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TV Picks: 31 August – 6 September 2015 • An Evening with Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse • Fear the Walking Dead • Hand of God • Lady Chatterley's Lover • Rectify • Strictly Come Dancing

08/31/2015 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...BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYTerry & Mason's Great Food Trip (BBC2, 6.30pm) New series where Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen go on a culinary trip arou > read more

RIP Wes Craven: 1939-2015

08/31/2015 04:08:00 AM

I always find it sad when certain celebrities die, despite having no connection to them beyond enjoying the work they've produced. Or, these days, maybe a brief social media interaction, if you're lucky. Lots of people I admire die every year, but oc > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.13 – 'The Wrath of the Lamb'

08/29/2015 04:30:00 AM

????For the last time, a reminder: this review is scheduled alongside Thursday's broadcast in Canada. This finale airs tonight in the U.S on NBC, and Wednesday in the UK on Sky Living, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...I watched the s > read more

FRAME RATED: w/e 28 August 2015

08/28/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are the last week's posts from FRAME RATED, the new site I'm editing and writing articles for. I hope more of you have bookmarked us now, visit daily, and have maybe even followed our Twitter so you don't miss updates. Or subscribe to the RSS f > read more

Catching up with... BANSHEE

08/27/2015 04:30:00 AM

I almost pine for the days when American television effectively shut up shop over summer, because it at least gave you a chance to catchup with the good TV you missed from across the pond. Nowadays there are dozens of great shows airing all year roun > read more

2015/16 TV Season: The Shows I'll (Probably) Be Watching...

08/25/2015 11:12:00 AM

Hey, everyone! It's been another slow week here, sorry, but I've been maxed out with some exciting Frame Rated developments and real-world concerns. And besides, I'm sure you're all aware there's not much happening in the world of TV and film right n > read more

Frame Rated: Blood Feud - FROM DUSK TILL DAWN vs THE STRAIN

08/24/2015 06:00:00 AM

Yesterday over at Frame Rated: I wrote a lighthearted feature comparing vampire dramas FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and THE STRAIN, which both return to the UK on 26 August (on Netflix and Watch, respectively). Click here to give it a read! > read more

TV Picks: 24-30 August 2015 • Celebrity Big Brother • Educating Cardiff • From Dusk till Dawn • Narcos • The Strain • The X Factor

08/24/2015 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 24th? Muslim Drag Queens (Channel 4, 10pm) Documentary on the UK's secret gay Asian community. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.TUESDA > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.12 – 'The Number of the Beast is 666...'

08/22/2015 05:00:00 AM

????Once again, to remind everyone, this review is scheduled alongside Thursday's broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S on NBC, and Wednesday in the UK on Sky Living, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...I'm surprised > read more

Sponsored Post: 5 Hopes & Desires for FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

08/21/2015 11:30:00 AM

It's odd to remember the idea of putting zombies on television was non-commercial just a decade ago, as the brain-eating dead were deemed too extreme for home audiences. The millennial success of zombie films like Resident Evil, Shaun of the Dead and > read more

FRAME RATED: w/e 21 August 2015

08/21/2015 05:38:00 AM

Below are the past seven day's posts from FRAME RATED, the new website I'm editing and writing for. I hope more of you have bookmarked the site now, remember to visit daily, and have kindly followed our Twitter so you don't miss any updates. Or subsc > read more

TV Picks: 17-23 August 2015 • The Americans • Nightingale • The Scandalous Lady W • Show Me a Hero • Top Coppers

08/17/2015 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 17thThe Great Barrier Reef (BBC2, 3.45pm) Documentary focusing on Australia's famous underwater ecosystem. (1/3)Rebound (ITV, 5pm) N > read more

Frame Rated: HALT AND CATCH FIRE - Season Two

08/16/2015 04:30:00 AM

A few days ago at Frame Rated: I reviewed season 2 of AMC's HALT AND CATCH FIRE, the cable network's much-improved 1980s drama set in the world of home computing...With every update of iOS or release of a new Playstation, consumers demand improvement > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.11 – '… and the Beast From the Sea'

08/15/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Another quick reminder that this review is scheduled alongside Thursday's broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S on NBC, and Wednesday in the UK on Sky Living, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...It's been a treat > read more

