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The Crown/Netflix

Largely out of curiosity I watched the first two episodes of The Crown.   I was particularly curious to see whether my recollection of events tallied with those of the series. In one event, the murder of Prince Louis Mountbatten (played by Charles Dance), they did not. I recall feeling a deep [...]

November 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

Pay to view

I was relieved that the Premier league has scrapped Pay to View but not for reasons of morality. Of course the Premier League is awash with money because of their TV deals and can afford to be generous but that was not my beef. I found it impossible to sign up for West Ham v Fulham and was dreading [...]

November 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Better than I could say it, perhaps – or better from her than me?

I’m not proud – I’m always happy to admit inferiority when I see and accept it! From time to time on the pages of this organ I have waxed lyrical about the ridiculous aspects of  the “womens’ equal pay” campaign as exhibited inside organisations such at the [...]

November 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Bridge, The Undoing & Good old Poirot

The Bridge reached its finale on Saturday. The big reveal came in the penultimate episode that the murderer was the son of Freddy Holst the millionaire art collector and the murders set up as tableaux of his art works. I should have realised that my choice of murderer – the funeral director [...]

November 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Bridge and The Undoing

Ostensibly the third series of the Swedish detective drama The Bridge and the HBO production The Undoing have little in common. The first is about police detection centred round Saga Noren of the Malmö Police brilliantly played by Sonia Helin. Her directness stemming from Asbergers Syndrome [...]

November 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Queen’s Gambit/Netflix

I have previously and favourably reviewed Walter Tevis novel The Queen’s Gambit in the Rust.   It tells the story of the rise of Kentucky born Beth Norman from orphan to world chess champion. You cannot make chess a watchable game as it’s far too static and technical but this film of seven [...]

October 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Giving praise where it’s due

I am no particular fan of BT Sport football coverage. Jake Humphreys, their number two presenter, does not float my boat – nor their chief one, Gary Lineker. However I have always liked James Richardson who hosts a show on Champions League night.  Richardson cut his teeth on Channel 4 in the [...]

October 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Undoing

I very much enjoyed this psychological thriller on SKY ATLANTIC. It’s set in New York and stars Hugh Grant as Jonathan Fraser, a paediatric encologist, and Nicole Kidman, his wife Grace a psychiatrist, specialising in marital breakdown. Both actors starred as villains in the excellent [...]

October 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Billion Dollar Heist/BBC 4

The difficulty with this BBC4 Programme broadcast on Monday is that at the end of it you had no clear idea as to the whereabouts of the Vermeer and Rembrandt paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart  Gardner museum in Boston or who committed the theft. The FBI agent believed them to be in [...]

October 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

Contrasting tv dramas

Over the weekend I watched Roadkill, Montalbano and The Bridge. Within minutes of watching Roadkill I could see what we were in for. The playwright Sir David Hare is known for his left wing views and his subject was a hypocritical amoral Tory minister Peter Laurence. The first scene featured him [...]

October 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

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