Author: Rob Irwin

Wilt

When I was a kid in the mid 80s, I adored things like Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones; the latter series coming from two alumni – Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones – of the former. It was a rich time for UK comedy...

Jojo Rabbit

It would have been late 2019 when I first heard about Jojo Rabbit. “Taika Waititi dressed up as Hitler, poking fun at the Third Reich…” was the elevator pitch from friends. Well, colour me interested. Like so many films (and books, and audios, and albums, etc), it was one...

Spooks: The Greater Good

Well, wasn’t this a game of two halves? On one hand, yes, it follows on from where Spooks ended on TV, albeit a few years down the road. It has several returning characters from that cast which gives a sense of continuity, most notably Peter Firth as Sir Harry...

The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 11-20

I’m currently on ‘the great journey’ with Big Finish’s monthly range of Doctor Who adventures. Below are the second 10 stories in my order of preference. Your mileage may – and probably will – vary. The Best… Sword of Orion by Nicholas Briggs* The Fires of Vulcan by Steve...

The Comic Strip Presents… The Hunt for Tony Blair

Similar to when I sat down to watch The Strike, I really had no idea what I was getting myself in for with The Hunt for Tony Blair, outside of the fact I know I like Comic Strip Presents material in a broad sort of sense, and it had...

The Comic Strip Presents… The Strike

I knew very little about The Strike before I fired up my DVD player, outside of it obviously being a Comic Strip Presents parody, and had something to do with the 1984 miner’s strike in the UK. If anything, I thought it might be a little dull, but I...

The Comic Strip Presents… Five Go Mad in Dorset

When I was big into Doctor Who fandom (the first time around) during the late 80s, I remember the Five Go Mad In Dorset episode of The Comic Strip being this really cool comedy to have seen and name-check when hanging out with other fans. I couldn’t tell you...

The Comic Strip Presents… Bad News Tour

When I was a kid in the mid 80s, The Young Ones was one of the best things you could watch on TV. It was anarchic, rude (people said things like “bastard”!), and basically like nothing else we were watching, local or otherwise. In the fullness of time, we...

The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 1-10

I’m currently on ‘the great journey’ with Big Finish’s monthly range of Doctor Who adventures. Below are the first 10 stories in my order of preference. Your mileage may – and probably will – vary. The Best… The Marian Conspiracy by Jacqueline Rayner* The Spectre of Lanyon Moor by...

[ Spooks ]

I barely wrote on this site for the month of March, not through lack of interest, but because I was engaged in a MASSIVE re-watch of Spooks, the 86-episode series from the BBC that ran between 2002 and 2011. Now that I actually type those figures I realise what...

Frontline

I completed a Mass Communications degree between 1993 and 1995. For two of those years – ’94 and ’95 – there was a sitcom on the ABC that parodied current affairs television. Its name was Frontline and, as you’d expect, it was weekly water cooler talk for us… if...

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

It’s not often I watch an anime and think, “Who on Earth is this meant for?” but ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. wins the chocolates for that. I bought the series on a whim – in a sale – because it looked and sounded kind of interesting and different… and...

Le Chevalier D’Eon

Back in… when was it… 2003-ish (??) I started reading a comic book called Rex Mundi, described as, “a quest for the Holy Grail told as a murder mystery. It is set in the year 1933, in an alternate history Europe, where magic is real, feudalism persisted, and the...

Riverdale

At the time of writing this blog post, the third episode of season five of Riverdale has aired; its 79th episode overall. This might seem a weird time for me to lay down some thoughts about the series, given that I normally finish a series completely or, if reviewing...

Whitechapel

Back in 2009 I caught wind of a TV series called Whitechapel, which was billed as a horror series, where a serial killer would be recreating Jack the Ripper’s crimes in modern London. I’m not actually huge on the horror genre, but am open to it once in awhile....