Blightyvision: “Dirk Gently” Series 1

Directed by Tom Shankland Written by Howard Overman, based on the novels by Douglas Adams Starring Stephen Mangan and Darren Boyd When the initial “Dirk Gently” pilot came out, opinions were hugely mixed — to be honest, mine were mixed.  As a fan of the books, I enjoyed it while recognizing just how far from […]

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: “Sherlock Holmes” (1968)

Starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock Produced by David Goddard and William Sterling With all the mad hullabaloo going down concerning this ridiculous War of the Sherlocks coming next month, I’ve found myself looking more and more into older versions, through the kindness of Netflix and other various sources.  On the same fateful night I discovered Hobo with […]

Blightyvision: “Luther” Series 2

Starring Idris Elba, Lee Ingleby, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards Written by Neil Cross Directed by Sam Miller The original six-episode run of “Luther” was one hell of a roller-coaster ride: dynamic characters, gritty weekly plots mixed with a dark metaplot, and fantastic performances from both familiar and unfamiliar faces.  With the crazy cliffhanger that ended the […]

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Blightyvision: “Dirk Gently”

Directed by Damon Thomas Written by Howard Overman Based on the novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams Starring Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, and Helen Baxendale When I was a teenage Kara, I got my hands on two non-Hitchhiker’s Guide-continuity novels by Mr. Douglas Adams: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective and its sequel, The […]

Blightyvision: “Foyle’s War”

Created by Anthony Horowitz Starring Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, and Anthony Howell I didn’t learn a hell of a lot in college, to be honest.  I was an English major, and that pretty much meant (at least at my alma mater) reading books and telling the professors what they wanted me to think they were […]

Blightyvision: “The Last Detective”

Based on the novels by Leslie Thomas Starring Peter Davison, Sean Hughes, and Emma Amos I was fortunate enough to have the chance to see Peter Davison as King Arthur in the West End production of Spamalot a few years ago.  While I’d seen him in both “Doctor Who” and “Campion” prior to it, it […]

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The Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Watchlist: Coming Back Next Season!

Rather than focusing this week on one upcoming project, I’m thinking it’s time for me to tackle this news of the announcements of two shows returning soon and put a few minds (much like mine) at ease.

Blightyvision: “Jonathan Creek” Series 1

Created by David Renwick Starring Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin Guest Starring Anthony Head and Colin Baker An adulterous artist is found dead in his room, his lover bound and gagged on the floor. Investigative reporter Maddy Magellan is certain the victim’s wife was the murderer, but the wife was observed closely in a sealed-off […]