MacBook Pro: A Bite of the Apple
09/19/2014 05:00:00 AM
I've been using Windows PCs since 1996, beginning with a 'beige-box' 386 running Windows 95. I was mostly self-taught, but went to college during a period when dial-up Internet was taking off and Win95/98 were the operating systems of choice. I've on > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.6 - 'Realization Time'
09/18/2014 05:30:00 AM
AUDREY: I can't believe you were ever my age.COOPER: I've got the pictures to prove it.Thursday 2 March 1989. Currently, there are three separate investigations attempting to find Laura Palmer's killer: Agent Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) and Sheriff Trum > read more
The Television Shows I'll Be Tuning Into this Autumn...
09/16/2014 05:30:00 AM
The summer's almost over, TV-wise, but which new and returning shows am I likely to be watching and reviewing this autumn for DMD? Let's take a look...Definitely reviewing weekly (until they bore or frustrate me too much):Homeland (Showtime)Constanti > read more
OUTLANDER, 1.6 'The Garrison Commander' tables are turned
09/15/2014 05:30:00 AM
written by Ira Steven Behr | directed by Brian KellyRANDALL (to Claire): I run in darkness, Madam. And darkness is where I belong. I need no sympathy and you'll get none from me. One way or another, I will get the truth out of you.If you've bailed on > read more
TV Picks: 15-21 September 2014 (Bad Education Boardwalk Empire Cilla Downton Abbey Glue Legends The Leftovers The Strain
09/15/2014 03:30:00 AM
Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 15thThe Undriveables (ITV1, 8pm) New series where terrible driver are coached by leading driving instructors. Narrated by Geoffrey P > read more
DOCTOR WHO, 8.4 'Listen' three shades of pink
09/14/2014 05:00:00 AM
written by Steven Moffat | directed by Douglas Mackinnon"Fear makes companions of us all."DOCTOR WHO's often at its best when delivering quiet, disconcerting ghost stories. Steven Moffat delivers one of the best with "Listen"; a weird, conceptual epi > read more
Review: Syfy's Z NATION
09/13/2014 06:43:00 AM
written by Karl Schaefer | directed by John HyamsUnsurprisingly, this zombie apocalypse series from the producers of Sharknado isn't great. However, surprisingly, Z NATION isn't as unforgivably terrible as I was expecting it to be. It earns credit fo > read more
Letterboxd: CAPTAIN AMERICA - THE WINTER SOLDIER THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8th DIMENSION MUPPETS MOST WANTED
09/13/2014 05:30:00 AM
???? (out of five)I was concerned after CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER that the character wouldn't work once removed from his period 1940s setting, but it's actually a boon for this excellent sequel, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. I > read more
Poll: which has been your favourite summer show this year?
09/12/2014 05:00:00 AM
The days when U.S television would go into a summer hibernation are long gone, as more channels begin to ensure there's programming filling the airwaves between late-May and late-September. But which of the following has been your favourite? Please v > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.5 - 'Cooper's Dream'
09/11/2014 05:30:00 AM
LOG LADY: Fire is the Devil hiding like a coward in the smoke.Wednesday 1 March 1989. The honeymoon period is over. Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is awakened by rowdy Icelandic businessmen who have arrived for a junket at the Great Northern, and their pre > read more
THE LEFTOVERS season one good grief or lamentable bore?
09/10/2014 04:30:00 AM
I've felt conflicted about HBO's THE LEFTOVERS all season, and that's a compliment. I enjoy shows that get you thinking about your own taste, opinions, and the reactions of others. This isn't an easy show to watch week-to-week, as it's superficially > read more
OUTLANDER, 1.5 'Rent' the future path to the past
09/08/2014 05:30:00 AM
written by Toni Graphia | directed by Brian KellyWe got a sense of the long-term plan for OUTLANDER with episode 5, beyond Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) inevitably doomed intention to time-travel home by touching the stones at Craigh na Dun. The famous > read more
TV Picks: 8-14 September 2014 (Alan Carr: Chatty Man Celebrity Squares Scott & Bailey Sunday Night at the Palladium Would I Lie to You?
