Archives For Channel 4

The Spiral

September 28, 2016 — Leave a comment
Image credit: HBO

Image credit: HBO

Most people reading this will have experienced the sensation of losing time – a few hours, an entire night – whilst under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Far fewer people, I hope, will have subsequently become the only suspect in the murder of a beautiful young woman. Continue Reading…

Kafka’s Quiz Show

September 7, 2016 — Leave a comment

magiciangtrialThe title of world’s most bureaucratic quiz show will never be taken away from the BBC’s No Win, No Fee, a 2001 daytime programme in which neither contestants nor host (Paul Ross) knew where to stand at any time. The only thing I remember about it was that this matter of where participants stood was, somehow, of vital importance – as important as anything in a quiz show can be. Continue Reading…

Arts and Class

July 30, 2015 — Leave a comment

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the best documentaries have no onscreen presenter taking up valuable airtime; fortunately, a documentary about Melvyn Bragg needs no presenter because Bragg is the presenter of all things whenever he steps in front of a camera or behind a microphone. Melvyn Bragg: From Wigton to Westminster (BBC Two) was a tremendously enjoyable, sporadically moving, profile of the man who is perhaps the last example of what used to be called a cultural grandee; but it was depressing viewing for anyone who cares about arts programming. Continue Reading…

Extreme Bromance

June 26, 2015 — Leave a comment
Image Credit: NBC

Image Credit: NBC

The threat of domesticated AI is a trend in the near-future sci-fi genre at the moment: Extant (Amazon) had a creepy robo-kid, though, having failed to watch the whole series, I don’t know how dangerous he became; the Terminator franchise is – once again – ahem, back, as you may’ve seen in what must be the most desperate, tragic trailer of the decade; and now Channel 4 have their somewhat familiar take on us vs. robots, Humans. Continue Reading…

This is Gotham!

October 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

Image credit: DC Entertainment/Warner Bros

With ten films slated between 2016 and 2020 and three television shows this autumn, DC and Warner Bros are taking the fight to Marvel and Disney; clearly hoping to kick the post-Nolan lull. Arrow, The Flash (both to air on Sky 1) and Gotham (a coup for Channel 5) are DC’s small-screen contenders and the latter proved a mild hit, pulling in over two million viewers – big numbers in our age of multichannel Valhalla. Continue Reading…