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PeterH 11-05-2020 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Nostrils (Post 15221044)
It's a terrific set of documentaries. I realise our justice system has it's flaws, but some states in the U.S are just plain corrupt. It takes a lot of people in the background to turn a blind eye as well, they're just as bad.

If you enjoyed those, I highly recommend you sought out the movie Just Mercy.

I still can't get over how they acquiited the Rodney King beaters, and then compounded it with the verdict at the OJ trial.

Talk about the most ridiculous case of two wrongs don't make a right.

The UK didn't cover itself in glory at the push for convictions, hangings, and length of sentances handed out in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Earlier than that and you can argue it was a completely different time.

But too much Home Secretary and Establishment influence on the judiciary. Turing, Bentley, Train Robbers, Pub Bombers etc..

Even some of those hearings related to Hillsborough. Too much of the judge leading and influencing the jury rather than advising them how they should come to their decision. Too much of what the decision should be etc.. Judges in the past generally too old and set in their establishment ways with too many friends in high places.

Nostrils 11-05-2020 10:34 PM

The word shameful is a massive understatement to how Turing was treated. But he wasn't the only one by a long shot. It's amazing how recent some of these cases were.

I watched another similar documentary the other day where the prosecutor knew a 19 year old was innocent, stitched him up, and watched him sentenced to 40 years.

It went to the highest state court after many appeals, and many years, when finally the court decided the man was innocent. The unspoken conclusion could only be that the prosecutor must have lied... on oath. No charges of any sort were ever made against that prosecutor, he's now a judge, and a very highly respected one. It's baffling how they get away with it.

Skin Up 12-05-2020 01:47 AM

Just watched the first episode of Hunters an Al Pacino drama on Prime about a group of nazi hunters in 1970s NYC. Sounds good so far but you need a high tolerance for suspending disbelief and the bad parts are really bad. Not sure if I'll continue.

PeterH 12-05-2020 01:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Skin Up (Post 15221134)
Just watched the first episode of Hunters an Al Pacino drama on Prime about a group of nazi hunters in 1970s NYC. Sounds good so far but you need a high tolerance for suspending disbelief and the bad parts are really bad. Not sure if I'll continue.

Yep, looks interesting. Halfway through the not dissimilar Boys from Brasil atm.

I wish they'd adapt Dominion for a film or TV show (unless I've missed it).

Could be more around the Spanish Civil War as well.

CarlosTheFinger 12-05-2020 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by PeterH (Post 15173882)
Anyone watched Community?

I saw one episode many years ago but it didn't grab me as anything special. However, I kept hearing it likened in style to Arrested Development (which is probably my favourite sitcom ever), so I decided to give it another go.

I'm about 50 episodes in (about halfway through the entire run) and I'm so glad I did. I'm led to believe it goes slightly downhill in season 4 but based on what I've seen so far, this is unbelievably good and completely justifies the cult status it enjoys.

It starts off as a 'traditional' but still very funny and clever classic educational-institution sitcom in the Saved By the Bell mould but very quickly turns into one of the most creative and imaginative programmes I've ever seen, which is no surprise as the creator Dan Harmon went on to co-create Rick and Morty. Loads of examples of classic episodes which I don't want to spoil but an example is one episode set in a single room with a plot based entirely one person's pen going missing. Although that hardly does justice to the completely unexpected places some episodes go to.

Every conceivable genre of TV is parodied/celebrated at some point and it's meta as hell. Even to the point where my favourite character essentially acts like he's on a TV show, often to the chagrin of the others.

Another thing I appreciate is the dedication to continuity. Most sitcoms of this style have zero continuity and episodes can be watched in any order, which is definitely not the case here as there are certain moments which are not paid off until a few episodes down the line. This also means it has lots of rewatch value, which is something I'll definitely be doing in the future. A quick example is one character whose entire storyline for one episode is in the distant background of other characters' scenes. At the end of the episode, he shows up and is the group ask what he's been up to all day. He says something like: "Oh nothing much", which obviously means nothing to viewers who hadn't been paying attention to the background of various scenes during the episode. Then a few episodes later, what he was doing in those background scenes suddenly becomes very relevant, which again would appear to be quite random to viewers who hadn't paid attention.

This is almost perfect television for me, which I can't recommend highly enough. It's not for everyone though. If you just want a traditional simple punchline-fuelled canned-laughter fest which you can enjoy in the background whilst on your mobile, then this definitely isn't for you.