09/08/2014 04:00:00 AM
Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 8th? Loose Women (ITV, 12.30pm) Series 19 of the magazine-style talk show. Starring Ruth Langsford, Andrea Mclean & Kaye Adams. Th > read more
DOCTOR WHO, 8.3 - 'Robot of Sherwood' - a merry olde romp
09/07/2014 05:00:00 AM
written by Mark Gatiss | directed by Paul MurphyOne of the best DOCTOR WHO > read more
Review: ITV's CHASING SHADOWS
09/06/2014 04:41:00 AM
written by Rob Williams | directed by Christopher MenaulDS Sean Stone claims "serial killers" only exist in Hollywood, and the proper term is "multiple murderers"; and yet, ironically, he's a detective on the autistic spectrum, which is arguably even > read more
Video: Norwegian SHERLOCK parodies 'Oklahomo' & 'Mind Phallus'
09/05/2014 05:00:00 AM
Norwegian comedians Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjøstheim have made two parodies of the BBC series SHERLOCK, which I'd like to share with you because they're well-made and contain fun moments: "Oklahomo" (above) and "Mind Phallus" (below)... > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.4 - 'The One-Armed Man'
09/04/2014 05:30:00 AM
DR JACOBY: Laura had secrets and around those secrets she built the fortress that, well that in my six months with her, I was not able to penetrate and for which I consider myself an abject failure.Tuesday 28 February 1989. There are plenty of develo > read more
Amazon Pilots, reviewed: THE COSMOPOLITANS HAND OF GOD HYSTERIA REALLY RED OAKS
09/03/2014 05:00:00 AM
There doesn't seem to be much rhyme-or-reason to Amazon pilot seasons, does there? This is their third batch of offerings, and I don't blame you for wondering what happened to any of the previous pilots. Does anyone watch ALPHA HOUSE or BETAS? Didn't > read more
OUTLANDER, 1.3 & 1.4 'The Way Out' & 'The Gathering'
09/02/2014 05:00:00 AM
FATHER BAIN (to Claire): I smell the vapours of hell in you.If the first few episodes handled the set-up, this third hour was about adjustment as 20th-century time-traveller Claire (Caitriona Balfe) started to find her feet as a "stranger in a strang > read more
September 2014 Highlights - AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, DOWNTON ABBEY, FOREVER, THE GOOD WIFE, GOTHAM, SLEEPY HOLLOW, etc.
09/01/2014 05:30:00 AM
It's the busiest month of the TV calendar (certainly for U.S shows, that tend to debut in September), but what are the big highlights to check out? I use the term "highlights" fairly loosely, by the way...DALLAS - Season 3(Channel 5, 2 Sep) The U.S s > read more
TV Picks: 1-7 September 2014 (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Chasing Shadows, Dallas, Educating the East End, Houdini, Our Zoo, etc.)
09/01/2014 03:30:00 AM
Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...MONDAY 1st? Jamie's Comfort Food (Channel 4, 8pm) New culinary series where chef Jamie Oliver puts twists on the nation's favourite dishe > read more
DOCTOR WHO, 8.2 'Into the Dalek' a fantastic voyage
08/31/2014 13:07:00 PM
written by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat | directed by Ben WheatleySwathes of "Into the Dalek" felt very familiar, as DOCTOR WHO has done many variations of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion tagging along with gruff soldiers, while the situati > read more
If you care, share
08/30/2014 05:30:00 AM
Page-hits are so yesterday. Today's all about the number of shares you inspire.Anyone can create a click-bait headline, or get lucky with a search engine's ranking. There are all manner of tricks to get people to visit a blog; some of which it's only > read more
Which season of TRUE BLOOD was your favourite?
