MSN TV: Channel 4's FARGO, 1.1 - 'The Crocodile's Dilemma'

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MSN TV: Channel 4's FARGO, 1.1 - 'The Crocodile's Dilemma'

04/21/2014 04:42:00 AM

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the excellent TV adaptation of the 1996 film FARGO, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, which had its UK premiere on Channel 4 last night...We're seeing a good deal of big-screen properties transfer to

Easter TV Picks: 21-27 April 2014 (Derek, Game Face, Jamaica Inn, Tommy Cooper, Trying Again, Vera, Warren United, etc.)

04/21/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens...EASTER MONDAY24 Hours on Earth (BBC1, 7pm) Documentary examining how the position of the Sun over a day changes and affects the behaviour of animals and plants

Review: BBC1's THE GUESS LIST

04/20/2014 04:44:00 AM

As everyone will tell you, BBC1's new Saturday night celebrity gameshow The Guess List is a blatant rip-off of Blankety Blank. It resembles that long-running show so much that I'm surprised they didn't just revive Blankety Blank once again, with a fe

HANNIBAL, 2.8 – 'Su-zakana'

04/19/2014 07:49:00 AM

written by Scott Nimerfo, Bryan Fuller & Steve Lightfoot | directed by Vincenzo NataliAfter a very serialised and fast-paced run of episodes, it's reasonable for Hannibal to have a slower transitional episode in "Su-zakana"—which went back to the s

COMMUNITY, 5.13 – 'Basic Sandwich' (Part 2)

04/18/2014 06:23:00 AM

written by Ryan Ridley | directed by Rob SchrabThis was potentially the last ever episode of Community; but that's been true of almost every season finale, so despite notably low ratings this year I'm optimistic it will return somehow and somewhere.

MSN TV: Sky Atlantic's MAD MEN, 7.1 - 'Time Zones'

04/17/2014 10:18:00 AM

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the seventh and final season premiere of AMC's 1960s drama MAD MEN, which made its UK bow on Sky Atlantic last night...I sometimes hear complaints that not much changes in Mad Men, but I think that's very unfair. I

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.10 & 5.11 – 'Into the Woods' & 'Triangle'

04/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

XANDER: But you missed the point. You shut down, Buffy. And you've been treating Riley like the rebound guy. When he's the one that comes along once in a lifetime. He's never held back with you. He's risked everything. And you're about to let him fly

HANNIBAL, 2.7 – 'Yakimono'

04/15/2014 10:50:00 AM

written by Steve Lightfoot & Bryan Fuller | directed by Michael RymerThe second phase of this season is most definitely under way, with the stunning "Yakimono" sending the narrative veering down another unexpected path. The discovery that FBI rookie

COMMUNITY, 5.12 – 'Basic Story' (Part 1)

04/14/2014 11:41:00 AM

written by Carol Kolb | directed by Jay ChandrasekharLike most two-part episodes, it feels unfair reviewing the first half without seeing the second. "Basic Story" is potentially the last adventure for the study group (in the wake of dismal ratings,

Easter TV Picks: 14-20 April 2014 (Fargo, Intelligence, Mad Men, Only Connect, Twin Towns, etc.)

04/14/2014 10:25:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, premiering/returning to UK screens this Easter week...MONDAY 14thRestaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester (BBC2, 8pm) New documentary series following chefs Simon Rogan and Aiden Byrne as they tr

Intermission: 12-14 April

04/12/2014 04:00:00 AM

Sorry, I'm on a weekend break, so reviews of Community and Hannibal will again be delayed. Next week's TV Picks may also go up Monday afternoon instead. I'm sure you'll all survive without me...

