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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1550 on: July 31, 2019, 09:11:58 pm »
Watching the last season of Orange is the New Black and it's much better than the last couple of seasons.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1551 on: July 31, 2019, 09:19:02 pm »
Currently catching up with Stranger Things on Netlix. 

OK, I'm about 2 years late to the party, but it's an excellent hark back to 80s horror genre a la Stephen King and David Cronenberg.  The alarming thing is that for many "less mature" watchers, there is ample scope to be mystified by a lot of the cutting edge pre-digital technology that appears (what strange magic is this that they can make pictures in the dark by waving paper in water...)

Finally got around to it, I did kind of think it would fade after the novelty of series 1, but really still fun. It helps that I'm age-locked with the characters as an 80s kid. The parade of fashion in the mall episode I watched last night was priceless and when Howard Jones kicked in, I was gone. I also used to listen to Russians (and aliens) on SW.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1552 on: August 08, 2019, 07:44:31 pm »
Got to the end of Stranger Things 3 and really, it's the perfect antidote to the crap Netflix often pumps out, and by far one of the best things I've seen on TV. It ought to labour under the weight of all that nostalgia, but it's so deftly written that it really doesn't, and unlike much of Netflix's multi-hour output, it doesn't suffer from the dire pacing issues or need to turn it into soap opera – it takes a lot from broadcast era tv with the story arc running in the background of self-contained episodes, each with a hook, rather than wallowing through episodes because, well, you have paid the subscription so you might as well. Even Operation Child Endangerment, which should and could have been a complete Scrappy-Doo, remained funny and on point.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1553 on: August 16, 2019, 08:57:15 pm »
Easy Rider (1969) on Movies4men, Freeveiw channel 40, 9pm.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1554 on: August 17, 2019, 02:09:58 am »
Easy Rider (1969) on Movies4men, Freeveiw channel 40, 9pm.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1555 on: August 17, 2019, 07:02:23 am »
Easy Rider (1969) on Movies4men, Freeveiw channel 40, 9pm.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1556 on: August 18, 2019, 11:38:28 am »
Succession

New thing from Jesse Armstrong, half of the team behind Peep Show. Well, new-ish - we’re still catching up with the first series but the second series started recently on Sky Atlantic.

It’s superb. And absolutely nothing like Peep Show. My wife last night asked “Is this a comedy?” Interesting question. It’s a sign of how sophisticated tv comedy has become these days. It’s very, very funny. But it presents itself as a serious drama - in its production values, and the themes and topics it covers, and the quality of the script, and the cast...

Big Little Lies was similar, also very funny.


Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1557 on: August 19, 2019, 04:08:07 pm »
Some cracking Fake or Fortune this series.  Philip Mould is a complete LAD, sashaying suavely in and out of the most chic European galleries and dazzling all-comers with his encyclopaedic knowledge of catalogues raisonnés.

Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1558 on: August 19, 2019, 04:40:14 pm »
Some cracking Fake or Fortune this series.  Philip Mould is a complete LAD, sashaying suavely in and out of the most chic European galleries and dazzling all-comers with his encyclopaedic knowledge of catalogues raisonnés.

Philip Mould is a complete something, that's for sure. "Lad" isn't the word that comes to my mind.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1559 on: August 19, 2019, 06:12:44 pm »
Bendor Grosvenor is my favourite, mainly for his completely made-up name.

Philip Mould looks like someone who has half an eye on who will play him in the biopic. Benedict Cumberbatch, he hopes.

Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1560 on: Yesterday at 11:55:33 am »
Also well worth watching is the Jack and Michael Whitehall episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1561 on: Yesterday at 12:34:56 pm »
[Succession] presents itself as a serious drama - in its production values, and the themes and topics it covers, and the quality of the script, and the cast...


...and the music over the credits.

I haven't bothered catching up with S1. I wasn't too sure about S2 ep1 but I'm coming round to it after watching ep2, now having given up hope of any character showing any redeemable character traits.

Big Little Lies was similar, also very funny.

To my surprise (the subject matter wouldn't normally be my thing) I thought it was brilliant, and funny, and, again, the music was great.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1562 on: Yesterday at 06:10:07 pm »
The music in Big Little Lies is particularly excellent.

given up hope of any character showing any redeemable character traits.

They are all utterly appalling excuses for human beings.

I wasn't sure about Matthew Macfadyen at first, especially his accent, but as the series has gone on, I've come to realise what a thoroughly masterful performance it is. Who knew he could do comedy?