
ended up watching a rerun of Yes Minister, the extended episode where he becomes Prime Minister, still very funny.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on September 22, 2016, 09:50:01 am

If anyone here actually knows anything about Parks, I'd like to hear from them.

It may be worth coming to Andover Council Offices Matt.  I noticed there's an entire department devoted to him in there.
Cool.

Do they have anything relating to Ms Recreation?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on September 24, 2016, 10:12:23 am
Travel Man is back :) :)

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/travel-man-48-hours-in/episode-guide/

New York last night was about the worst fit for this programme, but Ayowawawayday (sp?) was still very funny.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: jsabine on September 26, 2016, 01:02:36 am
Prompted (by a review in the Waitrose free sheet no less) to find the first episode of National Treasure on C4 catchup (Tuesdays for the rest of 'em, I think).

Robbie Coltrane isn't Jimmy Savile ... Bit dark, bit fractured - don't think it's touched by greatness yet, but worth making time for the next parts.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 29, 2016, 07:30:10 pm
New series of The Fall starts tonight!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on September 29, 2016, 10:17:47 pm
Not sure if it's been mentioned here yet but as it seemed to be popular the first time around, there's a new series of Humans incoming :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on September 29, 2016, 11:45:31 pm
New series of The Fall starts tonight!

Didn't even know there was going t be another series. That was great though.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on September 29, 2016, 11:46:29 pm
Not sure if it's been mentioned here yet but as it seemed to be popular the first time around, there's a new series of Humans incoming :)

I mentioned it on another thread. Very much looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 30, 2016, 07:08:25 pm
New series of The Fall starts tonight!

Didn't even know there was going t be another series. That was great though.



I had to suffer Pingu asking me if it was supposed to be a crime drama or 24 hours in A&E.   :facepalm:
I'll know to watch the rest of the series when he's out now...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spindrift on October 09, 2016, 10:21:36 pm
Poldark is so terrible. The script is appalling:

"Tis a miracle!"

"No, basic anatomy!"
.

Thwarted villains go "Gah!" and crumple paper then there's some mild sexiness. Pure fromage. It's brilliant.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on October 10, 2016, 10:53:06 am
Not sure if it's been mentioned here yet but as it seemed to be popular the first time around, there's a new series of Humans incoming :)

Starts on 30th October.

We started re-watching the first series over the weekend as a refresher. It's really very good indeed. Looking forward to the new one.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on October 10, 2016, 11:15:01 am
Looking forward to the new series of The Missing, starting on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on October 10, 2016, 01:43:00 pm
Currently working our way through Luke Cage. Not as odd as Jessica Jones, but still dark and enjoyable.

When we can't stand the tension of that we are also working through 4 series of Continuum, easy to watch and follow.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on October 15, 2016, 03:13:18 pm
Not tonight, but last night we watched a recording of the first part of The Victorian Slum. For reality TV it was pretty good, and we learnt something new. In the doss house, if you couldn't afford 4d a night for a "coffin bed" you could get a seat - or even stand - and hang over a rope to sleep. Fascinating.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on October 15, 2016, 03:16:46 pm
Currently working our way through Luke Cage. Not as odd as Jessica Jones, but still dark and enjoyable.

When we can't stand the tension of that we are also working through 4 series of Continuum, easy to watch and follow.

You thought Jessica Jones was odd?  Heaven knows what you'll make of Twin Peaks when it returns next year!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on October 15, 2016, 03:21:22 pm
Twin Peaks [...] returns next year!

Wait, what?

*tapity-tap*

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Peaks_(2017_TV_series)

*boggle*
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Joe.B on October 18, 2016, 08:10:56 pm
Scotch: The Story of Whisky

Part two on in an hour’s time on beeb 2 here in the North. And I’m mightily looking forward to poring a glass or two 16 year old Jura as I watch it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 22, 2016, 07:34:59 pm
Tomorrow, 23:20, BBC2: the oft-parodied "Downfall".  Note to self: set the Machine this recording to be.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on October 24, 2016, 06:11:46 am


I had to suffer Pingu asking me if it was supposed to be a crime drama or 24 hours in A&E.   :facepalm:
I'll know to watch the rest of the series when he's out now...

Trying to watch Episode 1 now...it's a bit of a struggle...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 24, 2016, 01:03:28 pm
Last night I watched my first Sandy Toksvig QI.

I think it is going to work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: cycleman on October 24, 2016, 07:25:21 pm
Yes she seems to have that certain something   :) very enjoyable  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 24, 2016, 07:30:33 pm
This Unit hereby endorses la Toksvig on QI :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on October 24, 2016, 08:11:00 pm
It'll do, I suppose, until she can take over as The Doctor.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 24, 2016, 09:01:31 pm
No, Kathy Burke needs to be the next Dokta.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: sg37409 on October 24, 2016, 09:45:27 pm
No, Kathy Burke needs to be the next Dokta.

Kaffy, surely.

edit to add, the Scrapheap challenge duo of Robert Llewelyn and Lisa Rogers were always my tip for the doc and assistant.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on October 24, 2016, 09:58:50 pm
edit to add, the Scrapheap challenge duo of Robert Llewelyn and Lisa Rogers were always my tip for the doc and assistant.

Ooh, good call.  Would work equally well the other way round.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on October 24, 2016, 10:05:42 pm
According to a recent dream, I am to be the next Doctor-
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=13224.msg2089698#msg2089698
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on October 30, 2016, 06:18:02 pm
New series of Humans starts tonight. Yay!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on October 31, 2016, 11:09:02 am
New series of Humans starts tonight. Yay!

I watched about the first 20min (mainly the Berlin scenes). Kind of interesting. Overall I'm very pessimistic. (Probably not a fair review, as I was at best luke-warm about the first series! )

I think the main issues were covered early in the first series, and the rest was unoriginal pseudo-science + eye-candy. I predict this turning into another US-style 50-episode adventure with no real purpose or end-point (depending on how the ratings go).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on October 31, 2016, 11:36:01 am
I think the main issues were covered early in the first series

They've already introduced one potentially very interesting new theme in this series, but you'll have missed it if you didn't stick it through to the end - albeit a theme that's lifted from Asimov. (Though it's all so much more entertaining than Asimov's turgid prose.)

There was also a very funny scene with Josie Lawrence as a synth marriage counsellor.

And Carrie-Anne Moss is in this series too!

Quote
I predict this turning into another US-style 50-episode adventure with no real purpose or end-point (depending on how the ratings go).

Yes, that is my fear too. As a concept, it will have a limited lifespan before it descends into pure soap, so I hope they know where to end it. But I'm enjoying it so far.

And it is better than HBO's Westworld - I watched the first episode of that and found it dull dull dull. Might give it another go, to be fair - first episodes are never the best indication of how a series is going to turn out - but it really didn't grab me.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on November 02, 2016, 10:44:48 pm
Halfway through Ep5 of the The Fall. Nothing has happened yet.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 03, 2016, 10:00:12 am
Halfway through Ep5 of the The Fall. Nothing has happened yet.
;D

But it's all about the WAY that nothing happens. We were gripped throughout the series, even when nothing at all was happening!

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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on November 03, 2016, 11:18:12 am
But it's all about the WAY that nothing happens. We were gripped throughout the series, even when nothing at all was happening!

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Much as it pains me to agree with anything you say, matt, I totally agree with this.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on November 03, 2016, 01:25:36 pm
Loving The Missing.  There's a curious mixture of obvious telegraphing and unexpected twists and turns.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on November 04, 2016, 08:05:28 am
Halfway through Ep5 of the The Fall. Nothing has happened yet.
;D

But it's all about the WAY that nothing happens. We were gripped throughout the series, even when nothing at all was happening!

(click to show/hide)

MMmmMmmm. I loved the first season (apart from the giant cliffhanger), liked the second season and apart from the last episode, was bored shitless of the 3rd season.

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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 04, 2016, 08:16:51 am
The Expanse
I think this might be Netflix only.

If you read Larry Niven belter short stories and novels, Arthur C Clarke, Asimov, then this is like a mash-up of all those early sci fi novels. Early settlement of the solar system, mars, the asteroid belt. 

It has real physics! Space craft have thrusters, there are problems with debris fields, etc.

I meant to only watch one episode and ended up watching 3. It's not really good, but easy viewing and if you were a fan of early sci-fi, definitely compulsive viewing.
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Post by: Jakob on November 04, 2016, 05:57:05 pm
It was shown here early in the year and I liked it. Read the books, re-watched it and I now think it's the sci-fi series ever made.
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Post by: Torslanda on November 07, 2016, 10:41:22 pm
Just watched  Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0828lpl). Imagine that Dave Larrington had been commissioned to make a doc about the race for the White House. With lots of swearing . . .
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 08, 2016, 07:57:59 am
The Expanse
I think this might be Netflix only.

If you read Larry Niven belter short stories and novels, Arthur C Clarke, Asimov, then this is like a mash-up of all those early sci fi novels. Early settlement of the solar system, mars, the asteroid belt. 

It has real physics! Space craft have thrusters, there are problems with debris fields, etc.

I meant to only watch one episode and ended up watching 3. It's not really good, but easy viewing and if you were a fan of early sci-fi, definitely compulsive viewing.

Thanks for the heads up mr c. Started watching the other night. Very good :thumbsup:

Just watched  Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0828lpl). Imagine that Dave Larrington had been commissioned to make a doc about the race for the White House. With lots of swearing . . .

I watched some of this as well. Very entertaining :D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 08, 2016, 11:35:05 am
Just watched  Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0828lpl). Imagine that Dave Larrington had been commissioned to make a doc about the race for the White House. With lots of swearing . . .

Blast, missed that!  get_iPlayer, I haz sum wurk 4 u...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on November 11, 2016, 09:43:03 pm
The Expanse
I think this might be Netflix only.

If you read Larry Niven belter short stories and novels, Arthur C Clarke, Asimov, then this is like a mash-up of all those early sci fi novels. Early settlement of the solar system, mars, the asteroid belt. 

It has real physics! Space craft have thrusters, there are problems with debris fields, etc.

I meant to only watch one episode and ended up watching 3. It's not really good, but easy viewing and if you were a fan of early sci-fi, definitely compulsive viewing.

It's reminiscent of the martian resistance story arc in Babylon 5 - albeit with a second-rate Garibaldi[1].  20 years of CGI development and a lack of suspiciously humanoid alien races[2] only improve matters.



[1] RIP Jerry Doyle.  Bruce Willis presumably had other commitments.
[2] In fairness to Babylon 5, this was a function of budget practicalities rather than lack of imagination.  The non-humanoids, methane-breathers, etc. were there, but simply didn't get as much screen time.
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Post by: Feanor on November 11, 2016, 09:45:30 pm
HIGNFY tonight was quite good. Worth a look on iPlayer or whatever.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rogerzilla on November 11, 2016, 10:24:41 pm
I watched some of the football.  Who on earth decided that the hard northern land of caber-tossing, pints of heavy, inedible offal delicacies and Rab C. Nesbitt should be represented by 10 men in *pink*?
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Post by: PeteB99 on November 12, 2016, 10:24:27 am
I watched some of the football.  Who on earth decided that the hard northern land of caber-tossing, pints of heavy, inedible offal delicacies and Rab C. Nesbitt should be represented by 10 men in *pink*?

Well the kit was announced in Nov 2015 so the Scots have had time to get used to it.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/scotland-unveil-new-tartan-home-6880383 (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/scotland-unveil-new-tartan-home-6880383)

I'd be ok with Scotland's normal kit but maybe both teams playing in white shorts was seen as a colour clash? Or maybe they just need to sell more shirts.
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Post by: rafletcher on November 12, 2016, 08:39:02 pm
Thursday, ch5, Jack Taylor.
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Post by: Jakob W on November 14, 2016, 06:52:15 pm
Just came in here to +1 to The Expanse; I'd had friends recommend it to me previously and had forgotten it was on Netflix UK now. Started the first episode Friday night... next thing I knew I'd watched the first five episodes and it was 2 in the morning. It's really rather good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 21, 2016, 11:36:00 am
I managed to get my son watching it.

Ran out of decent things to watch on Netflix, so I've been watching Westworld. It's HBO, so expanses of flesh, but not as much gratuitous sex as you might expect.

One peculiarity; male 'guests' to Westworld drag female prostitutues off to bed on arrival. Female guests to Westworld get propositioned by female prostitutues and head off to 'bed' them. Not seen a single instance of a female guest having sex with a male Westworld 'robot' yet. Was that ruled out of the show because it was deemed a step too far?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on November 21, 2016, 08:51:05 pm
Just discovered two series of Horrible Histories on Netflix.

I don't care if it's "educational" or "kids telly", it's still fab.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on November 22, 2016, 09:48:16 am
Netflix is a treasure trove of TV.  I made the mistake, a couple of months ago, of signing up to Netflix, seemed daft not to as our TV has the app on it.

Recently we have been working through (in no real order):

Luke Cage (brilliant, best Defenders series yet)
Continuum (really good, unfortunately we are half way through series 4, the last one)
Maron (funny, if you get his humour)
American Horror Story (not really scary, but well written and acted)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on November 22, 2016, 10:00:26 am
Planet Earth II

It just keeps getting better. It almost defines the name of this thread.

Jaguar vs crocodile? Who will win??

Millipede-munching beetle-worms with stealth lighting modes.

Paaaaainfully cute baby monkeys learning to climb.

Dolphins that live in flooded forests 1000km from the sea.
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Post by: citoyen on November 22, 2016, 10:02:56 am
I liked the frog protecting his babies from the wasps - that's a fearsome kick.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 22, 2016, 10:36:24 am
Planet Earth II

It just keeps getting better. It almost defines the name of this thread.

Jaguar vs crocodile? Who will win??

Millipede-munching beetle-worms with stealth lighting modes.

Paaaaainfully cute baby monkeys learning to climb.

Dolphins that live in flooded forests 1000km from the sea.

But no Um-Bongo chiz.
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Post by: citoyen on November 22, 2016, 08:41:54 pm
Tonight's Masterchef is priceless. The 'skills' test was an absolute car crash, and now some crazy woman is making salmon with strawberry risotto.

Monica Galetti looks like she's going to murder at least a couple of the contestants.

ETA: and now Gregg Wallace has just come out with the line: "I'm desperate to dip that pork into something wet."  :facepalm:
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Post by: LEE on November 23, 2016, 10:57:43 am
Planet Earth II

It just keeps getting better. It almost defines the name of this thread.

Jaguar vs crocodile? Who will win??

Millipede-munching beetle-worms with stealth lighting modes.

Paaaaainfully cute baby monkeys learning to climb.

Dolphins that live in flooded forests 1000km from the sea.

Snakes chasing Iguanas will live in my nightmares forever.
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Post by: citoyen on November 23, 2016, 11:41:50 am
ETA: and now Gregg Wallace has just come out with the line: "I'm desperate to dip that pork into something wet."  :facepalm:

For anyone who missed it:
https://twitter.com/OliverMaltman/status/801174075217473536

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Post by: Nuncio on November 28, 2016, 01:32:46 pm
http://www.channel5.com/show/tour-de-celeb
 (http://www.channel5.com/show/tour-de-celeb)

Hmmm...

I've checked, and there really is a 'Channel 5'.
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Post by: pcolbeck on November 28, 2016, 01:39:04 pm
BBC 4 had a program about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland album last night so it will still be on iPlayer. Really interesting.
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Post by: citoyen on November 28, 2016, 03:22:19 pm
BBC 4 had a program about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland album last night so it will still be on iPlayer. Really interesting.

I watched that. Very enjoyable. I think I also watched it the first time it was shown in 1997!

Shame they didn't talk to the likes of Jerry Dammers or Billy Bragg about the more controversial aspects of the album's creation.
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Post by: Legs on November 28, 2016, 04:47:39 pm
Yep, I saw that one as well.  It's one of the VH1 Classic Albums  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classic_Albums) series, most of which are probably available on YouTube.  I'd only seen the one on Aja before.  I love the scenes from the mixing desk.
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Post by: mattc on November 28, 2016, 05:59:41 pm
I've enjoyed every one of those [not that I'm sure I've seen them all, IYSWIM ... ].

Who knew that VH1 had given something of value to the world??
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Post by: Auntie Helen on November 28, 2016, 07:13:34 pm
I have really been enjoying The Missing and can't wait for the last episode on Wednesday.

What's interesting is the setting in Germany - done so well. Things like how the doorframes are, the houses, so accurate. I don't know if it was filmed here or in the UK somewhere but the small details are really really good.

The first couple of episodes were confusing with the time shifts but now I've got a handle on it it's gripping stuff.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on November 29, 2016, 02:20:34 am
Been re-watching "In the Line of Duty". First season was really good (And it's been long enough that I had forgotten most of the details).
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Post by: Legs on November 29, 2016, 11:16:45 am
I have really been enjoying The Missing and can't wait for the last episode on Wednesday.

What's interesting is the setting in Germany - done so well. Things like how the doorframes are, the houses, so accurate. I don't know if it was filmed here or in the UK somewhere but the small details are really really good.

The first couple of episodes were confusing with the time shifts but now I've got a handle on it it's gripping stuff.

Yep, filmed in Morocco, Belgium and Germany, apparently.  Mrs L and I are absolutely gripped, and similarly can't wait until Wednesday's concluding episode.

One thing I picked up on which may hold some significance is
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Post by: geraldc on November 30, 2016, 11:35:04 am
I managed to get my son watching it.

Ran out of decent things to watch on Netflix, so I've been watching Westworld. It's HBO, so expanses of flesh, but not as much gratuitous sex as you might expect.

One peculiarity; male 'guests' to Westworld drag female prostitutues off to bed on arrival. Female guests to Westworld get propositioned by female prostitutues and head off to 'bed' them. Not seen a single instance of a female guest having sex with a male Westworld 'robot' yet. Was that ruled out of the show because it was deemed a step too far?

I've binge watched Westworld and thoroughly enjoyed it. Quite a bit of male robot type thing having sex with female guests
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  in the last few episodes.
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Post by: LEE on November 30, 2016, 12:50:35 pm
I have really been enjoying The Missing and can't wait for the last episode on Wednesday.

What's interesting is the setting in Germany - done so well. Things like how the doorframes are, the houses, so accurate. I don't know if it was filmed here or in the UK somewhere but the small details are really really good.

The first couple of episodes were confusing with the time shifts but now I've got a handle on it it's gripping stuff.

Yep, filmed in Morocco, Belgium and Germany, apparently.  Mrs L and I are absolutely gripped, and similarly can't wait until Wednesday's concluding episode.

One thing I picked up on which may hold some significance is
(click to show/hide)

Hoping for a decent final episode because it started to feel a bit "strung out".
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Post by: LEE on December 01, 2016, 09:48:55 am
The Missing

I think the final episode just about worked.

There's was an element of "Why the feck would you go into a haunted basement with just a candle?" about the final scenes but, thankfully, no open ending.

I'm tired of slogging through TV series where the final ending is actually just an intro to the next series, and nothing is resolved. I'll happily trade a heavy-handed explanation and recap of what I have just been watching for 8 weeks for that.
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Post by: geraldc on December 01, 2016, 11:02:41 am
A good documentary quizzing on BBC Four last night.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084fs6s/how-quizzing-got-cool-tvs-brains-of-britain

In a semi related note, I got a letter last night confirming my go on Mastermind will be screened on 16th Dec.
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Post by: Nuncio on December 01, 2016, 11:57:19 am
Specialist subject?
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Post by: geraldc on December 01, 2016, 12:02:33 pm
Steve Jobs
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 01, 2016, 01:46:02 pm
A good documentary quizzing on BBC Four last night.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084fs6s/how-quizzing-got-cool-tvs-brains-of-britain

In a semi related note, I got a letter last night confirming my go on Mastermind will be screened on 16th Dec.

Good-o!  I was speculating only the other day as to when you'd appear.
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Post by: redshift on December 01, 2016, 02:02:12 pm
A good documentary quizzing on BBC Four last night.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084fs6s/how-quizzing-got-cool-tvs-brains-of-britain

In a semi related note, I got a letter last night confirming my go on Mastermind will be screened on 16th Dec.

Bugger, I thought it might be you and didn't check.  <Waves from the Engine Room at MediaCity>
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Post by: mattc on December 01, 2016, 02:28:12 pm
Steve Jobs
;D

No seriously, I'd like to know too. What specialist subject?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: geraldc on December 01, 2016, 02:55:29 pm
No seriously, I'd like to know too. What specialist subject?

On the episode I'm on, the specialist subjects are:

Steve Jobs
The TV show Farscape
Hungarian History from 865
Black Metal (as in the Finnish type of heavy metal music)

Cue discussion on dumbing down/specialist subjects being too niche/easy

<Waves from the Engine Room at MediaCity>

<Waves back> I really enjoyed my day there!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 01, 2016, 03:55:35 pm
No seriously, I'd like to know too. What specialist subject?

On the episode I'm on, the specialist subjects are:

Steve Jobs
The TV show Farscape
Hungarian History from 865
Black Metal (as in the Finnish type of heavy metal music)

Cue discussion on dumbing down/specialist subjects being too niche/easy

Too easy??? There's nothing easy about listening to Black Metal. Resssspec'
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Post by: pcolbeck on December 01, 2016, 03:56:30 pm
They aren't dumbing down its always been so. Fred Housgo won with a specialist subject of England at the European football championships over some specific ten or fifteen year period and that was thirty years ago.
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Post by: Kim on December 01, 2016, 04:57:47 pm
The TV show Farscape

I really hope that "Nigel Farage" was one of the answers.  That's the sort of dumbing down I can get behind.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 01, 2016, 07:29:54 pm
I hope one of the questions was "What was the phrase used by Mr Larrington's chum Sir Hugh of Hugh to describe 'Farscape'?".  The answer being "A bowl of dicks".
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Exit Stage Left on December 01, 2016, 07:45:43 pm
BBC 4 had a program about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland album last night so it will still be on iPlayer. Really interesting.

I watched that. Very enjoyable. I think I also watched it the first time it was shown in 1997!

Shame they didn't talk to the likes of Jerry Dammers or Billy Bragg about the more controversial aspects of the album's creation.

