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If you're looking for something to watch, you could do a lot worse than 'Strike'...

ETA: Alternative, if video above doesn't work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY1sDl3M-aw


In case you were wondering, then yes, this is JK Rowling's detective. Thought we'd have a look, watched the first two episodes last night, and are now impatiently waiting for the third.

Also props for not a spoiler )
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via gillo:

Great British Bake Off review – right where I want to be when the bombs start falling
Bake Off has survived the move from BBC oven to Channel 4 table, and it’s still showcasing the best of humanity. The world is on fire: this is what we all need

This, basically.

TV

29 April 2017 05:39 pm
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Vox: Why Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is so iconic
The brilliant Starz adaptation takes Gaiman’s work into 2017.

I really want to watch this.

I also want to watch The Handmaid's Tale. There are many great articles about it, but this one struck me especially:

The Handmaid's Tale is timely. But that's not why it's so terrifying
Money quote: 'It’s a creeping sort of sexism that American women are all-too familiar with – the kind that pats you on the head instead of on the ass.'

Now I just need to work out how and how much I am willing (able) to pay...
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I am trying to remember what I watched in 2016...

Quick rundown of stuff that I can remember )

But the important ones were/are these:

BBC-America

(Yes, I know S10 of Doctor Who hasn't started yet, but I found a banner with the three shows I actually care about, and it's too perfect not to use!!)

Now the thing about the other two shows is that they BOTH premiered on my birthday! I won the TV show lottery in 2016!! And in a shitty year, that was a pretty awesome thing.

We only started watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (re-imagined Douglas Adams, on Netflix) shortly before Christmas and mainlined it over the holiday period (yes, the whole family). And it is RIDICULOUSLY good.

Trailers under here )

If you want something to completely take your mind off the current woes (or you just like superb TV) I cannot recommend this enough. It's completely mad and utterly brilliant. Like - it's impossible to describe. Just sit back and experience it.

And Class... Dirk is ~fabulous~ (and both he, and the show, most definitely is), but Class is the show that stole my heart.

Yes, it's well-written and performed and all the rest, but it's also a show that fits 2016/this point in time. Like I said in a previous post, it's a show built on the premise that suddenly one day your world changes. And you just have to deal with it, even if it's unfair, even if it hurts, even if you have plenty of problems already, and the universe just keeps dealing out more.

These words of Quill's are a good motto for the new year:

QUILL: Too big. Feels like [the pain] going to consume you. Well, the trick is to keep on living while it does.

Also I adore all of the characters (and the actors <3) and they are all too compelling and complex and diverse for words. More posts will be forthcoming, but episodes 6, 7 and 8 need... oh god, SO MUCH. Like, essays, each of them.

Anyway, for those that like trailers (even if it spoils certain plot points):

Class trailer )

Generally though I'd just say watch the first episode. If you don't like that, you probably won't like the rest. It's coming to America in 2017... Nnnot quite sure when. And it's on iPlayer for those in the UK. (It's wonderful to have a show to be fannish about. Can you tell? *g*)

Also, is the formatting OK [this re. DW]? It should be fine, but I've changed my layout and the preview looks borked. The actual post looks fine, but I'm aware things look different for different people.
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Danny Dyer's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' is the pinnacle, and will never be bettered.

That's all I'll say. Watch it. Do NOT look for spoilers.

(I mean, Danny Dyer is reason enough in himself, obvs. But damn. That was a hell of a thing!)
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Finally managed to finish watching this week... A delight from start to finish. Spoilery thoughts beneath the cut.

Read more... )

And now I'm looking forward to seeing how The Crown tackles the same story/issues, but a century later...
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But with Sandi Toksvik. Go on, watch. You know you want to... Here's a taster:



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Bojack Horseman is the single most innovative and interesting show around, and you should watch it.



(We're about halfway through S3, and trying to parcel it out so it lasts. Mind you, I should probably mention that it's deeply cynical & rather depressing and yet... one of the most human shows I have ever had the pleasure to watch. <3)

ETA: Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's hilarious! The visual jokes alone...
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'This' being Fleabag.

Here is a short trailer on the BBC. (You can watch on iPlayer)

And here is a longer trailer on youtube. (Apparently it's also available on Amazon.)

