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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

CAR SHARE - Series 1

05/01/2015 06:00:00 AM

????There was an episode of One Foot in the Grave that took place entirely within the confines of a car stuck in a traffic jam on a hot summer's day, and it's one of my favourites. I remember being impressed by how David Renwick managed to wr > read more

MAD MEN, 7.11 – 'Time & Life'

05/01/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Things finally begin taking big strides towards the finish-line with "Time & Life", although I found faintly amusing the drama once again revolved around a company shakeup for SC&P. How many is that now? Is anyone keeping count? Fortunate > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.6 – 'Séance Time'

04/30/2015 11:26:00 AM

????The last Inside No.9 of series 2 ended with a horror-tinged instalment, rather like last year's climax "The Harrowing", but "Séance Time" had a great deal more humour. Here, we visited the abode of Hives (Reece Shearsmith), bespectacled > read more

Trailer: JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL

04/30/2015 07:00:00 AM

The BBC have released the official trailer for their upcoming adaptation of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, based on the 2004 Booker Prize-winning novel by Susanna Clarke. It concerns two Englishmen living during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, who b > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.10 & 6.11 – 'Wrecked' & 'Gone'

04/30/2015 05:00:00 AM

????The ruination of Willow (Alyson Hannigan) has been building for awhile now, as she's grown so beholden to her magical abilities. It's become a daily crutch and the root cause of her breakup with Tara (Amber Benson), but in "WRECKED" write > read more

BLOODLINE – Season One

04/29/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Created by the troika behind FX's legal thriller Damages—Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman—Netflix's Bloodline is a very different show on the surface, but the underlying skeleton's much the same. In both shows, episode > read more

PENNY DREADFUL, 2.1 – 'Fresh Hell'

04/28/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Warning: Showtime released this premiere online, a week before its television broadcast on 3 May, so please only continue reading if you've seen this episode...I enjoyed the first season of screenwriter John Logan's Gothic horror, which c > read more

TV Picks: 27 April – 3 May 2015 • 24 Hours in the Past • ANZAC Girls • Peter Kay's Car Share • The C Word • Empire • The Game

04/27/2015 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 27th? Couples Come Dine With Me (Channel 4, 5pm) Series 2 of the reality dining competition, focusing on three couples.TUESDAY 28T > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.12 – 'Lallybroch'

04/26/2015 12:15:00 PM

????We're in a very different place now, literally and figuratively. Jamie (Sam Heughan) knows his wife's a time-traveller, and is awed by her stories of airplanes and, well, seeing an elephant in the flesh, and Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) bee > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.5 – 'Nana's Party'

04/25/2015 05:30:00 AM

????This week, series 2's penultimate Inside No.9 paid homage to farcical one-act plays, and in particular the trope of an important birthday going awry thanks to invited guests clashing spectacularly. It's Nana's (Elsie Kelly) 79th birthday, > read more

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)

04/24/2015 10:46:00 AM

????Warning: mild spoilers ahead, but certainly nothing too ruinous if you've yet to watch this film...If the box-office supremacy of The Avengers can be partly attributed to the simple mathematics of four established superheroes appearing in > read more

MAD MEN , 7.10 – 'The Forecast'

04/24/2015 07:30:00 AM

????The best episode of season 7.1 thus far (certainly a huge improvement on "New Business from last week), and mainly because it suggests the ultimate direction Don Draper's (Jon Hamm) headed come the finale, as his world changes around him. > read more

Video: What's wrong with HD BUFFY?

