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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

TV Picks: 16-22 March 2015 – Alan Carr: Chatty Man • Bloodline • Community • Louis Theroux • Ordinary Lives • Raised by Wolves • Stargazing Live

03/16/2015 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 16thThe Sheriffs are Coming (BBC1, 11am) Series 4 of the documentary following High Court enforcement officers on their daily busine > read more

Infographic: The Top TV Mothers

03/15/2015 05:30:00 AM

It's Mother's Day here in the UK, and some other territories, so I thought it would be fun to post an Infographic about the 'Top TV Mothers' from the people at Hawkin. Click below! > read more

Trailer: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO

03/13/2015 05:30:00 AM

Gerry Anderson's most famous creation, 1960s marionette action-adventure series Thunderbirds, has been remade for the modern-age. The new show utilises computer animation instead of puppets, handled by the world-famous WETA Workshop (Lord of the Ring > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.4 & 6.5 – 'Flooded' & 'Life Serial'

03/12/2015 05:30:00 AM

ANYA: Captain Logic is not steering this tugboat. I smell Captain Fear at the wheel.It's great we're exploring the aftermath of Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) Lazarus act, without it being brushed under the carpet too quickly. Her awkward rebirth's > read more

Trailer: Netflix's DAREDEVIL

03/11/2015 07:30:00 AM

The final trailer for Netflix's DAREDEVIL series has been released, which confirms it's going to be very gritty and they've shunned Marvel's red costume with horns. Unless Matt Murdoch will be donning that outfit towards the end and they're just keep > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.6 – 'Five-O'

03/11/2015 05:30:00 AM

????Strange that BETTER CALL SAUL's first standout should revolve around a different character, but that's because Mike Ehrmantraut's (Jonathan Banks) past is something Breaking Bad fans have been curious about for much longer than Saul's bac > read more

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT - The Complete First Season

03/10/2015 05:30:00 AM

????'Kimmy Goes Outside' • 'Kimmy Gets a Job' • 'Kimmy Goes on a Date' • 'Kimmy Goes to the Doctor' • 'Kimmy Kisses a Boy' • 'Kimmy Goes to School' • 'Kimmy Goes to a Party' • 'Kimmy is Bad at Math' • 'Kimmy Has a Birthday' > read more

Trailer: Showtime's HAPPYISH

03/09/2015 08:38:00 AM

A.K.A 'the TV drama Phillip Seymour Hoffman was going to do before he died'. The UK's own Steve Coogan has replaced Hoffman in this Showtime comedy-drama, HAPPYISH, about a middle-aged man whose life is thrown into disarray when his much younger boss > read more

TV Picks: 9-15 March 2015 – Bluestone 42 • Comic Relief • Masterchef • Nurse • Powers • One Born Every Minute • You're Back in the Room

03/09/2015 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 9thWPC 56 (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 3 of the crime drama about a female policewoman working in the 1950s. Starring Claudia Jessie, Charl > read more

Letterboxd: BIRDMAN • LUCY • OLDBOY (2013)

03/07/2015 04:30:00 AM

??? (out of five)I saw BIRDMAN the day after it won the Oscar for Best Picture, knowing that initially ecstatic reviews eventually gave way to more moderated ones. I think my own opinion falls somewhere in the middle, but I'll try not to fence- > read more

ANGEL, 3.3 & 3.4 – 'That Old Gang of Mine' & 'Carpe Noctem'

03/05/2015 04:30:00 AM

ANGEL: What do you want from me?MERL: What do I want? I'll tell you what I want... I want back the three months I spent in therapy after being hung upside down in a sewer, that's what I want.A strong showcase for Gunn (J. August Richards), who's pote > read more

LUTHER series 4 now filming

03/04/2015 11:01:00 AM

The two-part fourth season of BBC1's LUTHER, intended to end the television show (although rumours of a prequel movie persist), has started filming in London. Idris Elba tweeted the above photo as proof, and it's been revealed that guest stars includ > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.5 – 'Alpine Shepherd Boy'

