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Shauna lives and works in Sonoma County. She likes TV, but only good TV.

Watching Doctor Who

The now traditional Christmas Doctor Who show brought Matt Smith’s reign as the 11th Doctor to a close wrapping up a number of previous plot points and introducing Peter Capaldi as the next version of the character. I’m somewhat in the minority when it comes to this most recent vintage [...]

By | January 5th, 2014|0 Comments

‘Zen’ and the art of fine drama

Charisma and presence are hard to define.  So too is the chemistry between actors; it’s one of those things that you know when you see it. I mention this because I happened to watch the BBC show Zen over the past couple of days. On reflection, if ever I was [...]

By | January 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Pauline Collins plays ‘The Ambassador’

Pauline Collins is one of those actresses that seem to have been around forever. Now 73 years old, Collins has appeared at regular intervals on the small screen since 1971 when the BBC worldwide hit Upstairs, Downstairs made her a star. Probably best known here for the title role in [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

That one special show: ‘Ellery Queen’

For those of us that love television there is always that one show. The one show where to this day it remains unfathomable how the network executives only gave it one season. Firefly is the most obvious for a lot of people and shows such as My So-Called Life, Freaks [...]

By | December 18th, 2013|0 Comments

‘New Tricks’ is the best show you haven’t seen!

I’ve been a huge fan of Hulu since it first became available a number of years ago. The ability to watch multiple episodes of shows, in some cases whole seasons of quality television, gives the viewer wonderful freedom and the price – free – can’t be beat. While I have [...]

By | December 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Trevor Eve plays to type in Kidnap and Ransom

There’s something rather comforting and compelling about Trevor Eve. The actor has been on our screens since 1979 when the detective show Eddie Shoestring made him a household name in the UK. Since then Eve, now 62, has appeared regularly as the strong dependable type in such shows as Waking [...]

By | December 10th, 2013|0 Comments

4-10-3-11-9 in that order… anyone got a jelly baby?

Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary with the Day of the Doctor on BBC America this Saturday morning. That Doctor Who has become something of a cultural phenomenon in the US is one of those weird and wonderful things that sometimes happen with television. That such a positive reception has [...]

By | November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Glenister highlights the Hidden

One of the nice aspects of Netflix is that their recommendation algorithm is actually rather good. No sooner had I watched The Bletchley Circle than Netflix added the Hidden to a list of suggestions based on that information; well that and Apparitions and Ripper Street, the former a supernatural drama [...]

By | November 21st, 2013|0 Comments

The Bletchley Circle is a superior drama

Every now and again you sit down to watch a show and the sheer quality and brilliance of the writing, and the performances involved, makes you go “whoa.” Welcome to The Bletchley Circle a three-part series that appeared so briefly on PBS earlier in the year that I, and I [...]

By | November 15th, 2013|0 Comments

Much to like in Single-Handed, Irish TV drama

One of the joys of digging into online services such as Hulu and Netflix is finding a show that you had no idea existed. Such is the case this week as we take the time to look at a very popular Irish series called Single-Handed which is available for streaming [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|0 Comments

Anderson perfect in The Fall

Up first in our foray into the hidden gems of television is The Fall, the new series starring Gillian Anderson that debuted this past May in Ireland and the UK and is available for streaming on Netflix. Anderson, more popularly known for her role as Dana Scully in the X-Files, [...]

By | November 5th, 2013|0 Comments

TV from around the globe

Hello and welcome to a slightly different angle on the TV Scoop. I’m Wallace Poulter and I’ll be your tour guide as we examine some of the hidden television gems that are available with just a little bit of exploring. Gone are the simple days of not so long ago [...]

By | November 4th, 2013|0 Comments