The film that did that was called 'Under African Skies'.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x43esjk
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Post by: IanDG on December 01, 2016, 10:43:19 pm
Been watching 'Close to the Enemy' is it me that just thinks it's shite?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on December 01, 2016, 10:51:24 pm
Frankly, about as far fetched as shit from China.

Lasted about 30 mins before going to bed . . .
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: IanDG on December 01, 2016, 11:15:18 pm
Frankly, about as far fetched as shit from China.

Lasted about 30 mins before going to bed . . .

That was one of my dad's sayings :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on December 03, 2016, 09:33:56 pm
Imitation has to be the sincerest form of flattery . . .
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Post by: IanDG on December 03, 2016, 09:43:00 pm
A Rebus repeat :)
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Post by: citoyen on December 05, 2016, 12:26:10 pm
Been watching 'Close to the Enemy' is it me that just thinks it's shite?

Not been watching it. I've long thought Stephen Poliakoff hugely overrated. Every time he does something new for the BBC, they trail it as if it's a major landmark in television but I can't think of anything of his I've seen that I actually enjoyed. Shooting The Past was OK, I suppose.

Anyone else watching the current series of Humans? I thought last night's episode was fantastic, especially the brilliant scene where one of the newly sentient synths goes to confession and asks the priest for guidance on the meaning of life.
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Post by: Tim Hall on December 05, 2016, 01:13:14 pm
Been watching 'Close to the Enemy' is it me that just thinks it's shite?
I'm sticking with it, just in case.  What is it with the lead character's accent?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on December 06, 2016, 04:00:41 pm
Part 2 of Rillington Place, Part 1 is here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084k66c/rillington-place-1-ethel).

The story of John Christie, a British serial killer from long before the term was coined.

A murky, dreary, wartime London is the backdrop.  Tim Roth, as Christie and Samantha Morton as Ethel his wife, are excellent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 09, 2016, 07:48:15 pm
Tonight, 21:00, BBC4, No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese's epic profile of Nobel Laureate and all-round cool fucker His Bobness :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 12, 2016, 09:12:46 pm
Youtube is what we use instead of telly now, right?

Anyway, this one has all the makings of a proper documentary and may appeal to those with an interest in telecoms infrastructure, manhole covers, GCHQ conspiracy theories (tinfoil hats optional, but not required) and suspicious bungalows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_nnUbX7uuQ
https://youtu.be/K_nnUbX7uuQ
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 13, 2016, 07:53:27 pm
Planet Earth II (Ep 6/6) - the one about wildlife in towns and cities

The monkey parcour sequence may be the best non-fiction piece of film-making ever made.


Again I say - watch this series if you're wondering whether the licence fee is money well spent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on December 14, 2016, 02:41:59 pm
Planet Earth II (Ep 6/6) - the one about wildlife in towns and cities

The monkey parcour sequence may be the best non-fiction piece of film-making ever made.


Again I say - watch this series if you're wondering whether the licence fee is money well spent.

The monkeys were great but it was the view of Singapore's "Garden by the Bay" that left me speechless.  It was like watching "Avatar".

Singapore (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geKHBz8JUhE)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on December 14, 2016, 03:00:17 pm
Planet Earth II (Ep 6/6) - the one about wildlife in towns and cities

The monkey parcour sequence may be the best non-fiction piece of film-making ever made.


Again I say - watch this series if you're wondering whether the licence fee is money well spent.

I found that episode the least satisfying and rather anthropomorphic.  There was no background information - like spreading urban sprawl in India going into the leopards traditional hunting areas, or just how much of a pest urban racoons are, or how much the thieving monkeys cost hard pressed market traders. It was all a bit cosy (though as usual, spectactularly well filmed and edited) and betrayed the fact that it was really an Attenborough voice-over exercise.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on December 14, 2016, 03:22:01 pm
Fleabag

A sort of "Peep Show" from a female perspective.  Funny, crude and poignant in equal measure.

Box set of 6 on iPlayer.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 14, 2016, 07:10:07 pm
I found that episode the least satisfying and rather anthropomorphic.  There was no background information

With respect:

There is only so much you can fit into 50minutes. I think the background - cities grow, some species adapt better than others - was made very clear, but it's a mainstream family show, not a science paper.

...

or just how much of a pest urban racoons are, or how much the thieving monkeys cost hard pressed market traders.
Those poor city folk, harassed by the natural world like that. Not sure how more info on them would make the thing LESS anthropomorphic.  ???
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on December 14, 2016, 07:30:23 pm
Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency on Netflix.
It is surprisingly good. It only loosely follows the book, but certainly captures the spirit of it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: geraldc on December 16, 2016, 11:30:13 am
Me at 8pm BBC2!!!!! ;D


https://twitter.com/MastermindQuiz/status/809793388119814144
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Post by: citoyen on December 16, 2016, 08:12:52 pm
11. Good start!
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Post by: Jaded on December 16, 2016, 08:13:42 pm
And no passes
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Post by: Jaded on December 16, 2016, 08:28:13 pm
Ooh exciting
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Post by: citoyen on December 16, 2016, 08:30:42 pm
GO GERALD! WOO!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 16, 2016, 08:45:04 pm
Hurrah!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on December 17, 2016, 12:02:14 am
Just caught up with Gerald on iPlayer.  Great!  Well done.
When will the next round be shown?
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Post by: geraldc on December 17, 2016, 08:35:05 am
Semis should be shown mid Jan to early Feb.
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Post by: Hot Flatus on December 17, 2016, 08:45:59 am
Well done Gerald  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on December 17, 2016, 08:55:40 am
I was impressed with your tactics, and composure. The lack of a Godzilla outfit did lessen the impact slightly.  ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: geraldc on December 17, 2016, 09:38:05 am
BTW I need to apologise in advance for my choice of specialist subject in semis, it was a purely a tactical decision, and in no way an endorsement of the works.

The novels of Dan Brown
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Post by: andyoxon on December 17, 2016, 10:14:38 am
Good job, Gerald.   :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: PeteB99 on December 17, 2016, 10:29:14 am
Well done Gerald.

I'm always impressed by how calm the contestants seem in front of the cameras. I'd be shaking with nerves and sweating like a pig.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 17, 2016, 03:00:50 pm
BTW I need to apologise in advance for my choice of specialist subject in semis, it was a purely a tactical decision, and in no way an endorsement of the works.

The novels of Dan Brown

Good thinking; you only need to read one of them.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: hillbilly on December 20, 2016, 07:25:30 am
Fleabag

A sort of "Peep Show" from a female perspective.  Funny, crude and poignant in equal measure.

Box set of 6 on iPlayer.

I endorse this message.  It's brilliant. Certainly one of the best original shows of 2016.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on December 21, 2016, 09:13:23 pm
I recorded 'Crazyhead' in the autumn and only just found it.

It's excellent, so so funny in a very female way.  By which I mean, the women are the centre of the story and completely believable in a fighting-demony sort of way.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: thing1 on December 23, 2016, 04:21:05 am
John Simpson 50 years of, panaroma special on iPlayer

Wonderful way to get in the seasonal spirit. Time for a stiff drink
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: thing1 on December 23, 2016, 05:28:31 am
Youtube is what we use instead of telly now, right?

Anyway, this one has all the makings of a proper documentary and may appeal to those with an interest in telecoms infrastructure, manhole covers, GCHQ conspiracy theories (tinfoil hats optional, but not required) and suspicious bungalows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_nnUbX7uuQ
https://youtu.be/K_nnUbX7uuQ

Well made for a YouTube job! Damn I forgot how tiny Cornish roads are.
He's clearly not heard of Google Global Cache though. Popular videos are rarely served to end users from data centers.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 02, 2017, 10:02:32 pm
Just watched the Christmas special of Inside No.9. Absolutely brilliant, very clever, very funny.

(click to show/hide)

Still on iplayer, and well worth catching up on - especially if you're a fan of vintage 70s horror.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on January 04, 2017, 12:39:35 am
Don't know if the "OA" is available on Netflix in the UK, but I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: T42 on January 04, 2017, 10:39:23 am
Maybe I'll give it another go. I fell asleep the first time.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Thor on January 04, 2017, 11:04:19 am
I'm enjoying No Offence - pacy, funny, rude, grimy. If you didn't know before it would only take a few seconds to see that Paul Abbott was behind it. Joanna Scanlon and the other 2 female leads are brilliant. Even Will Mellor is better than tolerable.

New series of this starts tonight, C4 9PM.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on January 13, 2017, 06:59:37 pm
Should we be watching Mastermind tonight?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 13, 2017, 07:00:24 pm
Should we be watching Mastermind tonight?

Not acvording to my listings mag.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on January 13, 2017, 07:14:05 pm
Hmm, my newspaper had the Books of wossisname but I see an electronic version doesn't.

Stand down.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on January 13, 2017, 07:50:42 pm
Thanks for checking.  I had wondered myself.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 14, 2017, 10:26:11 am
Hmm, my newspaper had the Books of wossisname but I see an electronic version doesn't.

Stand down.

Bloke last night's books were Robert Harris; Gerald's doing Dan Brown.  Next week's mag says "Asterix, the Periodic Table, the novels of Nick Hornby, Richard Feynman and Stan Laurel" so not next week either.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: IanDG on January 14, 2017, 07:55:33 pm
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 15, 2017, 08:48:41 am
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on January 15, 2017, 10:03:48 am
Hmm, my newspaper had the Books of wossisname but I see an electronic version doesn't.

Stand down.

Bloke last night's books were Robert Harris; Gerald's doing Dan Brown.  Next week's mag says "Asterix, the Periodic Table, the novels of Nick Hornby, Richard Feynman and Stan Laurel" so not next week either.

Ah, I'm probably mixing my authors. So many tenterhooks on, I was.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on January 15, 2017, 10:20:13 am
After trying, and abandoning "OA" and something about crime scene cleaners, both because they were shite, we settled on "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency". On Netflix, it stars a hobbit and it shows just what is possible when you have a great source material to work with. It also shows that Netflix don't need zombies, vampires or aliens to make a great TV series.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 15, 2017, 10:29:00 am
After trying, and abandoning "OA" and something about crime scene cleaners, both because they were shite, we settled on "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency". On Netflix, it stars a hobbit and it shows just what is possible when you have a great source material to work with. It also shows that Netflix don't need zombies, vampires or aliens to make a great TV series.

I think that's actually made by BBC America ;)

BBC Four showed an adaptation in 2012 with Stephen Mangam. Pretty good, but just 4 episodes.

Good on Elijah Wood - he seems to be getting into all sorts of non-mainstream stuff.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on January 15, 2017, 10:45:54 am
I stand corrected, Matt. I was under the impression that it was a Netflix production. Apparently it's an eight part series, if the first two episodes are anything to go by it will be good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on January 15, 2017, 11:30:27 am
Endeavour aka The Young Morse. Thoroughly enjoyable and good period pieces.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 16, 2017, 11:36:20 am
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)
So, Ep2 was just as dark and brooding. They even hired another mumbler to share some scenes with Mr Hardy.

I feel it's starting to drag its heels just a little, but then it's not a series that is all about the action sequences, so I should probably re-learn some patience!

Hardy and Pryce are both magnificent.

(I'm irritated at always being a week behind with Sherlock - MUST NOT click on the Sherlock thread ... )
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 16, 2017, 11:53:13 am
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)

Tom Hardy has pretty much made Brooding & Menacing his own.  I haven't checked my dictionary but it may even say, "See: Tom Hardy" for those two entries.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: redshift on January 16, 2017, 07:28:39 pm
Grand Budapest Hotel on Film 4 tonight, 2100.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 16, 2017, 07:49:19 pm
Grand Budapest Hotel on Film 4 tonight, 2100.
:thumbsup:

Just watching the trailer made me smile at the memories.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on January 17, 2017, 08:51:06 am
BBC iPlayer - Italy's Invisible Cities

Astounding.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 22, 2017, 11:22:31 pm
This evening we started watching the new Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. It's fab.

My son read the books when he was around 8-10 and loved them much more than the Harry Potters, which pleased me because I'm of the opinion that they are superb children's books, very well written and great stories. The Potter books are fine but not nearly as good - they're quite stale and old-fashioned, really, while the Lemony Snickets are much more witty and inventive.

And this new series captures the spirit of the books so much better than the Jim Carrey film of a few years ago. (I actually quite liked the film but it just missed out most of what makes the books so great.)

Highly recommended. Especially for kids.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Riggers on January 23, 2017, 12:09:32 pm
Ah! Well, last evening as well, we started to watch the American version of House of Cards (episodes 1-3) on NetFlix. Very well done I thought, though (increasingly) trying to follow 'who's who' in a drama with increasing numbers of characters, is challenging for me. Quite a few more episodes to get through as well!!

Will have to have a look at the A.S.O.U. Events another time. The film was received well, wasn't it?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Dibdib on January 23, 2017, 01:07:57 pm
I've just finished binging the leftpondian House Of Cards.

Series 1 and 2 were excellent, I thought; 3 and 4 slightly less so.

It usually takes me about ten minutes into a watching session to get over Spacey's accent.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 23, 2017, 07:12:03 pm
Hmm, my newspaper had the Books of wossisname but I see an electronic version doesn't.

Stand down.

Bloke last night's books were Robert Harris; Gerald's doing Dan Brown.  Next week's mag says "Asterix, the Periodic Table, the novels of Nick Hornby, Richard Feynman and Stan Laurel" so not next week either.

Ah, I'm probably mixing my authors. So many tenterhooks on, I was.

Gerald's not on thus week either because of some Eurovision wank >:(
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 24, 2017, 11:18:06 am
Will have to have a look at the A.S.O.U. Events another time. The film was received well, wasn't it?

I can't remember how well it was received generally but it got a mixed reception from fans of the books. Judged on its own merits, it was pretty good. Jim Carrey made a decent Count Olaf - a restrained performance by his standards, although the character allowed him some scope for doing his usual Jim Carrey thing. The kids were very good as well. The main problem was that it had to cram the content of the first three books into a single feature-length movie, so a lot of what was great about the books was simply discarded, which definitely irked the purists. And it ended up being much more of an outright comedy than the books. I liked it though. I thought it was funny.

I've only seen a few episodes of the TV series so far but it's clear that the more expansive format allows them to follow the meandering narrative style of the books more faithfully. My only concern is that it might end up feeling too expansive - the plot of each book is essentially the same, and the repetition and running jokes work really well in book form, but might start to wear a bit thin on screen.

It also strikes me that the magical realist style does slightly blunt some of the darker elements - Count Olaf is essentially reduced to a pantomime villain and perhaps not really menacing enough, certainly not as menacing as he comes across in the books. So when he hits Klaus across the face, it does seem slightly out of character. Which it shouldn't. But then I guess you have to be very careful when depicting violence towards children on screen. I do like the fact that they've got Doogie Howser to play the part though.

They should have got David Lynch to direct it. Although maybe then it wouldn't have been suitable for children...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on January 24, 2017, 12:28:09 pm
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)

Tom Hardy has pretty much made Brooding & Menacing his own.  I haven't checked my dictionary but it may even say, "See: Tom Hardy" for those two entries.
More of the same this week. Plus some actual ... "Taboo" activity. Finally!

It's all kicking off nicely.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 26, 2017, 12:48:54 pm
New series of Fortitude starts tonight. Yay!

Shame it won't have Stanley Tucci in it though. Or Michael Gambon.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: IanDG on February 03, 2017, 01:34:50 pm
Battle Mountain - nGraeme Obree's Story is showing on BBC2 Scotland next Tuesday (07/02)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c70vf
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 03, 2017, 03:19:30 pm
Battle Mountain - nGraeme Obree's Story is showing on BBC2 Scotland next Tuesday (07/02)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c70vf
Please tell me there is loads of cool stuff on BBC2 that you DONT get in Scotland!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 03, 2017, 05:05:49 pm
Prolly available on iPlayer but, the other night was Cheetahs- Growing Up Fast.

Some here may know I have a soft spot for Cheetah. This was ace throughout and sad in places and I was damn jealous of the cameraman.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 03, 2017, 09:33:37 pm
Prolly available on iPlayer but, the other night was Cheetahs- Growing Up Fast.

Some here may know I have a soft spot for Cheetah. This was ace throughout and sad in places and I was damn jealous of the cameraman.
Did they show much of Tarzan?  ;)


BBC4 has a load of stuff on tonight, something about EMI and then something about prog rock. Just now I'm watching one hit wonders.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 06, 2017, 04:40:02 pm
Prolly available on iPlayer but, the other night was Cheetahs- Growing Up Fast.

Some here may know I have a soft spot for Cheetah. This was ace throughout and sad in places and I was damn jealous of the cameraman.
Did they show much of Tarzan?  ;)


BBC4 has a load of stuff on tonight, something about EMI and then something about prog rock. Just now I'm watching one hit wonders.

Is that your coat over there?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: geraldc on February 06, 2017, 04:49:47 pm
I'm on again on Friday. Mastermind Semi 8pm BBC 2
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on February 06, 2017, 05:24:48 pm
No spoilers please.  I won't be able to watch it until late Friday or Saturday.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 10, 2017, 07:14:35 pm
Potentially Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde on BBC 4 at 2100.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on February 12, 2017, 09:27:54 pm
Wagner's Ring Cycle on BBC Four.

Gold? What Gold? Oh, that Gold! 2.5 hours dedicated to paying the builders.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob W on February 12, 2017, 11:01:50 pm
Was it a decent production? The info on iPlayer was very sparse.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 13, 2017, 08:20:47 am
Was it a decent production? The info on iPlayer was very sparse.

From the ten seconds I saw while channel-hopping, "sparse" is an excellent summary of the production too.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on February 13, 2017, 01:06:37 pm
On Fox, but also available on Amazon Prime, Legion.

Another Marvel offering, but this time much better. Imagine the first episode of Heroes, remade with David Lynch directing and you are getting close. Hopefully the rest of the series is as good (the last bit was a little Deadpool, with the guy just waving his hand to chuck people about).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 13, 2017, 01:45:07 pm
Imagine the first episode of Heroes, remade with David Lynch directing

You've sold it to me. First series of Heroes was great, but it went downhill very rapidly after that.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 27, 2017, 11:00:08 pm
This Unit has just watched S03E01 of "Broadchurch", which looks like it might develop nicely.  Anything with Olivia Colman in it has to be watched anyway.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on February 28, 2017, 01:58:55 pm
This Unit has just watched S03E01 of "Broadchurch", which looks like it might develop nicely.  Anything with Olivia Colman in it has to be watched anyway.

She is totally wonderful at "everywoman" in the same way Kevin Spacey and Tom Hanks play "everyman".  I can breathe a sigh of relief and relax, knowing it's in safe hands.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on March 02, 2017, 02:28:36 pm
Enjoyed S3Ep1. Never watched series 1 or2. Not sure why, except for an inherent pessimism about ITV dramas.

There were a few references to S1 & 2 plotlines, but we coped - I hope that situation continues.


[I did think it was a little ... fortuitous when they found the bits of evidence while briefly searching, just on a hunch, a billion acres of mansion house grounds. But I don't watch these things for perfect plot probabilities, so that's fine!]
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 02, 2017, 02:34:25 pm
Annoyed that I missed the first two episodes of the new series of Inside No.9 but I saw the thirdsecond episode this week.

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are sick fucks. But also geniuses. Totally brilliant. Will have to catch up with the first two eps on iplayer.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Redlight on March 02, 2017, 04:37:57 pm
Potentially Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde on BBC 4 at 2100.

Thought I'd catch up with that on i-player. Gave up after 20 minutes. She is so dull.  Huge disappointment.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 02, 2017, 10:45:07 pm
Prime Suspect 1973.

Rover P6's, Austin 1100, Vauxhall Viva etc.

Lex Shrapnel. What a fucking ace moniker :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 03, 2017, 07:57:01 pm
Prime Suspect 1973

Period detail nostalgia aside, did you think it was any good?

I didn't.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 03, 2017, 07:59:07 pm
Potentially Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde on BBC 4 at 2100.

Thought I'd catch up with that on i-player. Gave up after 20 minutes. She is so dull.  Huge disappointment.

Yes, it was a bit boring wasn't it?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 04, 2017, 11:01:59 pm
Prime Suspect 1973

Period detail nostalgia aside, did you think it was any good?

I didn't.

I have seen worse. I am going to reserve judgement for now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 05, 2017, 08:42:07 pm
Prime Suspect 1973

Period detail nostalgia aside, did you think it was any good?

I didn't.

I'm sort of liking it but don't like the message that having Cracker's DS Penhaligon playing Jane Tennison's Mum is sending me, which is that I am Old.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 06, 2017, 09:37:16 am
'Cleverman' on Netflix.
The description makes it sound crap. Actually this is surprisingly good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 06, 2017, 10:19:58 am
Prime Suspect 1973

Period detail nostalgia aside, did you think it was any good?

I didn't.

I'm sort of liking it but don't like the message that having Cracker's DS Penhaligon playing Jane Tennison's Mum is sending me, which is that I am Old.

I was being polite. I actually thought it was terrible. The acting was OK but I suspect the script was written by a computer. Probably a ZX Spectrum.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 10, 2017, 11:26:03 pm
Prime Suspect 1973.

Rover P6's, Austin 1100, Vauxhall Viva etc.

Lex Shrapnel. What a fucking ace moniker :thumbsup:

I just watched ep. 2.  Would the uniformed rozzers really be using a 1966 Rover in 1973?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on March 11, 2017, 12:20:28 pm
Not if it had been in continuous service. They used to get rid at 70k miles.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 11, 2017, 01:25:13 pm
I just watched ep. 2.  Would the uniformed rozzers really be using a 1966 Rover in 1973?

For me the first episode was accompanied by a commentary from my wife enumerating the anachronisms, eg "But Maida Vale wasn't posh in 1973!"

I didn't watch the second episode.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: spindrift on March 11, 2017, 10:02:59 pm
Geri Ginger Spice off the Spice Girls, on her friendship with George Michael:

Quote
"When we met I knew I wasn't his type of girl".

You know what she was trying to say, bless her heart.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: TheLurker on March 12, 2017, 09:37:33 am
Prime Suspect 1973.

