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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #900 on: December 01, 2016, 07:45:43 pm »
BBC 4 had a program about the making of Paul Simon's Graceland album last night so it will still be on iPlayer. Really interesting.

I watched that. Very enjoyable. I think I also watched it the first time it was shown in 1997!

Shame they didn't talk to the likes of Jerry Dammers or Billy Bragg about the more controversial aspects of the album's creation.

The film that did that was called 'Under African Skies'.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #901 on: December 01, 2016, 10:43:19 pm »
Been watching 'Close to the Enemy' is it me that just thinks it's shite?

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #902 on: December 01, 2016, 10:51:24 pm »
Frankly, about as far fetched as shit from China.

Lasted about 30 mins before going to bed . . .
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #903 on: December 01, 2016, 11:15:18 pm »
Frankly, about as far fetched as shit from China.

Lasted about 30 mins before going to bed . . .

That was one of my dad's sayings :)

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #904 on: December 03, 2016, 09:33:56 pm »
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #905 on: December 03, 2016, 09:43:00 pm »
A Rebus repeat :)

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #906 on: December 05, 2016, 12:26:10 pm »
Been watching 'Close to the Enemy' is it me that just thinks it's shite?

Not been watching it. I've long thought Stephen Poliakoff hugely overrated. Every time he does something new for the BBC, they trail it as if it's a major landmark in television but I can't think of anything of his I've seen that I actually enjoyed. Shooting The Past was OK, I suppose.

Anyone else watching the current series of Humans? I thought last night's episode was fantastic, especially the brilliant scene where one of the newly sentient synths goes to confession and asks the priest for guidance on the meaning of life.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #907 on: December 05, 2016, 01:13:14 pm »
Been watching 'Close to the Enemy' is it me that just thinks it's shite?
I'm sticking with it, just in case.  What is it with the lead character's accent?
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #908 on: December 06, 2016, 04:00:41 pm »
Part 2 of Rillington Place, Part 1 is here.

The story of John Christie, a British serial killer from long before the term was coined.

A murky, dreary, wartime London is the backdrop.  Tim Roth, as Christie and Samantha Morton as Ethel his wife, are excellent.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #909 on: December 09, 2016, 07:48:15 pm »
Tonight, 21:00, BBC4, No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese's epic profile of Nobel Laureate and all-round cool fucker His Bobness :thumbsup:
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #910 on: December 12, 2016, 09:12:46 pm »
Youtube is what we use instead of telly now, right?

Anyway, this one has all the makings of a proper documentary and may appeal to those with an interest in telecoms infrastructure, manhole covers, GCHQ conspiracy theories (tinfoil hats optional, but not required) and suspicious bungalows:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/K_nnUbX7uuQ&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/K_nnUbX7uuQ&rel=1</a>
https://youtu.be/K_nnUbX7uuQ
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #911 on: December 13, 2016, 07:53:27 pm »
Planet Earth II (Ep 6/6) - the one about wildlife in towns and cities

The monkey parcour sequence may be the best non-fiction piece of film-making ever made.


Again I say - watch this series if you're wondering whether the licence fee is money well spent.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #912 on: December 14, 2016, 02:41:59 pm »
Planet Earth II (Ep 6/6) - the one about wildlife in towns and cities

The monkey parcour sequence may be the best non-fiction piece of film-making ever made.


Again I say - watch this series if you're wondering whether the licence fee is money well spent.

The monkeys were great but it was the view of Singapore's "Garden by the Bay" that left me speechless.  It was like watching "Avatar".

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #913 on: December 14, 2016, 03:00:17 pm »
Planet Earth II (Ep 6/6) - the one about wildlife in towns and cities

The monkey parcour sequence may be the best non-fiction piece of film-making ever made.


Again I say - watch this series if you're wondering whether the licence fee is money well spent.

I found that episode the least satisfying and rather anthropomorphic.  There was no background information - like spreading urban sprawl in India going into the leopards traditional hunting areas, or just how much of a pest urban racoons are, or how much the thieving monkeys cost hard pressed market traders. It was all a bit cosy (though as usual, spectactularly well filmed and edited) and betrayed the fact that it was really an Attenborough voice-over exercise.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #914 on: December 14, 2016, 03:22:01 pm »
Fleabag

A sort of "Peep Show" from a female perspective.  Funny, crude and poignant in equal measure.

Box set of 6 on iPlayer.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #915 on: December 14, 2016, 07:10:07 pm »
I found that episode the least satisfying and rather anthropomorphic.  There was no background information

With respect:

There is only so much you can fit into 50minutes. I think the background - cities grow, some species adapt better than others - was made very clear, but it's a mainstream family show, not a science paper.

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or just how much of a pest urban racoons are, or how much the thieving monkeys cost hard pressed market traders.
Those poor city folk, harassed by the natural world like that. Not sure how more info on them would make the thing LESS anthropomorphic.  ???
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #916 on: December 14, 2016, 07:30:23 pm »
Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency on Netflix.
It is surprisingly good. It only loosely follows the book, but certainly captures the spirit of it.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #918 on: December 16, 2016, 08:12:52 pm »
11. Good start!

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #919 on: December 16, 2016, 08:13:42 pm »
And no passes
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« Reply #920 on: December 16, 2016, 08:28:13 pm »
Ooh exciting
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #921 on: December 16, 2016, 08:30:42 pm »
GO GERALD! WOO!

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #922 on: December 16, 2016, 08:45:04 pm »
Hurrah!
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #923 on: December 17, 2016, 12:02:14 am »
Just caught up with Gerald on iPlayer.  Great!  Well done.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #924 on: December 17, 2016, 08:35:05 am »
Semis should be shown mid Jan to early Feb.