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10 minutes into Ronny Chieng: International Student and I have already laughed out loud many times. I guess it's an Australian import? so much of BBC comedy is sooooo bad though.

I haven't been brave enough to crack the drama ("& soaps"!!) category. So much stuff! tried the first 20 minutes of Gunpowder.. it was not for me. i know 1608 wasn't the most cheerful time to be alive in England but man.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 22:13 (two years ago) link

gunpowder : so much religion, mud and blood in 3 hours of tv.

that said, i really enjoyed (if that's an appropriate word) it.

mark e, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 22:20 (two years ago) link

five months pass...
five months pass...

i'm really sick of seeing this guy on TV. he's always EXACTLY the same while being cast in such disparate roles.!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/image.jpg

FRE SHA VAC ADO (jed_), Saturday, 22 September 2018 01:03 (one year ago) link

the main guy in bodyguard is chronic

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he was. i wanted to strangle him by about episode four. there were a lot of bad performances in this, actually. the woman who played the deputy sergeant was terrible. although nothing was as bad as the plotting in the last episode. jfc, what a stupid waste of time.

FRE SHA VAC ADO (jed_), Monday, 24 September 2018 11:13 (one year ago) link

wake me up when they've been privatised, and their political staff have all been liquidated by aircraft machine guns. Because I'm sick of subsidising this fucking dross that I'm never going to watch!

calzino, Monday, 24 September 2018 11:23 (one year ago) link

but apparently interest in joining police counter-terrorism has gone up massively amongst people who clearly have a fucking clue

every day there's a whining choad (Noodle Vague), Monday, 24 September 2018 11:28 (one year ago) link

11 m viewers, this country deserves to die!

calzino, Monday, 24 September 2018 12:33 (one year ago) link

Bit and pieces of the series were ok but the finale was genuinely abysmal - from plotting to dialogue to performances. I love Line Of Duty but this ended up being completely inept.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 24 September 2018 12:55 (one year ago) link

Dire finale. I couldn't bear hearing another "make sure you keep applying pressure to the bomb thingy in your hand". Plot was a mess.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 24 September 2018 13:04 (one year ago) link

Nadia was revealed to be a bombmaking mastermind of huge value to the Jihad and we all know that the Jihad try to blow up their own bomb makers five episodes earlier. the best bit though was Dullard's escape after defusing the bomb omfg.

FRE SHA VAC ADO (jed_), Monday, 24 September 2018 13:32 (one year ago) link

It was as good as it was laughable, with only a million cops and snipers and helicopters and police cars about. Well played.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 24 September 2018 13:34 (one year ago) link

This was hilarious, and I kind of admire the guts to go for a happy ending where everything turns out just so.

POLICE: Are you guilty?
SUSPECT: <gives full confession>

A Box of After Dinner Comics Shipped to Your House Each Month (seandalai), Monday, 24 September 2018 23:10 (one year ago) link

I love that slow motion grimace-to-smile transition that actors ALWAYS do in a ”surprise! villain gets unmasked” scene.

I actually enjoyed Jon Snow’s performance in this. Obviously the ending was very very stupid and enjoying the series as a whole depended on being complicit with, or temporarily repressing its rather vile racism. But I thought he was pretty compelling and strange.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 06:26 (one year ago) link

He’d make a good Rogue Trooper.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 06:29 (one year ago) link

Who will ever forget that classic scene:

Jon Snow: “Why did you kill the Home Secretary Julia Montague?”
Villain: “Eh, it was just business”
Villain: “It was good for business”
Jon Snow: HHhHHHhnnnnnNnNnNNRrRrrrrRR!”

