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Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Post by Phil Reynolds » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:22 am

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Has anyone else here been watching Dispatches From Elsewhere?
I guess that's a no then. 8-)

Now it's finished I'm not much wiser as to what it was all about, but it was imaginative, thought-provoking and I enjoyed the ride. Also, the soundtrack featured some great original music, of which this is a standout example.

Meanwhile, having started two weeks ago, I'm three seasons in to Schitt's Creek and absolutely loving it. Somebody called it "Breaking Good" which sums it up pretty neatly. The last episode of season 2 (the one with the anniversary dinner) has joined the finale of Blackadder Goes Forth and Inside No. 9's The Twelve Days of Christine on my list of the finest TV episodes of all time.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:43 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:22 am
Phil Reynolds wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:52 pm
Has anyone else here been watching Dispatches From Elsewhere?
I guess that's a no then. 8-)

Now it's finished I'm not much wiser as to what it was all about, but it was imaginative, thought-provoking and I enjoyed the ride. Also, the soundtrack featured some great original music, of which this is a standout example.

Meanwhile, having started two weeks ago, I'm three seasons in to Schitt's Creek and absolutely loving it. Somebody called it "Breaking Good" which sums it up pretty neatly. The last episode of season 2 (the one with the anniversary dinner) has joined the finale of Blackadder Goes Forth and Inside No. 9's The Twelve Days of Christine on my list of the finest TV episodes of all time.
Because we have never been so spoilt for choice and time to watch TV and box sets I have been giving shows a 4 episodes trial .
I tend to judge if it's worth sticking with or not by then.
I think the biggest test of that system recently was Dark (Netflix) . The subtitles kept making me tired but when I switched to dubs and the dubbing actors were reasonable did I start to properly get into it.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's the best Netflix show ever.
But it needs some concentration.
You certainly can't play with your phone whilst watching it. But I got round that by watching it on my phone 🙂
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Post by Ben Wilson » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:53 pm

Just finishing a binge watch of Black Books, having had the DVD on my shelf for at least ten years. Very funny show. :D

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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:01 pm

Finally got to the end of Derry Girls series 1. Excellent as ever, slightly odd ending, although I can understand why they did it.
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Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:25 am

Currently watching the weird but wonderful Lovecraft Country.
Great special effects and period setting.
It still jars me about the treatment of Afro-American in some parts of the USA in the fifties
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:02 am

I've recently finished watching series 3 of The Young Offenders on the iPlayer - the programme I watch because of the recommendations of Marc Meakin and Phil Reynolds.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:12 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:02 am
I've recently finished watching series 3 of The Young Offenders on the iPlayer - the programme I watch because of the recommendations of Marc Meakin and Phil Reynolds.
Is it any good as season 3 has passed me by for some reason?
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Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:12 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:02 am
I've recently finished watching series 3 of The Young Offenders on the iPlayer - the programme I watch because of the recommendations of Marc Meakin and Phil Reynolds.
Is it any good as season 3 has passed me by for some reason?
Yeah I'd say it's as good as the others. Watch it.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:06 am

Just started watching Battlestar Galactica. Got the two feature-length introductory episodes out of the way and about to start on the series proper. It's quite good so far.

Also: having finished all six seasons of Schitt's Creek, I'd have to say that it deserves every one of its record-breaking nine Emmys. Started off despising the characters and ended up having not cared about a group of fictional people so much in a long time. Discovering this joyous series was the single greatest silver lining of lockdown.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:08 am

Phil Reynolds wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:06 am
Just started watching Battlestar Galactica. Got the two feature-length introductory episodes out of the way and about to start on the series proper. It's quite good so far.

Also: having finished all six seasons of Schitt's Creek, I'd have to say that it deserves every one of its record-breaking nine Emmys. Started off despising the characters and ended up having not cared about a group of fictional people so much in a long time. Discovering this joyous series was the single greatest silver lining of lockdown.
Kudos to you for spotting Schitts Creek potential.
I have restarted season 1 as I have Netflix ADHD.
I have so many shows half watched and not even because they are no good (still to watch season 3 of both Dark and Stranger things).