FRAME RATED: w/e 14 August 2015

08/14/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are the past seven day's posts from FRAME RATED, the new website I'm editing and writing for. I hope more of you have bookmarked the site now, remember to visit daily, and have kindly followed our Twitter so you don't miss any updates. Or subsc > read more

Frame Rated: TRUE DETECTIVE - Season 2 Finale

08/13/2015 06:00:00 AM

Yesterday over at Frame Rated: I stepped in to review the season 2 finale of HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE on Sky Atlantic, "Omega Station". I lost interest in this season of True Detective around the time Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) lost his moustache; which > read more

Pilot watch: Fox's MINORITY REPORT

08/13/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????What's the premise? Minority Report takes place in the mid-21st century, where crime was once prevented before it was even committed thanks to three "Precogs" (psychics who can predict the future). 15 years later, one of those Precogs, > read more

Pilot watch: Fox's LUCIFER

08/12/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????What's the premise? The Devil, 'Lucifer Morningstar' (Tom Ellis), abandons his responsibilities in Hell to run a nightclub in Los Angeles, before deciding to punish city criminals with the help of LAPD detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren Ge > read more

Pilot watch: NBC's BLINDSPOT

08/11/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????What's the premise? Blindspot is a new NBC mystery drama, created by Warner Bros. Television. It concerns the discovery of a naked tattooed woman in Times Square, dubbed 'Jane Doe' (Jaimie Alexander), who's lost her memory and can't ev > read more

David Fincher's UTOPIA remake for HBO dies in pre-production

08/10/2015 06:00:00 AM

Fans of Channel 4's quirky and horrifying thriller Utopia were inconsolable last year, when it was announced the show wouldn't be renewed for a third series. While the final episode sort of works as an ending, the story was clearly intended to contin > read more

TV Picks: 10-16 August 2015 • Aquarius • Last Man on Earth • Totally Senseless Game Show • Very British Problems • WDYTYA • Young, Free & Single

08/10/2015 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 10thEpilepsy and Me (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary following four people who have extreme epilepsy, so must be watched around the clock.Bri > read more

State of the Blog: blog content, writing distractions, and autumn TV

08/09/2015 03:41:00 AM

It seems like I'm always apologising for a lack of new content recently, but ironically I've never been busier! Frame Rated is inevitably taking up a lot of my spare time lately, as I'm editing every post that goes up and trying to organise a lot of > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.10 – 'And the Woman Clothed in the Sun'

08/08/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Just to remind readers, this review is scheduled alongside Thursday's broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S on NBC, and Wednesday in the UK on Sky Living, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...I loved this episode' > read more

FRAME RATED: w/e 7 August 2015

08/07/2015 10:40:00 AM

Below are the past seven day's posts from FRAME RATED, the new website I'm editing and writing for. I hope more of you have bookmarked the site now, remember to visit daily, and have kindly followed our Twitter so you don't miss any updates. Or subsc > read more

TV Picks: 3-9 August 2015 • Casanova • The Great British Bake Off • Keep it in the Family • New Tricks • Sneaky Pete

08/03/2015 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 3rd? The TV That Made Me (BBC1, 3.45pm) New series where comic actor Brian Conley talks to celebrities about the television that h > read more

Frame Rated: GHOSTBUSTERS - I Ain't Afraid of No Girls

08/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated last Friday, I wrote a feature about the negative and sexist reaction to Paul Feig's all-female GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, arguing it's a knee-jerk reaction to longterm fans not getting what they want. > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.9 – 'And the Woman Clothed With the Sun...'

08/01/2015 04:52:00 AM

????Just to remind readers, this review is scheduled alongside the Thursday night broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S, and Wednesday in the UK, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...I love how season 3's developing t > read more

FRAME RATED: w/e 31 July 2015

07/31/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are the past seven day's posts from FRAME RATED, the new website I'm editing and writing for. I hope more of you have bookmarked the site now, remember to visit daily, and have kindly followed our Twitter so you don't miss any updates. Or subsc > read more

ANGEL, 3.22 - 'Tomorrow' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.21-22 - 'Two to Go' & 'Grave'

07/30/2015 04:30:00 AM

LILAH: Mind if I join you?WESLEY: On many levels and with great intensity.The big finale of Angel season 3, "TOMORROW", offered an enjoyable viewing experience, blessed by a fantastic cliffhanger that must have played like gangbusters back in 2002 (a > read more

TV Picks: 27 July – 2 August 2015 • Flockstars • Hello Campers • Life in Squares • Parks and Recreation • Ripper Street • Tut • Would I Lie To You?