Line Of Duty was often ridiculous but excellent at letting the audience suspend disbelief, there was barely a line I. The last couple of episodes of this that didn’t make me think ‘why would you be saying that?’.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:26 (one year ago) link

I am an engineer !

||||||||, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:42 (one year ago) link

he wisnae jon snow, he was robb stark

i too thought he was really good in this tbh but jesus that final episode was dumb as a bag of hammers

my favourite part was when he disarmed the bomb vest, leapt over the wall and vanished into thin air, all while surrounded by tens if not hundreds of armed policemen

enjoying the series as a whole depended on being complicit with, or temporarily repressing its rather vile racism

yeah, the thing i liked most about the first couple of episodes was the suggestion that his experiences in afghanistan might have radicalised him and the will he/won't he on killing the home secretary himself - it was pretty disappointing when it became clear we were just gonna end up going in a much more tedious and conventional deep-state conspiracy story, and it all hinged on *shock horror* a woman being eeeevil

CRABCORE’S NOT DEAD (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:38 (one year ago) link

Bodyguard went completely under my radar. but apparently the numbers of people watching it 24 hours after broadcast were strangely huge.

koogs, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:53 (one year ago) link

Is anyone watching Press? Is it worth seeing that?

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 21:57 (one year ago) link

I watched the first episode of it but I completely forgot I'd even done that until you just mentioned it there. That's how compelling it was (and I stuck with Bodyguard all the way through, so it's not like I can't stomach implausible drama).

ailsa, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 22:11 (one year ago) link

That doesn't sound too good. I saw, and was let down, by Bodyguard. I'm watching quite some Beeb stuff as of late. Killing Eve is enjoyable fodder. Wanderlust is, well, just fodder, yet I still watch it.

I've recorded all I've missed from Press so far. Your ringing endorsement has sealed the deal, I will watch it :)

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 22:28 (one year ago) link

anyone watching Black Earth Rising?

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 22:40 (one year ago) link

hugo blick is the UK damon lindelof

||||||||, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 06:11 (one year ago) link

honourable woman was all-time tho

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 06:59 (one year ago) link

Came upon it by accident, ‘Reported Missing’ is uncomfortable but necessary viewing. Final episode on Monday was one of the rawest, most heartbreaking things I’ve seen on TV.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 07:39 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

"They've Gotta Have Us" has been illuminating and enjoyable and well worth catching while it's still on iPlayer.

the Warnock of Clodhop Mountain (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 27 October 2018 21:00 (one year ago) link

"there she goes" is pretty good, but quite stressful

||||||||, Sunday, 28 October 2018 12:44 (one year ago) link

there she goes is brilliant. the last scene in this week's episode was hilarious

||||||||, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:05 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Scream of Fear on talking pictures (freeview 81) tonight. Great little hammer film.

koogs, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 18:55 (one year ago) link

That's 20:00.

Haunting of Hill House on directly after too.

koogs, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 18:57 (one year ago) link

only just realised you only have to spend £4 on a basic aerial with usb booster to get freeview and it's a reliable signal, damn all those wasted years of paying for a basic virgin tv package at £20 a month. I hate myself.

calzino, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 19:13 (one year ago) link

at least the license fee buys you something :)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 22:58 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

the 15 billion pound railway - this is my shit, put it directly into my veins

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 21:48 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

recommend the BBC2 documentary on qassem soleimani

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Saturday, 16 March 2019 07:36 (one year ago) link

BBC4 yorkshire ripper documentary series worth a watch

tinhead from brookside (||||||||), Friday, 29 March 2019 09:09 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Been enjoying the uncomplicated fun of 'Gentleman Jack'. For two episodes I was sure the lead was played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). Her resemblance to Suranne Jones is uncanny. So much so that I thought it rather vulgar that Jones, in her role as Anne Lister, also winks at and speaks to the camera ocassionally, breaking the 4th wall. Turns out it isn't Waller-Bridge at all.. Regardless, it's good.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 June 2019 21:55 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

"New Weird Britain
Music Journalist John Doran seeks out a new wave of radical music being made in the margins of Britain."

would've been nice on tv, i guess, but this was radio4. nothing new to listeners of Freak Zone or Late Junction but nice to see this stuff on radio 4 on a monday afternoon.

the one thing someone (Jennifer Walshe) said in episode 4 has stayed with me. "Online used to be an escape from the real world. But now the real world is the escape from online"

koogs, Friday, 28 June 2019 13:11 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass... (BBC2 21:00 27 July 2019)

"Hip hop legend and art lover Fab 5 Freddy saddles up to explore 15th-century Italian renaissance art in 15th-century style – on horseback."

koogs, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 12:19 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Fab 5 Freddy thing was both good fun and very interesting. More of this.

nashwan, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:25 (eleven months ago) link

(he popped up on imagine (iirc*) as well, that same weekend) was an interesting, slightly different take at the art of the period.