Rover P6's, Austin 1100, Vauxhall Viva etc.

Lex Shrapnel. What a fucking ace moniker :thumbsup:

I just watched ep. 2.  Would the uniformed rozzers really be using a 1966 Rover in 1973?
I know it jars a bit when they get these things "wrong" but...

You are watching an fictive portrayal of imaginary events, i.e. an grate big fat lie, and in order to make this lie more believable an certane amount of smoke, not to say mirrors, must be employed.  However the purveyors of this lie not having an unlimited amount of money for smoke, mirrors or other devices of mass distraction expect you, a willing participant in the lie, to focus not on the set dressing but on the lie itself AKA "the story". 

Besides for stuff set in the 1970s you've got the almost insuperable problem that any* motor vehicle built in the 1970s is now a smear metal oxides in the mud of a scrapyard somewhere so you're going to have to use whatever you can get your hands on that's not completely anachronistic.

*May contain traces of exaggeration.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on March 12, 2017, 09:58:48 am
I know it jars a bit when they get these things "wrong" but...

You are watching an fictive portrayal of imaginary events, i.e. an grate big fat lie, and in order to make this lie more believable an certane amount of smoke, not to say mirrors, must be employed.  However the purveyors of this lie not having an unlimited amount of money for smoke, mirrors or other devices of mass distraction expect you, a willing participant in the lie, to focus not on the set dressing but on the lie itself AKA "the story". 

Besides for stuff set in the 1970s you've got the almost insuperable problem that any* motor vehicle built in the 1970s is now a smear metal oxides in the mud of a scrapyard somewhere so you're going to have to use whatever you can get your hands on that's not completely anachronistic.

*May contain traces of exaggeration.

 :hand:
You are so very wrong.

If they're going to make this stuff, they should chuffing well get it right.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarggh!  >:(

I shall be writing to my MP ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: TheLurker on March 12, 2017, 10:46:53 am
Calm down dear, it's only a commercial^wpolice procedural. :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 12, 2017, 01:38:21 pm
I was actually looking for post-1973 vehicular crimes, like the VW Polo in "All You Need Is Cash", when I noticed the plate on the Rover.  How hard would it have been to make up some false plates for the filming?  Tch!

Although I'd still have noticed it was a pre-1970 facelift car because radiator grille ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on March 12, 2017, 02:00:36 pm
I was actually looking for post-1973 vehicular crimes,

Dare I ask ...  Why??
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 12, 2017, 07:23:32 pm
I was actually looking for post-1973 vehicular crimes,

Dare I ask ...  Why??

To have something to gripe about in here, obv.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 15, 2017, 09:30:47 pm
new series of Inside No.9...
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are sick fucks. But also geniuses. Totally brilliant. Will have to catch up with the first two eps on iplayer.

Caught up with the latest episode this evening. Superb.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on March 20, 2017, 01:29:33 pm
I was actually looking for post-1973 vehicular crimes,

Dare I ask ...  Why??

To have something to gripe about in here, obv.

Typically the main failing of cars in period films is that they are all concourse condition, having been sourced from car enthusiasts and motor museums.

My memory of cars in the early '70s was "Harvest Gold"*,  rust and wire coat-hanger aerials.

*Harvest Gold was a sort of summation of the 1970s in just one colour, being a blend of brown, orange and cream (the constituent colours of all young boys' stripey tank-tops).

Beige is my main memory of the '70s.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 20, 2017, 06:27:33 pm
Beige, flares and too much hair.  Though some of that appears to be back in vogue currently.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on March 21, 2017, 01:20:20 am
Triumph Dollop'o'shites also came in a seizure inducing 'Pageant Mid Blue'. Usually with brown lace door bottoms. Fuckin' 'orrible!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 21, 2017, 12:52:07 pm
I think ours was green.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 21, 2017, 01:19:56 pm
A chum at skool had a green one, which underwent a radical shortening exercise on the day of our final A-level exams in the form of a head-on with a Transit.  Surprisingly, none of the unbelted occupants was killed utterly to DETH.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 21, 2017, 02:10:28 pm
Our first family car was a bright red Triumph Toledo - K-reg, which the internet tells me means it was new in 1971. My abiding memory of that car is my legs being welded to the black plastic seats when making the schoolboy error of wearing shorts on a hot day.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: caerau on March 21, 2017, 05:08:29 pm
Pfft, you think you had problems.  My Dad had a Simca  :sick:


(ah the fond memories of trying to sit on its plastic seats in shorts when it had been sat in the sun all day  :jurek: 
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on March 21, 2017, 08:09:05 pm
Crash and Burn on iPlayer, a documentary about the turbulent career of Irish playboy racing driver Tommy Byrne.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on March 22, 2017, 01:37:52 pm
I was actually looking for post-1973 vehicular crimes,

Dare I ask ...  Why??

I read it as looking for such vehicular crimes as were later represented by the Morris marina or Austin Alegro......
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 22, 2017, 02:11:40 pm
Last episode of the current series of Inside No.9 last night was an absolute corker - not least because Peter Kay got brutally murdered in the opening minute.

Also starred Felicity Kendal and Fiona Shaw, both brilliant. Many laughs.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on March 24, 2017, 11:54:21 am
I was actually looking for post-1973 vehicular crimes,

Dare I ask ...  Why??

I read it as looking for such vehicular crimes as were later represented by the Morris marina or Austin Alegro......

I remember the tag-line for the Morris Ital (basically the Marina completely restyled by the ITAL design studios to look exactly like the Marina it replaced) was "More Espresso than Allegro", which was by far the best thing about it.

Which excited young boy could fail to be disheartened by the new Morris speeding through the showroom doors to the shouts of, "It's a f***ing Marina!" *

I once owned a Hillman (Rebadged Talbot) Avenger Estate.  The sound of it rusting would keep me awake at night.

EDIT.  Found this.... it's actually worse than I remember... THE NEW ITAL (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkoEQeJu7x8)

Oh shit....it gets worse.. British Leyland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm1aJx45F6k)  At the end it's like he's answering the question, "What are the worst cars you can name in 5 seconds?"
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on March 24, 2017, 12:33:15 pm
The cars were crap but the advert was a corker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=265yh7UmF0w)...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: TheLurker on March 31, 2017, 06:38:25 am
I remember the tag-line for the Morris Ital (basically the Marina completely restyled by the ITAL design studios to look exactly like the Marina it replaced) was "More Espresso than Allegro", which was by far the best thing about it.
My second car was an Ital.  Looked nothing like the Marina, it had a much fatter arse. :)

Awful, awful, _awful_ car.  All the road holding and cornering ability of an unballasted oil tanker in a gale and with a fuel consumption to match.  At 60mph you could see the fuel gauge needle dropping like a stone and despite the fact it had a 1700cc engine you really, really didn't want to try driving it any faster.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on March 31, 2017, 08:46:20 am
The gear box was interesting as well. A massively long gear stick that your waggled about with the hope that you could find the correct gear in there somewhere.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 04, 2017, 09:49:54 am
I missed that there was a new series of Robot Wars until a few days ago, dammit. Luckily it's all available on iPlayer. I do like Robot Wars. It's very silly, and the camera seems to spend too long focused on the crowd rather than the action (although it's much better than the last series in that respect) but sometimes it is genuinely thrilling. This week featured a grudge match between the champions of the last series, Apollo, and the runner-up, Carbide. Both robots have been upgraded since the last series and it made for some spectacular action. Also: Angela Scanlon. Sigh.

Also enjoyed the first episode of the new adaptation of Decline & Fall on Friday. Some reviews have been a bit sniffy about it, but it's so long since I read the book that I don't really have any preconceptions. And I laughed a lot. I now want to read the book again.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 07, 2017, 08:47:02 pm
Prime Suspect 1973

Period detail nostalgia aside, did you think it was any good?

I didn't.

I'm sort of liking it but don't like the message that having Cracker's DS Penhaligon playing Jane Tennison's Mum is sending me, which is that I am Old.

Well, that went off at right-angles to the book in the final episode, such as having someone completely different wot done the murderin' and having Kath return as a live D/C instead of a dead lesbian ???
Title: Re: Television tonight, what's worth watching
Post by: TheLurker on April 08, 2017, 09:02:27 pm
Dunno when, but soon(ish).  Another chance to have your assiduously repressed memories of bri-nylon shirts with massive collars brutally dragged into your conscious mind.  Yes,  "Life on Mars" is being broadcast again.  Freeview 20 (Drama).

Advertised in a trailer for new season's programmes a few days ago.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 10, 2017, 01:19:04 pm
Prime Suspect 1973

Period detail nostalgia aside, did you think it was any good?

I didn't.

I'm sort of liking it but don't like the message that having Cracker's DS Penhaligon playing Jane Tennison's Mum is sending me, which is that I am Old.

Well, that went off at right-angles to the book in the final episode, such as having someone completely different wot done the murderin' and having Kath return as a live D/C instead of a dead lesbian ???

Its all a lesson in concentrating on the job in hand innit?

If the Guv'nor had concentrated on doin a proper murder investigation in the first place, he would have got the result he wanted without the minor inconvinience of getting Blowed Up Sir!

Or something like that.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on April 10, 2017, 04:35:45 pm
Must be said that the book of Prime Suspect is one of the dullest I've ever had the misfortune to read.  Zero suspense, zero plot twists, zero imagination.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on April 10, 2017, 04:50:39 pm
Also enjoyed the first episode of the new adaptation of Decline & Fall on Friday. Some reviews have been a bit sniffy about it, but it's so long since I read the book that I don't really have any preconceptions. And I laughed a lot. I now want to read the book again.

Very amusing.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on April 10, 2017, 05:12:37 pm
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 10, 2017, 05:54:31 pm
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.

Too Canadian for your tastes?
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Post by: citoyen on April 10, 2017, 07:23:00 pm
Here, Pharti, you'll enjoy this:
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/apr/09/eric-monkman-monkmania-takes-twitter-by-storm-ahead-of-university-challenge-final
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 10, 2017, 10:00:26 pm
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.

IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES WOLFSON MONKMAN SPEAK IN CAPITAL LETTERS?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on April 11, 2017, 09:56:51 am
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.

IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES WOLFSON MONKMAN SPEAK IN CAPITAL LETTERS?
AND DOES HIS VOICE ALWAYS GO UP AT THE END OF EVERY SENTENCE??
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 11, 2017, 09:58:50 am
Not so much an interrogative inflection as an incredulous accusation - like he wants to add the words "ARE YOU MAD?" after every answer.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on April 11, 2017, 10:37:06 am
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.

Too Canadian for your tastes?

Remember Emmanuel Guttenplan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsnwwcc7sw)?  He had an endearing geek chic that Monkman could never pull off. 

The whole final annoyed me tbh.  Two all-male Oxbridge teams, of which only 1.25 looked like they had either any style or any chance of getting laid.  Cosgrove was the 0.25 there, and he was the only one on the Wolfson team who could carry the torch for British manhood, because Chaudhri, the other home student on his team, looked and sounded like he'd had his charisma surgically removed at birth.  Okay, I recognised a bit of myself in him.  Well I wouldn't want to be on a team - or in a world - with four of myself.  Ewww.

Also, Wolfson beat SOAS (who are always, by definition, cool) and Emmanuel (who can hold their heads high because they all have lives but not dandruff, which is more than Wolfson can say), so I'm biased against them by now.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 11, 2017, 10:50:22 am
Remember Emmanuel Guttenplan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsnwwcc7sw)?  He had an endearing geek chic that Monkman could never pull off.

Yes, he was good. Neither were as good as Corpus Christi Trimble though.

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Two all-male Oxbridge teams

Purely a coincidence, surely?  ;)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: yoav on April 11, 2017, 10:52:50 am
It's about time UC stopped giving every oxbridge college a separate entry.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on April 11, 2017, 10:58:21 am
Remember Emmanuel Guttenplan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsnwwcc7sw)?
I loved Guttenplan's "it wasn't a guess" retort to Paxo...

(I think I got only two questions right last night that none of the contestants did - the Dr Seuss one, which was a little bit of guesswork, and the SNOB one.)  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 11, 2017, 06:25:43 pm
WOLFSON MONKMAN didn't help matters by a shedload of incorrect interruptions.  I larrffed.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob W on April 11, 2017, 07:00:51 pm
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.

Too Canadian for your tastes?

Remember Emmanuel Guttenplan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsnwwcc7sw)?  He had an endearing geek chic that Monkman could never pull off. 

(Tenuous claim to fame alert:) Do I ever; he beat us in the semi-finals that series. Both he and Jenny Harris were terrifying quizzers, though gauche as all fuck and utterly without social skills.</notbitter> He does seem to have mellowed slightly these days (fuck, is it really the best part of a decade now!?)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on April 11, 2017, 09:28:13 pm
Car Share. The section with the cyclist is inspired - we've all been there - the epilogue is hilarious. Also the Shaun Ryder Rehab Centre :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on April 11, 2017, 10:00:43 pm
(A week) tonight - new series of Veep on Sky Atlantic.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on April 11, 2017, 11:18:57 pm
Car Share. The section with the cyclist is inspired - we've all been there - the epilogue is hilarious. Also the Shaun Ryder Rehab Centre :thumbsup:
That cyclist looked like about 300 cyclists I know, and I only know 301.  Yes including the females.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on April 12, 2017, 09:26:07 am
It's about time UC stopped giving every oxbridge college a separate entry.

Yes how do they get away with that? Other universities are collegiate eg York and Durham and they don't get to enter one team per college.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on April 12, 2017, 09:45:43 am
The UC final.  Please, please let Monkman lose.

Too Canadian for your tastes?

Remember Emmanuel Guttenplan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZsnwwcc7sw)?  He had an endearing geek chic that Monkman could never pull off. 

(Tenuous claim to fame alert:) Do I ever; he beat us in the semi-finals that series. Both he and Jenny Harris were terrifying quizzers, though gauche as all fuck and utterly without social skills.</notbitter> He does seem to have mellowed slightly these days (fuck, is it really the best part of a decade now!?)

For some reason, Manchester vs Emmanuel 2010 is evading me on Youtube.

When I was on for York we got beaten by UCL, who got as far as the semis - despite being a bunch of smugly annoying nerds who spent waaaaay too long over their questions (grumble grumble).  Then a few years later, I was associated with KCL through work, and switched on one night to see the Kings team beaten by the exact same score we'd lost by.    I then switched over to Only Connect, only to see Karran, the UCL captain who'd beaten us, winning.  It was all too much - I switched off and went to bed.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 12, 2017, 10:06:01 am
One of the major disappointments in my life is that my university career coincided with the gap between the old version finishing and the new version starting.

But it's probably for the best.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on April 12, 2017, 10:09:27 am
It's about time UC stopped giving every oxbridge college a separate entry.

Yes how do they get away with that? Other universities are collegiate eg York and Durham and they don't get to enter one team per college.

It's Oxbridge and that's it really. different rules apply to them
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob W on April 12, 2017, 10:38:43 am
For some reason, Manchester vs Emmanuel 2010 is evading me on Youtube.

Feast your eyes: https://youtu.be/wW5JBWflH3w

(I'd forgotten quite how horrendous that match was; forever fractions of a second behind Guttenplan... At least we pulled back from a disastrous first half to a reasonable score by the end.)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on April 12, 2017, 10:59:04 am
It's about time UC stopped giving every oxbridge college a separate entry.

Yes how do they get away with that? Other universities are collegiate eg York and Durham and they don't get to enter one team per college.

It's Oxbridge and that's it really. different rules apply to them

Is having multiple teams on UC some sort of compensation for a degree from Oxbridge no longer being a guarantee of a job running a fairly large portion of the Empire?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 12, 2017, 06:51:03 pm
A more prosaic explanation is that Oxbridge colleges still do teaching at college level.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on April 13, 2017, 12:11:36 pm
... and they know a helluva lot more useless stuffs.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on April 13, 2017, 07:59:50 pm
Here, Pharti, you'll enjoy this:
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/apr/09/eric-monkman-monkmania-takes-twitter-by-storm-ahead-of-university-challenge-final

I missed all this on the telly-box, but luckily twitter is full of stuff like this:

https://twitter.com/kejohnstonx/status/851517897881026561
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 18, 2017, 09:18:01 pm
I know it was last night but, Broadchurch.
Olivia Colman's rage face.
'Kin 'ell.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 19, 2017, 11:24:14 am
Every face Olivia Colman made, come to that.  She's just (hunts for suitable adjective but fails to find one).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on April 28, 2017, 02:10:46 pm
Downloadable any night-Murder in Successville

DI Sleet is the head of CID in Successville, a town populated by celbrities who fulfill a wide range of roles (The last one I watche, Paloma Faith worked in a bar frequented by ladies of negotiable affection, Jamie Oliver and Jonathan Ross were members of an exclusive Gentlemans Club.

Anyhoo, Sleet gets given a new sidekick each episode (Martin Kemp, Richard Osman etc.) as new recruits and the fun starts there. It follows a plot line but seems to be mainly improv. Makes me and Mrs F laugh out loud.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on April 28, 2017, 03:04:51 pm
Caught some of Bigheads last weekend. Like a cross between It's A Knockout and Stars In Their Eyes. My son and I found it hilariously funny... for about five minutes. Unfortunately, it's a pretty one-dimensional gag and once you've seen it, you've seen it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 03, 2017, 01:04:43 am
I have not long ago learned that Amazon Prime are doing a televisual version of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" - first episode released into the wild on May 1st.  Miss von Brandenburg says there's loadsa killin's, and very graphic ones at that.  Apparently it's to be spread over three seasons.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on May 03, 2017, 03:57:07 pm
Every face Olivia Colman made, come to that.  She's just (hunts for suitable adjective but fails to find one).

She is indeed. The first thing I saw her in was Green Wing. She was superb. As were, I have to say, all of the cast.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on May 05, 2017, 10:10:36 am
A more prosaic explanation is that Oxbridge colleges still do some teaching at college level.
FTFY

To my mind, it's perfectly fair for each Oxbridge college to have its own team - they still have to qualify for the main draw, and the pool of talent is obviously that much smaller when comparing say, (my alma mater) Sidney Sussex's 400 students with the University of Manchester's 40,000.  I'm not sure I agree with postgraduate students competing, though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 05, 2017, 07:02:45 pm
Not to mention that time a few years ago when the Open University fielded a team made up of former winners of Brain Of BRITAIN and similar.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on May 06, 2017, 12:32:27 pm
Television tonight, whats worth watching?

Last night's HIGNFY - if you like recumbent magazines, that is.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 06, 2017, 12:37:40 pm
Television tonight, whats worth watching?

Last night's HIGNFY - if you like recumbent magazines, that is.

Tenuous Claim To Fame #6735; I used to be editor of its predecessor and have had articles in the last two issues.  I ate'nt seen it yet (waiting for the 12" extended remix version) so cannot tell you whether my prose has been rendered furtherly DETHless by being quoted on National Television.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 06, 2017, 02:02:53 pm
Tenuous Claim To Fame #6735; I used to be editor of its predecessor and have had articles in the last two issues.  I ate'nt seen it yet (waiting for the 12" extended remix version) so cannot tell you whether my prose has been rendered furtherly DETHless by being quoted on National Television.

I'll be straight with you, they aren't kind to recumbent cyclists.

But then nor are most normal cyclists, so I expect you're used to it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 06, 2017, 07:16:37 pm
New series of Welsh Scandi noir wannabe Hinterland on BBC4 starts tonight.
Pingu will be delighted ::-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on May 08, 2017, 01:42:08 pm
Now on IPlayer - Classic Albums. Carly Simons No Secrets (You're So Vain was the hit). Some great playing and engineering from a time when those skills counted.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on May 08, 2017, 05:42:34 pm
Now on IPlayer - Classic Albums. Carly Simons No Secrets (You're So Vain was the hit). Some great playing and engineering from a time when those skills counted.

I watched that, it was really good. I love it when they give you an incite into the production. I love 70s production as well, a much better sound than a lot of modern stuff, and as for 80s production  :sick:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on May 08, 2017, 05:43:01 pm
Tonight is episode 2 of American Gods. I am quite excited.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 11, 2017, 07:30:58 am
Forgot it was King Charles III on telly last night. Tried and failed to get tickets to see it in the West End last year. Was looking forward to the chance to see it on telly, will have to iplayer it.

Anyone see it?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ham on May 11, 2017, 08:44:32 am
Yes, quite enjoyed it. Was amused by the iambic pentameter, and the (assumed deliberate) shaping from Shakespeare. Diana as Lady Macbeth was particularly amusing. Inspiration taken from pretty much all the historics, from Julius Caesar through to Lear, and some of the comedies.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: asterix on May 11, 2017, 11:36:58 am
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Diana as Lady Macbeth
:o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ham on May 11, 2017, 11:51:27 am
OK, with a bit of Banquo thrown in  ;D
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ham on May 11, 2017, 12:05:07 pm
To be fair, Kate shared the Lady Macbeth role, but she had a bit more Goneril thrown in, and she wasn't a ghost.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 11, 2017, 02:04:22 pm
Sounds good. Will definitely catch up with that.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on May 12, 2017, 12:31:52 am
Gold are rerunning The Fast Show. Bloody genius!

Python for the 90s or its own special brand?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 12, 2017, 12:47:50 am
Gold are rerunning The Fast Show. Bloody genius!

ITYM.. Brilliant!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 15, 2017, 03:49:50 pm
Yes, quite enjoyed it. Was amused by the iambic pentameter, and the (assumed deliberate) shaping from Shakespeare. Diana as Lady Macbeth was particularly amusing. Inspiration taken from pretty much all the historics, from Julius Caesar through to Lear, and some of the comedies.

Watched it last night. Excellent. You're right, it is very Shakespearean. Superb performance from Tim Pigott-Smith.