04/23/2015 15:41:00 PM

Here's an interesting video on the many issues remastering Buffy the Vampire Slayer to high-definition has caused, simply because they haven't consulted the original filmmakers. I'm currently watching the show via Amazon Prime and their stream is mos > read more

ANGEL, 3.12 – 'Provider' • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.9 – 'Smashed'

04/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

????I appreciate what "PROVIDENCE" was trying to do, in terms of the moral it was trying to impart, but the episode struggled with its juggling of a handful of storylines that were mostly poor. Angel (David Boreanaz) wants to provide for his > read more

DAREDEVIL returning with new showrunners; plus more spin-offs

04/22/2015 04:16:00 AM

I'm full of admiration for Netflix's DAREDEVIL, as you can tell by reading my four-star review of season 1. It was a no-brainer they'd renew it for a second season, but now we have confirmation it'll debut in 2016. However, there's some worrisome new > read more

TV Picks: 20-26 April 2015 – Ballot Monkeys • Jane the Virgin • The Last Leg • Madam Secretary • The Paul O'Grady Show • Safe House • W1A

04/20/2015 04:04:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 20thChannel Patrol (BBC1, 11am) Series 2 of the observational documentary following the RNLI volunteers who patrol the English Chann > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.11 – 'The Devil's Mark'

04/19/2015 10:24:00 AM

????A pivotal and exceptional hour from Outlander, despite how much of the trial adhered to the tropes of innocent women charged with witchcraft and having to suffer the false testimonies of townsfolk with scores to settle, or who wilfully mi > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.4 – 'Cold Comfort'

04/18/2015 07:00:00 AM

????"Cold Comfort" appears to be series 2's "experimental" instalment, following series 1's near-silent comedy "A Quiet Night In"—which has become an Inside No.9 tradition; seemingly inspired by the success of Psychoville's fourth episode, > read more

Teaser: BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE

04/18/2015 05:30:00 AM

This teaser leaked online yesterday, so most people have already watched and condemned it based on terrible smart-phone footage. I wasn't going to do that, as everything deserves to be seen in its best form. BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is a fi > read more

AMC's PREACHER casts its unholy trinity

04/18/2015 05:00:00 AM

The cable network's adaptation of PREACHER, the notoriously vulgar and blasphemous 1990s comic-book, has cast its three leads, and they're a very intriguing lineup. Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) has taken the lead as disaffected preacher Jesse Custer > read more

DAREDEVIL - Season One

04/17/2015 05:00:00 AM

????'Into the Ring' • 'Cut Man' • 'Rabbit in a Snowstorm' • 'In the Blood' • 'World on Fire' • 'Condemned' • 'Stick' • ' Shadows in the Glass' • 'Speak of the Devil' • 'Nelson v. Murdock' • 'The Path of the Righteous' • > read more

MAD MEN, 7.9 – 'New Business'

04/17/2015 04:00:00 AM

????An episode where lots of women moved on to with their lives, either by making new connections or severing ties with their past. Betty's (January Jones) off to study for a master's degree in psychology (rationalising she's suitable because > read more

Teaser #2: STAR WARS - THE FORCE AWAKENS

04/16/2015 13:30:00 PM

I know everyone in the known universe is sharing the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser tailer, but for the 2% of people who get their film trailers from DMD, here's the new footage that director JJ Abrams released at the Star Wars Celebration c > read more

ANGEL, 3.10 & 3.11 – 'Dad' & 'Birthday'

04/16/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: The part that scares me -- are all the questions, you know: Why is the sky blue? Why do people get sick? Why is there always pigs' blood in the fridge? I don't have all the answers. Well, I do to that last one.After the breakneck pace of recen > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.10 – 'By the Pricking of My Thumbs'

04/13/2015 06:00:00 AM

????"... something wicked this way comes." More than last week's mid-season premiere, "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" felt like an hour that took a stride into fresher territory: introducing an important character only previously alluded to in > read more

TV Picks: 13-19 April 2015 – Jack Dee's Election Helpdesk • Game of Thrones • The Jinx • Louie • Newzoids

04/13/2015 03:32:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 13thWild Ireland (ITV, 8pm) Celebrity travelogue with Christine Bleakley exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1500-mile trail on the w > read more

Trailer: MTV's SCREAM – THE SERIES

04/13/2015 03:14:00 AM

MTV have given audiences a first taste of their new SCREAM television series, based on the successful film saga by writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven. This confirms the series will be taking place in a different town, Lakewood, and begin > read more

I've started my Netflix trial...

