Author Topic: Television tonight: what's worth watching?  (Read 175242 times)

Kim

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #500 on: March 08, 2015, 09:34:26 pm »
I'm liking "How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson".  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  Originally made for PBS so somewhat US-centric but contains some interesting historical Stuffs.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.

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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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #501 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
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #502 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #503 on: March 15, 2015, 09:39:35 pm »
Poo!  It was a baby marmoset.  Not a chupacabra at all :(
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #504 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.
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« Reply #505 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.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #506 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.
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« Reply #507 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #508 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #509 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #510 on: May 16, 2015, 05:52:07 pm »
Last night's W1A:

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:
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #511 on: May 16, 2015, 08:01:21 pm »
Last night's W1A:

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.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #512 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".
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #513 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #514 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #515 on: May 17, 2015, 09:35:04 pm »
This ^^^^ was my problem with The Office.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #516 on: May 20, 2015, 06:13:43 pm »
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« Reply #517 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
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #518 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #519 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #520 on: May 27, 2015, 08:08:49 pm »
Has springwatch turned into a kids tv series?

I miss Oddie, Humble and King.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #521 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #522 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!
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #523 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.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #524 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.
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