It does show signs of having been cut for TV, especially in the ending, which felt a bit rushed. Really sorry I missed it in the West End.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on May 16, 2017, 12:18:27 pm
Car Share. The section with the cyclist is inspired - we've all been there - the epilogue is hilarious. Also the Shaun Ryder Rehab Centre :thumbsup:

I have only just started watching Car Share on catchup. Haven't seen that episode yet but last night watched the one where they bunk off for a day to a safari park. Mrs Pcolbeck couldn't breath for laughing.
All the ones I have seen so far are good. So well observed and make you smile a lot but not laugh out loud. The last five minutes of the safari park episode though was side split-tingly funny.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on May 16, 2017, 10:02:35 pm
Bit late to the party but 'Little Boy Blue' is a powerful four parter about the murder of Rhys Jones in Liverpool around 10 years ago. If you missed it ITV Player should have all four episodes on demand. Recommended.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on May 19, 2017, 12:39:15 am
Three Girls.  :'(

Fuck! That was tough to watch.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 19, 2017, 07:09:08 am
Tough, but worth it.

It has got some incredible reviews.  I'd suggest perhaps reading the comments on many of them with caution tho.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 30, 2017, 04:46:07 pm
We've been watching a fascinating thing on C4 - "The Trial: A Murder In The Family" - a fictional court case tried by real barristers with a real jury. Not the kind of thing I'd normally watch but it was strangely gripping, and horribly reminiscent of my own experience of serving on a jury. Well worth catching up with if you missed it:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-trial-a-murder-in-the-family/episode-guide/

After the trial was over, they revealed what had actually happened - my own verdict was the correct one, of course.  :smug:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 22, 2017, 08:23:11 pm
Ian Hislop is doing a thing tonight about immigration in Victorian times, BBC2, 2100.
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Post by: bobb on June 24, 2017, 10:52:09 am
Ian Hislop is doing a thing tonight about immigration in Victorian times, BBC2, 2100.

I just iPlayered that. What a brilliant documentary...
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 24, 2017, 03:41:51 pm
And what a festering sore Katie Hopkins is.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on June 27, 2017, 03:34:00 pm
We're catching up on The Night Of at the moment. It's very good, but almost unbearably tense. I still haven't made up my mind if he did it or not, and I suspect it's not going to get much clearer in the remaining episodes...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on June 28, 2017, 01:04:40 pm
We're catching up on The Night Of at the moment. It's very good, but almost unbearably tense. I still haven't made up my mind if he did it or not, and I suspect it's not going to get much clearer in the remaining episodes...

OK, well it did kind of get clearer...

As an exposition of the complexities and ambiguities of the criminal justice system, and a philosophical treatise on notions of guilt and innocence, it's well worth watching. I didn't see the original British series on which it is based - Criminal Justice - but I imagine it's very different, given the differences in the way American courts work, and conditions in American prisons.

Definitely not recommended for people who like 'happily ever after' endings.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Basil on July 09, 2017, 09:32:28 pm
Well, you've just missed it, but Wolf Works on BBC 4 tonight was just stunning.  If you're not sure if you like modern dance or ballet, try this.  I hope it will be available on iPlayer soon.
The ballet is in three acts based on the works and life of Virginia Woolf.  The first is one of the most poignant things I have ever seen as Woolf and her younger selves inside work together.  Grit in my eye.
The second act, based on her novel Orlando, a gender and time bending romp, is so busy it's hard to keep up with what is going on in all parts of the stage at once.  Sometimes you forget whether a particular performer is male or female, and then you realise that Hey, that's not important right now.  The finale to this act is just stupendous.
The third act, Tuesday, deals with her life, breakdowns and eventual suicide, interwoven with another of her works (I have to admit that I'm not sure which).  Again, stunning, busy and modern.  Men lifting men, women lifting women.  This is what we want.  No boundaries.

Very very highly recommend.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 06, 2017, 06:08:10 pm
Mitchell & Webb fans may be interested to know their new series: Back, starts tonight on C4.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on September 21, 2017, 11:30:42 am
The other night saw Electric Dreams on Channel 4, the first of 10 stand alone adaptations of Phillip K Dick stories. Episode one was The Hood Maker, a story about a future society where telepaths (teeps) seem to be at odds with the world?

Anyhow, ep1 stars features Richard Madden (Rodd "The King in the North" Stark) and Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott- the secretary come trainee private dick in Strike) and I enjoyed it. Looking at the IMDb listings, some big names will feature in future episodes.

Eletric Dreams IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5711280/?ref_=tt_ov_inf)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on September 22, 2017, 10:17:05 am
I thought that was pretty good (although I have watched Ms Grainger far too recently in her other role!).

I've seen much much worse sci-fi on telly, so I'm pretty optimistic about the rest of the series.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 22, 2017, 11:06:21 am
Watched Season 2 of The Expanse with my son. Since until a week ago he lived in Edinburgh, this was a rare indulgence. It didn't disappoint. Nobody says "Go fuck yourself" like Shohreh Aghdashloo
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on September 30, 2017, 08:25:17 pm
Continued Monday I think, but we’ve been away and just watched the first episode of a programme on BBC4 - The Vietnam War. Superb.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ruthie on September 30, 2017, 08:38:41 pm
On i-Player, but very good - Hypernormalisation.  Scary stuff mind.  Donald Trump's in it.  So is Patti Smith.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on October 02, 2017, 07:26:26 am
Watched Season 2 of The Expanse with my son. Since until a week ago he lived in Edinburgh, this was a rare indulgence. It didn't disappoint. Nobody says "Go fuck yourself" like Shohreh Aghdashloo

Love that series. Books are worth reading too.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on October 02, 2017, 07:28:49 am
Spent most of the Sunday with the sniffles and binge-watched Line of Duty Season 4.
Cringed when Hastings said "Darling" and knew it was a set up for later, but otherwise enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: David Martin on October 15, 2017, 10:14:35 pm
Electric Dreams has been good. A series of Philip K Dick short stories that are somewhat pushing the thinking about conciousness and reality. Enjoyed tonights.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on October 19, 2017, 04:51:18 pm
Been binge watching Rellik on iPlayer while Daniel has been feeding and sleeping (I'm on Shared Parental Leave atm).  I can see it being quite confusing if you watched it as broadcast, with a week between episodes, but it's great watched as-one.  It's a really interesting concept - the reverse chronological narrative is surprisingly suspenseful.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Auntie Helen on October 19, 2017, 05:22:11 pm
I gave up halfway through the second episode, it irritated me too much.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on October 21, 2017, 08:14:18 am
I gave up halfway through the second episode, it irritated me too much.
Your loss...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on October 23, 2017, 12:38:54 am
So, is anyone watching Game of Attempting to Blow Up Thrones?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on October 23, 2017, 01:28:01 pm
We've just this weekend finished the first series of David Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix. Very good.

Avoids the usual torture porn aspect of many serial killer dramas, instead it's mostly talking - and all the better for it. Pretty much all the men in it are thoroughly appalling, even the good guys.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on October 23, 2017, 11:15:32 pm
We've just this weekend finished the first series of David Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix. Very good.

Avoids the usual torture porn aspect of many serial killer dramas, instead it's mostly talking - and all the better for it. Pretty much all the men in it are thoroughly appalling, even the good guys.

Really enjoyed it. Although I would put the the (leading) women in the same boat as the men.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Steph on October 24, 2017, 12:34:32 pm
Guilty pleasure...Vikings.
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Post by: ian on November 07, 2017, 08:35:02 pm
Watched Season 2 of The Expanse with my son. Since until a week ago he lived in Edinburgh, this was a rare indulgence. It didn't disappoint. Nobody says "Go fuck yourself" like Shohreh Aghdashloo

Love that series. Books are worth reading too.

I quite like it, and maybe it's just me, but I do find some of the acting a bit, erm, variable in quality. Which I find a bit jarring in these days of high-ish production values.
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Post by: Jakob on November 07, 2017, 08:59:27 pm
Yeah, it shows it's roots from time to time.  The SyFy channel normally makes pretty poor TV shows and it probably showed through a bit in season2. It took Bobbie Draper a long time to fit into her role.
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Post by: Kim on November 07, 2017, 09:45:42 pm
It feels like Babylon 5 with a less intricate storyline and much better special effects.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 08, 2017, 09:26:36 am
It feels like Babylon 5 with a less intricate storyline and much better special effects.

Where does that leave it on the internationally-recognised Big Pile Of Shit scale :demon:
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Post by: ian on November 08, 2017, 11:22:01 am
It is a bit Babylon 5y (oh, I confess, I watched 'em).

Anyway, I'm just starting on series 2. It's Nagata and Draper (who, I suppose may indeed improve) who're a bit annoying in the acting stakes – the other main characters mostly OK, Holden is played with sufficient self-righteous annoyance, Miller is still the best thing in it.

This said, the books take a long time to get anywhere...
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Post by: Riggers on November 08, 2017, 02:30:31 pm
Forget all that nonsense above . . .  The Detectorists is back on tonight at 10pm BBC4. Episode 1 of the 3rd series. Excellent!

Talking of 'excellent', so too was Motherland last night, on BBC2 at 10pm. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/11/07/motherland-reaches-similar-comedy-heights-fawlty-towers-review/
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Post by: Kim on November 08, 2017, 02:39:18 pm
On account of an interweb full of recommendations, I've just finished series 1 of The Good Place.

It's a sitcom made by USAnians, which is never a good start, but it's amusing enough, the episodes are short and sweet, and there's enough of a story arc to make it worth coming back to, though not really in a six-seasons-and-a-movie way.

At risk of spoilers, they didn't quite do the Surface Detail ending (or, for that matter, the Scooby Doo ending), but did set things up for a second season in an acceptable way.  I'm not ruling out the possibility of the Pleasantville ending quite yet.
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Post by: citoyen on November 08, 2017, 03:45:22 pm
We've got Motherland recorded to watch. Looks promising.

On the comedy front, I've also been enjoying Gameface, which is basically Roisin Conaty playing the same part she plays in Man Down but as the main character. I'm a big fan of her work. She's very funny. Also has Mrs Doyle as her mum.

Man Down is also back for a new series but I've not caught up with it yet.
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Post by: mattc on November 08, 2017, 04:04:14 pm
I rewatched the pilot of Motherland last week - great stuff. Very optimistic. (I only just found out that Sharon Horgan is on the writing team :)

Gameface is very good so far - which was nice, as I just cannot get Man Down.

But of course this is the best news of the week:

Forget all that nonsense above . . .  The Detectorists is back on tonight at 10pm BBC4. Episode 1 of the 3rd series.
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Post by: Nuncio on November 09, 2017, 09:16:05 am
Hurrah (Detectorists) and ditto (Motherland).
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Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 09, 2017, 02:24:46 pm
The Fight for Mosul (http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2017-11-07/fight-for-mosul-channel-4-how-it-was-filmed/) the other night.

Eye opening and thought provoking.
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Post by: Ruthie on November 09, 2017, 02:28:49 pm
I just watched ‘The Secrets of Slim People’ on All4 (or one of those C4 I-player thingies). It was really interesting. The most interesting thing for me was the very quick point they made at the end about happiness.
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Post by: Nuncio on November 09, 2017, 03:09:50 pm
The Fight for Mosul (http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2017-11-07/fight-for-mosul-channel-4-how-it-was-filmed/) the other night.

Eye opening and thought provoking.

That was powerful television. I've never been a soldier, let alone a soldier in war, but I think I've learned a little bit more what it might be like after watching that. Interesting that it's been through the eyes of the members of an Iraqi elite forces squad.
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Post by: citoyen on November 09, 2017, 03:31:59 pm
I rewatched the pilot of Motherland last week - great stuff. Very optimistic. (I only just found out that Sharon Horgan is on the writing team :)

Sharon Horgan, Graham Linehan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh, apparently.

Watched both the pilot and first episode last night. Laughed a lot. Diane Morgan is superb.
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Post by: Nuncio on November 10, 2017, 08:50:53 am
And Anna Maxwell Martin does comedy.  Who knew?
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Post by: hillbilly on November 10, 2017, 09:19:51 am
Detectorists is tonally different to most comedies at the moment, and is much the better for it.  It's with mixed feelings that this will be the last series.

(Gameface and Motherland are good, particularly the latter on strength of the first episode.  A decent batch of UK comedies at the moment, which when mixed with Arrested Development and Yes Minister on Netflix pretty much defines my mirth quota.  Despite watching the latest series, I honestly can't remember the last time I laughed out loud at Man Down).
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Post by: mattc on November 10, 2017, 07:15:26 pm
The stars/writers of Detectorists were on Front Row (R4, obvs) earlier this week. An interesting listen! Crook is an intriguing fellow and worth chatting to - it's sobering to think that without the much-loved undisputed* comedy classic "The Office", we probably wouldn't now have the Detectorists to enjoy.

Top Trivia - our heroes are actually doing real Detectoring during takes, with real Detectorers - & Crook has actually found a tiny piece of roman gold :)




*this probably is disputed - Ed
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Post by: Nuncio on November 11, 2017, 10:29:39 am
I hope Toby was with him and said 'What have you got?' when he stopped to dig it up.
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Post by: Riggers on November 14, 2017, 08:59:14 am
We've got Motherland recorded to watch. Looks promising.

On the comedy front, I've also been enjoying Gameface, which is basically Roisin Conaty playing the same part she plays in Man Down but as the main character. I'm a big fan of her work. She's very funny. Also has Mrs Doyle as her mum.

Man Down is also back for a new series but I've not caught up with it yet.

There was a 'pilot' of hers that played (last year? two year's ago?) which had her waking up, hair in disarray, make-up all over the place, next to a man she obviously couldn't recall from the night before, then making her way back home with only one shoe. Later she had to give a speech to her old school, which was hilarious. But the show never aired! A pity, and I now can't remember the name of it. It looked brilliant, and couldn't understand why there was never series from this.
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Post by: citoyen on November 14, 2017, 09:20:41 am
Watched ep1 of the new Howard's End adaptation last night. All a bit meh. The hair just isn't big enough. I re-read A Room With A View not so long ago and came to the conclusion that for any EM Forster adaptation to work it needs to include a young Helena Bonham Carter with massive hair. And it needs to have some backbone too, ie Judi Dench/Maggie Smith/Daniel Day Lewis/Anthony Hopkins/Vanessa Redgrave/Emma Thompson/Prunella Scales. I like Macfadyen but he's no Hopkins. Julia Ormond is pretty good though, probably the best thing in it.

Also: who thought it would be a good idea to basically give away the whole plot in the teaser for next week's episode?  :facepalm:
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Post by: citoyen on November 14, 2017, 09:23:55 am
There was a 'pilot' of hers that played (last year? two year's ago?) which had her waking up, hair in disarray, make-up all over the place, next to a man she obviously couldn't recall from the night before, then making her way back home with only one shoe. Later she had to give a speech to her old school, which was hilarious. But the show never aired! A pity, and I now can't remember the name of it. It looked brilliant, and couldn't understand why there was never series from this.

That sounds very much like the pilot for Gameface, which was on telly in 2014, apparently.
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Post by: Riggers on November 14, 2017, 12:42:05 pm
I think you might be right Citoyers, but, the Psychiatrist was played by the excellent Mike Wozniak, who's in 'Man Down', amongst other things. On the clip I've just seen advertising 'Gameface', they have the 'perpetually nervous' actor (Karl Theobald) from Green Wing, playing the part. Dunno why? Maybe Mike is contractually unavailable.

But . . . damn and blast, does this mean I've already missed the first episode!!?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 14, 2017, 12:51:00 pm
Jo Brand's doing a new series about cats and kittens which starts tonight.
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Post by: mattc on November 14, 2017, 01:03:29 pm
I think you might be right Citoyers, but, the Psychiatrist was played by the excellent Mike Wozniak, who's in 'Man Down', amongst other things. On the clip I've just seen advertising 'Gameface', they have the 'perpetually nervous' actor (Karl Theobald) from Green Wing, playing the part. Dunno why? Maybe Mike is contractually unavailable.

But . . . damn and blast, does this mean I've already missed the first episode!!?

BN: Yes. (in fact we might be on Ep3?? )
GN: Theobald is possibly the best thing in it (sorry mr Wozniak). And everyone in Green Wing should have a job for life :P

(GN-II: isn't all this shit on Catchpup these days? )
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Post by: Riggers on November 14, 2017, 01:21:38 pm
I think you might be right Citoyers, but, the Psychiatrist was played by the excellent Mike Wozniak, who's in 'Man Down', amongst other things. On the clip I've just seen advertising 'Gameface', they have the 'perpetually nervous' actor (Karl Theobald) from Green Wing, playing the part. Dunno why? Maybe Mike is contractually unavailable.

But . . . damn and blast, does this mean I've already missed the first episode!!?

BN: Yes. (in fact we might be on Ep3?? )
GN: Theobald is possibly the best thing in it (sorry mr Wozniak). And everyone in Green Wing should have a job for life :P

(GN-II: isn't all this shit on Catchpup these days? )

Yep! And Mark Heap can do no wrong in my book!
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Post by: citoyen on November 14, 2017, 01:39:27 pm
I think you might be right Citoyers, but, the Psychiatrist was played by the excellent Mike Wozniak, who's in 'Man Down', amongst other things. On the clip I've just seen advertising 'Gameface', they have the 'perpetually nervous' actor (Karl Theobald) from Green Wing, playing the part. Dunno why? Maybe Mike is contractually unavailable.

Wozniak would have been good as the psychiatrist but maybe too much overlap with Man Down? Karl Theobald is also excellent though.

Quote
But . . . damn and blast, does this mean I've already missed the first episode!!?

I've seen the whole series. Don't know if it's all been broadcast yet but it's all available to download from All 4.
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Post by: lahoski on November 15, 2017, 12:13:00 pm
Speaking of recent comedy series. Did anyone love Fleabag as much as I did?

New series currently filming, though it won't be broadcast 'til 2019. Hopefully the impending apocalypse will hold off until afterwards.
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Post by: Legs on November 15, 2017, 12:33:29 pm
Since the man himself subscribes to the belief that there should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure (https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/dave-gormans-modern-life-is-goodish/watch-online/?video=5187621383001), I'll come right out and say that I'm very much enjoying the new series of Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish on Dave.
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Post by: hillbilly on November 15, 2017, 12:51:37 pm
Speaking of recent comedy series. Did anyone love Fleabag as much as I did?

New series currently filming, though it won't be broadcast 'til 2019. Hopefully the impending apocalypse will hold off until afterwards.

You are not alone.  One of the best things on TV last year.

I think it's been picked up be Amazon, so it may be more difficult to catch the new series without a Prime subscription.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 15, 2017, 01:01:44 pm
Since the man himself subscribes to the belief that there should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure (https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/dave-gormans-modern-life-is-goodish/watch-online/?video=5187621383001), I'll come right out and say that I'm very much enjoying the new series of Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish on Dave.
Me too. The found poem he did the other week which included references to Take That had me in tears of laughter.
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Post by: lahoski on November 15, 2017, 03:36:10 pm
You are not alone.  One of the best things on TV last year.

I think it's been picked up be Amazon, so it may be more difficult to catch the new series without a Prime subscription.

Hopefully it'll be one of those co-production type arrangements and Auntie Beeb will still have broadcast rights.

"You know that thing when a guy sends you a text at two o'clock on a Tuesday night asking if he can come and find you and you've accidentally made it out like you've just got in yourself so you have to get out of bed, drink half a bottle of wine, get in the shower, shave everything, dig out some Agent Provocateur business, suspender belt the whole bit and wait by the door til the buzzer goes?"

BEST OPENING LINE EVERRRR.
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Post by: ian on November 20, 2017, 09:40:32 am
Was just getting into The Expanse (the acting seemed to get better) when it finished. Oh I hate that, but I remember that it's spread over about a bazillion books. Grumble.

Decided to watch the second series of Daredevil because I want to watch Defenders and it'll probably make no sense. For a superhero he gets beat up a lot. I'm worried he'll get a kicking from primary school kids in the next episode. Poor chap.
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Post by: citoyen on November 20, 2017, 10:58:53 am
Anyone else watching Howards End? I'm sticking with it, despite my reservations after last week's first episode but it all feels a bit flat. Leonard Bast is portrayed as a bit of a weed, which doesn't seem quite right to me. And the lack of big hair continues to disappoint.
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Post by: Legs on December 05, 2017, 09:55:29 am
Since the man himself subscribes to the belief that there should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure (https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/dave-gormans-modern-life-is-goodish/watch-online/?video=5187621383001), I'll come right out and say that I'm very much enjoying the new series of Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish on Dave.
Me too. The found poem he did the other week which included references to Take That had me in tears of laughter.
This week's episode (with the black cab) was truly inspired.  Gales of laughter at Legs Towers.
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Post by: Jakob on December 05, 2017, 06:45:01 pm
Legion. A Marvel TV series that isn't marvelly at all. Stranger Things for adults and has some really innovative stuff. Excellent writing, editing and very little fluff.
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Post by: mattc on December 05, 2017, 07:10:42 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09hlz8b  Volcano Expedition - by Willard Price*

Not sure why I watched this, as the title was not inspiring ... But volcanoes are brilliant, aren't they! So we watched these, and we learned stuff, and marvelled at stuff.

(If anyone watched the "epic" adventures of Bear Grylls clambering round a welsh quarry with Rob Brydon and thought "hmmm ... and?"; watch the first one of these. Some proper scary clambering about, and with an actual scientific purpose.   :thumbsup: )


*joke for 70s kids https://www.bookdepository.com/Volcano-Adventure-Willard-Price/9781782950219
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Post by: Kim on December 05, 2017, 07:14:26 pm
Legion. A Marvel TV series that isn't marvelly at all. Stranger Things for adults and has some really innovative stuff. Excellent writing, editing and very little fluff.

I really enjoyed it.  Some concentration required, but it neatly avoids the frustration of either the "is this reality?" trope, or turning the whole thing into a puzzle for the viewer.  May contain Pink Floyd or traces of Pink Floyd.
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Post by: Kim on December 05, 2017, 07:18:42 pm
*joke for 70s kids https://www.bookdepository.com/Volcano-Adventure-Willard-Price/9781782950219[/sub]

I think I read a whole shelf of those.  And all I can remember is that pumice floats and that tigers can swim.  I'm sure they weren't all buoyancy-related.  Oh, was there a witch doctor in one of them?  I'm sure it was problematic racial stereotypes all the way down, but that rings a bell...
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Post by: Tim Hall on December 05, 2017, 09:01:24 pm
I think the witchdoctor wasn't a real witchdoctor but a bent conservation worker dressing up to instill fear. Something like that anyway.  The scarier one was on some tropical island where The Baddy got his foot caught by a giant clam. And then the tide came in.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 06, 2017, 04:10:45 am
Did "Volcano Adventure" have a Scientist who had Been Hit on the Head as A Young Man and was thus prone to do silly things in the presence of molten lava?
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Post by: Legs on December 06, 2017, 11:00:10 am
Tiger Adventure was my favourite... I must have read it at least a dozen times.