THE TRUMAN SHOW: the television show

04/11/2014 04:30:00 AM

Peter Weir's masterpiece The Truman Show is being developed into an actual television show; which makes sense in some respects, but also feels like an oddly pointless endeavour. If you're somehow unaware, the 1998 sci-fi drama concerned a man called

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.8 & 5.9 – 'Shadow' & 'Listening to Fear'

04/10/2014 03:50:00 AM

XANDER: Am I right, Giles?GILES: I'm almost certain you're not. But, to be fair, I wasn't listening.This felt like an important episode for the season, but it wasn't one I was completely swept along with. I did enjoy seeing the situation with Buffy (

Review: HBO's SILICON VALLEY, 1.1 – 'Minimum Viable Product'

04/09/2014 12:45:00 PM

written by John Altschuler, Dave Krinskey & Mike Judge | directed by Mike JudgeCuriously, I've never liked Mike Judge's animated hits (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill), but have enjoyed most of his flop live-action efforts (Office Space, Idiocrac

MSN TV: Sky Atlantic's GAME OF THRONES, 4.1 - 'Two Swords'

04/08/2014 10:31:00 AM

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the fourth season premiere of HBO's GAME OF THRONES, which was simulcast early Monday morning on Sky Atlantic...Now firmly established as a fine piece of TV drama and impressive feat of transnational production, Ga

TV Picks: 7-13 April 2014 (Britain's Got Talent, The Call Centre, Game of Thrones, The Guess List, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies, etc.)

04/07/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 7thEscape to the Continent (BBC2, 6.30pm) New series about British people planning to move to Europe. Hosted by Nicki Chapman. (1/20)Great Brit

British Children's TV Shows that Deserve to Become Movies

04/06/2014 08:54:00 AM

Gerry Anderson's seminal marionette epic Thunderbirds became a live-action flop in 2004, and this summer's CGI Postman Pat should be returned to sender (based on the ghastly trailer), but surely there are some fantastic British children's shows that

Syfy picks up 12 MONKEYS

04/06/2014 04:35:00 AM

Syfy have ordered 12 episodes of a television series based on Terry Gilliam's 1995 sci-fi movie 12 Monkeys (itself based on the French short movie La Jetée). The pilot (written by Nikita's Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett) has already been filmed, s

HANNIBAL, 2.6 – 'Futamono'

04/05/2014 09:19:00 AM

written by Andy Black, Bryan Fuller, Scott Nimerfo & Steve Lightfoot (story by Andy Black) | directed by Tim HunterComing halfway through the second season, it's fitting that "Futamono" changes the narrative in keys way—even if a few of them probab

COMMUNITY, 5.11 – 'G.I Jeff'

04/04/2014 14:09:00 PM

I admired "G.I Jeff" more than I enjoyed it, and a lot of that was down to one simple thing: G.I Joe™ wasn't part of my childhood, and that's likely true of my fellow Britons (we played with Action Man™). While this was clearly a very loving pas

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.7 – 'Fool for Love' & ANGEL, 2.7 - 'Darla'

04/03/2014 04:30:00 AM

SPIKE: Lesson the second: ask the right questions. You wanna know how I beat 'em? The question isn't how'd I win. The question is, why'd they lose?Spike (James Marsters) has been one of the trickier characters to handle, ever since the writers decide

It's April, and I'm watching...

04/02/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's impossible to review everything I watch on a daily basis these days, so here are my broad thoughts on the TV shows I'm still watching every week, have started queueing on my TiVo, or have sadly dropped from regular viewing, as of 2 April...I'm w

Finale review: AMC's THE WALKING DEAD - season 4

04/01/2014 04:00:00 AM

The Walking Dead still isn't a show I feel compelled to write about episodically, but it's much better than it used to be. Every season of the show has improved the formula in certain areas, and this fourth year certainly delivered more zombies and s

TV Picks: 31 March – 6 April 2014 (About a Boy, Bates Motel, Crimson Field, Da Vinci's Demons, Graham Norton Show, New Worlds, The Trip to Italy, etc.)

03/31/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 31st? Our Gay Wedding: The Musical (Channel 4, 10pm) Coverage of the UK's first same-sex weddings, which became legal a few days ago.TUESDAY 1st?

