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Tennant and Watson shine in The Politician’s Husband

David Tennant stars as an ambitious cabinet minister, Aiden Hoynes, who makes an ill advised play for the party leadership only to see his wife step into the ensuing void, in The Politician’s Husband. This three-part show originally shown on BBC Two in the UK is now available for streaming on Netflix. As the series opens Hoynes and his wife Freya Gardner, a wonderfully impressive Emily Watson, are the golden couple of British politics. Judging the time is right to… Read More »

CW to show Penn & Teller: Fool Us

In the sea of network mediocrity that is Big Brother, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance the CW pulls a wonderful surprise on Wednesday at 8pm with the premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Originally filmed and shown in the UK three years ago for ITV, and broadcast here in the US for the first time, the show gives magicians the opportunity to open in Las Vegas for the well known illusionists Penn Jillette and… Read More »

The Time Tunnel is vintage fun

Time travel and alternative timelines have always been a favorite of mine in all forms of media. Whether movies such as the Planet of the Apes or the Time Travelers to name just a couple, television such as Doctor Who and the venerable British series Timeslip or the Time Wars novels of Simon Hawke I am invariably drawn to the subject matter. The genesis of that interest can be traced back to an old ABC drama called The Time Tunnel,… Read More »

Yes Minister: The best British comedy ever

Yes Minister and the follow up Yes Prime Minister are the focus of this week’s Throwback Thursday with the combined 38 episodes available on Hulu Plus. Comedy is a rather subjective matter and what tickles the old funny bone varies from person to person, but for me this is the series with more consistent laughs than any other showcasing the talents of Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. Certainly a case could be made for Porridge, Blackadder, Dad’s Army,… Read More »

More Nordic Noir with Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter

There has, over the past couple of years, been something of a renaissance when it comes to quality drama from the Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden and Denmark. The multiple versions of Wallander and the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo may well be the best known although The Killing and The Bridge, both made into US adaptations, along with Borgen, The Protectors, Sebastian Bergman and The Eagle are well worth your time. Although be forewarned; even with the need for subtitles… Read More »

The Rockford Files on Throwback Thursday

“This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message and I’ll get back to you.” And so started one of the greatest shows of all time, The Rockford Files which we highlight this week on Throwback Thursday. The first three seasons are available for free streaming on Hulu, while Amazon Prime members can stream all six seasons as part of their subscription. Rockford featured James Garner, who had become a star in the late 50’s and early… Read More »

Gideon Raff brings Tyrant to FX

Back in 2010 the extremely talented Israeli director and writer Gideon Raff created a television drama series called Prisoners of War. The show, which Raff also wrote and directed, went on to become Israel’s highest rated drama of all time and spawned a US adaptation, the highly acclaimed and multiple award winning Showtime series Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Tuesday at 10pm on FX, Raff unveils his latest drama with the debut of Tyrant, which takes Raff back… Read More »

TNT premieres The Last Ship this Sunday

TNT continues what appears to be a strong start to the summer season on Sunday when the Michael Bay executive produced drama, the Last Ship screens at 9pm for the first of 10 episodes. Based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, The Last Ship postulates a post-apocalyptic world in which the remnants of society, not least the crew of the USS Nathan James, battle to survive. Brinkley’s novel, published in 1988 by Viking Press and Ballantine… Read More »

World Cup starts this week from Brazil

This week we have three major sporting events, a potentially interesting new drama from TNT on tap and news of a highly regarded Belgian detective thriller that is available on Netflix. Thursday the eyes of the vast majority of the world will be on South America as the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil. Soccer, or football as it is known in the rest of the globe, has gained in popularity here in the US over recent years with… Read More »

Crossbones brings Malkovich to NBC

Last Friday saw the premiere of Crossbones, the new NBC themed pirate drama staring John Malkovich and Richard Coyle. ‘John Malkovich as Blackbeard’ surely has to be one of the easiest pitches ever. I wanted this to be good; I so wanted this to be good. And stunningly and wonderfully it is. The Commodore, as Blackbeard wishes to be known, rules over New Providence the largest island in what is now the modern day Bahamas. Alternatively violent and philosophical, not… Read More »

Throwback Thursday Space: 1999 is comfort food

This week on Throwback Thursday I wanted to take a look at the classic series Space: 1999 that ran for two seasons in the mid seventies. Comfort food; there are times when we all need it, and comfort food of the television variety means such wonderful shows as Space: 1999, currently available on Hulu. Now wonderful is a relative term here and is mainly about the nostalgia factor, but still all 48 episodes covering the two seasons of the show… Read More »

Much to like about Gang Related

The new Fox drama Gang Related premiered last Thursday at 9pm with a strong set up, some useful performances and a huge amount of potential. Ramon Rodriguez is the lead of the show as Ryan Lopez, an LAPD detective who is an integral part of the multi-agency Gang Task Force; a group whose remit is to take down the major gangs in the local area. Unbeknownst to the law enforcement authorities, Javier Acosta, the powerful head of the Acosta Crime… Read More »