Description: 'Angry, pervy, outrageous and hilarious, Fleabag arrives with a bang, as she spins through the city grasping at anyone and anything that might keep her head above water.'

Mostly though, it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long while. Happened to catch a later episode the other night, and then went back to watch from the start. Enjoy!

~~

Related:

#IMOMSOHARD

7 ways for women to disappear so their clothes won’t upset anybody
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Watched episode 2 tonight, and Darcy (who was given this LJ moniker partly because of how critical he is) admitted to rather liking it - except for the theme music.

I, on the other hand, heard the first notes [back when watching ep 1] and thought to myself 'Oh, I must find that! It's gorgeous!'

So for those of you who feel like I do - here it is:



(If you go to youtube you can read about the composer, Martin Phipps.)
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Finally managed to watch episode 1 tonight. Recommended.

:)
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The subject line is one reason why you should watch Upstart Crow. :)

For those unfamiliar, it's a new sitcom by Ben Elton, and a bit like Blackadder but with Shakespeare, and the wit is less biting and more cozy. But then Shakespeare (played by David Mitchell ♥) is a much nicer person than Blackadder.

One of the things I like the most is that it doesn't just centre on his life in London - his family in Stratford are well represented, as can be seen in this little teaser trailer:



And every episode ends with Shakespeare and his wife, in front of the hearth, with a pipe each, reflecting. Honestly, it's just so delightful!

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OMG watch it! SO DELIGHTFUL I CAN'T EVEN!
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Did anyone else watch London Spy (Yesterday, 9th November, 9pm, BBC2).

Basically it's a romance/thriller type thing starring Ben Whishaw. (Don't look it up, all the reviews give everything away.) ETA: Found the article that made me want to watch! Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent on London Spy: ‘It’s not a gay story. It’s about guys who happen to be gay’ Part romance, part chilly thriller, the new BBC espionage drama is taking the genre into bold new territory. We go on set with its stars.

(Word of advice: Do not watch it with a) your husband, how doesn't cope well with gay love scenes or b) your 14 year old daughter who happens to be doing her homework in the same room...)

5 parts altogether, I think. Looking forward to the rest. :)

ETA: Daily Mail TV Review Of 'London Spy' Laments The Number Of BBC 'Gay Dramas', Sparks Reader Backlash!

Srsly. When Daily Mail readers tell you you're too homophobic, you need to re-evaluate your priorities. :D
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Read more... )

PS. Sorry 'bout vanishing, Darcy wanted his laptop back. Will reply to comments tomorrow...
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The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.



And two more images (via kerkevik) )


And Eurovision in less than an hour! Graham Norton will be SO STOKED about the referendum result AND he will bitch about Australia. HAVE FUN EVERYONE! :D :D :D

ETA: I hope he spends the whole evening picking out potential husbands based on how they look shirtless. ;)

This is last year's winner, who sums up pretty much everything:

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Because these are gorgeous scenes...

This one is where my (new) icon is from, because it's one of those amazing heart-stopping moments:




And then the scene that I have re-watched... countless times. Nothing is said, yet what is communicated in nothing but looks and glances is astounding. Aidan Turner especially is incredible. He doesn't move, yet we see his whole world changing as he realises that he loves her.

(And from the book, as Demelza gets ready to sing: Contrast with Elizabeth: gone was the halo and in its place the dark crown of humanity.)





Also, I have kept meaning to mention this, but Demelza reminds me a lot of Merida, from Disney's Brave. The free spirit, who can nonetheless rise to the occasion if needs be. But more vulnerable.



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I do not have coherent thoughts.

Just...

Ross/Demelza. Demelza in that dress. Demelza singing and Ross just watching... I can't even.

Demelza and Verity. Demelza and Elizabeth. I just. All the women. *flaily hands*

Like I said. Not coherent. But oh, it's gorgeous. ♥
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HappyPoldarkDay

Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, his house wrecked and his sweetheart engaged.





I'm generally not one for historical dramas. But. I shall be watching this one, for the almost same reasons I watched Casanova (David Tennant) and The Devil's Whore (John Simm). In this case, it's Aidan Turner...

More info here.

Tonight, BBC1, 9pm. :) (And oh, is my mood theme ever appropriate or what?)

ETA: I had never heard of Poldark until Friday, when work colleagues brought it up. So I have no baggage. It's v. interesting to hear all the stories of people loving the original.

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