08/29/2014 05:30:00 AM
After seven seasons, TRUE BLOOD's vampires have finally bitten the dust rather than anyone's jugular. For many, this HBO drama was a reliable source of fun and blood-letting from beginning to end; for others it was an entertaining supernatural guilty > read more
TRUE BLOOD, 7.10 'Thank You' father of the vampire bride
08/28/2014 08:02:00 AM
JASON: It's been a long fuckin' week, and it's been a weird fuckin' week.Just go with it. That's a phrase you often have to repeat to yourself when watching TRUE BLOOD, but thankfully only once during its series finale. The idea that Hoyt (Jim Parrac > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.3 'Rest in Pain'
08/28/2014 05:30:00 AM
TRUMAN: There's a sort of evil out there. Something very, very strange in these old woods. Call it what you want. A darkness, a presence. It takes many forms but... its been out there for as long as anyone can remember, and we've always been here to > read more
Video: Fan-made LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN opening titles
08/26/2014 05:00:00 AM
As a big fan of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN comics (particularly the original ones set in Victorian times), it has always pained me that the 2003 movie was such a resounding disaster (creatively and commercially). > read more
08/25/2014 07:00:00 AM
I'm taking another week's break (25-31 August), so DMD updates may not be as regular. Luckily, I've planned ahead with some posts queued ready to 'auto-publish' over the next 7 days, but I'm not sure when I'll have time to watch and review the True B > read more
TV Picks: 25-31 August 2014 (Big School, Gadget Man, Hand of God, Hysteria, Through the Keyhole, Under the Dome, X Factor, etc.)
08/25/2014 04:00:00 AM
Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYScotland Decides: Salmon vs Darling (BBC2, 8.30pm) Live debate on Scottish Independence, between the SNP's Alex Salmond > read more
Stuff You (Probably) Didn't Know About... Eva Green
08/24/2014 08:00:00 AM
Eva Green's one of my favourite actress's working today, because you can never take your eyes off her when she's around, she always gives the material 100% (no matter the objective quality), and tends to elevate weak projects through sheer force of w > read more
Review: DOCTOR WHO, 8.1 'Deep Breath' - the same, but different
08/23/2014 16:14:00 PM
THE DOCTOR: Look at the eyebrows! These are 'attack-eyebrows'. You could take bottle tops off with these!The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) now prefers a buttoned-up collar with a conspicuous lack of a bow-tie (famously worn by his immediate predecessor, Mat > read more
Letterboxd: CUBAN FURY ALL IS LOST KLOWN
08/23/2014 05:00:00 AM
?? (out of five)Nick Frost without Simon Pegg is a bit like watching Oliver Hardy without Stan Laurel. It doesn't quite work. Pegg's enough of a quirky leading man not to suffer the same analogy, although both seem to struggle when not directed b > read more
BBC America order THE LIVING AND THE DEAD from co-creators of LIFE ON MARS
08/22/2014 12:37:00 PM
Writers Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who co-created Life on Mars and were responsible for its spin-off Ashes to Ashes, have had a paranormal drama picked up by BBC America. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD will concern Nathan Appleby; a "gentleman farme > read more
Which HEROES should return?
08/22/2014 05:30:00 AM
Has a television show ever soared so high, only to fall so hard? NBC superhero drama HEROES had a phenomenal first season (spoiled by a fudged finale people disliked), before a creatively disastrous second season alienated the mainstream. Only die-ha > read more
Short Film: DUST with Alan Rickman
08/22/2014 05:00:00 AM
Here's a great short film, written and directed by Ben Ockrent and Jack Russell. It stars Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) as a strange man who follows a little girl and her mother home one day, but takes a very unexpected turn. DUST is definite > read more
Have a BLACK MIRROR Christmas
08/21/2014 10:53:00 AM
After two series, Charlie Brooker's satirical anthology drama BLACK MIRROR has been given a Christmas special by Channel 4. The show is usually comprised of three separate weekly tales, but the festive edition will weave three storylines into one fea > read more
This week, I'm loving... OUTLANDER's Opening Titles
08/21/2014 05:00:00 AM
