Tag Archives: Brian Pettifer

Darkest Hour. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Ronald Pickup, Stephen Dillane, Nicholas Jones, Samuel West, David Schofield, Richard Lumsden, Malcolm Storry, Hilton McRae, Benjamin Whitrow, Joe Armstrong, Adrian Rawlins, David Bamber, Paul Leonard, David Strathairn, Eric MacLennan, Philip Martin Brown, Jordan Waller, Alex Clatworthy, Anna Burnett, Jeremy Child, Brian Pettifer, Michael Gould, Pip Torrens.

Few men in history can go through life without causing waves, without being the conversation of being somehow divisive, hated perhaps in equal measure as they are loved; it is the symbol perhaps of just how much drive a person can have in life, a thirst for adventure that makes them the figures they are.

Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell, Television Review. B.B.C.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley, Alice Englert, Samuel West, Enzo Cilenti, Paul Kaye, Edward Hogg, Brian Pettifer, Ariyon Bakare, Vincent Franklin, John Heffernan, Richard Durden, Robbie O’ Neil, John Sessions, Clive Mantle, Lucinda Dryzek, Ronan Vibart.


For all the other channels and subscriber based ways of watching television, for all the smoke and mirrors of television programmes being played out endlessly and arguably without diligence and care for the viewers intelligence, when the B.B.C. gets something completely right it normally becomes the best thing to have been seen in the comfort of your armchair all year and in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell such worthy praise and lofted heights is needed.

The Musketeers, An Ordinary Man. Series Two, Episode Two, Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Ryan Gage, Alexandra Dowling, Marc Warren, Hugo Speer, Maimie McCoy, Tamla Kari, Christopher Fulford, Micah Balfour, Stuart Bowman, Robin Browne, Will Keen, Brian McCardie, Mark Penfold, Brian Pettifer, Charlotte Reid, Oliver Rix, Chris Ryman, Charlotte Salt, Anton Saunders, Antonia Thomas.

The Musketeers, A Rebellious Woman. Television Review. B.B.C. Television.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Tom Burke, Peter Capaldi, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Annabelle Wallis, Alexandra Dowling, Ryan Gage, Tamla Kari, Maimie McCoy, John Lynch, Hugo Speer, Alice Sanders, Hannah Sharp, Richard Hawley, Christian Jenner, Brian Pettifer.

A Rebellious Woman or a woman who understood the complexity of wanting equality in an age of misogyny and pathetic fear in wondering what education would do to a female mind. Not an episode set in the current era, nor back in the dark days of 1970s Britain in which sexism was incredibly rife but in the days of France in which the rule of law was not in the lap of the King as is supposed but in that of the Cardinal and of the Church.

The Musketeers: The Homecoming. Television Review. B.B.C.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Ashley Walters, Anton Lesser,     Peter Capaldi, Ryan Gage, Hugo Speer, Matt Slack, Michael Cochrane, Helen Cotterill, Fiona Glascott, Brian Pettifer, Vaclav Chalupa, Christophe Gilland, Michael Jenn.

Where do the good come from? Those that change the lives of all for the better! This is the question lurking at the back of the latest episode of B.B.C.’s smash Sunday night 16th century historical romp The Musketeers.