Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Catching up on... BANSHEE, season two


After last weekend's binge of Banshee's first season, it seems only fair to report on the following weekend's binge of the second. Most TV shows have better sophomore years, because the writers know what worked and the best showrunners fix things based on constructive criticism. You also have something tangible that you've made, so it's simply easier to develop an existing world and write material that plays to various actor's strengths. However, some shows struggle in year two because they've exhausted their core concept and it can be difficult to retool things for a longer haul now it's successful. Banshee season 2 was, on the whole, an improvement on the first year—although I wasn't in favour of some of its key storytelling choices, and it often lacked the addictive viciousness of season 1.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

PENNY DREADFUL adds Dr Jekyll to its gang of Victorian misfits


The currently-filming third season of Showtime and Sky Atlantic's Penny Dreadful will involve another character from Victorian literature: Dr Henry Jekyll, the mad scientist with a split personality called Mr Hyde, created by author Robert Louis Stevenson. Shazad Latif (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Spooks) will play the iconic role, presenting a change to the character's ethnicity.

Sponsored Post: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD on UK AMC with BT TV


★★☆☆☆

What's the premise? This is the spin-off prequel to AMC's phenomenally popular horror drama The Walking Dead, dramatising the same zombie uprising from the perspective of a family dealing with the immediate aftermath in suburban Los Angeles.

Monday, 31 August 2015

TV Picks: 31 August – 6 September 2015 • An Evening with Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse • Fear the Walking Dead • Hand of God • Lady Chatterley's Lover • Rectify • Strictly Come Dancing


Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

RIP Wes Craven: 1939-2015


I always find it sad when certain celebrities die, despite having no connection to them beyond enjoying the work they've produced. Or, these days, maybe a brief social media interaction, if you're lucky. Lots of people I admire die every year, but occasionally there's someone who inspires me to write something about them. Today, that's director Wes Craven.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

HANNIBAL, 3.13 – 'The Wrath of the Lamb'


★★★★

For the last time, a reminder: this review is scheduled alongside Thursday's broadcast in Canada. This finale airs tonight in the U.S on NBC, and Wednesday in the UK on Sky Living, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers...

Friday, 28 August 2015

FRAME RATED: w/e 28 August 2015


Below are the last week's posts from FRAME RATED, the new site I'm editing and writing articles for. I hope more of you have bookmarked us now, visit daily, and have maybe even followed our Twitter so you don't miss updates. Or subscribe to the RSS feed, if that's more your style.
BANSHEE - Season Three, by Simon Cocks.
Blood Feud: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN vs THE STRAIN, by Dan Owen.
SHOW ME A HERO - Part Two, by Sarah Hughes.
UK Premiere: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, by Alex Mullane.
HANNIBAL, 3.12 - 'The Number of the Beast is 666...', by Andrew Bemis.
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, by Simon Cocks.
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Catching up with... BANSHEE, season one


I almost pine for the days when American television effectively shut up shop over summer, because it at least gave you a chance to catchup with the good TV you missed from across the pond. Nowadays there are dozens of great shows airing all year round, many during the only slightly quieter summer, so it's a real struggle to find time to watch everything. Or even 50% of the best stuff. Still, the last few weeks of of August is the closest thing to a TV drought we still have, so it's the only time I can consider watching any overlooked recommendations. And this past weekend, that's been Cinemax's Banshee.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

2015/16 TV Season: The Shows I'll (Probably) Be Watching...


Hey, everyone! It's been another slow week here, sorry, but I've been maxed out with some exciting Frame Rated developments and real-world concerns. And besides, I'm sure you're all aware there's not much happening in the world of TV and film right now. I've been using the time to catch up with Rectify, actually—the Sundance Channel drama about a man on Death Row given an unexpected reprieve two decades into his sentence. Three seasons have already been made, but they only amount to 22 episodes, so it felt like an easy enough catch-up before the September-October wave of TV crashes ashore. And with that in mind...

Monday, 24 August 2015

Frame Rated: Blood Feud - FROM DUSK TILL DAWN vs THE STRAIN


Yesterday over at Frame Rated: I wrote a lighthearted feature comparing vampire dramas FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and THE STRAIN, which both return to the UK on 26 August (on Netflix and Watch, respectively). Click here to give it a read!