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THE FLASH, 1.4 – 'Going Rogue' • ice and smoak

10/30/2014 05:30:00 AM

????Crossover alert! Arrow's beautiful boffin Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) makes the trip from Starling City to Central City in "Going Rogue", ostensibly to visit her friend Barry (Grant Gustin) after hearing he's out of his coma. As > read more

Marvel own geek asses for the next five years... you hear that, DC/Warner Bros?

10/29/2014 05:30:00 AM

Marvel held a special event yesterday which sent social media into meltdown for awhile, if you follow the geekier spectrum of people. The big news is that Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige outlined Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), wh > read more

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.3 – 'Four Walls and a Roof' – rolling in the aisle

10/28/2014 05:30:00 AM

????Who are the good guys? It's all a matter of perspective, although the poor explanation for the Terminus "hunters" becoming cannibals means we're still on grizzled Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) side, despite the fact he brutally murdered someone > read more

TV Picks: 27 October – 2 November 2014 - Arrow • The Flash • Frankenstein & The Vampyre: A Dark & Stormy Night • Intruders

10/27/2014 05:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 27thBaby P: The Untold Story (BBC1, 8.30pm) Documentary charting the timeline that led to 17-month-old Peter Connelly being killed b > read more

Teaser Trailer: THE AVENGERS - AGE OF ULTRON • Marvel goes dark

10/26/2014 10:00:00 AM

It's the sequel to the third highest-grossing movie of all time (having racked up $1.5bn in ticket sales). Worryingly, The Avengers came out in 2012, when everyone thought the world was going to end because of a Mayan prophecy, and were using the iPh > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.10 – 'In the Forest of the Night' • growing pains

10/26/2014 09:41:00 AM

????While nowhere close to the level of Neil Gaiman as a "celebrity guest writer", it's something of a coup for DOCTOR WHO to secure the talent of screenwriter/novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce—best-known for scripting numerous Michael Winterbo > read more

Bring back Saturday morning children's television!

10/26/2014 05:41:00 AM

From the mid-1970s rivalry between ITV's Tiswas and BBC1's Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, through the 1980s dominance of Going Live!, into the 1990s with Live & Kicking, then ending in the mid-2000s with SM:TV Live, Saturday morning children's programming > read more

What did you think of NBC's new supernatural drama CONSTANTINE?

10/25/2014 04:30:00 AM

Last night, after months of hype and too many trailers to count, NBC finally premiered their new supernatural horror drama CONSTANTINE. It's an adaptation of esteemed comic-book property Hellblazer, created by Alan Moore in the 1980s, about an occult > read more

THE FLASH, 1.3 – 'Things You Can't Outrun' • the gasman cometh!

10/24/2014 05:00:00 AM

????This was the first episode of THE FLASH I'd describe as workmanlike; which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a show of this nature (expected to produce two dozen episodes a year), but if the majority of The Flash is going to be of simila > read more

GOTHAM, 1.5 – 'Viper' • the drugs do work

10/23/2014 04:30:00 AM

????The best hour of GOTHAM so far, and a sign this show could make a go of things. It's no coincidence it focused on the strongest aspect of the show (the machinations of Gotham's two biggest crime lords), and added super-powers to the equat > read more

TV I've been watching lately...

10/22/2014 04:30:00 AM

We're fast approaching November and most of the new autumn shows have begun, plenty of old favourites are back, and the summer shows are a memory. But what am I enjoying watching every week, finding time to write about, or have given up on completely > read more

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.2 – 'Strangers' • the last good man alive

10/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

????The premiere was thoroughly enjoyable, but had modest aims and was perhaps impossible for THE WALKING DEAD to get wrong after so much practice. The follow-up, "Strangers", was a better indication of what this fifth season's going to brin > read more

HOMELAND; that's all folks!

