Category: Television

The Dig

When I was in primary school, I wanted to be an archaeologist. And yes folks, I was an Indiana Jones fan, but I liked to feel I wasn’t being unduly influenced and was more advanced in my thinking. Even as a 10 year old, I had books on archaeology...

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 2

I spoke about the first part of Revelation back in July and had plenty of choice comments for the ‘Fox News’ style commentators on YouTube who decided, before they saw a frame of footage, that they would hate it and exactly what all the angles would be. You know...

Get Back

If you were born after The Beatles became ‘a thing’, when and where and why you found them the first time can sometimes be heard to pin-point. They were just there, man. Larger than life. Musical gods. Obviously I can remember moments in my youth which helped inform my...

Maigret

Before the Maigret series of 2016, which is the subject of this post, I had no idea that these stories of Georges Simenon were ‘a thing’ at all. There was apparently a BBC series in the early 1960s which ran to some 50 or so episodes, but it’s not...

Squid Game

Back on September 20, I wrote on the Doctor Who Show’s Twitter account: Netflix just recommended Squid Game to me. Bloody hell, that trailer. Like the Hunger Games meets THX-1138 or something. September was proving to be a busy month for me – as you can probably see from...

The Trip to Greece

I’m going to hate writing this piece because, broadly, I like all the films in this series: The Trip, The Trip to Italy, The Trip to Spain, and now, The Trip to Greece. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan playing slightly tweaked versions of themselves, in exotic locations, eating great...

Dark

When I started watching Dark – an English dubbed, German science fiction thriller on Netflix – I had people crawling out of the woodwork to tell me to watch it carefully, it was very complex, and so on. Within a few episodes as the main theme of the series...

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1

There’s about a dozen ways I could start writing this piece. I could talk about my relationship with Masters of the Universe as a kid in the early 80s. I had the toys. I read the mini-comics that came with the toys. And, of course, I watched the TV...

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

When I looked at the first part of this movie trilogy on Netflix, you probably got the rough idea that I was happy with it. Yes, I had to calibrate my brain back into teenage, angsty, 1990s, horror/comedy territory. But I got there, and the story really drew me...

James May: Oh Cook!

There’s probably a kind of innocent Amazon viewer, just searching around for a nice cookery show, who’s completely missed that Oh Cook! is a play on James May’s common expressions of, “Oh cock!” and even more simply, “Cock!” on shows like Top Gear and The Grand Tour. So that’s...

Michael Palin’s New Europe

When Michael Palin made Around the World in 80 Days, I was 14 years old. I thought it was amazing. I was – and still am – a major Monty Python fan, as well as many of the off-shoot projects Palin had been involved in over the years, such...

Clarkson’s Farm

Jeremy Clarkson is a polarising figure. Indeed, in the case of some people, I’d say even a triggering one. Just the other day, as I celebrated a possible second series of Clarkson’s Farm on Twitter, a (now ex-) podcast listener of mine Tweeted a seven-year-old article about him; a...

Unbreakable Machine-Doll

I’m not having a good run with anime, of late. I recently said Steins;Gate would have to be the most frustrating anime I’ve ever watched and in Unbreakable Machine-Doll we have an anime which, if it was longer than its 12 episodes, I would have cut and run after...

Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate would have to be the most frustrating anime I’ve ever watched. On paper, it sounds really intriguing. Seriously, let me share with you the blurb I read about the series, leading to my purchase. The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-anointed mad scientist nuked...

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

I guess after watching Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer recently, Netflix has decided I want true crime all day, every day and promotes such material to me every time I turn it on. That isn’t true by a long shot, but when I saw The Sons...