What have you watched on telly?

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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:27 am

I've got a bit behind on HoHH but watched an episode last night. I am enjoying it more and more - the creepy stuff is properly unsettling (floaty man with stick) and I love how the tragic family stories are all tied into it. The terror they lived in as kids and how it's affected them as adults is so well done.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:29 am

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Käsemeister wrote:BBCish

Interesting. What was the link?

It had the feel of a BBC commission, at least in the first series.


ITV liked it, but didn't have enough money or gumption to do it. BBC WW/A stepped in and took over, hence why it was broadcast on the Beeb, but the downloads are flagged ITV.

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Broadchurch was on ITV.

wiki wrote:In autumn 2011,[7] Chibnall pitched Broadchurch to Laura Mackie,[9] the Head of Drama at ITV, who proved very enthusiastic about the proposal. Just a few days after she finished reading the scripts, she suggested Chibnall contact Kudos Film and Television, a production company.[7] Mackie then brought the show to ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham.[5] Broadchurch was green-lit by Fincham almost immediately[6] for airing in early 2013.[7]

Although ITV made a sizeable financial investment in Broadchurch,[16] additional funds were needed because of the cost of the large ensemble cast. Additional funds were sought from international partners, who would then win distribution rights in their territories. Before principal photography began, ZDF (German public-service television broadcaster) and BBC America (the American cable and satellite television network jointly owned by the BBC and AMC Networks) both provided additional funding
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Turntable @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:34 am

Amazed that the head of Drama at ITV is only 9. Prodigy or what?
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:04 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I've got a bit behind on HoHH but watched an episode last night. I am enjoying it more and more - the creepy stuff is properly unsettling (floaty man with stick) and I love how the tragic family stories are all tied into it. The terror they lived in as kids and how it's affected them as adults is so well done.

That's exactly what I liked about it. I found it emotionally engaging first, and creepy second.

Clown, the next episode is proper ace.

Tokyo Sexwale wrote:Cleaning Up last night. So far so good and although a little far fetched, not outside the realms of possibility. I liked how exited they got over their initial investment and am looking forward to watching more.

I love new ITV Tokes. We watched this last night after your recommendation, and I really liked it but Mr Span was a bit sneery, said it was alright but it would have been better if the BBC had made it. "You're just like my internet friends!", I didn't say.

That said I can't remember ever watching much on ITV except IACGMOOH, and I used to love Downton Abbey before it got silly.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:02 am

Finished Fortitude III last night, to my amazement. As we started episode 3,the continuity announcer exclaimed it was the penultimate episode. WTactualF?! This series is only 4 episodes long!

I feel properly stitched up. Especially as the first two episodes established a real plethora of twisty plot threads to reconcile, as well as all the trailing ones from series 2. It felt like the last series (so far) of Game Of Thrones - everything suddenly throwing together at breakneck clip, leaving you underwhelmed because the conclusions that have been teased out for so long come flying at you without the resonance they deserve.

Still. I really liked what there was of it. Shame that Dan's arc went the way it did, but it seemed inevitable even as it felt shocking in the moment. Pretty much uniformly excellent performances, and another severed knob, just to remind you what programme you're watching. Good old Fortitude.

Things I will remember :

1) it's absolutely bananas
2) Dennis Quaid is in incredible shape for a man in his mid sixties
3) everything about Richard Dormer's performance. And Dan's beard. And Dan's hat.
4) a plot that absolutely does
what it wants
5) grue
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Käsemeister @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:03 pm

thekungfury wrote:
Käsemeister wrote:
thekungfury wrote:
Käsemeister wrote:BBCish

Interesting. What was the link?

It had the feel of a BBC commission, at least in the first series.


ITV liked it, but didn't have enough money or gumption to do it. BBC WW/A stepped in and took over, hence why it was broadcast on the Beeb, but the downloads are flagged ITV.

:confused:

Broadchurch was on ITV.

wiki wrote:In autumn 2011,[7] Chibnall pitched Broadchurch to Laura Mackie,[9] the Head of Drama at ITV, who proved very enthusiastic about the proposal. Just a few days after she finished reading the scripts, she suggested Chibnall contact Kudos Film and Television, a production company.[7] Mackie then brought the show to ITV Director of Television Peter Fincham.[5] Broadchurch was green-lit by Fincham almost immediately[6] for airing in early 2013.[7]

Although ITV made a sizeable financial investment in Broadchurch,[16] additional funds were needed because of the cost of the large ensemble cast. Additional funds were sought from international partners, who would then win distribution rights in their territories. Before principal photography began, ZDF (German public-service television broadcaster) and BBC America (the American cable and satellite television network jointly owned by the BBC and AMC Networks) both provided additional funding


http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/broadchurch/season-1

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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:14 pm

I watch TV here where it was on ITV. It's OK to be wrong about this btw.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Strawman @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:17 pm

He said it was BBCish, I took that to imply there were elements of both ITV and BBC involved in the production, which it seems there were, although with increasingly independent production companies involved the lines become blurred.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Käsemeister @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:00 pm

thekungfury wrote:I watch TV here where it was on ITV. It's OK to be wrong about this btw.



