Exile

Exile is a 2011 two-part television drama by Paul Abbott and Danny Brocklehurst. You know you’re in for a treat when you learn that you’ve got John Simm and Olivia Colman playing siblings with Jim Broadbent playing their father. Simm, who would win a BAFTA for his role in Exile, had just come off filming Mad Dogs, which…

Dirk Gently, radio drama

Richard MacDuff is having one of those days. His couch is stuck in the stairwell, there’s a horse in the bathroom, and his old school pal Svlad Cjelli has invited himself back into Richard’s life on some kind of interconnected detective case. Penned by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is…

The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopia takes place in the near future in a world where people who don’t find mates are sentenced to 45 days in The Hotel. If they don’t find a partner by the end of those 45 days, they are turned into an animal of their choice. If they try to escape, the other…

Teaser: The Night Manager

I started watching The Night Manager on AMC’s free streaming service (just the first episode is free) mainly because of the cast. Although I never jumped on the swoon train for Tom Hiddleston, his performance in Coriolanus was good. Of course I’m a fan of Hugh Laurie. Whether you’re a follower of old school British comedies like Jeeves and Wooster or…

Twenty Twelve

Twenty Twelve (2011-2012) is a comedy mocku-doc about getting ready for the Olympics in London. It stars Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Amelia Bullmore, Karl Theobald, Vincent Franklin, Olivia Colman, with David Tennant doing the documentary voice over. There are two seasons of 13 episodes in total. There is a followup series called W1A. All 13 episodes…

Rev., a review

Rev. (2010-2014) is a TV comedy by James Wood and Tom Hollander, where Hollander plays a reverend of “an inner city church with inner city problems.” Also starring is Olivia Colman, Miles Jupp, Steve Evets, Simon McBurney, and Ellen Thomas. There are three seasons with six episodes per season. Each episode is half an hour long.…

Teaser: Rev.

I didn’t know anything about Rev. (2010) when I pushed play on Hulu except that it starred two actors I really like, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander. It’s a comedy about Rev. Adam Smallbone (Hollander) moving to a new parish–an innercity church with innercity problems. Episode one deals with parents trying to bribe the rev.…

Teaser: Twenty Twelve

Twenty Twelve (2011) makes you wonder why anyone put the Brits in charge of the Olympics. A mockumentary narrated by David Tennant, it’s really a show about infrastructure, both literal infrastructure like traffic and the personnel that runs everything. The real spotlight of the show is Jessica Hynes playing Siobhan Sharpe, Head of Brand, whose eye…

Role Call: Olivia Colman

Role Call Olivia Colman is in everything. She says so herself in the beginning of the Five-ish Doctors Reboot. (“Am I not in this?” she asks. “I’m usually in everything.”) Recently, at the BAFTA Craft Awards, host Stephan Mangan said that now TV can get back to doing what TV does best: Olivia Colman. And…

Peep Show, a review

Peep Show (2003-2014) is a 9-season sitcom (8 have aired, the 9th is promised to be the last) starring comedian duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb.  Peep Show is available on Netflix, all 48 episodes for free on Hulu, and on for 8-13 pounds on iTunes. Eight seasons are available on DVD in region 2/PAL. Season…

Policewoman Officer

Previously, I posted the images below as a game to see who could identify all the police officers from film and television in the photos. Female cops in television are depicted in a variety of ways, from sexy to hard-assed to downright goofy. Depending on the setting and genre, many shows depict the struggles women…