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post #651 of 909

Making my way through the Prime Suspect series on Hulu right now. I was like 16 when it first started showing on TV and I don't remember much about it (other than the Harry Enfield show referring to writer Lynda La Plante as "Lynda La Plume De Ma Tante"). Feels dated in some ways- the gritty early 90s "hard hitting" material isn't quite so hard hitting now- but the feminist procedural angle is what makes it really interesting, and Helen Mirren is of course excellent.

 

Anyway, just finishing up season 3, and this thing is absolutely crammed with well known faces either at or near the start of their careers. Peter Capaldi (playing a trans woman, did not recognize him at first), a babyfaced Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, Johnny Lee Miller, James Frain, a shockingly good Danny Dyer, etc. Good stuff.

post #652 of 909
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a shockingly good Danny Dyer,

 

See, now I know you're lying.

post #653 of 909
Ha. Maybe "good" isn't exactly the right word. "Believable" might be better. He's sort of a street urchin here, in what I'm pretty sure was his first ever acting job. Basically, watching this inspired me to fantasy cast him in a super dark version of Oliver Twist (also starring David Thewlis as the skeeviest Fagin ever)
post #654 of 909

It's back! May 5th.

 

post #655 of 909

I was just reading that Bowie was a big fan of the show, and sent star Killian Murphy a photo of Bowie wearing one of those hats. Bowie really wanted a piece of his music to be used on the show, and his people were working on making it happen.

post #656 of 909

Apparently Tom Cruise is also a major fan.

 

For some reason, that just completely stuns me. 

post #657 of 909
Cruise likes lots of unexpected stuff. Good on him. I guess I'd better watch season 2 sharpish then.
post #658 of 909

Steven Moffat's TV series Jekyll - not to be confused with ITV's axed Jekyll and Hyde show - is to be turned into a film.

The 2007 BBC One series, described as a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella, starred James Nesbitt (pictured) as a modern-day descendant of Dr Jekyll.

 

A script for the film version has been picked up by Ellen DeGeneres, who will be among the movie's producers.

 

I don't 'do' photoshop, but if I did I'd love to see his skin whitened, his hair tinted a nice deep green, and very restrained red lipstick.


Edited by stevehauk - 5/8/16 at 7:18pm
post #659 of 909

The Graham Norton Show --


I love it when, at the end of each show he says 'be sure to be here next week when my guests will be..'

and it's always a better line up or one amazing guest, and the studio collectively gasps *NO*

post #660 of 909

 

 

Apparently this already aired a few days ago. Whoever came up with the idea of Partridge embarking on a "personal journey of redemption" is a ruddy genius. I need to see this now.

post #661 of 909

Just finished the first episode of BBC's upcoming New Blood (they released the first three episodes on iPlayer ahead of its launch on BBC1) and really enjoyed it.

 

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When Arrash Sayyad meets Stefan Kowolski, it's hate at first sight. However, a terrifying event, which took place six years earlier in India, is about to have severe consequences on the streets of London, bringing both men together. Arrash; a trainee Police Detective investigating a mysterious death, and Stefan; a Serious Fraud Squad officer unearthing corruption in the pharmaceutical industries, are about to discover that they're going to need to work together in order to discover the truth.

 

It's the brainchild of author Anthony Harowitz (probably best known for his teenage spy Alex Rider novels; one of which was turned into a movie some year back) and, based on the first hour alone, is both fun and intriguing. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

 

 

post #662 of 909
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I was just reading that Bowie was a big fan of the show, and sent star Killian Murphy a photo of Bowie wearing one of those hats. Bowie really wanted a piece of his music to be used on the show, and his people were working on making it happen.

Episode 5 of series 3 opens with a Bowie song during the credits---He Got His WISH !!

post #663 of 909

Great sequence with Bowie's song and great episode overall. It was the shot in the arm the season needed, which has been a bit lackluster so far. Loved seeing Tom Hardy pop up again. 

post #664 of 909

Watched the BBC version of Then There Were None (Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians). It is fucking GREAT. Amazingly cast and beautifully made, quite different from most Agatha Christie adaptations I've seen. I don't know if Maeve Dermody is a big name in the UK, but she really caught my attention. The MVP in a cast of heavy-hitters.

post #665 of 909

Greg Davies' MAN DOWN has started a third series, and it's much funnier than the last.

MVP in the first episode was krakov the janitor. he's relentless...


and Davies hilarious attempt to scale the school wall...

post #666 of 909

Apparently Chris Evans is in talks to play the lead role in the movie remake of Steven Moffat's Jekyll. I love Evans to pieces but there's no way he can replicate the performance that Nesbitt pulled off. I mean, can you imagine Captain America offering a sadistic grin like this:

 

post #667 of 909

There was an adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde that was announced some years ago and Keanu Reeves was circling the project. Never happened, thank God. Can you imagine what a trainwreck that would have been? Evans looks like Ben Kingsley next to Reeves.