Hardy Boys by the truckload, too.  How disappointed was I (my Wikipedia find of the day) to discover that Franklin W. Dixon is not a real, nor indeed individual, person! (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_W._Dixon)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 06, 2017, 11:27:28 am
*joke for 70s kids https://www.bookdepository.com/Volcano-Adventure-Willard-Price/9781782950219[/sub]

I think I read a whole shelf of those.  And all I can remember is that pumice floats and that tigers can swim.  I'm sure they weren't all buoyancy-related.  Oh, was there a witch doctor in one of them?  I'm sure it was problematic racial stereotypes all the way down, but that rings a bell...
Should I be ashamed to say I read all of those?
Not sure if they were full of racial stereotypes or not. White man always gets his animal, that's the sole memory I have of them.
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Post by: mattc on December 06, 2017, 12:18:16 pm
*joke for 70s kids https://www.bookdepository.com/Volcano-Adventure-Willard-Price/9781782950219[/sub]

I think I read a whole shelf of those.  And all I can remember is that pumice floats and that tigers can swim.  I'm sure they weren't all buoyancy-related.  Oh, was there a witch doctor in one of them?  I'm sure it was problematic racial stereotypes all the way down, but that rings a bell...

Should I be ashamed to say I read all of those?

Not sure if they were full of racial stereotypes or not. White man always gets his animal, that's the sole memory I have of them.
Probably - but I know I'm not ashamed  ;D I was only 11-ish

Floating pumice is a strong memory. The other thing was how hovercrafts can fly waaaaay above ground (cos Hal drove one off a cliff). Is that still true??

[70s non-PC horrors aside, I suspect they're quite edukashunal books. I probably learned a lot of interesting stuff without realising at the time. Hopefully slightly more than from the Harry Potter books! ]
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Post by: Legs on December 14, 2017, 10:53:09 am
Really getting into Witnesses: A Frozen Death on iPlayer.  Glad of the subtitles (it's in French) and completely flummoxed by it!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on December 14, 2017, 07:14:21 pm
We’ve been enjoying that too. Looking forward to the final episodes this weekend.

Missed the first series when it was on C4 so need to catch up with that too.
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Post by: Hot Flatus on December 14, 2017, 07:30:10 pm
The Punisher on Netflix.

Every bit as good as it sounds.
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Post by: Legs on December 15, 2017, 06:20:16 am
We’ve been enjoying that too. Looking forward to the final episodes this weekend.

Missed the first series when it was on C4 so need to catch up with that too.

Despite plot holes big enough to drive a bus-full of corpses through, it's grimly enjoyable tosh, isn't it?  One thing's for sure, I'd be pretty uneasy about being under a French witness protection scheme...
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Post by: citoyen on December 18, 2017, 12:17:18 pm
Despite plot holes big enough to drive a bus-full of corpses through, it's grimly enjoyable tosh, isn't it?  One thing's for sure, I'd be pretty uneasy about being under a French witness protection scheme...

I'd be pretty uneasy about being a French cop working on a witness protection scheme!

Did enjoy it on the whole, but was bothered by the high number of collateral fatalities. If Sandra had let Max and Justin know the identity of the killer as soon as she was given the name, it would have saved a few lives. Max seemed resigned to losing her job by the end of it, but Sandra really ought to be facing some kind of serious professional misconduct charge too.

(click to show/hide)

Anyway, Spiral to look forward to next...
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 18, 2017, 06:23:01 pm
The League of Gentlemen returns tonight for a three-night run.
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Post by: Legs on December 19, 2017, 10:32:47 am
Hmm, it all went a bit flat at the end, but it was good until ep 7, I thought.

Anyway, Spiral to look forward to next...

Not seen any of the previous series, but heard good things about this... Do you think it's likely to be understandable as a standalone?
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Post by: citoyen on December 19, 2017, 10:47:48 am
The League of Gentlemen returns tonight for a three-night run.

...brilliantly treading the fine line between comedy and tragedy. I thought it was superb.

(Although some of the best gags were hidden in the background - eg “let’s call a spayed a spayed” and Pamela Doove’s shipping forecast, both of which made me LOL. Also: ACRONYM - genius.)
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Post by: citoyen on December 19, 2017, 10:51:44 am
Anyway, Spiral to look forward to next...

Not seen any of the previous series, but heard good things about this... Do you think it's likely to be understandable as a standalone?

Don’t know, haven’t seen it myself. We’ve got series 1-4 on dvd to binge on over Christmas, so we’ll save S6 until we’ve done those (obviously need to get hold of S5 as well).

I believe Mr Larrington is the resident Engrenages aficionado.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 19, 2017, 02:06:12 pm
The League of Gentlemen returns tonight for a three-night run.

...brilliantly treading the fine line between comedy and tragedy. I thought it was superb.

(Although some of the best gags were hidden in the background - eg “let’s call a spayed a spayed” and Pamela Doove’s shipping forecast, both of which made me LOL. Also: ACRONYM - genius.)
I did wonder where the Pauline Campbell-Jones sketch was going until the very end.  I liked the two (very grown up) teenagers from the video rental shop trying to flog pirate DVDs that hadn't moved on since the original series.  And, of course, Chloe amd Radclyffe being even creepier than ever.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 21, 2017, 06:39:47 am
The third episode was really back on form, and the purpose of the photo booth was revealed.

The little scene on the railway platform at the end suggests to.me that there may be more specials, but no more full series.
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Post by: citoyen on December 21, 2017, 12:49:39 pm
I felt it went a bit flat after the first episode, but still had enough laughs to be worthwhile. Pretty obvious all along who was going to be behind the photo booth. The pathos of Pauline's storyline was quite poignant. Almost felt sorry for her in the end. Not so keen on the Edward and Tubbs storyline.

The scene on the station platform at the end was odd. Almost like they were saying, 'Yes, we know it's a bit shit but what did you expect?' I hope they don't bring it back again.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 21, 2017, 08:01:32 pm
Woo, Spiral / Engrenages starts again on the 30th Dec :)
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Post by: Jakob on December 22, 2017, 01:10:24 am
^Nice! Loved that series
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 30, 2017, 07:49:44 pm
Woo, Spiral / Engrenages starts again on the 30th Dec :)

Mobile switched off, phone disconnected, router unplugged in 3-2-1...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 31, 2017, 01:12:37 pm
If the reappearance of the late Pierre turns out to be anything than a one-off joke by the writer I shall be obliged to travel to France and shoot them in the face, with square bullets.  Only pausing to deliver Maitre Karlsson a new hairbrush.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 31, 2017, 03:27:25 pm
Oi! I ent watched it yet!
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Post by: ian on December 31, 2017, 06:11:18 pm
Quite enjoying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The first series was OK, the second a lot better. Far more pacey than often sludgy other Marvel adaptations for TV (Jessica Jones spent an entire season trying to imprison a bloke who obviously, given his special power, couldn't ever be imprisoned, Daredevil spends entire series being beaten up by old ladies, kittens, etc. and then fretting about it). I'm quite looking forward to the The Punisher though, on the grounds that he ought to just get on with the punishing as per the job description. It's on the list. Did plan to watch the follow-on from Stranger Things over the holidays but beer intervened.
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Post by: Torslanda on January 01, 2018, 07:06:09 pm
In a 'brainless entertainment' sort of way, the Red Bull Soapbox Races shown on Dave have been required viewing this Xmas.

If you missed them  - or never seen one - they're on UK TV Play catch up. And funny...
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Post by: pcolbeck on January 02, 2018, 09:34:27 am
In a 'brainless entertainment' sort of way, the Red Bull Soapbox Races shown on Dave have been required viewing this Xmas.

I like these too. I particularly like the way they get points awarded for the acting and show they put on before launching the soapbox down the course. There are some completely barmy ones.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 02, 2018, 09:53:27 am
Undecided about "McMafia".  For starters, it's not about Glaswegian gangsters at all, plus it smells strongly of "The Night Manager With A Russian Accent".
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Post by: Torslanda on January 02, 2018, 10:22:39 am
In a 'brainless entertainment' sort of way, the Red Bull Soapbox Races shown on Dave have been required viewing this Xmas.

I like these too. I particularly like the way they get points awarded for the acting and show they put on before launching the soapbox down the course. There are some completely barmy ones.

Quite seriously, it strikes me as remarkable that no one has been seriously injured given some of the 'bodgineering' going on. Maybe worth a thread of its own somewhere but surely yacf could come up with something capable of more than one run...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on January 02, 2018, 11:03:10 am
We finally watched all of Bancroft last night.

Actually we didn't't, they only showed 4 episodes. (out of 4  ??? )
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on January 03, 2018, 06:37:30 pm
Really getting into Witnesses: A Frozen Death on iPlayer.  Glad of the subtitles (it's in French) and completely flummoxed by it!  :thumbsup:

We’ve been watching this. Episode 3 a combine stops whilst harvesting. Next scene cops search the woods with trees in spring bud  ::-)

Edit: We both agreed it was unbelievable tripe and we had no empathy with the characters. Deleted.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ian on January 03, 2018, 07:24:29 pm
Taking a break from the land of Marvel, now on Supernatural series 10 (10!), which I found as a genuine shrinkwrapped DVD that I'd been trying to open since 2014. Normally I think most series should give up, but I'm minded that Supernatural should continue until Sam and Dean are bickering geriatrics is a rusting Impala juddering through Nowhere, Wyoming while listening to Journey.

Anyway, last night's fan-fic musical version of Supernatural in the girl's school made me splortchortle myself into an early bathroom break.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on January 05, 2018, 05:45:04 pm
Really enjoying La Casa de Papel, on Netflix.

Spanish heist drama, great acting and fantastic story.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 07, 2018, 02:03:04 pm
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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: hillbilly on January 08, 2018, 05:31:14 pm
Glow (Netflix).  5 hours of US comedy (10 episodes, 0.5hrs each) that is well worth watching because it is full of the chuckles.  Premise is the fictionalised creation of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (which was a real thing in the US) but it's really a story about the pursuit of fame.  It is well scripted, well shot (captures the 80s vibe) and well acted.

Have also been watching the latest Black Mirror (Netflix).  Don't believe the hype - I found this series disappointing on the whole.  It left me with the impression it is a concept that has run it's course, largely because it is beginning to cover similar ground to previous series, but in less interesting ways.  Only USS Callister and Hang the DJ really left an impression, but even those were middling.

Likewise Inside No. 9, which has come back on BBC2.  I really like this show, as it is often interesting and well written (Christine is one of my favourite TV episodes).  I didn't really click with the first episode of the new series though (too clever by half, being written in rhyming couplets) but am hoping future episodes will be better.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 17, 2018, 01:45:45 pm
I could easily of started a new thread but here seems a good place to pose the question: what should we watch next on Netflix?

So far we have watched all of Breaking Bad and think it was probably the best thing we have ever seen on the telly or at the cinema.  We also enjoyed the US version of House of Cards and started watching the most recent series but thought it was a bit slow, then Trump proved fact can indeed be stranger than fiction, then the Kevin Spacey controversy broke so we have dumped HoC.  Good Wife has proved to be excellent but is leaving Netflix at the end of the month so we have bought the final two seasons on DVD and will watch them whilst we are away in the caravan.

So what next on Netflix?  Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: hillbilly on January 17, 2018, 03:16:28 pm
Currently working our way through The Good Place on Netflix.  Premise is that Kirsten Bell is wrongly sent to a version of heaven run by Ted Danson.  It's forking good.

I'm also trying #metoo debating point Aziz Ansari's Master of None.  It's not really grabbing me though, as he's never as funny as he thinks he is. 

"End of the ****ing World" on the other hand (on Netflix and All4 - or 4Play as its known in my house) is very awesome.  Two disaffected youths ripping it up.  Chortles.  20mins an episode is well worth anyones time.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 17, 2018, 03:42:57 pm
Ok, thanks, good suggestions!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: andyoxon on January 17, 2018, 04:35:17 pm
on netflix...
Narcos is excellent.  3 seasons of gripping stuff.  Hard hitting at times.  You get used to the high spanish subtitle content.
Manhunt: Unabomber also very well done.
Stranger Things 1&2
Shooter 1&2 (based on the film) much better than expected

edit.  Breaking bad was the first thing I watched on Netflix - still the best I reckon.
'Better Call Saul' spin-off is very well done too.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Paul H on January 17, 2018, 05:07:55 pm
I only have Netflix for the winter months and binge, binge, binge.
Highlights for me have been
Stranger Things 1 & 2
Fargo - film and two series
Suburra - film
Wallander - the original not the BBC version
Godless - A western I was persuaded to watch and am glad I did
Orange is the new black - I've only watched the first series

Plenty of other stuff I've enjoyed and plenty where the first episode was enough. I've tried hard to like Peaky Blinders, mainly because I keep coming across the soundtrack, but i don't get it.



Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2018, 07:49:18 pm
Better Call Saul is superb. Possibly even better than Breaking Bad.

Ozark is good, in a similar vein.

Mindhunter is great.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 18, 2018, 07:37:32 am
We started on Better Call Saul but couldn’t get into it. I was wondering if we should try again.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ian on January 18, 2018, 09:01:52 am
Reminds me, I'm one of the 3,562 people left who has yet to see Breaking Bad. And I mean properly watch it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 18, 2018, 09:04:51 am
Reminds me, I'm one of the 3,562 people left who has yet to see Breaking Bad. And I mean properly watch it.

It is properly good.  The middle seasons lose it a bit but its still worth watching but it wraps up nicely.  Once we had finished watching it we suffered mild feelings of grief, I kid you not - pathetic I know.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ian on January 18, 2018, 09:11:23 am
It's not that I don't want to watch it, I just have commitment issues. It'll take months to watch them all.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 18, 2018, 11:24:07 am
It's not that I don't want to watch it, I just have commitment issues. It'll take months to watch them all.

It does.  You have to commit to sitting on your sofa for hours on end drinking your drink of choice and eating your snack of choice.  During the winter, whilst the weather is rubbish, we don't have a problem with this level of commitment.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 18, 2018, 11:28:09 am
Ah, OD, but you're not a jetsetting Tidy-Haired Thought Leader :demon:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ian on January 18, 2018, 11:41:25 am
With a limited attention span. I can't watch more than two hours of telev... oh look, a squirrel.

Maybe they could break it up into Powerpoint slides. Bullet point those plot elements.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 18, 2018, 11:45:17 am
Ah, OD, but you're not a jetsetting Tidy-Haired Thought Leader :demon:

Sometimes it helps to be as shallow as a puddle.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 18, 2018, 11:46:37 am
With a limited attention span. I can't watch more than two hours of telev... oh look, a squirrel.

I'm not noted for my ability to sit still for long but I can when it comes to Netflix, go figure...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 18, 2018, 12:44:33 pm
The second part of the BBC's Big Cats thing is on tonight. The footage is great, but the narration is dire. And Pete would like it to be known that the black-footed cat does not have the highest kill success rate of all cats at 60%. Pete manages to kill his glittery spider at least 90% of the time, and his catnip hedgehog about 80% of the time but sometimes he just licks it and gets too stoned to kill it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 18, 2018, 02:46:46 pm
Pete and a mate need to make a feline version of Breaking Bad where they buy a beaten up Winnebago and manufacture 100% pure synthetic catnip.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on January 29, 2018, 07:22:52 am
on netflix...
Narcos is excellent.  3 seasons of gripping stuff.  Hard hitting at times.  You get used to the high spanish subtitle content.

An update...

Yesterday afternoon we had time for a Netflix session. We tried MAD Men but after half an hour decided it wasn’t for us. Then we tried Narcos and enjoyed the first two episodes of Season 1. I think we’ve found our next fix!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on February 06, 2018, 02:31:17 pm
Horizon (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09rdg0z/horizon-2018-1-my-amazing-brain-richards-war) last night.  I think I might have got something in my eye towards the end. 
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2018, 03:46:41 pm
Yesterday I discovered http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-biggest-little-railway-in-the-world

It's got that tedious mission documentary style, but the fundamental eccentricity of the idea (like that James May programme with the 10 mile Hornby railway, but more ambitious) is pleasing enough that it's eminently watchable.  Confirms a few stereotypes about model railway enthusiasts and engineers... kind of thing that makes you proud to be British.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: LEE on February 06, 2018, 04:03:15 pm
Yesterday I discovered http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-biggest-little-railway-in-the-world

It's got that tedious mission documentary style, but the fundamental eccentricity of the idea (like that James May programme with the 10 mile Hornby railway, but more ambitious) is pleasing enough that it's eminently watchable.  Confirms a few stereotypes about model railway enthusiasts and engineers... kind of thing that makes you proud to be British.

A 1 hour program, stretched to (what feels like) a hundred 1 hour programs.

Every now and then I like to remind myself of the TV shows suggested, in a blind panic, by Alan Partridge.  Steve Coogan says he thought of the most ludicrous ideas he could.  A couple of decades later and they have either been made or sound like they could have been made....

Alan Partridge: [Opening a file] Right, OK. Shoestring, Taggart, Spender, Bergerac, Morse. What does that say to you about regional detective series?
Tony Hayers: There's too many of them?
Alan Partridge: That's one way of looking at it, another way of looking at it is, people like them, let's make some more of them. A detective series based in Norwich called "Swallow". Swallow is a detective who tackles vandalism. Bit of a maverick, not afraid to break the law if he thinks it's necessary. He's not a criminal, you know, but he will, perhaps, travel 80mph on the motorway if, for example, he wants to get somewhere quickly...
[Tony shakes his head]
Alan Partridge: Think about it. No one had heard of Oxford before Inspector Morse. I mean, this will put Norwich on the map.
Tony Hayers: Why would I want to do that?
Alan Partridge: Yep, fair point.
[He turns to another page]
Alan Partridge: OK, right. "Alan Attack!". Like the Cook Report, but with a more slapstick approach.
[Tony shakes his head again]
Alan Partridge: 'Arm Wrestling with Chas and Dave'.
Tony Hayers: I don't think so.
Alan Partridge: Pity, because they were very keen on that one. Right, now you'll like this... "Knowing M.E., Knowing You". I, Alan Partridge, talk to M.E. sufferers about the condition. You know, we intersperse it with their favourite pop songs, make it light-hearted, you know, give them a platform, you've got to keep the energy up, because...
[Tony shakes his head, horrified]
Alan Partridge: You don't like it? That's alright, that's OK... "Inner-City Sumo".
Tony Hayers: What's that?
Alan Partridge: We take fat people from the inner cities, put them in big nappies, and then get them to throw each other out of a circle that we draw with chalk on the ground.
Tony Hayers: [laughing and shaking his head] No, no, it's a bad idea.
Alan Partridge: Very cheap to make. Do it in a pub car park.
Tony Hayers: [laughing] No.
Tony Hayers: If you don't do it, Sky will.
Alan Partridge: Well, I'll live with that. Is that it?
Alan Partridge: Well, no, no, um... Cooking in prison.
Tony Hayers: [laughing] Oh, no.
Alan Partridge: Uh, uh... "A Partridge Amongst The Pigeons".
Tony Hayers: What's that?
Alan Partridge: Well, it's just a title, I mean... Erm... No, uh-uh-uh, opening sequence, me, in Trafalgar Square, feeding the pigeons, going "Oh God!"
Tony Hayers: [Holds his hands up] No, I'm sorry, no! Stop!
Alan Partridge: [Stammers] Erm, erm... Youth Hosteling with... Chris Eubank.
Tony Hayers: [laughs] No!
[a pause as Alan tries to think of something else]
Alan Partridge: Monkey Tennis?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on February 06, 2018, 04:22:25 pm
Yesterday I discovered http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-biggest-little-railway-in-the-world

It's got that tedious mission documentary style, but the fundamental eccentricity of the idea (like that James May programme with the 10 mile Hornby railway, but more ambitious) is pleasing enough that it's eminently watchable.  Confirms a few stereotypes about model railway enthusiasts and engineers... kind of thing that makes you proud to be British.

A 1 hour program, stretched to (what feels like) a hundred 1 hour programs.

I must admit, I used my standard documentary-watching technique of obtaining a video file and playing it back at accelerated speed.  (Thwarted somewhat by lack of subtitles- there's only so fast I can go while still following the audio alone.)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 07, 2018, 09:06:14 am
Yesterday I discovered http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-biggest-little-railway-in-the-world

It's got that tedious mission documentary style, but the fundamental eccentricity of the idea (like that James May programme with the 10 mile Hornby railway, but more ambitious) is pleasing enough that it's eminently watchable.  Confirms a few stereotypes about model railway enthusiasts and engineers... kind of thing that makes you proud to be British.

It was OK but a tad old fashioned. I think they should do an updated one where they have to electrify the whole line and run a model 225 full nine coach train down it at full scale speed :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ian on February 07, 2018, 12:23:41 pm
Then maybe with the train half the way down the line, the people running the railway could decide it's not profitable enough and wander off. After taking your wallet.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 07, 2018, 12:50:23 pm
Yesterday I discovered http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-biggest-little-railway-in-the-world

It's got that tedious mission documentary style, but the fundamental eccentricity of the idea (like that James May programme with the 10 mile Hornby railway, but more ambitious) is pleasing enough that it's eminently watchable.  Confirms a few stereotypes about model railway enthusiasts and engineers... kind of thing that makes you proud to be British.

It was OK but a tad old fashioned. I think they should do an updated one where they have to electrify the whole line and run a model 225 full nine coach train down it at full scale speed :)

I haven't watched the programme yet.  Was the Daily Mail being sold on the train?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on February 08, 2018, 12:52:10 am
I'm usually first in the queueueueueueueee... for docs like this. Anything with Dick Strawbridge and Claire Barratt is pretty much on the money, no?