Maidstoned Eagle 12-05-2020 10:06 AM

Gangs of London is riotous fun, suspend belief for an hour, stop analysing it as a serious piece of drama and crack on. The Gareth Evans directed episodes are brilliantly gory violence fests.

Jimbo number 5 12-05-2020 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15221414)
Gangs of London is riotous fun, suspend belief for an hour, stop analysing it as a serious piece of drama and crack on. The Gareth Evans directed episodes are brilliantly gory violence fests.

Agree with this. The episode in the countryside (maybe ep.5?) was particularly memorable

glenn.f 12-05-2020 12:27 PM

Just started Ozark last night...seems pretty decent so far 2 episodes in. Was a toss up between that and Narcos and figured Ozark was probably less of a long haul, what with the others that look to follow Narcos. Mind the way work is going i might end up with a bit more time on my hands soon.

Dingle 12-05-2020 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by glenn.f (Post 15221562)
Just started Ozark last night...seems pretty decent so far 2 episodes in. Was a toss up between that and Narcos and figured Ozark was probably less of a long haul, what with the others that look to follow Narcos. Mind the way work is going i might end up with a bit more time on my hands soon.

I started watching Ozark a year or so ago and didn't make it through season one. However after reading some positive reviews recently I thought i'd give it another go and i'm glad I did. I think season one and two aren't brilliant, I mean they're not bad just not fantastic either but season three was absolutely brilliant and it looks like the show could be one of those, a bit like breaking bad, that just gets better and better with each season.

Lombardarian 12-05-2020 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Dingle (Post 15221607)
I started watching Ozark a year or so ago and didn't make it through season one. However after reading some positive reviews recently I thought i'd give it another go and i'm glad I did. I think season one and two aren't brilliant, I mean they're not bad just not fantastic either but season three was absolutely brilliant and it looks like the show could be one of those, a bit like breaking bad, that just gets better and better with each season.

That sounds promising - although a bit of a chore to get through the first seasons but guess similar with al the really good series! I really enjoyed the clever construction of episodes and ‘edge of seat’ tension that Breaking Bad often offered - it is up there with Game of Thrones as my favourite series.

Jim Cannon 12-05-2020 02:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15221414)
Gangs of London is riotous fun, suspend belief for an hour, stop analysing it as a serious piece of drama and crack on. The Gareth Evans directed episodes are brilliantly gory violence fests.

You are right about not taking it seriously but other than the fight scenes which themselves are funny due to being ridicilously unbelievable, lets be honest, its a load of shite

Maidstoned Eagle 12-05-2020 04:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Cannon (Post 15221680)
You are right about not taking it seriously but other than the fight scenes which themselves are funny due to being ridicilously unbelievable, lets be honest, its a load of shite

Not a lot of fight scenes, in any movie/tv series are believable old bean. Lighten up.

Happy Arthur 12-05-2020 08:41 PM

"into the night" on Netflix is worth a watch if you like the end of the world type programs.

Worksop Palace 12-05-2020 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by glenn.f (Post 15221562)
Just started Ozark last night...seems pretty decent so far 2 episodes in. Was a toss up between that and Narcos and figured Ozark was probably less of a long haul, what with the others that look to follow Narcos. Mind the way work is going i might end up with a bit more time on my hands soon.

Narcos is excellent. Now half way through S2. Watch at least 2 episodes a night. The guy that plays Escobar is phenomenal

It’s a good history lesson as well. I hadn’t realised what a hold he had on the country at times. A remarkable story

PeterH 12-05-2020 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by CarlosTheFinger (Post 15221403)
I saw one episode many years ago but it didn't grab me as anything special. However, I kept hearing it likened in style to Arrested Development (which is probably my favourite sitcom ever), so I decided to give it another go.

I'm about 50 episodes in (about halfway through the entire run) and I'm so glad I did. I'm led to believe it goes slightly downhill in season 4 but based on what I've seen so far, this is unbelievably good and completely justifies the cult status it enjoys.

It starts off as a 'traditional' but still very funny and clever classic educational-institution sitcom in the Saved By the Bell mould but very quickly turns into one of the most creative and imaginative programmes I've ever seen, which is no surprise as the creator Dan Harmon went on to co-create Rick and Morty. Loads of examples of classic episodes which I don't want to spoil but an example is one episode set in a single room with a plot based entirely one person's pen going missing. Although that hardly does justice to the completely unexpected places some episodes go to.

