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Whatever you do, don’t watch a programme called King Gary on BBC, I was at a friends house when it came on and within the first 30 seconds I knew it was going to be utter shite, it quickly proved me right, set in a close in Essex I believe, it’s supposed to follow the trials and tribulations of the main character within the close, don‘t, just don’t
 
Fargo. I tried watching it a few years back but hated the accents so gave up on it. But after hearing the UK accents back home "hey up lad youhall reet wont a bru" I realised the Fargo yap ain't that bad. 6 episodes in and I am actually enjoying it. Martin Freeman is quite the inept killer.
I really liked the three series of Fargo (there is Series 4 due soon).

It’s always interesting watching British do Septish. They must be reasonably good at it as there are dozens of Brits in US TV shows (much to the apparent surprise of Americans).

I am less than convinced it works the other way around. What you might call the “Dick van Dyke Principle”.

I wondered about Freeman’s accent at first but realised it is meant to have a Scandinavian inflection. Set in a part of Minnesota settled by Scandiwegians most of the main characters have Nordic names.

Possibly room for a spin-off thread “Actors in US shows you didn’t realise were English”.
 
Possibly room for a spin-off thread “Actors in US shows you didn’t realise were English”.
Hmmmm, Actors in US shows you didn’t realise were English”. or "US Actors in UK/Films that shouldn't have been?"
Both have merit.
 
Flipping Bangers

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Premise is that these two guys buy old cars, fix them up and shift them on. So far so good. They know how to weld, paint, all that good stuff.

However, the programme is BAFFLING. They bought an old Alfa that had been lying in a field. First thing they did was send the wheels off for an expensive refurb while they got the car up on the ramp. And shock horror! The old Alfa that had been lying in a field was as rotten as a pear. WTF did they expect?

So they send it off to the crusher, complete with refurbed wheels.

Similarly, the Citroen with the obvious LHM leak. They started dicking around with the spheres instead of fixing the highly visible split pipe. Made a pig's ear of a Beetle too.

Very odd.

ETA: The guy on the left used a big screwdriver as a lever while fitting a timing belt instead of using the tensioner correctly. If I'd done that when I was a spanner monkey the service manager would have kicked me up and down the workshop.
 
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Abandoned Engineering on Yesterday has had a few mentions. I just watched all of the episodes and liked it. Some criticisms of some of the talking heads but they don’t really get in the way of the subject matter (the Marcus Brigstock bloke calling everything “spooky” gets on your tits after a while).

Downloaded two similar series on the Sky Box. Impossible Engineering and Underground Worlds. The former is a stupid title because all the allegedly impossible engineering has been built.

A lot of the usual suspects in both (QEII, Nazi fortifications in the CI etc.) but good to just dip into when there is farkall else worth watching.
 
Abandoned Engineering on Yesterday has had a few mentions. I just watched all of the episodes and liked it. Some criticisms of some of the talking heads but they don’t really get in the way of the subject matter (the Marcus Brigstock bloke calling everything “spooky” gets on your tits after a while).

Downloaded two similar series on the Sky Box. Impossible Engineering and Underground Worlds. The former is a stupid title because all the allegedly impossible engineering has been built.

A lot of the usual suspects in both (QEII, Nazi fortifications in the CI etc.) but good to just dip into when there is farkall else worth watching.
similar sort of programs on YouTube, Just type in abandoned buildings uk
 

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Started Expanse while on train yesterday travelling with work. My original plan to finish S2 of The Last Ship (good stuff) went diffy cos the final episode hadn't downloaded properly......Went with Expanse as back up & am nearly through series 1. Its very good inc some pretty half decent space craft graphics that don't like some kids has knocked up in his folks basement.
 
similar sort of programs on YouTube, Just type in abandoned buildings uk
You were on the TV recently.

Some channel was running modern day remakes of the lost copies of Dad’s Army. I think some knob wiped them as video tape was expensive (a common story with some TV classics). Original scripts but modern actors.

You didn’t come out well (although I would shag your mother).

Not convinced it was a worthwhile exercise as the laughs were few and far between.
 

Fake Sheikh

War Hero
Megan in Suits but only the bedroom scenes as I'm a perv, she has a good body which Ginger sees now!
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Started Expanse while on train yesterday travelling with work. My original plan to finish S2 of The Last Ship (good stuff) went diffy cos the final episode hadn't downloaded properly......Went with Expanse as back up & am nearly through series 1. Its very good inc some pretty half decent space craft graphics that don't like some kids has knocked up in his folks basement.
The Expanse is a solid sci-fi series and worth watching. The tension gets a boost in season two and again in Season three...