Isn't it beautiful? Totally captures the mystery and romance of the Highlands of Scotland, while cleverly mixing together The Skye Boat Song's melody with lyrics paraphrasing Robert Louis Stevenson's poem Sing Me a Song of a Lad That is Gone (with la > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.2 - 'Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer'
08/21/2014 05:00:00 AM
THE ONE-ARMED MAN: Through the darkness of future past / the magician longs to see / one chance out between two worlds / Fire walk with me.Until now, Twin Peaks hasn't really been as off the wall as its reputation would have you expect. Cooper (Kyle > read more
AMC aren't letting HALT AND CATCH FIRE halt or catch fire
08/20/2014 11:13:00 AM
AMC are sticking by niche drama HALT & CATCH FIRE, about 1980s computer programming, having now renewed the show for a second season. I wasn't a huge fan of the first year, which had some problems, but I like the female characters and the final handf > read more
Stuff You (Probably) Didnae Know About... DOCTOR WHO's Peter Capaldi
08/20/2014 05:30:00 AM
Scottish actor PETER CAPALDI is best-known for playing foul-mouthed politician Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and its spin-off movie In the Loop, but he'll soon become a family favourite when he takes up residence in the TARDIS as the twelfth acto > read more
THE WRONG MANS returning as two specials instead of full series
08/20/2014 04:30:00 AM
It always felt weird BBC2 recommissioned THE WRONG MANS for a second series, considering the story concluded, so I'm glad creators James Corden and Mathew Baynton have instead opted to make two hour-long specials. Although that's equal to four half-h > read more
Sony are casting their POWERS pilot for the Playstation Network
08/19/2014 06:30:00 AM
FX made a pilot based on the comic-book POWERS starring Jason Patric, but it wasn't ordered to series. But now Sony Pictures Television is giving an adaptation a go, with a series heading to the Playstation Network. The comic is about two detectives, > read more
TRUE BLOOD, 7.9 'Love is to Die' relationship counselling
08/19/2014 04:30:00 AM
SOOKIE (to Bill): Whatever this is, whatever you're doin', you don't get to hide behind the word "fate".Oh, TRUE BLOOD. Did you really just spend 40-minutes of your final season's penultimate hour on pairing up Hoyt (Jim Parrack)-Jessica (Deborah Ann > read more
Keanu Reeves accepts lead role in planned TV action drama RAIN
08/18/2014 16:15:00 PM
It seems Keanu Reeves has sensed a change in the air, regarding his box-office standing. He hasn't had a major critical and commercial success since The Matrix trilogy ended in 2003, and last year's dismal > read more
OUTLANDER, 1.2 'Castle Leoch' - the lies of a spy
08/18/2014 05:00:00 AM
JAMIE (to Claire): You're a kind woman... with a good touch... and your husband is a lucky man.The disdain many men feel toward romantic fiction is perhaps a belief the love story will be too gooey, but I'm not getting that impression from OUTLANDER. > read more
TV Picks: 18-24 August 2014 (Celebrity Big Brother, Doctor Who, New Tricks, Ramsay's Hotel Hell, Resurrection, Suspects, etc.)
08/18/2014 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 18thPhil Spencer: Secret Agent (Channel 4, 2.20pm) Series 2 of the property series. (1/20)Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is (BBC1, > read more
Does HBO's WESTWORLD have the most exciting mix of talent on TV?
08/17/2014 08:00:00 AM
When I heard HBO were making a TV drama based on 1973's sci-fi classic WESTWORLD, adapted from the Michael Crichton novel about a futuristic Wild West theme park full of killer robots, I wasn't terribly enthusiastic. But that's all changed now they'v > read more
Review: Cinemax's THE KNICK, 1.1 & 1.2 - 'Method and Madness' & 'Mr. Paris Shoes'
08/17/2014 04:30:00 AM
There have been many turn-of-the-century dramas recently, with some likewise focused on medical professions, but Cinemax's THE KNICK is far and away the best. Set in the New York City of 1900, this period piece concerns Dr John W. Thackery (Clive Owe > read more
Digital Spy: 12 Fantasy Television Crossovers
08/16/2014 09:02:00 AM
Over at Digital Spy today, it's my latest article. This one fantasises about 12 "crossover" episodes of past and present TV shows, that would be extremely unlikely but incredibly fun to watch. Dexter meets Hannibal? Sherlock travels to Fargo? Justifi > read more
What pilots do Amazon have in store for us this year?