07/27/2015 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 27thGuess this House (ITV, 12.30pm) New property game show where contestants have to correctly guess the value of a home. Hosted by > read more

I'm watching: EXTANT • HALT & CATCH FIRE • HANNIBAL • HUMANS • JS&MN • MR ROBOT • THE STRAIN • TRUE DETECTIVE • WAYWARD PINES

07/26/2015 08:40:00 AM

Familiar preamble by now: I'm still watching lots of television every week, but have less time and inclination to blog about it all. Therefore, occasionally I like to offer brief thoughts on some of the shows I've made a weekly appointment to watch. > read more

Frame Rated: Disasterpiece - WATERWORLD

07/25/2015 11:00:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday: the aquatic post-apocalypse film WATERWORLD turns 20 this week, so I took a look back at this 1995 summer movie, starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Jeanne Tripplehorn.Waterworld still evokes feelings of cinematic > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.8 – 'The Great Red Dragon'

07/25/2015 05:27:00 AM

????Just to remind readers, this review is scheduled alongside the Thursday night broadcast in Canada. This episode airs tonight in the U.S and Wednesday in the UK, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...The closing half of season 3 picks > read more

FRAME RATED (17 - 24 Jul 15)

07/24/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are the week's posts from FRAME RATED, the new entertainment site I'm editing and writing for. If you've noticed a downturn in content at DMD, part of that's down to my efforts being diverted that way. I hope many of you have bookmarked the sit > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.20 – 'Villains' • ANGEL, 3.21 – 'Benediction'

07/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

BUFFY: How'd I get here?XANDER: You've got to stop doing this. This dying thing's funny once, maybe twice.As I predicted last week, Tara bit the big one, but Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) managed to pull through after getting shot—and it looked tha > read more

Trailer: FARGO - Season 2

07/22/2015 04:30:00 AM

FX have released the official trailer for season 2 of FARGO, which looks fantastic. I was a huge fan of the first season, but have been concerned about the idea of telling a completely different story each season. It's not working out too well for Tr > read more

TV Picks: 20-26 July 2015 • Desi Rascals • One Born Every Minute • Partners in Crime • Wentworth Prison • Witnesses

07/20/2015 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 20thBritain at the Bookies (BBC1, 9pm) Documentary following high street bookmaker Coral. (1/3)Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: Lucy > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.7 – 'Digestivo'

07/18/2015 04:29:00 AM

????First, a word of warning: NBC have moved Hannibal from Thursdays to Saturdays for the rest of season 3, so this review is scheduled alongside the unchanged Canadian broadcast. Consequently, this post contains huge spoilers for most people > read more

FRAME RATED (10 - 17 July 15)

07/17/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below is my weekly rundown of all the posts FRAME RATED published, which is a new entertainment site I'm editing and writing for. I really hope you're enjoying reading the content there, and please follow @frameratedUK. We managed to break through 10 > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.18 & 6.19 – 'Entropy' & 'Seeing Red'

07/16/2015 04:30:00 AM

TARA (to Willow): There's just so much to work through. Trust has to be built again on both sides. You have to learn if--if we're even the same people we were. If you can fit in each others lives. It's a long and important process, and can we just sk > read more

Frame Rated: BATMAN v SUPERMAN & SUICIDE SQUAD trailers

07/15/2015 04:30:00 AM

Just recently, over at Frame Rated, I've passed judgement on two of the most buzzed about San Diego Comic-Con trailers: DC Comics' double-whammy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Please, click through to read! > read more

Trailer: HEROES REBORN

07/13/2015 11:06:00 AM

Where do you begin with Heroes? It was undoubtedly a game-changing show for NBC, albeit one heavily influenced by the success ABC was having with Lost—having confidence to utilise a very large ensemble and write interconnected storylines. It also b > read more

TV Picks: 13-19 July 2015 • Bojack Horseman • The Javone Prince Show • Ray Donovan • Veep • Yonderland

07/13/2015 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 13th? Yonderland (Sky1, 8pm) Series 2 of the fantasy comedy-drama about an ordinary mother who can access a bizarre alternate worl > read more