In this case, no. Emphatically No. Just. No. It's only saving grace was it didn't feature Guy Martin. Because I like him, too . . .
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 08, 2018, 09:04:11 am
My main beefs with it were the ridiculous amount of fake jeopardy:

If we dont get this bit line laid in the next 10 minutes its all over

Well no obviously its not as if it is the rest of the program and all of the next episode is going to be a bit pointless isn't it.

Secondly they didn't actually run a train they ran a locomotive, a very nice one but a train needs at least one wagon or carriage and this had non not even a coal tender.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on February 08, 2018, 01:15:04 pm
They started off with a carriage, but gave up because it kept derailing.

Lack of testing on poorly-levelled track, I think.  The loco itself also suffered from being top-heavy.

What really impressed me was how poor a choice the emergency backup electric loco was.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on February 09, 2018, 10:06:30 pm
If you’ve not seen it, catch up with Derry Girls. Superb throughout.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: tiermat on February 10, 2018, 08:23:16 am
Back to OD's question.

Stick with Peaky Blinders, it does get good and the soundtrack is superb.
Narcos works very well, across all the series.
Black Mirror is variable, some good, some Meh.
Two series I have really enjoyed are:
La Casa de Papel and
Cable Girls
Both are in Spanish, but with English subtitles (the latter has both subs and has been dubbed, but they don't match, which annoyed me so I leave the original voice track on and use the subs)
For a good laugh, try Black Lightning, imagine Shaft, or Huggy Bear, as a superhero and you get the idea.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: essexian on February 10, 2018, 08:39:51 am
I loved "Biggest little railway in the world" whereas CBH hated it.  The answer to my question concerning attending the model railway event at the showground last weekend was met with a resounding "NO".  :facepalm:

Anyway.... X Files Series 11 Ep 1..... I mean, what the hell was going on there???? I watched the first 10 minutes not knowing what the hell was going on until I realised that they had done a "Dallas" on us...... borrowed from the Guardians match report  :thumbsup:  It was like the time in "Buffy" when they introduced Dawn.  ???  Talking about Buffy, isn't it about time Channel 5 or the like rerun the whole lot from the start? Thursday evenings are just not the same anymore.

Of course being a Fanboy I will watch the rest of the series but frankly, I think I no longer believe.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 10, 2018, 11:17:31 am
I was mortified to discover I missed 11X01 the other night.  Time for thee Download ov Dubious Provenance.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: ian on February 11, 2018, 06:51:30 pm
I had assumed the X-Files had died. Colour me corrected.

We rewatched all the Buffies the other year, which was awesome (my god, they're so young, it's a bit of a shock since the standard US movie school kid these days looks about 25). It's aged well.

Finally finished Iron Fist. Entertaining enough, though really for a immortal kung-fu warrior he's not very good at kung-fu. That's the problem with superheroes, if they were that super, well. Jessica Jones, I've no idea what her thing was other than she was a bit strong and not especially bright (really, your great plan is to get the police to imprison a man who has complete control over anyone he talks to). Luke Cage was a lot better, but of of course, being indestructible requires the tedious kryptoniting plot line. Daredevil is OK, though he should cheer up and stop getting beaten up. He doesn't just get beaten up by the bad guys, he gets beaten up by their grans.

Anyway, I can watch Defenders now and The Punisher.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Karla on February 11, 2018, 11:43:55 pm
Is anyone watching Requiem?  So far it's quite Wuthering Heights and very Turn of the Screw.


Back to OD's question.

Stick with Peaky Blinders, it does get good and the soundtrack is superb.

That mostly depends on how much you like Nick Cave!
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 12, 2018, 10:18:33 am
I've been enjoying Requiem a lot more than I expected!

It's all very well done, with lots of shots of nice welsh towns I've been to :) I'm always wary of "supernatural chillers"; so far they seem to have found the balance - everything is explicable by people just behaving understandably in bad situations, but there MIGHT be something else behind it all ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 12, 2018, 10:44:00 am
Requiem. Watched the first episode. Wife hated it but I thought it was OK. I would probably persevere with it if I didn't have a million other telly things to catch up on.

Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 12, 2018, 10:50:18 am
Did anyone watch the Lizzy Borden Chronicles?

Entertaining, although an awful lot of it seemed to be that the rich can get away with, well, murder.

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Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Ben T on February 15, 2018, 11:56:50 pm
Started watching requiem but found it a bit too arty farty for my liking. Too much reliance on "cool" camera shots and ominous silences.

Unlike "Trauma", watched the whole of, but equally shite. Not worth watching if you haven't already!
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Unlike "Collateral" which is so far really good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 16, 2018, 11:37:02 am
Unlike "Trauma", watched the whole of, but equally shite. Not worth watching if you haven't already!

I saw the first 10 minutes of that and found it extremely silly. And not in a good way. And it sounds like it went downhill from there.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 16, 2018, 03:51:07 pm
I loved "Biggest little railway in the world" whereas CBH hated it.  The answer to my question concerning attending the model railway event at the showground last weekend was met with a resounding "NO".  :facepalm:

Anyway.... X Files Series 11 Ep 1..... I mean, what the hell was going on there???? I watched the first 10 minutes not knowing what the hell was going on until I realised that they had done a "Dallas" on us...... borrowed from the Guardians match report  :thumbsup:  It was like the time in "Buffy" when they introduced Dawn.  ???  Talking about Buffy, isn't it about time Channel 5 or the like rerun the whole lot from the start? Thursday evenings are just not the same anymore.

Of course being a Fanboy I will watch the rest of the series but frankly, I think I no longer believe.

zOMG. Jumped the shark so long ago it appears to be fossilised..... and I hear tell Ms Anderson won't do another series, frankly the horse tranquilizers are somewhat overdue for this patient.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on February 16, 2018, 04:04:15 pm
“The young offenders”, a “Cork lads” version of “Derry girls” sort of.   BBC1 11.25pm
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 17, 2018, 09:40:18 pm
Started watching the 2nd series of Modus. The acting was abysmal. I gave up.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 17, 2018, 10:22:01 pm
Started watching the 2nd series of Modus. The acting was abysmal. I gave up.

Watching episode 3 right now but I think I’ve had enough of this nonsense. Yes, the acting is poor - FBI creep is especially bad. The awful script doesn’t help and the plot is beyond ridiculous.

Shame. I enjoyed the first series.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 18, 2018, 02:32:22 pm
S4 of "The Bridge" is due "late Spring", though, for all our poncey middle-class FOREIGN-language policical Funz.  Although I am a tad worried that the shark may have already been jumped with that one.
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 18, 2018, 02:50:49 pm
I don’t think the Bridge has got anywhere near as shark-jumpy as the US president being kidnapped yet.

We’ve finally got round to starting on Spiral - halfway through the first series so far. It’s very good. Still trying to get to grips with the French legal system though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 18, 2018, 03:16:31 pm
I have an urge to binge-watch Engrenages again, but Miss von Brandenburg says I need to binge-watch Borgen instead.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on February 18, 2018, 05:21:23 pm
We didn't see Modus S1, but the new one is quite intriguing (after 2 Eps!). Agree that the FBI creep character is just generally a feeble character, but there's plenty else going on.

Perhaps we're seeing this with fresh, unbiased eyes?  O:-)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 18, 2018, 07:11:35 pm
We’ve finally got round to starting on Spiral - halfway through the first series so far. It’s very good. Still trying to get to grips with the French legal system though.
I was saying to Pingu must make a point of never breaking the law in France.....
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 18, 2018, 09:50:05 pm
Turns out the new John Cleese sitcom is every bit as shite as it sounded when Humpty Dumphries interviewed him about it on the Toady programme the other day.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: StuAff on February 18, 2018, 10:31:10 pm
Turns out the new John Cleese sitcom is every bit as shite as it sounded when Humpty Dumphries interviewed him about it on the Toady programme the other day.
Was, wasn't it. A great cast wasted.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Pingu on February 19, 2018, 10:16:42 pm
...Still trying to get to grips with the French legal system though.

According to Spiral it runs on bureaucracy, back-stabbing, incompetence and corruption.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jaded on February 19, 2018, 11:45:37 pm
We are on Collateral. Episode 2 tonight. Shame we can’t binge watch, it’s rather good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Canardly on February 20, 2018, 09:55:02 am
Started watching La Mante on Netflix. Gripping stuff.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on February 20, 2018, 04:29:53 pm
The Art of Japanese Life on BBC 4 last night and now on iPlayer

It was part 1 last night and it was fantastic. Dr James Fox examining Japanese Arts relationship with nature. Fascinating and some beautiful art such as Tohaku's Pine Trees in fog.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on February 21, 2018, 04:57:36 am
I have an urge to binge-watch Engrenages again, but Miss von Brandenburg says I need to binge-watch Borgen instead.

I gave up halfway season 2 on Borgen.  This is as a Danish expat normally binge-watching anything like that.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on February 22, 2018, 11:18:33 pm
Missed it the first time round, Unforgotten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgotten) is being repeated on ITV3. Good plot captures you from the off, cast like a Who's Who of telly. Should be available on ITV catch up. Worth it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on February 28, 2018, 11:47:03 pm
Save Me, started today on Sky Atlantic with the whole series available to download. Billed as being from the creators of Line Of Duty but no Jed Mercurio involvement as far as I can tell. However, it is written by and stars the superb Lennie James. Also stars Suranne Jones (who I’m ambivalent about but she’s good in this) and Stephen Graham. Plus lots of other stock British actors you’ll recognise.

It’s very good. Complex but not so bonkers that it stretches credibility too far. I would say I’m enjoying it but I’m not sure that’s the right word, given the direction the plot is heading after three episodes...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: orienteer on March 01, 2018, 10:18:43 am
The Art of Japanese Life on BBC 4 last night and now on iPlayer

It was part 1 last night and it was fantastic. Dr James Fox examining Japanese Arts relationship with nature. Fascinating and some beautiful art such as Tohaku's Pine Trees in fog.

Saw this the first time round. His observations are spot on and deep.
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Post by: ElyDave on March 02, 2018, 08:05:02 pm
John Denver documentary on bbc4 right now
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Post by: LEE on March 03, 2018, 12:26:08 am
Turns out the new John Cleese sitcom is every bit as shite as it sounded when Humpty Dumphries interviewed him about it on the Toady programme the other day.

Have no urge to watch it as I simply assumed it was, like everything Cleese does now, an attempt to pay his alimony bill.
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Post by: rafletcher on March 07, 2018, 11:44:57 am
For those who enjoyed “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak, that was on BBC4 last year, PBS America is showing their take on WW2, entitled “The War”.

Oh, and Memento is on BBC2 tonight.
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Post by: mattc on March 08, 2018, 10:30:18 am
The other night saw Electric Dreams on Channel 4, the first of 10 stand alone adaptations of Phillip K Dick stories. Episode one was The Hood Maker, a story about a future society where telepaths (teeps) seem to be at odds with the world?

Anyhow, ep1 stars features Richard Madden (Rodd "The King in the North" Stark) and Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott- the secretary come trainee private dick in Strike) and I enjoyed it. Looking at the IMDb listings, some big names will feature in future episodes.

Eletric Dreams IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5711280/?ref_=tt_ov_inf)
So they've finally gotten round to showing the final 3 of these.

Autofac : very very good. :)  :thumbsup:

 Proper modern pacey, clever, witty, stylish SF; a league above the previous episodes (which I thought were mostly watchable but nothing special).
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Post by: Legs on March 09, 2018, 09:59:46 am
We got our fibre broadband connected yesterday ;D, so it was the first time we'd been able to watch All 4 without the infuriating buffering.  So we came late to the party with The End Of The F***ing World, which was darkly comic and comically dark.  I'm quite sure it's been mentioned upthread, but it's really excellent.  We've only watched 1 20min episode, but looking forward to the next opportunity to catch an instalment.
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Post by: pcolbeck on March 11, 2018, 10:50:58 am
Two great musical documentaries last night ob BBC4 and now on iPlayer:

Janis: Little Girl Blue

The life of Janis Joplin. Sad very sad. She comes across as a deeply troubled person. But what a voice !

The Joy of Rachmaninoff

Tom Service's documentary on the life and music of the Russian composer. I didn't know much about him so I found this really interesting.
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Post by: ian on March 13, 2018, 08:31:55 pm
Binged on the all the Grimms and now there's no more. Oh woes. While conceptually stupid, it was excellent. I, for one, had never realised Portland was so dangerous. No wonder they have such good beer there.

I am being made to watch Star Trek: Discovery now. I mostly don't like Star Trek because of their policy of crewing their ships with space-idiots. Apparently they're flying around the universe on a spaceship powered by fungal spores and navigated by an actual tardigrade.

And that is a sentence even I never thought I'd write.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 13, 2018, 09:48:40 pm
Looks up Grimm.
Oh dear.
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Post by: ian on March 14, 2018, 09:38:20 am
Trust me (which you should), it's as awesome. Of course, to fit with the more cerebral elements of this group, it's more a philosophical investigation of our internalized animal nature. Why, yes it is. And many throats get ripped out.
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Post by: Pingu on March 14, 2018, 08:06:34 pm
FurryBootToon on BBC4 tonight.
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Post by: ian on March 14, 2018, 09:40:04 pm
Apparently they're flying around the universe on a spaceship powered by fungal spores and navigated by an actual tardigrade.

I'm just writing this again because I enjoyed writing it so much the first time. Space mushrooms. I think the writers are having a laugh.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on March 15, 2018, 05:07:36 am
Jessica Jones Season 2.  Started of pretty well, but has now dug itself into a pretty big hole (episode 9 now). Tempted to skip an episode or 2.
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Post by: ian on March 15, 2018, 09:09:15 am
Jessica Jones Season 2.  Started of pretty well, but has now dug itself into a pretty big hole (episode 9 now). Tempted to skip an episode or 2.

I struggled with the first one tbh. I like the idea and the character but the execution. Firstly, I'm not really sure what her superpower is other than being 'a bit strong.' My wife can arm wrestle me into submission. Second, she spent an entire series trying to get Bad Guy to incriminate himself so the Vulnerable One could get out of her legal pickle. Fine, you may say. The problem was that Bad Guy did have an actual superpower, that being Ultimate Persuasion. So, he'd simply talk his way out of any fate that Jessica set up for him. In other words, he'd have to die. A fact that didn't seem to be recognised until the final episode. It might have worked in the shorter span of a movie, but over many episodes the lack of realisation started to jar. Oh ffs, just kill the git.
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Post by: citoyen on March 15, 2018, 10:35:37 am
Has anyone been watching Mum? BBC sitcom starring Lesley Manville getting used to life after the death of her husband. Also Peter Mullan as husband's best friend.

The first series was on in 2016 and passed me by, but we caught up with it on iplayer ahead of the new series starting a couple of weeks ago. It's interesting. Quite Mike Leigh-ish in lots of ways, but not as good as that makes it sound. All the 'action' is confined to the domestic setting and nothing much happens - they seem to spend most of each episode talking about something they're going to do rather than actually doing it - it's mostly about the relationships and subtexts. There's a strange mix of touching poignancy and rather broad humour - some of the characters are a bit crudely drawn - but it delivers more than the required quota of LOLs so well worth watching. The dead husband's parents are particularly funny.
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Post by: Nuncio on March 15, 2018, 01:07:48 pm
Not yet, but I've been meaning to give it a go after Tim Key recommended it

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To illustrate how behind I am with this show, I am recommending the first series even though the second series has just come out and everyone’s losing it about how good it is. Fortunately for me, they’ve popped series one on iPlayer to coincide with these new episodes. It’s a sitcom about a mum (Lesley Manville) keeping a family moving. It’s beautifully written (Stefan Golaszewski), with warm, authentic dialogue and vaguely ridiculous/moving scenarios. You might cry, but it’s also the funniest thing I’ve seen for a long time. And I’ve got nine episodes still in hand.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on March 15, 2018, 04:00:29 pm
Saw one episode a few weeks ago on iPlayer - the one with the birthday and the bootful of presents - and wasn't quite sure if I found it amusing or not.  Most of the  humour is to do with awkwardness (or, in Kelly's case, obliviousness to awkwardness).  I don't think I LOLled and I definitely didn't ROFL, but it's better than a lot of things on TV.
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Post by: mattc on March 15, 2018, 10:29:47 pm
It's consistently *quite* funny whilst also being very Sunday-tea-n-crumpets "nice" (this is the closest UK gets to Scandi Hygge (sp?!?) ).

The unrequited realtionship between
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At the complete opposite end of the comfort<>crazyviolence scale, Homeland continues to entertain. A really different approach to the FBI maverick agenty stuffs cliche  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on March 16, 2018, 09:09:30 am
We got our fibre broadband connected yesterday ;D, so it was the first time we'd been able to watch All 4 without the infuriating buffering.  So we came late to the party with The End Of The F***ing World, which was darkly comic and comically dark.  I'm quite sure it's been mentioned upthread, but it's really excellent.  We've only watched 1 20min episode, but looking forward to the next opportunity to catch an instalment.
Watched ep 3 last night  :o :o
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Jakob on March 19, 2018, 07:10:48 am
Jessica Jones Season 2.  Started of pretty well, but has now dug itself into a pretty big hole (episode 9 now). Tempted to skip an episode or 2.

I struggled with the first one tbh. I like the idea and the character but the execution. Firstly, I'm not really sure what her superpower is other than being 'a bit strong.' My wife can arm wrestle me into submission. Second, she spent an entire series trying to get Bad Guy to incriminate himself so the Vulnerable One could get out of her legal pickle. Fine, you may say. The problem was that Bad Guy did have an actual superpower, that being Ultimate Persuasion. So, he'd simply talk his way out of any fate that Jessica set up for him. In other words, he'd have to die. A fact that didn't seem to be recognised until the final episode. It might have worked in the shorter span of a movie, but over many episodes the lack of realisation started to jar. Oh ffs, just kill the git.

I don't necessarily disagree, but I liked both characters and thought that Jessica's super cynical one-liners were pretty good over all.

This series, however, was really poor and the actors are struggling with it as well.
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Post by: Nuncio on March 19, 2018, 01:20:04 pm
“The young offenders”, a “Cork lads” version of “Derry girls” sort of.   BBC1 11.25pm

I saw the first 2 or 3.  The gross-out parts were a bit too gross for me, but it was still very funny.  And I caught what I assume was the last in the series yesterday.  The Billy Murphy and the hijacked bus one. I found it very funny throughout, and the one gross-out moment was really quite sweet.
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Post by: Torslanda on March 19, 2018, 01:20:43 pm
I commend to the house - for the second time - the ITV series 'Unforgotten'.

The whole first series (2015?) is currently available on catch up and the second is being broadcast on Thursdays at 22:00 on ITV3.

I'm addicted and found it necessary to watch the episodes several times to find the links between the characters. Enjoyable. Like 'No Offence' without the dark humour.
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Post by: citoyen on March 24, 2018, 01:43:34 am
"Better Than The Original" tonight on BBC4. The history of the cover version and its role in popular music, packed with insightful analysis - it's all the better for focusing on ten intelligently chosen classic covers rather than just being a run through of the usual old favourites. Fantastic Friday night telly.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06n9q8y
(According to this link, it was actually first broadcast in 2015 but I must have missed it)

Worth watching for the contributions from Deborah Evans Strickland of Flying Lizards alone. Absolutely priceless. My favourite two lines of hers, delivered with exquisitely clipped deadpan poshness:
"I expect you're wondering why we did cover versions. I suppose one answer might be there are plenty of good ideas, why bother to have any more?"
"People may wonder why I speak the songs instead of singing them. The answer is really very straightforward. Um... Singing is more difficult."

I don't think I've ever truly appreciated before quite how brilliant their version of Money actually is. It's a masterclass in how a great idea can overcome a lack of talent.
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Post by: Hot Flatus on March 24, 2018, 05:28:53 am
I liked the other guy's comment about assuming she could sing like Tina Turner  ;D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 24, 2018, 08:19:12 am
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on March 24, 2018, 11:56:28 am
My wife keeps asking me when is the Bridge going to start again. Now I can give her a different answer to “I don’t know.”
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Post by: PeteB99 on March 24, 2018, 12:28:57 pm
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".

 :thumbsup:

Anyone been watching the current BBC4 offering set in the Copenhagen subway system?
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Post by: LEE on March 24, 2018, 01:12:42 pm
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

It's worth watching just to finally figure out which one is Dec.
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Post by: citoyen on April 06, 2018, 09:57:00 am
The City & The City, adaptation of China Mieville's book starring David Morrissey, starts tonight at 9pm on BBC2. I've been looking forward to this for over two years so it had bloody well better be good.
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Post by: mattc on April 06, 2018, 11:36:50 pm
The City & The City, adaptation of China Mieville's book starring David Morrissey, starts tonight at 9pm on BBC2. I've been looking forward to this for over two years so it had bloody well better be good.
So what did you think?

(How long until someone posts how much stuff they left out  ;D )

I've only read one Mieville book - or rather half of one. How shall I put this; it had a lot of interesting idea. And it wasn't this book.

I'm on the fence about tonight's opener ... I await "expert" reviews ... :)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 07, 2018, 01:31:31 pm
I know the feeling.  I struggled to reach the end of "Kraken" and Professor Larrington has lent me two more Miévilles, which have been sitting in the kitchen unattended for three months.
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Post by: citoyen on April 07, 2018, 03:53:14 pm
The City & The City, adaptation of China Mieville's book starring David Morrissey, starts tonight at 9pm on BBC2. I've been looking forward to this for over two years so it had bloody well better be good.
So what did you think?

(How long until someone posts how much stuff they left out  ;D )

I've only read one Mieville book - or rather half of one. How shall I put this; it had a lot of interesting idea. And it wasn't this book.

I'm on the fence about tonight's opener ... I await "expert" reviews ... :)

It looks like they've done a good job of interpreting the book and bringing it to life in a reasonably 'naturalistic' way. David Morrissey is good, as ever. Might need to watch the first ep again as I was very tired last night and not really concentrating on it, but it did seem a bit flat, not enough suspense (or is that just because I already know the story and how it ends?).

