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Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster'

02/04/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I review the return of X-Files writing legend Darin Morgan with his typically quirky episode "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster".Darin Morgan may not be a household name, but he's a writer every X-Phile knows. The younge > read more

Frame Rated: February 2016 - The Best of TV & Film

02/02/2016 04:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated last Sunday, I compiled a list of the best TV shows and film available in February (from the return of AMC's Better Call Saul, to new films like Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool, to streaming exclusives like Netflix's Crouching Tiger, H > read more

TV Picks: 1-7 February 2016 • Grease: Live • Keith Lemon's Sketch Show • The Supergamers

02/01/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 1stFather Brown (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 3 of the drama about a crime-fighting priest. Starring Mark Williams. (1/15)Holiday of a Lifet > read more

Review: Sky1's LUCKY MAN

01/30/2016 10:18:00 AM

?????Or, to use its proper title: Stan Lee's Lucky Man. I have no idea how involved Marvel's Stan Lee was in the creation of this fantasy cop drama, but wouldn't be surprised if he was simply cornered at London Comic Con by Sky TV execs and > read more

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES event series (2016)

01/28/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed the first two episodes of THE X-FILES 'event series' ("My Struggle" and "Founder's Mutation"). Did the long-awaited return of Mulder and Scully meet expectations? Or was it a mistake to try and revive this seminal > read more


01/27/2016 04:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday, I reviewed the 2015 slasher horror-comedy THE FINAL GIRLS with Taissa Farmiga and Malin Åkerman...Forlorn teenager Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga) attends a special screening of Camp Bloodbath, on the third anniversary > read more

TV Picks: 25-31 January 2016 • Agent Carter • The Goldbergs • The Good Wife • Killjoys • The Last Leg Down Under • Lucifer

01/25/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 25thKilljoys (Syfy, 8pm) New sci-fi drama about a group of bounty hunters in the future. Starring Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore & > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 13 - 'Project Reborn'

01/24/2016 04:40:00 AM

Below is the last of my weekly HEROES REBORN vidcap'd recaps, looking at the finale "Project Reborn"...Things kick-off at an abandoned hospital, where Farah (Nazneen Contractor) is treated by Carlos (Ryan Guzman) after Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) uses hi > read more


01/23/2016 05:00:00 AM

?????Ain't hubris a bitch? After the astonishing successes of Arrow and The Flash on The CW, most of the creative team behind those shows go for a hat-trick with DC's Legends of Tomorrow—essentially a small-budget Avengers wannabe, combin > read more

No DOCTOR WHO Series 10 until 2017, and Moffat's successor chosen!

01/22/2016 16:22:00 PM

Oh, wow! There's big news for fans of Doctor Who. Good or bad? That's down to personal opinion, but I think we can safely say the lack of new episodes this year is on the downside.It’s been announced that 2016 will only feature a Christmas Special, > read more

Sky buy exclusive European rights to Showtime programming

01/22/2016 04:30:00 AM

Sky yesterday announced a long-term licensing agreement with CBS Corporation to become the exclusive home of Showtime programming in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. This new deal will affect all new and future TV series produced for Show > read more

Recommendation: THR Roundtables

01/19/2016 04:30:00 AM

Above is the latest instalment of a Hollywood Reporter 'Roundtable' interview (hosted by Feature editor Stephen Galloway), which has become my new obsession online. Each one's an hour-long chat with a group of actors, actresses, directors, writers, e > read more

TV Picks: 18-24 January 2016 • 10,000 B.C • Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur • Bones • Lucky Man • Mad Dogs

01/18/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 18th? Bones (Sky Living, 9pm) Season 11 of the U.S crime drama. Starring Emily Deschanel & David Boreanaz. (1/22)TUESDAY 19thBarel > read more

Review: USA Network's COLONY

01/17/2016 08:55:00 AM

?????While movies tend to depict the spectacular, action-packed events of nasty aliens invading the planet (War of the Worlds, Independence Day), television drama often chooses to dramatise the aftermath—partly because it's cheaper that w > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 12 - 'Company Woman'

