Author Topic: Television tonight: what's worth watching?  (Read 142236 times)

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1075 on: June 27, 2017, 03:34:00 pm »
We're catching up on The Night Of at the moment. It's very good, but almost unbearably tense. I still haven't made up my mind if he did it or not, and I suspect it's not going to get much clearer in the remaining episodes...

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1076 on: June 28, 2017, 01:04:40 pm »
We're catching up on The Night Of at the moment. It's very good, but almost unbearably tense. I still haven't made up my mind if he did it or not, and I suspect it's not going to get much clearer in the remaining episodes...

OK, well it did kind of get clearer...

As an exposition of the complexities and ambiguities of the criminal justice system, and a philosophical treatise on notions of guilt and innocence, it's well worth watching. I didn't see the original British series on which it is based - Criminal Justice - but I imagine it's very different, given the differences in the way American courts work, and conditions in American prisons.

Definitely not recommended for people who like 'happily ever after' endings.

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« Reply #1077 on: July 09, 2017, 09:32:28 pm »
Well, you've just missed it, but Wolf Works on BBC 4 tonight was just stunning.  If you're not sure if you like modern dance or ballet, try this.  I hope it will be available on iPlayer soon.
The ballet is in three acts based on the works and life of Virginia Woolf.  The first is one of the most poignant things I have ever seen as Woolf and her younger selves inside work together.  Grit in my eye.
The second act, based on her novel Orlando, a gender and time bending romp, is so busy it's hard to keep up with what is going on in all parts of the stage at once.  Sometimes you forget whether a particular performer is male or female, and then you realise that Hey, that's not important right now.  The finale to this act is just stupendous.
The third act, Tuesday, deals with her life, breakdowns and eventual suicide, interwoven with another of her works (I have to admit that I'm not sure which).  Again, stunning, busy and modern.  Men lifting men, women lifting women.  This is what we want.  No boundaries.

Very very highly recommend.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1078 on: September 06, 2017, 06:08:10 pm »
Mitchell & Webb fans may be interested to know their new series: Back, starts tonight on C4.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1079 on: September 21, 2017, 11:30:42 am »
The other night saw Electric Dreams on Channel 4, the first of 10 stand alone adaptations of Phillip K Dick stories. Episode one was The Hood Maker, a story about a future society where telepaths (teeps) seem to be at odds with the world?

Anyhow, ep1 stars features Richard Madden (Rodd "The King in the North" Stark) and Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott- the secretary come trainee private dick in Strike) and I enjoyed it. Looking at the IMDb listings, some big names will feature in future episodes.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1080 on: September 22, 2017, 10:17:05 am »
I thought that was pretty good (although I have watched Ms Grainger far too recently in her other role!).

I've seen much much worse sci-fi on telly, so I'm pretty optimistic about the rest of the series.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1081 on: September 22, 2017, 11:06:21 am »
Watched Season 2 of The Expanse with my son. Since until a week ago he lived in Edinburgh, this was a rare indulgence. It didn't disappoint. Nobody says "Go fuck yourself" like Shohreh Aghdashloo
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« Reply #1082 on: September 30, 2017, 08:25:17 pm »
Continued Monday I think, but we’ve been away and just watched the first episode of a programme on BBC4 - The Vietnam War. Superb.
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« Reply #1083 on: September 30, 2017, 08:38:41 pm »
On i-Player, but very good - Hypernormalisation.  Scary stuff mind.  Donald Trump's in it.  So is Patti Smith.
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« Reply #1084 on: October 02, 2017, 07:26:26 am »
Watched Season 2 of The Expanse with my son. Since until a week ago he lived in Edinburgh, this was a rare indulgence. It didn't disappoint. Nobody says "Go fuck yourself" like Shohreh Aghdashloo

Love that series. Books are worth reading too.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1085 on: October 02, 2017, 07:28:49 am »
Spent most of the Sunday with the sniffles and binge-watched Line of Duty Season 4.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1086 on: October 15, 2017, 10:14:35 pm »
Electric Dreams has been good. A series of Philip K Dick short stories that are somewhat pushing the thinking about conciousness and reality. Enjoyed tonights.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1087 on: October 19, 2017, 04:51:18 pm »
Been binge watching Rellik on iPlayer while Daniel has been feeding and sleeping (I'm on Shared Parental Leave atm).  I can see it being quite confusing if you watched it as broadcast, with a week between episodes, but it's great watched as-one.  It's a really interesting concept - the reverse chronological narrative is surprisingly suspenseful.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1088 on: October 19, 2017, 05:22:11 pm »
I gave up halfway through the second episode, it irritated me too much.
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« Reply #1089 on: October 21, 2017, 08:14:18 am »
I gave up halfway through the second episode, it irritated me too much.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1090 on: October 23, 2017, 12:38:54 am »
So, is anyone watching Game of Attempting to Blow Up Thrones?

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1091 on: October 23, 2017, 01:28:01 pm »
We've just this weekend finished the first series of David Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix. Very good.

Avoids the usual torture porn aspect of many serial killer dramas, instead it's mostly talking - and all the better for it. Pretty much all the men in it are thoroughly appalling, even the good guys.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1092 on: October 23, 2017, 11:15:32 pm »
We've just this weekend finished the first series of David Fincher's Mindhunter on Netflix. Very good.

Avoids the usual torture porn aspect of many serial killer dramas, instead it's mostly talking - and all the better for it. Pretty much all the men in it are thoroughly appalling, even the good guys.

Really enjoyed it. Although I would put the the (leading) women in the same boat as the men.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1093 on: October 24, 2017, 12:34:32 pm »
Guilty pleasure...Vikings.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1094 on: November 07, 2017, 08:35:02 pm »
Watched Season 2 of The Expanse with my son. Since until a week ago he lived in Edinburgh, this was a rare indulgence. It didn't disappoint. Nobody says "Go fuck yourself" like Shohreh Aghdashloo

Love that series. Books are worth reading too.

I quite like it, and maybe it's just me, but I do find some of the acting a bit, erm, variable in quality. Which I find a bit jarring in these days of high-ish production values.
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« Reply #1095 on: November 07, 2017, 08:59:27 pm »
Yeah, it shows it's roots from time to time.  The SyFy channel normally makes pretty poor TV shows and it probably showed through a bit in season2. It took Bobbie Draper a long time to fit into her role.

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« Reply #1096 on: November 07, 2017, 09:45:42 pm »
It feels like Babylon 5 with a less intricate storyline and much better special effects.
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« Reply #1097 on: November 08, 2017, 09:26:36 am »
It feels like Babylon 5 with a less intricate storyline and much better special effects.

Where does that leave it on the internationally-recognised Big Pile Of Shit scale :demon:
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1098 on: November 08, 2017, 11:22:01 am »
It is a bit Babylon 5y (oh, I confess, I watched 'em).

Anyway, I'm just starting on series 2. It's Nagata and Draper (who, I suppose may indeed improve) who're a bit annoying in the acting stakes – the other main characters mostly OK, Holden is played with sufficient self-righteous annoyance, Miller is still the best thing in it.

This said, the books take a long time to get anywhere...
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #1099 on: November 08, 2017, 02:30:31 pm »
Forget all that nonsense above . . .  The Detectorists is back on tonight at 10pm BBC4. Episode 1 of the 3rd series. Excellent!

Talking of 'excellent', so too was Motherland last night, on BBC2 at 10pm. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/11/07/motherland-reaches-similar-comedy-heights-fawlty-towers-review/
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