HANNIBAL, 2.5 – 'Muk?zuke'

03/29/2014 08:04:00 AM

written by Ayanna A. Floyd, Steve Lightfoot & Bryan Fuller | directed by Michael RymerAnother terrific episode, as the fallout of Dr Katz's descent into Lecter's (Mads Mikkelsen) cellar-dungeon inspired big changes in Wills (Hugh Dancy) plan to prove

MSN TV: Watch's BELIEVE

03/28/2014 11:42:00 AM

Today over at MSN TV: I've reviewed the premiere of NBC's BELIEVE, which had its UK premiere on Watch last night...There was a time when having J.J Abrams name attached to anything was a guarantee of quality, but those days appear to be behind us. At

Teaser: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

03/28/2014 05:30:00 AM

I don't mind admitting I was a pretty big fan of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles back in the late-'80s and early-'90s (yes, the UK censor replaced the world Ninja from the title*) I'm not alone in this because the cartoon was a real phenomenon of the

ANGEL, 2.5 & 2.6 – 'Dear Boy' & 'Guise Will Be Guise'

03/27/2014 05:30:00 AM

DARLA: But I'm still me. I remember everything, Angel. Everything we did, everything we can do.Angel follows Buffy the Vampire Slayer's lead in demystifying its biggest mystery suspiciously early in the season, as "DEAR BOY" disclosed the return of e

Sky to simulcast GAME OF THRONES season 4 premiere

03/26/2014 05:30:00 AM

I'm a fan of Game of Thrones, but I won't be staying up until 0100hrs on Monday morning to watch the fourth season premiere. During their launch of the popular fantasy drama, Sky announced that the first episode will be simulcast with HBO's East Coas

Trailer: 24 - LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Full)

03/26/2014 04:30:00 AM

Fox have released a full trailer for the return of 24 in the "event series" Live Another Day, which gives us a much clearer look at the storyline and some of the new characters. They're not reinventing the wheel here, as it involved an assassination

HANNIBAL, 2.3 & 2.4 – 'Hassun' & 'Takiawase'

03/25/2014 05:30:00 AM

"I've given my life to death" - Jack CrawfordHannibal turns into a court room drama for "Hassun", as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) gets his chance to plead his innocence to a judge and jury—or, at least to begin with, his insanity. The writers obviously

TV Picks: 24-30 March 2014 (Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Believe, Endeavour, Great Barrier Reef, Masterchef, Rev, The Voice Louder on Two, etc.)

03/24/2014 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 24thThe Voice Louder on Two (BBC2, 6.30pm) New companion series to The Voice now it's begun its live shows. Hosted by Zoe Ball. (1/10)My Spiral

COMMUNITY, 5.10 – 'Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'

03/23/2014 13:35:00 PM

written by Matt Roller | directed by Joe RussoThis was a decent sequel to the all-time classic "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" from season 2 (when the show was arguably at its creative peak), and yet obviously didn't quite manage to surpass it. Some th

Dan's Media Digest is 8 years young

03/20/2014 07:00:00 AM

It's a little mind-boggling to realise Dan's Media Digest is 8 years old today. It honestly feels like only yesterday I was surprised it had lasted 3 years (without me getting bored or losing patience), and had actually started to accrue some regular

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.5 & 5.6 – 'No Place Like Home' & 'Family'

03/20/2014 05:30:00 AM

WILLOW: I can't help it. I just have all this involuntary empathy for Dawn, 'cos she's, you know, a big spaz.I wasn't expecting "false sister" Dawn's (Michelle Trachtenberg) mystery to be explained this early, and in some respects I'm disappointed be

TV Picks: 17-23 March 2014 (Louis Theroux's LA Stories, Parkinson: Masterclass, Sport Relief, W1A, The Widower, etc.)

03/17/2014 05:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable TV shows debuting/returning to UK screens this week...MONDAY 17thOnly Connect (BBC4, 8.30pm) Sport Relief special of the tough mental quiz. Celebrity contestants are Joshua Levine, Charlie Brooker, Val McDermid,

Intermission: 17-23 March

03/16/2014 07:00:00 AM

It's time for another short break!As long-term readers will know, this means less daily blogging (between 17 and 23 March), although I won't rule out finding time and the inclination to review something, or post a bit of cool news. The only certainti

COMMUNITY, 5.9 – 'VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing'

03/15/2014 04:53:00 AM

written by Donald Diego | directed by Tristram ShapeeroI liked this episode, although it was my least favourite of season 5 so far. I didn't find either storyline very involving or hilarious, but everything rolled along pleasantly and (for those in-t