Frame Rated: THE VOICES (2014)

07/12/2015 04:30:00 AM

A few days ago, over at Frame Rated I reviewed the 2014 dark comedy-horror THE VOICES, about a likeable factory worker (Ryan Reynolds) who's actually a mentally-unstable recluse who believes his pets are cajoling him into killing female colleagues... > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.6 – 'Dolce'

07/11/2015 04:30:00 AM

????It finally happened. After weeks of teasing, many of Hannibal's leading characters finally shared the screen this week, and not just in dream sequences or flashbacks. It feels like the beginning of the end for Dr Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) a > read more

SDCC Trailers: ASH vs EVIL DEAD • FEAR THE WALKING DEAD • STAR WARS EPISODE VII • THE WALKING DEAD

07/11/2015 02:33:00 AM

ASH VS EVIL DEAD (Starz)I'm a big fan of the Evil Dead franchise, but I've had my doubts about transplanting the idea to television. Bruce Campbell's much older now, and can such a simple idea sustain across multiple episodes? The jury's out on the l > read more

FRAME RATED (4 - 10 Jul 15)

07/10/2015 05:09:00 AM

Below is my weekly rundown of all the posts FRAME RATED published, which is a new entertainment site I'm editing and writing for. I do hope you enjoy reading the content there, and please follow @frameratedUK. We managed to break through 100 Twitter > read more

Trailer: DOCTOR WHO - Series 9

07/09/2015 16:56:00 PM

The BBC released the official DOCTOR WHO trailer for Series 9 at San Diego Comic-Con today, but it was also made available online. I've embedded it above. Not bad, eh? At this stage in the show's history, it's harder for me to be blown away -- and th > read more

ANGEL, 3.20 – 'A New World' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 3.17 – 'Normal Again'

07/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

GUNN: Couple weeks ago, he was wearin' diapers. Now he's a teenager?CORDELIA: Tell me we don't live in a soap opera.My amusement that a 23-year-old Vincent Kartheiser is playing Angel's (David Boreanaz) stolen son Connor subsided during "A NEW WORLD" > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.10 – 'And They Were Enemies'

07/07/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Penny Dreadful's season 2 finale offered some hasty-but-fun conclusions, but preferred to instead focus on grace notes and setup for next year—rather like how True Blood structured its own closers. I was entertained, mostly because it a > read more

TV Picks: 6-12 July 2015 • The Autistic Gardener • Idris Elba: No Limits • The Outcast • The Secret World of Lego • T in the Park

07/06/2015 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 6thVet School (ITV, 8pm) Series 3 of the documentary following staff and students of the University of Edinburgh's Royal School of V > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.5 – 'Contorno'

07/04/2015 04:41:00 AM

????This fifth episode was our best reminder yet that Hannibal the TV series is taking place amidst terrain the franchise has already covered in books and films. The previous two seasons had the luxury of detailing events before Red Dragon (t > read more

FRAME RATED (26 Jun - 3 Jul 15)

07/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below is my weekly rundown of all the posts FRAME RATED published, which is a new entertainment site I'm editing and writing for. I do hope you enjoy reading the content there, and please follow @frameratedUK. If we can crack 100 followers in our fir > read more

ANGEL, 3.18 & 3.19 – 'Double or Nothing' & 'The Price'

07/02/2015 13:56:00 PM

FRED: If Angel sees you again, he'll kill you, Wesley. This time for real. Don't come back to the hotel. Ever. The prophecy was false. Angel was never gonna hurt Connor. It was all for nothing.The problem with "Forgiving" and its harsh ending (which > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.9 – 'And Hell Itself My Only Foe'

06/30/2015 04:30:00 AM

????There were things to enjoy about this penultimate episode, and it tee'd up next week's finale very well by the end, but I was very disappointed John Logan's rushed various aspects of the story. The disfigured American looking to bring wol > read more

TV Picks: 29 June – 5 July 2015 • Extant • Not Safe for Work • A Song for Jenny • Under the Dome

06/29/2015 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 29th7/7: Ten Years On (Sky1, 9pm) Documentary to mark a decade since the terrorist bombings in London.? Under the Dome (Channel 5, > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.4 – 'Aperitivo'

