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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 13:28 
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Lister fell in love with a vending machine

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 14:07 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2020 14:43 
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It was the last, um, can for me.

See? No comedy in the vending machine connection.


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As part of their morale-boosting efforts in this time of need, starting on Monday BBC4 are showing Bob Ross at 19:00 daily.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 23:28 
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Mr Chonks wrote:
I’ve not watched any since the fourth-wall-breaking Dave special. Have I missed anything good?


That was my stopping off point too. Any time the writer(s) of something write themselves into the show, even if it’s not actually ‘them’, it just doesn’t work for me at all and is clearly just a massive ego trip. Even when one of my favourite authors did it (Douglas Coupland) it came off as crap.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:06 
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BBC 4: Museums in Quarantine

A simple idea, done well. With everything shut, send a camera crew and a knowledgeable presenter around a deserted gallery to show us what we're missing. Episode 1 is Alastair Sooke's look round a Warhol exhibition at the Tate. I've liked Sooke's earlier work, and he presents a fresh take on some classic images that to be honest I'd always found rather humdrum. He also plays up to the moment we're in, for who would have thought that shots of consumer goods in an empty gallery would be so evocatively timely! And the choice of final work, even though he places it in the context of its own time, is more or less completely appropriate and powerful.

A minor criticism is that there might be too many shots of the presenter rather than the art, which in a half-hour show feels frustrating especially as it could be done in voiceover whilst showing us the picture, but this is something that annoys me in all art shows.

The show works because it's knowingly of its moment, with specific framing of the gallery bookending it and even a date stamp. Unlike 'Civilisation' it isn't going to be as effective in say 50 years, but for now, at this strange point in time, it's the first proper reflection of what we're going through I've come across.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:39 
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Thought the Tate episode has been the weakest so far. Not for the choice of art or length of time the camera spent on each piece, but the commentary was a little bit too "Britain can take this" rather than the more personal take and response of the previous two episodes. Also loses marks for continued merging of England and Britain. Watch this one with an alternative choice of soundtrack, perhaps Haydn. Final one of the four tonight.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2020 13:35 
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I'm addicted to Normal People, old romantic softy that I am. I thought it was a bit slow at first, and struggled a bit with the Irish accents, but subtitles solved that. But then I got caught up in 'what happens next' and well meaning actions backfiring, to which I can relate, so I've had to dip into iPlayer and am already up to episode 5. Beautifully shot, well acted and surprising.

Plenty of drama already, but no noisy disagreements yet, the teen angst has been very quiet. I'm wondering if we'll ever find out why Marianne is continually referred to as 'vulnerable,' but after 5 episodes it's still unclear.

I'm going to have to binge a bit more tonight.

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I'm addicted to Normal People, old romantic softy that I am. I thought it was a bit slow at first, and struggled a bit with the Irish accents, but subtitles solved that. But then I got caught up in 'what happens next' and well meaning actions backfiring, to which I can relate, so I've had to dip into iPlayer and am already up to episode 5. Beautifully shot, well acted and surprising.

Plenty of drama already, but no noisy disagreements yet, the teen angst has been very quiet. I'm wondering if we'll ever find out why Marianne is continually referred to as 'vulnerable,' but after 5 episodes it's still unclear.

I'm going to have to binge a bit more tonight.

Well, that was brilliant. I ended up going through all 12 episodes over 3 nights, although that's not as difficult as it sounds, because they're only 30 minutes long.

I got completely drawn in to the on/off relationship between the two main characters, and at times wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to JUST FUCKING TELL EACH OTHER WHAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY THINKING. TAKE A RISK, FOR FUCK'S SAKE, THE OUTCOME COULDN'T BE WORSE THAN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUSSYFOOT AROUND EACH OTHER. And that's because I found them to be very credible characters, each with their flaws and fears.