Every conceivable genre of TV is parodied/celebrated at some point and it's meta as hell. Even to the point where my favourite character essentially acts like he's on a TV show, often to the chagrin of the others.

Another thing I appreciate is the dedication to continuity. Most sitcoms of this style have zero continuity and episodes can be watched in any order, which is definitely not the case here as there are certain moments which are not paid off until a few episodes down the line. This also means it has lots of rewatch value, which is something I'll definitely be doing in the future. A quick example is one character whose entire storyline for one episode is in the distant background of other characters' scenes. At the end of the episode, he shows up and is the group ask what he's been up to all day. He says something like: "Oh nothing much", which obviously means nothing to viewers who hadn't been paying attention to the background of various scenes during the episode. Then a few episodes later, what he was doing in those background scenes suddenly becomes very relevant, which again would appear to be quite random to viewers who hadn't paid attention.

This is almost perfect television for me, which I can't recommend highly enough. It's not for everyone though. If you just want a traditional simple punchline-fuelled canned-laughter fest which you can enjoy in the background whilst on your mobile, then this definitely isn't for you.

Ta,

ozzieEagle 13-05-2020 09:03 AM

Gangs of London. Silly me downloaded this load of over-hyped gore. Looks like it was meant to be an R rated video game, but someone figured they had enough footage to make it into a TV series, makes about as much sense as one of those games.

Saddens me that this is what passes for entertainment in these supposed enlightened times.


I will finish watching it, minus the wife, who opted out about 15 mins into the first episode. Sadly I think I'm losing a bit of my soul along the way.

If you've got any sense don't bother.

jjeagle 13-05-2020 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by ozzieEagle (Post 15222561)
Gangs of London. Silly me downloaded this load of over-hyped gore. Looks like it was meant to be an R rated video game, but someone figured they had enough footage to make it into a TV series, makes about as much sense as one of those games.

Saddens me that this is what passes for entertainment in these supposed enlightened times.


I will finish watching it, minus the wife, who opted out about 15 mins into the first episode. Sadly I think I'm losing a bit of my soul along the way.

If you've got any sense don't bother.

I watched the first episode but haven't been tempted back to watch anymore. There's plenty out there to fill the gap.

AshfordianEagle 13-05-2020 10:58 AM

Upload, on Amazon is interesting, S02 confirmed too, so be interested to see where it goes.

Lombardarian 13-05-2020 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by AshfordianEagle (Post 15222738)
Download, on Amazon is interesting, S02 confirmed too, so be interested to see where it goes.

Do you mean Upload? If so it sounds decent according to reviews on IMDB. Reviewers saying it has elements of Black Mirror.

Maidstoned Eagle 13-05-2020 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by ozzieEagle (Post 15222561)
Gangs of London. Silly me downloaded this load of over-hyped gore. Looks like it was meant to be an R rated video game, but someone figured they had enough footage to make it into a TV series, makes about as much sense as one of those games.

Saddens me that this is what passes for entertainment in these supposed enlightened times.


I will finish watching it, minus the wife, who opted out about 15 mins into the first episode. Sadly I think I'm losing a bit of my soul along the way.

If you've got any sense don't bother.

Guess I got no sense, thinkmits hilariously ott.

Nostrils 13-05-2020 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by AshfordianEagle (Post 15222738)
Download, on Amazon is interesting, S02 confirmed too, so be interested to see where it goes.

I've watched some of that. It's a bit cheesy, but it gets better as it goes on. 'Condom dispute on isle seven!' had me in bits.

eagle mart 13-05-2020 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Worksop Palace (Post 15222156)
Narcos is excellent. Now half way through S2. Watch at least 2 episodes a night. The guy that plays Escobar is phenomenal

It’s a good history lesson as well. I hadn’t realised what a hold he had on the country at times. A remarkable story

Great story! I read a book on him. Untouchable at times.

But back to Ozark. Its very good. I think I said it before, I don't find any of the characters endearing. I think series 3 was the best. And 4 looks like it will get even more tense.

