JUST GOOD FRIENDS (1983-1986)
Written by Only Fools And Horses John Sullivan this is an excellent comedy starring Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis and a good support cast. Two ex-lovers accidentally meet a few years after Vince had jilted Penny on their wedding day. Sullivan is excellent at creating characters that you feel for and this series is no exception as over 3 seasons we watch the couple bicker and argue themselves in and out of love again. There are lots of visual jokes and the script is sharp. Very, very good.
INSIDE THE RITZ HOTEL (2019)
A 4-part documentary on the famous Piccadilly hotel. We go behind he scenes as head chef John Williams prepares the delicacies and we see how events are organised and how the Christmas tree is erected and dressed. It’s certainly a different world at the Ritz. I’ve had afternoon tea there in the past, and it’s nice to get dressed up, but it’s not somewhere I would want to frequent on a regular basis, but it’s great for a special occasion.
Interesting, in a sort of vacuous way.
I've been buying loads of old TV shows on both download and physical media, like DVD and Blu-ray. Here's my list But
I'll probably forget something .
The avengers from season three onwards
The new Avengers both seasons
The Saint ( B&W and colour seasons )
The return of the Saint
The six million Dollar man ( complete box set all seven series plus movies )
Mission Impossible the original series box set and the 1980s revival 2 seasons
The fall Guy seasons 1 and 2
Remington Steele Box set
Father Brown ( Kenneth Moore 1970s tv series )
Father Brown all seasons
Lord Peter Wimsey all five 1970s BBC specials
Campion bbc 1980s detective series set in the 30s
The Mrs Bradley mysteries box set
Star Trek Original three seasons
Star Trek TNG all 7 seasons
Are you being served Box set and Grace and Favour the follow up to AYBS 2 series.
The wife and I are absolutely loving THE SANDMAN on Netflix. I read the comic and my wife is watching it clean and we're both enjoying it immensely.
I'm banned from watching those programmes. I watched the Ritz one and loved the look of the Saturday dinner dance evening they do. As a teat for my birthday my Hubby booked it and we went. Cost him an arm and a leg. It was fabulous though. He wouldn't let me watch the programme about The Savoy 🤣
Just watched 3 episodes of The Sandman on Netflix. Absolutely love it so far.
That sounds lovely @Lady Rose Ive promised Mrs CHB to take her to dinner there when we’re next in London. We have had dinner at the Savoy and must admit I wasn’t that enamoured with it.
That’s a great list @Thunderpussy a few of those are streaming on BritBox at the moment so I’m watching them 😁
We're through episode 7 as of last night. It just keeps getting better and better.
If you're familiar with the comic book, the show covers the first two main story arcs: Preludes and Nocturnes and A Doll's House. We just started the A Doll's House storyline and...yeah.
@Thunderpussy yes, a great list. Campion was underrated. Department S is on London Live sometimes. That show is seriously odd.
Van Der Valk - rather good
I don't do comics books (or books really) and in some ways I think it's better as I take stuff at face value. I loved The Witcher and knew nothing about it before watching. I think the same with The Sandman. Just finished E6.
Has anyone here watched Slow Horses on Apple TV+?
It's an adaptation of the first book in a series by Mick Herron, a modern spy series set in London and featuring a group of failed spooks who occupy a shabby building in the Barbican known as Slough House. The books are very entertaining spy novels, brilliantly written by Herron, and with a lot of amusing banter between the ensemble cast of misfits. Their boss is Jackson Lamb, an accomplished agent, but rather a disagreeable human being with some rather unpleasant habits.
The TV adaptation is very faithful to the book, and is exceptionally well cast with Gary Oldman taking the role of Jackson Lamb, and Kristen Scott-Thomas as the senior member of MI5 who oversees the slow horses. The rest of the ensemble do a really good job too - a standout being Jack Lowden who plays River Cartwright, the closest thing to an action orientated spy in the group, and his grandfather (a highly respected retired spy) is played by none other than Jonathan Pryce, who really comes across very similar to John Le Carre in his senior years. Another nice touch is an original theme song by Mick Jagger who is apparently a big Mick Herron fan.
I definitely recommend both the books and the TV show. The second novel has already been filmed and is due for release later this year. Subsequent books are shooting soon. I am particularly keen to see how the ensemble of characters grows and develop over the course of the show.
we loved SLOW HORSES. Oldman is a hoot.
I read Slow Horses and, sorry, could not disagree more. A terrible excuse for a modern day thriller with up-teen cliches and a host of computer geeks doing most of their research in a cafe. Too much chopping and changing of scenes to deliver the necessary literary tension. Mark Herron clearly had a screenplay of this in his head before he wrote the thing down. It's like reading a visual modern TV thriller. No literary ambition other than relate an A to B to Z story. Rubbish.
I've heard people compare the Mick Heron novels to the Boysie Oakes novel series by our own John Gardner. I was wondering if there's anything to this?
I recall your aversion to Mick Herron Chrisno1, and of course respect your opinion but I've always found Herron's writing to be very much to my taste, and I think his gift for description is exceptional. As for the humour, if that doesn't appeal to you then that will be detrimental to your enjoyment of the books.
Admittedly part of his structural technique is the chopping and changing of scenes as you've mentioned, and this is a structure that does bring television/film techniques to mind. I guess it's up the reader to decide whether they like this or not.
Also, if the espionage plot of Slow Horses doesn't grab you, in my opinion it's plot is my least favourite of all the novels. The first novel is primarily focused on introducing the Slough House ensemble. Subsequent novels get more interesting in their plots.
Obviously I don't expect to change the mind of anybody who isn't a Herron fan. That's just my opinion. But it's one that is shared by many fellow spy literature fans.
@Silhouette Man I haven't read enough Boysie Oakes to properly comment on any similarities. But there is probably something to that. I think also Len Deighton's nameless spy (aka Harry Palmer) books could be a worthy comparison. I have heard other spy fans comment that Herron is something of a modern day Deighton.
I can't comment on the book/books but the show of SLOW HORSES was a lot of fun. If you're a fan of Gary Oldman, you owe it to yourself to watch this.
I hope you will enjoy the second series Gymkata. The second book is one of my favourite in the series. I have heard that the second series is a little less faithful to the novel than series 1 was though. I'm looking forward to seeing what they've done with it though. It was filmed concurrently with the first series, so they clearly had quite a bit of confidence in the show.
You don't do books?
Not strictly true but I generally do horror/gothic/occult novels. 👿
That's a relief! I have the greatest repect for you, Lady. But personally I like to eat, breathe, read and stuff like that, so I couldn't hjelp reacting to your post. 🙂
Thanks, @Golrush007. That's good to know. I did buy a few of the Mick Herron novels when they were on offer at The Works here in the UK. Not gotten around to reading them yet but will have to try them out some time. I've heard Herron being compared to Deigton too, of course one of the biggest names in the spy fiction genre.