The Guest: introducing the English Ryan Gosling

The latest Downton Abbey export to head to Hollywood is Dan Stevens. I don’t watch the show, but I hear his character is a nice guy who’s good at seducing the ladies. Now actors often like to break the mould when it comes to roles – to avoid being typecast and all that. So if… Continue reading The Guest: introducing the English Ryan Gosling

The Following season two: Bacon and Purefoy back with a slice and a stab

So… it seems The Following is back. A bit of a surprise hit when it aired last year so no big shock that it’s got another season. If you missed it first time round, the show largely focuses on two characters: wounded (physically and emotionally), brooding former FBI guy Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the… Continue reading The Following season two: Bacon and Purefoy back with a slice and a stab

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

Argo, Affleck and a hard-hitting Hollywood tale

I saw Argo the other night and thought it was great. Really tense throughout, with a few lighter moments to keep from getting too heavy. I said as much to friends and got told rather firmly that the film was historically inaccurate and missed the point. When I queried this I was told it didn’t… Continue reading Argo, Affleck and a hard-hitting Hollywood tale

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