10/21/2014 04:00:00 AM

While I'm likely to review a noteworthy episode, and will probably write about the fourth season in general once the finale airs, my weekly reviews of HOMELAND are done. This isn't a strict reflection of Homeland's quality just now (I'm quite enjoyin > read more

Digital Spy: Life After Cancellation

10/20/2014 06:00:00 AM

Over at Digital Spy today, you can read my article about some of television's greatest stories of revival. I look at why each show was axed, what happened while it was off-air, how long each show was gone for, and the circumstances of their unlikely > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.9 – 'Flatline' • an unexpected masterpiece

10/20/2014 05:00:00 AM

????After 51 years it's hard for DOCTOR WHO to come up with fresh ways to deliver an episode. The revival's been active 9 years alone, and there are plenty of occasions when an episode feels like an amalgam of recent hits. "Flatline" impresse > read more

TV Picks: 20-26 October 2014 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • American Horror Story • The Big Bang Theory • Drifters • Life Story • Russell Howard's Good News • Scorpion

10/20/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 20th? Big Dreams, Small Spaces (BBC2, 7pm) New series where Monty Don helps amateur horticulturists with modest-sized gardens. (1/ > read more

St?te of the Bl?g

10/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

I've reconsidered my star rating system. It's been a four-star system for a good six years or so, but I used half-star increments. So, technically it was a ten-star system? Hmm.It's worked well for DMD for a long time, but a natural downside of only > read more

THE FLASH, 1.2 – 'Fastest Man Alive' • attack of the clones

10/16/2014 04:30:00 AM

????Like countless second episodes, "Fastest Man Alive" half-existed to reiterate the concept behind THE FLASH, in a manner that wouldn't test the patience of those who saw the pilot. (Which is usually the majority of people watching.) It man > read more

GOTHAM, 1.4 – 'Arkham' • big developments

10/15/2014 05:30:00 AM

????"Arkham" arrived in the nick of time for GOTHAM, as I was poised to cease writing these reviews. I'm still unconvinced it's rich enough to bother with for the entire season, but episode 4 was a more interesting and layered hour, with less > read more

THE WALKING DEAD, 5.1 – 'No Sanctuary' • end of the line

10/15/2014 04:30:00 AM

????I'm not surprised THE WALKING DEAD is a hit. What surprises me if how much of a hit! An astonishing 17.3 million people watched its AMC premiere, and that figure is predicted to rise to around 22m when repeat airings and catchup is includ > read more

HOMELAND, 4.3 – 'Shalwar Kameez' • are you in or out?

10/14/2014 04:30:00 AM

????From the start, HOMELAND has been a show that likes to have a 'male mirror' for its heroine, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). That role was filled by Brody for three seasons, and now Quinn (Rupert Friend) appears to have assumed that mantl > read more

Watch the entire DAREDEVIL panel from New York Comic Con!

10/14/2014 04:00:00 AM

Marvel's new Netflix series DAREDEVIL was a highlight of the recent New York Comic Con weekend, and they've kindly uploaded the entire panel (embedded above). It featured stars Charlie Cox (Matt Murdoch/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elde > read more

TV Picks: 13-19 October 2014 - The Apprentice • Gotham • The Great Fire • The Jonathan Ross Show • The Knick • Sleepy Hollow • The Walking Dead

10/13/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 13th? GOTHAM (Channel 5, 9pm) Season 1 of the U.S comic-book drama, set in the Batman universe immediately after Bruce Wayne's was > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.8 – 'Mummy on the Orient Express' • start the clock!

10/12/2014 05:00:00 AM

??½ (out of four)This could have easily been a DOCTOR WHO disaster on the scale of Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned" (which likewise featured a space-faring version of an iconic earthly transport), but thankfully "Mummy on the Orient Expr > read more

Review: FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW • itinerant monsters

10/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

?? (out of four)The masterstroke of AMERICAN HORROR STORY has been its self-rejuvenating format, with each season a self-contained miniseries—starring many of the same actors, in different roles. If you hate a particular season, you can safely > read more

Preview: Showtime's THE AFFAIR • an unreliable love story

10/09/2014 04:30:00 AM

??? (out of four)I like dramas that surprise me with hidden depths and intriguing methods of storytelling. Showtime's THE AFFAIR sounded like a prosaic idea on the surface, so I was pleased everything was elevated by a sharp narrative and good > read more

GOTHAM, 1.3 – 'The Balloonman' • up, up, and away!

