TV Quick: talk about things on telly succinctly

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Re: TV Quick: talk about things on telly succinctly

Post by Gordon » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:37 pm

Did you like it 3/4 episodes from the end?
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Post by this clump of trees » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:09 pm

it was only the first episode that i found kind of frustrating. 3/4 episodes from the end is after the big ridiculous shootout right?

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Post by Gordon » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:25 am

Yeah, that might have been the last episode I saw. It's not that I hated it, it's just that I wasn't that fussed.
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Post by Big Nose » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:09 pm

I have been watching the last 10 or so minutes or Deal or No Deal (before Countdown starts) for a very long time, and pride myself on both not understanding and not wanting to understand what the hell is happening. It looks like tremendous fun though and the ridiculousness of Noel Edmonds amuses me greatly.
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Post by Gordon » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:49 pm

So 'Borderline' (quite good 'The Office' in immigration control mockumentary) has a character called Sujan Stevens (no f).
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Post by tompony » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:36 pm

crystalball wrote:Anyone been watching any of that slow telly stuff on BBC Four? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02q34z8. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened. Chris Watson's Dawn Chorus and the glass programme particularly, but yeah, God.
Possibly of interest to Anorak folk - a load of Slow TV stuff has just been added to (UK) Netflix, including a seven-hour train ride from Bergen to Oslo and twelve (12!) hours of Norwegian people knitting.

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:03 pm

Anyone with Netflix (or no qualms about acquiring their tv extra legally) a fan of Bojack Horseman? I've just watched the end of season 3 and am in bits.

It's weird how it looks like (and was initially marketed) as wacky surreal satire about fame in a world with anthropomorphised animals, because it's really a show about depression and one of the most accurate depictions I've ever seen on tv too. Whilst also being extremely funny with a great line in puns.

I really can't recommend it enough.

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Post by Gordon » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:37 pm

I really enjoy it, although I don't think it'll be Mrs Gordon's cup of tea, so I don;t get too much of a chance to watch it. It's nice to have a near-the-knucle comedy that's actually clever.
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Post by tompony » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:10 pm

I like it, but find it a little bit hit-and-miss. That said, the underwater episode from the current series is one of the best episodes of anything I've ever seen on television. In fact, I have yet to watch anything past that episode because it kind of floored me and I haven't really moved on yet.

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Post by noLooking » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:23 pm

Watched the first episode of Fleabag last night and thought it was really good. Reminded me a bit of Not Safe for Work, in that it has the same kind of my life is a horrible mess and why don't I just die right now sort of feel to it, though this is more focused of the neuroses of a single character with grotesque support cast, rather than a whole host of dysfunctional people in a dysfunctional situation.

Very funny as well, in a wincing kind of way but with proper nasty belly laughs. A bit painful, but not so much in that "The Office" style, where you're supposed to laugh at them because you hate them, there's a deal more empathy to it. Not that Fleabag herself isn't horrible, just horrible in a way that's a bit close to the bone at times.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (as posh as her name sounds) is good in the lead role, which was a surprise because I saw her in something called Crashing last year which I lasted about 20 minutes of before deleting it and attempting to scrub the memory of my video thing in order that it may never be retrieved.

Anyway, worth a look, is what I'm saying.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:42 pm

It was alright, wasn't it? I only accidentally watched it, in that way you watch things sometimes when you don't particularly mean to watch them but they come on when you haven't been arsed to turn the telly off. But yeah, I enjoyed it. She's good, her. Bit terrifying, but good. She has presence, I think the critics would say.

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Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:15 pm

I wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first. Seemed like one of those programmes that consist of nothing but horribly unsympathetic characters but I soon found there was a bit more going on than that. Interested to watch a few more episodes.

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Post by noLooking » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:32 pm

Yeah, I started watching it about ten minutes in from the bit with her sister, which is really funny, so I started off a bit better disposed to it I suppose. I didn't watch the first bit 'til this morning, which is less good I thought. Though the bit with Barrack Obama was pretty funny.

I know what you mean about sympathetic characters, but I think it matters less if they're interesting, you can still be fascinated by people even if you don't like them, or even like them despite themselves because of it. The worst thing is perhaps to write about someone who's both hateful and boring. Which is why I can't stand The Office.

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Post by islandhopper » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:46 pm

Got to the end of Fleabag and it really does pay off. Some of the best scenes in the series also surprisingly ended up featuring Hugh Dennis.

If you want to watch a sitsom that really does solely consist of horrible people doing horrible things then you could watch Our Ex-Wife with Robert Webb and poor Melanie Lynskey who should really be doing better. I wouldn't though. Watch 'We The Jury' instead because it's written by James Acaster and is totally daft and full of laughs.

My favourite sitcom (possibly programme) of the year is still 'Mum' though. A thing of quiet beauty in my opinion. Lesley Manville was utterly mesmerising.

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Post by noLooking » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:32 pm

islandhopper wrote:Got to the end of Fleabag and it really does pay off. Some of the best scenes in the series also surprisingly ended up featuring Hugh Dennis
Still watching Fleabag as it goes through on the TV. Hasn't been a bad one yet
My favourite sitcom (possibly programme) of the year is still 'Mum' though. A thing of quiet beauty in my opinion. Lesley Manville was utterly mesmerising.
Yeah, I thought it was absolutely glorious. Nice to see Peter Mullan not playing a psycho or something for once as well, he deserves a bit of peace for five minutes.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:17 am

Can we keep talking about Fleabag please? Watched all of it over the last two nights. I bloody loved it. Proper Feelings about it and everything. It's just... the pace of it? The comic timing? How gloriously balanced and mesmerising the story was? How totally in love I am with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fleabag's fucked-upness and how small the story made me feel, but good-small, you know? It's the sort of programme that seems to come from a good corner of this utterly ridiculous world, that's trying to tell us something without selling anything. To me, right now, that's huge.

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Post by noLooking » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:50 pm

crystalball wrote:Can we keep talking about Fleabag please? Watched all of it over the last two nights. I bloody loved it. Proper Feelings about it and everything. It's just... the pace of it? The comic timing? How gloriously balanced and mesmerising the story was? How totally in love I am with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Fleabag's fucked-upness and how small the story made me feel, but good-small, you know? It's the sort of programme that seems to come from a good corner of this utterly ridiculous world, that's trying to tell us something without selling anything. To me, right now, that's huge.
Just watched the last one tonight. I think there's a kind of paradoxical feel-good nature about Fleabag, that we can unite around the idea that people are as fucked up as each other and the supposed 'normality' of the world is just a bit of a construct to make us all feel ashamed of flaws everyone has.

I like Fleabag more because of her flaws I think (well, some of them...), it makes me feel like I'm not alone in being crap and wanting stupid things. And I probably like it that at least I'm not as bad as that as well.

And I like Hugh Dennis as well. Yeah, I went there.


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