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It's been a week, so have you joined me on Medium yet?

04/29/2016 13:00:00 PM

I closed the curtain on further activity here last Friday, after 10 years on Blogger. If you're somehow not aware yet, Dan's Media Digest now has a new home at:www.medium.com/dans-media-digest/It's great to already see some familiar names joining me > read more

Dan's "Medium" Digest

04/22/2016 12:00:00 PM

HUGE NEWS if you're an avid reader of Dan's Media Digest, which you'll certainly want to read.Sorry it's such a long piece (maybe a bit indulgent of me), but I wanted to cover all the bases and make it very clear why this is a fantastic development a > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.10 - 'Klick'

04/20/2016 04:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated, I reviewed the season 2 finale of BETTER CALL SAUL - "Klick". Uh, 'klick' here to read!It's a little miracle that Better Call Saul can deliver such a fantastic season finale, without the need for anything particularly earth-shatt > read more

The 9 Best Superhero Shows on TV

04/18/2016 08:30:00 AM

I published this over at Medium. Click to read! > read more

TV Picks: 18-24 April 2016 • The Code • Fierce • I Want My Wife Back • Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion • Rush Hour

04/18/2016 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 18thThe Code (BBC1, 2.15pm) New quiz show where answer help crack a three-digit code to open a safe of money. Hosted by Matt Allwrig > read more

New STAR TREK rumoured to be set before 'The Next Generation'

04/15/2016 04:30:00 AM

I wrote something about recent rumours that have surfaced about Bryan Fuller's 2017 Star Trek TV series, so have a read over at Medium.com! Click here! > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.9 - 'Nailed'

04/13/2016 04:30:00 AM

My review of the penultimate BETTER CALL SAUL for season 2, "Nailed", is now up for reading at Frame Rated.Given the title "Nailed", you’d be forgiven for thinking the big climax of Better Call Saul's penultimate hour would involve an exciting set- > read more

In the wake of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, can the DC Extended Universe still succeed?

04/12/2016 04:30:00 AM

I'm experimenting with the Medium platform, and yesterday published an article called 'In the wake of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, can the DC Extended Universe still succeed?' I hope you'll give it a read, and perhaps even give some feedback on the test-versio > read more

Frame Rated: DAREDEVIL - Season Two

04/11/2016 05:30:00 AM

I recently binged the second season of the Netflix/Marvel series DAREDEVIL, and you can read my thoughts over on Frame Rated.It's fair to say Netflix's Daredevil was one of 2015's biggest surprises, because it did something fresh with a superhero ind > read more

TV Picks: 11-17 April 2016 • Camping • Fear the Walking Dead • The Five • Scott & Bailey • Tonight at the London Palladium • The Tunnel • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

04/11/2016 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 11thChopping Block (ITV, 3pm) New series where four couples attend a residential cookery school run by Rosemary Shrager and John Wha > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.8 - 'Fifi'

04/06/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed BETTER CALL SAUL's "Fifi".We're hurtling towards the season finale now, but things remain surprisingly sedate in the world of Better Call Saul. I've heard grumblings from people that season 2's been a disappointme > read more

TV Picks: 4-10 April 2016 • 11.22.63 • Army Girls • Colony • Marcella • Outlander • Plebs • Rectify • Sex Box

04/04/2016 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 4thFour in a Bed (Channel 4, 5pm) Series 14 of the reality gameshow, where B&B owners sample each other's businesses and vote on the > read more

Frame Rated: APRIL 2016 - The Best of Film & TV

04/03/2016 05:01:00 AM

A few day's ago at Frame Rated, I compiled a list of the best television shows and movies heading our way over the next four weeks. Includes The Huntsman: Winter's War, 11.22.63, Outlander, Fear the Walking Dead, Captain America: Civil War, etc. Clic > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.7 - 'Inflatable'

03/31/2016 15:05:00 PM

My review of this week's BETTER CALL SAUL, "Inflatable", is now up at Frame Rated.Certain things about Better Call Saul are fated to happen, as we know where Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) will end up in several year's time. The fun is seeing the detail > read more

Frame Rated: BATMAN v SUPERMAN - DAWN OF JUSTICE

03/28/2016 06:23:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed the big superhero blockbuster BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, so please click through to have a read!There was understandable cynicism when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced—born of suspicion > read more

