What TV show have you just watched

Still the best series ever made. Simply perfect television.
Closely followed by "The Wire".
Nah. Breaking Bad is the groundbreaker. In 'the Sopranos' the deep oppressive evil of the whole gang and their ghastly families doesn't really start to impinge on the consciousness until the last series (the murder of 'Adriana' is the start of that). Very good, though, until you watch it becoming indulgent with the likes of Ben Kingsley, Lauren Bacall etc. Peter Bogdanovich and Robert Iler (the psychiatrist's psychiatrist and AJ Soprano) are outstandingly wooden - which is what their parts call for.
 
A couple of continental crime dramas formed most of my last night's viewing. Firstly, episode 3 of Season 4 of "The Bridge", starring Sofia Helin. The Swedish/Danish cop show continues on top twisty form. Secondly, episode 1, Season 1 of the Belgian show, "Salamander". It's more conventional than the former show but competently performed by its cast.
 
Jonathan Meades on Jargon. BBC4.
BBC iPlayer - Jonathan Meades on Jargon

JM rips the piss out of jargon and those who use it.
*** WARNING - STRONG LANGUAGE MAY OFFEND ***
"c*nts!" Why is this regarded as offensive but vagina is not?
"Mouth breathing bennies" - watch for Meades' charicature of a mouth breathing Benny.*

*I don't recall him mentioning stills but maybe he did and I missed it.

Before the advent of radio and television, extremes of linguistic diversity and use of regionally specific words and phrases was commonplace. With broadcasting, a supposedly non-regional dialect enabled ease of understanding across all regions. Though successful, the trend now seems to be that of assuming the jargon of a group, surrendering your own characteristics, not to benefit ease of communication but to identify as part of a group rather than as an individual.

Jargon is also used to disguise the telling of lies. Meades seems no fan of Trump but he also shows members of the two biggest political parties in the UK repeating jargon to avoid explanation of complicated subjects.

The judiciary using Latin instead of plain English, he suggests for obfuscation.

JM talks about moronic and lazy journalism, in which the language used would not be used outside of the paper ie it does not mirror reality. Lazy tabloids are read by lazy readers who have their prejudices confirmed Then there are the lowest common denominater television shows and the encouraging of dumbing down.

The programme slows a little while dwelling on the absurdity of the arts and "Tate Modern".
Meades' programmes are well worth a watch and this is no exception.

Expect this programme to be shown on BBC2 soon or look for it on iplayer. It will likely appear on "meadeshrine" on Vimeo and Youtube.
 
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Out of sheer coincidence, the last three shows I've watched have been by the estimable Jonathan Meades. First up was "Bricks and Mortars", part of his "Abroad in Britain" strand, this one dealing with the military complex around Aldershot and Broadmoor. The second one was "Portsmouth Dockyard", part of his "Abroad Again in Britain" series, which is pretty self-explanatory, and lastly was the first episode of his Scottish-themed shows, "Off Kilter", set around Aberdeen, making note of that city's propensity for dormer windows shoved inside its famous granite walls among other themes - closing with a glorious kicking of The Donald and his vanitas Scottish golfing resort plans which did so much environmental damage to a really nice beach up that way.

Oddly enough I hadn't seen any of the shows before, but they're up to his usual high standards. And they're all on the "meadesshrine" sections on Vimeo.
 

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I'm just catching up with Santa Clarita Diet staring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. It's another zombie/undead comedy but certain scenes have had me giggling like an idiot.
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I’ve just finished watching “The Watersplash Final” on catch up. Not a porn film, but the story of the 1968 Rugby League Cup final between Leeds and Wakefield Trinity. Goodness me, it brought back a lot of happy memories from my childhood days - I used to be an avid Rugby League fan.
The conditions at Wembley that day were atrocious and there is no way a major final would go ahead today in conditions like that.
11-10 to Leeds with a minute to go and poor Don Fox misses a sitter right in front of the posts, which would have won it for Wakefield. By all accounts it stayed with him for the rest of his life and he suffered depression because of it.
Fascinating programme and highly recommended if you like sporting drama. Should be on BBC I-player.
 
' Car Share' the alternative ending scene. For the benefit of those outside of UK, it was "demanded" by the great viewing public and which to be upfront, I had to agree.

Not disappointed whatsoever. Well scripted by the pair. A time to let go. Thanks to them both.
 
' Car Share' the alternative ending scene. For the benefit of those outside of UK, it was "demanded" by the great viewing public and which to be upfront, I had to agree.

Not disappointed whatsoever. Well scripted by the pair. A time to let go. Thanks to them both.
Fully agree, great finale episode .
 
The first four episodes of the French/British co-production drama series, "Versailles", set around the founding of the titular palace as a major French royal residence by Louis XIV. It's a lot better than I thought it would be. Decent writing, good cast, sumptuous costuming and some exciting action both in and out of the bedroom.
 
Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence. Live dig at Pompeii televised over 3 nights and presented by the fragrant Bettany Hughes, Time Team’s Raksha Dave and old curmudgeon John Sergeant. Very interesting, new wrinkles on the usual same-o same-o docu’s about Pompeii, but best of all, plenty of gratuitous shots of Bettany’s gorgeously plump, soft breasts straining under her tight, flimsy top. Excellent. :nod:
 
The last six episodes of Season 1 of Versailles, and the first two of the second season. (The cliff-hanger at the end of Season 1 was resolved in a really stupid fashion IMHO.) Overall I'm still impressed with the show.
 
The last six episodes of Season 1 of Versailles, and the first two of the second season. (The cliff-hanger at the end of Season 1 was resolved in a really stupid fashion IMHO.) Overall I'm still impressed with the show.
I only watch it because the luscious professor Kate Williams appears at the end of every episode and she has a strange effect on my groin
 
BBC4 Mission, not been mentioned (as far as I can see). Despite being French excellent drama. Reminiscent of Journey..... Into....... Space, but in colour and with crumpet.


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I am presently trying to watch an interesting programme about the 'Flying Scotsman' only for it to be ruined by having that irritating Geordie twat Robson Green present it.
 
Four more episodes of Season 2 of Versailles.

It's madder than a box of chocolate grenouilles, but strangely addictive. I've seen a few reviews that take the piss out of the actors and the plot and the lack of historical accuracy but I don't give much of a damn about that. Even if I did agree with any of it.
 
The missus and I watched the final, ever (apparently) episode of Car Share last night.
The last 5 minutes were Peter Kaye comedy genius - we had to play it back to watch the car door scene again, we were laughing so much! It was on a par with the pissing monkey sketch from the last series. Brilliant stuff. That said; I was a bit disappointed with the first twenty minutes, which veered too close to schmaltzy for me.
The joy of this series is listening to the radio commentary and spotting the dodgy signs street side. The ‘love juice’ radio advert was a classic example!
I hope he brings it back - him and Sian Gibson are a brilliant team.
 

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