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Flatmates (2019– )
5/10
Wrong focus. The female actors are much better.
21 March 2020
This is redeemed by Tallulah Grieves character Lauren. She's very good . As are all the female actors. The male leads are pretty dreadful. No chemistry between any of them. This is a teen "comedy" and probably ( the only time I'll write this) needs an live audience .
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The Field of Blood (2011–2013)
10/10
Why did this end?
17 March 2020
Arghhh! I only just discovered this by trawling through BBC Scotland and was intrigued as I love crime drama. This was absolutely brilliant over four episodes and finishes to give us ample plot lines to continue. Why oh why oh why do we have no more as relationships are just building? The main characters are superbly profiled and the tension and subversive battles during the miners strike of the 80's and beyond is brilliantly portrayed. Shock of the new overlaps with the old tradition and like two juggernauts collide. It's fantastic stuff but so, so brief. I suppose the argument could be that it's fitting as it exploded with so much verve and power that it needed no more. I'd not read any of the books this is based on but will search them out as I'm completely hooked. Just sorry this was all done on TV eight years ago and I missed it. Well done to all involved and to BBC Scotland for reshooting. Pure class!
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Zookeeper (2011)
1/10
Creepy James
30 January 2020
Basically.. the reason Kevin James did this movie was the fact he had the hots for all the female leads/ voice actresses, which tells you all you need to know about Kevin James circa 2011. Dirty old sod. It's a dreadful film apart from that. Really dreadful. Rosario Dawson was ok.
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Vera (2011– )
8/10
10 years of great detective work!
21 January 2020
I've reviewed here before to say how much I love this series. The cantankerous DCI Vera Stanhope is one of the great creations in modern crime drama. I've gone on long about this before and am an avid fan. The reason I'm posting today is rather frivolous but the one detail that does irk me... ( and I'm fine if it is just me) the extras. I cannot deal with all the extra team members when she's back at the station all standing about with notepads and pens who have no interaction or involvement with the other main characters. I've just stopped a scene in the very latest episode ( S10 E2) where Vera is summarising ( for us mainly) and 6 extra team members are there. I mean, Why? They could be ghosts as far as their involvement in the tale. I'm glad they are being given some employment absolutely, but please either give them a line or redistribute them about and keep the team small. Rant over.
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2/10
If it 'ain't broke don't fix it
11 January 2020
This opening episode was obviously a two part story shunted awkwardly together. The character chemistry has gone. The housekeeper/cleaner character was great but I'd imagine Katy Wix had a better offer, or the producers decided to try and evolve the Agatha Rasen character by giving her a legitimate role as a PI instead of a bored marketing guru looking for something a little extra. Elevating the boyfriend to the sidekick role and reducing ensemble cast to cameo performances is a massive error. They need to split again for her to plunge herself back into work and let mania ensue. She's no longer a strong character. It's all daft. This was fairly light daytime fayre and easy on the eyes. This is now a poor shadow of its comfortable self. Shame. I much prefer the BBC's Shakespeare & Hathaway. Easily superior compared now. They've done it right. Keep the talented ensemble cast small and they give us decent stories. Simple!
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FBI: Most Wanted (2020– )
3/10
Spinning off from a truly awful show is crazy
11 January 2020
Ironically what I saw of FBI Most Wanted was much better than FBI the show it purportedly spins from. It's still dreadfully cliched and ham acted. Writing and direction are by numbers. This "team" is ridiculous . FBI is easily one of the worst police dramas I've seen in the last decade. This is getting dragged down with it.
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Modern Family: The Prescott (2020)
Season 11, Episode 10
4/10
All hail Stephen Merchant.
10 January 2020
The best thing about this sorry episode was Stephen Merchant. He was brilliant as ever. Everyone else has moved on. A crying shame.
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Easy: Utopia (2016)
Season 1, Episode 6
4/10
Gulf in acting ability
19 December 2019
Script is good and can tell there is a moderate amount of improv. It does however make things glaringly obvious the gulf in acting ability between Malin Akerman and the constantly average Orlando Bloom. In the hands of a better actor, his role would have been much richer, lustrous and sensual in the same way that Akerman achieved. He doesn't know how to underplay or normalise a role if it's not fictional or a costume piece . The standout for me (teaching Bloom a lesson in subtle, nuanced acting) was Kate Micucci. Quite superb turn. Between her and Akerman, they showed how to operate and characterise people who are longing for something exciting and unknown. They made this believable.
