Favourite TV Series

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  1. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    The Last Tommies is on this week on BBC4 at 2100. It features interviews with some of the last survivors of the Great War filmed in the 1990's when many of the veterans were already centenarians. It is a fascinating historical document and a window into the feelings and general character of the nation at the time before moving onto the experiences of the soldiers as they encountered the real horrors of the battlefield.

    One could see in their eyes the recalling of the last moments of dear friends and the huge amount of sadness in recalling being unable to help or even stop to hold a dying comrades hand.

    Allied to his series is the written recollections of veterans collected by Richard van Emden.
    Britain's Last Tommies: Final Memories from Soldiers of the 1914-1918 War, In Their Own Words
  2. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Something I was interested to see was "YouTube's" attempt at "Space Opera": Origin. They've spent a lot of spondulicks on it and developed/borrowed many themes/scenes from a lot of sci-fi "classics" (Bladerunner, Alien, Cloud Atlas, Black Mirror, Prometheus, the Matrix etc.) and it's no bad thing although none of it is particulalry original but it really works and looks fantastic. Basically each episode tells the backstory of a character as well as adding to the potboiler.

    I was particularly taken by two performances and judging by how they played their characters these two Harry Potter alumni should escape its "curse": Tom Felton and Natalia Tena (TBF she was only in "one" - actually two halves - and is doubly damneded by her appearance in "Titties and Dragons"). He shows he can act and devlops in the story from a background character to someone who plays a key role whilst she is a commanding lead throughout.
  3. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Binge watching "The Good Place" at the moment. Great series.
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  4. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Something I was surprised I really "got in to" was the Julia Roberts vehicle "Homecoming". It has a lovely, tense 70's feel with very well chosen music ramping up the pressure and lots of lovely letterbox/pillarbox cuts in the editing that just adds to the incredibly visual 30 min episodic pot-boiler. The cast really "work" with an incredibly "tight" script - Roberts shows she can "act", Bobby Cannavele just about stops before he crosses the "OTT performance" line but star of the show is Shea Wingham with a marvelously understated character study.

    Word of warning do watch the episodes right to the end of the credits.

    It'll be interesting to see whether Amazon will be brave enough to let it end with just one series.

    I'll eat moog's underpants if this doesn't win a clutchful of TV awards.
  5. hornetgags

    hornetgags McMuff's lovechild

    I binged watched Cobra Kai over the weekend...I was sceptical of it as I was a fan of the first 2 Karate Kid films (3rd was an absolute wreck).

    Have to say, I really enjoyed it.
  6. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Enjoyed this one as well. Really nicely done.
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  7. Hornpete

    Hornpete Reservist

    Watching the Sunderland documentary on netflix. I say documentary, it's more of a horror show if you get my drift... Really highlights the car crash of a club they created for themselves. They had Will Hughes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on their Jan transfer targets list! Very well cut and notable that everytime Ndongs in shot, hes just vacantly staring into space.
  8. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Somebody else "has not been playing by the rules" and has made another collection of frauds and bull$h1tters look like frauds and bull$h1tters...
  9. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    Haunting of Hill House was excellent
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  10. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    I'm a big fan of Le Carre's early spy novels (featuring Smiley) so judging how good the adaptations (past and recent) have been of these I was looking forward to "The Little Drummer Girl". Unfortunately I managed one episode as it appeared to be little better than an AM-DRAM production filmed by one of the director's children as they got a HD camcorder for their birthday sponsored by the Athens tourist board. Shame.
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  11. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Agreed, but it was about 4 episodes too long.
  12. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Enjoyed the final series of Luther and also Homecoming on Netflix with Julia Roberts
  13. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

  14. You have to go a long way to beat "Vera" IMO.
  15. Meister

    Meister Administrator Staff Member

    Felt a bit odd to me. As if Idris has said he's not doing anymore despite Neil Cross writing more.