AshfordianEagle 13-05-2020 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Lombardarian (Post 15222790)
Do you mean Upload? If so it sounds decent according to reviews on IMDB. Reviewers saying it has elements of Black Mirror.

lol, yes, my bad, I'll go and correct it :supergrin:

Happy Arthur 13-05-2020 07:49 PM

If you need something to watch while waiting for the new episodes of the last dance, try OJ: Made in America on BBC iplayer. Really interesting documentary.

cappuccinoeagle 13-05-2020 09:48 PM

Onto Series 6 of Spooks and a cheery two parter about a virus [emoji50]

Jerry Murphy's Fringe 14-05-2020 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by ozzieEagle (Post 15222561)
Gangs of London. Silly me downloaded this load of over-hyped gore. Looks like it was meant to be an R rated video game, but someone figured they had enough footage to make it into a TV series, makes about as much sense as one of those games.

Saddens me that this is what passes for entertainment in these supposed enlightened times.


I will finish watching it, minus the wife, who opted out about 15 mins into the first episode. Sadly I think I'm losing a bit of my soul along the way.

If you've got any sense don't bother.


I’ll be honest - it’s turned in to a right drag watching it now. I am a fool for ‘time sunk’ series. I get to a tipping point and feel I have to push through to validate the journey so far.

I’ll finish it out of determination but there’s no enjoyment. The violence is video-game like and I now accept that is its ‘USP’. Which makes for slender pickings over an hour of tv repeated many times. The characters really are underwhelming.

CarlosTheFinger 14-05-2020 09:03 AM

Finally got around to watching Picard.

I thoroughly enjoyed it but if I'm honest, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't a Star Trek show. Frankly, I'm just grateful that new Star Trek is being made and that they've managed to crowbar some classic characters into it. Seeing Hugh return was a particular delight.

I've only got main two criticisms. Firstly, apart from still being played by Patrick Stewart, I didn't feel like I was watching the same Picard who I loved in TNG. I understand he's older and meant to have mellowed out somewhat but I still don't buy that he would go around telling people he loves them.

Secondly (as pointed out to me by a colleague), although I really liked the story line concept, I felt like the Romulans were painted as too simplistic one-dimensional villains, whereas from their point of view, they thought they were the good guys doing the right thing. So they could have been portrayed in a more sympathetic manner to challenge viewer opinions, which is something Star Trek has traditionally excelled at.

Of the new ST shows, I much prefer the excellent Discovery but I did really enjoy this overall and look forward to Season 2.

Maidstoned Eagle 14-05-2020 09:36 AM

Watched first 2 episodes of Normal People.....its just teen porn, isnt it.

mrfenandes 14-05-2020 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Dingle (Post 15221607)
I started watching Ozark a year or so ago and didn't make it through season one. However after reading some positive reviews recently I thought i'd give it another go and i'm glad I did. I think season one and two aren't brilliant, I mean they're not bad just not fantastic either but season three was absolutely brilliant and it looks like the show could be one of those, a bit like breaking bad, that just gets better and better with each season.

I watched episode one and while it wasn't bad by any stretch, I just felt like I've seen this story a million times before so didn't pursue it. So it gets a little more original? Or is it an old meal cooked well?

Maidstoned Eagle 14-05-2020 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by mrfenandes (Post 15223639)
I watched episode one and while it wasn't bad by any stretch, I just felt like I've seen this story a million times before so didn't pursue it. So it gets a little more original? Or is it an old meal cooked well?

Keep watching.

west country boy 14-05-2020 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15223596)
Watched first 2 episodes of Normal People.....its just teen porn, isnt it.

As said earlier, it was supposed to be on BBC3, and therefore for young people who only care for doing "it" and the Bebo and their Sony Walkmans.

Due to the corona nonsense the BBC suddenly found a lot of gaps in their schedules and are now pretending that it is a programme for grown ups, which means that certain BBSers who should know better are getting their kicks from watching purported teenagers doing rudes.

brighton_eagle 14-05-2020 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by PeterH (Post 15222170)
Ta,


It goes downhill after Chevy left, IMO. But it's excellent TV. The bromance between Troy and Abed is lovely.

west country boy 14-05-2020 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by brighton_eagle (Post 15223866)
It goes downhill after Chevy left, IMO. But it's excellent TV. The bromance between Troy and Abed is lovely.

What "lovely" Brighton Billy said.

little al 14-05-2020 01:25 PM

Just watching Judge Rinder, quite entertaining for daytime TV, will probably watch again.

Lombardarian 14-05-2020 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by little al (Post 15223939)
Just watching Judge Rinder, quite entertaining for daytime TV, will probably watch again.

Judge Judy is the American version, and although less light hearted, is a decent watch too!

