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Review: Dickensian (BBC TV)

It’s all abaht family, ain’t’ it… Eastenders writer Tony Jordan takes the rich tapestry of Dickens’ London characters from the body of novels and creates a complex back story in which they all knew each other – a unified prequel-of-everything. And what better way to kick-start the whole thing than with the murder of Jacob … Continue reading

Review: Last Kingdom (BBC TV)

Despite a funky electronic/tribal soundtrack and a leading man (Alexander Dreymon – Resistance) tilting at Luke Evans/Orlando Bloom charisma, this adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Dark Age British historical adventure is strangely inert. How do you make the violent years of Saxons resisting Danish invasion dull? Somehow the BBC managed it. Which is curious given the … Continue reading

Review: River (BBC TV)

Do we need another TV cop show? When it’s as brilliant as the BBC’s River, with it’s London-based Scandi-noir feel and a stunning central performance from Stellan Skarsgaard as the grieving, ghost-whispering detective, the answer is definitely yes. From the outset, River is the Sixth Sense detective, with Skarsgaard’s (Thor, Pirates) John River speaking with … Continue reading

Review: River (BBC TV)

Do we need another TV cop show? When it’s as brilliant as River, with it’s London-based Scandi-noir feel and a stunning central performance from Stellan Skarsgaard as the grieving, ghost-whispering detective, the answer is definitely yes. From the outset, River is the Sixth Sense detective, with Skarsgaard’s (Thor, Pirates) John River speaking with the dead … Continue reading

Review: From Darkness (BBC TV)

Proving my old adage that you haven’t made it on TV ’til you have your own cop show, this time it’s Ann-Marie Duff’s turn to play detective. Unfortunately this earnest attempt at a female-led cop show to rival the Danes goes off the rails inside three minutes. Duff (Shameless, Suffragette) is retired constable Claire Church, … Continue reading

Review – Spooks: The Greater Good (2015)

The BBC’s long-running espionage series moves from TV to the big screen, this time trying to save Britain’s home intelligence service from a CIA takeover in the face of a Pakistani revenge-terrorism campaign. All the clichés of latterday pop-TV terror plots mix with old fashioned Le Carre legacy; the question is can it open up … Continue reading

Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (BBC1, 2015)

The BBC brings more wigs and breeches to the Poldark slot; but hold fast, this is no high romantic drama, but the adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a weirdly pedestrian and parochial tale of bumbling apologetic sorcerors. Imagine BBC’s Ghormenghast without the colour, or Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow without… pretty much everything; it’s … Continue reading

Review: Front Row – Do we publish too many books?

BBC Radio 4, Front Row Hay Festival debate: “Do we publish too many books?” Podcast Fri, 29 May 2015, duration 29 mins From the Hay Literary Festival, BBC Radio 4’s arts show Front Row asks the question “Do we publish too many books?” In a lively panel discussion, Samira Ahmed heads a panel of publishers, … Continue reading

Review: Codes that Changed the World (BBC R4)

Aleks Krotoski explores the history of programming languages. The history of computing is dominated by the hardware; the race for speed and power has overshadowed how we’ve devised ways to instruct these machines to do useful tasks. All this week on BBC Radio 4, Aleks Krotoski tells the story of the languages that have been … Continue reading

Review: Intruders (BBC America/BBC2)

Glen Morgan’s dark and violent conspiracy thriller sets itself up as inheritor to the X-Files; but if that doesn’t put you off, then shades of The Da Vinci Code and Labyrinth just might. Wearing its heart on it’s sleeve, Intruders blows its well-executed mystery set-up in the first episode to reveal its dark underbelly to … Continue reading

Review: Day of the Doctor

After a fortnight of saturation coverage on every BBC channel, the plot made no sense and despite show-runner and writer Steven Moffat’s oft-quoted dislike of plots that are too ‘timey-wimey’, the 50th Anniversary secial was a bit… ‘timey-wimey.’ With Tennant and Smith sliding into self-parody, gravelly John Hurt, as the ‘missing’ Doctor (more like the … Continue reading

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