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Season 3 of Killing Eve is much betterer than the meh season 2. Much. Problem is, they always fluff the last couple of episodes which put a dampener on the series. Let’s see if they fuck this up.

Mind you, I like killing off key characters but this feels much less gruesome than the first series. I demand my serial killer kills to shock me, or at least make a bit of a mess.

Still, very good so far though, so if you loved S1 but struggled with S2 yet still enjoyed the characters then S3 might pull you back in.


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Conversely I'm struggling with S3 because it just seems to be a load of unconnected fluff. Well, 'unconnected' is perhaps a bit harsh; but it certainly doesn't feel very coherent with too many characters and not enough time spent fleshing out plot points. Villanelle herself is still endlessly entertaining of course and Caroline's bone-dry brusqueness ensures she steals every scene she's in but I'd struggle to tell you why half the rest of the cast were there or what they were even attempting to do at any given point. There's a
ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
Flash drive
with some
ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
bank accounts
and somehow one of them spells out
ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
something about a panda
(assuming no one had at any point
ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
made even a slight casual change to a nearby fucking Rubik's cube
)? Or something? I just can't find it in myself to give a shit.


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 Post subject: Re: General Purpose UK TV thread
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 20:05 
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Not to be glib but everything you’ve separated into individual spoilers relates to one thing: young lad was investigating the 12.

ZOMG Spoiler! Click here to view!
His investigation is on his flash drive and it’s contents leads to the accountant.


It’s not exactly hard to follow and the cube stuff was “solved” in a single (thankfully) brief scene where they basically go “here’s what he’s been looking at.” Yeah it’s a maguffin and has it been poured over like a Dan Brown novel I’d have been annoyed but it’s basically over and done in 60 seconds.

The “other characters” are basically Eve and Boris (or whatever his name is). Not sure who else you’re keeping track of? Eve is following the investigation while Boris’ motivations have yet to be revealed, as is the fashion.

The actor who plays Eve has been utterly tremendous as usual and the obsessive serial killer love story has been ditched, at least on her side. Her view of the roof thing and her failed marriage story has been heartbreaking to watch, especially how the latest episode ended. I really felt for her. Actually the following of characters in the latest episode was done really well. I thought it was time they tried something new and the back and forth in time and perspective kept it fresh and interesting.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 21:41 
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Should have left it. This season is just fluff to me so far.

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Been watching Gangs of London this week. Some pretty ropey acting but its a lot of fun. Punch-ups, shoot-outs and other gory, OFCOM-baiting violence.


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Should have left it. This season is just fluff to me so far.

I don't know what to do now. I gave up on S2 after episode 1 was such a mess, but I guess I'll have to watch it all so I have continuity for S3.

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I'm enjoying the new Van Der Valk more than the ancient one. I always thought Barry Foster was an irritating twat with no redeeming features, both in the series and IRL, but I still did watch al the episodes back in the 70s. But I like Mark Warren in the new one, he's got a great Paddington Hard Stare he inflicts on suspects when he knows they're bullshitting him.

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I came across a whole stash of Louis Theroux documentaries whilst flicking through IPlayer last night. I decided to watch one from 1997 on survivalists for nostaligic purposes. I'll probably be dipping in and out of the others over the next few weeks.


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His autobiography is worth a read/listen if you like his films. Lots of interesting background to the documentaries.


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:20 
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The rumour mill is buzzing with threats to BBC 4.

Althought I tend to rely on Iplayer, most of my linear viewing is on BBC 4 , and often it's by seeing a programme in the listings that I become aware of them. Going online only like BBC3 will only hide it. I don't like the idea that it's just for old people. It's one of the most electic channels in what it puts out. I've never thought of it as a niche channel, but as the televisual accompaniment to Radios 3 and 4. Real shame that its budget and level of new programming has been tumbling in recent years.


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Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

This was the tonic we needed. So great to see him, Cunk, and Shitpeas back on the screen. Laughed my head off. Real shame it'll take another world crisis for the next one.


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