Martin H 14-05-2020 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by little al (Post 15223939)
Just watching Judge Rinder, quite entertaining for daytime TV, will probably watch again.

Al, I think it's time to look in the mirror and pull yourself together man. This is beyond rock bottom and there is only the Housewives of Bromley or maybe a reality hospital series like Elmers Endoscopy left. If either of those appeal to you - for God's sake remove the plug from the TV and ring for an ambulance :)

little al 14-05-2020 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Martin H (Post 15224108)
Al, I think it's time to look in the mirror and pull yourself together man. This is beyond rock bottom and there is only the Housewives of Bromley or maybe a reality hospital series like Elmers Endoscopy left. If either of those appeal to you - for God's sake remove the plug from the TV and ring for an ambulance :)

You're not wrong tbh, I found myself watching, and actually enjoyng First Dates about 4 this morning.

FFS get me back to work.

CarlosTheFinger 15-05-2020 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by brighton_eagle (Post 15223866)
It goes downhill after Chevy left, IMO. But it's excellent TV. The bromance between Troy and Abed is lovely.

I'm about 80 episodes in (mid-Season 4) and Pierce is the only thing I still don't love about the show. I like the idea of a deluded old boy trying to fit in for comedic contrast but it's quite grating when the writers all-too-quickly draw from the racist/sexist/homophobic well when scripting him, mainly for shock value. It's probably more noticeable when bingewatching. Not that I'm particularly offended by what he says. I just find it surprisingly lazy for a show that's so skilfully written.

He certainly has his moments when used well though. This is my favourite so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8EUUvlgVeU

Abed is the star of the show for me. Someone who so brazenly breaks the fourth wall is what gives the show credible licence to be as meta and creative as it is. His oddball character would usually be written as a loner but having Troy so easily immerse himself in Abed's world, with the other mainstream characters slightly jealous of their closeness, is a really nice twist on the classic educational institution sitcom.

evvo111 15-05-2020 11:30 AM

Just watched the first episode of The Great. I thought it was pretty good with some funny parts. Peter III is up there with Prince George in Blackadder.

cappuccinoeagle 15-05-2020 09:25 PM

Charlie Brooker’s Anti Viral Wipe, laugh out loud at times.

Worksop Palace 15-05-2020 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by cappuccinoeagle (Post 15226170)
Charlie Brooker’s Anti Viral Wipe, laugh out loud at times.

I watched about 10 minutes of it

Found it about as funny as finding a boil on yer bellend

cpfc4evandeva 16-05-2020 07:00 AM

The Real Marigold Hotel is a really brilliant programme.

The mix of 'celebrities' they have are great. No one takes it too seriously, and all seem quite at ease to just say how they feel about things. I don't know if that is the fact they are now at old age, or whether it's a generational thing? If you had the same show with 'celebrities' in their forties or younger, I cant help but think that the show just wouldn't work at all.

Maidstoned Eagle 16-05-2020 07:34 AM

Gangs of London penultimate episode just jumped the shark.

Maidstoned Eagle 16-05-2020 07:34 AM

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Originally Posted by cpfc4evandeva (Post 15226417)
The Real Marigold Hotel is a really brilliant programme.

The mix of 'celebrities' they have are great. No one takes it too seriously, and all seem quite at ease to just say how they feel about things. I don't know if that is the fact they are now at old age, or whether it's a generational thing? If you had the same show with 'celebrities' in their forties or younger, I cant help but think that the show just wouldn't work at all.

Do you know what the film was about?

Crozzy71 16-05-2020 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15226448)
Gangs of London penultimate episode just jumped the shark.

The whole thing is complete shit.

little al 16-05-2020 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by cpfc4evandeva (Post 15226417)
The Real Marigold Hotel is a really brilliant programme.

The mix of 'celebrities' they have are great. No one takes it too seriously, and all seem quite at ease to just say how they feel about things. I don't know if that is the fact they are now at old age, or whether it's a generational thing? If you had the same show with 'celebrities' in their forties or younger, I cant help but think that the show just wouldn't work at all.

Yeah, I like it, but there have been some horrible people in past series, Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees and Miriam Margolyes spring to mind.

Coastal Palace 16-05-2020 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by little al (Post 15226462)
Yeah, I like it, but there have been some horrible people in past series, Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees and Miriam Margolyes spring to mind.

Surely not Margolyes, the so-called national treasure?
The foul mouthed fat ugly toad that wished Johnson dead?

little al 16-05-2020 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Coastal Palace (Post 15226468)
Surely not Margolyes, the so-called national treasure?
The foul mouthed fat ugly toad that wished Johnson dead?