04/12/2015 04:38:00 AM

Believe it or not, I've only just become a Netflix subscriber this weekend. Although, technically, I'm just on a one month free trial—having been encouraged to give it a go with the release of Daredevil's complete first season on 10 April. And here > read more

MAD MEN, 7.8 – 'Severance'

04/11/2015 05:00:00 AM

????I'm not a fan of AMC's misguided attempts to make their best dramas last longer, by stretching final seasons across two years. Mad Men's final season went into hiatus after seven episodes last May, which makes the eighth episode, "Severan > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.3 – 'The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge'

04/10/2015 11:12:00 AM

????Entertaining fare, but too predictable and clichéd to prove genuinely memorable. This week's > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.8 - 'Tabula Rasa' • ANGEL, 3.9 – 'Lullaby'

04/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

SPIKE: Randy Giles? Why not just call me Horny Giles or Desperate-For-A-Shag Giles? I knew there was a reason I hated you.Following an experimental episode of huge significance (both culturally and as part of the characters' growth), I was relieved t > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.10 – 'Marco'

04/08/2015 05:53:00 AM

????There's an increasingly popular creative decision in U.S cable drama, to have the penultimate episode contain the majority of a season's climaxes, then use the actual finale for palate-cleansing and a peak at what the next season could br > read more

OUTLANDER, 1.9 – 'The Reckoning'

04/07/2015 04:32:00 AM

????It's been an unreasonably long six months since the last episode of Outlander, so this might as well have been the premiere of the second season, not a resumption of the first—although, on that score, it would be seen as a big disappoin > read more

Easter TV Picks: 6 – 12 April 2015 • Britain's Got Talent • Daredevil • The Island • HIGNFY? • Mad Men • Ninja Warrior UK • Play to the Whistle

04/06/2015 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...EASTER MONDAY? Code of a Killer (ITV, 9pm) True life drama about a scientist and detective who join forces in 1984 to advance criminal in > read more

INSIDE NO. 9, 2.2 – 'The 12 Days of Christine'

04/03/2015 07:08:00 AM

????This episode kept its space the same—a No. 9 flat belonging to feisty Christine Clarke (Sheridan Smith)—but time itself was more pliable; as we zipped through twelve holidays of a calendar year (Christmas, Mothers Day, Easter, Hallowe > read more

Intermission: Easter break

04/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

I'm away from 3-11 April, so regular updates will be less guaranteed. This comes at a time when TV shows I plan to cover weekly are airing (Outlander, Inside No.9, Mad Men), but I'll try and find some time to write about those. Angel/Buffy catchups w > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.6 & 6.7 – 'All the Way' & 'Once More, with Feeling'

04/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

DAWN: I've been kissed before. I-I kiss all the time. Not that I'm a kiss slut. Just, you know, with-with the lips and-and the pressing together and stuff. Hey, expert here. Okay, okay, it was my first kiss. I know, I know, I suck. My-my lips are dry > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.9 – 'Pimento'

04/01/2015 05:03:00 AM

????It was only a matter of time before the McGill brothers fell out, although it remains to be seen if an acrimonious split's the root cause of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) deciding to embrace his so-called Slippin' Jimmy ways, and transforming hims > read more

Teaser: AMC's FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

03/31/2015 04:30:00 AM

Do we really need another Walking Dead show? The unimaginatively titled FEAR THE WALKING DEAD spin-off will take place in Los Angeles and revolve around a family, both before and after the zombie uprising its parent show glossed over. This is a shame > read more

Easter TV Picks: 30 March – 5 April 2015 • The Ark • Bates Motel • Coast Australia • The Clare Balding Show • Gracepoint • Strangeways • Travel Man

03/30/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 30th? The Ark (BBC1, 8.30pm) Biblical adaptation of Noah's story. Starring David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, Ashley Walters, Don Wa > read more

Infographic: Create Your Own Van Art

03/28/2015 05:30:00 AM

Do you own a van? Is it dull and white in colour? Would you love to 'pimp it up' with a television themed makeover? If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, or The Big Bang Theory, this infographic from Hawkin w > read more

