So now you're back
From outer space
You just walked in with
That look upon your face!
First Thundeprussy, now Lady Rose! Perhaps they've been away together on a sojourn!
You know me. I'm like a bad penny. 😉
(Actually I've been sulking because I was so annoyed with ending of NTTD)
That is an excellent reason for staying away.
Luckily you're completely over it now. 😅
I've started watching the second series of 'The Terror' on BBC iPlayer. I really enjoyed the first series about John Franklin's expedition to the Arctic. This one is set in a Japanese internment camp.
VINCENT (2005-2006) on BritBox.
Ray Winston leads a group of private detectives in a variety of different situations whilst dealing with his estranged wife and her new DI boyfriend played by the brilliant Philip Glenister. A great cast with exciting stories, very strange that ITV didn’t pick this up for a third series. Angel Coulby is incredible sexy as one of the team members. Well worth watching.
INTERVIEW WITH A MURDERER (2016)
This is a documentary which retraces the murder of 13 year old Carl Bridgewater who was shot in the head from close range whilst on his paper round. The documentary interviews chief suspect Bert Spencer who denies involvement. Spencer comes across as a nasty piece of work and he served time for another murder of a neighbour and friend close to the incident with Carl. Four other men were charged with Carl’s murder and the guilty verdict was overturned after police evidence was declared unsafe. The evidence that criminologist David Wilson provides in the documentary certainly points to Spencer being guilty but it’s mostly circumstantial which is why no case has been taken against Spencer. It’s an absorbing programme.
I can highly recommend " What we do in the shadows " a brilliant comedy about a group of vampires
Living in Modern America. It has so many classic episodes and is available on BBC I-player
Season 4 of STRANGER THINGS is very strong.
Watched Macca at Glastonbury.
On the one hand, an 80 year old who can perform a three-hour set, singing and playing, is phenomenal, no question.
Not sure I'd have included Letting Go and Junior's Farm, two lesser known Wings songs, the first I'm not familiar with though it has doggerel lyrics. With some of his stuff you do wonder if there's sly one-upmanship going on. Words like 'a picture of a beauty queen' or suchlike recall the lyric Lennon correctly nixed for I Saw Her Standing There, replacing it with 'You know what I mean'. Was this Macca's way of signalling to his ex-Beatle mate that he could knock out a song even keeping a naff lyric? Likewise, doing I Want to be Your Man with Dave Grohl, I mean was that a dig at Jagger as if to say, hey, we started you off, after their petty spats via the press?
But the main point, and I hate saying this, is that he just can't sing any more.
I touched on this on the album review, though that said on three tracks he knocks it out the ballpark on Side 1 and it's odd he didn't do Slidin' off McCartney III as that's spot on for Glastonbury. That said, on vinyl he sings it great, not sure he could sing anything much here. Some recent songs are strong and got a good airing: Fuh You, Come On To Me, Valentine and even New but again, the vocals.
What I personally find depressing is on Twitter there are so many people saying he played a blinder and his vocals were great, defending him to the hilt, it's all a bit Emperor's New Clothes or Voyage Around My Fathers (John Mortimer book about a blind member of the family that nobody admits to themselves is blind until an outsider comes along.) I find it a bit sinister.
I think the people who reckon he played a blinder probably didn't see him on the Tripping the Light Fantastic Tour in 1990 [?] when he could still sing. I heard some "highlights" of the gig on the news and thought he sounded dreadful too. I think he needed Springsteen and Grohl to perk his sorry efforts up a bit. Yeh, it's great he's still kicking about at 80, but it isn't the same anymore, not for most of these acts. I last saw the Rolling Stones in 2006. They were so poor I vowed never to bother again and I'm a fan. I saw ten minutes of Diana Ross caterwauling today and thought, jeez, it's not only McCartney who's lost it then. I'm stunned about Glastonbury this year. More and more it looks less like a music festival for genuine music fans and more like a holiday for the wealthy with a few pop shows thrown in - someone's even hired out a £24k "tent" with showers, toilets and a four poster bed - the whole thing's a joke.
Yet more evidence that @chrisno1 is a sort of Pelham from The Man Who Haunted Himself as I too saw Macca on the Tripping tour - Wembley Arena. (I know, 'small world') I know an album came out of it but not sure if it was visually recorded, and pre Internet and recording things on phones. The 'highlights' of this Glastonbury gig were artfully selected, too! Most of it was worse than that.
I just find it weird. It couldn't have happened in the days of punk, for better or worse. Ironically among the music musos Macca could do nothing write back then when some of his stuff was pretty cool - To You off Back to the Egg sounds like The Stranglers for instance, and I was the nerdy teenager fighting his corner in the 1980s. Now, to be fair, his music is cooler but a) He's beyond criticism and b) He can't ruddy sing!