Pilot review: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN – THE SERIES

03/14/2014 06:00:00 AM

Back when writer-director Quentin Tarantino was riding high on the double-whammy success of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, he teamed up with Desperado director Robert Rodriguez for a Tex-Mex B-movie that was half fugitive gangster film and half bon

INSIDE NO. 9, 1.6 – 'The Harrowing'

03/13/2014 08:30:00 AM

As the episode's title suggests, the final instalment of Inside No 9 was a straightforward horror with flashes of comedy. Considering how much of this series has felt like an evolution for Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's writing, thanks to the

ANGEL, 2.3 & 2.4 – 'First Impressions' & 'Untouched'

03/13/2014 06:00:00 AM

ANGEL: Why are you so good to me after everything I did?DARLA: Because... you and I are one.It seems Angel Investigations are using the once-haunted Hyperion Hotel as their new base of operations, which certainly gives the show a cool new interior to

Amazon announce their pilot-to-series commissions for 2014

03/12/2014 14:22:00 PM

I'm not sure why Amazon really bother with their annual pilots idea, where they produce 10 pilots (5 for adults, 5 for kids) and ask viewers to vote for the ones that will become full series orders. This year they released sci-fi mystery The After, f

MSN TV: BBC1's THE MICHAEL McINTYRE CHAT SHOW

03/11/2014 11:32:00 AM

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the premiere of THE MICHAEL McINTYRE CHAT SHOW, where the popular stand-up comedian hopes to follow in the footsteps of Graham Norton, Alan Carr, and Jonathan Ross...I'm pleased there's a new face in the late night

TV Picks: 10-16 March 2014 (The Americans, Astronauts: Living in Space, Bang Goes the Theory, Law & Order UK, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Michael McIntyre Show, Shetland, etc.)

03/10/2014 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable shows premiering/returning to UK screens this week...MONDAY 10thFour in a Bed (Channel 4, 4.30pm) Series 8 of the reality gameshow where B&B owners stay in each other's places of business, and rate the accommoda

Trailer: 24 - LIVE ANOTHER DAY

03/09/2014 12:31:00 PM

Fox have released the first trailer for 24: Live Another Day (the miniseries "event series" revival of their popular action thriller), which sees Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) defeating terrorists in London during a diplomatic visit from the Preside

HANNIBAL, 2.2 – 'Sakizuki'

03/08/2014 08:35:00 AM

written by Jeff Vlaming & Bryan Fuller | directed by Tim HunterThe conclusion of the premiere's story was equally good and very satisfying; opening on one of the most horrifying sequences the show's ever done when kidnapped Roland Umber awoke in the

BBC axe BBC Three; youth channel to end transmission autumn 2015

03/08/2014 05:42:00 AM

Things happen fast in the world of entertainment. What started as rumours based on a brief comment from BBC Director General Tony Hall resulted in the loss of BBC Three days later. The digital channel that began life 11 years ago will shutdown in aut

Video: Can Anyone Understand TRUE DETECTIVE?

03/08/2014 05:26:00 AM

HBO's True Detective has made a name for itself because of its haunting strangeness and, well, occasionally unintelligible Southern accents. E!'s The Soup have nicely spoofed the latter, in a video starring Joel McHale (as Matthew McConaughey) and hi

COMMUNITY, 5.8 – 'App Development and Condiments'

03/07/2014 12:58:00 PM

written by Jordan Blum & Parker Deay | directed by Ron SchrabI've always loved how Community runs with an outrageous concept and somehow makes it feel oddly plausible. "App Development and Condiments" concerned the Yelp!-like beta-testing of an addic

INSIDE NO. 9, 1.5 – 'The Understudy'

03/06/2014 08:00:00 AM

written by Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith | directed by David KerrThe penultimate episode of Inside No9 felt like a companion piece to "Tom & Gerri" (only with Reece Shearsmith's character suffering a cruel ascendancy, instead of a miserable desc

ANGEL, 2.1 & 2.2 – 'Judgment' & 'Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been'

