What TV show have you just watched

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'The Repair Shop' 1845 BBC2 and all this week. I find the sheer skill of the repairers fascinating and totally beyond anything I could ever do. But why a show filmed in Sussex has to be narrated in Scotch is a mystery.
 
Bridget & Eamon on UkGold.
An Irish comedy set in the 80s. It’s hilarious.
It includes 2 blokes called Gerry & Martin, who definately were NOT in the IRA.
 
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Castle Rock, a new series incorporating all of Stephen King's novels. Set around the town of Castle Rock in Maine. Plenty of references to his famous works -Cujo, The Body (Stand by Me), IT, etc.
Shaping up to be a good watch.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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Mr Mercedes. Seemed to follow the book quite well. Good performances, especially the creepy bad guy.
 

old_fat_and_hairy

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Castle Rock, a new series incorporating all of Stephen King's novels. Set around the town of Castle Rock in Maine. Plenty of references to his famous works -Cujo, The Body (Stand by Me), IT, etc.
Shaping up to be a good watch.
What channel is this on? Sounds good
 
Cardinal, available on BBC Iplayer, originally shown on BBC4. Watched the first series about two Canadian detectives investigating the murder of a young girl. Dark and moody and very good.
 
Just finished Unforgettable on ITV.
Bloody good series & while your average detective cop show stuff can be boring & samey same, this just allows the superb cast to do a cracking job. Some very very good scenes with brilliant acting from the leads. Recommended.
 
Icarus (documentary) on Netflix.

Starts off with a US film maker trying to see the effects of the doping Lance Armstrong was doing had on his cycling performance. He teams up with a russian anti-doping scientist then it hits the fan and the russian bloke has to go into hiding with him in the US as he's pursued about his involvement in the Russian olympic doping controversy. Very good and revealing.
 

Gout Man

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Just finished Unforgettable on ITV.
Bloody good series & while your average detective cop show stuff can be boring & samey same, this just allows the superb cast to do a cracking job. Some very very good scenes with brilliant acting from the leads. Recommended.
Unforgotten....I watched the first series but alas I forgot that the second series was showing.
Typical, bloody typical. First one was very good as well.

I also like Unforgettable by Nat King Cole.;)
 
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Unforgotten....I watched the first series but alas I forgot that the second series was showing.
Typical, bloody typical. First one was very good as well.

I also like Unforgettable by Nat King Cole.;)
Duh. My tired head forgot. In my defence the missus woke me at 0300 snoring FFS

Second series is on ITV player & will be for a while. Go get it.
 
Just finished Unforgettable on ITV.
Bloody good series & while your average detective cop show stuff can be boring & samey same, this just allows the superb cast to do a cracking job. Some very very good scenes with brilliant acting from the leads. Recommended.
superb cast and story lines. I’m sad there were only 6 episodes
 
superb cast and story lines. I’m sad there were only 6 episodes
Heartily agree. Final episode particularly the final 20 minutes was chilling in it's understated, matter of factness. Superb camera work, well tuned into the script.

Edited to correct 'unstated' to 'understated'.
 
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Heartily agree. Final episode particularly the final 20 minutes was chilling in it's unstated, matter of factness. Superb camera work, well tuned into the script.
Agreed. Nicola Walker, as ever, was superb and the actor playing the serial killer was chilling.
Great performances alround.
 
Boardwalk Empire

I watched the first series on TV a few years ago and waited for the subsequent series but it appears that it never played well in Australia. However, I thought it was brilliant stuff and recently purchased the whole 5 series on DVD and have started from scratch watching the lot.

Based on the life of Enoch "Nuckey" Thompson, brilliantly played by Steve Buscemi, who was the city treasurer for Atlantic City in the early 1920s' but had a sideline in raking off a share of every illegal activity going in the city. The real Nuckey Thompson was a very complex character who supported both the black community and womens voting rights and was altruistic in helping the poor. Buscemi captures that multifaceted nature well.

The first episode was directed by Martin Scorcese who was also an executive producer for the series along with Mark Wahlberg. The production values are huge (as one would expect for an HBO production), all the roles are given some meat to them so they are more than one-dimensional characters and it is not scared to show both nudity and violence.

Well worth watching.
 

seaweed

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'Bute', [VASTLY rich 3rd Marquess of] on catchup from BBC4. Intertwined Cardiff Castle, Castel Coch nearby, Mount Stuart house on Bute, the strange Bute (but not what they thought, beloved wife & 4 kids), even stranger architect Burges, Gothic Revival, the history of Cardiff from nothing to the New Chicago, all sorts of things, hugely informative, lavishly illustrated and well told EXCEPT for (British) educated narrators' intrusive and pig-ignorant American mispronunciations of aristocrats and reeesearch, which set my teeth on edge along with killometers. Yuk.
 