A Radio 1 tribute show on his turning 80 was good and I noticed one Stones-style song on Run Devil Run - Try Not To Cry, I think - had great vocals but this first post-Linda album was the last of its kind. I read online he went to India and picked up a virus, after that his voice was never the same again and it's been diminishing returns since.
Gave up on Ross quickly, she was trying to cajole the audience into singing I'm Still Waiting after it had finished, it was like a session in an old people's home. I heard she was miming at the Platinum Jubilee and probably was here too, that said even 'our' Billie Eilish was said to be miming this year at Glastonbury.
Now ironically the Stones... Jagger's voice doesn't seem to have aged at all, I'd say he's still got it, and his band. I saw them in 88 on the Steal Wheels tour, guess if fits that they were doing the Wembley Stadium was Macca was doing the Arena. I was right up front and saw them again for the Voodoo Lounge tour I think, not bad. But to see a bad gig at those prices, it's demeaning and I'm not sure I'd bother again, it feels like once is enough anyway with a band like that.
@Napoleon Plural Urban Jungle (Wembley) Voodoo Lounge (Wembley) No Security (Edinburgh & Wembley), 40 Licks (Prague) & Bigger Bang (O2) I hope you don't follow me around...
I wish these stars knew when to give up and go out with dignity. Paul McCartney, Diana Ross and Rod Stewart just can't do it anymore. When you can't sing your own songs, it's time to retire.
The only one's who's voices are still really strong is Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. Must be a welsh thing.
Agree on Inside No. 9. It's good stuff. Very well acted. Reminds me of a modern day Tales of the Unexpected.
I'm a fan of Vienna Blood too. Very atmospheric and is a must watch for anyone who's a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I'm surprised with every man and his mate being mentioned as a possible Bond, that Matthew Beard hasn't been mentioned. Not saying he's right, but he's more appropriate than other names being banded around. He's British, 33 Years old and 6'1".
It's funny you mention Matthew Beard as a potential Bond as I watched the whole of Vienna Blood wondering if he'd be a good Bond or not and I'm still undecided. 😁
Kind of left field choice that the Bond producers may go for. He's more of the Dalton/Brosnan shape than muscle bound Craig.
I'm with you on that. I think he still looks very young despite being almost mid-thirties, so they would easily get three, four, five films out of him. I'm sure he could bulk up a bit as he does look quite lightweight, presently.
He would make a great Holmes, though.
Agreed about Holmes.
At least we have a series 3 to look forward too.
I know it’s hard to believe, but I’ve never seen a soap opera…until now. My parents didn’t watch them when I was a kid and when I left home I didn’t watch much TV anyway. I read about them in the newspapers, that’s all. Anyway, BritBox has put the greatest episodes of soapland onto the platform so I thought I would take a look…
CORONATION STREET: The black and white episodes have a gritty “kitchen sink” feel. Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner have an argument in the street (pretty good) and an old lady dies in the pub. Onto a colour episode and Hilda Ogden is having a farewell party in the pub on Christmas Day. The landlord is devising ways of making some more money and his wife is disparaging at his meanness. The acting is basic. Not knowing the characters doesn’t help, of course, so maybe it’s unfair for me to not have much interest in what’s happening.
CROSSROADS: Meg (I think that’s her name) is getting married. Why there are hundreds of watchers and a police presence is not in the script, presumably word got out and the public attended, but it makes no sense to leave those scenes in. In another episode, some young woman dies and Benny is upset. The acting is simply terrible. If these are the best episodes, then I’d hate to see the worst.
EMMERDALE FARM: In the first episode there is a funeral and a long lost son returns home. In another episode there is a plane crash in the village, which is quite well done. The acting is basic and it’s not a lot of fun.
EASTENDERS: In the first episode someone is found dead, probably murdered. There’s a scuffle in the pub. In another episode a 16 year old schoolgirl finds herself pregnant by the landlord of the pub. It’s all very depressing, lots of shouting, miserable characters, basic acting.
There is no way I could invest my time in watching a soap opera, it’s an endless cycle of plots, regurgitated with different characters. The acting is usually just about adequate, those who are any good go onto better things, those who are not stay for as long as they can. I won’t be watching any more.
Sorry, but Matthew Beats has a babyface. Jakob Elordi is ten years younger, but looks older than him.
Didn't say he was right, just surprised he's not been mentioned, as ticks more boxes than many of the other names being thrown around.
LOST (2004-2010) 6 Seasons
I’ve just finished rewatching this and my son watched with me for his first viewing. We watched an episode per night over 4 months. It’s a great series and I enjoyed it more this time around, I think seeing it nightly instead of weekly makes the story flow better and less chance of forgetting things.