They seemed to work out the dead girl's identity too quickly, but I suppose that's a necessity when you've only got four episodes to cram everything into.
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Post by: Cunobelin on April 07, 2018, 06:08:24 pm
Not truly TV, but Amazon

"David and Olivia - Naked in Scotland"

This is a project by local actors fed up with the traditional routes and recorded this themselves

It shows...

The dialogue is far from smooth and it is a little rough around the edges, however I quite enjoyed it and it is refreshing partly because of this

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Post by: andrewc on April 11, 2018, 11:41:30 pm
The City & The City, adaptation of China Mieville's book starring David Morrissey, starts tonight at 9pm on BBC2. I've been looking forward to this for over two years so it had bloody well better be good.
So what did you think?

(How long until someone posts how much stuff they left out  :-D )

I've only read one Mieville book - or rather half of one. How shall I put this; it had a lot of interesting idea. And it wasn't this book.

I'm on the fence about tonight's opener ... I await "expert" reviews ... :-)

It looks like they've done a good job of interpreting the book and bringing it to life in a reasonably 'naturalistic' way. David Morrissey is good, as ever. Might need to watch the first ep again as I was very tired last night and not really concentrating on it, but it did seem a bit flat, not enough suspense (or is that just because I already know the story and how it ends?).

They seemed to work out the dead girl's identity too quickly, but I suppose that's a necessity when you've only got four episodes to cram everything into.


I've bought all of Mievilles stuff & enjoyed most of it, but a couple I've abandoned after the first few chapters. 


ISTR enjoying this one, and definitely finished it, but it was a while ago , so I don't remember the finer plot details


What I did enjoy in the first episode was the locations. It was filmed in Liverpools central business district where I work, and most of the exterior shots are very familiar.  I recognise some of the interiors, but guess others are in buildings that I've never been in, or have just been opened for filming.
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Post by: mattc on April 25, 2018, 06:53:33 pm
After 2 Eps of City and ... I am still totally baffled! But it's intriguing and beatiful, so I shall probably persist for the remaining 2 (?) hours.

Meanwhile, still on the Much Better Than Expected Pile is
Kiss Me First (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/04/02/kiss-first-episode-1-review-teenage-angst-virtual-reality-collide/)

Virtual reality-based, heavily trailed teen drama? Jeez, this will be awful .. won't it?? Well not so far. Although the VR scenes are the least interesting bit.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2018, 07:18:31 pm
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".

Scandinoir correspondent confirms May 11th.  And it's on BBC2, not BBC4.
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Post by: Torslanda on April 25, 2018, 10:21:16 pm
Steph referred to a killer driver in the motorised moron thread. Following the link to the BBC website led to a BBC Wales prog 'The Crash Detectives' and we've just watched the two episodes available on i-Player.

Well put together, just a shame that people had to die to make it so interesting.
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Post by: rafletcher on April 27, 2018, 10:21:30 pm
Also a recording, the last episode of “Civilisations”. Some amazing artwork by Anselm Kiefer, Kara Walker and Michal Rovner..
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 28, 2018, 12:31:44 am
'Happy'

Possibly one of the best things I've watched in ages. The plot is utterly predictable, but that doesn't prevent it from being enjoyable.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: PeteB99 on April 29, 2018, 10:30:21 am
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".

Scandinoir correspondent confirms May 11th.  And it's on BBC2, not BBC4.

Friday night on BBC2.

Do traditions mean nothing to the Beeb?
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Post by: citoyen on May 04, 2018, 09:08:43 am
Secrets of the Super Elements

This was on BBC4 last night, though apparently it was first shown last year, but it's worth watching, especially if you're like me, someone who gave up science after GCSE level, so has a fairly limited understanding of this stuff and needs it to be presented in an accessible format - I mean, I'm sure many of you brainy types are already familiar with the properties of superfluids, but I found some of it pretty mind-blowing...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08rv9r6/secrets-of-the-super-elements

I did find 'Tungsten carbide drills! What the bloody 'ell's tungsten carbide drills?' reverberating around my head a fair bit during it though.
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Post by: rafletcher on May 06, 2018, 06:56:25 pm
BBC 4,  Rich Hall on California, 23:30
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 06, 2018, 07:17:19 pm
BBC 4,  Rich Hall on California, 23:30
Ooh, ta
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 06, 2018, 07:40:22 pm
New! Taskmaster!
Looks like I missed it already but ep 1 is on Dave at 2200 tonight!

Also, looks like little Alex Horne is getting his own series starting the 24th...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 11, 2018, 02:25:08 pm
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".

Scandinoir correspondent confirms May 11th.  And it's on BBC2, not BBC4.

That'll be tonight then. Yay!
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Post by: Little Jim on May 11, 2018, 02:33:25 pm
Anyone been watching "Salamander"?  Series 2 is well underway on BBC4 on Saturday nights.  Series 1 was a bit different from the standard cop/detective thriller with the unusual back story told in flash backs.  Series 2 is perhaps a bit more formulaic now that we know the history to the saga but they have tied the two series together quite well, the main problem being that as Series 1 was about 4 years ago I can't remember all the plot lines from that one.  I also enjoy the way it switches between Flemish, French and a bit of English!
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Post by: mattc on May 11, 2018, 05:22:29 pm
Friday Night Dinner is back

(Ch4 / E4? Thursday nights (!) I think).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 11, 2018, 10:03:51 pm
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".

Scandinoir correspondent confirms May 11th.  And it's on BBC2, not BBC4.

That'll be tonight then. Yay!

So far just about everyone involved is a nutter.  Except Jonas, who's just an arsehole.
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Post by: citoyen on May 12, 2018, 10:22:17 am
I would say Jonas is more a badly written amalgam of arsehole tropes.
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Post by: PeteB99 on May 12, 2018, 10:28:57 am
He's just in there to annoy everyone, he'll eventually do something good/heroic.

So was it the journalist who got knocked on the head or was it his twin brother?
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Post by: rafletcher on May 12, 2018, 11:02:01 am
A week too late, I discover that Quest are showing nightly Giro highlights. A bugger I missed the Etna stage. (Yes I know I can watch it in Youtube as well, but I like highlights as opposed to live coverage).
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Post by: mattc on May 12, 2018, 12:50:10 pm
A week too late, I discover that Quest are showing nightly Giro highlights. A bugger I missed the Etna stage. (Yes I know I can watch it in Youtube as well, but I like highlights as opposed to live coverage).
Doh  :facepalm:

Noted, thanks  :)

(Here's the catchup link - for St6 as it happens - for other people as stupid as me and rafletcher: https://www.questtv.co.uk/video/giro-2018#5782972666001 )
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 12, 2018, 01:05:15 pm
He's just in there to annoy everyone, he'll eventually do something good/heroic.

Yes, another trope. One that is clearly being telegraphed by his homophobic clichés - he’ll probably save the refugee’s life in some way.

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So was it the journalist who got knocked on the head or was it his twin brother?

I think it was the twin brother but I’m not at all sure.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on May 12, 2018, 04:31:56 pm
A week too late, I discover that Quest are showing nightly Giro highlights. A bugger I missed the Etna stage. (Yes I know I can watch it in Youtube as well, but I like highlights as opposed to live coverage).
Doh  :facepalm:

Noted, thanks  :)

(Here's the catchup link - for St6 as it happens - for other people as stupid as me and rafletcher: https://www.questtv.co.uk/video/giro-2018#5782972666001 )

Thank you  :thumbsup:
Title: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 13, 2018, 10:31:30 pm
Patrick Melrose - based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn, adapted by David Nicholls and starting Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tonight’s first episode was actually based on the second novel, which makes dramatic sense and I thought worked really well. I liked the books a lot but the first is pretty harrowing and may not have been an ideal way to introduce the character on screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch is superb, couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to play the part - although he is strictly about 15-20 years too old for the 20-something Patrick of the second novel. Anyway, he puts in a fine performance, very convincing and very true to the book. The script and his performance certainly capture the tone of the books.

Hugo Weaving is also excellent as his appalling father.
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Post by: Jaded on May 15, 2018, 08:11:09 am
Tonight. C5 9:00pm

Intercity 125 - The train that saved Britain’s Railways.
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Post by: madcow on May 15, 2018, 09:58:25 am
Worthy of a thread on its own in The Pub IMHO.
How innovative it appeared to be then and how long they have lasted.
Almost my entire lifetime of ECML journeys. Still remember the Deltic types that preceded them though.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on May 16, 2018, 07:48:16 am
Worthy of a thread on its own in The Pub IMHO.
How innovative it appeared to be then and how long they have lasted.
Almost my entire lifetime of ECML journeys. Still remember the Deltic types that preceded them though.

I loved the Deltics. What's surprising is that there were only ever 22 Deltics and that they last ran a scheduled service in 1981.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on May 17, 2018, 09:24:38 am
New series of Atlanta started on BBC2 last night. I have to admit that the first series passed me by, and tbh I only started watching it because it was on straight after Newsnight, but I was captivated from the opening scene. Superb. Utterly gripping, funny, smart, sad... Reminded me of Boys From The Blackstuff in its darkly comic tone and sense of despair combined with simmering rage.

I shall be catching up with the first series asap.

ETA: seems it was the first series that started on telly last night, second series isn't over here yet.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: PeteB99 on May 19, 2018, 09:50:37 am
My sinister agents tell me that the fourth and final series of "The Bridge" is to hit our shores in "May".

Scandinoir correspondent confirms May 11th.  And it's on BBC2, not BBC4.

That'll be tonight then. Yay!

So far just about everyone involved is a nutter.  Except Jonas, who's just an arsehole.

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Post by: citoyen on May 19, 2018, 01:47:09 pm
I made the same observation about the street kids. Almost seems too obvious though - could be a smokescreen.

Mind you, after...
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...nothing much would surprise me.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 19, 2018, 01:58:42 pm
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Post by: PeteB99 on May 19, 2018, 03:49:08 pm
The Bridge ep 2

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Post by: rafletcher on May 19, 2018, 06:54:58 pm
A new series of Montalbano begins this evening. A shame they haven’t made more of the Young Montalbano too.
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Post by: T42 on May 21, 2018, 10:43:57 am
Aye, the old one's starting to go brown curl up at the edges. In a just world poor old Fazio would be Questore by now.
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Post by: mattc on May 21, 2018, 12:01:45 pm
We've now watched the final episode of the Durrells (series 3? ) :( 

Perfect proper Sunday teatime telly  :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on May 21, 2018, 09:04:51 pm
Patrick Melrose - based on the novels by Edward St Aubyn, adapted by David Nicholls and starting Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tonight’s first episode was actually based on the second novel, which makes dramatic sense and I thought worked really well. I liked the books a lot but the first is pretty harrowing and may not have been an ideal way to introduce the character on screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch is superb, couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to play the part - although he is strictly about 15-20 years too old for the 20-something Patrick of the second novel. Anyway, he puts in a fine performance, very convincing and very true to the book. The script and his performance certainly capture the tone of the books.

Hugo Weaving is also excellent as his appalling father.

After Ep2, I’ve gone right off Hugo Weaving. I know it’s only acting but... David Melrose is such a thoroughly nasty character that it’s hard to enjoy seeing him portrayed so convincingly.

It’s an exceptionally well made production in every respect. Definitely does the books justice.
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Post by: PeteB99 on June 02, 2018, 04:13:04 pm
The Bridge Ep 4.

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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 02, 2018, 04:18:52 pm
Loads moar killin's :thumbsup:
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Post by: Torslanda on June 04, 2018, 11:25:47 pm
Is it wrong to have the dual guilty pleasures of '24 Hours In A&E' and '24 Hours In Police Custody'?

The former because of the fabulous and selfless efforts of the medical staff. The latter just makes me feel so lucky to have been raised right . . .
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 08, 2018, 03:44:22 pm
Flowers is back on C4 on Mon, brilliant :)
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jun/08/flowers-mental-health-julian-barratt-channel-4
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Post by: orienteer on June 08, 2018, 04:00:02 pm
Flowers is back on C4 on Mon, brilliant :)
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jun/08/flowers-mental-health-julian-barratt-channel-4

Great! The Japanese author appears in a minor role.
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Post by: PeteB99 on June 29, 2018, 11:42:38 am
Final episode of the Bridge tonight.

I reckon they both died at the end of series 3 and this has all been an extended dream by the rest of the cast.

Wanna buy a porsche?

http://www.bonhams.com/press_release/26212/ (http://www.bonhams.com/press_release/26212/)
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Post by: citoyen on June 29, 2018, 12:01:12 pm
Interesting theory. There was certainly something a bit "Jacob's Ladder" about...

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Post by: mattc on June 29, 2018, 04:36:39 pm
Interesting theory. There was certainly something a bit "Jacob's Ladder" about...

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Haven't seen Jacob's Ladder - but surely that was straight out of "Seven"? (in fact the whole theme is quite close to the plot of Seven. But that's OK, it was a good film ... )
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Post by: citoyen on June 29, 2018, 05:01:50 pm
Haven't seen Jacob's Ladder

Well, perhaps the neatest way to sum it up is that...

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But yes, the comparison to Seven is more obvious - shamelessly so.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 30, 2018, 01:54:43 am
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Post by: Andrij on June 30, 2018, 10:39:01 am
I recently started re-watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.  Last night, amongst others, I watched the episode Dax which includes one of my favourite lines.
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Renora: This will be an informal hearing, so I'm going to start with some informal advice: I am one hundred years old. I do not have time to squander listening to superfluous language. In short, I intend to be in here until supper, not senility.
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Post by: Jakob on July 04, 2018, 01:56:22 am

The last 3 episodes (but not previous ones) the credits have listed someone as 'Body double Saga'. I can't think of why she may have needed one? [/spoiler]

Re-shoots where she wasn't available? More common than you think in film, suspect that TV would do it too.
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Post by: ElyDave on July 13, 2018, 10:07:48 pm
BBC 4 Meatloaf doc, Can't beat a bit of BOOH live, at volume
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 16, 2018, 09:25:25 pm
Sacha Baron Cohen on C4 by the sounds of it. For fans of Chris Morris' Cake episode.
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Post by: Legs on August 29, 2018, 02:26:26 pm
The Joy Of Winning (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b9zsfb/the-joy-of-winning) on BBC4 last night.  A bit of cycling too (David Millar talking about doping).
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Post by: Nuncio on August 29, 2018, 03:42:24 pm
Sacha Baron Cohen on C4 by the sounds of it. For fans of Chris Morris' Cake episode.

I found that series very hard to watch, but watched all of it, squirming in empathetic embarrassment even at the most awful of his victims. I didn't find much of it what I would call 'funny'.
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Post by: rafletcher on September 09, 2018, 02:19:45 pm
Not tonight, but do if you can catch up with “The Mighty Redcar”, brilliant television.
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Post by: IanDG on September 21, 2018, 08:46:35 am
Don't know if it's 'worth watching' - I make my appearance on Britain by Bike tonight ;)
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Post by: mattc on September 21, 2018, 09:11:43 am
Don't know if it's 'worth watching' - I make my appearance on Britain by Bike tonight ;)

I have setup the tape reels! (8pm Ch5 I hope? )

(The programme after it looks good too - abandoned railway walks. Ep1 whisky )
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Post by: citoyen on September 23, 2018, 08:56:08 am
Spent the last couple of evenings catching up on Bodyguard. Cracking telly. Very Jed Mercurial - if you like Line Of Duty... He has that knack of making things feel very realistic even while they’re just beyond plausibility.

Final episode tonight. Should be a corker.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 23, 2018, 10:24:25 pm
Spent the last couple of evenings catching up on Bodyguard. Cracking telly. Very Jed Mercurial - if you like Line Of Duty... He has that knack of making things feel very realistic even while they’re just beyond plausibility.

Final episode tonight. Should be a corker.

Just watched that and now I'm going to have to download the whole lot and start from the beginning, like I had to with "The Night Manager".
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Post by: pumpkin on September 24, 2018, 09:19:48 am
Don't know if it's 'worth watching' - I make my appearance on Britain by Bike tonight ;)

I have setup the tape reels! (8pm Ch5 I hope? )

(The programme after it looks good too - abandoned railway walks. Ep1 whisky )

An all too brief appearance by you but what a ride that cycleway is  :thumbsup: It was stunning (prob. less so in the wind/rain).The programme is on My5 player via Freeview. The following programme about abandoned railways was excellent. I never knew Lossiemouth looked like that and that there was a beautiful bridge over the Spey that one can cycle over.
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Post by: citoyen on September 24, 2018, 10:04:37 am
Bodyguard... Final episode tonight. Should be a corker.

Well, that all went a bit mental. Not an entirely satisfactory ending but still very enjoyable.

Now to catch up on Killing Eve...
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Post by: rafletcher on September 24, 2018, 11:39:51 am
We're just getting through "The Bridge".  My goodness it must be hard playing Saga!!  Should finish that tonight, then there's either "Cardinal" or a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).
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Post by: citoyen on September 24, 2018, 12:36:39 pm
Should finish that tonight, then there's either "Cardinal" or a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).

Cardinal is great. Well worth watching.
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Post by: rafletcher on September 24, 2018, 01:55:22 pm
Should finish that tonight, then there's either "Cardinal" or a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).

Cardinal is great. Well worth watching.

We enjoyed the first series, glad to hear the second id up to scratch too.
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Post by: Nuncio on September 24, 2018, 07:57:13 pm
...a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).

Hidden?
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Post by: rafletcher on September 24, 2018, 08:12:04 pm
...a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).

Hidden?

Yes  :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on September 24, 2018, 08:16:13 pm
Should finish that tonight, then there's either "Cardinal" or a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).

Cardinal is great. Well worth watching.

We enjoyed the first series, glad to hear the second id up to scratch too.

Yeah, I really enjoyed it. The main story stays just the right side of the line with regard to plausibility, while also being suitably gruesome. A bit more of Cardinal's backstory is revealed, and Delorme becomes a more developed character, which is good. The plot strand involving his wife also moves along significantly.

Apparently the second series is based on the third novel - don't know why they skipped the second. A third series is already in production, which will be based on the fourth and fifth novels. Might even give the books a go.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 24, 2018, 08:17:55 pm
Ah FFS, was that s2 of Cardinal on the BBC? I looked it up and was sure it was s1...
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Post by: citoyen on September 24, 2018, 08:19:21 pm
Ah FFS, was that s2 of Cardinal on the BBC? I looked it up and was sure it was s1...

IIRC they repeated S1 before S2 started.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 24, 2018, 08:31:41 pm
They did that deliberately to confuse me, didn't they. No longer available on iPlayer, bah.
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Post by: rafletcher on September 25, 2018, 08:00:42 am
I must have missed the replay of seires 1. Anyway I expect S2 will be out on DVD eventually. There appares to be a S3 already filmed, and a S4 commissioned.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 25, 2018, 12:03:50 pm
Anyone tried the new Australian offering in the Saturday FOREIGN slot on BBC4?
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Post by: Torslanda on September 25, 2018, 12:36:57 pm
No. What can you tempt us with?
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Post by: PeteB99 on September 25, 2018, 01:58:09 pm
Anyone tried the new Australian offering in the Saturday FOREIGN slot on BBC4?

Yep, OK so far.

No. What can you tempt us with?

Aboriginal Detective sent from 'the city' to assist local police investigating a murder/disapearence in a remote outback community.

Side orders of Troubled families, Local politics and a possible land/resources scam.
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Post by: Torslanda on September 25, 2018, 03:27:36 pm
In The Heat Of The Night meets Bluey...
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Post by: Cunobelin on September 26, 2018, 04:01:37 pm
Bodyguard... Final episode tonight. Should be a corker.

Well, that all went a bit mental. Not an entirely satisfactory ending but still very enjoyable.

Now to catch up on Killing Eve...

This didn't appeal to me at all, until it was recommended by a friend

It reminds be very much of the old avengers, with absurd plot and soundtrack ironically inappropriate to the action.....

However by the first 20 minutes I was hooked!

I don't know why, but I really enjoyed this, and Jodie Comer's amoral character is also somewhat sexy and manages to obtains some sympathy. Sandra Oh is also brilliant.

I loved the whole thing including the plot twists, dark sense of humour and the ending of the series definitely indicates Series 2


Is it Blasphemy to say that I preferred this to the Bodyguard?

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Post by: Nuncio on September 26, 2018, 09:56:30 pm
I loved the whole thing including the plot twists, dark sense of humour and the ending of the series definitely indicates Series 2

Wikipedia entry for Killing Eve:

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Shortly before its premiere [in the US, in April 2018] Killing Eve was renewed for a second season. Filming for the second season started on July 16, 2018. It is set to premiere in Spring 2019.
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Post by: mattc on September 27, 2018, 08:09:53 am
[Killing Eve] I guess it's pointless moaning at Nuncio, Cunobelin AND wikipedia for spoiler abuse  >:(

:)


Definitely enjoyed the first 2 EPs. I still think it's less than the sum of its parts, thoughbut. The characters are all interesting, but don't *quite* gel.

Nice spot with the New Avengers comparison. I was thinking that the assassin is inspired by Nikita, but with a strong influence from Cumberbatch's version of Sherlock - the slightly comic disregard for the lives of others. Personally I feel no empathy for her, but it's a great character that might grow on me.

(The last really great TV anti-hero I can remember was Dexter. That seems a long time ago now. )


Is it Blasphemy to say that I preferred this to the Bodyguard?
Of course not - you can be wrong without commiting Blasphemy my friend!

(they are very different progs.)
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Post by: Nuncio on September 27, 2018, 08:41:38 am
Sorry. I've only seen the first 2 episodes too. I didn't think of it as being a spoiler.  Hmmmm...  I'll just have to watch to the end to find out.
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Post by: citoyen on September 27, 2018, 09:06:15 am
If you know there's going to be another series, it does tend to mitigate some of the dramatic tension in situations of life-threatening peril for the main character(s).
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Post by: Basil on September 27, 2018, 11:18:18 am
If you know there's going to be another series, it does tend to mitigate some of the dramatic tension in situations of life-threatening peril for the main character(s).