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King Arthur (2004)
7/10
Another twist on the legend
8 December 2019
Warning: Spoilers
I do love a good tale and this certainly is. I did review this when it was first shown and have watched it countless times since. 15 years later, one thing has dawned that I just didn't think of before. Arthur basically sacrifices his colleagues and innocent people to survive and get the girl as such. Nearly all the other knights perish. Now I know it's just another fiction but it's just a bit bonkers. Anyway it's still an enjoyable watch especially in the winter. Plus Keira Knightley is always good value aside from the fact that she wouldn't be able to understand anyone and how ungrateful she was at being found and freed. Gets a super wagon and servants, whilst everyone else gets nothing!! Still...!
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Modern Family: The Last Thanksgiving (2019)
Season 11, Episode 7
2/10
It's winding down really slowly
5 December 2019
Good comedy shows give you subtle ends to tie. Sometimes on your own . Also it normally leaves it until the last couple of episodes of the final series. Modern family is doing this excruciatingly long. The loose ends feel so long and the tying up is going to be a real let down. Modern Family was a fantastic comedy. But as usual it gets too big and becomes lazy. Save one or two episodes, this season has been so poor. Such a shame.
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Madam Secretary (2014–2019)
3/10
It's still so cringeworthy alm these years later
28 November 2019
I cannot. Seriously cannot believe this programme has been renewed so may times. It's really poor . The premise is ok but the situations and ease with which crises are resolved is ridiculous. Bebe Neuwrith was so right to calm it a day 2 seasons ago before it. Evame absolute Disney . It adds nothing and says nothing. Very poor.
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Dollface (2019– )
3/10
Erm.. I know I'm a guy but...
17 November 2019
...I don't get it. It's a comedy right? I'm not expecting anything earth shattering but this isn't making any tremors. At all. The cat faced bus driver and the occasional dream sequences are just that occasional. Frankly just don't fit in this at all. Either go for it or don't bother! These girlfriends all crowding round her to help are just unreal. I'm not asking for reality just another dimension to them. A little depth etc. Would they still be willing to take her back in the gold so quickly? It should really be a studio audience sitcom . Never thought I'd write that. It feels like it needs an audience to give it atmosphere as it doesn't seem to have enough on its own. On a positive, the music tracks are good.
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The Accident (2019)
3/10
Great Expectations. It's not Dickens.
6 November 2019
I read the reviews on here about poor script and acting constantly. Dig deeper. The script and acting are not at all bad. Directing, editing are the areas id look into as it destroys atmosphere, tempo and story. I have none of the talent for any of these jobs but I know what I like. If a scene lingers too long or a short one shoved into another but has no business being there it irritates. Slo-mo is another current trend just because. Music can also make or break scenes. It's a package of all disciplines. When got right like Chernobyl or Line of Duty, you can see how it can work. It's an ensemble every time. So script and acting, whilst vital are just a couple of ingredients.

This was a brave attempt to cover a lot by C4 but fails to grab the attention for long periods.
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Modern Family: The Last Halloween (2019)
Season 11, Episode 5
6/10
I didn't get spooked.
4 November 2019
First five minutes of each subplot were good. It then became fairly lame. It's a real shame as the Halloween episodes were very good each year. As the family fractures and the children grow up it no longer feels like anyone cares., certainly not the writers. The fable at the end of each get more cloying and deliberate. It is like Friends or BBT in the sentimental delivery. I can only guess that it's doing so to tie ends up. Halloweenie I'm afraid!
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Batwoman: The Rabbit Hole (2019)
Season 1, Episode 2
2/10
It'll work with one change!
14 October 2019
Ditch Ruby Rose and her ham fisted wooden acting and it may have a chance.
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Batwoman (2019– )
2/10
I don't get it.
8 October 2019
I'm sorry but the story is as you would expect for a comic franchise. It'll have its highs and lows through a few seasons. Probably drag on longer than it should like The Flash but you know, it'll last. What I don't get is this constant need to give Ruby Rose vehicles for her very average acting abilities. She is too self aware. She's a support at best. The out gay superhero slant is a good idea, it's time. She seems happiest being herself though, not acting. She's just so boring to watch.
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Heartbreakers (2001)
5/10
Limp and too long
30 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Heartbreakers sets itself very low standard which unfortunately it fails to live up to!

The only time I genuinely laughed or chuckled was when the man in the bar gets an olive thrown at him and screams in pain whilst his mother consoles him. That was funny. Shame the guy was only in the film for 2 minutes. The rest of the main ensemble looked very uncomfortable together.