08/16/2014 05:00:00 AM
I know what you're thinking: what happened to the Amazon pilots from last time? Transparent, Bosch, The After and Mozart in the Jungle? One assumes they'll be available to stream soon, but we already have the next batch of pilots for subscribers to w > read more
Trailer: Yahoo's COMMUNITY - launching soon
08/15/2014 10:37:00 AM
NBC cancelled geek-favourite comedy COMMUNITY in May, but it was brought back from the dead by online giant Yahoo! And they've just released a nice announcement trailer, that's basically a lot of clips from the past five seasons, structured around NA > read more
Review: TNT's LEGENDS - the many minds of Mr Bean
08/15/2014 05:30:00 AM
LEGENDS is a new procedural from U.S cable's TNT, developed by Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow), and Mark Bomback (Die Hard 4.0), adapting a novel by Robert Littell called Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation. It > read more
CUCKOO, 2.2 'Potato Party' - throwing up a fresh approach...
08/15/2014 04:00:00 AM
I had no intention to review more CUCKOO after covering series 2's premiere last week (assessing the fallout caused by Andy Samberg's departure, and the damage limitation of Taylor Lautner's entrance), but felt compelled to write about episode 2, "Po > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.2 'Traces to Nowhere'
08/14/2014 05:30:00 AM
written by Mark Frost & David Lynch | directed by Duwayne Dunham | 12 April 1990COOPER: You know, this is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee. I've had I can't tell you how many cups of coffee in my life and this, this is one of the best. Now I'd l > read more
HBO renew THE LEFTOVERS, but will the audience soon depart?
08/14/2014 04:30:00 AM
It's no surprise that THE LEFTOVERS has been given a second season by HBO, as it's been holding strong in terms of ratings. An average of 1.5 million people are watching every week, which isn't much of a dip on the premiere's high of 1.77m. The numbe > read more
Following bizarre blockbusters GoTG and TMNT, what other retro weirdness should Hollywood adapt?
08/13/2014 05:30:00 AM
Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles both over-performed to become enormous hits at the August U.S box-office, so sequels were hastily ordered. Their success could also mean other studios take notice, and begin to order similar pr > read more
Are you ready for new DOCTOR WHO? Take a 'Deep Breath'...
08/13/2014 04:30:00 AM
There's only a few weeks to go until 23 August, so the BBC have released a thirty-second DOCTOR WHO trailer that specifically teases the Series 8 premiere "Deep Breath". There's lots of new footage to enjoy, and I'm really excited to meet Peter Capal > read more
RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)
08/12/2014 10:46:00 AM
Another comedy great has left the stage, and this one hurts deep because Robin Williams was still bringing a lot of fun and entertainment to the world at the age of 63, and it appears he chose to commit suicide after an intense period of depression ( > read more
TRUE BLOOD, 7.8 'Almost Home' - the price of salvation
08/12/2014 04:30:00 AM
HOYT: When a good thing gets destroyed, that's the definition of unfair to me.The end of True Blood's really sneaking up on us, as there are just two hours left! "Almost Home" was easily the best-acted episode this season, granting Jessica (Deborah A > read more
Review: ALMOST ROYAL - sub-BORAT japes in the United States, what?
08/11/2014 05:30:00 AM
E4 have begun airing BBC America's > read more
TV Picks: 11-17 August 2014 (Ade at Sea, Boomers, Executed, The Wonder of Animals, etc.)
08/11/2014 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 11thFootball Fight Club (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about prominent football hooligan gangs over the 2013/14 season.? Kate Adie's Wome > read more
Review: A TOUCH OF CLOTH III 'Too Cloth for Comfort'
08/10/2014 16:07:00 PM
Charlie Brooker's hilarious spoof crime thriller A TOUCH OF CLOTH debuted three years ago, and yet these are only the fifth and sixth episodes. That's slow-going even by usual British standards, but the "less is more" adage rings truer for spoofs tha > read more
Review: BBC1's WALTER - a loose charm, but zero laughs
08/09/2014 09:04:00 AM
Fresh from playing a cop in Line of Duty and a dead cop in Ashes to Ashes, Adrian Dunbar's back as cop Walter Gambon in the one-off comedy-drama WALTER, written by Ruby Solomon. The most interesting thing about Walter is that Solomon's actually the p > read more
BBC3's Thursday night comedy double whammy: CUCKOO and SIBLINGS
08/09/2014 05:30:00 AM
Almost two years after it began, BBC Three's CUCKOO is back for a second series. Trouble is, the two actors who formed the central romance of the show are gone; U.S comedian Andy Samberg as spaced-out hippy Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick, and Tamla Kari as t > read more
Did THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL find its voice in week two?
