Blightyvision: “Lennon Naked”

Written by Robert Jones Directed by Edmund Coulthard Starring Christopher Eccleston, Christopher Fairbank and Allan Corduner I’m gonna make a confession up front, gentle reader, and it may or may not color your opinion of my review: I’m not a Beatles fan.  That is not to say I dislike them; I definitely have some favorites from their […]

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 00:58 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision Special: “Much Ado About Nothing”

Starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate Directed by Josie Rourke Theatre, especially London theatre, is such a mess when it comes to seeing (or rather not seeing) performances.  It’s not like movies, where time and money and intention will get you to it at some point.  You can have the time and location and finances […]

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 […]

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Twenty Twelve”

Written and directed by John Morton Starring Hugh Bonneville, Amelia Bullmore, Olivia Colman, Jessica Hynes, and Karl Theobald Narrated by David Tennant One thing I heard a lot about while I was overseas in March was the encroaching 2012 Olympic games — specifically, just how over the whole thing everyone is already.  I’ve yet to […]

Blightyvision: Christopher and His Kind

Starring Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, and Douglas Booth Written by Kevin Elyot, based on the book by Christopher Isherwood Directed by Geoffrey Sax I am going to make a horrible confession, and one that an Anglophile probably shouldn’t make publicly: I have not seen any of Matt Smith’s work prior to “Doctor Who.”  My “give […]

Blightyvision: “Single Father”

Directed by Sam Miller Written by Mick Ford Starring David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Warren Brown, and Rupert Graves When I first covered this for the now-defunct Watchlist column, I recall saying rather vehemently that the main thing I wanted to see in this show was David Tennant directed with a firm hand.  After his Lonely […]

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 09:16 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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BBC Releases Autumn/Winter 2010 Preview

I’ve complained in the past — back when I still pulled teeth doing the Watchlist — that the Beeb is terrible about releasing information about their upcoming shows.  One thing they do right well, though, is put together nice trailers when they do feel like announcing their seasonal offerings. Thus.  (And no fear, it’s all […]

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 […]

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 00:46 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “Luther”

Created by Neil Cross Starring Idris Elba, Warren Brown, and Ruth Wilson Well, cripes.  Here we come full-circle.  “Luther” was the subject of my very first Wibbly-Watchlist, and I was fortunate enough to get my peepers on it as it came out, thus making it the newest (and likely most relevant) thing I’ve reviewed yet […]