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From Peak TV to Weak TV, an essay

My subscriptions are constantly under review (I hope yours are too). I recently unsubscribed to NowTV and my on-again off-again relationship with Netflix is currently off-again. This saves me £18 per month. The TV+ service is either free at the moment or free because my kid bought an iPad, but in any event, isn’t worth […]

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Brainwashed by TV Cop Shows

“He was a serial killer. You did your job.” Cardinal So it goes. I’ve been wrestling over the past few days with the obvious cognitive dissonance between fictional cops and the real, paramilitary thing stalking the streets of American Cities in armoured vehicles and body armour, beating up protestors and – over and over and […]

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entertainment Review Television

Devs vs. Westworld

Sooner or later, science fiction comes down to the question of what it means to be human. The situations and settings vary, but the question is one of the oldest we have: the ontological debate between free will and determinism. Philosophers, religionists, and scientists have all approached the problem in various ways. We are biologically […]

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Upload (Amazon Prime): actual science fiction

Huh. I read a couple of reviews of this series and they were lukewarm at best, and yet I found it really enjoyable and burned through it in a couple of nights. Now suffering bingewatch remorse. As ever my tastes are off beam in comparison to the critical opinion in the quality press, but I’ve […]

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Bosch – Season 6 review

“My lane? Has no lines.” I note that I failed in my duty to review Season 5 of this excellent police procedural from Amazon Prime. I think that’s probably because I didn’t enjoy it as much as seasons 1–4. Season 5 felt as if it was playing its Greatest Hits a bit, with (yet) another […]

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The Night Fire by Michael Connelly – review

The 6th and penultimate season of Bosch coming soon to Amazon Prime, and I was intrigued to see that one of the novels the season will be based on is Dark Sacred Night, which was the previous Ballard and Bosch novel, published in 2018. This makes me wonder whether Renée Ballard, Connelly’s most recently created […]

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Apple TV+ and other TV matters

My daughter bought herself a new iPad Pro and thus scored a free year of Apple TV+, meaning we can now watch such shows as The Morning Show, For All Mankind, and Amazing Stories. You can of course choose to pay a subscription to Apple TV+: it’s a reasonable £4.99 per month after a 7-day […]

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So farewell then

Nicholas Parsons has died, thirty years after he really ought to have retired. Perhaps the best we can hope for now is that the BBC will take Just a Minute out into the backyard and put it out of its misery. There should be a statute of limitations on shows and formats. And careers in […]

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It’s time to talk about Doctor Who

When the Britbox streaming service launched in the UK, the thing I was most looking forward to was watching the existing episodes of Doctor Who all the way from the start. While I’m old enough to have been alive from the very beginning, I have only the vaguest memories of William Hartnell, and my first […]

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Rewatching The Good Life on the eve of the election

Beloved British sitcom The Good Life is a snapshot of a better, kinder, Britain, the pre-Thatcher Britain of the 70s, with high tax rates for the rich and working infrastructure. House price inflation and property speculation hadn’t quite taken hold. A three bedroom detached house in Surbiton would have cost twenty times less when Tom […]