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Stumptown (2019– )
2/10
Yawn. It's so clichèd.
27 September 2019
I've seen this done before and much better. It's just lazy writing . The action sequences are nicely staged. Smoulders has a dreadfully smug look constantly and is not funny. Just cannot warm to her acting style. The growling vocal fry she has going on irritating. Support cast do what they can but as she's exec producer of this as well it's no wonder she's given the meat of the sassy , clever lines. It's boring and predictable. She's not got natural comedy timing so some good punchlines are lost in her attempts. Not for me. It'll get lost in the midweek schedules.
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Criminal: UK: Stacey (2019)
Season 1, Episode 2
9/10
Hayley Atwell as Stacey is brilliant.
20 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Hayley Atwell does a superb job of playing Stacey, the woman accused of poisoning her sister Mary's boyfriend. Her tough defence unravels but is quite brilliant . She handed out a few acting lessons, reminding us she's not just as good as Agent Carter!
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1/10
I have few words...
18 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
As I feel as though I'm falling into a diabetic coma, the amount of sugar and saccharin in this god awful film. It makes Hallmark films seem heavy and cerebral.

Never ever seen any CEO act like this and by all accounts the film is pokes away from the Sophie Kinsella novel. I guess she saw the money and ran.

Really dreadful example of millennial entitlement syndrome. Worse than this Hulu series of Four weddings and a Funeral. Both dire.
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The I-Land (2019)
7/10
Black mirror for beginners
13 September 2019
It's a fine concept and quite well executed. There are no heroes but lots of protagonists. It's a good copy of a Black Mirror episode ( I won't spoil and tell you which). Purgatory sums it up.
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The I-Land (2019)
7/10
Swallows and Amazons for Mulennials
13 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
If you've never seen or read "swallows and amazons " or read the "lord of the flies" . DO. Just because the characters are portrayed by grownups doesn't mean they are. In a game or simulation we choose avatars. This is poorly executed but a very good premise. It has 7 episodes. So watch all before being opinionated.
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Midsomer Murders: Till Death Do Us Part (2018)
Season 20, Episode 5
5/10
Run of the mill
13 September 2019
This was a fairly forgettable episode for me. The quality has been nosediving during the John Barnaby era, his hang dog look and Stan Laurel grin doesn't inject any electricity into affairs as Tom Barnaby's did. With a few notable exceptions, The Lions of Causton as a recent stand out, the writing has felt really strained and recycled. With the 120 plus episodes admittedly under its belt it may be time to think about wrapping things up? Anyway, what I thought was hilarious in its daft ness was at the beginning where Sarah finds the first dead body and she is shown sitting in an ambulance with a blanket round her shoulders for her shock presumably, whilst grieving newlywed husband head in hands sits a few feet away. The paramedic then hands her a mug of tea and ignores him! Ridiculous!
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Midsomer Murders: The Curse of the Ninth (2017)
Season 19, Episode 6
2/10
Flat as a poorly tuned Violin
12 September 2019
In the great annals of Midsomer episodes I tried but failed to really find one so turgid and dull as this. The cast is mostly exemplary but the plot, thick with ham and am dram script was awful. It was so convoluted it felt as smug as a tea time drama not prime time. The Barnaby's are now so smug and John Barnaby has now taken to either pouting whilst listening to a suspect or an impersonation of Stan Laurel when being light hearted, does not help the pretty wooden acting. Sorry I've droned on but he's not a lead actor and it hasn't improved. The attempts to get the couple as amenable as Tom and Joyce is cringeworthy . However those critiques are not important when the story and script is strong. I think MM needs to close the curtains now. 20 series is enough, now we are being treated to this fayre.
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Midsomer Murders: Let Us Prey (2014)
Season 16, Episode 2
7/10
More religious blattering
9 September 2019
And quite rightly. A very contrived episode. And I cannot warm to John Barnaby ( Neil Dudgeon) as the CI. His acting is so hammy. It's just not subtle at all . Still very "am dram" . He's not a lead and not the charisma of John Nettles. I'm going cold to this series. The supporting acts as ever are scene stealers , Rebecca Front is brilliant as the vicar, Roy Hudd does a great, unexpected turn as well. You forget the great character actors like him. Great stuff! The plots or screenplays are still strong but this hang dog that they've given John Barnaby just doesn't sit well for me. No energy. He looks fed up all the time. The new DS character is good, he's got some new energy. It needs it.
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