A plane crashes onto an island and the survivors stories are told during flashbacks and then flash-forwards and ultimately flash-sideways. It’s a multi-layered series where everything begins to tie itself together as the show goes on. There is a large ensemble cast and the performances are good. It throws out lots of questions, some of which are never satisfactorily answered, but it remains a riveting experience to watch. Many don’t like the ending but I think it’s fine.
If you haven’t seen it I can highly recommend it, it’s one of the best series ever made.
I'm watching the first episode if Joanna Lumley's Great Cities of the World. This one is about Paris. I love everything she does, including her travel programs. 😃
I find @CoolHandBond 's appraisals of soap operas amusing. It's like dipping back into the coffees one's had over the years and saying, right, I'll have three of these coffees now and see what I make of them. Nah, nothing. Or watching old football matches, the whole point is it's in the present. You build an interest over time, most of the drama comes from characters' one-upmanship or wrongdoing that needs to be redressed in the next episode.
The first episode of EastEnders was rubbish, the characters are finding their feet. One worth revisiting might be the Christmas Day special when Dirty Den lands his lush landlord wife Ange her divorce papers. But you have to be invested in the characters, over the weeks, with the sense that everyone around the country is equally invested.
That said, there are no decent soaps today I'd recommend. I suppose big series like Lost, or Line of Duty are almost like soaps - the first series rocks and then there's the sense the writers are forced to pad it out over several series with lots of red herrings. The first series of Line of Duty is great and series 3 very good but after that I did give it up as it was just padding it out.
McDonald & Dodds - Season 3
Jason Watkins and Tala Gouvela star as the mismatched cops in this British crime series. It’s set in the lovely city of Bath which is a pleasant change from the usual grimy cities of other series. The first episode of series 3 has more twists and turns than a maze but it holds up pretty well and Alan Davies turns up in a suitably eccentric role as a linguist anthropologist. Undemanding fare, but Watkins is excellent (as usual) as the shy but astute detective.
TWELVE ANGRY MEN (1954)
The 1957 movie with Henry Fonda is one of my favourite films. I knew that it was based on a TV show but had never seen it until now when it has turned up on the Amazon platform. It was an episode in the Studio One series - the first episode of series 7. The plot concerns the deliberations of a jury who are determining the innocence or guilt of a young man accused of murdering his father. It is a powerful piece of television. Robert Cummings takes the role to be later played by Henry Fonda and two other actors play the same roles again in the movie. The script was lengthened for the movie and certain characters are different to the ones in the movie. It is tautly directed by Franklin Schaffer who would go on to direct Planet Of The Apes, Papillon and The Boys From Brazil.
Well worth watching. Another episode is also on the platform starring Steve McQueen and William Shatner so I will be watching that soon.
Has anyone seen Murder In Provence on BritBox?
I quite fancy this, mainly because it stars Roger Allam. It starts tonight on ITV.
There's been a series of documentary and live stuff of the Rolling Stones on the BBC. I'm a fan, but a lapsed one. I watched the 1978 Sone Girls Live concert which was on tonight as I thought it might demonstrate the band at their raucous best, not the over produced CD / vinyl friendly live stuff we usually get. Certainly was raucous. A smaller venue, an indoor theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, and the band working in close proximity. Very seventies set list: eight of the ten tracks from the Sone Girls album get an outing, and a smattering of other fare from Mick Taylor era. Only Honky Tonk Women & Jumping Jack Flash make it in from the sixties. No encores. No introductions. Very raw looking and sounding and pretty good. Would have been nice to have at least Satisfaction or Let's Spend the Night, but there you go . And yes, much more like an actual Stones concert.
Yeah, I saw a bit of that, the Stones looked young then, and Jagger was almost trying a different persona, sort of make up and New York Dolls thing going on.
The Charlie Watts strand of the Stones documentary was interesting - his OCD for instance, his particular ways and his many bespoke suits that he got made in a shop on Saville Row that looked like the one in the Kinsgmsan. This doc was made after he died so he wasn't being directly interviewed about it though he didn't seem the most vocally demonstrative fellow, still there were some clips of him chatting. Nothing on Wyman though he was the first to do a somewhat humdrum memoir of his time in the band, of course the grooming scandals that have happened since put his dalliance and marriage to Many Smith in a very bad light, to his credit Watts at the time when asked said he was happy for Bill Wyman but clarified the he didn't think it was a good match, he was offering muted congratulations.
I will try to catch up with the Jagger one on iPlayer.
It's summer and there's a football championship going on, so of course there isn't anything good on TV!