THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, 1.6 (TV Review)

BBC One – 2nd August 2016 – 9pm Written by: Simon Tyrrell Series Created by: Ashley Pharaoh Directed by: Sam Donovan   A GHOST OF HIS FORMER SELF This is it. Six weeks later than fans who binge-watched it all on iPlayer, BBC One has completed its weekly Tuesday night transmissions of Ashley Pharaoh’s haunting […]

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, 1.5 (TV Review)

BBC One – 26th July 2016 – 9pm Written by: Peter McKenna Series created by: Ashley Pharoah Directed by: Sam Donovan    CHAOS BEFORE CLARITY Following last week’s leftfield cliffhanger, this penultimate episode in Ashley Pharaoh’s chilling period mini-series intensifies the “supernormal” activity, but does away with the story of the week template in favour of […]

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, 1.4 (TV Review)

BBC One – 19th July 2016 – 9pm Written by: Robert Murphy Series created by: Ashley Pharoah Directed by: Sam Donovan   SECRET FLOWER OF THE FOREST “The past is dead, and the dead are dead.” Never a less convincing word is spoken by Victorian psychologist and spiritual-dabbler Nathan Appleby (Colin Morgan), who is attempting to […]

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, 1.3 (TV Review)

BBC 1 – 12th July 2016 – 9pm Written by: Simon Tyrrell Series created by: Ashley Pharaoh Directed by: Alice Troughton   DUCKING THE HARE “You will reap what has been sown.” Harvest time is upon Shepzoy and tension is in the fields, perfectly encapsulated in the sombre folk song which riffs and repeats during […]

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, 1.2 (TV Review)

BBC 1 – 5th July 2016 – 9pm Written by: Ashley Pharoah Directed by: Alice Troughton   MINOR MINERS Shifting central story after exorcising Harriet Denning’s (Tallulah Haddon) demons at the death of episode one, recently relocated psychologist Nathan Appleby (Colin Morgan) this week questions and comforts a young lad in his Somerset village who […]

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, 1.1 (TV Review)

BBC 1 – 28th June 2016 – 9pm Written by: Ashley Pharoah Directed by: Alice Troughton   SHAKEN TO THE CAW The Beeb boldly takes a leaf out of Netflix’s binge-watching (e-)book with the box set debut of its latest six part drama series on iPlayer, ahead of episode one’s terrestrial premiere on the flagship […]

DOCTOR WHO, 10.8 – “The Lie of the Land” (TV Review)

BBC One – 7:35pm – Saturday 3rd June 2017 Written by: Toby Whithouse Directed by: Wayne Yip   FAKE NEWS CENTRAL “Humanity is doomed to never learn from its mistakes.” One downfall of being tardy to the party with watching a programme as popular and hotly-debated as Doctor Who is that unless I avoid twitter […]

TV Reviews

  A handy, alphabetised gateway to all my television and boxset reviews. << # >> << A >> AMERICAN GODS, 1.1 – “The Bone Orchard” (Amazon Prime/Starz) << B >> BEOWULF: RETURN TO THE SHIELDLANDS, 1.1 (ITV) << C >> CASTLEVANIA – Season One (Netflix) A CHRISTMAS CAROL (TNT) CLASS, 1.1 – “For Tonight We […]

The Babysitter (Netflix Review)

15 – 85mins – 2017   ORGY OF BLOOD Cole Johnson (Judah Lewis) is bullied for being the only 12-year-old in class to still have a babysitter. But when your babysitter is as smokin’ hot and too cool for school as Bee (Samara Weaving), it can’t be all bad – right?! Under strict instructions from […]