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.
+1 for the Detectorists. Gentle investigation into the psyche of hobbyists overlain with subtle humour. Brilliant stuff.
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.
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.
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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