Viva Las… Blackpool!

Funny story. A few weeks ago I was catching up with friends and we were discussing that mighty rite of passage; the stag do. Conversation turned to when one of the lads (let’s call him chap 1) might pop the question, given the fact he’d always said his would be Vegas. Another lad (chap 2)… Continue reading Viva Las… Blackpool!

Nicholas Brody: Wanted – Dead or Alive!

So…Homeland returns for a third outing. Carrie is back, looking a little less harrowed. Well, only a little. Off her meds, or on to new ones or something like that. Let’s just say, whilst not fully unhinged, the door is hanging on by a hinge at present, but could go either way. Easily one of… Continue reading Nicholas Brody: Wanted – Dead or Alive!

Atwell’s star burns bright in Black Mirror

It’s only been a couple of years since the first round of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror – a drama mini-series consisting of three stand-alone episodes, all set in the not-too-distant-future. The stories aim to hold a mirror up to society and show us where we ultimately could be heading, should we not keep a tighter… Continue reading Atwell’s star burns bright in Black Mirror

Utopia: Conspiracy thriller packs a punch

As I’d heard good things about Channel 4’s new mini-series, I settled down to watch with trepidation and was rather impressed. The plot focuses around an online forum group for fans of a cult graphic novel The Utopia Experiments: a novel that allegedly predicts future events. They are brought together after one of them discovers… Continue reading Utopia: Conspiracy thriller packs a punch

Secret State – proper thriller or nothing new?

Talk about a mixed reaction to the first episode of Channel 4’s four-part political conspiracy thriller Secret State. Some critics think it’s pretty good, others have torn it apart. Me? I sit somewhere in the middle, probably more on the positive side. Despite the plot being a little predictable at times, it’s well shot and… Continue reading Secret State – proper thriller or nothing new?

The Hour series 2: First episode review

I assume, if you’re reading this, you were a fan of the original series. If not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Released in 2011 The Hour was a drama miniseries set in a BBC newsroom studios in the 1950s, starring Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai. The premise began with ambitious,… Continue reading The Hour series 2: First episode review

Misfits series 4: First episode review

I got introduced to Misfits a few months ago, loved it and blasted my way through the first two series. For those not in the know, it’s a science fiction comedy drama about a group of young offenders sentenced to community service. On their first day of work they get hit by lightning from a… Continue reading Misfits series 4: First episode review

Walking Dead season 3: First episode review

I’ve been a fan of The Walking Dead since the start. It’s Andrew Lincoln’s best work to date – although I’ve always liked his portrayal of characters, particularly Egg in This Life, a great 90s drama about a group of law graduates. However this show is not just about Sheriff Rick Grimes, like most fans… Continue reading Walking Dead season 3: First episode review

Homeland season 2: First episode review

With anticipation I settled down the other night to watch the first episode of season 2 of Homeland. From the first episode of its original season I was an instant fan. To be honest I was sold on the concept before I even saw the show. It’s clear why, in today’s cut-throat world of US… Continue reading Homeland season 2: First episode review

Red Dwarf X review: class of 2012, top marks!

Now I’m not sure how broad the appeal of Red Dwarf was outside the UK during its original run, but comedy is comedy right? Actually, probably not. Some things don’t translate well overseas. That said, I’ve always been pretty proud of British humour. Whether it’s a sit-com, stand-up, sketch show or something else, I’ve felt… Continue reading Red Dwarf X review: class of 2012, top marks!