Category Archives: TV

Endeavour: Cartouche. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Sara Vickers, Sean Rigby, Dakota Blue Richards, James Bradshaw, Caroline O’ Neill, Phil Daniels, Donald Sumpter, Emma Rigby, Linette Beaumont, Abby Wilson, Iain Stuart Robertson, Christopher Sciueref, Ray Polhill, Alan David, John McAndrew, Simon Dutton, Luke Hornsby, Sophia Capasso, Pano Masti, Alister Hawke, David Shaw Parker, Lewis Peek, Robin Weaver, Betty Denville, Michael Levi Harris, Mark Arden, Steven Flynn, Christian J. Parkinson, Billy Rowlands.

Still Open All Hours, Series Four. Television Review. (2018).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: David Jason, James Baxter, Stephanie Cole, Tim Healy, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Johnny Vegas, Brigit Forsyth, Kulvinder Ghir, Sally Lindsay, Nina Wadia, Geoffrey Whitehead.

Natural progression in comedy is essential, especially on television where the day to day unravelling is far more illuminating than quick fire and often mistimed, it is perhaps the modern label though of gentle, or worse, wholesome, comedy that makes people avoid programmes such as Still Open All Hours; and by doing so the television viewer is missing out on the established acting range that is the product of honing dedicated skills in theatre and on television which has not been written by committee.

Requiem. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Ration * * *

Cast: Lydia Wilson, Joel Fry, James Frechville, Claire Rushbrook, Joanna Scanlon, Pippa Haywood, Tara Fitzgerald, Sian Reece-Williams, Richard Harrington, Simon Kunz, Dyfan Dwyfor, Brendan Coyle, Clare Calbraith, Sam Hazeldine, Bella Ramsey, Caroline Martin, Darren Evans, Charles Dale, Jane Thorne, Charles Dale, Oliver Lansley, Brochan Evans, Sonia Ritter, Gareth Mason, Emmie Thompson, Ffion Jolly, Mali Morse, Nicola Reynolds.

Inside No 9: Tempting Fate. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Weruche Opia, Steve Pemberton, Reece Sheersmith, Nigel Planner, Ruben Cryer.

Be careful what you wish for, for in every deed in which you desire something, whether it is for the benefit of humanity or your own selfish longings, Tempting Fate can be the hardest of acts in which a person can bring the wrath of otherworldly beasts in which have no understanding or control.

Endeavour: Muse. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Sean Rigby, Anton Lesser, Dakota Blue Richards, James Bradshaw, Lewis Peek,  Abigail Thaw, Charlotte Hope, Tom Durant Pritchard, Tom Wisdom, Nathalie Buscombe, Mark Arden, Robin McCallum, Victor Gardener, Roger Barclay, Rhys Isaac-Jones, Antonia Clarke, Tanya Fear, Sara Vickers, Caroline O’Neill, Emily Barber, David Newman, Samuel Crane, Cassie Clare, Geoffrey McGivern, Hazel Ellerby, Harry Gostelow.

 

Inside No 9: And The Winner Is… Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Phoebe Sparrow, Kenneth Cranham, Noel Clarke, Zoe Wannamaker, Fenella Woolgar.

There is always the excitement of the award season, the chance to hedge your knowledge of the subject at hand and become, for a moment, respectful of the judge’s decision, or to swallow hard, slap the top of your forehead and wonder where on Earth the reasoning and intelligence went when the victor is announced. And the winner is… sometimes the person you least expect it to be and the thought of back-handers, future projects and who was fancying who, who owed who, who wanted who, and the winner is, sometimes already decided..

Inside No 9: To Have And To Hold. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Nicola Walker, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Miranda Hennessy, Magdalena Kurek, Tom Mulheron.

To Have And To Hold…whatever the price may be; many things in a marriage are acceptable, the long hours, the obsessions over a hobby, debt, the odd white lie, flirting and even the boundary that comes with it is not necessarily the worst thing can break a soul; in richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, we promise to do just that, hold.

Fit To Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

History is what defines us; it is what has shaped our nation and those around us, without the ability to learn from it, to take comfort in its meaning or to be able to look at the parallels in which we can draw conclusions of in today’s world. We may as well arguably find ourselves bereft of the ability to reason, to wonder and imagine; we may as well start again and scrap anything and everyone that has lived in the last thousand years.

Inside No. 9: Once Removed. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Monica Dolan, Nick Moran, Reece Shearsmith, David Calder, Steve Pemberton, Emilia Fox, Rufus Jones.

The story never starts where you think it does; you could walk in to a narrative that is in its infancy and still find that there is a whole back story that you missed, that if you had got there ten minutes earlier then the whole complexion of the story would have been completely different, a scene missing might have seen you take another side in the argument, a stance taken. It all boils down to where you think the story actually starts and if you can live with being perhaps Once Removed from the beginning then that is something you have to live with.

England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life And Death of Lady Jane Grey. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Nine days in which to rule a nation, nine days in which you are thrust into the limelight from relative obscurity and ordered, God fearing, life, to one in which the state and the now dead King has decreed that you are Queen. In us all such power is unthinkable, the weight of history is enormous and chilling and it is the actions of an unwise soul that would dare take it on without a care in the world or who would relish the prospect. We only have to look at our modern day equivalent in politics, a week being a long time in that regards, nine days would seem like forever, and at the tender of 15; it is perhaps no wonder that many dispute the legitimacy of Lady Jane Grey’s period of time as England’s Queen.