I did however binge watch The Duchess written and starring Katherine Ryan.
Hilarious but not for the faint hearted
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:23 pm

Super Drags on Netflix (the English overdub).

Definitely not for children.
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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:29 pm

Avenue 5 was good fun, far from Excellent but definitely recommended for Iannucci fans.

Just gone through most of The Eric Andre Show which I quite enjoyed but absolutely would not recommend to any of you.

Recently finished second series of Atlanta. Kind of ambles around but perhaps all the more charming for it. Generally very good.

Half way through Gangs of London. Definitely one of the best British-produced TV shows I've watched in a while. Very stylish cinematography and whilst the dialogue and plot are occasionally a bit cliched, the action is second to none. Some of the most impressive fight/shootout sequences I've ever seen. Highly recommended if you have a stomach for tense violence.

Wasn't too long ago did the two seasons of American Gods. Very good overall although second season felt like it didn't really go anywhere, which makes it slightly hard to recommend.

Most recent completion (this post is, taken chronologically, absolutely horrible) was the first two (aka "only two" but fuck me I'm excited) seasons of Succession. Definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen. Definitely can recommend, especially to Phil I would think, who will no doubt appreciate the acting and the excellent characterisation. Who will you love? Who will you hate? Who will you love-hate? Not the sort of show I usually watch (based on general themes) but was recommended by a close friend who is into screenwriting and can see why. Really good.

Fargo season 4 just started but may do Raised by Wolves first.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:32 pm

Missed out Watchmen. Again, when it comes to top-level themes if you'd told me it was a "superheroes" show I would have steered clear. It was probably only the soundtrack work of Reznor and Finch that drew me in, and I'm glad it did as it was brilliant. Along with Succession probably the best 2 things I've seen this year (unless I'm forgetting some others).

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:34 am

Just binged season one of Utopia (2020) on Amazon Prime.
I really enjoyed it, it won't stand up in comparison to the UK version obviously but what TV Sci fi can ( OK, maybe Devs).
It managed to add an interesting subplot too.
John Cusack was excellent as the antagonist and Rainn Wilson is always watchable.
Give it a whirl although I see the UK version is on Prime so maybe watch that first
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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:56 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:29 pm
Avenue 5 was good fun, far from Excellent but definitely recommended for Iannucci fans.

Just gone through most of The Eric Andre Show which I quite enjoyed but absolutely would not recommend to any of you.

Recently finished second series of Atlanta. Kind of ambles around but perhaps all the more charming for it. Generally very good.

Half way through Gangs of London. Definitely one of the best British-produced TV shows I've watched in a while. Very stylish cinematography and whilst the dialogue and plot are occasionally a bit cliched, the action is second to none. Some of the most impressive fight/shootout sequences I've ever seen. Highly recommended if you have a stomach for tense violence.

Wasn't too long ago did the two seasons of American Gods. Very good overall although second season felt like it didn't really go anywhere, which makes it slightly hard to recommend.

Most recent completion (this post is, taken chronologically, absolutely horrible) was the first two (aka "only two" but fuck me I'm excited) seasons of Succession. Definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen. Definitely can recommend, especially to Phil I would think, who will no doubt appreciate the acting and the excellent characterisation. Who will you love? Who will you hate? Who will you love-hate? Not the sort of show I usually watch (based on general themes) but was recommended by a close friend who is into screenwriting and can see why. Really good.

Fargo season 4 just started but may do Raised by Wolves first.
I did watch the first episode of succession mainly because Jesse Armstrong wrote it and the writing and acting was top notch, but for me and this is probably just me, I cannot root for these odious characters and similarly to Wolf of Wall Street and Leo was superb in this unless I know there is a spiralling downward it would just make my blood boil to continue with this greed is good mantra.