06/27/2015 04:30:00 AM

????We're deep enough into the third season that I feel confident making bolder statements about the success of this year, so far. So, while I'm enjoying aspects of Hannibal now it's broken with its crime procedural format, there's a number o > read more

FRAME RATED (19-26 June 15)

06/26/2015 04:30:00 AM

Hopefully everyone's aware I'm busy writing and editing FRAME RATED, a new entertainment site covering film and television. The site's only three weeks old, but doing very well, and I'd love the DMD regulars to check it out. Bookmark us! Add our RSS > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.16 – 'Hell's Bells' • ANGEL, 3.17- 'Forgiving'

06/25/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANYA: Okay. For the last time. I, Anya, want to marry you, Xander, because I love you and I'll always love you. And before I knew you, I was like a completely different person. Not even a person, really. And I had seen what love could do to people, a > read more

Frame Rated: SENSE8 - Season One

06/23/2015 06:00:00 AM

Yesterday on Frame Rated, I reviewed the first season of Netflix's SENSE8; a sci-fi drama from the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) about eight strangers who realise they're telepathically linked. Do give it > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.8 – 'Memento Mori'

06/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

????I worship the ground Eva Green walks on, but her presence in Penny Dreadful is often detrimental—in the sense she's so magnetic to watch, and write for, that everyone else tends to fade into the background. "Memento Mori" got around thi > read more

TV Picks: 22-28 June 2015 • The Brink • Glastonbury • The Interviews • My Mad Fat Diary • Odyssey • True Detective

06/22/2015 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 22ndJimmy's Australian Food Adventure (Channel 4, 9.30am) New series where Jimmy Doherty explores the story of Australia's wild plan > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.3 – 'Secondo'

06/20/2015 05:43:00 AM

????It feels perfectly natural for Hannibal to indulge a Gothic fairy tale sensibility this season, especially now it's taking place in the continent that created the art form. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) visited the Lithuanian ancestral home of > read more

FRAME RATED (12-18 June 15)

06/19/2015 05:30:00 AM

As promised, every Friday I'm going to list the updates that have happened at my new site, FRAME RATED, over the past week. I hope you'll click some of these, enjoy reading... and maybe even share with your friends? It all helps!KINGSMAN: THE SECRET > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.14 & 6.15 – 'Older and Far Away' & 'As You Were'

06/19/2015 04:30:00 AM

SPIKE: I had a... muscle cramp. Buffy was, uh, helping.TARA: A muscle cramp? In your... pants?A trifling episode that served as a budget-saver because most of the action didn't leave the Summers residence, when Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg) is tricked > read more

GAME OF THRONES season 5 – WTF? And WTF happens next?!

06/17/2015 04:30:00 AM

The fifth season of Game of Thrones has rolled to a close, courting the usual controversy along the way. A key difference this year was an increase in viewer negativity about a few of the storylines, which was perhaps to be expected when even book re > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.7 – 'Little Scorpion'

06/16/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Vannessa (Eva Green) took Ethan (Josh Hartnett) to the Cut-Wife's cottage, but following in her mentor's footsteps only extended to teaching her American friend how to dance. Penny Dreadful is an ensemble show with many moving pieces, but > read more

TV Picks: 15-21 June 2015 • Black Work • Hoff the Record • It's a Funny Old Week • New Girl • The Mindy Project • Surprise Surprise • Would I Lie to You?

06/15/2015 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 15thThe Clangers (CBeebies, 5pm) Revival of the classic 1970s children's series.Big Dreams Small Spaces (BBC2, 7pm) New series where > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.2 – 'Primavera'

06/13/2015 04:31:00 AM

????There were things in "Primavera" I didn't expect, and chief amongst them was seeing Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) recovered from his near-fatal stomach wound, and travelling to Italy to catch Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). One expected that > read more

Friday gets FRAME RATED

06/12/2015 04:30:00 AM

My new site, FRAME RATED, launched five days ago. Every Friday I'm going to be compiling a list of the posts that have been published there, and hope DMD readers will click-through. You can also follow @frameratedUK on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS f > read more

FRAME RATED: NOW LIVE??

