●●●●○ In a bid to diversify, and drag myself away from yet another Adam Sandler classic, I binge-watched the entire season of Jack Whitehall’s Travels with My Father. Perhaps now might be an apt moment to say something like, “I … Continue reading Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father – Review Whatever this new emerging comedy travel-show genre is, I am loving it.
Steven (Stephen? Baking Borg 9000?) A three-time Star Baker at the time of writing, Steven has incurred the suspicion of the Bake Off fandom for simply being too good at everything. Undoubtedly one of the top bakers in the tent, … Continue reading Bake Off: The Quarter Finalists
●●○○○ It seems it’s written into the BBC’s statutes that they must have a series about the armed forces airing at all times, as latest war drama Our Girl returns for a third series. It essentially fills in for recently-finished … Continue reading “Our Girl” Isn’t Up To It BBC One’s latest military drama fulfils the requirements, without exciting anyone.
If there was ever an awkward virgin who summed up university life succinctly, it would be Fresh Meat’s Kingsley (played by Joe Thomas), aka ‘The Pussy Man’. A new stab at college life has me wanting to grow a soul … Continue reading Relatable Character of the Month: Kingsley This month we’re feeling…
●●●○○ I’ll say right off the bat, I’m agnostic about the Marvel/Netflix television universe. Jessica Jones was smart, tough to watch at times, and very good. I quit Daredevil roughly halfway through season one because the writing was terrible. The … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: What I Need is a Good Defense: “The Defenders” Jessica and Luke, the most relatable of the superhero quartet, lampshade the absurdity of mystic ninjas trying to take over the world.
●●○○○ The Defenders, a new addition to the Marvel universe on Netflix, unites the titular superheroes from four previous series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist). The first three forced short-form superheroes to up their game, blending well-choreographed … Continue reading POINT: Unable to Put Up a Defense: “The Defenders” After a slow start, the series picks up halfway through, only to lose momentum again as it approaches a lacklustre climax.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was published in 2013 as the debut crime novel of Robert Galbraith. The release was soon overcome by a media frenzy after it was leaked to The Sunday Times that the pseudonym was, in fact, the first … Continue reading BBC’s “Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling” “Harry Potter” this is decidedly not.
The scene: Westeros: The set-up: winter is here, Daenerys is (finally) there, and Game of Thrones is over for another year. It has turned dense, pseudo-medieval fantasy fiction into one of the most watched TV shows of the last decade. … Continue reading Flights of Fantasy Why is it so difficult to make fantasy on TV?
Ryan Murphy’s blockbuster anthology series American Horror Story is finally back on our screens with its seventh season, Cult. This year the show has been given an infusion of current-day politics, a decision that is bound to cause some controversy … Continue reading The Vote Is In… American Horror Story: Cult – Season Opening Review Senior Writer Rory Codd takes a look at the return of American Horror Story.
●●●●○ 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.
We’re back to hook you up with the best Netflix viewing this August. Instead of compulsively refreshing Instagram and brooding over everyone you know drinking umbrella cocktails in some tropical paradise, tune in and veg out with TN2, with our … Continue reading Netflix: What To Watch – August