Category Archives: TV

Fargo: Series Three. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Goran Bogdan, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Shea Whigham, Scott McNairy,  Andy Yu, Mark Forward, Olivia Sandoval, Russell Harvard, Mary McDonnell, Hamish Linklater, Scott Hylands, Graham Verchere,  Linda Kash, Caitlynne Medrek, Sylvester Busch, Thomas Mann, Fred Melamed, Riger V. Burton, Rob McElhenney, Francesca Fisher, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Ray Wise, D.J. Qualls, Billy Bob Thornton.

 

In The Dark. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

Cast: MyAnna Buring, Ben Batt, David Leon, Emma Fryer, Jamie Sives, Clive Wood, Pearce Quigley, Jessica Gunning, Georgia Tennant, Ashley Walters, Sophie Bloor, Matt King, Tim McInnerny, Lee Boardman, Alice May Feetham, Fisayo Akinade.

There is always a police drama in which to rifle through, to borrow, sometimes wonderfully well, from literature; yet somehow television and film always seem to rely heavily on certain authors the vast majority of times without searching beyond the known and easily marketable. For every Christie there should be someone of unequal note, for every Ian Rankin there should be a new novelist writing with clarity and sensitivity of plot being given their chance to have the characters they painfully created, up on the screen.

Ill Behaviour. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Chris Geere, Tom Riley, Jessica Regan, Christina Chong, John Gordon Sinclair, Anjana Vasa, Sanchia McCormack, Mark Asante, Lorna Browne, Tom Bell, Simon Meacock, Andrew Bennett, Wendy Meredith, Kellie Blaise, Joey Akubeze.

Mortality and comedy can live together in a secret harmony, the gallows humour employed by many when they know they are under the sentence of death, be it at the hand of state or by their own body fighting a war against them, from within the enemy is the hardest to reason with and win over.

Ripper Street: Occurrence Reports. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Jerome Flynn, Killian Scott, Jonas Armstrong, Anna Burnett, Anna Koval, Clive Russell, Matthew O’ Brien, Joseph Harmon, Lydia Wilson, Joseph Mawle, Patrick Drury, Kye Murphy, Kahl Murphy, Benjamin O’ Mahony, Matthew Lewis, Sarah Vaughn, David Dawson, Marko Leht, Jennifer Aries.

 

Doctor Who: The Lost Stories. The Song of Megaptera. Audio Drama Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, John Benfield, Neville Watchurst, John Banks, Susan Brown, Toby Longworth, Alex Lowe.

One of the reasons Doctor Who worked in the classic series and continues to do so in the modern age, is because the people behind it were not afraid to be politically adventurous, to put in a story line that will rock the minds of certain bodies, institutions and Government to its core; it might not be as damning as television series as Death on the Rock, A Very British Coup, Hillsborough or Edge of Darkness but in its early evening television slot way it was just as hard hitting and made the viewer think about humanity’s place in the world and the political agenda it found itself in.

Ripper Street: A Last Good Act. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Killian Scott, Jonas Armstrong, Anna Burnett, Gerry O’Brien, Joseph Harmon, Lydia Wilson, Joseph Mawle, Kye Murphy, Kahl Murphy, Benjamin O’ Mahony, Matthew Lewis. Clive Russell, Anna Koval, Ruairi Heading, Matthew O’ Brien, Patrick Drury.

John Finnemore’s The Wroxton Box. Radio Comedy Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: John Finnemore, Michael Palin.

The trouble is with the 20th Century, there are just too many candidates for the title of most destructive human to walk the Earth. Some merit their position purely by being in a position of power, by sending their armies into invade and cause annihilation of a particular people, of lives wiped out and their history’s erased purely out of suspicion and greed. For some though the misery they cause comes down to public arson, of dismantling the nation’s heritage all in the name of so called progress; Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher undoubtedly belongs in the column, and so too does the murderer of the Railways, Dr. Richard Beeching.

Ripper Street: The Dreaming Dead. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Adam Rothenberg, MyAnna Buring, Killian Scott, Jonas Armstrong, Anna Burnett, Gerry O’Brien, Joseph Harmon, Ellie Haddington, Lydia Wilson, Joseph Mawle, Kye Murphy, Kahl Murphy, Benjamin O’ Mahony, Matthew Lewis.

The varying degrees of right and wrong quite often bleed in to each other like a sauce splitting in the pan, you can see where the line is drawn, the thin blue marker but quite often we all over step it and find only the act of redemption comes to save us when we do one good thing despite of deep we have gone.

Doctor Who: The Lost Stories, Paradise 5. Audio Drama Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Alex Macqueen, James D’Arcy, Helen Goldwyn, Andree Bernard, Teddy Kempner, Claire Wyatt, Richard Earl.

You can always trust humanity to turn to the more unsavoury pursuits of existence, murder, slavery, greed, power, materialism and brutality, in the time it takes to say there is money to be made from people’s misery and where is the will; for in the vice of stone hearted souls nothing comes close to feeding damnation than the love of money.

John Finnamore’s Double Acts: The Goliath Window. Radio Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Simon Kane, John Finnemore.

Looking back at the way the English language has evolved, advanced to a point where it was almost beautifully poetic, even when it was intended to deride and ridicule the pompous, arrogant or ridiculously self-important, it seems a shame that in the current age we seem to have fallen back on a much cruder tongue, to a point where even the insults are flat and rely on slugged barbs rather than wit, wisdom and the smile of a verbal attack well made.