10/08/2014 04:00:00 AM

?½ (out of four)There was a Gotham City vigilante who predated The Batman? Yes: The Balloonman! He ties corrupt citizens to weather balloons, dragging them skyward to their deaths. (Alas, he doesn't have a Balloonmobile, or use an array of blow-up > read more

What did you think of The CW's super-fast superhero drama THE FLASH?

10/08/2014 03:30:00 AM

Last night, The CW's new superhero drama THE FLASH premiered. It hopes to equal and perhaps even surpass the success of their other comic-book series Arrow, but do you think it stands a chance? I already saw and reviewed the pilot over the summer, bu > read more

HOMELAND, 4.1 & 4.2 - 'The Drone Queen' & 'Trylon and Perisphere'

10/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

??½ (out of four)I haven't been as negative about HOMELAND as many have been post-season 1, but agree it stopped hitting the highs of that inaugural year, to become a more levelheaded 24 (which many of the writer-producers worked on previously). > read more

Q&A: Tom Edge, creator of Channel 4 comedy SCROTAL RECALL

10/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

I recently did a Q&A with writer Tom Edge (Pramface, The Midnight Beast) about his new Channel 4 comedy SCROTAL RECALL > read more

Showtime reviving TWIN PEAKS for a nine-episode season

10/06/2014 10:46:00 AM

It's incredible news for fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal '90s TV drama TWIN PEAKS, because Showtime have announced they've commissioned a nine-episode revival of the famous murder-mystery show. It's rumoured that Lynch and Frost will wri > read more

TV Picks: 6-12 October 2014 – 8 Out of 10 Cats • Grantchester • Human Universe • Homeland • Lewis

10/06/2014 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 6thThe Kitchen (BBC2, 9pm) Documentary series following eight households, cooking and eating. (1/3)? Grantchester (ITV, 9pm) New d > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.7 – 'Kill the Moon' • pro-life, pro-choice, anti-spider

10/05/2014 04:59:00 AM

?½ (out of four)There are times when DOCTOR WHO's slippery grasp of science and logic irritates me, and unfortunately "Kill the Moon" was a humdinger of preposterousness. I recently watched another moon-set slice of sci-fi craziness in Syfy's High > read more

Syfy's HIGH MOON • space lunar-cy

10/04/2014 06:00:00 AM

?? (out of four)I recently had the questionable pleasure of watching Syfy Original Movie HIGH MOON, which was actually a repackaged pilot for a nixed TV sci-fi drama. I watched out of curiosity because it was developed by Bryan Singer (Pushing Da > read more

Amazon order more of HAND OF GOD and RED OAKS

10/04/2014 04:30:00 AM

Apparently, rave customer reviews have resulted in Amazon committing to more episodes of HAND OF GOD and RED OAKS, after their pilots were released to Amazon Prime subscribers in August. I have no idea who reacted positively to the mess that was Hand > read more

What did you make of GRACEPOINT, the U.S remake of BROADCHURCH?

10/03/2014 09:28:00 AM

Broadchurch was such a success it's been given the honour of a U.S remake. Fox's GRACEPOINT values the UK original so much that its premiere employs the same writer (creator Chris Chibnall) and director (James Strong), not to mention David Tennant re > read more

Review: E4's SCROTAL RECALL • an infectiously sweet sex comedy

10/03/2014 04:33:00 AM

??½ (out of four)I don't begrudge creator Tom Edge (The Midnight Beast) failing to avoid naming his sitcom SCROTAL RECALL, because sometimes a good pun's irresistible. However, it does create assumptions about the tone which are misleading, as t > read more

Can the impervious COMMUNITY survive without three original actors?

