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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1250 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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« Reply #1251 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1252 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1253 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1254 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


Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1255 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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« Reply #1256 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

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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1257 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1258 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1259 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1260 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.
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« Reply #1261 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.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1262 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1263 on: May 06, 2018, 06:56:25 pm »
BBC 4,  Rich Hall on California, 23:30
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1264 on: May 06, 2018, 07:17:19 pm »
BBC 4,  Rich Hall on California, 23:30
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1265 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...
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1266 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1267 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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« Reply #1268 on: May 11, 2018, 05:22:29 pm »
Friday Night Dinner is back

(Ch4 / E4? Thursday nights (!) I think).
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1269 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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citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1270 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1271 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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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1272 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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« Reply #1273 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 )
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citoyen

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Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1274 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.
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