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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 »

Vera is another good British detective series

Fans of such shows as A Touch of Frost and Inspector Morse can add to their collection of slightly odd, yet very good, British detectives with Vera, an ITV show based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and available via Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Brenda Blethyn plays the title character of Vera Stanhope, a Detective Chief Inspector in the fictional Northumberland & City Police department. It’s a clever location choice by Cleeves as it mirrors the real-life Northumbria Police… Read More »

24: Live Another Day is the pick of the week once more

Monday’s latest episode of 24: Live Another Day on Fox at 9pm is the highlight of the week once again as the traditional television season runs its course and we start to see the arrival of the summer programming. Three hours into season nine and 24: Live Another Day has already joined Game of Thrones as ‘event’ programming that overshadows the rest of the week. Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub excel as Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian in a… Read More »

‘Penny Dreadful’ a stylish new drama from Showtime

Josh Hartnett returns to television along with a riveting Eva Green in Showtime’s Victorian monster-mash horror drama “Penny Dreadful” which premieres May 11 during the premium network’s free preview. It’s always something of a gamble to name a show with a word such as “Dreadful” in the title as it allows a reviewer an easy cheap shot, but in fact “Penny Dreadful” is quite the opposite with an intriguing set up, some very sharp performances and a winning delivery. Hartnett,… Read More »

Jack is back as 24 returns

Kiefer Sutherland’s return as Jack Bauer highlights an excellent mix of shows and sports this week when 24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox at 8 p.m. on Monday. It has been four years since the last episode of 24 when there were plans for a movie franchise. Ultimately those did not come to fruition and so the show returns for a 12-episode run. Left unsaid is the implication for all involved that a successful return will lead to a… Read More »