03/06/2014 05:00:00 AM

LORNE: Oh you know what I'm talking about. In this city you better learn to get along, 'cause L.A's got it all. The glamour and the grit, the big breaks and the heartaches, the sweet young lovers and the nasty, ugly, hairy fiends that suck out your b

LOST, TRUE DETECTIVE and TRUE BLOOD actors join NBC's CONSTANTINE

03/06/2014 04:00:00 AM

NBC already found their Constantine in Welsh actor Matt Ryan (avoiding the ire of comic-books who grumbled about an Americanisation of the character in the Keanu Reeves-starring movie), but now they've cast the other regulars...Harold Perrineau (Lost

Poll: should the BBC axe a digital channel to save money? [updated]

03/05/2014 13:42:00 PM

Update: this poll was extraordinarily badly-timed, unfortunately, as it now appears BBC Three is for the chop. Feel free to instead leave a comment about this.There's a rumour BBC3 or BBC4 will be axed soon, as the easiest and fastest way to recoup

It's March, so I'm watching...

03/04/2014 04:30:00 AM

It's impossible finding time to review everything I watch on a daily basis, so here are my broad thoughts on the TV shows I'm watching every week, started queueing on my TiVo, or have dropped from viewing, as of 3 March...I'm watching:The Americans

TV Picks: 3-9 March 2014 (37 Days, Gogglebox, King & Maxwell, Mary Berry Cooks, Rake, etc.)

03/03/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens this week...MONDAY 3rd? I Never Knew That About Britain (ITV, 8pm) New series unearthing fascinating facts and trivia about the UK. Presented by Paul Martin, Suzannah

Twitter'd: GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

03/02/2014 04:11:00 AM

Below is yesterday's live-tweet of childhood favourite GHOSTBUSTERS, inspired by the passing of writer-star Harold Ramis and the fact this supernatural comedy turns 30 this summer...[View the story "Twitter'd: GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)" on Storify]

HANNIBAL, 2.1 – 'Kaiseki'

03/01/2014 09:18:00 AM

written by Bryan Fuller & Steve Lightfoot | directed by Tim HunterI don't think many people expected a television prequel for the Hannibal Lecter franchise to work as brilliantly as it did, but NBC's Hannibal was one of the best dramas produced last

COMMUNITY, 5.7 – 'Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality'

03/01/2014 06:41:00 AM

written by Dan Guterman | directed by Tristram ShapeeroAfter a month's hiatus, Community returned with another good episode, although something of a patchwork of ideas thrown together. One thing I've noticed this year is how the show is giving a lot

MSN TV: BBC1's JONATHAN CREEK - 'The Letters of Septimus Noone'

03/01/2014 05:20:00 AM

Today over at MSN TV: I've reviewed the series return of BBC1's long-running 'whodunit' JONATHAN CREEK, starring Alan Davies & Sarah Alexander...Last year's Jonathan Creek Easter special was terribly clichéd and spoiled by a ludicrous explanation so

I ain't afraid of no ghost, so I'll be live-tweeting GHOSTBUSTERS tomorrow!

02/28/2014 13:09:00 PM

Hastened by the fact Harold Ramis sadly passes away this week, I'm going to live-tweet the film that defined him for my generation: Ghostbusters. He was arguably involved in more revolutionary films (Animal House) and one better film (Groundhog Day),

Script report: GOTHAM; it may not have Batman, but could it still have wings?

02/28/2014 04:30:00 AM

I've read the pilot script of Fox's new Batman prequel drama, Gotham. This was the 'second revised network draft' (dated 31 Jan '14), so I'm sure it's gone through some changes since then. Rob Bricken at io9 wrote a spoiler-filled review of this scri

INSIDE NO. 9, 1.4 – 'Last Gasp'

02/27/2014 10:50:00 AM

written by Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith | directed by David KerrThere was a wonderfully twisted idea at the heart of "Last Gasp", but it wasn't enough to spur push this half-hour to great comic or dramatic heights. The set-up was sublime, the c

Goodbye LOVEFiLM, hello Amazon

02/27/2014 07:00:00 AM

LOVEFiLM became Amazon Prime Instant Video yesterday, and my account was transferred automatically. I can't really complain, as Amazon's website is more intuitive and navigable than LOVEFiLM's ever was. My monthly subscription charge also hasn't chan

