Category Archives: TV

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.

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco: Presidio/Wake. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision rating 7/10

Cast: Julie Graham, Rachael Stirling, Crystal Balint, Chanelle Peloso, Jennifer Spence, Peter Benson, Colin Lawrence, Agape Mngomezulu, Ben Cotton, Teach Grant, Nicholas Lea, Lydia King, Neil Grayston, Sarah-Jane Redmond.

The war may have ended but for many the fight went on, especially those women from every walk of life who fought to be recognised, rightly, as equals to their male colleagues who were doing the same job as them. The code breakers, the factory girls, the women working the land, the teachers and the everyday; a war was not just won in the fields, seas and air over Britain, Europe and the whole world, it was engaged and wrestled with in the homes, in the minds and experiences of those who stood up to the evil of Fascism and who wanted at all cost, for the country to survive.

Lethal Weapon: Series Two. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Johnathan Fernandez, Michelle Mitchenor, Chandler Kinney, Dante Brown, Thomas Lennon, Hilarie Burton, Tony Plana, Andrew Patrick Ralston, Andrew Creer, Kristen Gutoskie, Rex Linn, Peter Coventry Smith, Chase Magnum, Sophia Woodward.

If there is an American drama that frames the modern situation on the streets of its major cities, then perhaps Lethal Weapon is the one that in the future television and society psychiatrists might look to as being the one that understands the dichotomy of its relaxed gun laws and the mess in which such lives are quite often driven into.

Gotham: Series Three. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Carmen Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jessica Lucas, Chris Chalk, Drew Powell, Maggie Geha, Benedict Samuel, Jamie Chung, James Carpinello, Naian Gonzalez Norvind, Ivana Milicevic, James Remar, Raymond J. Barry, Alexander Siddig.

It is often bewildering to see that some television series are not appreciated at the time of their showing, viewer apathy perhaps, a certain level of niggling tedium born arguably of the fact that society, in the main, has got too used to everything being on demand, too eager to binge and then becoming bored because the art form doesn’t move along as quick as their racing and almost jumbled thoughts.

A Very English Scandal. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Alex Jennings, Patricia Thorpe, Naomi Battrick, Jason Watkins, Alice Orr-Ewing, Monica Dolan, Blake Harrison, Michelle Dotrice, Eve Myles, David Bamber, Jonathan Hyde, Rhys Parry-Jones, Dyfan Dwfor, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Susan Woolridge, Peter Gardiner, Michael Culkin, Paul Freeman, Adrian Scarborough.

The Establishment has a way of winning every war it comes across, no scandal it seems is big enough to truly able to topple a Government, no outrage large enough to permanently harm the elected body that are there to supposedly look after the nation, its interests and its people; it is not the done thing and no matter who gets hurt, or whose reputation comes under fire, the party, the machine, the leadership continues, even if the face changes.

King Lear. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Jim Broadbent, Florence Pugh, Jim Carter, Andrew Scott, John Macmillan, Tobias Menzies, Anthony Calf, Karl Johnson, Christopher Eccleston, John Standing, Simon Manyonda, Chukwudi Iwuji, Samuel Valentine, Arinze Kene, Sharon Watts, Kaye Brown, Raphael Desprez, Peter Forbes, Sam Redford, Liam McKenna, Paul Tinto, Eric Kofi-Abrefa.

Home From Home. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Cast: Johnny Vegas, Emilia Fox, Adam James, Niky Wardley, Oscar Kennedy, Harvey Chaisty, Paul Barber, Elaine Paige, Pearce Quigley, Olive Gray, Susan Calman.

Johnny Vegas certainly deserves his chance to headline a major B.B.C. comedy, after all, he has provided fans of the series Still Open All Hours with plenty of laughter, and his relationship with David Jason, Kulvinder Ghir and above all Sally Lindsay, is to be admired, the transition made from stand up to small screen is seamless, even perhaps a greater virtue, one in which finally the actor can feel Home From Home.