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Offwidth 01 Dec 2019

As an experiment I thought it worth putting up a parallel to the film threads, especially as online viewing of box sets is still a growing trend in the UK and some of still watch or record broadcast TV.

I've just finished watching Spiral (Engreneges) series 7.... the usual murky dealings of a French crime squad and the criminal justice and political systems in which they sit.... and up to the usual excellent gritty standards. Available on the I Player for a short while yet.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0072wk9/spiral

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_(TV_series)

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Tom V 01 Dec 2019
In reply to Offwidth:

For me it's the absolute pinnacle of BBC4  night viewing ( and not just because Maitre Karlsson is the stuff of fantasies). I found a similar French cop show called Braquo which was nearly as good but it fell short in a couple of places.

Good to see Tintin make a return  and the scruffy leads of Laure and Gilou deserve each other.

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Blue Straggler 01 Dec 2019
In reply to Offwidth:

I just binge-watched Scream Queens Season 1, deliriously campy fun, like Mean Girls meets Scream, with some very bold dialogue (nasty stuff, but spoken by nasty characters so the writers somehow get away with it) 

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jethro kiernan 02 Dec 2019
In reply to Offwidth:

Midway through Succession, an unflattering portrait of thinly veiled Murdoch type family.

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Tom V 02 Dec 2019
In reply to jethro kiernan:

I love the theme tune

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In reply to Offwidth:

Andy Murray - Resurfacing

Brilliant feature length documentary about the last couple of years of AM battling his hip injury, going through the rehab and trying to get back on court. Emotional and inspirational. I have total admiration for him....very open access and he comes across warm, vulnerable and completely professional. 

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deepsoup 02 Dec 2019
In reply to Blue Straggler:

> I just binge-watched Scream Queens Season 1, deliriously campy fun, like Mean Girls meets Scream, with some very bold dialogue (nasty stuff, but spoken by nasty characters so the writers somehow get away with it) 


A comedy-horror spoof type thing?  Sounds good.  Streaming?  Where from?  (I'm still digging my heels in and resisting the lure of Amazon Prime so far.)

In a similar vein, possibly.  (Bad pun, sorry.)

"What We Do In The Shadows" is still available on the BBC iPlayer.

It's a 10-episode TV series spin-off of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's vampire 'mockumentary' film of the same name, and it's just delightful.  It's worth having seen the film first, but not at all essential.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m0005bky/what-we-do-in-the-shadows

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Bwox 02 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

>  "What We Do In The Shadows" is still available on the BBC iPlayer.

>  It's a 10-episode TV series spin-off of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's vampire 'mockumentary' film of the same name, and it's just delightful.

Pretty much everything with Matt Berry in is worth a look, to my mind. 'Disenchantment' perhaps isn't as good as one might hope, but that's not really his fault.

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deepsoup 02 Dec 2019
In reply to Bwox:

I'm not usually a big fan of his, but he is *perfect* as Laszlo. 

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Blue Straggler 02 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

> A comedy-horror spoof type thing?  Sounds good.  Streaming?  Where from?  (I'm still digging my heels in and resisting the lure of Amazon Prime so far.)

I bought the DVD, £5 delivered. Yes, a comedy-horror thing, not really a spoof, in the same way that Scream wasn't really a spoof. It is tongue-in-cheek yet still somehow the "whodunnit"/murder-mystery aspect does genuinely draw you in. Writers clearly had a lot of fun writing deliberately offensive dialogue for the over-the-top obnoxious spoiled rich brats who comprise the majority of the characters. Performances are fun, I think it is deliberately played and directed to acknowledge that most of these "college students" are blatantly in their mid-late twenties  
Billie "Carrie Fisher's daughter" Lourd is the best as she has the totally deadpan character, but Emma Roberts does a superb job carrying the whole thing, as the top mean rich bitch. 

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Offwidth 02 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

Just adorable. I feel let down by a lot of modern TV comedy but a few shows really click for me. I thought the film worked much less well.

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Blue Straggler 02 Dec 2019
In reply to Offwidth:

> I thought the film worked much less well.

That is interesting as I did like the premise but the film bored me, yet I like Taika in general...

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deepsoup 02 Dec 2019
In reply to Blue Straggler:

> I bought the DVD, £5 delivered.

Cool, I'll have a look at that then, ta.

