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Mrs Pingu

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1725 on: April 26, 2020, 10:04:53 pm »
Watched ep1. It's really more of a comedy now....
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1726 on: April 27, 2020, 11:51:39 pm »
For convoluted reasons[1], this week I have been mostly watching For All Mankind, an alternate history of USAnian space exploration based on the premise of the Soviets beating them to the moon and Nixon[2] (and later Ted Kennedy) responding by lobbing massive amounts of cash in NASA's general direction.

It comes across as a sort of medium-budget distascopic version of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut series, by which I mean highly recommended.  The Jerrie Cob character is just brilliant, and they've taken strong inspiration from Poppy Nortcutt and Mary Jackson.  They've also got a really good Deke Slayton and a couple of guys called Neil and Buzz who you wouldn't trust to park your spaceship.  At risk of committing soilers, the series takes a more direct approach to the issue of Von Braun than The Calculating Stars did.

Occasional technical goofs are intermingled with handwaves at rapidly accelerated technological development, which works just fine.  Politically, it's a mixed bag.  We don't get to see the Soviet side of things, which is a shame.  The story levels up around episode 4.

Eminently watchable.  With any luck Series 2 will eventually get made.


[1] I randomly stumbled across a Youtube comment from someone who worked on the series talking about crappy power supplies.
[2] Who is primarily represented in the series by a close-up of the now legendary compact reel-to-reel tape recorder.  Lols.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1727 on: May 03, 2020, 12:19:02 pm »
It’s not on until next Saturday, but I recommend The Lunchbox, BBC2 @ 12:25am. Shown as a tribute to Irrfan Khan, who died this week.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1728 on: May 04, 2020, 02:02:37 pm »
Homeland Season 8 on C4, series finale aired yesterday...   :)
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1729 on: May 05, 2020, 08:22:05 pm »
You lot seem like the kind of people DEVS is aimed at. Anyone managed to stick with it?

We've made it halfway, but decided we'll probably watch the last one just to see how it turns out. It's really not half as clever as it thinks it is. Nor half as original. Looks good though.

(and what a waste of Nick Offerman ... )
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1730 on: May 07, 2020, 05:51:30 pm »
Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Film4
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1731 on: May 07, 2020, 10:45:41 pm »
After the Queens speech re VE day tomorrow evening on BBC TV, there is apparently going to be a 'Peoples Tribute' snips of film of folk from around the UK singing "We'll Meet Again". The BBC might have sent someone out to film at a bike shop where one of us on here works.....
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1732 on: May 07, 2020, 11:43:27 pm »
Just finished watching 'Normal People' on I-player (BBC3). Can give it a  :thumbsup:

Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1733 on: May 08, 2020, 11:36:33 am »
You lot seem lie the kind of people DEVS is aimed at. Anyone managed to stick with it?

We've made it halfway, but decided we'll probably watch the last one just to see how it turns out. It's really not half as clever as it thinks it is. Nor half as original. Looks good though.

(and what a waste of Nick Offerman ... )
Like mattc, I stuck with it just to see how it turned out. Wish I hadn't bothered.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1734 on: May 08, 2020, 10:59:26 pm »
Spaced, all of Series 1 tonight (well, most of it into tomorrow) on C4. I didn't catch it first time round.

Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1735 on: May 18, 2020, 07:46:18 pm »
Not exactly tonight, as it’s on All4, but Green Wing. I’d forgotten just how good it was.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1736 on: May 18, 2020, 09:24:54 pm »
We started watching that having never seen it before. I found the camera style a bit irritating.


And for Cardinal fans apparently there is a new series coming to the BBC 'soon'
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1737 on: May 19, 2020, 09:50:17 am »
And for Cardinal fans apparently there is a new series coming to the BBC 'soon'

Ooh good news.

We might give Life on Mars a try - somehow missed it completely (see also Ashes to Ashes)
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1738 on: May 19, 2020, 06:41:33 pm »
And for Cardinal fans apparently there is a new series coming to the BBC 'soon'

Ooh good news.

Bad news: it will be the final series. Chiz.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1739 on: May 19, 2020, 08:40:06 pm »
Watching the re-runs of Misfits.

Wow. Much cleverer, more original , and with much less annoying characters than I'd expected. Why didn't people tell me about this?

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1740 on: May 21, 2020, 02:59:38 am »
At risk of committing soilers, the series takes a more direct approach to the issue of Von Braun than The Calculating Stars did.


What..they put him on trial for war crimes? :) (Just started watching this)

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1741 on: May 21, 2020, 11:27:01 pm »
Horizon tonight was a very frank look at the effect mental health issues have had on Tony Slattery.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1742 on: May 22, 2020, 08:11:46 am »
At risk of committing soilers, the series takes a more direct approach to the issue of Von Braun than The Calculating Stars did.


What..they put him on trial for war crimes? :) (Just started watching this)

A bit further along. Way too much ambiguity with Von Braun. Sure, he got shunned, but that was seemingly it.
Also, there's some hilariously bad VFX.

Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1743 on: May 22, 2020, 08:55:41 am »
And for Cardinal fans apparently there is a new series coming to the BBC 'soon'

Ooh good news.

We might give Life on Mars a try - somehow missed it completely (see also Ashes to Ashes)

It was, in its day, one of the best things on TV. Might seem a bit dated now.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1744 on: May 22, 2020, 09:32:06 am »
I notice that Professor Jim Al-Khalili's 'Science and Islam' is available for a while again on IPlayer.
Worth catching if you've missed it up till now.
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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1745 on: May 22, 2020, 09:56:45 am »
I notice that Professor Jim Al-Khalili's 'Science and Islam' is available for a while again on IPlayer.
Worth catching if you've missed it up till now.

+1 I'm watching it again.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1746 on: May 22, 2020, 10:59:52 pm »
I notice that Professor Jim Al-Khalili's 'Science and Islam' is available for a while again on IPlayer.
Worth catching if you've missed it up till now.
Saw a thing with him on bbc4 last night, not sure if it’s new or not, about the history of chemistry. Jolly good it was too.

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Re: Television tonight: what's worth watching?
« Reply #1747 on: May 22, 2020, 11:20:25 pm »
Sounds like a new series of What We Do In The Shadows will appear soon on BBC2
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