10/02/2014 04:30:00 AM

Has a sitcom ever had a more turbulent life than COMMUNITY? Creator Dan Harmon was fired after three seasons by NBC. The consequently dire fourth season faced a backlash from fans. Harmon was thus rehired, but Chevy Chase didn't return. Then Donald G > read more

GOTHAM, 1.2 – 'Selina Kyle' • the child-snatchers

10/01/2014 06:00:00 AM

?? (out of four)written by Bruno Heller • directed by Danny CannonSecond episodes are tough nuts to crack in the writers' room, so I won't condemn GOTHAM outright, this early, but my gut says it's a show I won't be reviewing weekly. Reviewing c > read more

What did you think of ABC's social media obsessed comedy SELFIE?

10/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

Last night in the U.S, ABC premiered their new single-camera comedy SELFIE; a loose My Fair Lady remake starring Karen Gillan and John Cho. I already reviewed this pilot over the summer, and hated its guts, but was I too harsh? IDK. Did you find it e > read more

October 2014 Highlights - ARROW • CONSTANTINE • THE FLASH • GRACEPOINT • HOMELAND • THE WALKING DEAD • more!

10/01/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's October. Officially autumn. So what treats does the television have in store for UK and U.S viewers from now until Halloween? Let's look at the most notable highlights...JUSTIFIED – Season 5(Sky Box Sets, 1 Oct) No, it's not the sixth and fina > read more

MAD MEN's Jon Hamm gazes into Channel 4's BLACK MIRROR

09/30/2014 04:00:00 AM

It's been announced that the ninety-minute Christmas special of Channel 4's twisted anthology drama BLACK MIRROR will star Jon Hamm (Mad Men), whose character will link three intertwined stories. He'll be joined by The Shadow Line's Rafe Spall and Ga > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.7 – 'Both Sides Now' • lost girl

09/29/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Ronald D. Moore | directed by Anna FoersterThe mid-season finale of OUTLANDER was satisfying, if guilty of reheating the nasty threat from "The Garrison Commander", only now with added gristle because Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) newly-marri > read more

TV Picks: 29 September – 5 October 2014 • The Blacklist • Forever • Have I Got News For You? • Never Mind the Buzzcocks • QI • Scrotal Recall

09/29/2014 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 29thStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30pm) Series 12 of the companion fanzine to the ballroom reality show. Hosted by Zo > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.6 – 'The Caretaker' • parental approval

09/28/2014 04:35:00 AM

written by Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat | directed by Paul MurphyOver recent years, DOCTOR WHO has created a new type of episode where, essentially, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) lives amongst normal people in an everyday setting. The first example wa > read more

Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW, 2.1 – 'This is War' • it's back, crazier than ever!

09/26/2014 07:30:00 AM

written by Mark Goffman | directed by Ken OlinSLEEPY HOLLOW is back for more. More, more, more! Has there ever been a more frenzied, resolutely high-tempo supernatural drama? I can't remember the time an episode paused for breath, as the writers seem > read more

Digital Spy: What's the Big Idea? How LOST Changed U.S TV

09/26/2014 05:30:00 AM

Yesterday, an article I wrote for Digital Spy was published, entitled 'What's the Big Idea? How Lost Changed U.S TV'. It's a brief look at six shows that felt emboldened by the 2004 success of Lost to do something equally imaginative, or was directly > read more

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, 2.1 - 'Shadows' • a super sophomore?

09/25/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen | directed by Vince MisianoMost people, myself included, didn't like MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (hereafter AoS) for much of its freshman season. But those who stuck with it, myself included again, saw a > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.7 - 'The Last Evening'

09/25/2014 03:30:00 AM

TRUMAN: What are you getting at?COOPER: The truth, Harry. Because that's my job.It doesn't really deliver the cataclysmic, phantasmagorical shocks you may have expected to end this freshman season, but writer-director Mark Frost was always the more l > read more

Review: CBS's SCORPION • THE A-TEAM with A-Levels

09/24/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Nick Santora | directed by Justin LinCreated by Nick Santora (who wrote for the similarly ludicrous Prison Break), CBS's new action-thriller SCORPION is another U.S drama that feels like an assemblage of old parts than anything distinct, f > read more

J.J Abrams adapting Stephen King's time-travel novel 11/22/63 for Hulu

09/24/2014 04:30:00 AM

I like Stephen King and J.J Abrams, so anything combining their talents is cause for celebration. However, both men are far from infallible. Abrams has been struggling to find another Lost-sized hit for awhile now (bruised by the flops that were Unde > read more

What did you think of ABC's immortal New York doctor drama FOREVER?