01/17/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below is my weekly HEROES REBORN vidcap'd recap, looking at penultimate episode "Company Woman"...Firstly, oh that's how you spell it. I thought it was "heelie" or perhaps "heely", but it's actually an acronym: H.E.L.E. Now we just have to work out w > read more

Frame Rated: The 88th Academy Awards - 2016 Nominees

01/16/2016 04:28:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday: I've written a rundown of this year's big Oscar hopefuls, with a bit of commentary about the films and talent who missed out on being nominated by the Academy. Hope you enjoy it! Click here. > read more

Fox officially announce 24: LEGACY

01/15/2016 12:33:00 PM

It's 2006, right? No, it's 2016. I've checked my watch. But that hasn't stopped Fox turning back the clock today. They've announced the return of two defunct shows from their recent past, which we've been expecting to hear official confirmation of fo > read more


01/13/2016 12:40:00 PM

Tracey Ullman is a British success story most Britons haven't heard of, or at best have long forgotten about. Once part of 1980s shows like A Kick Up the Eighties and Three of a Kind, Ullman famously emigrated to America and found huge success with T > read more

TV Picks: 11-17 January 2016 • Crashing • Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge • Gotham • The Getaway Car • The Knick • Room 101 • Shetland • Tracey Ullman's Show

01/11/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 11thAll Hail the Veil (E4, 7.30pm) New series where three bridal boutiques compete to find a bride-to-be the dress of her dreams. (1 > read more

HEROES: REBORN, episode 11 - 'Send in the Clones'

01/09/2016 07:26:00 AM

After one of those excruciating and damaging "winter hiatuses" U.S TV often has, below is the first continuation of my weekly HEROES REBORN vidcap'd recaps, looking at "Send in the Clones"...Following the disappearance of Noah, Malina (Danika Yarosh) > read more

TALES FROM THE CRYPT returns; are we headed for anthology overload?

01/09/2016 05:00:00 AM

The marketplace is about to get very crowded, as U.S TV bosses remember how cool and popular the anthology genre once was... and could be again. I mean, given how many amazing television shows there are right now, jostling for your time, it's true th > read more


01/08/2016 04:30:00 AM

?????Adapted from a trilogy of novels by author Terry Brooks, published between 1977-1985, The Shannara Chronicles is a lavish fantasy epic from MTV, written by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Those writers were also resp > read more

Interview: BEOWULF co-creator James Dormer

01/07/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday, I interviewed screenwriter James Dormer, the co-creator of ITV's new fantasy drama BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS, for Frame Rated. Please head over there and have a read! If you already like the show, which started last Sunday, there > read more

Was SHERLOCK's 'The Abominable Bride' a marriage made in heaven?

01/06/2016 04:30:00 AM

I haven't reviewed the New Year's Day Sherlock special here, partly because Frank Collins did a thoroughly decent job of it for Frame Rated. I don't really have too much more to add. But I thought I'd say a few words, nevertheless, because I know som > read more

Frame Rated: 2016 Winter Film Preview

01/05/2016 04:30:00 AM

Head over to Frame Rated, where I've previewed 10 films that are premiering in the UK between now and late-March. The Hateful Eight, Batman v Superman, Creed, Kung Fu Panda 3, Goosebumps, and many more! Well, five more. Click here! > read more

TV Picks: 4-10 January 2016 • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • Celebrity Big Brother • Jericho • Mr Selfridge • Siblings • Silent Witness • The Voice

01/04/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 4thUndercover Boss USA (Channel 4, 10.30am) Series 5 of the U.S version of the show, where corporate bosses spend time amidst their > read more

Frame Rated: 2016 TV Preview

01/02/2016 09:36:00 AM

It's already slightly out-of-date because Sherlock aired yesterday, but here's a link to my '2016 TV Preview' feature at Frame Rated from a few days ago. 8 must-see television shows that are debuting (or returning after long absences) between now and > read more


12/29/2015 04:30:00 AM

Thanks if you entered my DVD competitions last week, to win copies of TOAST OF LONDON Series 3 and PEEP SHOW Series 9 on DVD. The winner is below:James McGalliard, London.Congratulations, James. I will inform the PR company offering these discs and t > read more

New Year TV Picks: 28 December 2015 – 3 January 2016 • Billionaire Boy • Charlie Brooker's End of the Year Review • Great Barrier Reef • Sherlock • TFI Friday: NYE Special