TV Picks: 28 March – 3 April 2016 • Bake Off: Crème de la Crème • Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America • The Durrells • Happyish • Maigret • Undercover

03/28/2016 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 28thGuy Martin's Wall of Death (Channel 4, 7.15pm) Entertainment special where the racer and mechanic builds the world's largest Wal > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.6 - 'Bali Ha'i'

03/23/2016 08:28:00 AM

Yesterday, I reviewed the latest BETTER CALL SAUL, "Bali Ha'i", over at Frame Rated, so please click through to have a read!As we ease into the second half of Better Call Saul's sophomore year, it's becoming clear that Jimmy McGill's (Bob Odenkirk) s > read more

Easter TV Picks: 21-27 March 2016 • The A-Word • The Graham Norton Show • Jane the Virgin • Line of Duty • Travel Man

03/21/2016 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 21stThe Food Train (Channel 4, 8.30pm) Documentary series showing the journey food goes on before being eaten by people. (1/6)? Th > read more

Dan's Media Digest is 10 Years Old

03/20/2016 12:30:00 PM

DMD - circa 2007Insane. Dan's Media Digest turns 10 years old today. One-zero. A decade has passed. Astonishing. Oh, and a little frightening. You don't start writing a blog with the serious belief you'll still be writing it all those years later. It > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.5 - 'Rebecca'

03/16/2016 05:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday: I reviewed "Rebecca", the fifth episode of this year's BETTER CALL SAUL on AMC/Netflix.I love how Better Call Saul fleshes out its own narrative, with glimpses of the past that inform the future (which is also, slightly > read more

Frame Rated: BBC2's STAG

03/14/2016 08:00:00 AM

Have you been watching BBC2's three-part miniseries STAG? It finished last weekend, so I've reviewed the whole run over at Frame Rated.There's a long tradition of stories about groups of people being hunted and killed, one by own, by a mystery assail > read more

TV Picks: 14-20 March 2016 • @elevenish • Childhood's End • Daredevil • Inside Obama's White House • Jo Brand's Hell of a Week Walk • Sport Relief

03/14/2016 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 14th? WPC 56 (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 3 of the cop drama set in the 1950s. Starring Claudia Jessie, Charlie De'Ath, Oliver Rix & Jame > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.4 - 'Gloves Off'

03/10/2016 04:30:00 AM

My review of Better Call Saul's "Gloves Off" was published yesterday over at Frame Rated. I hope you'll head over there and give it a read!My favourite episode of Better Call Saul's first season was episode 6, "Five-O", which could be seen as a probl > read more

Frame Rated: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON - SWORD OF DESTINY (2016)

03/07/2016 07:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday, my review of the Netflix-distributed martial arts sequel CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY.For all its critical and commercial success back in 2000, Ang Lee's martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dra > read more

TV Picks: 7-13 March 2016 • The Aliens • Bosch • Houdini & Doyle • The Last Man on Earth

03/07/2016 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 7thThe TV That Made Me (BBC1, 3.45pm) Series 2 of the show where Brian Conley invites various celebs to talk about the television sh > read more

Frame Rated: GHOSTBUSTERS trailer

03/04/2016 04:30:00 AM

The trailer for Paul Feig's all-female Ghostbusters reboot dropped yesterday, and I was fair but honest in my assessment for Frame Rated. (Hint: I liked aspects, but it was mostly a laugh-free shrug.) Read my thoughts here! > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.3 - 'Amarillo'

03/03/2016 12:04:00 PM

Hopefully you're all now aware my Better Call Saul reviews are exclusive to Frame Rated, so please do check out my thoughts on "Amarillo". I'd love to hear YOUR opinion in the comments there, too! Click here!How long will the honeymoon period at Davi > read more

Frame Rated: MARCH 2016 - The Best in Film & TV

03/02/2016 04:30:00 AM

It's March! What's opening in cinemas and debuting on TV over the coming month? I run down some of your best viewing options, over at Frame Rated. Click here! > read more

Frame Rated: The 88th Academy Award Winners

03/01/2016 10:49:00 AM

If you're not Oscar'd out yet, you can read my thoughts on the big winners at the 88th Academy Awards, over at Frame Rated. Click here! > read more

TV Picks: 29 February – 6 March 2016 • Doctor Thorne • Gotham • Granchester • Legends of Tomorrow • Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle • Thirteen