She really is a horrible ****.

st albans 16-05-2020 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15221722)
Not a lot of fight scenes, in any movie/tv series are believable old bean. Lighten up.

When done well they are. They just aren't done well in gangs of London.

Dodger 16-05-2020 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by cappuccinoeagle (Post 15226170)
Charlie Brooker’s Anti Viral Wipe, laugh out loud at times.

Watched this last night.. I know the story is stitched together and edited for comedic value but it’s almost impossible to believe how Johnson/Hancock dealt with Covid-19 in the earlier days (early March). Even when other countries were locking down they were assuring us how well prepared we were and the minimal risk of infection.

Lindfield Eagle 16-05-2020 11:09 AM

Life on Mars on BBC iPlayer - what a memory jogger and the soundtrack is superb!

evvo111 16-05-2020 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Lindfield Eagle (Post 15226687)
Life on Mars on BBC iPlayer - what a memory jogger and the soundtrack is superb!

I have only just started watching it, on series 2. It really is top five in the premier league of tv programmes.

BERT'S HEAD 16-05-2020 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by little al (Post 15226462)
Yeah, I like it, but there have been some horrible people in past series, Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees and Miriam Margolyes spring to mind.

Bobby George was good fun.
The premise of the programme is that one of these famous pensioners might choose to live in India permanently. Of course nobody has.

pallet 16-05-2020 01:57 PM

Both Life on mars and Ashes to ashes are excellent.

Maidstoned Eagle 16-05-2020 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by st albans (Post 15226522)
When done well they are. They just aren't done well in gangs of London.

As a fan of Gareth Evans movies they were everything I expected. Episode 5 was superb as a stand alone episode. I dont mind shite stuff as long as its done well, hence sticking it out with gangs, but the climax of the penultimate episode just had me shaking my head in its absurdity.

Maidstoned Eagle 16-05-2020 02:15 PM

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...-johnson-dead/

Dobbo 16-05-2020 02:30 PM

Started the third series of Ozark last night. Still very entertaining, especially Ruth.

thehound 17-05-2020 06:02 PM

Starting watching White Lines on Netflix. Halfway through. Really good. Lots of people to recognise aswell.

cappuccinoeagle 17-05-2020 07:47 PM

Onto Series 2 of Catastrophe- superb, funny, rude, graphic and a dark drama too.

WLYWLYAWYPWF 18-05-2020 01:03 AM

Normal People on iplayer. Unbelievably raw drama. They say that your first love stays with you forever. Damn right it does. This raked up some long repressed painful emotions. Really, really worth watching though and I'll be surprised if it doesn't win a shit load of accolades.

cpfc4evandeva 18-05-2020 06:14 AM

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Originally Posted by little al (Post 15226462)
Yeah, I like it, but there have been some horrible people in past series, Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees and Miriam Margolyes spring to mind.

I thought Sheila Ferguson was alright. Miriam Margoyles isn't really my cup of tea. The current mix they have is great - Britt Eckland is hilarious.

little al 18-05-2020 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by cpfc4evandeva (Post 15229395)
I thought Sheila Ferguson was alright. Miriam Margoyles isn't really my cup of tea. The current mix they have is great - Britt Eckland is hilarious.

Agree, this lot are coming across nice.

CarlosTheFinger 18-05-2020 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by cpfc4evandeva (Post 15226417)
The Real Marigold Hotel is a really brilliant programme.

The mix of 'celebrities' they have are great. No one takes it too seriously, and all seem quite at ease to just say how they feel about things. I don't know if that is the fact they are now at old age, or whether it's a generational thing? If you had the same show with 'celebrities' in their forties or younger, I cant help but think that the show just wouldn't work at all.

Couldn't agree more. One of my favourite programmes and I'm always delighted when a new series pops up. It's like a light-hearted geriatric Big Brother on tour. And given how much I loved BB, that's a huge compliment.

The age thing is key for me. As well as the celebs themselves not having to take anything too seriously, it removes the producers' need to create any tension/drama which is stock-in-trade for most reality TV formats. Instead, there's a far more satisfying sense of innocence and naivety as you see older people testing their boundaries and, as a reward, how welcoming the people they encounter are.

Properly feel-good TV without being dull and derivative.