08/08/2014 16:19:00 PM
Last week's premiere of THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL was mired by an embarrassing failure of its app, which meant the first three singers were actually being voted on by 100 back-stage helpers as a contingency plan. Hardly a promising start, although I qu > read more
Are you beginning to feel THE STRAIN?
08/08/2014 05:30:00 AM
EPH: A whole new set of organs has generated to propel this stinger.We're four episodes into FX's new horror drama THE STRAIN, based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. (No, seriously, they definitely exist.) Are you enjoying it? I k > read more
TWIN PEAKS, 1.1 - 'Original Pilot' (aka 'Northern Passage')
08/07/2014 14:00:00 PM
written by Mark Frost & David Lynch | directed by David Lynch | 8 April 1990PETE: She's dead. Wrapped in plastic.Twin Peaks, Washington, "five miles south of the Canadian border and twelve miles west of the state line"; population 51,201. On 24 Febru > read more
Letterboxd: THE RUNNING MAN; HARD TARGET
08/07/2014 05:30:00 AM
?? (out of five)RICHARDS: I'll be backKILLIAN: Only in a rerun.Nestled around Arnold Schwarzenegger's more enduring 1980s hits, THE TERMINATOR and PREDATOR, is this adaptation of a 1982 novel by Richard Bachman (later revealed to be Stephen King' > read more
Review: Starz's OUTLANDER - loch to the future
08/06/2014 05:30:00 AM
Beyond producing a handful of projects since his Battlestar Galactica remake ended, writer Ronald D. Moore has been struggling to develop another big hit. Things look set to change in the near-future, following a development deal with Sony Pictures T > read more
WRONG MANS producers making BBC 'comedy whodunit?' STAG
08/06/2014 04:30:00 AM
BBC2 have commissioned a three-part comedy-drama called STAG, from the producers of their surprise hit The Wrong Mans. The series will revolve around a stag night in Scotland, where the men involved are being murdered one by one.George Kay and Jim Fi > read more
TRUE BLOOD, 7.7 'May Be the Last Time' familiar faces
08/05/2014 05:30:00 AM
SOOKIE: How can you not believe in miracles and magic when they're happening all around us every single day? There's a miracle out there, just waiting for Bill. I just have to go out there and find it.After last week's rise in quality, "May Be the La > read more
Trailer: E4's GLUE a rural SKINS meets BROADCHURCH?
08/05/2014 04:00:00 AM
Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England, The Fades) has a new six-part drama coming to E4 this autumn, called GLUE. It concerns a small village in the English countryside, where farming and race horses are the lifeblood of the local community, and the un > read more
TV Picks: 4-10 August 2014 (Cuckoo, In the Club, Masters of Sex, Siblings, Touch of Cloth III, The Village, Walter, Who Do You Think You Are?, etc.)
08/04/2014 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 4thThe 21st Question (ITV, 5pm) New gameshow. Hosted by Gethin Jones. (1/10)Railways of the Great War (BBC2, 6pm) New series looking > read more
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA to Z NATION; has Syfy sacrificed quality for cheap fun and notoriety?
08/03/2014 04:30:00 AM
Has it really been five years since Syfy's superb Battlestar Galactica remake ended? Since then, the network's fumbled with lame attempts to find anything close to equaling BSG's quality (even attempting two prequels few cared about), so their best s > read more
Who should star in a female-orientated GHOSTBUSTERS reboot?
