I rarely watch TV except in box-set binges, although I made a huge effort to watch ‘The Killing’, which I thought was fairly boring and overly drawn-out. I’m not very good with TV cop shows, and always forget who’s who. However, I fell in love with ‘The Bridge’. I know there are half a dozen [...]
While you’re waiting for the DVD box-set of ‘Breaking Bad’ this Christmas, may I suggest you try the measly 3-disc set (and they could have easily got it on 2) of ‘The Returned’, the French drama based on an eye-smartingly boring movie called ‘Les Revenants’ (2004)?
So far, ‘The Returned’ shares little more than a [...]
Channel 4 has announced that Danny Boyle is working with the Peep Show and Fresh Meat team on Babylon, a comedy-drama set in a London police station. The channel has also given the go-ahead to No Offence, an eight-part comedy series about a trio of female cops by Paul Abbott.
Meanwhile, police spoof Scot Squad was [...]
A BBC boss has claimed that modern audiences would be left baffled by the humour in Monty Python film The Life Of Brian – because they have such ‘poor religious literacy’. A few months back, some Engish teachers had mentioned that nearly all of the jokes in the series would go over the heads of [...]
‘Remember when we were young and you still had an open mind?’ says a character in a film time has now erased from my atrophied brain. One of the challenges faced by an author is how to maintain an open mind as the passing years insist on proving that one’s instinctive fears were in all [...]
Here’s an article I wrote for yesterday’s ‘Independent’ on confidence tricksters. The Indie had to edit it for lack of space, but now you can see the full piece here:
The invention seemed just plausible enough to work. Sold in thousands, it was a bogus bomb detector made of parts cribbed from a novelty golf ball [...]
Poor Toby Jones. First he gets to star in the other version of Truman Capote’s story in ‘Infamous’, and now he gets the other Hitchcock biography. But where Sasha Gervasi’s ‘Hitchcock’ retold the making of ‘Psycho’ with elegance and élan, journeyman director Julian Jarrold’s ‘The Girl’ is a one-note hatchet job that works hard to [...]
It used to annoy me that I couldn’t watch BBC iPlayer when I was abroad, but frankly, with the improved quality of Youtube, who needs iPlayer? Knowing that thanks to storms, my flight home is likely to be delayed, I’m starting the week with a few laughs. First up, is this too good to be [...]
I’ll level with you, it’s been a bad week. I need something to pep me up before I go on today, and news that ‘The Thick Of It’ has come to the end of Series Four isn’t it. So before we bid farewell to Malcolm Tucker and pals, let’s glance back at Malcolm’s attempt to [...]
My Christmas gift to myself this year was purchased last night. It’s ‘Ghost Stories For Christmas’ – the box set issued by the BFI. It’s a five-disc set containing;
Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968 & 2010 versions)
Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling discuss the 1968 version
Introduction to the 1968 version by horror writer Ramsey [...]