Malaga Eagle 18-05-2020 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Dobbo (Post 15226969)
Started the third series of Ozark last night. Still very entertaining, especially Ruth.

On series 2 at moment and agree on young Ruth,very good.
But what a nutter is that Darlene Snell?

Maidstoned Eagle 18-05-2020 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Malaga Eagle (Post 15229495)
On series 2 at moment and agree on young Ruth,very good.
But what a nutter is that Darlene Snell?

Darlene gets even better.

Rocky Bullitt 18-05-2020 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15229507)
Darlene gets even better.

And Helen Pierce, the cartel's lawyer.

Some great characters. Couldn't put it down, saw all three series in a week.

Steve H 18-05-2020 01:04 PM

Been watching Mister Winner on BBC iPlayer lately - very funny :)

Since 1968 18-05-2020 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by cpfc4evandeva (Post 15229395)
I thought Sheila Ferguson was alright. Miriam Margoyles isn't really my cup of tea. The current mix they have is great - Britt Eckland is hilarious.

I am expecting Britt's plastic surgery to give way in the heat every time she appears in the series.

GorBlimey 18-05-2020 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Since 1968 (Post 15230380)
I am expecting Britt's plastic surgery to give way in the heat every time she appears in the series.

She has ruined her face. From gorgeous to gargoyle.

Stellavista 18-05-2020 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by GorBlimey (Post 15230399)
She has ruined her face. From gorgeous to gargoyle.

There are definitely some instances where less is more.

Danny_Cheviot 18-05-2020 09:29 PM

South Park
Season 19
Episode 5
Safe Space.

:sob::sob::sob::sob::sob:

Maidstoned Eagle 19-05-2020 06:27 AM

Hollywood on Netflix. Its alright.

thehound 19-05-2020 11:19 AM

Finished White Lines on Netflix. Great all the way through. Just wants to make you go on holiday with all the sun and beaches. [emoji41].

eagle mart 19-05-2020 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by thehound (Post 15231092)
Finished White Lines on Netflix. Great all the way through. Just wants to make you go on holiday with all the sun and beaches. [emoji41].

Got two episodes to go. And it's bang average.

OriginalNutter 19-05-2020 11:27 AM

I've just finished the second episode of White Lines. Enjoying it so far. Makes me want to go clubbing and get on it.

Terrace Bickle 19-05-2020 08:37 PM

There's a good Timewatch on the iPlayer about Eddie Chapman, the only Brit to be awarded the Iron Cross.

lofty3rgj 19-05-2020 09:28 PM

The Spy... Sacha Baron Cohen.
Fantastic series, he really plays the part very well.

west country boy 19-05-2020 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Terrace Bickle (Post 15231544)
There's a good Timewatch on the iPlayer about Eddie Chapman, the only Brit to be awarded the Iron Cross.

That is great - the book is terrific too. I did feel a bit sorry for Ben McIntyre though as the producers seemed to think he should be a Norman Wisdom tribute act rather than a presenter.

eagle mart 19-05-2020 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by eagle mart (Post 15231100)
Got two episodes to go. And it's bang average.

And it was indeed. The music score could have been off the scale, given the flashbacks. But doesn't really get into it until those last two episodes. (did they save their track budget just for then?)

It never screamed ibiza or made me want to get on it. Could have been mallorca for all we knew.

Shame they've set it up for a 2nd season.

Yoda 19-05-2020 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by cpfc4evandeva (Post 15229395)
I thought Sheila Ferguson was alright. Miriam Margoyles isn't really my cup of tea. The current mix they have is great - Britt Eckland is hilarious.

Duncan Ballantyne surprises me.

He often has a raised eyebrow expression, as if he’s thinking the same as I am about him, ie why did he agree to this show when he has more than enough money to explore India in style with his wife?

Henry ‘my dear old thing’ is one of a kind.

cpfc4evandeva 20-05-2020 06:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Yoda (Post 15231612)
Duncan Ballantyne surprises me.

He often has a raised eyebrow expression, as if he’s thinking the same as I am about him, ie why did he agree to this show when he has more than enough money to explore India in style with his wife?

Henry ‘my dear old thing’ is one of a kind.

Duncan is the biggest diva by a mile :D The inclusion of Henry Blofeld is hilarious - he's basically been given a holiday to one of his favourite places on earth. He's been there so often that he is near enough the group's travel guide! Paul Chuckle didn't seem to like it at all at first, but he's slowly come into it.

