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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #950 on: January 15, 2017, 11:30:27 am »
Endeavour aka The Young Morse. Thoroughly enjoyable and good period pieces.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #951 on: January 16, 2017, 11:36:20 am »
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)
So, Ep2 was just as dark and brooding. They even hired another mumbler to share some scenes with Mr Hardy.

I feel it's starting to drag its heels just a little, but then it's not a series that is all about the action sequences, so I should probably re-learn some patience!

Hardy and Pryce are both magnificent.

(I'm irritated at always being a week behind with Sherlock - MUST NOT click on the Sherlock thread ... )
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #952 on: January 16, 2017, 11:53:13 am »
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)

Tom Hardy has pretty much made Brooding & Menacing his own.  I haven't checked my dictionary but it may even say, "See: Tom Hardy" for those two entries.
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« Reply #953 on: January 16, 2017, 07:28:39 pm »
Grand Budapest Hotel on Film 4 tonight, 2100.
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« Reply #954 on: January 16, 2017, 07:49:19 pm »
Grand Budapest Hotel on Film 4 tonight, 2100.
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Just watching the trailer made me smile at the memories.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #955 on: January 17, 2017, 08:51:06 am »
BBC iPlayer - Italy's Invisible Cities

Astounding.
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Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #956 on: January 22, 2017, 11:22:31 pm »
This evening we started watching the new Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. It's fab.

My son read the books when he was around 8-10 and loved them much more than the Harry Potters, which pleased me because I'm of the opinion that they are superb children's books, very well written and great stories. The Potter books are fine but not nearly as good - they're quite stale and old-fashioned, really, while the Lemony Snickets are much more witty and inventive.

And this new series captures the spirit of the books so much better than the Jim Carrey film of a few years ago. (I actually quite liked the film but it just missed out most of what makes the books so great.)

Highly recommended. Especially for kids.

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« Reply #957 on: January 23, 2017, 12:09:32 pm »
Ah! Well, last evening as well, we started to watch the American version of House of Cards (episodes 1-3) on NetFlix. Very well done I thought, though (increasingly) trying to follow 'who's who' in a drama with increasing numbers of characters, is challenging for me. Quite a few more episodes to get through as well!!

Will have to have a look at the A.S.O.U. Events another time. The film was received well, wasn't it?
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« Reply #958 on: January 23, 2017, 01:07:57 pm »
I've just finished binging the leftpondian House Of Cards.

Series 1 and 2 were excellent, I thought; 3 and 4 slightly less so.

It usually takes me about ten minutes into a watching session to get over Spacey's accent.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #959 on: January 23, 2017, 07:12:03 pm »
Hmm, my newspaper had the Books of wossisname but I see an electronic version doesn't.

Stand down.

Bloke last night's books were Robert Harris; Gerald's doing Dan Brown.  Next week's mag says "Asterix, the Periodic Table, the novels of Nick Hornby, Richard Feynman and Stan Laurel" so not next week either.

Ah, I'm probably mixing my authors. So many tenterhooks on, I was.

Gerald's not on thus week either because of some Eurovision wank >:(
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« Reply #960 on: January 24, 2017, 11:18:06 am »
Will have to have a look at the A.S.O.U. Events another time. The film was received well, wasn't it?

I can't remember how well it was received generally but it got a mixed reception from fans of the books. Judged on its own merits, it was pretty good. Jim Carrey made a decent Count Olaf - a restrained performance by his standards, although the character allowed him some scope for doing his usual Jim Carrey thing. The kids were very good as well. The main problem was that it had to cram the content of the first three books into a single feature-length movie, so a lot of what was great about the books was simply discarded, which definitely irked the purists. And it ended up being much more of an outright comedy than the books. I liked it though. I thought it was funny.

I've only seen a few episodes of the TV series so far but it's clear that the more expansive format allows them to follow the meandering narrative style of the books more faithfully. My only concern is that it might end up feeling too expansive - the plot of each book is essentially the same, and the repetition and running jokes work really well in book form, but might start to wear a bit thin on screen.

