What TV show have you just watched

I've just binged both seasons of Tehran, and aside from a few bits of suspension of disbelief (IRGC intelligence only seems to have a couple of actual investigators? How do you run a theocratic police state on 3 blokes?) is quite good fun.

I do chuckle at those Iranian baseball caps - they have peaks bigger than Daffy Duck's beak and look very silly.
 
'The Looming Tower' - 2018 docudrama of the events leading up to 9/11. The utter distrust between the CIA & the FBI which meant multiple balls were dropped and the important stuff was missed or actively withheld from each other which simply put could have stopped those particular attacks happening.

Expertly cast, acted and filmed - it's a joy to watch and while incredibly frustrating, it's not even remotely surprising.

We've the last episode to watch, and watching the previous one last night left both the wife and I were feeling very uncomfortable knowing what's to come - not just the events themselves but the whole pack of lies Bush & Blair used to justify Iraq.

The interlinking of real footage is well done with the most shocking not being the real CCTV of the perpetrators, but the 9/11 Commission of 2004 showing the true colours of the Heads of Departments and the deceitfulness of the Politicians involved.

In an age where we're deeply questioning the abilities of 'our betters' this just lends to the fact that we, their countrymen and women, are often way down the line when it comes to their focus, ambition and priorities.

8.5 cigars out of 10.

The book of the same title is well worth a read too. Lots of information on Osama bin laden's times in Sudan, and activities in Afghanistan in the late 80s.
 
The book of the same title is well worth a read too. Lots of information on Osama bin laden's times in Sudan, and activities in Afghanistan in the late 80s.

His time in Sudan is fascinating.

Proves the point of the value of cultural knowledge, the role of bees and honey in Islamic/MENA culture for example (and financing terrorism).

 
Thought this may be most appropriate thread … I was until about five years ago , when the BBC started to lose direction , an avid listener to R4 . One of my favourite series was “ The Infinite Monkey Cage “ hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Robert Ince in which guests mainly but not always from the academia took part to discuss a topic in a light hearted but factually rich way .

I downloaded many of the series at the time … and they are still available … for those who may be interested in listening to something completely different and perhaps rewarding ... a couple of tasters …



... in the episode below guest Vicky Neil has an irritating voice but if you cut through it her contribution is interesting ...

 
I've just caught up with Dr. Sam Willis"s escapade through the "Silk Road'. Wonderfully informative series, now backdoored to the depths of high numbered Freeview channels of PBS stuff. A marvelous find for me!!

I did enjoy his Naval histories, followed by his insight to Pirates and Highwaymen.
 
I've just caught up with Dr. Sam Willis"s escapade through the "Silk Road'. Wonderfully informative series, now backdoored to the depths of high numbered Freeview channels of PBS stuff. A marvelous find for me!!

I did enjoy his Naval histories, followed by his insight to Pirates and Highwaymen.
Sam Willis does some good stuff, but I wish he would leave his bloody guitar at home.
 
Sam Willis does some good stuff, but I wish he would leave his bloody guitar at home.
Fair play.......... i was thinking that. His homespun variations of Highway mens' tunes were not for 'X' factor auditions. :)
 
I downloaded a BBC documentary "Universe" a six part documentary presented by Professor Brian Cox. Don't watch this if you are a God botherer as it will blow your ape like skull.
It makes one feel very small in the scheme of things and at the same time privileged to recognise that our current understanding of the boIIocks of "climate change" is so utterly pathetic.
IMHO, we are a blip in the galaxy of time that in the next few thousand years we humans will cease to exist and life will continue without us.
 
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'The Boys' on Amazon prime. Set in an alternate timeline where superheroes are commecialised and managed by a large corporation. The 'Supes' are, by and large,addicts, arrogant and egomaniacs. The story is about one group of men trying to expose the corporation. Gory, well acted and Darkly comedic in places. A very good watch. Recognisable names in the show: Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Simon Pegg
 
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Flicking through the terrestrial offerings a few minutes ago, spotted Dirty Rotten Scammers.