As Carlos said previously - the way this show works, they don't need to throw in any made up situations or games. Just have them doing something silly like Paul Chuckle having a driving lesson, or Henry Blofeld falling asleep during yoga, and you have very enjoyable tv :)

st albans 20-05-2020 11:50 AM

On to the 3rd series of Money Heist. One of the best things we've seen a long time. Absolutely gripping

Stellavista 20-05-2020 12:08 PM

The Ike White documentary is astonishing. Recommended.

Crozzy71 20-05-2020 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by eagle mart (Post 15231100)
Got two episodes to go. And it's bang average.

This. I'm 3 in and agree.

So many unrealistic characters and 'Ibiza life' stereotypes.

Is it really realistic to expect the sister to land on Ibiza and suddenly be 'in' with everyone.

It's another Gangs of London - it'll keep me watching in the hope it improves and at the end I'll realise what a load of old shit it was.

cantspell 20-05-2020 12:38 PM

Just finished Narcos - brilliant.

Totally different genre, but really enjoying the A-word on BBC1.

Happy Arthur 20-05-2020 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by st albans (Post 15232236)
On to the 3rd series of Money Heist. One of the best things we've seen a long time. Absolutely gripping

Silly but great.

cappuccinoeagle 20-05-2020 09:59 PM

Onto Series 7 of Spooks.

Stavros 69 21-05-2020 08:07 AM

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Originally Posted by st albans (Post 15232236)
On to the 3rd series of Money Heist. One of the best things we've seen a long time. Absolutely gripping

Was bored after 4 episodes.

Skin Up 21-05-2020 09:11 AM

One for the future but today I learnt that there's another TV adaption of The Stand coming soon (looks like it got wrapped up pre corona) some interesting casting - the Viking vampire from True Blood as Randall Flagg, Whoopie Goldberg as Mother Abigail, the woman who beat up Johnny Depp and had the problem with the dogs in Australia as Nadine and most interestingly Marilyn Manson as Trashcan man.

Dingle 21-05-2020 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Skin Up (Post 15233198)
One for the future but today I learnt that there's another TV adaption of The Stand coming soon (looks like it got wrapped up pre corona) some interesting casting - the Viking vampire from True Blood as Randall Flagg, Whoopie Goldberg as Mother Abigail, the woman who beat up Johnny Depp and had the problem with the dogs in Australia as Nadine and most interestingly Marilyn Manson as Trashcan man.

If it's half as good as the book, it's going to be fantastic. However, I won't get my hopes up as I'm always underwhelmed by Stephen King adaptations on TV (although The Outsider was quite good.)

Maidstoned Eagle 21-05-2020 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Dingle (Post 15233552)
If it's half as good as the book, it's going to be fantastic. However, I won't get my hopes up as I'm always underwhelmed by Stephen King adaptations on TV (although The Outsider was quite good.)

The Mr Mercedes series is excellent too.

west country boy 21-05-2020 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Stellavista (Post 15232269)
The Ike White documentary is astonishing. Recommended.

There was a good article about this in the Guardian at the beginning of the week. What channel was it on?

Dingle 21-05-2020 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15233570)
The Mr Mercedes series is excellent too.

Interesting. I liked the book so will give it a go. :p

Maidstoned Eagle 21-05-2020 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by west country boy (Post 15233604)
There was a good article about this in the Guardian at the beginning of the week. What channel was it on?

If its the article I read then it was in the article.

Maz 21-05-2020 03:24 PM

Has anyone mentioned Wild Wild Country, a Netflix documentary?


Absolutely gripping throughout its six parts.

PeterH 21-05-2020 03:32 PM

Enjoying Community now.

Finished the last season of Brooklyn 99 which was very good.

Started Rebellion...Downton Abbey set in Ireland during the fight for independence - very watchable.

art malice 21-05-2020 03:33 PM

Loving Bojack Horseman though have a lot of ground to make up

Maidstoned Eagle 21-05-2020 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Maz (Post 15233668)
Has anyone mentioned Wild Wild Country, a Netflix documentary?


Absolutely gripping throughout its six parts.

Is that about the fake Indian guru?

west country boy 21-05-2020 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Maidstoned Eagle (Post 15233667)
If its the article I read then it was in the article.

Different article, c~nto.

Maidstoned Eagle 21-05-2020 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by west country boy (Post 15233687)
Different article, c~nto.

You mean there has been 2 articles about him in the Guardian this week?


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