The real Narcos. Channel 4. 3 eps. Mexico, Columbia & Peru. All on their catch up thingy.
Presented by a bloke called Jason Fox. Ex ‘Them’. It’s fascinating. He meets the cartel leaders & the hitmen. One bloke he meets has killed 257 men on behalf of Escobar.
These people are ruthless. It’s pretty gruesome in places. One bloke in Mexico was cut into 7 pieces & left in the street as a warning. They show you everything, which surprised me. It’s a daily occurrence according to the local pathologist.
 
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'Deadwind'/'Karppi' (depending on what hemisphere you reside in) on Netflix
It is a Finnish TV police procedural, ie, dumbed down/spiced up, as the real thing is as exciting as watching traffic lights change, for 90% of the time).

The main character is Senior Detective Sofia Karppi of the Helsinki Police Department. She is a recently widowed mother of a 6 yr old girl, and step-mother to a 17yr old daughter from her late hubby's first marriage. Henna Karppi sufferers from teenage Kevinitis and could do with a slap. She also has a ring through her nose and is being pursued by a handsome rich kid from her class in High School, one who likes to film his conquests and post them on the internet.

Sofia returns to work two months after her husband was killed in a hit and run in Germany. Finland has its own austerity cuts and their CID are a tad thin on the ground. Sofia is partnered with a young man who has transferred from the financial crime unit.
It is late October, so a tad parky in Helsinki, and Sofia meets up with her new partner, Detective Sakari Nurmi, at a crime scene.
Women's clothes have been found near the shoreline at an area designated for a major residential development, one which will incorporate reportedly revolutionary, highly efficient, noise free, and low maintenance, wind turbines made of a high tech, Finnish designed, composite material, by engineer Alex Hoikkala.

Detective Nurmi declares that the clothes are blood stained, but Sofia, examining the neatly stacked clothes at the waters edge, identifies the red stains as being red wine.
Nurmi voices the opinion that in that case the owner was high, and drunk, and went for a swim in the icy waters, so they should call the underwater search unit. Sofia, unimpressed, points out that high, and drunk, people, do not neatly stack their clothes. She calls for a dog unit, not the divers, and nearby a shallow grave is found. Within the grave is the naked body of an attractive woman whose killer has carefully arranged her hair and position, almost reverently. She is is clutching in her hands a bunch of white lilies.
In a purse, beneath a bush, an EU Health Insurance card bears the name of Anna Bergdahl, a former swimmer with the Finnish national team, who is a married, mother of two, social worker, who was a consultant for young peoples needs at the proposed residential area in which her body was buried.



It is a very well written plot with many twists and turns, so I will just mention the two jarring parts of the police procedural. The coroners report simply states that the cause of death was "blunt force trauma", no mention of where on the body, and neither cop asks. Secondly, an early suspect is said to be out on probation having gone down for "Attempted Manslaughter", and manslaughter means an accidental, but unlawful killing. (example - You punch someone, they fall over, hit their head, and die) . So, you cannot attempt to accidentally kill someone.

The rest of the series was very good indeed, but Sofia herself receives so many blunt force traumas to the head, by ignoring simple common-sense, ("Yes, he just cut someone throat, he is a murder suspect with a history of violence, and he has nothing to lose, so lets you and I split up and search different parts of this ships poorly lit bowels") that I am surprised she survived all 12 episodes without suffering brain damage or being shot with her own weapon while lying helpless.

Woven into the story is industrial espionage, a serial killer, a stalker, a child molestation scandal hushed up by a village of christian zealots, illegal dumping of nuclear waste, political pressure, eco-activists, porn on whatsapp, infidelity, corruption at government level, drugs, steroid abuse, kidnapping, bomb making, and the angst of being a single parent.

 
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Bodyguard (BBC1). Looks promising, despite most positions of authority filled by women: i/c firearms unit, 'expo', bodyguard 's boss, journo. Home Secretary understandably female, not unrealistic. BBC equality drive?
 
Bodyguard (BBC1). Looks promising, despite most positions of authority filled by women: i/c firearms unit, 'expo', bodyguard 's boss, journo. Home Secretary understandably female, not unrealistic. BBC equality drive?
It has Keeley Hawes in it, so almost anything is forgiven!
 

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The real Narcos. Channel 4. 3 eps. Mexico, Columbia & Peru. All on their catch up thingy.
Presented by a bloke called Jason Fox. Ex ‘Them’. It’s fascinating. He meets the cartel leaders & the hitmen. One bloke he meets has killed 257 men on behalf of Escobar.
These people are ruthless. It’s pretty gruesome in places. One bloke in Mexico was cut into 7 pieces & left in the street as a warning. They show you everything, which surprised me. It’s a daily occurrence according to the local pathologist.
Just watched part 1. A crime scene phorensicated and the street re opened, body, or should I say pieces of body, removed all in half an hour.
Christ it took me longer to report an RTA.:police:
 

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