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    I’m watching the Snowpiercer tv series. Pretty good.

    Tina Fry’s new show (she’s writing it, not in it) with Ted Danson is great. Mr. Mayor. About a guy who is mayor of LA after the pandemic causes the previous mayor to freak out and quit.

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      Slight, I know, but Joe Swash's True/Lie on the seasonal WILTY was fantastic, right up with Tomasz Schafernacker's belief that sheep and lambs were two different breeds of animal.

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        The new series of WILTY which started last night was well up to the usual standards too. Still the most consistently funny show on TV.

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          Excellent. Haven't watched it yet. I'll put that right shortly.

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            Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
            The new series of WILTY which started last night was well up to the usual standards too. Still the most consistently funny show on TV.
            Les Dennis effortlessly eases into a three-way tie with Swash and Schafernacker after that final revelation.

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              Interestingly, the guests on the future programmes in the new series are listed on Wiki. Haven't seen that before.

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                Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
                The new series of WILTY which started last night was well up to the usual standards too. Still the most consistently funny show on TV.
                I heard Bob Mortimer is on it a lot now. Is he still? I saw the clip of him claiming to do his own dentistry. No spoiler.

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                  Oh yes. He's lined up for another appearance in a few weeks time. He's just about their favourite guest. Amongst his various Trues in the past are that he burnt his family home down when he set off a firework and that he can tear an apple in half with his bare hands.

                  About the only Lie I remember is that when Chris Rea ran him a bath he didn't crack a raw egg into it for the purpose of haircare.

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                    "Wolf..."

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                        I watched Daphne on Amazon Prime two nights ago. A slow burn and a bit frustrating at times (a story where the central character seems to make all the wrong choices making it hard to be sympathetic). But I liked the general story and the urban cinematography is very engaging.

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                          I know that it's not really of interest to anyone but I can't get over how much fun Kiss Me Kate was. It's got actors playing actors, actors playing gangsters playing actors. And I was amazed that songs and scenes were cut from the stage to make it acceptable for filming.

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                            We've started watching Kim's Convenience on Netflix. It's very funny and makes me want to go back to Toronto.

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                              Tonight's episode of A Perfect Planet really isn't one for the ophidiophobes.

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                                Originally posted by Levin View Post
                                I know that it's not really of interest to anyone but I can't get over how much fun Kiss Me Kate was. It's got actors playing actors, actors playing gangsters playing actors. And I was amazed that songs and scenes were cut from the stage to make it acceptable for filming.
                                I take it this wasn't the Caroline Quentin sitcom.

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                                  Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                                  Bowie on BBC4 has been entertaining enough, but obviously there's only so much footage that the Beeb has, so there's going to be repeats. Starman on TOTP is a case in point. If the lad in the tanktop constantly looking at himself on the monitor, and his mate in the purple shirt got royalties, they'd have enough to build an extension on their houses by now.
                                  Lots of really good Bowie programmes on BBC Sounds at the moment.

                                  My favourite Bob Mortimer WILTY story, which had me crying with laughter when I first saw it, was when he said that he and his mates used to sneak into people's gardens and then, starting quietly but getting louder, repeat the phrase, 'We do beg your pardon, but we are in your garden.'

                                  Incidentally, I played the WILTY board game over Christmas. It was really good fun, although the format is not really the same as the programme as you don't need to dredge your past life for potential stories.

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                                    You might need to pause at times if the turns and curves bring on car sickness. I say that in all seriousness:

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                                      Ooh. Haven’t seen that in years.

                                      If you like that, “Climb Dance” is mesmerising as well.

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                                        Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
                                        Tonight's episode of A Perfect Planet really isn't one for the ophidiophobes.
                                        God dammit. Why is the BBC so crap at letting me know when there's a new Attenborough show?

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                                          Originally posted by danielmak View Post
                                          You might need to pause at times if the turns and curves bring on car sickness. I say that in all seriousness:

                                          Checkpoint!

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                                            This Steven Spielberg guy directing the first episode of Columbo is pretty good isn't he? Does the direction stand out compared to comparable series of its time?

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                                              I can't recommend Deutschland 89 highly enough. Just fantastic work from everyone involved. The conclusion is both appropriate and somewhat heart breaking, although I didn't entirely understand who shot who exactly in that last bit.

                                              ****spoilier***
                                              That's supposedly the end of the triology, but it seems to be keeping the door open for a Deutschland 2002.
                                              He says in the end, "The Cold War is over. There's no more need for spies." That was supposed to be ironic, I think and may look forward to the 9/11 era.
                                              Sabine murdered Max's mother. She's still out there, isn't she?
                                              Was Nicole really just a teacher or does she work for the KGB or CIA?
                                              The American guy got straight-up murdered. Deserved it. But still, that's going to raise some issues, won't it?
                                              I fancied Brigette, the BND agent who sounds American but is German (indeed, all of these Germans speaking English like they're from Indiana makes me feel shame for my complete inability to get very far in German despite lots of tries). I think she could have her own series.
                                              Then again, that Coda about Trump building the wall suggested that the story is over and they just wanted to point out how history will repeat. But the Mexico/US border wall isn't really like the Berlin Wall. The former is there to keep people out because of racism and the war on drugs. The Berlin Wall was about keeping people in because the East's economy went to shit and everyone was leaving.

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                                                Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post

                                                God dammit. Why is the BBC so crap at letting me know when there's a new Attenborough show?
                                                This is in 4K HDR on iPlayer, by the way, so if you have the TV for it be sure to watch it there rather than broadcast. Also, having watched the first episode, I'm not sure I grok what he's driving at with the name. There's some handwaving toward the anthropic principle at the beginning of the episode, and then at the end he tries to tie it to climate change, but it's all very slapdash. The only real thing tying the episode together was volcanoes, ie the episode title.

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                                                  Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post

                                                  This is in 4K HDR on iPlayer, by the way, so if you have the TV for it be sure to watch it there rather than broadcast. Also, having watched the first episode, I'm not sure I grok what he's driving at with the name. There's some handwaving toward the anthropic principle at the beginning of the episode, and then at the end he tries to tie it to climate change, but it's all very slapdash. The only real thing tying the episode together was volcanoes, ie the episode title.
                                                  Whilst every new Attenborough series is generally "must watch" TV, they are becoming quite formulaic and despite some incredible new footage, there's often a lot of recycling of stuff we've seen plenty of times before.

                                                  I guess the problem is that he and his team have set such a ridiculously high bar for nature documentaries its become ever harder to find new and interesting stuff and different ways to cover it.

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                                                    Yeah, I can't say any of the animal behaviour in the first episode was particularly amazing, especially compared to, say, Planet Earth 2, but it did look great.

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