Bit like watching the snooker highlights (yes, in a different life I did things like that).
1 guy needs 1 frame to win; the other needs 3.  Quick look at my watch to check how long before the end of the program.  5 mins?  OK, the result of this next frame is obvious.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 27, 2018, 02:12:00 pm
Or the final ep. of "Bodyguard":

Lt. Col. Larrington (ret.): He's going to get deaded!
Mr Larrington: No.  No, he is not.  There's another thirty minutes to go.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on September 27, 2018, 02:27:28 pm
But unlike Bodyguard ep 3: She can't be dead really, there are still 3 episodes to go.
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Post by: Torslanda on September 27, 2018, 04:09:12 pm
Or [redacted]...
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Post by: mattc on September 27, 2018, 06:46:11 pm
But unlike Bodyguard ep 3: She can't be dead really, there are still 3 episodes to go.

.. and despite a massive media campaign to convince us she MIGHT still be alive, so we really really need to keep watching. [Even the wonderful Sophie Rayworth was complicit - what is the world coming to??  ::-)  ]

They must know what they're doing - 10 million watched the finale!
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Post by: Torslanda on September 28, 2018, 09:53:21 pm
Walking Britain's Lost Railways.

Tonight, Sheffield to Manchester via the Woodhead tunnels. On 5 +1 @ 22:00
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Post by: Cunobelin on September 29, 2018, 10:09:24 am
[Killing Eve] I guess it's pointless moaning at Nuncio, Cunobelin AND wikipedia for spoiler abuse  >:(

:)


Definitely enjoyed the first 2 EPs. I still think it's less than the sum of its parts, thoughbut. The characters are all interesting, but don't *quite* gel.

Nice spot with the New Avengers comparison. I was thinking that the assassin is inspired by Nikita, but with a strong influence from Cumberbatch's version of Sherlock - the slightly comic disregard for the lives of others. Personally I feel no empathy for her, but it's a great character that might grow on me.

(The last really great TV anti-hero I can remember was Dexter. That seems a long time ago now. )


Is it Blasphemy to say that I preferred this to the Bodyguard?
Of course not - you can be wrong without commiting Blasphemy my friend!

(they are very different progs.)

My apologies, I tried to be deliberately vague, and not detail anything in the plot

However what has annoyed me, is that for very rarely, I want to read the Luke Jennings novels, but they aren 't easily available, and e-book versions of ii to iv  are not out until next year!


More bizarrely the original Codename Villanelle was a 36 page novella, but is now 225 pages, so a different beast altogether... its it the first 4 in one volume or has it been extended ?

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Post by: mattc on September 29, 2018, 01:19:36 pm

...

More bizarrely the original Codename Villanelle was a 36 page novella, but is now 225 pages, so a different beast altogether... its it the first 4 in one volume or has it been extended ?

Google is your friend!

Codename Villanelle - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codename_Villanelle
Codename Villanelle is a 2018 fictional thriller novel by British author Luke Jennings. A compilation of four serial e-book novellas published in 2014–2016, ...
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Post by: Canardly on September 29, 2018, 02:44:11 pm
Walking Britain's Lost Railways.

Tonight, Sheffield to Manchester via the Woodhead tunnels. On 5 +1 @ 22:00
So the Woodhead line was 20mins faster than the Hope line. Where have I heard that before mmmm?
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Post by: rafletcher on October 06, 2018, 12:43:12 pm
...a cop drama set in Wales that I can't immediately recall the name of (not Hinterland, it's a new one).

Hidden?

Yes  :thumbsup:

Well we stuck it out to the end, but despite being from the same team as Hinterland, it wasn’t in our opinion a pitch on it. Maybe 4, 6 at a pinch episodes worth stretched to 8. I’m not sure if they’ll do a second series, but that should be better as it’ll have to revert to more of a police procedural.

Now for Cardinal.

ETA: Which is excellent
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Post by: Cunobelin on October 08, 2018, 06:36:20 am

...

More bizarrely the original Codename Villanelle was a 36 page novella, but is now 225 pages, so a different beast altogether... its it the first 4 in one volume or has it been extended ?

Google is your friend!



Codename Villanelle - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codename_Villanelle
Codename Villanelle is a 2018 fictional thriller novel by British author Luke Jennings. A compilation of four serial e-book novellas published in 2014–2016, ...



Thanks, it is the fact that the whole of the new book seems to be more than the original novellas. maybe different print, but there appears to be significantly more pages in the book than just the four novellas

The books are darker than the TV series, and  there are significant differences in the back story
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Post by: pumpkin on October 10, 2018, 09:01:21 am
Found The Adventure Show on iplayer. On Categories/Scotland. it's an outdoors programme and featured some crazy marathon from braemar to Aviemore. Also Ride to the Sun (bet some of you have done it.) A 100 mile night ride carlisle - Edinburgh. It's free, you just turn up, ride (bring your lights etc)
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Post by: Steph on October 12, 2018, 02:27:41 pm
Sunday sees the start of 'Butterfly', a drama about a trans girl. Predictably, the bigots on Mumsnet and similar hate fora are in meltdown, and I anticipate an explosion in the press when it is aired.

I hadn't realised that the writer is Tony Marchant, who gave us one of my fave soppy films, 'Different for Girls', which featured Ian Dury.
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Post by: Cunobelin on October 16, 2018, 08:22:37 pm
On iPlayer, so technically available tonight

"Our World War" is a series of "Drama Documentaries" on WW1

First dealt with teh first "real day" of the War, the second with Pals battalions, and the "cowardice that we would now diagnose and treat as PTSD, both through the words of the individuals involved

Very brutal, vivid and the unusual thing is the music. Using punk and modern music clashed at first, but does work, and I suspect if it gets the younger generation involved then worth it

Well worth watching, but do be prepared for a difficult watch in places
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Post by: Steph on October 16, 2018, 08:58:44 pm
If that is the series I remember being shown a while ago, the first episode deals with the Mons battle and includes a machine gunner in a Fusilier unit throwing his weapon... spoiler stopped part way through.

If so, yes. Brutal, but compelling.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on November 06, 2018, 09:16:10 am
This month's Adventure Show on BBC Scotland (iplayer) has a big feature on grinduro a road/off road/gravel bike event on Arran.
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Post by: citoyen on November 11, 2018, 09:22:05 am
Is everyone watching Informer? If not, you ruddy well should be, it’s brilliant. Acting, script, story are all top notch.

It seems to have escaped the hype that Bodyguard and Killing Eve have had but is better than both.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 11, 2018, 10:52:20 pm
What channel?
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Post by: citoyen on November 12, 2018, 07:34:57 am
What channel?

BBC

Re-watched the first episode yesterday because there were a few things I didn’t quite understand... Ah! Now I see...

it’s one of those series where they feed you bits of information that only become important later. More alert viewers than me will probably do a better job of noticing the “save this one in your memory bank for later” cues.

Also some of the dialogue is a bit clunkier than I noticed first time around but the acting is strong enough to carry it.
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Post by: ElyDave on November 12, 2018, 07:43:50 am
Been watching the Little Drummer Girl, another Le Carre adaptation I think?  Starting to ratchet up the tension a bit now.
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Post by: Legs on November 12, 2018, 09:02:39 am
What channel?

BBC

Re-watched the first episode yesterday because there were a few things I didn’t quite understand... Ah! Now I see...

it’s one of those series where they feed you bits of information that only become important later. More alert viewers than me will probably do a better job of noticing the “save this one in your memory bank for later” cues.

Also some of the dialogue is a bit clunkier than I noticed first time around but the acting is strong enough to carry it.
We watched the first episode last night - you're right, it's very good.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 14, 2018, 06:59:53 pm
Yes, we watched Informer last night too and liked it, not sure it will make 6 episodes though, we'll see.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pcolbeck on November 15, 2018, 10:00:52 am
The evening news on any channel should be a corker tonight :)
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Post by: Torslanda on November 15, 2018, 10:36:53 am
Something happening...?
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Post by: Hot Flatus on November 15, 2018, 11:50:13 am
The evening news on any channel should be a corker tonight :)

I'm going to be watching RT...for the lolz
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Post by: Danu on November 18, 2018, 05:43:16 pm
Country file, worth a look tonight
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Post by: pumpkin on November 19, 2018, 11:14:44 am
Documentary on Primal Scream going back to Memphis to revisit the studios where they recorded 'Give Out...
The album was remixed and the original tracks (produced by Tom Dowd) forgotten about then the gtr player found a cassette of the original.
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Post by: rafletcher on November 20, 2018, 07:56:26 am
Last night, but will be on iPlayer. Documentary about Billy Monger covering the year after his F4 accident and loss of his legs. Remarkable.
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Post by: mattc on November 20, 2018, 10:17:00 am
Last night, but will be on iPlayer. Documentary about Billy Monger covering the year after his F4 accident and loss of his legs. Remarkable.
Didn't watch all of that, but the in-car (full speed) footage of his crash is the scariest thing I've ever seen on a racetrack. He had absolutely f-all time to do a thing about that one.

Good luck to him  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Nothereforafasttime on November 20, 2018, 10:42:35 am
Watching Anne Hegarty on I'm a Celebrity and hoping she can put her Asbergers Syndrome to one side and complete the trial she has been set.  Can't be easy.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 20, 2018, 07:45:22 pm
Last night, but will be on iPlayer. Documentary about Billy Monger covering the year after his F4 accident and loss of his legs. Remarkable.
Didn't watch all of that, but the in-car (full speed) footage of his crash is the scariest thing I've ever seen on a racetrack. He had absolutely f-all time to do a thing about that one.

Good luck to him  :thumbsup:

It was the most terrifying thing I'd seen too until seeing footage of Sophia Flörsch's F3 crash in Macau on Sunday.  She and Billy Monger raced against each other in Ginetta Juniors a few years ago.
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Post by: Ham on November 22, 2018, 06:07:53 pm
Allegedly miss ham is an interviewee on London tonight about the impact of cuts on the NHS to new mothers. Of course, tonight I'm in North Norfolk
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Legs on November 29, 2018, 10:25:00 am
What channel?

BBC

Re-watched the first episode yesterday because there were a few things I didn’t quite understand... Ah! Now I see...

it’s one of those series where they feed you bits of information that only become important later. More alert viewers than me will probably do a better job of noticing the “save this one in your memory bank for later” cues.

Also some of the dialogue is a bit clunkier than I noticed first time around but the acting is strong enough to carry it.
We watched the first episode last night - you're right, it's very good.
Finished last night - wow!  I think I'm going to re-watch the first few mins of the first episode to see if any of the later events are telegraphed.

Better than the over-hyped Bodyguard in my book.  Up there with Killing Eve.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on November 29, 2018, 10:39:47 am
Not tonight (inevitably with me) but Storyville. What a fantastic strand. Documentaries with no voice-overs, just occasional on-screen captions to explain, otherwise cinema verite. The last “Hurt Locker Hero” culled from DVD’s recorded by the main character, an Iranian Kurd “de-miner” in Mosul. The Americans called him “Crazy Fakhir”. The previous was an expose of DuPont (and to a certain extent 3M” regarding the use and disposal of “C8”, a component in the manufacture of Teflon. It’s now in the blood of 97% of Americans. It’s also probably in my and your blood.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: pumpkin on November 29, 2018, 10:50:09 am
The Vikings on BBC4. History of.... with Neil Oliver (actually on last night)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: rafletcher on December 01, 2018, 05:27:56 pm
Tonight, or indeed any night, assuming you have the UKTV “player”. “Brokenwood”, a kind of Kiwi Midsomer Murders I guess you could say, but snappy and engaging.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: bobb on December 03, 2018, 12:49:58 pm
Watching Anne Hegarty on I'm a Celebrity and hoping she can put her Asbergers Syndrome to one side and complete the trial she has been set.  Can't be easy.
I'm not sure anyone can put Aspergers Syndrome to one side. If you could, you'd no longer have it. I'm amazed she's still in. Maybe it's the cruelty of the people who vote. They just want to see her point blank refuse to do certain parts of trials and starve the rest of camp.

This has been an enjoyable series though. Everyone seems to get along and there's been no major hissy fits. That's one of the reasons I like the show - the nicest people nearly always win....
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on December 03, 2018, 01:14:48 pm
Both my sons have Asperger's. You can't surprise them AT ALL. Everything we do has to be notified in advance and planned. Stuff like going on holiday, we can't just stick a pin in a map, both are extremely nervous if they're not in familiar surroundings. That's why we keep going back to Center Parcs, Eurocamp and central France.

Imagine if you will having to 'sell' a trip to a burger joint to 2 teenagers. Not as extreme as Rain Man but even going to the 'wrong' Pizza Hut or similar can often mean one or the other will refuse to eat. The younger has extremely sensitive hearing (like a cat comes hurtling when he hears a tin opener rattle) which often means he can't stand crowds or loud music etc.

You can no more put Asperger's 'aside' than help a depressed person to 'man up and snap out of it'!

What an insensitive comment.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Nuncio on December 03, 2018, 01:36:41 pm
What channel?

BBC

Re-watched the first episode yesterday because there were a few things I didn’t quite understand... Ah! Now I see...

it’s one of those series where they feed you bits of information that only become important later. More alert viewers than me will probably do a better job of noticing the “save this one in your memory bank for later” cues.

Also some of the dialogue is a bit clunkier than I noticed first time around but the acting is strong enough to carry it.
We watched the first episode last night - you're right, it's very good.

I thought the last episode was superb.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on December 16, 2018, 10:39:38 pm
Late to the party as ever but intrigued by Berlin Station on Channel 4. CIA spooks in Berlin.
I started Friday night and ended up binge watching the first 6 episodes on All 4.

Plot twists on plot twists and doesn't portray the CIA in a good light. The 'good guys' aren't always the good guys and the 'bad guys' are really devious. Reminded me of The ICRESS File, espionage & counter terrorism isn't glamorous.

The first eight episodes are on All 4 and the last two come up this week, there's just time to catch up
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 26, 2018, 09:47:35 pm
We are watching "The ABC Murders".  We do not believe the phrase or saying "vinegar tits" was A Thing in 1933, and Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion certainly wasn't.

Could do better.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 27, 2018, 08:40:21 am
We are watching "The ABC Murders".  We do not believe the phrase or saying "vinegar tits" was A Thing in 1933, and Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion certainly wasn't.

Could do better.
Ah - we must have been watching a different "ABC Murders"; ours wasn't a documentary about a 1933 serial killer.

Ours was a highly enjoyable fictional period crime drama with the excellent John Malkovich*  :thumbsup:


*Who wasn't alive in 1933. Otherwise I guess we might have thought it was a doc.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: T42 on December 27, 2018, 10:16:57 am
We are watching "The ABC Murders".  We do not believe the phrase or saying "vinegar tits" was A Thing in 1933, and Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion certainly wasn't.

Could do better.

Aye well, according to Netflux's Outlaw Prince, Robert the Bruce occasionally said 'OK'.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 27, 2018, 02:51:01 pm
Aye well, according to Netflux's Outlaw Prince, Robert the Bruce occasionally said 'OK'.

If you go back that far the language is going to be basically unintelligible to a modern audience, so I'm reasonably happy to overlook such things, as long as they're not too obvious newspeak.  I'll tolerate "OK" as normal and ordinary part of the English language (though presumably older viewers may consider it a conspicuous Americanism), but Robin Hood talking about "human trafficking" in the recent BBC series grated.

(The Deadwood approach of substituting contemporary profanity of context-appropriate severity for what would have otherwise come across as mild/obscure blasphemy deserves honourable mention for effort, though the end result was equally cock-suckingly distracting.  Cocksucker.)


It's the 20th century stuff where this is pure sloppiness which is more jarring.  If it's pre-war Britain[1], you're not allowed to us USAnian car terminology unless the character is actually an American.

Bonus points to anything getting it wrong where cultural difference is part of the story:  A while ago I watched an initially intriguing mini-series a about a generation starship supposedly launched from earth in the 1960s.  The plot hinged on the crew having been out of contact with Earth since the launch, with their culture and technology developing in different directions.  Which made the use of contemporary computer jargon stick out like a sore thumb.  At least until [soilers] made that the least of the problems.


[1] USAnian writers projecting their own culture onto a Britain they have limited experience of is a separate, and even more hilarious, phenomenon.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Andrij on December 27, 2018, 08:40:22 pm
...
Bonus points to anything getting it wrong where cultural difference is part of the story:  A while ago I watched an initially intriguing mini-series a about a generation starship supposedly launched from earth in the 1960s.  The plot hinged on the crew having been out of contact with Earth since the launch, with their culture and technology developing in different directions.  Which made the use of contemporary computer jargon stick out like a sore thumb.  At least until [soilers] made that the least of the problems.

Ascension?  If so, I missed the inappropriate jargon when I saw it.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 27, 2018, 09:32:09 pm
My in-depth research suggests that the origin of the phrase "vinegar tits" was "Prisoner Cell Block H", which makes it doubly grating :demon:

See also "Are we having fun yet?", which apparently came from a "Zippy The Pinhead" cartoon published in 1979.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 27, 2018, 09:56:51 pm
My in-depth research suggests that the origin of the phrase "vinegar tits" was "Prisoner Cell Block H", which makes it doubly grating :demon:

That’s hilarious.

I watched about half of the first episode of ABC before deciding I’d seen quite enough, thank you. Load of old tripe.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Kim on December 27, 2018, 10:58:50 pm
...
Bonus points to anything getting it wrong where cultural difference is part of the story:  A while ago I watched an initially intriguing mini-series a about a generation starship supposedly launched from earth in the 1960s.  The plot hinged on the crew having been out of contact with Earth since the launch, with their culture and technology developing in different directions.  Which made the use of contemporary computer jargon stick out like a sore thumb.  At least until [soilers] made that the least of the problems.

Ascension?  If so, I missed the inappropriate jargon when I saw it.

That's the badger.  Repeated use of 'download' for the copying of video recordings to removable media (the nature of which is never made clear), for starters.  I also recall use of 'down' in the some-remote-system-is-not-available sense, though I'm not sure of the etymology of that one - it might have history in radio or aviation that fits.

It also seems conspicuously unlikely that scientists would drop the 'nuclear' from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in a closed, highly-educated culture that depends on nuclear technology for its very existence.

Anyway, the plot twist ruined it before I got time to be properly annoyed.  :)
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on December 27, 2018, 11:38:19 pm
Late to the party as ever but intrigued by Berlin Station on Channel 4. CIA spooks in Berlin.
I started Friday night and ended up binge watching the first 6 episodes on All 4.

Plot twists on plot twists and doesn't portray the CIA in a good light. The 'good guys' aren't always the good guys and the 'bad guys' are really devious. Reminded me of The ICRESS File, espionage & counter terrorism isn't glamorous.

The first eight episodes are on All 4 and the last two come up this week, there's just time to catch up

Thanks for this Tors- i'm catching up with it. I have just watched the episode about the fallout form the majorly fucked up operation :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 28, 2018, 09:44:45 am
My in-depth research suggests that the origin of the phrase "vinegar tits" was "Prisoner Cell Block H", which makes it doubly grating :demon:

That’s hilarious.

I watched about half of the first episode of ABC before deciding I’d seen quite enough, thank you. Load of old tripe.
What??

And miss out on a possible plethora of historical gaffs?? Surely worth another 2.5 hours of your time!

Here's a starter: the road-signs in "Andover" looked very iffy to me ...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: mattc on December 28, 2018, 09:45:24 am
p.s. Episode 2 boiled up nicely - looking forward to tonight.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 28, 2018, 10:07:30 am
Poirot and noted dickhead Weasley of the Yard are in a hurry to get to Doncaster from That London for the purposes of Villain Apprehension.  Why, then, did their train cross the Ribblehead Viaduct, unless noted dickhead Weasley of the Yard accidentally led the pair of them onto the Hogwarts Express?

On the plus side, it's got loadsa killin's, but what in the name of dog have they done to poor Tara Fitzgerald?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Exit Stage Left on December 28, 2018, 10:27:53 am
Poirot and noted dickhead Weasley of the Yard are in a hurry to get to Doncaster from That London for the purposes of Villain Apprehension.  Why, then, did their train cross the Ribblehead Viaduct, unless noted dickhead Weasley of the Yard accidentally led the pair of them onto the Hogwarts Express?



I suppose Ribblehead has the advantages of frequent steam excursions, lack of overhead electric gantries and no contemporary distractions. The Glennfinnan viaduct used in the Harry Potter films has similar advantages, but it's in Scotland, not Yorkshire.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 28, 2018, 10:30:36 am
Watched the first episode of Berlin Station. Decided that was enough.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 28, 2018, 02:29:08 pm
I suppose Ribblehead has the advantages of frequent steam excursions, lack of overhead electric gantries and no contemporary distractions. The Glennfinnan viaduct used in the Harry Potter films has similar advantages, but it's in Scotland, not Yorkshire.

Ribblehead also has the advantage of being closer to ‘Andover’ (ie Saltaire).
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on December 29, 2018, 10:12:55 pm
Black Mirror 'Bandersnatch'

Just brilliant
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 30, 2018, 09:41:38 am
Black Mirror 'Bandersnatch'

Just brilliant

I only heard about this yesterday. Sounds great. Will probably watch it tonight.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on December 30, 2018, 11:04:21 am
It took me about 2 hours to go through all the options.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 30, 2018, 11:45:07 am
Is that on Sky?
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Torslanda on December 30, 2018, 05:25:34 pm
Think it might be Netflix but don't quote me...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on December 30, 2018, 05:27:27 pm
Is that on Sky?

Netflix. I understand it doesn't work on some devices, eg Apple TV and Chromecast. We get Netflix through the PS3 and I'm not sure it will work on that either. Only one way to find out...
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: Hot Flatus on December 31, 2018, 04:37:39 pm
Just watched 'Bros, when the screaming stops on iPlayer.

Quite interesting, but by the end of it I was just waiting for them to start fucking each other on stage.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: citoyen on January 01, 2019, 11:44:48 am
Watched Bandersnatch last night. It is superb. Didn’t go through all the permutations but ‘Netflix’ was a definite highlight (laugh out loud funny), and I chose the path that took me to the ‘O Superman’ ending, which is heartbreaking.
Title: Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
Post by: T42 on January 01, 2019, 01:57:19 pm
I'll maybe give it another go.  I tried it yesterday and found it boring.