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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #625 on: April 07, 2017, 01:39:06 am »
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #626 on: May 20, 2017, 10:05:41 pm »
BBC 4 Storyville: OJ Simpson, Made in America.  This is the best TV documentary I've seen in years... really, really good.  When W first suggested watching it I was "What? Five, one and a half hour episodes on OJ Simpson... that's eight hours...are you kidding me?".  It's absolutely gripping... it's really about America viewed through the prism of a tragedy.. Absolutely brilliant....
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #627 on: June 21, 2017, 11:12:15 pm »
Any recommendations for new comedies that are actually funny? Got Netflix/Prime etc and all the recommended ones we've tried are lame. Gonna have to resort to Father Ted/Black Books/IT crowd reruns at this rate.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #628 on: June 21, 2017, 11:27:56 pm »
It's not new, but I recently rewatched Toast of London on Channel 4 player thingy. Matt Berry at his best, very funny, but not everyone's taste.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #629 on: June 22, 2017, 10:09:36 am »
Any recommendations for new comedies that are actually funny? Got Netflix/Prime etc and all the recommended ones we've tried are lame. Gonna have to resort to Father Ted/Black Books/IT crowd reruns at this rate.
Modern Family and Silicon Valley are both good if you haven't seen them yet.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #630 on: June 22, 2017, 10:23:00 am »
Any recommendations for new comedies that are actually funny? Got Netflix/Prime etc and all the recommended ones we've tried are lame. Gonna have to resort to Father Ted/Black Books/IT crowd reruns at this rate.
Ha be you watched The Detectorists series one has just been repeated on BBC 2

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #631 on: June 22, 2017, 11:28:10 am »
+1 for the Detectorists. Gentle investigation into the psyche of hobbyists overlain with subtle humour. Brilliant stuff.

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« Reply #632 on: June 22, 2017, 12:47:33 pm »
+1 for the Detectorists. Gentle investigation into the psyche of hobbyists overlain with subtle humour. Brilliant stuff.
Caught a couple of the first series, thought it was ok, may have to given it another chance.

Cheers for the other recommendations, will check them out.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #633 on: June 22, 2017, 02:24:40 pm »
Any recommendations for new comedies that are actually funny? Got Netflix/Prime etc and all the recommended ones we've tried are lame. Gonna have to resort to Father Ted/Black Books/IT crowd reruns at this rate.

Are you down with the Count Arthur Strong vibe? Another Graham Linehan winner.
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #634 on: June 22, 2017, 02:29:14 pm »
Is anybody watching The Handmaid's Tale?
Read the book recently and thought it was OK (I'd normally lap up this sort of dystopian future novel but I just never quite got into it). I'm successfully getting to the end of each episode of the TV program, however I'm finding it a bit like hard work as it feels incredibly slow paced.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #635 on: June 22, 2017, 02:38:24 pm »
I find it hard to watch, but for the subject matter, not the pace.
I find it infuriating.
Had it been real, and I was there; I would not have survived the first couple of days...

For a great dystopian read, Frank Tayell's "Serious Crimes" and "Counterfeit Conspiracy " are quite entertaining.
Very cheap on iBooks too.
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #636 on: June 22, 2017, 03:08:05 pm »
Is anybody watching The Handmaid's Tale?
Read the book recently and thought it was OK (I'd normally lap up this sort of dystopian future novel but I just never quite got into it). I'm successfully getting to the end of each episode of the TV program, however I'm finding it a bit like hard work as it feels incredibly slow paced.
Enjoying it but agree about the slow pace, feels stretched out to 10 episodes when 6 or 8 would have sufficed.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #637 on: June 22, 2017, 05:05:59 pm »
Oh Christ, is it ten episodes? I really can't see how that's necessary for such a short book where not a great deal happens (you can tell they struggled by the amount of extras and deviation from the book there is).

They should have chopped it to be a mini-series of 4-5 hour long episodes and, IMO, not played so heavily with flashbacks. If you'd told the story chronologically the full grimness of it could slowly have built and built with the first "ceremony" happening in the 3rd episode. As it is, everything is laid out in front of you in episode one and you then have 10 episodes of the same sort of stuff repeating itself.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #638 on: June 22, 2017, 11:49:19 pm »
Enjoyed a couple of episodes of Count Arthur tonight. Cheers Dave. Found Silicon Valley on Amazon but it's not Prime so not free. :thumbsdown:

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #639 on: June 23, 2017, 12:16:22 am »
Oh Christ, is it ten episodes? I really can't see how that's necessary for such a short book where not a great deal happens (you can tell they struggled by the amount of extras and deviation from the book there is).

They should have chopped it to be a mini-series of 4-5 hour long episodes and, IMO, not played so heavily with flashbacks. If you'd told the story chronologically the full grimness of it could slowly have built and built with the first "ceremony" happening in the 3rd episode. As it is, everything is laid out in front of you in episode one and you then have 10 episodes of the same sort of stuff repeating itself.

I've all seen all ten and I can tell you the pace doesn't pick up. Then again, I never noticed it as a problem. In the meantime, I'm two and half episodes into "Long Strange Trip" a four part (Amazon) series on The Grateful Dead. I'm no Deadhead, far from it, but I'm enjoying it. I'm even liking some of the music.
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #640 on: June 23, 2017, 11:16:30 am »
Still got mixed feelings about White Gold. Whole thing feels a bit forced, but there are some very funny moments, and I'm still watching and not deleted the rest of the series. Only 30 min episodes, good for a quick watch.
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #641 on: July 10, 2017, 01:32:10 pm »
Sooo, going back to the Handmaid's Tale. It seems that most of what was in the book happens in the first 4 episodes or so. Nearly everything that has happened since then has been new plot, and it's been quite good watching. Hadn't realised that they were going to go so off piste with the story so ten episodes now seems more fair.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #642 on: July 10, 2017, 02:25:54 pm »
Where are you watching will-yam?

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #643 on: July 23, 2017, 09:35:57 am »
Just watched "The Science of Islam", which was excellent (on BBC iPlayer). Should be compulsory school viewing.

And, if you have kids (sod it, I enjoyed it too) "Hidden Kingdoms" (also the Beeb) is riveting.
Heavily dramatised and a little like the Disney wildlife film style I remember as a child, but I think probably better researched, with a great "how we made it" thing at the end.
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #644 on: August 12, 2017, 07:45:43 am »
I missed it last night, but it's being repeated at some point or I think it's available on demand, but there was a programme on Sky Arts called The Agony & The Ecstasy on about t'old rave scene from back in't day. Looked quite interesting.

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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #645 on: August 12, 2017, 05:04:53 pm »
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #646 on: August 14, 2017, 02:35:51 pm »
Cheers Chris, that looks great
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Re: TV/iplayer must watches
« Reply #647 on: August 14, 2017, 03:16:24 pm »
+1 for the Detectorists. Gentle investigation into the psyche of hobbyists overlain with subtle humour. Brilliant stuff.

Yeah, this is great. Esoteric obsession as a guiding force isn't something you see often in tele land. This is beautifully made. Gentle is the right word. And all the better for it. I'm looking forward to the next series.

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And, if you have kids (sod it, I enjoyed it too) "Hidden Kingdoms" (also the Beeb) is riveting.
Heavily dramatised and a little like the Disney wildlife film style I remember as a child, but I think probably better researched, with a great "how we made it" thing at the end.

I thought this was fantastic. Some incredible shots. I think it was sneered at in some quarters because the sequences were seen as being too contrived - but given that most other wildlife films use similar tricks in a less obvious way, I thought it was fascinating to see those tricks being pushed as far as they could go.