I’ve spent a lifetime being wrong, please let me be right. Ish.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by S1K @ Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:04 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:Finished Fortitude III last night, to my amazement. As we started episode 3,the continuity announcer exclaimed it was the penultimate episode. WTactualF?! This series is only 4 episodes long!

I feel properly stitched up. Especially as the first two episodes established a real plethora of twisty plot threads to reconcile, as well as all the trailing ones from series 2. It felt like the last series (so far) of Game Of Thrones - everything suddenly throwing together at breakneck clip, leaving you underwhelmed because the conclusions that have been teased out for so long come flying at you without the resonance they deserve.

Still. I really liked what there was of it. Shame that Dan's arc went the way it did, but it seemed inevitable even as it felt shocking in the moment. Pretty much uniformly excellent performances, and another severed knob, just to remind you what programme you're watching. Good old Fortitude.

Things I will remember :

1) it's absolutely bananas
2) Dennis Quaid is in incredible shape for a man in his mid sixties
3) everything about Richard Dormer's performance. And Dan's beard. And Dan's hat.
4) a plot that absolutely does
what it wants
5) grue

Was it really only four episodes? I've watched them too and I've been wondering where the rest of the series is. I even searched for it on the Sky box to see if I'd accidentally un-series-linked it.

What a fcuking swizz.

I did enjoy it though and your thoughts pretty much mirror mine. Dan's beard and hat almost look as if they've had extra texture added in CGI, like the monsters in Monsters Inc.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Strawman @ Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:08 pm

Right I binged watched all two and a half seasons of Fortitude because season 3 is only on for another 11 days and I was worried it might disappear into the ether. I agree the 3rd season was truncated with several loose ends also why introduce the new characters if they weren't originally planning on doing more with them. I guess the viewing audience for penises being severed clean off isn't that numerous. The whole prehistoric wasp thing was interesting and plausible enough, but it seemed to gradually loose it's way.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by ttwiggy @ Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:06 pm

Did anyone catch 'Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16' on C5 last night?

One character is already exhibiting worryingly Private Pile-like tendencies. I do wonder if the very real prospect of quickly shipping out to a war zone has altered the profile of the average raw recruit these days.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Greg66 @ Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:20 pm

In my never ending quest to consume all available rash TV, I have stumbled across The Runaways on Amazon Prime. It's superhero ish, though more of a mash up of Scooby Doo, Buffy and X Students Lite. I can't really decide whether it is any good, which I think means it is mediocre.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by S1K @ Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:00 pm

The third series of True Detective started this week with two episodes on Sky Atlantic.

Series one was fantastic with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in the boondocks of Louisiana then the second series was absolute dogshit. Hopefully this third outing will be a return to form.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:46 am

The first two episodes of Killing Eve last night, finally. After the BBC put the willies up me by taking a second serious already.

Loved it! So playful and so much fun. Actual laughs out loud in places, and two superb central performances.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:04 am

Damien Thorn wrote:The first two episodes of Killing Eve last night, finally. After the BBC put the willies up me by taking a second serious already.

Loved it! So playful and so much fun. Actual laughs out loud in places, and two superb central performances.


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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:08 pm

I’ve recently dipped my toe into Silent Witness and after avoiding it for years actually found it quite compelling.

Recent trans episode btw, not sure if it has this consistency throughout its run but I’ll certainly watch it again when I get the chance.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by manfromdelmonte @ Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:44 pm

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:The first two episodes of Killing Eve last night, finally. After the BBC put the willies up me by taking a second serious already.

Loved it! So playful and so much fun. Actual laughs out loud in places, and two superb central performances.


You are the best person.


They're doing a promotional photoshoot for this outside my flat on Friday.

I haven't watched it, but enjoyed TT's review
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by CJ+ @ Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:50 pm

Just finished up the most recent series of Masterchef:The Professionals.

TBH I used to enjoy it a lot more when they were a lot less professional. After the first couple of episodes of this series (and the past few, tbh), every sodding one of them was a first-class cook, all suitably humble.

I think that for just a couple of programmes, I'd like it to go back to when some young spotty buck who's currently second fryer chef in a Harvester gives it bertie big potatoes in the run up, and then his chocolate doesn't temper and his creme brulee doesn't set, and he looks like he wants to throw up when he's being told by the fat grocer that his dish doesn't have soft buttery whatevers.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by S1K @ Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:34 pm

They did cook some amazing things though. It’s so far removed from the sort of cuisine which anyone could conceivably cook at home that it’s like comparing F1 with the car on your drive. I was a bit disappointed that Luke didn’t make the final because he was my prediction for the win and I thought he was much better than Ramon and probably better than Dean too. A head to head between Luke and Lawrence would have been the best final.

Edit - why is an auto filter changing the first three letters of Oliver to Ramon?

Edit 2 - it was Moley’s doing. RIP.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Strawman @ Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:05 am

Does 1hr 30 minutes of a documentary count as telly if it's on Youtube?

