Archive for the ‘Television: British and Canadian’ Category

Blightyvision: “Merlin” Series 4

Created by Julian Jones, Julian Murphy, Johnny Capps, Jake Michie Starring John Hurt, Colin Morgan and Bradley James After catching up to “Merlin” in time to be ready for the new series, I skulked around listening to fandom buzz just to see what other people thought of it.  I don’t see it as a guilty pleasure so much as a […]

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: Doctor Who: “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe”

Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Farren Blackburn Starring Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, and Bill Bailey Even fans who are completely anti-Moff-era have admitted that, yes, under his supervision the Christmas specials have become more Christmasy.  With only one or two notable exceptions, they’ve tended to be off in their own little world, but after […]

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: Black Mirror

Created by Charlie Brooker Written by Charlie Brooker (“The National Anthem” and “15 Million Merits”), Konnie Huq (“15 Million Merits”), and Jesse Armstrong (“The Entire History of You”) Starring Rory Kinnear and Lindsey Duncan (“The National Anthem”), Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown-Findlay (“15 Million Merits”), Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker (“The Entire History of You”) […]

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Death in Paradise”

Created by Robert Thorogood Starring Ben Miller, Sara Martins, and Danny John-Jules I kept an ear to the ground (or, rather, to the Twitter) when it came to “Death in Paradise.”  Reviews from individual viewers were mixed.  Some enjoyed it, some were apathetic, and others believed it was not “thrilling” or “mysterious” enough.  It struck […]

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes”

Written by David Pirie Directed by Paul Marcus Starring Ian Richardson and Charles Edwards Well, ’tis the season and all that. A Game of Shadows comes out tomorrow, with the second season of the Cumberbatch/Moff “Sherlock” premiering on New Year’s Day.  And thus the Sherlockians divide themselves even further — which, other than giving me […]

Blightyvision: “ShakespeaRe-Told”

Directed by Mark Brozel, Ed Fraiman, Brian Percival, and David Richards Starring James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Billie Piper, Shirley Henderson, and David Mitchell There’s only one area where I don’t try frantically to skip through DVD previews, and that’s on BBC releases.  Why?  Because if you sit and watch, you’ll see a dozen shows you’ve […]

Steven Moffat contradicts David Yates on Doctor Who film

It’s really too far out at this point for this kind of drama, but apparently this is a big enough movie that it’s already courting a little. As reported over at The Playlist, Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat takes issue with David Yate’s statements that they’ll be putting the tv show “aside and start(ing) […]

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 13:12 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Blightyvision: “Horrible Histories”

Directed by Steve Connelly, Chloe Thomas, and Dominic Brigstocke Written and created by Terry Deary Starring Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, and Ben Willbond Have I mentioned how much I love British children’s television?  I’m sure I must have.  The educational stuff reminds me vaguely of things like “3-2-1 Contact” and “Square One” over here, which […]

Blightyvision: “Japanorama”

Created by Hotsauce TV Hosted by Jonathan Ross I’ve rarely had to justify my Anglophilia to anyone, probably for good reason.  It’s hard to question the general output of the country that gave us Shakespeare, Stephen Fry, and Jaffa cakes.  It is, however, difficult for me to explain to my family my affection for Japan […]

Blightyvision: Holy Flying Circus

Directed by Owen Harris Written by Tony Roche Starring Darren Boyd, Charles Edwards, and Rufus Jones Imagine you grew up on Monty Python.  (If you’re reading these reviews, odds are you did.)  Now imagine someone has come to you telling you that there’s been a humorous documentary made about the group, with six modern actor/comedians […]

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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