Well worth watching if you like good sci fi.
 
similar sort of programs on YouTube, Just type in abandoned buildings uk
I would watch them if I could connect my TV to the wireless network or device. I can’t be arrsed watching film on an iPad or laptop when I could watch it on a 60’ screen with surround sound. (Apart from porn, obvs!).
 
I would watch them if I could connect my TV to the wireless network or device. I can’t be arrsed watching film on an iPad or laptop when I could watch it on a 60’ screen with surround sound. (Apart from porn, obvs!).
Chromecast is an option and cheap. Other Firesticks are available like Amazon Apple etc but they tend to be pay per view. I utilize a VPN to download anything I like, transfer to USB stick, watch on living room or bedroom telly, the wife's girly films are limited to a separate bedroom USB that for some strange reason doesn't work in the living room.
 

dan_brown

War Hero
Started Expanse while on train yesterday travelling with work. My original plan to finish S2 of The Last Ship (good stuff) went diffy cos the final episode hadn't downloaded properly......Went with Expanse as back up & am nearly through series 1. Its very good inc some pretty half decent space craft graphics that don't like some kids has knocked up in his folks basement.
S1 was good, but slow to start, S2 and S3 really picked up!! However, S4 - meh (except last few episodes).

The Expanse is one of my top faves.
 

Karamoja

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Finished season 4 of the Expanse two weeks ago and I am still suffering from withdrawal symptoms, so this week watched the whole of S2 of Lost in Space. I enjoyed S1 and S2 didn't disappoint. Very well done I thought. Just watched the first episode of The Witcher, but I don't think it is one for me.
 

sunny james

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I would watch them if I could connect my TV to the wireless network or device. I can’t be arrsed watching film on an iPad or laptop when I could watch it on a 60’ screen with surround sound. (Apart from porn, obvs!).
I'm travelling around S.E. Asia with a Google Chromecast. A lot of the hotels and Airbnb I use have bigger screens than I have at home.
Some smart TVs can be cast to direct from my phone without the need for the Chromecast. Mirroring the phone screen is useful when the file format is incompatible and won't play on the TV.
Dual drive USB thumb drives are good for when the WiFi is flaky though the file formats needed are more limited.
 
Binge watching Series 1 of Inside No.9 at the moment. Episode 2 'A Quiet Night In' is a belter.

For all you 3rd Man on the Balcony Walts..
 
Under the Dome was another example of something that started off well, but descended into tripe. The book was better than the TV series, with a harder edge, but it did lack the fantastic redhead in the series.
Good recommendation there.

Halfway through the book now and it is much better.

At least giving up on the TV series halfway through gives me a good mental image of the main characters. Especially Red!
 

Karamoja

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Good recommendation there.

Halfway through the book now and it is much better.

At least giving up on the TV series halfway through gives me a good mental image of the main characters. Especially Red!
Fear the Walking Dead is another good example of descent into tripe. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up been taught to media students as a lesson on how not to produce a TV series.
 
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Scotland and the Klan - Neil Oliver - BBC Four - 19th January 2020

"Scotland has exported many great things to the rest of the world, and people like Neil Oliver have often celebrated the disproportionate impact of its ideas and energy on places like America. The role of Scots in shaping the concept of the American Dream is a story often told, but could Scottish settlers have also had a hand in America's racist nightmare?"

BBC Two - Scotland and the Klan

I need to watch it again properly rather than on in the background. It should be appearing on BBC2 at some point.

It seems that the Feudalism under which some Scots had previously eeked out a subsistence living was exported to the deep South of America, where some of them became the new lairds and engaged in slavery. Almost a case of the slave becomes the enslaver but with a new brutalism borne of fear of the other, the non-kin. So much for judge as ye wish to be judged. People were easily influenced and what started as a small club grew to become a massive race hating organisation.
 
I liked the Outsider book and I liked the Bill Hodges trilogy, although I thought the second TV series of Mr Mercedes was really bad. They seemed to not know where to go with a script that was all over the place.

Under the Dome was another example of something that started off well, but descended into tripe. The book was better than the TV series, with a harder edge, but it did lack the fantastic redhead in the series.
Finally waded through the 1300+ pages of Under The Dome.

Good book which would make a good long film or a decent eight part series.

I have no idea where the three series came from. I recall all sorts of tosh like big purple eggs, underground tunnels, teleporting to New York (or possibly Boston) and other bilge. I did like Red and Margy Helgensburgers tits though.

The reviews on IMDB are universally critical. King did defend it but he had already banked the cheque so didn’t care too much.

Joe Public didn’t much care for it though. Apart from getting a panning on IMDB it shed viewers in freefall.

Series 1: averaged 11.19 million viewers
Series 2: averaged 7.7million viewers
Series 3: averaged 4.7million viewers

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Not much to be proud of, is it? Looks like people watched the last episodes in each series, maybe for confirmation it had ended.
 

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