Blightyvision: “The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff”

Written by Mark Evans Directed by Ben Fuller Starring Robert Webb, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Fry, and Tim McInnerny I’m pretty sure this blog’s demographic has, overall, read enough of the work of Charles Dickens to see the common threads that run through his stories.  That many encounters with nutty names and stark Victorian poverty do […]

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 […]

DVD First Look: Jackboots on Whitehall

Jackboots on Whitehall Written and directed by Edward McHenry and Rory McHenry Starring Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall, Alan Cumming, and Dominic West Available at Amazon.com: (Region 1) and Digital Download Okay.  Look at the poster.  Look at the tag line.  Look at the Digital Spy review up there.  What’s your first impression?  Go […]

Blightyvision: “Lost in Austen”

Written by Guy Andrews Directed by Dan Zeff Starring Jemima Rooper, Elliot Cowan, and Hugh Bonneville Any girl of any sort of classic literary bent in high school had a thing for Jane Austen.  No, sorry, let me rephrase that … had a thing for Pride and Prejudice. No, wait, that’s still not entirely right.  […]

Blightyvision: “Blackadder”

Created by Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, and Ben Elton Starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson It really seems a little unfair to allow myself to review my gateway drug.  In fact, I came to the point where I decided everyone must have seen it, and thus doing any sort of write-up would be superfluous.  But […]