12/28/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 28thHedgehog Hotel (ITV, 5.30pm) Wildlife special following a group of rescued hedgehogs.? Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (B > read more

DOCTOR WHO – 'The Husbands of River Song'

12/25/2015 12:30:00 PM

?????The worst Doctor Who Christmas specials are the ones that are impenetrable to casual audiences, because there's nothing worse than sitting around with your extended family on Christmas Day—expecting a fun, heartwarming fantasy advent > read more


12/25/2015 04:30:00 AM

Merry Christmas! I reviewed the first two HOME ALONE movies yesterday at Frame Rated, so if you have a spare 5 minutes today maybe give it a read? Too busy playing with toys and eating turkey? OK, I understand. Bookmark for another day, it's fine! Ho > read more

Frame Rated: LUTHER - Series Four

12/24/2015 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday over at Frame Rated, I reviewed the two-part fourth series (or special) of the BBC crime drama LUTHER, with Idris Elba back as London's most haunted detective. And that's an accolade it's difficult to win, especially now River's on the beat > read more

Frame Rated: JESSICA JONES - Season One

12/23/2015 08:09:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed the entirety of Netflix's new Marvel-produced series JESSICA JONES, starring Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Anne Moss. I know a few people have been curious to read my though > read more

Win TOAST OF LONDON Series 3 on DVD for Christmas!

12/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

The seasonal cheer just keeps on spreading! After giving away a DVD of Peep Show yesterday, I'm now giving away a DVD of TOAST OF LONDON Series 3 for one lucky reader, too!To win a copy of TOAST OF LONDON, Series 3, answer this question:What is the n > read more

Win PEEP SHOW Series 9 on DVD for Christmas!

12/22/2015 09:05:00 AM

If you're struggling for a last-minute Christmas gift idea, now's your chance to pickup a copy of an iconic Channel 4 comedy, absolutely free. I have a copy of PEEP SHOW Series 9 to give away to one lucky reader! It probably won't arrive for Christma > read more

The Best Television of 2015: 10 Honourable Mentions

12/22/2015 04:30:00 AM

I've counted down my favourite television shows of 2015, which you can read in full here, but thought I'd use the opportunity to mention the 10 outliers and explain the lack of UK shows.If I'd decided to do a Top 20 countdown, places 11-20 would look > read more

Christmas TV Picks: 21-27 December 2015 • And Then There Were None • Dickensian • Doctor Who • Downton Abbey • Fungus the Bogeyman • Walliams and Friends

12/21/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 21stCue the Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech (BBC1, 7pm) Documentary on the history of the Queen's Speech every Christmas Day > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.1 - HBO's THE LEFTOVERS

12/20/2015 12:20:00 PM

Ex-cop Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), his girlfriend Nora (Carrie Coon), and daughter Jill (Margaret Qualley), move from New York to a world-famous town in Texas that didn't suffer any 'departures' during the inexplicable event four years ago, when 2 > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.2 - NBC's HANNIBAL

12/19/2015 12:00:00 PM

FBI consultant Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) pursues exposed cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) across Europe, joined by outside forces with nastier intentions, before working on a case involving a man called Francis Dolarhyde who bel > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.3 - FX's FARGO

12/18/2015 12:00:00 PM

Set around Luverne, Minnesota, Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls in 1979, season 2 followed beautician Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband, butcher Ed (Jesse Plemons), in their attempt to cover up the hit-and-run murder of Rye Gerhardt > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.4 - AMC's BETTER CALL SAUL

12/17/2015 12:00:00 PM

Set several years before the events of Breaking Bad, we follow the early exploits of lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) before he became 'Saul Goodman', involving his complex relationship with his mentally-unbalanced brother (Michael McKean)...What m > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.5 - Netflix's DAREDEVIL

12/16/2015 12:00:00 PM

Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox), a young lawyer blinded by chemicals as a boy, is secretly able to perceive the world thanks to a heightened super-sense, and operates as a vigilante to save Hell's Kitchen from a turf war being won by a burly gangster call > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.6 - HBO's GAME OF THRONES