I also hated Dallas too apart from when Jr got shot.

That's why I like Schitts Creek so much.
It's probably my socialism that prevents from enjoying these shows and films but I can at leady appreciate the craft that goes into it
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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:03 am

Queens Gambit (on Netflix)
A mini series about a female chess prodigy is definitely not in my wheelhouse but this mini-series is a joy to behold.
The directing and camerawork are amazing and the female lead is perfect.
The last episode is probably the best series finale I've seen in a very long time.
Cannot recommend this more highly
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Post by Phil Reynolds » Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:25 pm

Two episodes in and I'm enjoying the new season of The Crown, but I have to say I'm disappointed in Gillian Anderson as Thatcher. The voice is all wrong - it's as if she's trying too hard to do an impersonation, rather than just inhabiting the character in the way Jason Watkins did so beautifully last season as Harold Wilson. And, for a series with such an astronomical budget, you'd think they could have given her a more convincing wig.

On the plus side, she's nailed Thatcher's humourlessness and lack of empathy.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:14 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
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Two episodes in and I'm enjoying the new season of The Crown, but I have to say I'm disappointed in Gillian Anderson as Thatcher. The voice is all wrong - it's as if she's trying too hard to do an impersonation, rather than just inhabiting the character in the way Jason Watkins did so beautifully last season as Harold Wilson. And, for a series with such an astronomical budget, you'd think they could have given her a more convincing wig.

On the plus side, she's nailed Thatcher's humourlessness and lack of empathy.
Best Series so far for me.
Episode 3, Fairytale and 9, Avalanche are the stand out ones for me and only Fagan (5) was weak though still worth watching.
I'm currently watching the documentary series on Thatcher so I can say that Anderson portrayal was good but she is playing her more as her she appeared in the late eighties and its only in the final episode War where she truly shines as Thatcher.
Although I enjoyed it more as it was when things finally went sour for her.

All in all the best thing on Netflix this year closely followed by Queens Gambit
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:38 pm

I know The Crown isn't famed for historical accuracy but Thatcher apparently asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament to prevent her ousting would almost certainly never have happened. It wouldn't have stopped the process, it was an internal Conservative Party matter.
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Rhys Benjamin wrote:
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I know The Crown isn't famed for historical accuracy but Thatcher apparently asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament to prevent her ousting would almost certainly never have happened. It wouldn't have stopped the process, it was an internal Conservative Party matter.
Dramatic licence for certain.
It was great to see her squirm though
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Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:23 pm

I know I'm late to the party but I am watching The West Wing.
I am not a fan of American political dramas but this is exceptional the writing is top notch from Aaron Sorkin and the cast is superb.
I have whizzed through 2 seasons in less than a fortnight.
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Post by James Nguyen » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:51 am

Just finished Dark; still pissed off at that ending.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:28 pm

James Nguyen wrote:
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Just finished Dark; still pissed off at that ending.
Still got to watch season 3.
Is it not worth watching then?
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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:21 am

Watching the West Wing.
I can no longer call this the best show I have never watched..
I'm not sure why I didn't even try to watch this first time round, although as I remember the late 1990s was probably the period I was working hardest.

Just binge watched the first 2 seasons ( 40 odd episodes) in 10 days, would have been more but more 4 makes you watch 10 to 15 minutes of ads each episode.
My favourite episode has to be the Season 2 finale 2 Cathedrals.
Probably the best hour of US TV I've seen since the Ozymandius episode of Breaking Bad.
The Writing, acting and plotting is superb.
I am glad that I'm binging it now as I would have hated to wait for the cliff hanger season finales to be resolved
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Post by Jon O'Neill » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:10 am

Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes.
Queen's Gambit - pretty good.
The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher.

I'm re-watching Skins which I thought was amazing at the time. I was just the right age for seasons 1/2... I am now not the right age at all.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:35 am

Jon O'Neill wrote:
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Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes.
Queen's Gambit - pretty good.
The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher.

