RED DWARF XII.3 – “Timewave” (TV Review)

Red Dwarf.

Dave – 9pm – Thursday 26th October 2017

Available to preview NOW on UKTV Play

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

THE TROUBLE WITH ST. TREMBLES

At this halfway juncture I don’t think it’s premature for me to declare Red Dwarf XII an extraordinary run of the popular British sci-fi sitcom. In three episodes we have had three very diverse and unpredictably inventive approaches to the formula. “Cured” was a confident mystery with historical guest stars, “Siliconia” a grandiose gem borne out of a gimmick, while this week’s standalone instalment is a blatant satirical swipe at the PC brigade; madness mocking madness.

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ZAPPED! 2.1 – “The Trial” (TV Review)

Zapped series 2

Dave – 9:40pm – Thursday 12th October 2017

Available to stream from UKTV Play service NOW

Created and written by: Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell

Directed by: Dave Lambert


 

PIE AND HAMMER

Expanded from last year’s water-testing micro-run (click the following links for my 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 reviews), digital channel Dave’s original fantasy sitcom makes a welcome return next week, once again nestled in a post-Red Dwarf XII Thursday night slot. “The Trial” follows directly on from “Mr. Wuffles”‘s cliffhanger ending, in which modern day office temp-out-of-water Brian Weaver (James The Inbetweeners Buckley) has inadvertently pissed off a legion of shell-backed Snail people by kicking their ambassador, which he had mistaken for a football.

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The Big Sick (Cinema Review)

15 – 124mins – 2017


 

BEST SEEN COLD

While The Big Sick’s reputation precedes it, literally all I knew about this acclaimed indie rom-com prior to last night’s Cineworld Unlimited cardholder preview screening was that critics were raving about it Stateside, and it co-starred Ruby Sparks herself, quirky cutie Zoe Kazan.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Cinema Review)

12A – 126mins – 2017 – 3D


 

THE MAN FROM C.A.M.E.L.O.T.

The sword in the stone, the Lady in the Lake, the Knights of the Round Table… You think you know the legend, but certainly not told like this. Lock Stock and Snatch director Guy Ritchie brings his own, erm, ineffable and idiosyncratic style to the oft-told story of the medieval British leader whose historical biography has long been entwined with mythical embellishments, magic and Merlin.

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RED DWARF XI.4 – “Officer Rimmer” (TV Review)

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Dave – 13th October 2016 – 9pm

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and Directed by: Doug Naylor


THE RIMM FROM ANOTHER RANK

“Things are about to get a whole lot more Rimmer-y…”

Fans of Chris Barrie’s jumbo-nostriled chicken soup machine repairman rejoice: this week you get FIFTY times more Arnold Judas Rimmer for your dollar-pounds! Doug Naylor goes uber-topical in “Officer Rimmer”, delivering a stingingly satirical warning to those who abuse their power… and technological advances.

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ZAPPED, 1.1 – “Mr. Weaver” (TV Review)

Zapped. Image shows from L to R: Steg (Ken Collard), Barbara (Sharon Rooney), Brian Weaver (James Buckley), Howell (Paul Kaye), Herman (Louis Emerick). Copyright: Black Dog Television / Baby Cow Productions.

Dave – 13th October 2016 – 9.40pm

Written and created by: Dan Gaster, Will Ing, Paul Powell

Directed by: Dave Lambert


FANTARAMA

“I can categorically state that nothing of note will happen today…”

If delivery boy Philip J. Fry was transported to Middle Earth instead of the year 3000, Matt Groening’s Futurama could easily have been an animated prelude to Zapped, a new Dave-commissioned fish out of water sitcom which – like the digital channel’s other genre-quashing weekly chucklethon Red Dwarf XI – is available to stream on UKTV Play a week ahead of broadcast.

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RED DWARF XI.3 “Give and Take” (TV Review)

Dave – 6th October 2016 – 9pm
Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

LIFE IS BUT A SCREAM

Lister (Craig Charles) will claim it’s curry, while based on this week’s evidence, Cat (Danny John-Jules) will argue strongly in favour of sea salt, but ultimately it seems like variety is the spice of life aboard the Dwarf this series. We are now three episodes in to XI – half way – and we’ve already been treated to a romp to an alternative Earth in the style of series VI (“Twentica”) and a more sombre investigative mystery which harkened back to III’s classic two-hander, “Marooned” (“Samsara”).

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