(* there was something on about cindi sherman, might've been that. the other alternative was the thing about the new tate show by the Olafur Eliasson guy)

as mentioned elsewhere, the george clark thing on council houses was v watchable.

koogs, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:38 (eleven months ago) link

and the deller thing about rave culture / riots

koogs, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:39 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

There's a documentary about Bruce Chatwin made by Werner Herzog on iPlayer. Nomad, it's called.

What a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers (jed_), Saturday, 21 September 2019 23:45 (nine months ago) link

yeah i was gonna watch this on broadcast last night but decided to go to sleep cos iplayer exists, looks good tho

Fox Pithole Britain (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 22 September 2019 12:10 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

howtf is 4od still not HD ? it's 2019

be goose, do crimes (||||||||), Sunday, 13 October 2019 19:02 (nine months ago) link

mate they're still using flash.

The Pingularity (ledge), Sunday, 13 October 2019 19:36 (nine months ago) link

The original series of The Demon Headmaster is on iPlayer just now if you fancy a wander down memory lane before the reboot airs

boxedjoy, Monday, 14 October 2019 07:45 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

anyone else watching giri/haji? really liked the 3 episodes so far though the ending of episode 3 strains credibility beyond breaking point. the lead actor/character is dull but the supporting ones are great. love the pre-episode recaps as well.

oscar bravo, Friday, 8 November 2019 07:52 (eight months ago) link

Giri/Haji should be total catnip to me - stylish Japanese/London police gangster drama with lots of dry humour. But yeah the lead guy is lacking spark or something.

kinder, Friday, 15 November 2019 21:46 (eight months ago) link

Gold Digger is good for four episodes then another one of those annoying/frustrating wastes of time that move the goalposts off the playing field.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 15 November 2019 22:58 (eight months ago) link

Greg Davis looks back at Kes.

koogs, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:15 (seven months ago) link

warning: contains Greg Davies

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:56 (seven months ago) link


koogs, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 04:43 (seven months ago) link

There's a new show started on CH4 tonight called My Grandparent's War where actors talk about their ancestors' war experiences, obv. The four actors chosen are: Helena Bonham-Carter, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Mark Rylance and Carey Mulligan. Does anyone else see a problem here? In related news, Christopher Eccleston's episode of Who Do You Think You Are was, allegedly, dropped because the researchers thought his working-class background was not interesting enough.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:20 (seven months ago) link

This country is actually making me feel ill.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:21 (seven months ago) link

Yeah I was rolling my eyes at the trailer for that one

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:22 (seven months ago) link

Surprised at Rylance for playing along with this horseshit tbh

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 21:23 (seven months ago) link

Rylance is a Shakespeare-didn't-write-Shakespeare nutter, would fall for any old horseshit

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 28 November 2019 04:43 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

biker gang in worzel gummidge was top drawer

oscar bravo, Saturday, 28 December 2019 12:50 (six months ago) link

Yeah the first episode was competent and good in places but the second knocked it out of the park. I'm still chuckling at "leather milk balloon".

So, your CV says you're a (checks notes) DJ and stand-up comedian (aldo), Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:14 (six months ago) link

he didn't know and didn't watch the Pertwee version before he'd finished shooting and it has a very different feel.

unthanks on music duties too, which came out of him asking to use magpie song on detectorists

koogs, Sunday, 29 December 2019 15:55 (six months ago) link

one month passes...


<3 these Stand Up For The Classics that have all just been made into podcasts (meaning they won't expire for over a year)

koogs, Thursday, 20 February 2020 17:32 (four months ago) link


Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:06 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

this was great, felt like old-school science tv, somehow, like Tomorrow's World. she knows her stuff and is enthusiastic. nice to see behind the scenes at UAL in Granary Square too (given that there probably won't be a degree show this year)

koogs, Friday, 3 April 2020 15:51 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People is incredibly intense and moving. I don't think I've seen anything this deeply felt from the BBC for a long time.It's actually unlike anything I've seen on TV - I have to keep pausing because I'm feeling quite emotionally overwhelmed although I'm feeling that a lot anyway rn. It's a BBC3 co-production with hulu but fate has found it on BBC1 - I assume this was a last-minute programming decision because other series' have not been completed due to we know what. It's probably the least BBC1 thing imaginable but is available in full on the iPlayer. I'm on episode three and haven't read the book so please, no spoilers.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 30 April 2020 02:46 (two months ago) link