06/09/2015 06:00:00 AM

My new site, FRAME RATED, is nowlive at www.framerated.co.uk!Like DMD, FR will cover television and film reviews and features, but in more detail and with less emphasis on episodic coverage of TV shows. (Only a select few will get that weekly recap t > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.6 – 'Glorious Horrors'

06/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

????We've moved into the last half of season 2, and a few plots are beginning to move forward, although progress remains leisurely. Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) is now under the enchantment of girlfriend Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), but all > read more

TV Picks: 8-14 June 2015 • Hannibal • Humans • The Interceptor • Jordskott • Mock the Week • Orange is the New Black • TFI Friday

06/08/2015 04:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 8thThe Met (BBC1, 9pm) New documentary series following the UK's busiest police force in London. (1/5)? Japan: Earth's Enchanted I > read more

HANNIBAL, 3.1 – 'Antipasto'

06/06/2015 09:42:00 AM

????After two seasons, the cat's finally out of the bag. Or, perhaps more aptly, the monster's out of the closet. Everyone knows Dr Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is a sociopath who eats his victims, for the third season of NBC's majestical > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.5 – 'Above the Vaulted Sky'

06/03/2015 08:24:00 AM

????It's hard to predict if Penny Dreadful will succeed in making its various storylines, and individual lives of its main characters, converge in a satisfying way. That's obviously a goal, of sorts, but there are times when I wonder if it's > read more

COMMUNITY: school's out... forever?

06/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

Season 6 of Community's over and I loved the finale ("Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television"), which was a hilarious meta-commentary on the show's existence and ability to resist cancellation. For half its lifetime, the show's good luck mant > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.16 – 'To Ransom a Man's Soul'

06/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

????The finale of Outlander was far removed from what I'd have predicted earlier in this first season. The show took a brave and harrowing direction, which flew in the face of the pulp-romance feel the premiere had. "To Ransom a Man's Soul" w > read more

TV Picks: 1-7 June 2015 • Gadget Man • Halt and Catch Fire • Man Down • Sense8 • Strike Back • The Syndicate

06/01/2015 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 1stJohnny Kingdom's Wild Exmoor (ITV, 8pm) New series where the wildlife photographer explores the natural environment of Exmoor Nat > read more

Intermission: summer break

05/29/2015 05:00:00 AM

I'm away from 29 August - 6 June, so regular updates will be less guaranteed. I will be covering the Outlander finale, but it may be a few days later than usual. I will also be reviewing the return of > read more

ANGEL, 3.16 – 'Sleep Tight' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.13 – 'Dead Things'

05/28/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: You look like hell. And not the fun one where they burn you with hot pokers for all eternity, but, the hard-core one--you know, Nixon and Britney Spears.The problem with traditional U.S season lengths, from the not-too-distant-past, is that sh > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.4 – 'Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places'

05/26/2015 04:30:00 AM

????After last week's bravura instalment, quality lurched back to a more standard level, all things considered. There were a few things I really liked about "Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places", but also more evidence that many of Penny Dreadful > read more

TV Picks: 25-31 May 2015 • Glee • The Magic Show Story • Springwatch Unsprung • Suntrap

05/25/2015 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...LATE MAY BANK HOLIDAY? Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 7.30pm) Series 9's live semi finals begin. Continues nightly until Sunday. (8/13)Church > read more

Pilot preview: CBS's SUPERGIRL

05/22/2015 13:38:00 PM

????I've always found gender-bending superheroes to be rather unimaginative, because if you want to appeal to a female demographic why put a woman in the same costume as their male counterpart (with an added skirt), and peddle the same story? > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.3 – 'The Nightcomers'

05/20/2015 04:30:00 AM

????The highlight of the first season was a Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) flashback, episode 5's "Closer than Sisters", which provided much needed backstory to the ongoing story around it. The same could be true of this year, as "The Nightcomers" > read more

MAD MEN, 7.14 – 'Person to Person'

05/19/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Series finales are hard to do; especially for successful shows like Mad Men, which have become emblems of a cultural sea change in television drama. You can't and won't satisfy everyone. "Person to Person" was an efficient episode with a > read more

TV Picks: 18-24 May 2015 • Armada • Between • British Soap Awards • Eurovision • The Job Centre • Radio 1's Big Weekend

05/18/2015 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 18th? Scammers (ITV, 9pm) Documentary about cyber-crime, which costs the British economy £27 billion a year. Presented by Jamie T > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.15 – 'Wentworth Prison'