Oh, and regarding WWDITS..  I agree with Offwidth I think, for my money the film is very good but the TV series is really quite a lot better.  Perhaps you have to be a Kiwi to really, properly appreciate the film.

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Offwidth 04 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

"I agree with Offwidth"... sticking that in my scrapbook

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deepsoup 04 Dec 2019
In reply to Offwidth:

I agree with you about almost everything, that's why it pains me so much that you're such a bollock.

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marsbar 04 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

Well that escalated.....

I'm rather looking forward to the tiger who came to tea.  

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Offwidth 04 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

Well, I quite like you, despite that: if we can't have some passion in what we believe and enjoy, what is the point in life....

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deepsoup 04 Dec 2019
In reply to marsbar:

> Well that escalated.....

Ha ha.  I did think about adding a winky smiley thing.

I'd never heard of the Tiger Who Came to Tea.  It looks like the TV production has a strong cast - Tamsin Grieg is quite underrated I think, but it's always a good sign if she's in something. 
(Well, on TV at least - lets not talk about The Archers.)

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Blue Straggler 04 Dec 2019
In reply to deepsoup:

> Ha ha.  I did think about adding a winky smiley thing.

> I'd never heard of the Tiger Who Came to Tea.  It looks like the TV production has a strong cast - Tamsin Grieg is quite underrated I think, but it's always a good sign if she's in something. 

She had a short but effective role in one of the stronger films of the year, "Official Secrets"

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Tobes 04 Dec 2019
In reply to Offwidth:

Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes - 

I must have been abroad at the time coz both these past me by but.....brilliant! lots of Bowie references, politically incorrect, Keeley Hawes (AtA) terrible plots, great character actors, Keeley Hawes, great soundtrack, constant drinking, Keeley Haw......you get the idea ; )  

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yorkshireman 04 Dec 2019
In reply to jethro kiernan:

> Midway through Succession, an unflattering portrait of thinly veiled Murdoch type family.

We watched this and after a couple of episodes wondered how we would stick with it since there's basically no sympathetic characters, everyone is a c%#t. Still, powered through both seasons and ended up loving it. I've worked with some people though who might think it aspirational rather than satirical.

Another vote for Spiral - glad to hear they've just wrapped up filming on season 2. I'll have to check out Braquo.

Season 4 of the Man in the High Castle has just started so that's on the list.

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yorkshireman 04 Dec 2019
In reply to Tom V:

> I love the theme tune

It earwormed into my head for quite a while.

Did you see the Boris Johnson version?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XW9V0jDLp4

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Tom V 04 Dec 2019
In reply to yorkshireman:

Interesting point about dramas where there isn't anyone remotely likeable : to your nomination of Succession, which I agree with totally, I'd like to add Ozarks.

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Tom V 04 Dec 2019
In reply to yorkshireman:

Like it. 

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jethro kiernan 21:39 Wed
In reply to yorkshireman:

I do sometimes struggle with programs that have no sympathetic character’s but it been fairly quality so far. It’s like watching a nasty David Brent write large 😏

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Blue Straggler 00:17 Thu
In reply to Tom V:

> Interesting point about dramas where there isn't anyone remotely likeable 

Has this been on the increase in fiction in general in the past two decades or am I just either more sensitive to it or picking a lot of this stuff by coincidence? From Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, to We Need To Talk About Kevin, via unlikely fare such as Lucky Number  Slevin and even The Big Sick, it seems to be a thing

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In reply to Offwidth:

Spiral 7 was great but a bit complicated to follow.

Ken Burns' [Burns's?] documentary on Country Music is being shown on BBC 4 just now. Has reached episode 4 out of 8. Watched first 4 episodes yesterday. Absolutely brilliant. [To save musical snobs the trouble I've heard all the "yee haw" etc comments  many times.]

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Sean Kelly 09:14 Thu
In reply to Offwidth:

Another vote for Spiral. Stumbled upon this back in series 2 and must catch up on s.1 on YouTube. Even the mrs is a keen fan. Best foreign TV since The Bridge!

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Offwidth 00:15 Mon
In reply to Sean Kelly:

Finally got round to watching BBC4 Storyville: Brexit Behind Closed Doors. This is like a comedy spoof on the EU side of the brexit negotiations, but it is in fact real and contains lots of telling information on tne attitudes and behaviour on both sides. Frankly the EU were mad to make this and it feels dirty but important to watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvKGWQXi3rM

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