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.3 & 5.4 – 'The Replacement' & 'Out of My Mind'

02/27/2014 05:00:00 AM

XANDER: Yeah, maybe it's definitely time to start lookin' for a new place. Something a little nicer. Buffy, you've been to Hell, they had one-bedrooms, right?As I mentioned in my preamble last week, fifth seasons can be a time when you start to notic

Trailer: GODZILLA; destroying $#!t for your entertainment this summer

02/26/2014 04:30:00 AM

I think my most anticipated "summer movie" is now GODZILLA, which is surprising given how the last remake of this Japanese pop-icon was Roland Emmerich's poorly-received 1998 effort. (The one that decided to make the eponymous monster resemble a rept

HELIX pulled off-air by Channel 5

02/25/2014 04:00:00 AM

Syfy's contagion drama Helix hasn't attracted many viewers in the UK, where the show airs Monday nights on Channel 5. Or rather, did air on Monday nights. It's now been unceremoniously yanked off-air (mid-season) to return "later in the year", demote

RIP Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

02/24/2014 12:41:00 PM

I only write obituaries for showbiz talents that meant something to me, in some way, and so here's one for the multi-talented Harold Ramis. He was best-known for his role as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and its 1989 sequel, which he wrote wit

TV Picks: 24 February – 2 March 2014 (Bluestone 42, Hair, Jonathan Creek, Revolution, Silk, etc.)

02/24/2014 03:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, returning/premiering on UK screens...MONDAY 24thRevenge of the Egghead (BBC2, 6pm) New quiz show where five contestants compete against notorious egghead CJ de Mooi. Hosted by Jeremy Vine. (1/30)

MSN TV: Sky Atlantic's TRUE DETECTIVE

02/23/2014 04:04:00 AM

Over at MSN TV: I've reviewed the premiere of HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two detectives on the trail of a serial killer in mid-'90s Louisiana, which debuted in the UK on Sky Atlantic last night. (This is

NBC order HEROES REBORN

02/23/2014 03:56:00 AM

NBC have announced the return of their superhero drama Heroes, which was cancelled in 2010 after four seasons. Creator Tim Kring will return to produce HEROES REBORN; a 13-episode "event miniseries" scheduled to air in 2015.Jennifer Salke, NBC's Ente

LOVEFiLM Instant re-branded as Amazon Prime Instant Video

02/21/2014 11:16:00 AM

The US-owned Amazon bought the UK's LOVEFiLM service in 2011, but now the two services are starting to merge in the wake of Netflix's phenomenal success in the UK and Germany.Amazon Prime and LOVEFiLM will amalgamate on 26 February, to create a Prime

Premiere review: Sky1's THE SMOKE

02/21/2014 04:30:00 AM

There's hasn't been a fire-fighting drama worth getting excited about since ITV's London's Burning was extinguished in 2002 (after a 14-year run), but Sky have decided to fill this gap in the UK schedules with slick new series The Smoke, from the mak

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, 5.1 & 5.2 – 'Buffy vs. Dracula' & 'Real Me'

02/20/2014 07:00:00 AM

DRACULA: Do you know why you cannot resist?BUFFY: 'Cause you're famous?Whenever a US TV show reaches its fifth season, it's a worrying time for the audience. This is often the moment when a good show (that found its identity and an appreciative audie

INSIDE NO. 9, 1.3 – 'Tom & Gerri'

02/20/2014 04:30:00 AM

After three episodes, it's clear Inside No.9 is largely defined by restrictions. As each episodes takes us behind the door of various residences, this is perhaps to be expected. It's given the show a theatrical feel (as every instalment could be perf

Trailer: Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Trailer 1)

02/20/2014 03:30:00 AM

When will the wheels come off Marvel's billion-$ wagon? They've been cranking out hit after hit since 2008's Iron Man, and even the lesser films (Thor, Captain America) and sequels (Iron Man 2) have turned a big profit. And if there's ever a serious