05/17/2015 09:54:00 AM

????For a television series that could so easily have become stuck in a fug of romanticised chivalry and glossiness, one of Outlander's biggest surprises has been how damned intense and unsettling it can become—not to mention outright grues > read more

MAD MEN, 7.13 – 'The Milk & Honey Route'

05/15/2015 04:30:00 AM

????The penultimate episode of the series was as great as one could hope, and in some ways felt like a suitable finale. Three of the main characters—Don (Jon Hamm), Peter (Vincent Kartheiser), Peggy (January Jones)—got final scenes that w > read more

ANGEL, 3.14 & 3.15 – 'Couplet' & 'Loyalty'

05/14/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: Just tell me what I can do.CORDELIA: I need you to help me have sex. With Groo.I didn't like "COUPLET" as much as I expected to, because most of it felt obvious and clichéd. I've seen too many variations on the idea of a protagonist feeling l > read more

Coming Soon: FRAME RATED

05/13/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's time to share some news that has been developing for the past few months, with the readers of this 'ere blog. I'm creating and editing a new site, called FRAME RATED. Full details below:What is FRAME RATED??This is a new Wordpress site I've cr > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.2 – 'Verbis Diablo'

05/12/2015 04:30:00 AM

????There are a few things that are beginning to irritate me about Penny Dreadful now: firstly, it's unclear what the show's longterm goal is, because the first season's Egyptian doomsday prophecy hasn't factored into the show as strongly as > read more

TV Picks: 11-17 May 2015 • The Affair • Big Brother • Episodes • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell • A League of their Own • Nashville • Wayward Pines

05/11/2015 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 11thDamned Designs: Don't Demolish My Home (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary about three people who have fallen foul of planning laws. (1 > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.14 – 'The Search'

05/10/2015 12:16:00 PM

????I wasn't anticipating much from "The Search", because Outlander's perhaps leaned too much on the derring-do thrills of people being kidnapped or arrested, and requiring their loved-ones to rescue them. However, this hour actually surprise > read more

Trailer: Netflix's SENSE8

05/08/2015 11:38:00 AM

The Wachowki's revitalised the action/sci-fi genre with The Matrix, but their subsequent work hasn't really clicked with the masses. The Matrix sequels sequels were successful but most people disliked them, then Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and the recen > read more

MAD MEN, 7.12 – 'Lost Horizon'

05/08/2015 04:30:00 AM

????It's now strange to think Mad Men's just a few hours away from ending, conclusively, because everyone's move from SC&P to the dizzy highs of the McCann-Erickson building could probably fuel another half-season. Still, the fact everything > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.12 – 'Doublemeat Palace' • ANGEL, 3.13 – 'Waiting in the Wings'

05/07/2015 04:30:00 AM

BUFFY: What's the deal with Manny the manager? And if I ask him really nice, can I write a children's book called that?Interesting title aside, "DOUBLEMEAT PALACE" wasn't especially memorable. It was the very definition of a mid-level episode of Buff > read more

Thoughts On: BATES MOTEL (S3), COMMUNITY (S6), GOTHAM (S1) & THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (S1)

05/06/2015 04:30:00 AM

BATES MOTEL (season 3, so far)Not sure why I still watch this A&E series, because you can feel the writers struggling to think up new ways to keep the plates spinning. My patience with Norman Bates' evolution into the orphaned, cross-dressing psycho > read more

TV Pilots I Want to See: 2015-16

05/05/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's time for the return of my annual feature that lists the 2015/16 U.S pilots I have an interest in. This year, to make it a bit more fun, I've split these potential new shows into loose groups with similar themes. Also, each one has a coloured sta > read more

TV Picks: 4-10 May 2015 – BAFTA • Bugsplat! • Charlie Brooker's Election Wipe • Murder in Successville • Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment • No Offence • Penny Dreadful • The Vote

05/04/2015 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...EARLY SPRING BANK HOLIDAYDon't Get Done, Get Dom (BBC1, 10.45pm) Series 9 of the consumer help series. Hosted by Dominic Littlewood. (1/20) > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.13 – 'The Watch'

05/03/2015 10:09:00 AM

????After a run of great episodes that's reenergised the season in many ways, things were just too sluggish to really enjoy "The Watch"—not helped by the fact Outlander has a tendency to rely on variations of either Claire (Caitriona Balfe) > read more



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