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

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

Have You Been Watching…Shameless?

It's Jesus!

The current run of Shameless finishes tomorrow at 10pm on Channel 4. Matthew Laidlow takes a look at the Gallagher phenomenon.

Back in 2004, Channel 4 launched Shameless. Set in the fictional estate of Chatsworth in Manchester, the show focussed on the Gallagher family. Would it be thrilling TV if the clan were respectful, hard working and positive? Don’t be daft; instead storylines looked at merry subjects such as drugs, intimate affairs, alcoholism and generally how to make more money to spend in the pub by pulling a scam on someone.

If you’ve never watched the show, you might be surprised that it’s still going strong. We’re halfway through the ninth series in 2012 and it successfully transferred to the US where it’s just been renewed for a third season. But how many times can an audience watch one person go mental on LSD and heroin? Read more of this post

Have You Been Watching….Homeland?

We live in an age of anti-heroes. No one gets to be a good old-fashioned knight any more: strong, true and brave. The only thing you can be sure of is the nagging suspicion that even the best person out there is only marginally better than the alternative.

Enter Homeland, which is all about shades of gray and features a hero so flawed she’s basically a villain. Claire Danes plays the lead, Carrie Mathison, a FBI agent so damaged she makes Lindsay Lohan look like a model for well adjusted living.

She has a schizophrenic-esque mental disorder, no regard for legal propriety, doesn’t care about her colleagues, uses her sexuality as a  desperately blunt tool to advance whatever she thinks is a good idea at the time, is a raging egomaniac and she likes jazz.

Jazz, for God’s sake! Read more of this post

Strictly Baby Disco

Baby Gaga

The title of Channel 4’s ‘Strictly Baby Disco’ documentary is pretty misleading.

Firstly: there aren’t actually any babies involved. Yes, the kids involved are all under 10, but anyone expecting a real-life version of that Evian ad with the computer generated cherubic breakdancers will be disappointed.

Secondly, you’d think that the ‘disco’ referred to in the title was self-explanatory, right? There are many strange things about this programme, but the most baffling of all is that the dancing portrayed is definitely not disco dancing as we know it. Believe me, if you tried to impress with any of these moves down your local Jumpin’ Jacks, the best you could hope for (other than public ridicule and humiliation) would be a swift exit in a straightjacket. Read more of this post

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Blah blah children dressed like hookers. Blah blah blah wedding dresses that look like an explosion in a butterfly and taffeta factory. Blah blah blah horses. Blah blah bright orange young women with peculiar names.

Yes, BFGW returned to Channel 4 last night. But chances are, if you’ve seen one episode, you’ve seen them all. So instead of writing a review, we just recreated one of the promotional photos on MS Paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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