09/23/2014 05:30:00 AM

ABC's new fantasy medical/cop show FOREVER premiered last night in the U.S, starring Ioan Gruffudd as a New York surgeon who's actually a two-hundred-year-old immortal. I already reviewed this pilot over the summer, and thought it was an entertaining > read more

What did you think of Fox's Batman-less comic-book prequel GOTHAM?

09/23/2014 05:00:00 AM

After months of hype and, frankly, too many previews that spoiled a lot of surprises, Fox's comic-book drama GOTHAM finally premiered last night in the U.S. I already reviewed this pilot in the summer, and think it has the makings of a decent show; b > read more

10 Years Later, What Did the Cast of LOST Do Next?

09/22/2014 11:07:00 AM

10 years ago today, on 22 September 2004, ABC premiered a new mystery drama called LOST. It was an instant success and became part of pop-culture, sending audiences into spasms of delight and frustration in equal measure over the ensuing six seasons > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.7 – 'The Wedding' • happily ever after?

09/22/2014 05:30:00 AM

JAMIE (to Claire): I'll never forget when I came out of the church and saw you for the first time. It was as if I stepped outside on a cloudy day and suddenly the sun came out.written by Anne Kenney | directed by Anna FoersterIt couldn't hope to comp > read more

TV Picks: 22-28 September 2014 - Derren Brown: Infamous • The Driver • The Graham Norton Show • Marvellous • Plebs • Strictly Come Dancing • Tricked

09/22/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 22nd? Derren Brown: Infamous (Channel 4, 9pm) Stage magic, mentalism, and illusion, recorded live at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.Re > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.5 – 'Time Heist' • the bank job

09/21/2014 04:31:00 AM

THE DOCTOR: It's just a phone, Clara. Nothing happens when you answer the phone.written by Steve Thompson & Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas MackinnonThe prospect of a DOCTOR WHO episode about The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) b > read more

Review: BBC America's INTRUDERS • frustrating, beguiling sci-fi thriller

09/20/2014 08:13:00 AM

Based a 2007 novel by British author Michael Marshall Smith, this paranormal mystery thriller has been developed by Glen Morgan; a writer best-known for his '90s partnership with James Wong, where they worked on The X-Files and Millennium. They're pu > read more

MacBook Pro: A Bite of the Apple

09/19/2014 05:00:00 AM

I've been using Windows PCs since 1996, beginning with a 'beige-box' 386 running Windows 95. I was mostly self-taught, but went to college during a period when dial-up Internet was taking off and Win95/98 were the operating systems of choice. I've on > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.6 - 'Realization Time'

09/18/2014 05:30:00 AM

AUDREY: I can't believe you were ever my age.COOPER: I've got the pictures to prove it.Thursday 2 March 1989. Currently, there are three separate investigations attempting to find Laura Palmer's killer: Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) and Sheriff Trum > read more

The Television Shows I'll Be Tuning Into this Autumn...

09/16/2014 05:30:00 AM

The summer's almost over, TV-wise, but which new and returning shows am I likely to be watching and reviewing this autumn for DMD? Let's take a look...Definitely reviewing weekly (until they bore or frustrate me too much):Homeland (Showtime)Constanti > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.6 – 'The Garrison Commander' • tables are turned

09/15/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Ira Steven Behr | directed by Brian KellyRANDALL (to Claire): I run in darkness, Madam. And darkness is where I belong. I need no sympathy and you'll get none from me. One way or another, I will get the truth out of you.If you've bailed on > read more