12/15/2015 12:00:00 PM

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) deals with a revolt in the liberated city of Meereen, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) flees King's Landing to try and win the approval of the Khaleesi, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) plots to overthrow the Bolton's on > read more


12/14/2015 15:23:00 PM

Let me restate my 'Trekking' background, for those unaware. I'm a huge Star Trek fan. Not dress-like-a-Klingon huge, or even house-filled-with-merchandise huge, but I've seen all of the shows and films since being introduced to it as a boy in the mid > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.7 - Starz's OUTLANDER

12/14/2015 12:00:00 PM

A post-WWII nurse called Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels back in time to 17th-century Scotland while holidaying in the Highlands with her husband, where she meets a dashing young highlander called Jamie (Scott Heughan) and her spouse's sadistic Red > read more

TV Picks: 14-20 December 2015 • Bear Goes Wild • Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass • Luther • Sound of Music: Live • Text Santa

12/14/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 14th? Back in Time for Christmas Dinner (BBC2, 9pm) New series where a family experience Christmas from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. > read more


12/13/2015 15:46:00 PM

I was a big fan of Independence Day back when it was released in the summer of 1996, mostly for the large-scale spectacle and tongue-in-cheek fun it delivered. There had been plenty of alien invasion before then, but none with its level of realism. I > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.8 - Showtime's PENNY DREADFUL

12/13/2015 12:00:00 PM

A coven of witches set their sights on Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) and psychic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), bringing great danger to the members of their occult clique. Meanwhile, Dr Frankenstein's sorrowful creation (Rory Kinnear) demands a mate, and > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.9 - The CW's THE FLASH

12/12/2015 12:00:00 PM

A young forensic analyst called Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) becomes 'the fastest man alive' after a laboratory explosion endows him with super-powers, prompting him to fight crime and keep his city safe from other 'meta-humans' with more sinister agen > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.10 - Netflix's JESSICA JONES

12/11/2015 09:49:00 AM

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a superhero-turned-private-investigator, blessed with incredible strength, who must use her powers and detective skills to catch the shadowy Kilgrave (David Tennant); a supervillain from her tragic past with the frig > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.10 - 'I Live Here Now'

12/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's the finale of THE LEFTOVERS' magnificent second season, so please click through to Frame Rated for my review... and perhaps even leave a comment or share with your friends? I'd appreciate it!Here ends one of television's finest seasons, and a re > read more

TV Picks: 7-13 December 2015 • Hunderby • Prey • The Royal Variety Performance • Tripped • That's So Last Century

12/07/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 7th? Las Vegas with Trevor McDonald (ITV, 9pm) New documentary series where the broadcaster explores the famous U.S gambling capit > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.12 – 'Hell Bent'

12/06/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????If last week's Doctor Who was Steven Moffat at his cleverest, finale "Hell Bent" saw him at his most exasperating. It exhibited a common problem: an abundance of intriguing ideas and scenes, incoherently told. The opening stretch of th > read more


12/04/2015 10:38:00 AM

The new BATMAN v SUPERMAN - DAWN OF JUSTICE trailer hit the net yesterday, so I've taken a little look. (May not contain entirely accurate, serious information.)Bruce Wayne attends a swanky party in a classic car. But did you notice that Bruce is dri > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.9 - 'Ten Thirteen'

12/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's time for another Wednesday link to my latest THE LEFTOVERS review at Frame Rated, the penultimate "Ten Thirteen" with an emphasis on what Meg's been up to. Please read, comment, and share!It's the penultimate instalment of The Leftovers season 2 > read more

It's official! Peter Jackson is directing an episode of DOCTOR WHO!

11/30/2015 10:20:00 AM

It's been nothing but a rumour for awhile now, stemming from the fact Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but the video above confirms things: the Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker is going to be directing an > read more

TV Picks: 30 November – 6 December 2015 • Ash vs. Evil Dead • At Christmas • The Murder Detectives • This is Tottenham

11/30/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 30th? The World's Most Famous Train (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, which has operated fo > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.11 – 'Heaven Sent'

11/29/2015 04:37:00 AM

?????While ironically resembling a hybrid of Fort Boyard and Cube at times, "Heaven Sent" was a magnificent hour of sci-fi and easily the best episode of Doctor Who this year. I'd rate it within the best three Peter Capaldi era hours, too > read more