02/29/2016 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 29thNCIS: New Orleans (Channel 5, 9pm) Season 2 of the U.S crime drama. Starring Scott Bakula & Lucas Black. (1/24)? Too Much TV ( > read more

Frame Rated: STAR TREK 2017 - Set Phasers to Prediction

02/27/2016 10:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday, following the news that Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) has joined Bryan Fuller's Star Trek TV series, I look at everything we know so far, and make some predictions based on that. Click here! > read more

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'My Struggle II'

02/25/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated: I reviewed the terrible finale to THE X-FILES' revival, "My Struggle II", which capped an inconsistent and frustrating comeback.While not as distasteful as "Babylon", the finale of The X-Files' so-called 'event series' was a > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.2 - 'Cobbler'

02/24/2016 11:10:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated: I reviewed the second episode of BETTER CALL SAUL season 2, "Cobbler". I hope you're enjoying these, keep checking back every Tuesday, and will do whatever you can to promote them!The big picture is yet to emerge for season > read more

Frame Rated: MAD DOGS - Season One

02/22/2016 07:30:00 AM

Yesterday, I reviewed the first season of Amazon Prime's MAD DOGS (a U.S adaptation of the Sky drama, reviewed here in the past). Please have a read! Then share!"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun" is the recurring line of the Noël Cow > read more

TV Picks: 22-28 February 2016 • The BRIT Awards • Cuckoo • Fresh Meat • Girls • The Shannara Chronicles • Stag

02/22/2016 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 22ndJeremy Kyle's Emergency Room (ITV, 2pm) Series 2 of the talk show focusing on medical issues.Moving On (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 7 o > read more

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'Babylon'

02/18/2016 12:11:00 PM

If you missed it yesterday, I reviewed the penultimate episode of THE X-FILES event series, "Babylon", over at Frame Rated. It was... not good.Where to begin? I’ve perhaps been too kind to The X-Files this year, because it was a formative televisio > read more

Frame Rated: BETTER CALL SAUL, 2.1 - 'Switch'

02/17/2016 10:40:00 AM

My weekly reviews of AMC's BETTER CALL SAUL resumed yesterday, but they're now Frame Rated exclusives. I sincerely hope you'll bookmark them and check back every Tuesday for my latest thoughts and opinions.The shadow of Breaking Bad loomed heavy over > read more

NOW TV on trial

02/16/2016 04:30:00 AM

In light of my Virgin Media bill going up this month, I decided to reduce my TV package from XL to L. I wrote about the possibility of me taking this action awhile back, and I've got over enough of my misgivings since then.My bill for XL TV, 70MB bro > read more

TV Picks: 15-21 February 2016 • Alan Partridge's Mid-Morning Matters • American Crime Story • Better Call Saul • Heroes Reborn • Love • The Night Manager • The Walking Dead

02/15/2016 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 Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On (BBC1, 9pm) Follow-up to Stephen Fry's 2005 documentary about living > read more

A few niggling thoughts and nitpicks about LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

02/12/2016 05:39:00 AM

I've seen up to the fourth episode of The CW's new superhero adventure series Legends of Tomorrow, and while it's been quite entertaining and contained one big surprise in episode 3 that I didn't see coming (although it can probably be unwritten beca > read more

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'Home Again'

02/11/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday over at Frame Rated: I reviewed the fourth episode of THE X-FILES event series, "Home Again" by Glen Morgan, which was a great showcase for Gillian Anderson awkwardly combined with a monster-of-the-week case.When I first heard Glen Morgan w > read more

TV Picks: 8-14 February 2016 • BAFTA • Happy Valley • The Last Leg • Royal Navy School • The X-Files

02/08/2016 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 8thRick Stein's Taste of Shanghai (BBC2, 9pm) Culinary special where the foodie visits Shanghai and samples some local dishes.Royal > read more

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES - 'Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster'

02/04/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I review the return of X-Files writing legend Darin Morgan with his typically quirky episode "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster".Darin Morgan may not be a household name, but he's a writer every X-Phile knows. The younge > read more

Frame Rated: February 2016 - The Best of TV & Film

02/02/2016 04:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated last Sunday, I compiled a list of the best TV shows and film available in February (from the return of AMC's Better Call Saul, to new films like Hail, Caesar! and Deadpool, to streaming exclusives like Netflix's Crouching Tiger, H > read more