Original video page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kih06l3EB4k


Horrible people lying their way through life, and stealing, pretty compelling.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:14 pm

chinkypig wrote:I’ve recently dipped my toe into Silent Witness and after avoiding it for years actually found it quite compelling.

Recent trans episode btw, not sure if it has this consistency throughout its run but I’ll certainly watch it again when I get the chance.


I watched this last night and while I applaud the BBC for using their programmes to raise awareness of things, I do wish they wouldn't do it in quite such a heavy-handed fashion. As soon as I realised the subject of this was trans, I knew it was going to be one of those episodes.

That bit where Liz and Jack were analysing that bit of plant matter or whatever it was, then looked at each other with a smilingly knowing look and declared that plants can be male or female as well as both and it's absolutely fine! just made me rolleyes massively.

I'm definitely not saying it's PC gorn maaaad and PH-esquely demanding a return to the days of everything on TV being about white middle-class able-bodied hetero men, but a little bit of subtlety instead of bludgeoning the viewer with The Message would be far more effective.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:36 pm

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
chinkypig wrote:I’ve recently dipped my toe into Silent Witness and after avoiding it for years actually found it quite compelling.

Recent trans episode btw, not sure if it has this consistency throughout its run but I’ll certainly watch it again when I get the chance.


I watched this last night and while I applaud the BBC for using their programmes to raise awareness of things, I do wish they wouldn't do it in quite such a heavy-handed fashion. As soon as I realised the subject of this was trans, I knew it was going to be one of those episodes.

That bit where Liz and Jack were analysing that bit of plant matter or whatever it was, then looked at each other with a smilingly knowing look and declared that plants can be male or female as well as both and it's absolutely fine! just made me rolleyes massively.

I'm definitely not saying it's PC gorn maaaad and PH-esquely demanding a return to the days of everything on TV being about white middle-class able-bodied hetero men, but a little bit of subtlety instead of bludgeoning the viewer with The Message would be far more effective.


I try to tune this sort of thing out as best as I can and just focus on the story and characters.
I was fully prepared to be annoyed by Solo (which we watched last night) after reading the reviews of it and the condemnation of its ‘woke’ droid but it didn’t bother me in the slightest and I found myself wondering what the fuss was about tbh.

I do think about how much more I used to enjoy telly and film when I knew less about agendas and indeed less about the politics and behaviour of the people who make the content.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by S1K @ Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:47 pm

I've watched the first three episodes of the third series of True Detective and it seems much more of a return to the form of the first series rather than the disaster of the second series.

It's shown in three time arcs, one in 1980 when the central crime story occurs, one in 1990 when a significant event reopens the case and one in 2015 when one of the central detectives, who has developed dementia, is being interviewed by a true-life crime TV show producer. Worth watching if you enjoyed the first series I'd say.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:27 pm

chinkypig wrote:I was fully prepared to be annoyed by Solo (which we watched last night) after reading the reviews of it and the condemnation of its ‘woke’ droid.


I see that as being exactly the same as Mrs Banks shouting "votes for women!" in May Poppins.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:24 am

Damien Thorn wrote:
chinkypig wrote:I was fully prepared to be annoyed by Solo (which we watched last night) after reading the reviews of it and the condemnation of its ‘woke’ droid.


I see that as being exactly the same as Mrs Banks shouting "votes for women!" in May Poppins.



Agreed and without the pre release chat it would have barely registered with me as anything other than a distinctive character trait, hence my dismay at the possible over analysis of mainstream films in general.

At least I enjoyed Solo and I’d happily have watched another couple of adventures if it had done well enough to merit a sequel of it’s own.

Unlike TFA and TLJ which I didn’t really connect with on an emotional level at all.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:49 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:The first two episodes of Killing Eve last night, finally. After the BBC put the willies up me by taking a second serious already.

Loved it! So playful and so much fun. Actual laughs out loud in places, and two superb central performances.


You are the best person.

We finished Killing Eve last night, bashed the final episodes in a three-er. I adored it. Mrs Thorn adored it too, although at times it made her cry - "I love this programme", she sniffled, "but I hate it as well". I can't get over how much fun the whole thing was, an absolute joy to watch. I relished the performances (I know, I said that before, but they are so very good) and the writing was wonderful. It was utterly hilarious and yet also quite emotionally powerful at times. I loved the lo fi of it all, how a clearly expensive programme used cheapo stuff in the production design. And the car chase between a Delica and an old X-Trail was total genius.


Even the controversial ending felt perfect. Just ace. I can't wait for the second series now.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:59 pm

A friend of mine recommended Fleabag and I watched the first two episodes today. It’s brilliant! It somehow manages to be crude, funny, sad and entertaining all at once.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:34 pm

Same writer as much of Killing Eve.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:45 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:Same writer as much of Killing Eve.


Yes, I recognised the name and googled then remembered that she was the Killing Eve person. Well looking forward to KE season 2. I binge-watched S1 on my last day of being signed off sick and loved it for all the same reasons as you did.
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