08/02/2014 18:08:00 PM
It's strongly rumoured that director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has become Sony's top choice to direct their eternally gestating GHOSTBUSTERS III.Unfortunately, everyone's grown so tired of rewriting that script to work as a direct sequel (tha > read more
Channel 4's THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL; average karaoke with an innovative twist
08/02/2014 05:10:00 AM
Channel 4's thrown its hat into the ring of reality singing contests, taking on ITV's X Factor and BBC1's The Voice, with THE SINGER TAKES IT ALL. As befits Channel 4's remit for innovation in the field, the key difference with this series is how it > read more
ITV spent £1 million on X FACTOR trailer, but only uploaded it in 480P
08/01/2014 14:45:00 PM
Things are about to get loud.THE X FACTOR is returning on 30 August, with Simon Cowell back as head judge, joined by returning pop star Cheryl Cole Fernandez Versini, new judge Mel B, and old hand Louis Walsh. ITV spent £1 million on this Game of Th > read more
August 2014 Highlights - DOCTOR WHO, INTRUDERS, THE KILLING, MASTERS OF SEX, OUTLANDER, A TOUCH OF CLOTH...
08/01/2014 04:30:00 AM
It's August! Summer's still here, but there's lots of good reasons to stay indoors with the television on. Below are my prime picks of shows hitting US and UK screens over the next four weeks, so read on if you need to plan your TV month...The Killin > read more
State of the Blog: New template and reader engagement
07/31/2014 05:00:00 AM
I didn't get much feedback about DMD's new look from people here. This seems to be part of an ongoing change in visitor habits, as Twitter seems to be the preferred choice. Are comment areas doomed because they feel so isolated from the wider world? > read more
TWIN PEAKS - is it time to resume television's weirdest mystery?
07/30/2014 10:28:00 AM
Oh God, I've just taken a photo of a mass-produced inanimate object! #TwinPeaks pic.twitter.com/wceBGMqBxO Dan Owen (@danowen79) July 30, 2014Longtime readers will know that I reviewed the first season of TWIN PEAKS five years ago, but didn't cont > read more
From AMERICAN HORROR STORY to FARGO, will U.S cable's sudden love of 'anthology series' last?
07/30/2014 04:30:00 AM
There's an emerging trend in U.S TV for cable dramas to have seasons that deviate from the preceding one, becoming anthologies. FX's American Horror Story started the ball rolling, when creator Ryan Murphy announced its second year wouldn't continue > read more
Trailers: THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES & SIN CITY A DAME TO KILL FOR
07/29/2014 05:30:00 AM
This Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy hasn't achieved the same highs as its predecessor, but it's technically superior and I actually prefer Martin Freeman to Elijah Wood. The Hobbit trilogy has been dogged by complains each instalment's too long (w > read more
TRUE BLOOD, 7.6 'Karma' - in sickness and in health
07/29/2014 04:30:00 AM
JASON: Bill Compton is one tough motherfucker. He's gonna beat this thing. I mean, hell, he was like a bonafide vampire God about six months ago!After five disheartening episodes, True Blood makes headway with the sixth, "Karma". Suddenly the thrust > read more
Trailers: 50 SHADES OF GREY & MAD MAX FURY ROAD
07/28/2014 05:00:00 AM
Mr Grey will see you now...It's the trailer to the movie adaptation of the book your female co-workers andOH GOD, NO!your mum, raved about two summers ago. It was a good litmus test of people's literary taste, actually, because 50 SHADES OF GRE > read more
TV Picks: 28 July 3 August 2014 (Last Leg, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Scandal, The Singer Takes it All, etc.)
07/28/2014 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 28thPembrokeshire: Coastal Lives (BBC2, 7pm) New documentary series about people living and working on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path > read more
SDCC 2014's Saturday panels: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, THE SIMPSONS, TRUE BLOOD + Bonus BATES MOTEL
07/27/2014 13:57:00 PM
Yesterday was the third day of San Diego Comic-Con, and below are fan-filmed videos of four panels for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, THE SIMPSONS, TRUE BLOOD, and (as a late bonus from Friday) BATES MOTEL.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DThe SimpsonsTrue BloodBates Mot > read more
Trailer: TRUE BLOOD Season 7 Part 2 (SDCC 2014)
07/27/2014 09:12:00 AM
Due to when it's scheduled by HBO every summer, TRUE BLOOD has always been able to debut a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con covering the latter half of its current season. This has tended to be a very good thing, as it's helped get audiences stoked for > read more
Has Channel 4's THE MIMIC lost its voice?
