March 20th, 2015

mini me + poo

Meet the old boss, better than the new boss

While I'm talking about old stuff being better than the new..

.. the Horror channel have been showing some of the very best of the classic Dr Who stories recently. Especially for the ones from the Tom Baker era, these show why I've never liked the new version: stories spread out over as many episodes as they deserve, with cliff-hangers, are better than 'we have to start, develop and finish this in 50 minutes' ones.

.. I see ITV4 are using Clive Everton as a snooker commentator. He's not been part of the BBC's World Championship coverage for years now, ever since they ditched everyone who's not an ex-top 16 player. Some of those are very good: Hendry, Davies, Taylor, Thorne, and Virgo* bring loads of value to the microphone. But not all of them do and at least one is almost an embarrassment. Clive knows as much as anyone about the game and is a great commentator, especially with a more informal one for 'colour'. If only he had been a better player...

* That's definitely in decreasing order of playing success, and probably increasing order of commentating ability, although it's always amusing to hear Stephen's 'I'd have won this by now...'-style comments.

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mini me + poo

I really don't watch much TV

Apart from the recently mentioned House of Cards 3 and some classic Who, this is more or less it for drama and comedy.

I saw a repeat of the first Plebs by accident and liked it so much that I saw the rest. It's a 'poor people in ancient Rome' sitcom, with the two poor Romans (and their slave) trying to have sex with the poor Briton (and her slave) in the same tenement block and almost anything else that moves. The production values are particularly good: it was made at a permanent Rome set in an Bulgarian studio complex. If only I, Claudius had had that...

The second series of Bluestone 42 ended with a huge cliff-hanger, resolved that in the first episode of series three and has then taken a huge risk with the second... I wonder how it will work out, because they have a very high standard to match.

Speaking of third series, that of The Americans is managing to be even better than the first two. It's a disgrace that ITV decided not to buy it.

Better Call Saul is also very very good. In both cases, we know the final result - the KGB do not win the Cold War and we know at least three characters from the latter are going to survive to make it into Breaking Bad - but the journeys are done with real respect for the viewers' intelligence and attention span.

Not yet done, but I will: Wolf Hall.

Was the second series of Broadchurch any good?

Anything else? I've seen the first episode of Powers despite it being a superhero show. I'm wondering if it will be worth watching. I'm looking forward to a second series of Fargo, the ninth (and last, sniff) series of Peep Show and it'd be good if there was another Episodes.

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