ZAPPED, 2.6 – “The Henge” (TV Review)

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Dave – 9:40pm – Thursday 16th November 2017

Available to stream NOW on UKTV Play

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

Directed by: Dave Lambert


 

GET HOME OR DIE TRYING

“Who wants to spend the rest of their life in Munty?!”

The date of the super-solstice is drawing near and Brian Weaver (James Buckley) is finally going to get the opportunity to be magicked back to 21st century Britain – and a change of clothes – provided liquor-loving conjuror Howell (Paul Kaye) can stay off the Rhubarb Seizures long enough to recant the spell! With Barbara’s (Sharon Rooney) new date (Ciaran Dowd) guaranteeing the gang easy access to the Henge, it seems like nothing will stand in the way of Brian’s return journey – except maybe for the two bounty hunters who are hot on the heels of the traveller from another world…

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RED DWARF XII.6 – “Skipper” (TV Review)

Dave – 9:00pm – Thursday 16th November 2017

Available to stream NOW on UKTV Play

Created and written by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

MULTIVERSE MEDLEY

After “Mechocracy” (reviewed HERE) brought back a blast from the past in the form of a toast-obsessed kitchen appliance and “M-Corp” (reviewed HERE) ended with a middle-aged recreation of Red Dwarf’s first ever scene, Doug Naylor rounds off this critically-and-commercially successful twelfth series of the popular British sci-fi sitcom with some Rick & Morty and Futurama-esque disasters in the multiverse which could very easily be seen as a perfectly nostalgic send-off to the show, were it not for the fact that this Dave-era revival has been such a hit that a series XIII – and possibly even a live show – seems like a shoe-in.

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ZAPPED, 2.5 – “Showtime” (TV Review)

Zapped. Image shows from L to R: Sextus (Tim Key), Helena (Roxy Sternberg).Dave – 9:40pm – Thursday 9th November 2017

Available to stream NOW on UKTV Play

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

Directed by: Dave Lambert


 

THE THROCK’S THE THING

“Welcome to the most important job in showbusiness!”

A single f-bomb earns Zapped its first ‘15’ rating with what is – in my humble opinion – the krunting best of its eight aired to date. Alan Partridge’s Mid-Morning Matters co-host, Tim Key, guest stars as the lead actor of travelling group The Brevit Players, who Brian (James Buckley) joins as the sandwich-board carrier and general dogsbody, hoping to follow the theatrical troupe all the way to the City of a Thousand Towers – and his ticket home.

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RED DWARF XII.5 – “M-Corp” (TV Review)

Dave – 9pm – Thursday 9th November 2017

Available to stream NOW on UKTV Play

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

UPDATES INSTALLED

While a few of the jokes in series XII have riffed on over-familiar tropes from Red Dwarf‘s past (Lister’s dodgy guitar skillz, Cat’s less-than-subtle ribs about rid of Rimmer, Kryten’s love of cleaning), plot-wise, this latest batch of six space adventures for the remaining crew of the JMC’s finest has really upped the ante and pushed the ‘Bug out like never before.

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ZAPPED, 2.3 – “The Party” (TV Review)

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Dave – 9:40pm – Thursday 26th October 2017

Available NOW to stream on UKTV Play

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

Directed by: Dave Lambert


 

RICH TASTES

Halfway through this second series and stranded twenty-first century everyman Brian Weaver (James Charlie Countryman Buckley) is becoming bored with his limited circle of less-than-exceptional companions and his lacklustre new existence in the fantastical medieval province. Even news of Herman’s (Louis Emerick) upcoming anniversary party celebrating 15 years of “proper old school taverny” at The Jug and Other Jug can’t convince Brian to stay away from Munty’s newly-opened trendy bar.

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

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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)

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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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RED DWARF XII.1 – “Cured” (TV Review)

Dave – 9pm – Thursday 12th October 2017

Available to stream NOW from UKTV Play

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

TEA WITH MESSALINA

“Okay, starting her up…”

Having had to endure a ten year gap between 1999’s Series VIII cliffhanger and anniversary mini-series Back to Earth, followed by a further three-and-a-half year wait before the series-proper returned with 2012’s Series X, and another four before XI was commissioned, it’s fair to say that the comparatively sprightly 12-month turnaround between last year’s Red Dwarf XI and today’s UKTV Play online premiere of XII’s opener, “Cured”, feels like a mere blink of an eye – but more Dwarf is always a welcome treat and the sooner the better!

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JACK WHITEHALL: TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER – Series One (Netflix Review)

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15 – 6 x 30mins – Streaming on UK Netflix from: Friday 22nd September 2017

Series Producer: Mark Chapman

Executive Producers: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Ben Cavey

Produced and directed by: John Hodgson


 

DAD EDUCATION

Despite being on a plethora of popular panel shows and performing sell-out stand-up comedy tours for the best part of the last decade, Fresh Meat ‘toff’ Jack Whitehall is still in his twenties. His act has often played upon not only the naivety of his age but also his sheltered-if-cushy upbringing by his stuffy agent-to-the-stars father, Michael. The jovial comic and his often stubbornly-rigid pa have previously partnered up as an odd couple on BBC chat show Backchat, but now streaming super-service Netflix has paid for the Bad Education star to have the gap year he never went on – provided his dad tags along for the (joy)ride!

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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, 1.3 – “Context is for Kings” (Netflix Review)

Streaming on UK Netflix from: Monday 2nd October 2017

Story by: Bryan Fuller, Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts

Teleplay by: Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts and Craig Sweeny

Directed by: Akiva Goldsman


 

ENTER: ME

“Sometimes down is up, up is down. Sometimes when you’re lost, you’re found.”

For the second time in its first three instalments, Star Trek: Discovery has a ‘pilot’ episode, as 1.3 shoots forward six months from the USS Shenzhou’s clash with the Klingons and Captain Georgiou’s death, following Michael Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) heavily-contested and unorthodox efforts to save the ship, her captain and crew. Now, the woman who will not reply to “Mickey” is a silent, resigned, person-adverse prisoner being transferred to do mining work to help the Federation’s war effort.

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