It also strikes me that the magical realist style does slightly blunt some of the darker elements - Count Olaf is essentially reduced to a pantomime villain and perhaps not really menacing enough, certainly not as menacing as he comes across in the books. So when he hits Klaus across the face, it does seem slightly out of character. Which it shouldn't. But then I guess you have to be very careful when depicting violence towards children on screen. I do like the fact that they've got Doogie Howser to play the part though.

They should have got David Lynch to direct it. Although maybe then it wouldn't have been suitable for children...

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #961 on: January 24, 2017, 12:28:09 pm »
I enjoyed Taboo last week, will be watching 2nd episode tonight.
Hoh yessssss! [or rather we caught up with Shelock last night, but will catch-up with TabooEp2 soon ...]

I do hope they turn Tom Hardy*'s mike up in future episodes, he's too good to miss any dialogue :)

Tom Hardy has pretty much made Brooding & Menacing his own.  I haven't checked my dictionary but it may even say, "See: Tom Hardy" for those two entries.
More of the same this week. Plus some actual ... "Taboo" activity. Finally!

It's all kicking off nicely.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #962 on: January 26, 2017, 12:48:54 pm »
New series of Fortitude starts tonight. Yay!

Shame it won't have Stanley Tucci in it though. Or Michael Gambon.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #963 on: February 03, 2017, 01:34:50 pm »
Battle Mountain - nGraeme Obree's Story is showing on BBC2 Scotland next Tuesday (07/02)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c70vf

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« Reply #964 on: February 03, 2017, 03:19:30 pm »
Battle Mountain - nGraeme Obree's Story is showing on BBC2 Scotland next Tuesday (07/02)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c70vf
Please tell me there is loads of cool stuff on BBC2 that you DONT get in Scotland!
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #965 on: February 03, 2017, 05:05:49 pm »
Prolly available on iPlayer but, the other night was Cheetahs- Growing Up Fast.

Some here may know I have a soft spot for Cheetah. This was ace throughout and sad in places and I was damn jealous of the cameraman.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #966 on: February 03, 2017, 09:33:37 pm »
Prolly available on iPlayer but, the other night was Cheetahs- Growing Up Fast.

Some here may know I have a soft spot for Cheetah. This was ace throughout and sad in places and I was damn jealous of the cameraman.
Did they show much of Tarzan?  ;)


BBC4 has a load of stuff on tonight, something about EMI and then something about prog rock. Just now I'm watching one hit wonders.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #967 on: February 06, 2017, 04:40:02 pm »
Prolly available on iPlayer but, the other night was Cheetahs- Growing Up Fast.

Some here may know I have a soft spot for Cheetah. This was ace throughout and sad in places and I was damn jealous of the cameraman.
Did they show much of Tarzan?  ;)


BBC4 has a load of stuff on tonight, something about EMI and then something about prog rock. Just now I'm watching one hit wonders.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #968 on: February 06, 2017, 04:49:47 pm »
I'm on again on Friday. Mastermind Semi 8pm BBC 2

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« Reply #969 on: February 06, 2017, 05:24:48 pm »
No spoilers please.  I won't be able to watch it until late Friday or Saturday.
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« Reply #970 on: February 10, 2017, 07:14:35 pm »
Potentially Arena: Alone with Chrissie Hynde on BBC 4 at 2100.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #971 on: February 12, 2017, 09:27:54 pm »
Wagner's Ring Cycle on BBC Four.

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« Reply #972 on: February 12, 2017, 11:01:50 pm »
Was it a decent production? The info on iPlayer was very sparse.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #973 on: February 13, 2017, 08:20:47 am »
Was it a decent production? The info on iPlayer was very sparse.

From the ten seconds I saw while channel-hopping, "sparse" is an excellent summary of the production too.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #974 on: February 13, 2017, 01:06:37 pm »
On Fox, but also available on Amazon Prime, Legion.

Another Marvel offering, but this time much better. Imagine the first episode of Heroes, remade with David Lynch directing and you are getting close. Hopefully the rest of the series is as good (the last bit was a little Deadpool, with the guy just waving his hand to chuck people about).
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