●●●●○ Back for a second series after last year’s eight-episode run took audiences from accession to the birth of an heir, Jenna Coleman’s young and opinionated Queen Victoria is faced with more political shenanigans, servants who just can’t keep their … Continue reading We Are Amused: the Return of “Victoria” Series 2, Episode 1 offers a second helping of a reliable recipe for a successful Sunday night historical drama, but can it do more?
The final episode of Poldark’s third series opened with coastlines, rum, warbling, and even a flicked-out sailor’s telescope (not a euphemism). There were love letters with phrases like ‘press but her lips to mine, and never let love decay’ (basically the eighteenth century’s answer to sexting); George was screwing over the poor again; and Geoffrey Charles was channeling Aunt Agatha (“It’s a Poldark house! And he’s a usurper!”). This being a series finale, however, it was inevitable they’d invoke the ancient Poldark rule that no more than two people can be happy at any one time (this week it was Dwight and Caroline). I predicted a finale of adultery and clifftop contemplation, mining and murder, and though there was less of the latter, they went hell for leather on the former.
●●●●○ In a Heartbeat: the four-minute short film here to brighten your day. This independent début – which has racked up 23 million views at the time of writing, captures first crushes and adolescent awkwardness as a boy risks being … Continue reading In a Heartbeat: The Four Minute Short Film to Brighten Your Day
The penultimate episode of Poldark series three was a bit of a belter, mainly thanks to one particularly spectacular bait and switch. Poldark rarely employs overt storytelling devices (there’s only been one hallucinatory vision sequence so far this year, and hardly any voiceovers) but when they do, it’s marvellous. SPOILERS!
There is only one important take-away from this week’s Poldark: Aunt Agatha’s (Caroline Blakiston) gleeful cackling and ominous forewarnings are no more. Last week it looked like the last of the Trenwith Poldarks (excluding young Geoffrey Charles, and bearing in … Continue reading Keeping up with Poldark – series 3, episode 7
●●●○○ This week’s Poldark opened, rather uncharacteristically, in the Trenwith home of Elizabeth and George Warleggan, where they proceeded to eat strawberries in their four-poster like they weren’t trying to plot the downfall of every decent character within a thirty-mile … Continue reading Keeping up with Poldark: series 3, episode 6
I could tell by the cut of the coat. The team behind the reveal of Doctor Who’s latest regeneration tried to maintain the suspense a little longer – it was a dark, masculine grey, with broad shoulders and a black … Continue reading “It’s about time” – Doctor Who Casts First Female Lead
●●●●○ This week’s Poldark review must begin with a moment’s silence for Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth), a man of the loyal, decent sort who didn’t deserve to meet his end at the hands of some trigger-happy French Republicans. It was … Continue reading Keeping up with Poldark: series 3, episode 5
It’s time to talk historical drama’s most unlikely sleeper hit. Yes, even more unlikely than a series following a cheekboned crime-solving 1950s Anglican vicar (ITV’s Grantchester) or one entirely based on Tom Hardy’s penchant for brutish skulking and indecipherable dialogue … Continue reading “Outlander”: historical drama’s sleeper hit
●●●○○ Stormy seas heralded the opening shots of this week’s Poldark, as a failed harvest and a hard winter began to take its toll on the peasants of Cornwall. Some incredibly cumbersome dialogue and unwieldy exposition from Ross and Unidentified … Continue reading Keeping up with Poldark: series 3, episode 4
Harry Potter’s sprawling, magical universe is one so ubiquitous it’s easy to imagine that all of us have had some brush with it, whether that’s reading the books, watching the movies, or just catching glimpses of the cultural phenomenon left … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Legacy of Fandom
●●●●○ We’re a third of the way through the series; Ross is off being melodramatic in France while the rest of the Poldark crew get on with the real work of barn raising, beach running and bread making back … Continue reading Keeping Up with Poldark: Series 3 Episode 3 – Review