TV Picks: 15-21 September 2014 (Bad Education • Boardwalk Empire • Cilla • Downton Abbey • Glue • Legends • The Leftovers • The Strain

09/15/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 15thThe Undriveables (ITV1, 8pm) New series where terrible driver are coached by leading driving instructors. Narrated by Geoffrey P > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.4 – 'Listen' • three shades of pink

09/14/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas Mackinnon"Fear makes companions of us all."DOCTOR WHO's often at its best when delivering quiet, disconcerting ghost stories. Steven Moffat delivers one of the best with "Listen"; a weird, conceptual epi > read more

Review: Syfy's Z NATION

09/13/2014 06:43:00 AM

written by Karl Schaefer | directed by John HyamsUnsurprisingly, this zombie apocalypse series from the producers of Sharknado isn't great. However, surprisingly, Z NATION isn't as unforgivably terrible as I was expecting it to be. It earns credit fo > read more

Letterboxd: CAPTAIN AMERICA - THE WINTER SOLDIER • THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8th DIMENSION • MUPPETS MOST WANTED

09/13/2014 05:30:00 AM

???? (out of five)I was concerned after CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER that the character wouldn't work once removed from his period 1940s setting, but it's actually a boon for this excellent sequel, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. I > read more

Poll: which has been your favourite summer show this year?

09/12/2014 05:00:00 AM

The days when U.S television would go into a summer hibernation are long gone, as more channels begin to ensure there's programming filling the airwaves between late-May and late-September. But which of the following has been your favourite? Please v > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.5 - 'Cooper's Dream'

09/11/2014 05:30:00 AM

LOG LADY: Fire is the Devil hiding like a coward in the smoke.Wednesday 1 March 1989. The honeymoon period is over. Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is awakened by rowdy Icelandic businessmen who have arrived for a junket at the Great Northern, and their pre > read more

THE LEFTOVERS season one • good grief or lamentable bore?

09/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

I've felt conflicted about HBO's THE LEFTOVERS all season, and that's a compliment. I enjoy shows that get you thinking about your own taste, opinions, and the reactions of others. This isn't an easy show to watch week-to-week, as it's superficially > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.5 – 'Rent' • the future path to the past

09/08/2014 05:30:00 AM

written by Toni Graphia | directed by Brian KellyWe got a sense of the long-term plan for OUTLANDER with episode 5, beyond Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) inevitably doomed intention to time-travel home by touching the stones at Craigh na Dun. The famous > read more

TV Picks: 8-14 September 2014 (Alan Carr: Chatty Man • Celebrity Squares • Scott & Bailey • Sunday Night at the Palladium • Would I Lie to You?

09/08/2014 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 8th? Loose Women (ITV, 12.30pm) Series 19 of the magazine-style talk show. Starring Ruth Langsford, Andrea Mclean & Kaye Adams. Th > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.3 - 'Robot of Sherwood' - a merry olde romp

09/07/2014 05:00:00 AM

written by Mark Gatiss | directed by Paul MurphyOne of the best DOCTOR WHO > read more

Review: ITV's CHASING SHADOWS

09/06/2014 04:41:00 AM

written by Rob Williams | directed by Christopher MenaulDS Sean Stone claims "serial killers" only exist in Hollywood, and the proper term is "multiple murderers"; and yet, ironically, he's a detective on the autistic spectrum, which is arguably even > read more

Video: Norwegian SHERLOCK parodies 'Oklahomo' & 'Mind Phallus'

09/05/2014 05:00:00 AM

Norwegian comedians Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjøstheim have made two parodies of the BBC series SHERLOCK, which I'd like to share with you because they're well-made and contain fun moments: "Oklahomo" (above) and "Mind Phallus" (below)... > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.4 - 'The One-Armed Man'

09/04/2014 05:30:00 AM

DR JACOBY: Laura had secrets and around those secrets she built the fortress that, well that in my six months with her, I was not able to penetrate and for which I consider myself an abject failure.Tuesday 28 February 1989. There are plenty of develo > read more