03/04/2015 04:30:00 AM

????The episode titles of BETTER CALL SAUL's maiden season all appear to be one-word (with the exception of this fifth instalment, "Alpine Shepherd Boy"), and that's not the only thing that marked this hour out as distinct from what's come be > read more

Trailer: COMMUNITY – Season 6 ('Age of Yahoo')

03/03/2015 13:28:00 PM

It's the long-awaited trailer for COMMUNITY season 6, which has moved from NBC to Yahoo after being unexpectedly saved by the online giant. Taking stylistic cues from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, it's three minutes that give us a nice idea of > read more

Review: Fox's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

03/03/2015 04:30:00 AM

????There have been many stories about post-apocalypses, but they're usually action-packed ways to examine an irreversibly altered civilisation (I Am Legend), or sombre human sci-fi dramas (The Quiet Earth). Fox's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is an > read more

Review: BBC2's POMPIDOU

03/02/2015 06:00:00 AM

????Matt Lucas has been off-screens for quite a few years now, perhaps chastened by the mixed reaction to his Little Britain follow-up, Come Fly With Me. Now he's back, sans double-act partner David Walliams, in BBC2's "silent comedy" POMPIDO > read more

TV Picks: 2-8 March 2015 – Arthur & George • Banished • DCI Banks • First Dates • Mom • Moone Boy • Poldark • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

03/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 2ndThe Gadget Show (Channel 5, 7pm) Series 22 of the consumer electronics magazine show. (1/12)? Arthur & George (ITV, 9pm) Drama > read more

RIP Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

02/28/2015 05:04:00 AM

I had the same birthday as Leonard Nimoy; 26 March. This was the source of great excitement when I was a young boy, growing up watching repeats of Star Trek, as I thought we perhaps share things in common as a result. As crazy as it sounds now, it wa > read more

Letterboxd: PREDESTINATION • ANNABELLE • HOUSEBOUND

02/28/2015 04:30:00 AM

???½ (out of five)A satisfying time-travel yarn that manages to weave some enjoyable knots into its narrative, although anyone au fait with this sci-fi sub-genre will almost certainly predict some of the earlier twists--particularly when the f > read more

The CW launching a superhero team of ARROW/FLASH side characters?

02/27/2015 03:43:00 AM

The twin successes of ARROW and THE FLASH for The CW has resulted in a huge surge of interest for comic-book properties on U.S television. It also helps that Marvel's big movies continue to be popular, and are inspiring their own small-screen spin-of > read more

Template Error!

02/26/2015 14:09:00 PM

Apologies for the navigation menu going haywire at the top of the blog, and for the Labels losing their proper formatting. I was tinkering with DMD's template, doing something innocuous with fonts, and for some reason I've caused a minor meltdown.DMD > read more

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 6.3 – 'After Life' • ANGEL, 3.2 – 'That Vision Thing'

02/26/2015 04:30:00 AM

BUFFY: Everything I feel, everything I touch... this is Hell. Just getting through the next moment, and the one after that. Knowing what I've lost. They can never know. Never.There has to be a period of adjustment for Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), f > read more

BETTER CALL SAUL, 1.4 – 'Hero'

02/25/2015 04:30:00 AM

????Another good episode, if a little calmer than the previous three because we're further into the season and there's less need to grab viewers by the scruff of the neck. BETTER CALL SAUL is up-and-running, the audience likes it, and the cri > read more

THE WALKING DEAD readjusts (again), but I'm still dead-eyed...

02/24/2015 04:30:00 AM

I'm still watching THE WALKING DEAD > read more

TV Picks: 23 February – 1 March 2015 – Brit Awards • Critical • House of Cards • Let's Play Darts • The People's Strictly • Pompidou

02/23/2015 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 23rdHomes Under the Hammer (BBC1, 11am) Series 18 of the property auction show. Hosted by Lucy Alexander & Martin Roberts. (1/90)? > read more

Is ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY still the show to order?

02/22/2015 08:20:00 AM

ITV's light entertainment extravaganza Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (hereafter SNT) is back for a twelfth series, and not before time after Harry Hill's Stars in their Eyes flopped. Truth is, ITV have a tough time finding a weekend ratings win > read more



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