I'm re-watching Skins which I thought was amazing at the time. I was just the right age for seasons 1/2... I am now not the right age at all.
I was toying with watching Succession it ticks a lot of boxes.
Jesse Armstrong writing Brian Cox and Sara Snook.
But there is something about the excesses of wealth and greed that put me off.
But as I get older I have been watching more stuff that are not in my wheelhouse so maybe after I've finished The West Wing I will give it a go
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Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:35 am
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:10 am
Succession (both seasons but particularly the second) - outstandingly good. I stood up and applauded the TV at the end of some episodes.
Queen's Gambit - pretty good.
The Crown - only half way through but really enjoying this as an easy watch. And agree with Phil about Thatcher.

I'm re-watching Skins which I thought was amazing at the time. I was just the right age for seasons 1/2... I am now not the right age at all.
I was toying with watching Succession it ticks a lot of boxes.
Jesse Armstrong writing Brian Cox and Sara Snook.
But there is something about the excesses of wealth and greed that put me off.
But as I get older I have been watching more stuff that are not in my wheelhouse so maybe after I've finished The West Wing I will give it a go
How about The Wolf of Wall Street?

I don't particularly like the Royal Family but I am enjoying The Crown.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:55 pm

Wolf of Wall Street I loathed and yet I can appreciate how well made it was and DiCaprio deserved an Oscar for his performance ( although he didn't win) . But I couldn't watch it again.
I do find it difficult to enjoy films where the protagonists are not likeable but I only watched the pilot of Succession so maybe it gets better.
But I have watched a lot of stuff where I wouldn't be drawn in by the themes.
Like Queens Gambit, Phantom Thread, Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Moonlight.
I am currently enjoying Small Axe made by Steve McQueen about being black in London in the seventies and eighties
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Post by Jon O'Neill » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:52 pm

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I do find it difficult to enjoy films where the protagonists are not likeable but I only watched the pilot of Succession so maybe it gets better.
You might struggle with Succession. But give it a go. At worst it's beautifully crafted.

How about another example of the protagonists all being horrendous people - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:01 pm

His Dark Materials. Also Blackadder II is being repeated on BBC 1. I think all series might be on the iPlayer actually.

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Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:31 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
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I do find it difficult to enjoy films where the protagonists are not likeable but I only watched the pilot of Succession so maybe it gets better.
You might struggle with Succession. But give it a go. At worst it's beautifully crafted.

How about another example of the protagonists all being horrendous people - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?
Not watched that.
I can think of The Affair.
Mind you life has started to imitate art for Dominic West 😊 maybe he was auditioning for the Prince Charles role in season 5 of The Crown
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Post by Phil Reynolds » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:37 pm

Am watching Battlestar Galactica on BBC2. It's quite good, very untypical sci-fi (being more about politics, philosophy and personal relationships than technical stuff), and holds up well for an effects-heavy show from 15 years ago.

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His Dark Materials. Also Blackadder II is being repeated on BBC 1. I think all series might be on the iPlayer actually.
Missed HDM season 1 at the time, just caught up on iPlayer over the past couple of weeks. Decent. Good cast. Will watch season 2.
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Post by James Nguyen » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:51 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
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Just finished Dark; still pissed off at that ending.
Still got to watch season 3.
Is it not worth watching then?
Still worth the watch, mate. A lot of people loved the ending so make of it what you will, seems like a completely subjective one. Just personally wasn't a fan of it. Good series overall

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:08 pm

The new Worzel Gummidge - disappointing compared to the two they made last year which were instant classics. Watch them if you haven't already (on the iPlayer).

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Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:56 am

Death to 2020 (Netflix)
If i saw this last year i would have dismissed it as too far fetched.
Its effectively Charlie Brooker's News Wipe with a bigger budget.
Samuel L Jackson gets the best lines.
Hugh Grant is very funny in character
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