Fist of Fun, season 2

Ben Goldacre once said said that during his time doing 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People, he was intrigued by what the comics said about the comedy venue having as much to do with the number of laughs tallied up as the act itself. Take Lee & Herring’s 1995-1996 sketch show Fist of Fun, for example. Season 1…

Hyperdrive: Where are they now?

  Today marks the tenth anniversary of the first episode of British sci-fi comedy Hyperdrive. A lot has happened in those ten years. Let’s have a look at what the stars of Hyperdrive have been up to this past decade and where they are today. Nick Frost Nick Frost played Commander Michael Henderson (presumably named after the show’s…

10 Reasons You Need to Watch “Life on Mars” Right Now

wherein Anglonerd magazine attempts to convert Mars-virgins to binge-watch Life on Mars in celebration of the psychological, sci-fi cop drama’s tenth anniversary. 1. It’s available in the U.S. Unlike many great British shows, Life on Mars is readily available in both region 1/NTSC DVD and streaming (on Hulu). Just don’t mistake it for the corny American remake with Jason O’Mara…

Nighty Night

Nighty Night (2004-2005) is Julia Davis’ sitcom starring Julia Davis, Rebecca Front, and Angus Deayton. There are two seasons of six episodes each.   It’s available on Hulu Plus. If you like psychopaths and con artists (hey, who doesn’t?), this is the show for you. At first, it seems unlikely that a psychopath could get…

Doctor Who Guide to Comedians

While Doctor Who is famous for inviting comedian guest stars onto the show (i.e. Mitchell and Webb playing the voices of the robots on Dinosaurs on the Spaceship), how many of the comedians are actually standup comics? Let’s have a look at some of our favorite standups who’ve appeared in recent years of Doctor Who.  Rufus Hound Did you…

It’s Kevin

When watching the 2013 sketch show It’s Kevin, it is important to remember that more than an actor or comedian, Kevin Eldon is a modern-day clown. In his shiny, red shoes with bright yellow laces, he relies on physical comedy, noises, and facial expressions for many of the gags. In fact, much of the humor is low-brow…

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2015) is a seven-episode fantasy TV show based on the novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It is available widely for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray from Acorn, iTunes, Amazon Video, and more. I can’t say that Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a fantasy for people who don’t like…

Orphan Black, season 3

In season 3, Felix tells Cosima, “Well, you’re on Planet Allison now.” For him, it’s a throw-away line, but it sums up what it’s like watching Orphan Black. We toggle between different clones’ storylines, each feeling like a separate show–or on a different planet. On Planet Alison, there are suburban problems. Allison feels she must run for…

Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The Christmas Invasion 2.1 Penelope Wilton makes an epic return to Doctor Who as no-longer likable politician Harriet Jones. You will know Wilton from her roles in Downton Abbey and Shaun of the Dead. After a cliffhanger from last season where #9 (Eccleston) regenerated into #10 (Tennant), Rose Tyler (along with her mother and boyfriend) must help the new Doctor feel…

Scrotal Recall, season 1

Scrotal Recall (2014) is an unfortunately though hilariously accurately named sitcom starring singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, and Daniel Ings. Season 1 is 6 episodes at 24 minutes each. It is currently available on Netflix streaming. Dylan (Flynn) is a sappy romantic, so much so that he even cries at his roommate’s retelling of Point Break. When he…

Red Dwarf Trivia Questions

Are you a true Dwarfer? Leave your answers in comments! Hint: It will help if you’ve read The Man in the Rubber Mask by Robert Llewellyn. We’ll give the answers on Wednesday. 1. What fictional character–more famous than Kryten–drove the same tank that appears in Beyond a Joke during the Pride and Prejudice Land virtual reality game? 2. What…

Doctor Who: Dark Water / Death in Heaven

Army of Ghosts / Doomsday 2.12, 2.13 The Doctor (#10, Tennant) and Rose Tyler return to London to discover a shift of blurry ghost-like creatures popping in and out of existence. Upon further investigation and the fracturing of reality at the Torchwood Institute, the man-shaped ghosts turn out to be something entirely different: Cybermen. Mistaking…

Doctor Who: In the Forests of the Night / Fear Her

  Fear Her 2.11 Something mysterious is afoot in London. On the eve of the Olympic torch handoff, the neighborhood is ruffled by the mysterious disappearance of local children and regular automobile malfunctions. What’s going on? Enter the Doctor (#10, Tennant) and Rose Tyler in the TARDIS. Everything seems to center around a family-scarred little…

The Singing Detective

The Singing Detective is Dennis Potter’s 1986 TV series (on which the Robert Downey Jr film was based), which he made after Pennies from Heaven. Philip Marlow, played by Michael Gambon with triumphant skill, is a long-term patient hospitalized for a painful and unsightly skin condition. Marlow’s exterior is not the only thing that ails…

Friday Night Dinner, season 3

Will Adam’s relationship with his amazing girlfriend survive dinner with the Goodmans? After the entire family is locked in the upstairs room without food nor phone, who will they decide to eat first? Is Jim a junkie or is Martin just trying to sneak a thawing dead fox past his wife? These questions answered and…

Doctor Who: Flatline / The Eleventh Hour

The Eleventh Hour 5.1 There’s something in the wall. Little Amelia Pond, who mysteriously seems to have no family watching after her, is afraid of the crack in her bedroom wall, and little Amelia Pond is not afraid of much, least of all the man in the blue box who crashes in her back garden. This…

Miranda, a review

Miranda is a sitcom written by and starring Miranda Hart. It lasted three seasons, plus a 2014 Christmas special. Miranda is on Hulu and region 2/PAL DVD. To call the character Miranda (Miranda Hart) hapless is a cliched understatement. She is not only clumsy and inappropriate, but she walks that treacherous line between awkward and too…