Category Archives: TV

Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Susan Lynch, Shaun Dooley, Art Malik, Ian Gelder.

The finest of traditions are upheld when The Doctor does not understand everything that is laid out, throughout the long history of the much-loved programme, the element of doubt is one that leaves a longer lasting smile on the fan’s minds than the neatly, over-explained, often patronising view laid out by various writers. It is a tradition in which the new Doctor is thrust into with great forethought by Chris Chibnall as the worlds of time, space and new companions are brought together in the second of Jodie Whittaker’s appearance as the enigmatic alien, in The Ghost Monument.

Vanity Fair. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman, Johnny Flynn, Claudia Jessie, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Ellie Kendrick, Robert Pugh, Charlie Rowe, Sian Clifford, Martin Clunes, David Flynn, Matthew Baynton, Monica Dolan, Patrick FitzSymons, Felicity Montague, Claire Skinner, Peter Wright, Toby Williams, Elizabeth Barrington, Richie Campbell, Frances de la Tour, Mike Grady, Anthony Head, Suranne Jones.

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell To Earth. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Sharon D. Clarke, Samuel Oatley, Jonny Dixon, Amit Shah, Asha Kingsley, Janie Mellor, Asif Khan, James Thackeray, Philip Abiodun, Stephen MacKenna, Everal A. Walsh.

Upstart Crow. Series Three, Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: David Mitchell, Liza Tarbuck, Paula Wilcox, Harry Enfield, Helen Monks, Gemma Whelen, Tim Downie, Rob Rouse, Mark Heap, Dominic Coleman, Steve Spiers, Spencer Jones, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Adrian Edmondson, Rosanna Beacock, Joe Willis, Beattie Edmondson, Brandon Fellows, Ben Miller, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Ken Nwosu, Nigel Planer.

If there is one thing an audience can count on with Ben Elton, aside from being involved in some of television’s most iconic comedies in the last thirty years, it is his unequalled ability to take a moment and turn it completely on its head and leave you with the feeling of being driven over the edge emotionally, of having the laughter pulled from underneath you and understanding that with great comedy must come empathy and grief in equal measure.

Killing Eve. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision rating * * *

Cast: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Owen McDonnell, David Haig, Darren Boyd, Ken Nwosu,  Sonia Elliman, David Agranov.

The world of spies and espionage is nothing without its major villain, it is the binding reassurance that the tussle between two equally determined people plays out in front of an audience who always seem to have the appetite for the resource of the cloak and dagger, the thinly veiled appreciation of a war that has enthralled readers and viewers alike for decades.

Bodyguard. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Richard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee, Sophie Rundle, Paul Ready, Vincent Franklin, Stuart Bowman, Nina Toussaint-White, Stephanie Hyam, Tom Brooke, Matt Stokoe, Pippa Haywood, Nicholas Gleaves, Shubham Saraf, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Michael Schaeffer, Richard Riddell, David Westhead, Anji Mohindra.

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. Charlotte’s Web/Madhouse. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 5/10

Cast: Julie Graham, Rachael Stirling, Crystal Balint, Chanelle Peloso, Jennifer Spence, Jessica Harmon, Jordana Largy, Peter Benson, Sarah Smyth, Jesse Moss, Paul McGillion, Colin Lawrence, Luke Camilleri, Arron Craven, Emma Flemington, Andrew Neil McKenzie, Brendan Riggs, Ben Cotton.

Not all deaths are murders, some are just accidents, some have the sadness and heartbreak of suicide attached to them, and some are just unexplainable, they fall into the realm where Morpheus takes a gentle hand and eases the soul in its time of despair; not all deaths are murders but the ones that can be corrupted by the foul stench of profit and the act of greed are arguably amongst the most insidious to bear.

Picnic At Hanging Rock. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Harrison Gilbertson, Samara Weaving, Madeleine Madden, Inez Curro, Ruby Rees, Yael Stone, Philip Quest, Marcus Graham, James Hoare, Mark Coles Smith, Don Hany, Anna McGahan, Bethany Whitmore, Mayah Fredes, Alyssa Tuddenham, Kate Bedford, Markella Kavenagh, Johnny Pasvolsky, Emily Gruhl, Neil Melville, Nicholas Hope, John Flaus, Tom Hobbs, Aaron Glenane, Roslyn Gentle, Lee Cormie, Kate Box, Kaarin Fairfax, Sibylla Budd, Bruce R. Carter, Felix Johnson, Charlotte Steenbergen.

 

Hidden. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * *

Cast: Rhodri Meilir, Sian Reese-Williams, Gwyneth Keyworth, Sion Alun Davies, Gillian Elisa, Nia Roberts, Ian Saynor, Victoria Pugh, Lowri Izzard, Garmon Rhys, Elodie Wilton, Owen Arwyn, Lara Catrin, Sarah Tempest, Lois Meleri-Jones, Rhodri Sion, Ioan Hefin, Mali Ann Rees, Megan Llyn, Melangell Dolma, Gwion Aled Williams, Morfudd Hughes, Jess Parsons, Manon Wilkinson, Gwydion Rhys, Beth Robert, Mari Rowland Hughes, John Pierce Jones, Wyn Bowen Harries, Mark Lewis Jones, Greta James.

War & Peace, Television Review. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jessie Buckley, Jack Lowden, Aisling Loftus, Tom Burke, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Adrian Edmondson, Rebecca Front, Greta Scacchi, Aneurin Barnard, Mathieu Kassovitz, Stephen Rae, Brian Cox, Kenneth Cranham, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Kate Phillips, Olivia Ross, Thomas Arnold, Adrian Rawlins, Ken Stott, David Quilter, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Otto Farrant, Chloe Pirrie, Rory Keenan, Terence Beasley, Pip Torrens, Guillaume Faure, Ludger Pistor.