Pilot review: The CW's STAR-CROSSED

02/19/2014 04:00:00 AM

written by Meredith Averill | directed by Gary FlederThe title may refer to a Shakespearian quote from Romeo & Juliet, but The CW's new romantic sci-fi drama is clearly more indebted to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and the network's own Beauty & the Be

Letterboxd: ROBOCOP (1987); RUSH (2013); THE PURGE (2013)

02/18/2014 04:30:00 AM

????? (out of five)I bore people with this story, but ROBOCOP is a formative movie for me because of the sequence where blue-eyed cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) has his body torn apart by gunfire from a group of howling, reprobate criminals

TV Picks: 17-23 February 2014 (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Arrow, Brit Awards, Doll & Em, Moone Boy, The Smoke, True Detective, etc.)

02/17/2014 04:30:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, returning/premiering to UK screens...MONDAY 17thThe British Immigration Row: Live (Channel 5, 8pm) Live studio debate about immigration.Modern Family (Sky1, 8pm) Season 5 of the US sitcom. Starring

Sponsored video: MACHETE KILLS

02/17/2014 03:30:00 AM

Remember that fake trailer for "Mexploitation" thriller Machete, which originally played between Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (double-billed as a modern-day "Grindhouse" movie-going experience, which flopped in

TV News: DIG, DOWNTON ABBEY, LONDON SPY, PEAKY BLINDERS

02/16/2014 04:41:00 AM

Tim Kring (Heroes) has a new TV project in development called DIG, which will star Jason Isaacs (Awake). Kring's output since Heroes season 1 has been shaky at best (anyone remember Touch?), but he's partnered with Gideon Raff (originator of Homeland

DOCTOR WHO in 3D: 'The Day of The Doctor' revisited

02/15/2014 08:23:00 AM

I recently treated myself to a 47" 3D television, and have naturally been trying out some 3D content at home. Someone already bought me The Hobbit 3D Blu-ray, but I also bought cheap 3D demo discs from eBay, and couldn't resist buying 3D Pacific Rim

Trailer: Showtime's PENNY DREADFUL

02/15/2014 04:00:00 AM

Showtime have teased us for weeks, but here's the full-length trailer for their upcoming "psychosexual horror show" PENNY DREADFUL. This stars Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Slevin) and Eva Green (Casino Royale), in a story that finds various 'classic m

Question: I still think Netflix's business model is overrated, don't you?

02/14/2014 04:00:00 AM

It's a year since Netflix released the first season of House of Cards, and it was most people's first experience with their unique business model: simultaneous, instantaneous, global distribution of every episode to subscribers. It was a game-changer

TV News: The CW renewals, GOTHAM casting, TRUE DETECTIVE, BBC America's Robin Hood drama NOTTINGHAM, David Fincher's UTOPIA remake

02/14/2014 03:30:00 AM

In wholly expected news, The CW have renewed superhero drama ARROW for a third season. Other hits like The Vampire Diaries, its spin-off The Originals, Supernatural, and Mary Queen of Scots period drama Reign will also be back next season. [via Digit

INSIDE NO. 9, 1.2 – 'A Quiet Night In'

02/13/2014 12:32:00 PM

written by Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith | directed by David KerrIt's fair to say the most popular episode of Psychoville (certainly the most inventive) was episode 4 of series 1, which appeared to be filmed in one long continuous take (although

MSN TV: BBC2's LINE OF DUTY (series 2)

02/13/2014 10:20:00 AM

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the return of BBC2's cop drama LINE OF DUTY, which has Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes) and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) joining the cast.British TV has a habit of recommissioning dramas that appeared to have a li

MSN TV: ITV's MIDSOMER MURDERS - 'The Killings of Copenhagen'

02/13/2014 10:19:00 AM

Over at MSN today: I've reviewed the special 100th episode of ITV 'whodunut?' MIDSOMER MURDERS, which involved a case that took the detectives to Denmark's capital Copenhagen, home of The Killing...Midsomer Murders is one of those workhorse dramas th

Letterboxd: THE LONE RANGER (2013); ROOM 237 (2013); ELYSIUM (2013)