    Alice killing Halliday didn't make sense, was out of her developed character. It's obviously open as Luther can get out of it. Balistics will prove he didn't kill Benny & Alice may have survived.[/spoiler/]
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  16. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    Everyone I know who watched "Bandersnatch" said how amazing it was to be able to make the decisions on the plot. What they all forgot to tell me was how sh*t the story was.
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  17. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    100% agree, the story is too short and was all over the shop especially one of the options at the computer. It just felt so smug, like they were saying look what we can do.
  18. Meister

    Meister Administrator Staff Member

    You're not meant to enjoy stuff like this. It's all about pretending to enjoy it and to discuss it with others to make yourself look intelligent and a person of culture. Whether it's entertaining or not is secondary.

    Mind you I like the Fast and Furious franchise so maybe it's just me.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2019
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  19. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe we aren't "woke" enough for this sort of thing Meister.
  20. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    There was an event last night at the BFI launching the second series of this. If you haven't seen it, I'm assuming it's still on iplayer - it's a series where everything "clicks" Phoebe Double-Barrel-Named's writing and acting, the supporting cast, the setting...
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  21. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    I thought it jumped the shark by the final episode. Agree with your summation in spoiler.
  22. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Haven't watched "Bandersnatch" yet so don't know if I agree with above critiques but one of the mini HHs & I watched the "Hated in the Nation" episode of Black Mirror tonight & both agreed it was one of our favourite episodes.
  23. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Finally something's arrived for that hard to reach "wanting a zombie story set in late medieval Korea starring the gorgeous Doona Bae from Cloud Atlas" demographic. Kingdom, as you would expect, looks amazing but is a very nice twist on the "classic" zombie mythos mixed up with all the machinations/intrigue of an Imperial "Oriental" Court. Rumour is, which I can well believe, that Netflix ordered a second series of it before it was even released to the general public.
  24. Cassetti's Beard

    Cassetti's Beard Squad Player

    Watched 20 minutes and gave up, was terribly boring and the gimmick of choosing your own story wasn't that amazing considering video games have been doing it for years.
  25. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Funny, I used to think the same about The Inbetweeners so I didn't watch it. To me, it will forever be a Poundland Kevin & Perry.
  26. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Ozark on Netflix is worth a watch on Netflix. Just started on The Ted Bundy tapes as well which has been excellent so far if a little disturbing at times
  27. Moose

    Moose First Team

    Have never seen ‘Les Miserables’ or read the novel, so coming into it fresh for the Andrew Davies series currently airing on the BBC.

    I’m not sure I have enough superlatives, just brilliant. Each scene perfectly delivered, tense and harrowing.

    No wonder someone thought it would benefit from a few tunes.
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  28. kVA

    kVA Reservist

    I’ve always felt a bit uncultured having not seen it or read the books. This is a great series though and it might push me to actually go and watch the play/musical or whatever it is.
  29. Carpster

    Carpster Reservist

    I feel the same But will give it a go.
  30. Carpster

    Carpster Reservist

    Bundy tapes were a harrowing watch. Even though I've probably read every book about him it still haunts me how cold and pure evil this guy was
    Be Interesting to see how a certain Zac Efron plays him in an upcoming movie this year.
  31. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Ein neues "Das Boot" ist da und es ist sehr gut zu sehen.
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  32. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    The problem is, as with all great works of literature, is versions of it are all pretty "samey" (cf "Shakespeare") but the Beebs' latest effort very good (I have to say the the musicals were "alright" but not my cup of tea). Things get far more interesting when you look at interpretations of the great works for example: "Shakespeare's 'The Tempest" ("alright") and the film "The Forbidden Planet" ("a masterpiece") - with Les Mis the 1995 film starring Jean-Paul Belmando is the superlative version.

    Also Bandersnatch - as I said earlier I got it in one four hour "lump" I've got about half way through it and... I think that's enough.
  33. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Finally catching up with "Killing Eve" (no spoilers please). Four episodes in, loving it - much better than "The Bodyguard" which was more hyped when both were on.
  34. Knight GT

    Knight GT Predictor extraordinaire 2013/14

    Harrowing is exactly the right word. Zac Efron? Really
  35. Carpster

    Carpster Reservist

    I'm afraid so. I must admit that he looks chillingly simular to Theodore in the trailer.

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