State of the Blog - shifting priorities

11/28/2015 06:52:00 AM

Hello, readers! A lot of my focus and energy is going into editing and writing for Frame Rated right now. To be honest, in an ideal world it's going to stay that way as FR grows and finds its own audience. I still have no intention of consigning DMD > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.8 - 'International Assassin'

11/25/2015 04:30:00 AM

Wednesday's link to my review of THE LEFTOVERS at Frame Rated is here, and it's another top-quality episode. If you're not watching this HBO drama (perhaps because you were put off by the relentlessly dour first season?), do yourself a favour and pow > read more

TV Picks: 23-29 November 2015 • Blindspot • Capital • The Supervet • Suspects • Tomorrow's Food

11/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 23rdThe Martin Lewis Money Show (ITV, 8pm) Series 5 of the consumer money-saving magazine show. Presented by Martin Lewis & Saira Kh > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.10 – 'Face the Raven'

11/22/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????Series 9's three-part finale begins with Sarah Dollard's "Face the Raven", which reminded me a great deal of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley with its depiction of so-called 'trap streets'—places hidden from ordinary sight, shielded from > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 10 - '11:53 to Odessa'

11/21/2015 08:57:00 AM

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 10, "11:53 to Odessa"...I'm still a bit confused that Noah (Jack Coleman) and Malina (Danika Yarosh) are so close as grandfather-and-granddaughter, because I'm pretty sure th > read more

Why is HD still being treated like a premium format?

11/20/2015 04:30:00 AM

Warning: geeky rant ahead, featuring techie lingo and acronyms, so proceed at own risk of confusion and boredom.High definition (HD) broadcasts began in the UK back in 2006, almost 10 years ago. The next-generation Ultra HD/4K television sets are now > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.7 - 'A Most Powerful Adversary'

11/18/2015 04:30:00 AM

As usual, Wednesday means a link to my weekly review of THE LEFTOVERS at Frame Rated, with a look at the incredible "A Most Powerful Adversary"..."A lot of The Leftovers is about ordinary people seeking explanations for extraordinary events, and the > read more

TV Picks: 16-22 November 2015 • Elementary • Into the Badlands • Jessica Jones • Toast of London

11/16/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 16thNothing. It's inexcusable, right?TUESDAY 17thPower to the People (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary following SSE, one of the UK's 'Big Six > read more

ASH vs. EVIL DEAD, 1.3 – 'Books from Beyond'

11/15/2015 07:49:00 AM

?????Three weeks into Ash vs. Evil Dead and there's definitely a pattern emerging: Ash (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo) travel to various places in an attempt to undo the Necronomicon's spell, and each half- > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.9 – 'Sleep No More'

11/15/2015 05:15:00 AM

?????I appreciate episodes of Doctor Who that do something different, even if the experimental nature isn't particularly unique in its genre. The 'found footage' idea isn't new and is rather overplayed right now in cinemas (thanks especiall > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 9 - 'Sundae, Bloody Sundae'

11/14/2015 10:13:00 AM

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 9, "Sundae, Bloody Sundae"...It seems like forever since we last saw Carlos (Ryan Guzman) and Captain Dearing (Dylan Bruce) on their road trip to the mysterious Sunstone Mano > read more

Autumn 2015 TV - Part Two

11/13/2015 12:37:00 PM

It's the second half of my feature, alphabetically listing all the TV shows I've been watching this autumn, with thoughts on how they're developing...'The Knick' (season 2) - Cinemax.It's another great year for this period medical drama, so far, whic > read more

Autumn 2015 TV - Part One

11/12/2015 13:25:00 PM

We're a few months into the 2015/16 television season, so I just wanted to run down all the shows I'm watching, how I think they're getting on, and my degrees of continued interest in them.'Agents of SHIELD' (season 3) - ABC.Season 1 became good half > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.6 - 'Lens'

11/11/2015 04:30:00 AM

Dead birds buried in boxes, mad scientists, and an unwanted pie. It can only be episode 6 of HBO's THE LEFTOVERS, reviewed by yours truly over at Frame Rated yesterday.There were a lot of revelations in the mid-season "Lens". Personal secrets were re > read more