I think the lead time is such that there's enough TV for now, especially drama stuff, but the problem is that nothing is being filmed and that'll lead to problems later. Outside of drama, a friend went to the filming of Christmas QI in October, suggesting the lead time there is a couple of months. But Robin Ince has said that he had to sit on his Celeb Pointless win for over a year before it was broadcast.

The bbc3 on bbc1 slot has been a thing lately. This Country recently. There is plenty more that didn't get a traditional airing, not all of it good.

koogs, Thursday, 30 April 2020 06:00 (two months ago) link

There's been lots of decent Art on TV recently too. Bbc4 have been going around museums that are on lockdown giving you a peep at, say, the Warhol at the Tate modern that nobody will get to see.

The Basquiat documentary had a repeat last week. There was another about the us art market that had some nice things in it even if the focus was all wrong.

Highlight for me, though, was Grayson Perry just pottering(!) around at home with Philippa, talking to the odd celeb artist on zoom (lycett, lemon), just generally chilling.

koogs, Thursday, 30 April 2020 06:12 (two months ago) link

Started Giri/Haji. Took an episode to realise that the rent boy is the one who wrote Flowers.

koogs, Sunday, 3 May 2020 20:35 (two months ago) link

Apparently Normal People is the most watched programme on iplayer ever at this point. I must say that by the time I finished it I didn't like it any more for reasons I don't realy care to go into atm. Not personal reasons really, I'm glad that it has had the impact that it has because it's so unique and its success is so unexpected.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 23:47 (two months ago) link

wait, it's the most requested (whatever that means) BBC3 thing not the most-watched thing on the platform.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 23:51 (two months ago) link

i think that honour still belongs to rupaul’s drag race

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 00:09 (two months ago) link


I probably liked both equally.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 00:28 (two months ago) link

Anyone catch Brookers 'Antiviral Wipe' last night? I was most pleased he hadn't forgotten about BoJo's 350m Magic Bus

i enjoyed DEVS, (8 x 45m) which is still on iplayer.

i'm refusing to go back to the office until they make us a mag-lev Menger sponge to work in (the vacuum aspect is probably too fiddly though - no toilets?)

koogs, Friday, 15 May 2020 09:22 (two months ago) link

also finished Giri / Haji mentioned above and that was great, all sorts of everything in there, including comtemporary dance.

those two and Normal People make it feel like a purple patch for tv at the mo.

koogs, Friday, 15 May 2020 09:27 (two months ago) link

A thread for Devs, the new Alex Garland show on FX/HBO (with SPOILERS) in case you have thoughts

coptic feels (seandalai), Friday, 15 May 2020 12:05 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Windrush Scandal drama on BBC1 tonight was very good. It's called Sitting in Limbo.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 8 June 2020 21:52 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

I finally went in on I May Destroy You and holy fuck. Best show I've seen in a long time.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 7 July 2020 23:51 (one week ago) link

That show is very confused, imo but there are enough great things in it to keep me watching. I may expand once I've seen this week's episodes.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 00:16 (one week ago) link

fwiw, I think the great things are very admirable and the things that I consider to be bad are very confusing, personally. Morally, it seems incredibly weird, at times, but I'm willing to accept that that's part of a greater pattern that is yet to be revealed.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 00:21 (one week ago) link

BBC4 seems to be having a black history month all of its own. Which means I get to see The Long Song which I missed at the time.

Also enjoyed the Keith Haring thing on bbc2 recently.

koogs, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 02:53 (one week ago) link

jed I'd be v interested to hear about the things you think are bad. I'll admit there's a lot of the milieu that I'm just kind of taking on faith.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 07:47 (one week ago) link

just got aound to watching 'trigonometry' which i'm really enjoying. unless the charcters take a sudden heel turn over the last couple of episodes it's just been nice watching a series where most of the characters are really nice.

oscar bravo, Thursday, 9 July 2020 10:44 (six days ago) link

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