Review: INSIDE NO. 9, 2.1 – 'La Couchette'

03/27/2015 12:35:00 PM

????They'll perhaps never again create anything with the impact of The League of Gentlemen, which changed the television landscape back in 1999 (inspiring a wave of twisted comedies like Nighty Night, while challenging the very idea of what a > read more

11 Random Thoughts on THE X FILES 'Event Series' Return

03/27/2015 05:30:00 AM

It's been confirmed that '90s pop-culture behemoth THE X-FILES is returning to television as a six-part "event series" (increasingly popular after last year's 24: Live Another Day and this summer's Heroes Reborn). Is this good news, or bad news? Fire > read more

Here are my 10 favourite DOCTOR WHO stories, circa 2005-15...

03/26/2015 07:30:00 AM

10 years ago today, DOCTOR WHO returned to British television screens after 16-years (unless you're counting the 1996 television movie), with the episode "Rose". And lo, how the show has blossomed! The Doctor's regenerated three times since, and we'v > read more

ANGEL, 3.7 & 3.8 – 'Offspring' & 'Quickening'

03/26/2015 05:30:00 AM

FRED: Can I say somethin' about destiny? Screw destiny! If this evil thing comes, we'll fight it and we'll keep fightin' it until we whup it. 'Cause destiny is just another word for inevitable, and nothing's inevitable as long as you stand up, look i > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.8 – 'RICO'

03/25/2015 05:30:00 AM

????One of the best features of BETTER CALL SAUL is how it's given Saul/Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and unexpected brother, so I appreciated how "RICO" took their relationship to a new and interesting place. The opening flashback revealed that Jimmy > read more

Review: THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden

03/24/2015 12:24:00 PM

Unlike the vast majority of critics online, I'm aware of who James Corden is. He's the slightly love-hate B-list British celebrity, who created and starred in hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey, before becoming a panel show regular and hosting the Brit Awards > read more

TV Picks: 23-29 March 2015 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • Coalition • Inside No.9 • Killer Magic • The Mafia • Outlander • Person of Interest • Teens • Vikings

03/23/2015 05:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 23rdThe Mafia with Trevor MacDonald (ITV, 9pm) Two-part documentary where the broadcaster investigates the American Mafia, talking t > read more

Rough n' Tumblr

03/21/2015 05:30:00 AM

Dan's Media Digest is now on Tumblr! I will only be using it to mirror some of this blog's best content, in an attempt to get down wit' the kids. Who knows, I may even start re-blogging funny GIFs and whatnot. So if you're one of the 30-50 million ac > read more

Dan's Media Digest turns 9 today

03/20/2015 06:00:00 AM

Wow. 9 years ago today I started this blog.I don't want to make too much of a fuss this year, because something tells me DMD's 10th anniversary in 2016 will be a more appropriate time for BIG celebration, but thank you to everyone who's ever visited > read more

Review: The CW's iZOMBIE

03/19/2015 07:30:00 AM

????From the creator of Veronica Mars, here comes another breezy detective caper with an intelligent, courageous female at its centre. iZOMBIE, as if the title didn't give it away, is an altogether more high-concept series (loosely based on a > read more

ANGEL, 3.5 & 3.6 – 'Fredless' & 'Billy'

03/19/2015 05:30:00 AM

CORDELIA: Guys, when was the last time Fred ever left the hotel by herself?GUNN: A couple weeks after never.I loved Amy Acker on Joss Whedon's hugely underestimated sci-fi series Dollhouse, but haven't warmed to her feckless Fred on Angel—until now > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.7 – 'Bingo'

03/18/2015 05:30:00 AM

????After last week's bravura showcase for Mike (Jonathan Banks), "Bingo" turned its attention back on Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk)—although there was room for some housekeeping over last week's storyline, with the investigating Philadelphia detect > read more

SHERLOCK's festive special takes place during Victorian times!

03/17/2015 05:30:00 AM

When Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were photographed in Victorian garb as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, most people assumed their SHERLOCK characters would be attending a fancy dress party during this year's Christmas Special, or we'd be t > read more



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