ASH vs. EVIL DEAD, 1.2 – 'Bait'

11/09/2015 06:30:00 AM

?????This second episode had a much harder job than the premiere, which played very much like a short movie sequel to the first two Evil Dead films. "Bait" is where things truly begin, in terms of trying to ensure audiences this franchise c > read more

TV Picks: 9-15 November 2015 • Children in Need • The Frankenstein Chronicles • I'm A Celebrity • Josh • The Last Panthers • London Spy • Live at the Apollo • Peep Show

11/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 9thThe Shoppers Guide to Saving Money (Channel 4, 8.30pm) New series investigating the true value of products and services. Presente > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.8 – 'The Zygon Inversion'

11/08/2015 04:48:00 AM

?????The conclusion of Peter Harness's two-parter was even better than the setup; perhaps because there were less 'UNIT soldiering' action scenes and more of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) just being wonderful. Capaldi was on marvellous form th > read more

Letterboxd catching up

11/07/2015 17:30:00 PM

I used to reproduce my Letterboxd movie reviews here, but don't have the time these days. Instead, here are some links to my most recent writing there:THE LITTLE VAMPIRE (2000)FANTASTIC FOUR (2015)LOCH NESS (1996)VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (1995)CINDERELLA > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 8 – 'June 13th Part Two'

11/07/2015 09:01:00 AM

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 8, "June 13th Part Two"...Wouldn't you know it, the Noah (Jack Coleman) from June 13th foiled his future self's assassination attempt on Erica Kravid. She got away with just > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.5 - 'No Room at the Inn'

11/04/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's Wednesday! Which can mean only one thing: this week's link to my latest THE LEFTOVERS review at Frame Rated. "No Room at the Inn" was a magnificent hour of television, focusing on Christopher Eccleston's character, Reverend Matt Jamison.It's tim > read more

TV Picks: 2-8 November 2015 • After Hours • The Great Pottery Throw Down • Trollied • Tyrant

11/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 2ndHugh's War on Waste (BBC1, 9pm) New two-part documentary where Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall investigates why people waste as much > read more


11/02/2015 04:24:00 AM

AMC have released the official trailer for their 2016 supernatural horror drama PREACHER, based on the cult comics by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. As you probably know, I'm a fan of these comics and looking forward to seeing the characters in live-a > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.7 – 'The Zygon Invasion'

11/01/2015 07:19:00 AM

?????While this has arguably been the best start to a Doctor Who series in years, qualitatively, I'm finding myself struggling to get as deeply invested as I used to be. This is for a mix of reasons, but it's becoming clearer to me that Who > read more

Review: Starz's ASH vs. EVIL DEAD

11/01/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????After three movies, the last of which premiered in 1993, fans of The Evil Dead have clung to hopes that director Sam Raimi would return for a fourth instalment. The fact Raimi became a big-deal Hollywood director meant prospects for Ev > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 7 - 'June 13th Part One'

10/31/2015 11:00:00 AM

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 7, "June 13th Part One"...This week, almost the entire episode took place a year in the past, at the fateful Unity Summit of June 13th in Odessa, Texas, which we last saw bei > read more

The Scary Films to Watch (And Avoid) This Halloween on British TV

10/31/2015 06:30:00 AM

Halloween isn't such a big deal in the UK, weirdly. I envy America every 31 October, although the reality of going trick-or-treating as an American probably isn't like Hocus Pocus made it seems. Or is it? Anyway, at least the British broadcasters mak > read more

Frame Rated: 6 Horror Films Too Scary To Watch Twice

10/30/2015 05:30:00 AM

Frame Rated have a feature up for Halloween, where six of the writers chose a film that's so scary they've never been able to watch it a second time. I contributed a choice to the half-dozen, if you want to click through and read. > read more


10/27/2015 14:28:00 PM

The BBC have dominated family-friendly telefantasy since Doctor Who returned in 2005, and their traditional rival ITV have mostly failed to deliver a worthy riposte—with the possible exception of Primeval. Their last serious attempt was 2009's awfu > read more