Amazon Pilots, reviewed: THE COSMOPOLITANS • HAND OF GOD • HYSTERIA • REALLY • RED OAKS

09/03/2014 05:00:00 AM

There doesn't seem to be much rhyme-or-reason to Amazon pilot seasons, does there? This is their third batch of offerings, and I don't blame you for wondering what happened to any of the previous pilots. Does anyone watch ALPHA HOUSE or BETAS? Didn't > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.3 & 1.4 – 'The Way Out' & 'The Gathering'

09/02/2014 05:00:00 AM

FATHER BAIN (to Claire): I smell the vapours of hell in you.If the first few episodes handled the set-up, this third hour was about adjustment as 20th-century time-traveller Claire (Caitriona Balfe) started to find her feet as a "stranger in a strang > read more

September 2014 Highlights - AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, DOWNTON ABBEY, FOREVER, THE GOOD WIFE, GOTHAM, SLEEPY HOLLOW, etc.

09/01/2014 05:30:00 AM

It's the busiest month of the TV calendar (certainly for U.S shows, that tend to debut in September), but what are the big highlights to check out? I use the term "highlights" fairly loosely, by the way...DALLAS - Season 3(Channel 5, 2 Sep) The U.S s > read more

TV Picks: 1-7 September 2014 (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Chasing Shadows, Dallas, Educating the East End, Houdini, Our Zoo, etc.)

09/01/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 1st? Jamie's Comfort Food (Channel 4, 8pm) New culinary series where chef Jamie Oliver puts twists on the nation's favourite dishe > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 8.2 – 'Into the Dalek' – a fantastic voyage

08/31/2014 13:07:00 PM

written by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat | directed by Ben WheatleySwathes of "Into the Dalek" felt very familiar, as DOCTOR WHO has done many variations of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion tagging along with gruff soldiers, while the situati > read more

If you care, share

08/30/2014 05:30:00 AM

Page-hits are so yesterday. Today's all about the number of shares you inspire.Anyone can create a click-bait headline, or get lucky with a search engine's ranking. There are all manner of tricks to get people to visit a blog; some of which it's only > read more

Which season of TRUE BLOOD was your favourite?

08/29/2014 05:30:00 AM

After seven seasons, TRUE BLOOD's vampires have finally bitten the dust rather than anyone's jugular. For many, this HBO drama was a reliable source of fun and blood-letting from beginning to end; for others it was an entertaining supernatural guilty > read more

TRUE BLOOD, 7.10 – 'Thank You' – father of the vampire bride

08/28/2014 08:02:00 AM

JASON: It's been a long fuckin' week, and it's been a weird fuckin' week.Just go with it. That's a phrase you often have to repeat to yourself when watching TRUE BLOOD, but thankfully only once during its series finale. The idea that Hoyt (Jim Parrac > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.3 – 'Rest in Pain'

08/28/2014 05:30:00 AM

TRUMAN: There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want. A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember, and we've always been here to > read more

Video: Fan-made LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN opening titles

08/26/2014 05:00:00 AM

As a big fan of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN comics (particularly the original ones set in Victorian times), it has always pained me that the 2003 movie was such a resounding disaster (creatively and commercially). > read more

Intermission: late-summer

08/25/2014 07:00:00 AM

I'm taking another week's break (25-31 August), so DMD updates may not be as regular. Luckily, I've planned ahead with some posts queued ready to 'auto-publish' over the next 7 days, but I'm not sure when I'll have time to watch and review the True B > read more

TV Picks: 25-31 August 2014 (Big School, Gadget Man, Hand of God, Hysteria, Through the Keyhole, Under the Dome, X Factor, etc.)