07/27/2014 05:30:00 AM
THE MIMIC returned a few weeks ago, continuing the hapless non-adventures of maintenance man Martin Hurdle (Terry Mynott), who's now lost his low-paid job and chance of fame and fortune after bottling a TV appearance in series 1's finale. Martin has > read more
Trailer: NBC's CONSTANTINE (SDCC 2014)
07/27/2014 04:44:00 AM
NBC revealed a fresh trailer for their upcoming supernatural drama CONSTANTINE at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, and it's a big improvement on the others (which were already pretty cool). Of course, I've already seen the pilot, and thought it was dis > read more
SDCC 2014's Friday panels: ARROW, GAME OF THRONES & THE WALKING DEAD
07/26/2014 12:19:00 PM
Yesterday was the second day of San Diego Comic-Con, and below are fan-filmed videos of three panels for ARROW, GAME OF THRONES and THE WALKING DEAD. Friday also contained panels for Sleepy Hollow and BBC America's new sci-fi drama > read more
Trailer: ARROW Season 3 (SDCC 2014)
07/26/2014 05:18:00 AM
ARROW debuted its third season trailer at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, which gave fans their first look at new guest stars like Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Roy Palmer/The Atom, Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro, and Peter Stormare as Count Verti > read more
Trailer: THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 (SDCC 2014)
07/26/2014 04:46:00 AM
AMC's first trailer for the fifth season of survival horror hit THE WALKING DEAD was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, during the cast and crew's panel. If you're a fan of rotting zombies being stabbed in the head through chain-link fences, > read more
Video: GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Gag Reel
07/26/2014 03:30:00 AM
Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con, here's a two-minute gag reel for GAME OF THRONES season 4, which primarily consists of the cast fluffing their lines and some set dressing failures. > read more
DOCTOR WHO returning to cinemas for Series 8's premiere
07/25/2014 18:17:00 PM
Last year's 50th anniversary 3D special of DOCTOR WHO, "The Day of The Doctor" was an unprecedented success, partly because it was shown simultaneously in 1,500 cinemas and actually broke into the UK box-office top 10 for that weekend. While the star > read more
SDCC 2014's Thursday panels: 24, COMMUNITY, HANNIBAL & PENNY DREADFUL
07/25/2014 10:17:00 AM
This year's San Diego Comic-Con is in full flow until Sunday, but chances are you're not there to enjoy it. But hey, the internet is your salvation! A lot of fans upload 'shaky-cam' videos of entire hour-long panels, so below are my pick of Thursday' > read more
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.22 - 'The Gift' & ANGEL, 2.22 - 'There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb'
07/25/2014 04:30:00 AM
BUFFY: Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do. Tell Giles... tell Giles I figured it out. And, and I'm okay. And give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now. You have t > read more
Television: Escapism or Realism?
07/24/2014 05:00:00 AM
Is television drama an escape from reality, or a mirror on the world?To immediately answer that question, it can be both. But which do you prefer? Why do YOU watch scripted television drama? Is it because it offers stories that simply can't happen in > read more
The panels I would attend at San Diego Comic-Con this year...
07/23/2014 10:45:00 AM
The geek mecca of San Diego Comic-Con opens its doors tomorrow morning, and I... won't be going. This will be the 35th SDCC I've missed in 35 years. I know, it's shameful. I just find it hard to justify the cost of international flights from the UK, > read more
24: Will Jack Be Back Another Day?
07/23/2014 05:00:00 AM
Fox cancelled 24 in summer 2010, but it was revived this year for twelve-part "event series" 24: Live Another Day. It was set in London (for real) and halved the episode order, which kept the storyline much tighter. They even included a twelve-hour " > read more
TRUE BLOOD, 7.5 'Lost Cause' party animals
07/22/2014 05:30:00 AM
PAM: Oh. My. God. I'm a Republicunt.It helps when a show references its own ridiculousness, but it doesn't always remove the stench of a bad idea. In the aptly-named "Lost Cause", Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) organised a party round Sookie's (Anna Paquin > read more