TV Picks: 1-7 February 2016 • Grease: Live • Keith Lemon's Sketch Show • The Supergamers

02/01/2016 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 1stFather Brown (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 3 of the drama about a crime-fighting priest. Starring Mark Williams. (1/15)Holiday of a Lifet > read more

Review: Sky1's LUCKY MAN

01/30/2016 10:18:00 AM

?????Or, to use its proper title: Stan Lee's Lucky Man. I have no idea how involved Marvel's Stan Lee was in the creation of this fantasy cop drama, but wouldn't be surprised if he was simply cornered at London Comic Con by Sky TV execs and > read more

Frame Rated: THE X-FILES event series (2016)

01/28/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed the first two episodes of THE X-FILES 'event series' ("My Struggle" and "Founder's Mutation"). Did the long-awaited return of Mulder and Scully meet expectations? Or was it a mistake to try and revive this seminal > read more

Frame Rated: THE FINAL GIRLS

01/27/2016 04:30:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday, I reviewed the 2015 slasher horror-comedy THE FINAL GIRLS with Taissa Farmiga and Malin Åkerman...Forlorn teenager Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga) attends a special screening of Camp Bloodbath, on the third anniversary > read more

TV Picks: 25-31 January 2016 • Agent Carter • The Goldbergs • The Good Wife • Killjoys • The Last Leg Down Under • Lucifer

01/25/2016 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 25thKilljoys (Syfy, 8pm) New sci-fi drama about a group of bounty hunters in the future. Starring Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore & > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 13 - 'Project Reborn'

01/24/2016 04:40:00 AM

Below is the last of my weekly HEROES REBORN vidcap'd recaps, looking at the finale "Project Reborn"...Things kick-off at an abandoned hospital, where Farah (Nazneen Contractor) is treated by Carlos (Ryan Guzman) after Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey) uses hi > read more

Review: The CW's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

01/23/2016 05:00:00 AM

?????Ain't hubris a bitch? After the astonishing successes of Arrow and The Flash on The CW, most of the creative team behind those shows go for a hat-trick with DC's Legends of Tomorrow—essentially a small-budget Avengers wannabe, combin > read more

No DOCTOR WHO Series 10 until 2017, and Moffat's successor chosen!

01/22/2016 16:22:00 PM

Oh, wow! There's big news for fans of Doctor Who. Good or bad? That's down to personal opinion, but I think we can safely say the lack of new episodes this year is on the downside.It’s been announced that 2016 will only feature a Christmas Special, > read more

Sky buy exclusive European rights to Showtime programming

01/22/2016 04:30:00 AM

Sky yesterday announced a long-term licensing agreement with CBS Corporation to become the exclusive home of Showtime programming in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. This new deal will affect all new and future TV series produced for Show > read more

Recommendation: THR Roundtables

01/19/2016 04:30:00 AM

Above is the latest instalment of a Hollywood Reporter 'Roundtable' interview (hosted by Feature editor Stephen Galloway), which has become my new obsession online. Each one's an hour-long chat with a group of actors, actresses, directors, writers, e > read more

TV Picks: 18-24 January 2016 • 10,000 B.C • Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur • Bones • Lucky Man • Mad Dogs

01/18/2016 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? Bones (Sky Living, 9pm) Season 11 of the U.S crime drama. Starring Emily Deschanel & David Boreanaz. (1/22)TUESDAY 19thBarel > read more

Review: USA Network's COLONY

01/17/2016 08:55:00 AM

?????While movies tend to depict the spectacular, action-packed events of nasty aliens invading the planet (War of the Worlds, Independence Day), television drama often chooses to dramatise the aftermath—partly because it's cheaper that w > read more

HEROES REBORN, episode 12 - 'Company Woman'

01/17/2016 04:30:00 AM

Below is my weekly HEROES REBORN vidcap'd recap, looking at penultimate episode "Company Woman"...Firstly, oh that's how you spell it. I thought it was "heelie" or perhaps "heely", but it's actually an acronym: H.E.L.E. Now we just have to work out w > read more

Frame Rated: The 88th Academy Awards - 2016 Nominees

01/16/2016 04:28:00 AM

Over at Frame Rated yesterday: I've written a rundown of this year's big Oscar hopefuls, with a bit of commentary about the films and talent who missed out on being nominated by the Academy. Hope you enjoy it! Click here. > read more