08/25/2014 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...BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYScotland Decides: Salmon vs Darling (BBC2, 8.30pm) Live debate on Scottish Independence, between the SNP's Alex Salmond > read more

Stuff You (Probably) Didn't Know About... Eva Green

08/24/2014 08:00:00 AM

Eva Green's one of my favourite actress's working today, because you can never take your eyes off her when she's around, she always gives the material 100% (no matter the objective quality), and tends to elevate weak projects through sheer force of w > read more

Review: DOCTOR WHO, 8.1 – 'Deep Breath' - the same, but different

08/23/2014 16:14:00 PM

THE DOCTOR: Look at the eyebrows! These are 'attack-eyebrows'. You could take bottle tops off with these!The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) now prefers a buttoned-up collar with a conspicuous lack of a bow-tie (famously worn by his immediate predecessor, Mat > read more

Letterboxd: CUBAN FURY • ALL IS LOST • KLOWN

08/23/2014 05:00:00 AM

?? (out of five)Nick Frost without Simon Pegg is a bit like watching Oliver Hardy without Stan Laurel. It doesn't quite work. Pegg's enough of a quirky leading man not to suffer the same analogy, although both seem to struggle when not directed b > read more

BBC America order THE LIVING AND THE DEAD from co-creators of LIFE ON MARS

08/22/2014 12:37:00 PM

Writers Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who co-created Life on Mars and were responsible for its spin-off Ashes to Ashes, have had a paranormal drama picked up by BBC America. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD will concern Nathan Appleby; a "gentleman farme > read more

Which HEROES should return?

08/22/2014 05:30:00 AM

Has a television show ever soared so high, only to fall so hard? NBC superhero drama HEROES had a phenomenal first season (spoiled by a fudged finale people disliked), before a creatively disastrous second season alienated the mainstream. Only die-ha > read more

Short Film: DUST with Alan Rickman

08/22/2014 05:00:00 AM

Here's a great short film, written and directed by Ben Ockrent and Jack Russell. It stars Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) as a strange man who follows a little girl and her mother home one day, but takes a very unexpected turn. DUST is definite > read more

Have a BLACK MIRROR Christmas

08/21/2014 10:53:00 AM

After two series, Charlie Brooker's satirical anthology drama BLACK MIRROR has been given a Christmas special by Channel 4. The show is usually comprised of three separate weekly tales, but the festive edition will weave three storylines into one fea > read more

This week, I'm loving... OUTLANDER's Opening Titles

08/21/2014 05:00:00 AM

Isn't it beautiful? Totally captures the mystery and romance of the Highlands of Scotland, while cleverly mixing together The Skye Boat Song's melody with lyrics paraphrasing Robert Louis Stevenson's poem Sing Me a Song of a Lad That is Gone (with la > read more

TWIN PEAKS, 1.2 - 'Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer'

08/21/2014 05:00:00 AM

THE ONE-ARMED MAN: Through the darkness of future past / the magician longs to see / one chance out between two worlds / Fire walk with me.Until now, Twin Peaks hasn't really been as off the wall as its reputation would have you expect. Cooper (Kyle > read more

AMC aren't letting HALT AND CATCH FIRE halt or catch fire

08/20/2014 11:13:00 AM

AMC are sticking by niche drama HALT & CATCH FIRE, about 1980s computer programming, having now renewed the show for a second season. I wasn't a huge fan of the first year, which had some problems, but I like the female characters and the final handf > read more

Stuff You (Probably) Didnae Know About... DOCTOR WHO's Peter Capaldi

08/20/2014 05:30:00 AM

Scottish actor PETER CAPALDI is best-known for playing foul-mouthed politician Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and its spin-off movie In the Loop, but he'll soon become a family favourite when he takes up residence in the TARDIS as the twelfth acto > read more

THE WRONG MANS returning as two specials instead of full series

08/20/2014 04:30:00 AM

It always felt weird BBC2 recommissioned THE WRONG MANS for a second series, considering the story concluded, so I'm glad creators James Corden and Mathew Baynton have instead opted to make two hour-long specials. Although that's equal to four half-h > read more

Sony are casting their POWERS pilot for the Playstation Network

08/19/2014 06:30:00 AM

FX made a pilot based on the comic-book POWERS starring Jason Patric, but it wasn't ordered to series. But now Sony Pictures Television is giving an adaptation a go, with a series heading to the Playstation Network. The comic is about two detectives, > read more



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