Fox remaking hit UK crime thriller LUTHER - and the original to return?
11/19/2014 04:00:00 AM
Despite the response to Gracepoint (Fox's remake of ITV's Broadchurch) being lukewarm, the same U.S network is pressing ahead with another adaptation of a British hit. BBC1's LUTHER has been given a pilot order, with creator Neil Cross involved with > read more
Trailer: CHAPPIE (2015)
11/18/2014 06:30:00 AM
It's quite amusing how similar CHAPPIE is to Short Circuit at first glance. Both movies concern a robot becoming sentient, but it's the smaller details are what make the comparisons feel apt. Both 'bots were partly created by Indian men (Fisher Steve > read more
Vote for DMD at the UK Blog Awards!
11/18/2014 05:30:00 AM
Dan's Media Digest is one of the many entries in 2015's UK Blog Awards. If you have enjoyed reading this blog and have a minute to spare, please vote here. All votes must be registered by 3 December, so you only have a few weeks.If you want to help o > read more
TV Picks: 17-23 November 2014 - Live at the Apollo Remember Me Sarah Millican Live Some Girls
11/17/2014 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 17th? Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance (BBC4, 9pm) New documentary series looking into the 400-year-old histor > read more
CONSTANTINE, 1.4 'A Feast of Friends' hunger blames
11/15/2014 06:22:00 AM
????I enjoyed this hour of CONSTANTINE; perhaps because it was adapting a storyline from issue #1 of Hellblazer. The opening teaser reminded me of a Fringe setup, with an anxious-looking Irishman flying into a U.S airport from Sudan and being > read more
Preview: DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special 2014 - The Doctor and Santa
11/15/2014 04:00:00 AM
Children in Need had their traditional sneak peek of this year's DOCTOR WHO special for Christmas Day. The two-minute scene selected appears to show Clara's first encounter with Santa Claus (as played by Nick Frost, looking uncannily like Richard Att > read more
MTV's SCREAM series won't involve Ghostface, so is it really SCREAM?
11/14/2014 04:30:00 AM
The good news? MTV recently ordered 10 episodes of a new television horror drama based on the successful SCREAM movie saga. I'm excited about this because I think the concept could work on television, and it's being developed by Jill Blotevogel (who > read more
Slow blogging week...
11/13/2014 04:30:00 AM
Sorry, readers! I haven't been blogging much because real-world issues have taken priority. Nothing serious, just a few things that have been soaking up my time and focus.I'm also feeling ambivalent about reviewing THE WALKING DEAD and THE FLASH all > read more
Keith David and Paget Brewster join COMMUNITY for season 6
11/11/2014 04:30:00 AM
It's finally been revealed how the sixth season of COMMUNITY intends to plug the gaps left by Donald Glover (who quit halfway through last season), Yvette Nicole Brown (who's decided to leave to care for her sick father), Jonathan Banks (who's now to > read more
TV Picks: 10-16 November 2014 Babylon Bad Robots I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Children in Need Elementary The Fall The Newsroom Stalker
11/10/2014 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 10thMoving On (BBC1, 2.15p) Series 6 of the daily drama anthology series. Continues weekdaily until Friday. (1/5)How Rich Are You? ( > read more
DOCTOR WHO, 8.12 'Death in Heaven' when it rains, it pours
11/09/2014 04:35:00 AM
????After the excellent first part, I perhaps had unreasonably high hopes for the concluding half of Series 8's finale. Sadly, it fell prey to many of the things that commonly prevent epic DOCTOR WHO episodes from achieving greatness. "Death > read more
CONSTANTINE, 1.3 'The Devil's Vinyl' you spin me right round
11/08/2014 13:16:00 PM
????Third time's lucky for fledgling supernatural drama CONSTANTINE, with this tale of a cursed vinyl recordborrowing from The Ring's similar tale of a damned VHS tape, which in turn's part of a venerable 'haunted artefact' horror trope. I > read more
Intermission: late-autumn break
11/03/2014 07:00:00 AM
It's time for me to take another week off, so blogging will once again be at a premium until 9 November. Don't expect reviews of The Walking Dead or The Flash right away, and I've decided to stop writing about Gotham and Homeland just lately. If you > read more
TV Picks: 3-9 November 2014 - Broadmoor The Passing Bells Gareth's All Star Choir The Mekong River Modern Family Trollied Toast of London The Vampire Diaries
11/03/2014 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 3rdSmall Animal Hospital (Channel 5, 1.40pm) New series looking at the treatment of pets and animals at Glasgow University's School > read more
DOCTOR WHO, 8.11 'Dark Water' did you Missy me?
11/02/2014 04:28:00 AM
????The heart of Series 8's mystery was answered by the end of "Dark Water", and was only a surprise in the sense it was the most obvious of the many fan-theories. There was a time when Steven Moffat would have outmanoeuvred shrewd DOCTOR WHO > read more
CONSTANTINE, 1.2 'The Darkness Beneath' mining the depths
11/01/2014 12:49:00 PM
????It's unfortunate a show like CONSTANTINE wasn't able to air an appropriately Halloween-y episode for 31 October, but no matter. This was a solid enough follow-up to the flashy-but-hollow pilot, that had to introduce a new female lead in p > read more
November 2014 Highlights ATLANTIS BABYLON THE FALL RIPPER STREET TOAST OF LONDON
11/01/2014 05:30:00 AM
It's November. Halloween's behind us and Christmas is fast approaching, which means most of the new/returning TV shows are back on-air. But which stragglers do we have to look forward to, now the nights are drawing in?TOAST OF LONDON Series 2(Cha > read more
Letterboxd: HORNS CARRIE (2013) DIVERGENT POMPEII
10/31/2014 09:30:00 AM
?? (out of five)Based on the 2010 novel by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King), HORNS squanders a cool premise and manages to turn a supernatural black-comedy whodunit into a lacklustre, over-serious bore. The set-up's rather good, with twentysomethin > read more
THE X-FILES, 1.6 'Shadows' spirited office work
10/31/2014 05:30:00 AM
????Mulder and Scully investigate the bizarre deaths of two muggers in Philadelphia, which leads Mulder to theorise their victim retaliated using psychokinesis.Better than "The Jersey Devil", but with its own array of flaws, SHADOWS is at lea > read more
THE X-FILES, 1.5 'The Jersey Devil' little miss mutation
10/31/2014 05:00:00 AM
????Mulder and Scully travel to New Jersey to investigate a cannibalistic murder, which Mulder believes was perpetrated by an evolutionary relic...After a run of surprisingly solid early episodes, The X-Files vomits its first dud with THE JER > read more
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 Boycebest-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 miniseriesstarring 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