Fox officially announce 24: LEGACY

01/15/2016 12:33:00 PM

It's 2006, right? No, it's 2016. I've checked my watch. But that hasn't stopped Fox turning back the clock today. They've announced the return of two defunct shows from their recent past, which we've been expecting to hear official confirmation of fo > read more

Review: TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW

01/13/2016 12:40:00 PM

Tracey Ullman is a British success story most Britons haven't heard of, or at best have long forgotten about. Once part of 1980s shows like A Kick Up the Eighties and Three of a Kind, Ullman famously emigrated to America and found huge success with T > read more

TV Picks: 11-17 January 2016 • Crashing • Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge • Gotham • The Getaway Car • The Knick • Room 101 • Shetland • Tracey Ullman's Show

01/11/2016 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 11thAll Hail the Veil (E4, 7.30pm) New series where three bridal boutiques compete to find a bride-to-be the dress of her dreams. (1 > read more

HEROES: REBORN, episode 11 - 'Send in the Clones'

01/09/2016 07:26:00 AM

After one of those excruciating and damaging "winter hiatuses" U.S TV often has, below is the first continuation of my weekly HEROES REBORN vidcap'd recaps, looking at "Send in the Clones"...Following the disappearance of Noah, Malina (Danika Yarosh) > read more

TALES FROM THE CRYPT returns; are we headed for anthology overload?

01/09/2016 05:00:00 AM

The marketplace is about to get very crowded, as U.S TV bosses remember how cool and popular the anthology genre once was... and could be again. I mean, given how many amazing television shows there are right now, jostling for your time, it's true th > read more

Review: MTV's THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES

01/08/2016 04:30:00 AM

?????Adapted from a trilogy of novels by author Terry Brooks, published between 1977-1985, The Shannara Chronicles is a lavish fantasy epic from MTV, written by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Those writers were also resp > read more

Interview: BEOWULF co-creator James Dormer

01/07/2016 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday, I interviewed screenwriter James Dormer, the co-creator of ITV's new fantasy drama BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS, for Frame Rated. Please head over there and have a read! If you already like the show, which started last Sunday, there > read more

Was SHERLOCK's 'The Abominable Bride' a marriage made in heaven?

01/06/2016 04:30:00 AM

I haven't reviewed the New Year's Day Sherlock special here, partly because Frank Collins did a thoroughly decent job of it for Frame Rated. I don't really have too much more to add. But I thought I'd say a few words, nevertheless, because I know som > read more

Frame Rated: 2016 Winter Film Preview

01/05/2016 04:30:00 AM

Head over to Frame Rated, where I've previewed 10 films that are premiering in the UK between now and late-March. The Hateful Eight, Batman v Superman, Creed, Kung Fu Panda 3, Goosebumps, and many more! Well, five more. Click here! > read more

TV Picks: 4-10 January 2016 • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D • Celebrity Big Brother • Jericho • Mr Selfridge • Siblings • Silent Witness • The Voice

01/04/2016 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 4thUndercover Boss USA (Channel 4, 10.30am) Series 5 of the U.S version of the show, where corporate bosses spend time amidst their > read more

Frame Rated: 2016 TV Preview

01/02/2016 09:36:00 AM

It's already slightly out-of-date because Sherlock aired yesterday, but here's a link to my '2016 TV Preview' feature at Frame Rated from a few days ago. 8 must-see television shows that are debuting (or returning after long absences) between now and > read more

TOAST OF LONDON and PEEP SHOW DVD winner!

12/29/2015 04:30:00 AM

Thanks if you entered my DVD competitions last week, to win copies of TOAST OF LONDON Series 3 and PEEP SHOW Series 9 on DVD. The winner is below:James McGalliard, London.Congratulations, James. I will inform the PR company offering these discs and t > read more

New Year TV Picks: 28 December 2015 – 3 January 2016 • Billionaire Boy • Charlie Brooker's End of the Year Review • Great Barrier Reef • Sherlock • TFI Friday: NYE Special

12/28/2015 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 28thHedgehog Hotel (ITV, 5.30pm) Wildlife special following a group of rescued hedgehogs.? Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (B > read more

DOCTOR WHO – 'The Husbands of River Song'

