Catch Up With…Homeland

"Hey, drop your pants big guy- I'm feeling a bit 'mood disordery', if you know what I mean."

It’s been a mere eight weeks since Homeland first arrived on our screens. And what an eight weeks it has been.

Much has changed for CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in this seemingly short time. For one, she has gone from being so busy in the first episode she didn’t even have time to clean her vagina properly, to being able to simply disappear to a cabin in the woods for a couple of days to get drunk and have extremely unwise sex with US marine and suspected double agent Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). Read more of this post

Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig

"Can I have a beer now please?"

According to the blurb, Rory McGrath’s Pub Dig is ‘two blokes and a digger’ (they forgot the entourage of skivvies helping out) exploring the history of some of Britain’s oldest public houses.

If you’re thinking it sounds a bit like Time Team with a remit of pubs alone, then you’d be right. Despite Channel Five’s best efforts to repackage this as something other than a Time Team rip off, it’s still…..well, a Time Team rip off, frankly.

‘Time Gentleman Please’ Team might have been a better name. Read more of this post

The Undateables

On the surface, this seemed like another thinly veiled Channel 4 point-and-gawp freak show.

But instead of a body horror celebration with a ridiculous title that would make it sound like a lesser known Stieg Larsson book (The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off, anyone?), the trailers for this one painted an image of a show that was going to be more about watching a group of telly defined misfits falling flat on their collective faces trying to find love.

As you can no doubt imagine, I had my fingernails sharpened and my typing fingers ready to carve it to shreds. Read more of this post

Game of Thrones Series 2, Episode 1: The North Remembers.

Warning, contains nuts. Wait, no, sorry- spoilers. I always get those things confused.

It’s currently almost impossible to get on any form of public transport anywhere in the UK without seeing someone reading one of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice of Fire novels.

Since the critically acclaimed (and really rather wonderful) first season of the HBO television adaptation arrived on our screens last year, the series has exploded in popularity to the extent that we long standing fans have been forced to retreat back to our grimy hobbit holes and sneer at every Johnny Come-Lately who thinks they’ve figured out who the Prince That Was Promised really is.

Obviously any real fan of the series knows it’s Hodor. Read more of this post

Have You Been Watching… Titanic?

"Are you sure we should be wearing these sacks stuffed with bricks, captain?"

First of all, a confession. This article asks “have you been watching” and although my answer is “yes, of course I watched Titanic Episode One, TV Event of the Year”, I’d also have to mutter “But I was playing Skyrim at the same time so I’m slightly confused about the vast numbers of ice trolls and draugr below decks. And why those dragons kept hampering rescue attempts”.

So any inconsistencies in this series catch up are my own. In fact, let’s pretend they’re intentional comedy asides, so please chuckle accordingly.

First of all, Titanic (or ‘Drownton Abbey’ as Twitter wag MrsStephenFry cleverly titled it) plays fast and loose with linear storytelling and perhaps it’s still too soon in the series run to see whether it really works. Read more of this post

Have You Been Watching…Whisker Wars?

"Aargh, someone get these ferrets off my face. They've taken my chin clean off"

By Tom Revell.

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit is one of the most hotly anticipated big screen releases of 2012. If you can’t wait until December to get your fill of wall-to-wall beard action, ITV4’s Whisker Wars is the perfect warm up.

Rather than a band of bearded dwarves led by an equally bearded wizard, Whisker Wars introduces us to Beard Team USA, a group of competitive beard growers led by Phil Olsen – the chairman of the beard. This is the story of America taking on current beard dominators Germany in the world championships.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll itch. Read more of this post

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