 

I never saw the original TV series but Moffat's involvement doesn't get me excited.

post #668 of 909
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Apparently Chris Evans is in talks to play the lead role in the movie remake of Steven Moffat's Jekyll. I love Evans to pieces but there's no way he can replicate the performance that Nesbitt pulled off. I mean, can you imagine Captain America offering a sadistic grin like this:



For about 10 seconds I actually thought what the fuck, is this the real reason Evans quit TOP GEAR?
post #669 of 909
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There was an adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde that was announced some years ago and Keanu Reeves was circling the project. Never happened, thank God. Can you imagine what a trainwreck that would have been? Evans looks like Ben Kingsley next to Reeves.

 

I never saw the original TV series but Moffat's involvement doesn't get me excited.

 

Apparently there's another version (not connected to this project) which will star Russell Crowe which is pretty good casting. 

 

Also, the original TV series is pretty good and you should check it out!

 

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For about 10 seconds I actually thought what the fuck, is this the real reason Evans quit TOP GEAR?

 

Ha. I'd definitely watch a movie of this starring that Chris Evans.

post #670 of 909

Something new to watch on the tele--

 

The Secret Agent

Starring Toby Jones

The Secret Agent is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1907. The story is set in London in 1886 and deals with Mr. Adolf Verloc and his work as a spy for an unnamed country (presumably Russia). The story deals broadly with anarchism, espionage and terrorism. It also deals with exploitation of the vulnerable, particularly in Verloc's relationship with his brother-in-law Stevie, who has an intellectual disability.  Stephen Graham (who played American gangster Al Capone in 'Boardwalk Empire' and Tommy in 'Snatch') is Inspector Heat who is unraveling the case. The book jumped forward and backward to tell the story, but this TV version just tells it straightforwardly. It's 3 episodes long. Big bushy sideburns abound.

post #671 of 909
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Greg Davies' MAN DOWN has started a third series, and it's much funnier than the last.
MVP in the first episode was krakov the janitor. he's relentless...




and Davies hilarious attempt to scale the school wall...

Holy fuck is that Stephen Berkoff?

I love Greg Davies but have never caught a single Man Down.
post #672 of 909
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 Holy fuck is that Stephen Berkoff?
I love Greg Davies but have never caught a single Man Down.

Yep, Berkoff. 

 

This show sometimes has one-off bits from notable UK comics and actors.

Sir Tony Robinson (Baldrick) is currently a re-occurring character

 

and Ric Mayall played his prank-pulling Dad in the first series,

but he came over all dead and he was written out and replaced by his Gran.

 

American Comic Reginald D. Hunter

 

was in this past week's show.

First series was pretty good, second less so and third has been the best.

Don't need to have seen previous eps either..he's a disgruntled drama teacher, still living at home, who is surrounded by weird friends.

Davies builds up to an almost Basil Fawlty frenzy each episode. Fun to watch.

post #673 of 909

Right now I'm hooked on a Channel 4 show


With cameras mounted on the response vihicles and a handheld camera man or 2, this follows various

members of emergency response, who come collecting debts,dealing with drunkards, serving evictions,

or police or ambulance crews. 999 operators and dispatchers. Just gripping and sometimes very funny.

I'm just watching eps 12 of series 3, and the voice over at the end of the eps sez a new series starts

this coming week. I've found mostly shows from this year, I'll have to see if I can find series 1+2 online

using..., what was it you called the method, Saxon?...

post #674 of 909
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Right now I'm hooked on a Channel 4 show




With cameras mounted on the response vihicles and a handheld camera man or 2, this follows various
members of emergency response, who come collecting debts,dealing with drunkards, serving evictions,
or police or ambulance crews. 999 operators and dispatchers. Just gripping and sometimes very funny.
I'm just watching eps 12 of series 3, and the voice over at the end of the eps sez a new series starts
this coming week. I've found mostly shows from this year, I'll have to see if I can find series 1+2 online
using..., what was it you called the method, Saxon?...

Christ you should move to the UK if you love this type of TV. The channels are filled with shit like this.

Programmes about those who can't afford things in life and shown to be punished when they can't pay, masquerading as entertainment for the more fortunate of us whilst also acting as a reminder that this could be you, and people watch it thinking thank god I'm not in that position, while in reality so many people are a single paycheque away from destitution and as life throws curveballs everyday it really could be any of us.