02/12/2014 10:26:00 AM

???½ (out of five)The PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN "dream team" reassemble for another attempt to transform iffy source material into box-office gold, despite most modern Westerns not clicking with mass audiences.Many of POTC's ingredients are pre

TV News: 24, ITV's CHASING SHADOWS, BBC3's CUCKOO & Fox's GOTHAM

02/12/2014 04:00:00 AM

Judy Davis quit 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY last week, but it's now been revealed the Australian actress has been replaced by Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones, above-right). She will now play Margo, the British widow of an infamous terrori

Buffyverse catchups returning soon

02/11/2014 05:30:00 AM

I know many of you have been enjoying my occasional catch-ups of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, ongoing since August 2012, during which time I've digested a combined total of five seasons. They're relatively short, off-the-cuff reviews, written

MSN TV: Fox's THE WALKING DEAD, 4.9 - 'After'

02/11/2014 03:16:00 AM

Over at MSN TV: I've reviewed the mid-season premiere of AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, which premiered in the UK on Fox last night (just 24-hours after its US bow).'After' was a far quieter episode than anticipated, but that felt right given the chaos and

MSN TV: Channel 4's BABYLON

02/10/2014 10:23:00 AM

Today over at MSN TV: I've reviewed the feature-length Danny Boyle-directed comedy-drama BABYLON, starring James Nesbitt, Brit Marling, Paterson Joseph, Jill Halfpenny & Jonny Sweet.Anything written by Bafta-winning Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain (Peep

TV Picks: 10-16 February 2014 (House of Cards, Line of Duty, Nurse Jackie, Fleming, WPC 56, Southland, Suspects, Troy, Walking Dead, etc.)

02/10/2014 04:00:00 AM

Below are my picks of the week's most notable shows, premiering/returning to UK screens...MONDAY 10thWPC 56 (BBC1, 2.15pm) Series 2 of the cop drama about the first female constable in her West Midlands hometown, back in 1956. Starring Jennie Jacques

TV News: DMZ, GOTHAM, THE MUSKETEERS, PREACHER

02/09/2014 08:25:00 AM

Comic books seem to be the main source of inspiration in television right now (blame The Walking Dead), so it's no surprise that DC are attempting to bring Brian Wood's 72-issue comic DMZ to life on Syfy. This story was set in a near-future New York

Pilot reviews: Amazon's MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, THE REBELS & TRANSPARENT

02/09/2014 04:45:00 AM

I've already reviewed Chris Carter's THE AFTER and detective drama BOSCH (Amazon's 2014 pilots that most appealed to me in terms of concept and the talent involved), but wanted to briefly cover the remaining three...Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom),

Pilot review: Amazon's BOSCH

02/08/2014 04:09:00 AM

written by Michael Connelly & Eric Overmyer (based on characters and novels created by Michael Connelly) | directed by Jim McKayI've never even heard of author Michael Connelly's LAPD detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (Titus Welliver), who's starred

Pilot review: Amazon's THE AFTER

02/07/2014 04:30:00 AM

written & directed by Chris CarterChris Carter was the golden boy of '90s TV after creating The X Files, but never delivered a follow-up to equal its success with the mainstream. The closest he came was with crime drama Millennium, but even that only

Amazon reveal 2014 pilots

02/06/2014 10:57:00 AM

Last year, Amazon attempted to outdo Netflix by launching their own original content, but with a key difference. Netflix make shows based on interrogating their subscriber's data (House of Cards was famously made because lots of people watched Kevin

MSN TV: BBC2's INSIDE NO. 9

02/06/2014 10:22:00 AM

Over at MSN TV today: I've reviewed the premiere of Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton's new anthology horror-comedy, INSIDE NO 9. Can the duo behind Psychoville pull off another success, without their League of Gentlemen cohorts?Inside No 9 contains

TV News: 24 – LIVE ANOTHER DAY, AMERICAN GODS, HOUSE OF CARDS, SCROTAL RECALL

02/06/2014 04:30:00 AM

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY has been assembling an interesting cast, but one of its biggest "gets" has decided to quit. Australian actress Judy Davis (due to play the British widow of an infamous terrorist) has decided to leave the show, citing "personal re

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