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    Whisky Galore! was on yesterday lunchtime on BBC2.

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      Originally posted by Sits View Post
      ... even ignoring the fact that Maggie Siff is now my principal TV crush.
      Euch. Even Taylor has more appeal. That aside, Wendy and Chuck are the least believable 'couple' on a TV show. What she's doing with that schlemiel is beyond me.

      But yeah, really enjoyed this season. Totally a guilty pleasure, though. I recognize how utterly OTT it is.

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        Originally posted by ad hoc View Post
        Just got to the end of Series 2 (and the last one available, I think series 3 is out this year) of Bordertown. Really excellent show, I highly recommend it. I find the cases that involve the Russians a bit less interesting, but then again based on this series alone small town Lappeenranta already has more murders than Midsomer, so I guess the proximity of St Petersburg has to give them some licence to branch out a bit. Anyway, Bordertown, Netflix, watch it.
        OK, I find Russians quite interesting and St P is a favourite place, so will give it a go.

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          Originally posted by Gangster Octopus View Post
          Whisky Galore! was on yesterday lunchtime on BBC2.
          There seems to be a glut of Ealing on iPlayer at the moment

          The Lavender Hill Mob
          Lucky Jim (is that Ealing?)
          The Man in the White Suit
          School for Scoundrels
          Titfield Thunderbolt

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            Originally posted by Levin View Post
            Lucky Jim (is that Ealing?)
            No, Boulting Bros at Elstree IIRC.

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              I started Fleabag last night. Why didn't anyone tell me how good it is? (I'm kidding, it's all people were talking about at one point--I'm just the opposite of an early adopter).

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                Originally posted by WOM View Post

                Euch. Even Taylor has more appeal. That aside, Wendy and Chuck are the least believable 'couple' on a TV show. What she's doing with that schlemiel is beyond me.

                But yeah, really enjoyed this season. Totally a guilty pleasure, though. I recognize how utterly OTT it is.
                Yeah, it loves that trope of some powerful guy trying to intimidate somebody by beginning a
                conversation with a long-winded monologue about something unrelated like The Beatles or breeding horses. Of course, the ne plus ultra of that is in The Untouchables where Deniro/Capone talks about baseball before murdering a dude with a baseball bat.

                I suspect that a lot of hedge fund people are sociopaths or, at least, not the sort of people Iíd trust, but I doubt many of them do clever monologues.


                It all reminds me of that Twilight Zone where the dead gangster thinks heís in heaven because everything goes his way - like heís playing pool and sinks every ball off the break - and then he discovers ***spoiler*** that heís in hell.

                Thereís that great scene where that one guy who is closing is fund letís Axe convince him that the $40m heís left with isnít going to be ďenoughĒ for him.

                If I was making that kind of money those guys make, Iíd have retired at 35 at the latest. But I get the impression that not many people in that line of work do that, which suggests that itís all a very seductive golden trap and/or the kind of people whoíd love to quit at 35 and do pro bono social work are not the kind of people who succeed in that line of work.

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                  Originally posted by Femme Folle View Post
                  I started Fleabag last night. Why didn't anyone tell me how good it is? (I'm kidding, it's all people were talking about at one point--I'm just the opposite of an early adopter).
                  It is great. But itís painful.

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                    Yes Fleabag is certainly different isn't it? We've just started it.

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                      Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post

                      Yeah, it loves that trope of some powerful guy trying to intimidate somebody by beginning a
                      conversation with a long-winded monologue about something unrelated like The Beatles or breeding horses. Of course, the ne plus ultra of that is in The Untouchables where Deniro/Capone talks about baseball before murdering a dude with a baseball bat.

                      I suspect that a lot of hedge fund people are sociopaths or, at least, not the sort of people Iíd trust, but I doubt many of them do clever monologues.


                      It all reminds me of that Twilight Zone where the dead gangster thinks heís in heaven because everything goes his way - like heís playing pool and sinks every ball off the break - and then he discovers ***spoiler*** that heís in hell.

                      Thereís that great scene where that one guy who is closing is fund letís Axe convince him that the $40m heís left with isnít going to be ďenoughĒ for him.

                      If I was making that kind of money those guys make, Iíd have retired at 35 at the latest. But I get the impression that not many people in that line of work do that, which suggests that itís all a very seductive golden trap and/or the kind of people whoíd love to quit at 35 and do pro bono social work are not the kind of people who succeed in that line of work.
                      There are certainly different types of people. I know of individuals who have cleared eight digit sums in their 50s by selling their business, then started all over again. I'd be in the country with chickens, and having lots of holidays.

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                        I could live fine for the rest of my life with a lot less than that.

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                          It would be better if Malkovichís character turned out to actually be Teddy KGB and we find out Billions and Rounders are in the same universe. They have the same writers.

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                            Killing Eve S2 was mediocre, we started watching "Umbrella Academy" which is good fun but nothing more and tonight we start on S2 of "Big Little Lies". Hope it's as good as S1...

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                              Let me know (without spoilers, obvs). I've been keeping it on the backburner till I hear if it's any good. So much in my backlog that it's not an issue waiting.

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                                I enjoyed ep 1 of Big Little Lies S2, mostly for the acting and characters which remain great - I even didn't despise Meryl as much as I usually do. There didn't yet feel like there was a lot of drive to the plot, but hopefully that's coming with some slow burn.

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                                  Same. Meryl can get up my nose, but she's created a very specific character for this...and I like it.

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                                    I've dropped HBO and Netflix this month an picked up Showtime. They've got a new show called City on a Hill about Boston in the 90s. I lived in Boston for two years in the 90s, so I was intrigued. It's got Kevin Bacon. It's about racism, corruption, violence, police, the FBI, politics, southie and loyalty and all that shit. It's produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, of course.

                                    It's this, basically, but not a parody.
                                     
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                                      I tried to watch City on a Hill but switched to Fleabag after 20 minutes. I won't be watching any more of it.

                                      I also want to watch Big Little Lies, but I'll have to start with season 1.

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                                        Iíve seen season 1, but will have to wait until I get HBO again to watch season 2.

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                                          I watched season 2 of The Good Place last week. Season 3 just finished on network TV, but I didn't start watching when it first started, and FiOS charges to see episodes of the current season on demand. As if their customers aren't already paying through the nose. So now I'll have to wait another 8 months or so until it's on Netflix.

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                                            Has anyone watched Happy!, on Netlfix? Colleague is telling me it's good, if weird.

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                                              FF is way into that. I found it too dark for my current taste. I did watch the whole first season.

                                              Iím still watching Billions. It is a bit ridiculous in some ways, but it does reveal how power actually works. Itís all about favors and transactions. Money can buy freedom, because it offers options. But power like that is just a trap.

                                              Iím hoping it ends with at least a few characters proving they are not complete sociopaths. The best candidates are USA Kate Sackler, Mafee, Lonnie Watley, the two women that work for Taylor, Ben Kim and some of the other lower-level traders. The doctor in jail, Wendy, Connerty, Shirmer, and maybe Bobbyís kids may somehow be redeemable, but it will be difficult. Everyone else deserves to burn in hell.

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                                                Originally posted by RobW View Post
                                                Has anyone watched Happy!, on Netlfix? Colleague is telling me it's good, if weird.
                                                Yes! You must watch it.

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                                                  I finished Fleabag season 2 this after. I thoroughly enjoyed both seasons, and I am under the impression that there won't be a third, but they ended it perfectly for that, not leaving any huge cliff-hangers, but also not eliminating the possibility of a continuation at some point in the future.

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                                                    I wish there could be a season where she deals with her friendís suicide a bit more, but maybe thatís asking for too much resolution.

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