Author Topic: Television tonight: what's worth watching?  (Read 155459 times)

Kim

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1100 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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citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1101 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1102 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1103 on: November 09, 2017, 09:16:05 am »
Hurrah (Detectorists) and ditto (Motherland).

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1104 on: November 09, 2017, 02:24:46 pm »
The Fight for Mosul the other night.

Eye opening and thought provoking.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1105 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1106 on: November 09, 2017, 03:09:50 pm »
The Fight for Mosul 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.

citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1107 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.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1108 on: November 10, 2017, 08:50:53 am »
And Anna Maxwell Martin does comedy.  Who knew?

hillbilly

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1109 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1110 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 :)




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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1111 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1112 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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citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1113 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:

citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1114 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1115 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1116 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1117 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1118 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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citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1119 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.

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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.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1120 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.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1121 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, 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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« Reply #1122 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1123 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, 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1124 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.

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