12/25/2015 12:30:00 PM

?????The worst Doctor Who Christmas specials are the ones that are impenetrable to casual audiences, because there's nothing worse than sitting around with your extended family on Christmas Day—expecting a fun, heartwarming fantasy advent > read more

Frame Rated: HOME ALONE • HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK

12/25/2015 04:30:00 AM

Merry Christmas! I reviewed the first two HOME ALONE movies yesterday at Frame Rated, so if you have a spare 5 minutes today maybe give it a read? Too busy playing with toys and eating turkey? OK, I understand. Bookmark for another day, it's fine! Ho > read more

Frame Rated: LUTHER - Series Four

12/24/2015 04:30:00 AM

Yesterday over at Frame Rated, I reviewed the two-part fourth series (or special) of the BBC crime drama LUTHER, with Idris Elba back as London's most haunted detective. And that's an accolade it's difficult to win, especially now River's on the beat > read more

Frame Rated: JESSICA JONES - Season One

12/23/2015 08:09:00 AM

Yesterday at Frame Rated, I reviewed the entirety of Netflix's new Marvel-produced series JESSICA JONES, starring Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Anne Moss. I know a few people have been curious to read my though > read more

Win TOAST OF LONDON Series 3 on DVD for Christmas!

12/23/2015 04:30:00 AM

The seasonal cheer just keeps on spreading! After giving away a DVD of Peep Show yesterday, I'm now giving away a DVD of TOAST OF LONDON Series 3 for one lucky reader, too!To win a copy of TOAST OF LONDON, Series 3, answer this question:What is the n > read more

Win PEEP SHOW Series 9 on DVD for Christmas!

12/22/2015 09:05:00 AM

If you're struggling for a last-minute Christmas gift idea, now's your chance to pickup a copy of an iconic Channel 4 comedy, absolutely free. I have a copy of PEEP SHOW Series 9 to give away to one lucky reader! It probably won't arrive for Christma > read more

The Best Television of 2015: 10 Honourable Mentions

12/22/2015 04:30:00 AM

I've counted down my favourite television shows of 2015, which you can read in full here, but thought I'd use the opportunity to mention the 10 outliers and explain the lack of UK shows.If I'd decided to do a Top 20 countdown, places 11-20 would look > read more

Christmas TV Picks: 21-27 December 2015 • And Then There Were None • Dickensian • Doctor Who • Downton Abbey • Fungus the Bogeyman • Walliams and Friends

12/21/2015 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 21stCue the Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech (BBC1, 7pm) Documentary on the history of the Queen's Speech every Christmas Day > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.1 - HBO's THE LEFTOVERS

12/20/2015 12:20:00 PM

Ex-cop Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), his girlfriend Nora (Carrie Coon), and daughter Jill (Margaret Qualley), move from New York to a world-famous town in Texas that didn't suffer any 'departures' during the inexplicable event four years ago, when 2 > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.2 - NBC's HANNIBAL

12/19/2015 12:00:00 PM

FBI consultant Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) pursues exposed cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) across Europe, joined by outside forces with nastier intentions, before working on a case involving a man called Francis Dolarhyde who bel > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.3 - FX's FARGO

12/18/2015 12:00:00 PM

Set around Luverne, Minnesota, Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls in 1979, season 2 followed beautician Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband, butcher Ed (Jesse Plemons), in their attempt to cover up the hit-and-run murder of Rye Gerhardt > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.4 - AMC's BETTER CALL SAUL

12/17/2015 12:00:00 PM

Set several years before the events of Breaking Bad, we follow the early exploits of lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) before he became 'Saul Goodman', involving his complex relationship with his mentally-unbalanced brother (Michael McKean)...What m > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.5 - Netflix's DAREDEVIL

12/16/2015 12:00:00 PM

Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox), a young lawyer blinded by chemicals as a boy, is secretly able to perceive the world thanks to a heightened super-sense, and operates as a vigilante to save Hell's Kitchen from a turf war being won by a burly gangster call > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.6 - HBO's GAME OF THRONES

12/15/2015 12:00:00 PM

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) deals with a revolt in the liberated city of Meereen, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) flees King's Landing to try and win the approval of the Khaleesi, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) plots to overthrow the Bolton's on > read more