Just poor taste lower-rung-of-society freak show TV designed to make you feel better about yourself while reminding you to stay in your place or you could be next.
post #675 of 909

I can't watch stuff like that. It's either full of scum or, as with the one episode I watched, a hardworking family who are fucked over by someone they love (never sign as guarantor on your kids' contracts, parents!). That one was particularly heartbreaking; especially when the daughter (who, one of her siblings noted, was going on holiday in a week) turned around and told her crying mother "It's your debt now - you sort it". URGH.

post #676 of 909

I'm not proud of it, but I've been homeless a couple times in my years, and I've been evicted a couple times as well, so maybe I can relate and find some misbegotten comfort seeing others going thru something similar. I know that I'd really like to visit the UK, maybe even move there, but seeing shows like this and some of the dramas showing the seedier towns and streets, makes me think twice. Everywhere deals with this kinda thing, unfortunately.

post #677 of 909

I haven't watched it myself but everyone at work is currently raving about four-part One Of Us. Going to give it a go on iPlayer later today.

 

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 The show is about childhood sweethearts, Adam Elliot and Grace Douglas, who are brutally murdered after returning home from their honeymoon. Their families and neighbours in the remote Scottish Highland village of Braeston are devastated, but things take an even darker turn when a badly injured man arrives at their doorstep after his car comes off the road – a man who happens to be the killer.

 

post #678 of 909

Glad to hear that The Crystal Maze is coming back, and I think Stephen Merchant will be a good host.... but I wish it wasn't going to be full of E-list celebrities. There was something charming about watching real people struggling through the maze in order to win prizes for themselves.


Edited by MrSaxon - 9/29/16 at 11:58am
post #679 of 909

comedian Josh Widdicombe is the only 'celebrity' I'm familiar with from his comedy game show appearances. Don't know how he's gonna handle any physical challenges..he appears to have a whiny approach to things, so that might prove interesting. This airs sometime next month.

post #680 of 909

Graham Norton's show was pretty good this week, with Cumberbatch, Redmayne and Cranston together. I ❤ Bryan Cranston so much.

 

post #681 of 909

I still find it hard to believe Redmayne isn't gay.

All thru this I noticed he was favoring his left arm, turns out he had a wand up his sleeve.

post #682 of 909

I've been hearing really good word-of-mouth about the second series of The Missing

 

 

Before I spend eight hours on it, has anyone else seen it? Is it as good as I've heard?


Edited by MrSaxon - 11/27/16 at 9:35am
post #683 of 909

Two episodes into The Missing (Series 2) and I'm really enjoying the central mystery. They get the two most obvious twists out of the way very quickly and, so far, are using the different time frames (the abduction of young Alice in 2003, her return in 2014, and what's happening with the family and Tchéky Karyo's investigation in the current day) to build a good story - as well using the gaps between each time period to create more mysteries. As someone who spent part of his early childhood on a British military base in Germany, I can obviously identify a lot with the setting but it's Karyo's performance that really impresses me. It's a shame that Hollywood largely used him to play bad guy roles because he really nails the role of a retired detective trying to close the one unfinished case which has consumed him here. 

post #684 of 909

The Missing. Is season 2 the same cast doing another missing persons case, or a fresh cast?

Do we have to have seen series 1?

post #685 of 909

oh, and..

it's not British TV but a movie of a TV series, and not great either..

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie.

Drokk, what load of hooey! Just not at all funny. Most of the cameos I didn't recognize,

and the only ones that made me chuckle were both Barry Humphries' characters


and Graham Norton, who shows up for literally seconds!


I've watched the original series, but this was very dull and un humorous...

post #686 of 909
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The Missing. Is season 2 the same cast doing another missing persons case, or a fresh cast?

Do we have to have seen series 1?

 

It's a completely new cast and case. The only holdover character is Tchéky Karyo's investigator but, other than a brief mention that he's a national celebrity due to his actions in the first series, there's no real link to that series. A lot of the people who recommended it to me didn't even seem to realize it's the second series. 

 

I marathoned up to episode six yesterday, will watch episode seven on iPlayer during my office lunch break today, and then watch the finale live on Wednesday.

post #687 of 909
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 I marathon-ed up to episode six yesterday, will watch episode seven on iPlayer during my office lunch break today, and then watch the finale live on Wednesday.

That's a fun way to see a TV series. I myself am now able to catch up on stockpiled shows of various series.

I'm working my way thru the 2nd season of POWERS. Why aren't folks talking about this fun and well done superhero/cop series--I actually prefer their approach to this kinda of production over the Marvel Netflix shows. People fly--sometimes it's the gentle style of Reeve,sometimes it's the explosive take off/landing of Cavill-- each character has their own style.

 

 

People wear spandex believeably, it's not all black leather like so many hero series/movies. There's consequences of actions, ex-powered characters, iconic heros who die. Eddie Izzard was the main bad guy in the first series and was brilliant in it.

 

This season has Michael Madsen as a retired hero pulled back into the fray.