I thought Michelle Ackerly was bad enough, from the Crimewatch programme during Covid, now her mum is partnering, with all the demeanour of a lost sock.
A Shameless (sic) self promotion of the family franchise within other dross.

Morning Live - Series 4: 27/06/2022

The BBC needs defunding quicker than I thought (having foolishly paid out for over 25 years for 'quality' content)
 
Over the last two nights I watched Harry’s Game on DVD.

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Tonight I hope to watch the special features where Ray Lonnen talks about the making of the series.
It was good, I never went to Belfast I went to S Armagh just a year or so after this was released.
I thought I’d seen it before but I couldn’t remember the story so perhaps I hadn’t :scratch: . I did recognise Charlie from Casualty, he changed his ways I can tell you.:-D
Plenty of scenes with that rifle and very atmospheric.
 
Over the last two nights I watched Harry’s Game on DVD.

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Tonight I hope to watch the special features where Ray Lonnen talks about the making of the series.
It was good, I never went to Belfast I went to S Armagh just a year or so after this was released.
I thought I’d seen it before but I couldn’t remember the story so perhaps I hadn’t :scratch: . I did recognise Charlie from Casualty, he changed his ways I can tell you.:-D
Plenty of scenes with that rifle and very atmospheric.
And Jim McDonald from Coronation Street.
 
As it seemed to me that now was as good a time as any to learn a little bit about Russia the country, I identified a few documentaries along that line.

It wasn't the one I intended watching, but having started I cracked on and last night watched Stacey Dooley Investigates - Russia's War on Women.

From IMDB:
Behind closed doors, Russian society has a dark secret. It's estimated thousands of Russian women are murdered every year by their husbands or partners. Domestic violence is so deep-rooted in Russia there's even a well-known saying - "If he beats you, it means he loves you". Despite the scale of the problem, in February 2017 the Russian government decriminalized certain forms of domestic violence. In Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia's War On Women, Stacey travels to Russia to explore the reasons behind this decision and the impact the law-change is having on women. She meets the victims forced into hiding to escape their abusive partners and comes face to face with a prolific violent offender. She visits the hard-line Orthodox Christians championing Russia's return to traditional values and spends time with the young feminists fighting for equality despite threats and intimidation.​

Apart from domestic violence, the program gives an insight into the issues of alcohol, poverty, institutional misogyny and the shocking standard of public housing in Russia. Stacey (Stacay?) goes to St Petersburg and Pskov as well as Moscow.

Worth watching, but hardly uplifting. I might watch something a little more cheerful tonight.
 
As it seemed to me that now was as good a time as any to learn a little bit about Russia the country, I identified a few documentaries along that line.

It wasn't the one I intended watching, but having started I cracked on and last night watched Stacey Dooley Investigates - Russia's War on Women.

From IMDB:
Behind closed doors, Russian society has a dark secret. It's estimated thousands of Russian women are murdered every year by their husbands or partners. Domestic violence is so deep-rooted in Russia there's even a well-known saying - "If he beats you, it means he loves you". Despite the scale of the problem, in February 2017 the Russian government decriminalized certain forms of domestic violence. In Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia's War On Women, Stacey travels to Russia to explore the reasons behind this decision and the impact the law-change is having on women. She meets the victims forced into hiding to escape their abusive partners and comes face to face with a prolific violent offender. She visits the hard-line Orthodox Christians championing Russia's return to traditional values and spends time with the young feminists fighting for equality despite threats and intimidation.​

Apart from domestic violence, the program gives an insight into the issues of alcohol, poverty, institutional misogyny and the shocking standard of public housing in Russia. Stacey (Stacay?) goes to St Petersburg and Pskov as well as Moscow.

Worth watching, but hardly uplifting. I might watch something a little more cheerful tonight.
Aerial Russia is quite decent.
As is Aerial America, Aerial Europe, etc.
Smithsonian channel IIRC.
 
Aerial Russia is quite decent.
As is Aerial America, Aerial Europe, etc.
Smithsonian channel IIRC.
Thanks - I'll have a look.

Anyway, I promised myself something 'lighter' this evening and this didn't disappoint:

 

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