Trailer: STAR TREK BEYOND

12/14/2015 15:23:00 PM

Let me restate my 'Trekking' background, for those unaware. I'm a huge Star Trek fan. Not dress-like-a-Klingon huge, or even house-filled-with-merchandise huge, but I've seen all of the shows and films since being introduced to it as a boy in the mid > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.7 - Starz's OUTLANDER

12/14/2015 12:00:00 PM

A post-WWII nurse called Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels back in time to 17th-century Scotland while holidaying in the Highlands with her husband, where she meets a dashing young highlander called Jamie (Scott Heughan) and her spouse's sadistic Red > read more

TV Picks: 14-20 December 2015 • Bear Goes Wild • Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass • Luther • Sound of Music: Live • Text Santa

12/14/2015 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 14th? Back in Time for Christmas Dinner (BBC2, 9pm) New series where a family experience Christmas from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. > read more

Trailer: INDEPENDENCE DAY - RESURGENCE

12/13/2015 15:46:00 PM

I was a big fan of Independence Day back when it was released in the summer of 1996, mostly for the large-scale spectacle and tongue-in-cheek fun it delivered. There had been plenty of alien invasion before then, but none with its level of realism. I > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.8 - Showtime's PENNY DREADFUL

12/13/2015 12:00:00 PM

A coven of witches set their sights on Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) and psychic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), bringing great danger to the members of their occult clique. Meanwhile, Dr Frankenstein's sorrowful creation (Rory Kinnear) demands a mate, and > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.9 - The CW's THE FLASH

12/12/2015 12:00:00 PM

A young forensic analyst called Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) becomes 'the fastest man alive' after a laboratory explosion endows him with super-powers, prompting him to fight crime and keep his city safe from other 'meta-humans' with more sinister agen > read more

The Best Television of 2015: No.10 - Netflix's JESSICA JONES

12/11/2015 09:49:00 AM

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a superhero-turned-private-investigator, blessed with incredible strength, who must use her powers and detective skills to catch the shadowy Kilgrave (David Tennant); a supervillain from her tragic past with the frig > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.10 - 'I Live Here Now'

12/09/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's the finale of THE LEFTOVERS' magnificent second season, so please click through to Frame Rated for my review... and perhaps even leave a comment or share with your friends? I'd appreciate it!Here ends one of television's finest seasons, and a re > read more

TV Picks: 7-13 December 2015 • Hunderby • Prey • The Royal Variety Performance • Tripped • That's So Last Century

12/07/2015 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 7th? Las Vegas with Trevor McDonald (ITV, 9pm) New documentary series where the broadcaster explores the famous U.S gambling capit > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.12 – 'Hell Bent'

12/06/2015 04:30:00 AM

?????If last week's Doctor Who was Steven Moffat at his cleverest, finale "Hell Bent" saw him at his most exasperating. It exhibited a common problem: an abundance of intriguing ideas and scenes, incoherently told. The opening stretch of th > read more

Trailer breakdown: BATMAN v SUPERMAN - DAWN OF JUSTICE

12/04/2015 10:38:00 AM

The new BATMAN v SUPERMAN - DAWN OF JUSTICE trailer hit the net yesterday, so I've taken a little look. (May not contain entirely accurate, serious information.)Bruce Wayne attends a swanky party in a classic car. But did you notice that Bruce is dri > read more

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.9 - 'Ten Thirteen'

12/02/2015 04:30:00 AM

It's time for another Wednesday link to my latest THE LEFTOVERS review at Frame Rated, the penultimate "Ten Thirteen" with an emphasis on what Meg's been up to. Please read, comment, and share!It's the penultimate instalment of The Leftovers season 2 > read more

It's official! Peter Jackson is directing an episode of DOCTOR WHO!

11/30/2015 10:20:00 AM

It's been nothing but a rumour for awhile now, stemming from the fact Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but the video above confirms things: the Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker is going to be directing an > read more

TV Picks: 30 November – 6 December 2015 • Ash vs. Evil Dead • At Christmas • The Murder Detectives • This is Tottenham

11/30/2015 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 World's Most Famous Train (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, which has operated fo > read more

DOCTOR WHO, 9.11 – 'Heaven Sent'

11/29/2015 04:37:00 AM

?????While ironically resembling a hybrid of Fort Boyard and Cube at times, "Heaven Sent" was a magnificent hour of sci-fi and easily the best episode of Doctor Who this year. I'd rate it within the best three Peter Capaldi era hours, too > read more



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