 

Did I mention that Michelle Forbes features in both seasons (man, I love her)


I'm also enjoying Impastor and have the last season of Orphan Black to start!

post #688 of 909

The Missing series 0ne, of course! That had James Nesbitt in it. I watched it for him, but remember it was slow, and might have benefited in shortening.

I'm a couple episodes into second season, with the others collected in que to watch, if my attention span holds up.

post #689 of 909

Finally finished the 8 episode series 2 of The Missing. Was a worthwile time spent. Much better  than first series. This had a complicated mystery that unfolded more as we discover, as the main detective does, the levels of deceit and lies. The storytelling here jumped from current time scenes to back story scenes. The main characters visually changed much in those years-from reasons including brain tumor and burn scars, and it's easy to keep up.

David 'the governor' Morrissey is the best-known-name actor, but  Tchéky Karyo as Julien Baptiste is really the star performer-

-geez, this guy was wonderful to watch, and the directors knew to fill the frame with his expressive face. Quick on-line search tells me he also acted in the Bond film Goldeneye, Hollywood blockbuster The Patriot to French cult movie Doberman.

Lots of breathtaking scenery..I took lots of frame grabs to possibly use for painting references later...

post #690 of 909

Yeah, it really made me want to visit that cafe in Switzerland just so I could sit there and marvel at the beautiful mountains.

 

I agree that it was better than the first season. I hope Karyo comes back for a third season! 

post #691 of 909

St John Ambulance The Chokeables advert: save a choking baby

Watch this~

I immediately picked up the voices as David Mitchell as the pen cap, David Walliams as the Queen,

Johnny Vega as the Jelly Baby, and Sir John Hurt as the nut. All those years of watching British

comedy news/ game shows is really paying off!

post #692 of 909

watch out on BBC for  'BBC Ray Harryhausen Special Effects Titan' documentary. way cool stuff.

 

I got to go to the American Film Institute in DC for the premiere of his Clash of the Titans movie in 1981, and met him.

I had a b&w button of the Ymir (with caption 'I'm A Harryhausen Fan!') on and he said he liked it. I told him the Ymir was

my favorite of his creations because it was so sympathetic. He agreed and said he'd once planned to do Frankenstein

monster in stop-motion in a film and he said that quality was primary.

There was a meet & greet and you cued around a table that had the stop-motion figures of the 2 headed dog Cerberus, evil Kalibos, and Medusa from Clash of the Titans! You couldn't touch but could get REAL CLOSE! here's a picture from that event (I didn't take it)

such a ground breaking artist, and humble when folks thanked him. He was depressed that the, then new,

CGI technology was replacing him.

post #693 of 909

Part one of a three part drama called In Plain Sight started yesterday on ITV, based on the true story of Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel; a man who was able to successfully defend himself in court when charged with rape, before progressing to murdering multiple women. The first episode was very interesting with strong performances from both Martin Compston as Manuel and Douglas Henshall as the detective inspector pursuing him. 

 

post #694 of 909
PSA! BOTTOM Christmas special is on now. Rik Mayall and Edmondson on top form.
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post #696 of 909

Of all the shows to get a Christmas special, you'd never guess that Inside No. 9 would be among them. A one-off special "The Devil Of Christmas" airs Tuesday 27th of December.

 

Love the fact they've apparently shot it like a 70's tv show.

 

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“It is Austria, Krampusnacht, December 1977. Julian Devonshire (Steve Pemberton), his pregnant wife Kathy (Jessica Raine), their son Toby and mother in law Celia (Rula Lenska) arrive at the alpine chalet for a family holiday.

 

“They are shown around by Klaus (Reece Shearsmith) who tells the family about the local legend of The Devil Of Christmas. All the good children are given gifts by St. Nicholas, and all the bad ones are punished by the demonic Krampus. But who has been good, and who has been bad?”

 

 

post #697 of 909

on this week's '8 out of 10 cats christmas special' they played a game where team mates had to try and understand phrases spoken by someone with a dental lip-pull-back thingie, and one of those folks was Rob Beckett, who is toothy to start with.


Didn't I see that in a Clive Barker film?...Or was it Evil Dead?..

post #698 of 909

I just noticed that one of the guests was Carrie Fisher! Will have to give it a watch with my lunch.

post #699 of 909

every christmas I pull out my recording of this 8 out of 10 cats christmas special from 2011, where host Jimmy Carr makes the mistake of giving out presents and one of them is a HUGE bottle of whiskey which gets passed around and things get out of hand real quickly as people start abusing guests Jedward.

post #700 of 909

"This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

 

Are you kidding me, Channel 4? I live in the same country as you!

 

 

EDIT: Okay, found a workaround. Man, I forgot how annoying Jedward were.

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