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***Spoilers for Game of Thrones and Tin Star***

Grimacing. Image credit: HBO

Not to rehash the many gripes about Game of Thrones near-total abandonment of logic, but I will clarify that the complaint is, here, at least, not that characters’ travels up and down the Seven Kingdoms aren’t shown, but rather those journeys that should take days elapse in an afternoon. A solid conception of time and place, grounding the fantastic, has always been vital to Game of Thrones’ success, without which it descends to grimacing and bickering with dragons. And so it goes. Continue Reading…

Ordinary Television

April 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Not even Channel 4’s own announcer sounded convinced when she was forced to describe the last episode of Indian Summers as the ‘gripping finale to our hit series’. This was a risible, ham-fisted attempt to lash together the hazy colonial nostalgia of a Somerset Maugham story with modern sensibilities. It failed. Continue Reading…

***Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones***

Image credit: HBO

Image credit: HBO

Farewell, Charles Dance. Yes, the little shit shot Lannister père on the can before sailing away in a crate (one can almost hear the keyboards of Freudian acolytes clattering away). This was the climax of the Game of Thrones (HBO/Sky Atlantic) season finale and we can only presume that the downward spiral of Tyrion’s tailspin is far from its presumably fiery impact. As scenes go, it probably could’ve had more impact of its own: Tywin (Dance) didn’t seem particularly shocked by that first crossbow bolt, and the disavowal of his son lacked the proper intonation of his customary malicious indifference. That being said, it had to happen – what with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) listing all the names for murder two episodes ago – and now we can move on: I expect, next year, to see a flock – or murder, if you will – of new characters prowling, skulking and, of course, sulking around Westeros and Essos, one of whom had better be a better villain than either Roose or Ramsey Bolton. Continue Reading…

***Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones and Mad Men***

Image credit: BBC

Image credit: BBC

The observant, and interested, may have noticed that this year has been a bonanza for those of us who enjoy watching writers sit down and talk about their lives and work. Alan Yentob has clearly lashed The Culture Show and Imagine… together to provide us with a surfeit of moveable feasts spanning the entire BBC frontier.

Hanif Kureishi came out swinging first, swaggering and courting controversy like a bad first date; Julian Barnes scintillated at his wry, precise, prickly best; Lynn Barber, the famous interviewer of the famous, complained about the politesse of Gore Vidal and the petulance of Rafa Nadal; and, most recently, Edward St Aubyn gave a rare television interview. We knew it was rare because John Mullan, his interviewer, told us so. He also told us that St Aubyn is a writer of exquisite prose, which is true, but he, Mullan, might concede that television crews won’t be swarming the St Aubyn lair begging for him to appear. He was underwhelming, but the fact that anyone could talk with any amount of eloquence about the events of his life (rape, drugs, matrimonial euthanasia) is something to be grateful for – if it attracts more readers to his books, his publisher will be too. Continue Reading…