SUPERGIRL flies high in U.S ratings

10/27/2015 12:22:00 PM

I reviewed Supergirl in May as part of a summer preview, but just wanted to draw your attention to my archived review today, as the comic-book drama has just premiered on CBS in the U.S (to a whopping 12.9m viewers, making it the most successful new > read more

007 Things James Bond Would Never Say, Never. Again?

10/26/2015 07:00:00 AM

The 25th Bond movie, Spectre, is out today in UK cinemas. And below are seven statements you'd never, ever, ever hear Commander James Bond say.1. "Not tonight, love – I've got a headache."2. "The ejector seat and side-mounted missiles are all very > read more

TV Picks: 26 October – 1 November 2015 • The Affair • The Blacklist • Catastrophe • Cuffs • The Dresser • The Hunt • Scream Queens • Supergirl

10/26/2015 05:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 26thModern Times: The Last Dukes (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary about the eventual demise of British dukes, through lack of male heirs.? > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.6 – 'The Woman Who Lived'

10/25/2015 07:00:00 AM

?????This wasn't really a conclusion to last week's "The Girl Who Died"; it was more a fresh episode with a common character in Ashildr (Maisie Williams), the Viking villager whom The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) turned immortal with alien techno > read more


10/25/2015 05:30:00 AM

I've reviewed this summer's TOMORROWLAND, from director Brad Bird, starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie & Britt Robertson.One of this summer's biggest box-office disappointments was Disney's Tomorrowland, from director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, Rata > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 6 – 'Game Over'

10/24/2015 08:56:00 AM

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 6, "Game Over"...I you're a fan of 'weird stuff up people's noses', this was the episode for you! First there was Carlos's (Ryan Guzman) prisoner, Captain Dearing (Dylan Bruc > read more

NBC's AMAZING STORIES returning with HANNIBAL's Bryan Fuller in charge

10/24/2015 04:58:00 AM

Do you remember the anthology drama AMAZING STORIES that ran from 1985-87, executive produced by Steven Spielberg? It was the E.T generation's Twilight Zone, basically. Only 45 episodes were made before NBC cancelled it after two seasons, but during > read more

Trailer: Netflix's JESSICA JONES

10/23/2015 09:05:00 AM

After a lot of teasers, we finally have the full trailer for Netflix's next big original series: Marvel's Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23) as the eponymous superhero-turned-detective. There' > read more

Frame Rated: POLTERGEIST (2015)

10/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

I've reviewed the POLTERGEIST remake for Frame Rated, ahead of its release on DVD/Blu on 26 October, just in time for Halloween. Please have a read by > read more

Frame Rated: Fact to the Future - 30 BACK TO THE FUTURE Facts

10/21/2015 11:08:00 AM

I've celebrated Back to the Future Day (the day Marty and Doc Brown arrived in "the future" of 21 October 2015 @4:29PM) by writing an article for Frame Rated: 'Fact to the Future: 30 Back to the Future Facts'. I hope you enjoy it! Please click here a > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.3 - 'Off Ramp'

10/21/2015 04:30:00 AM

I've reviewed THE LEFTOVERS, season 2, episode 3, "Off Ramp". The threat of human immolation, book publishing, and laptop theft!If there was one aspect of last season that split opinion the most, in favour of outright hatred from viewers, it was the > read more

TV Picks: 19-25 October 2015 • American Horror Story • Bring the Noise • Fargo • Jekyll & Hyde • The Last Kingdom • The Muppets • SAS: Who Dares Wins • Sleepy Hollow

10/19/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 19thThe Muppets (Sky1, 8pm) Season 1 of the U.S mockumentary about the Muppets running a late-night chat show. (1/13)Modern Family ( > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.5 – 'The Girl Who Died'

10/18/2015 04:20:00 AM

?????For most of "The Girl Who Died", I wasn't particularly impressed with what I was seeing. It was an amusing hour of Doctor Who and Peter Capaldi felt more comfortable than ever with more jokey material, but it all felt a bit too routine > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 5 - 'The Lion's Den'

10/17/2015 04:59:00 AM

My weekly vidcap recaps of Heroes Reborn continues below, with a look at halfway mark "The Lion's Den"...Firstly, I'd just like to say how much I love Harris's (Cle Bennett) power to clone himself from lost limbs and appendages. I wondered how that a > read more

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