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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:21 
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Yeah, it's been brilliant. Not seen the latest one yet.

Neither have I, but they've all been good. The Karaoke one was a bit of a departure though.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:33 
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The crossword one was just wonderful.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:37 
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The crossword one was just wonderful.

Agreed. One of the best. Apparently it was a real Guardian crossword and they wrote the episode to fit the clues


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
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I thought the Sheridan Smith one from an earlier series was genuinely brilliant.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 18:13 
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We watched the first series of Cuckoo recently, comedy with the headteacher from The Inbetweeners, it was mostly hit over miss so pretty good overall (some actual lols in the Ecstasy/Dexys Midnight Runners episode). Last night we watched episode one of season two, the character Cuckoo isn't in it and his wife is now a different actress...

Whack-whack-oops.


Weirdly we watched the second series first, enjoyed it, but couldn't really get into the first one as much and ended up not watching all of it.

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Watched the first episode of Ben Zand's 'Dictatorland' just now, on Kazakhstan. It's only 23 minutes or so, but gives a short introduction to the country and life under its ruler, Nursultan Nazarbayev ('Naz'). Ben Zand is a charming host, and I'll watch the other two.

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Perhaps being sent away to a mountain resort by the authorities on their national day to avoid covering any possible protests against the regime means it's not as in-depth as it could be.


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A new series of that Dara O'Brian gaming show 'Go 8 Bit' starts next month. I enjoyed the couple of episodes I watched but didn't catch all of it. Potentially more interesting though is that this time around each episode will be followed by 'Go 8 Bit DLC' which will be a separate review show hosted by ex-Eurogamer person Ellie Gibson (who's in the main show) and various guests. I like Ellie Gibson's writing a lot and hopefully she'll be entertaining enough to carry that segment even though actually reviewing games on a TV show is generally pretty pointless.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 21:40 
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Timeshift's episode on the fire service is a well-presented piece of social history, with a good mix of vintage footage and interviews. I was surprised by how late the municipal system began, and painfully reminded that progress usually only comes after a disaster. An enjoyable hour.

I was frusturated by the episode on the telephone system because despite some swizzy graphics and the dolcet tones of Victoria Coren-Mitchell it felt too bitty and trying to cram too much in rather than expand on the various segments in the detail they probably needed.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:25 
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PH33R my insanely up-to-date TV reporting, for I have recently started watching 'The Thick Of It' on Netflix, which I have never seen before at all.

Only done the first two seasons up to now and trying to watch an episode or two per night.

I have no explanation for why it's taken me so long to get round to watching it as I've been 'aware' of it pretty much since it first broadcast, and love the people behind it.

Obviously it's fantastic, although it is quite odd to see Chris Langham in there, especially when they start doing some of the 'nonce' routines. (I appreciate the situation with Langham is quite a complex one, BTW.)

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I realise I'm pretty late to the party here but Elementary (the US TV version of Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) is very good. Well, I've watched the first season and a few eps of the second so it could go to shit but for the moment at least I'm really enjoying it.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:00 
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Bamba wrote:
I realise I'm pretty late to the party here but Elementary (the US TV version of Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) is very good. Well, I've watched the first season and a few eps of the second so it could go to shit but for the moment at least I'm really enjoying it.

I enjoy it. It's reasonably formulaic, but that's US network TV for you.

The one thing that winds me up about Elementary is the mumbling. Everyone seems to talk in a... natural tone, like you would in a normal conversation. Which on TV can be really hard to pick up on, especially if there's background music to contend with


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Bamba wrote:
I realise I'm pretty late to the party here but Elementary (the US TV version of Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) is very good. Well, I've watched the first season and a few eps of the second so it could go to shit but for the moment at least I'm really enjoying it.


I really lke it. It makes me feel clever. And has pretty laydeez in it.

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Dan Snow on Lloyd George (BBC 4 yesterday)

Overview of one of the most fascinating prime ministers. Although it's only an hour so gives the key events in brief rather than the detail all of them deserve, it's worth catching for an understanding of the great man. Dan Snow's continual references to his family connection got irritating at the end, but other than that his presentation is compelling.


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