Category Archives: TV

TV REVIEW: The Politician – Season 1

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) has only ever had one ambition, to be the President of the USA and everything in his life has been done in pursuit of this ambition. Along with his campaign planning team that includes his girlfriend, Alice (Julia Schlaepfer) and friends James (Theo Germaine) and McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss) he’s on the road to student body president, the first step in his plan.

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TV REVIEW: Unbelievable – Limited Series

In 2008 in Washington Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) is tied up and raped at knife point by a masked man. After this harrowing ordeal she is forced to relive the events over and over with various law enforcement officers whose focus is more on Marie’s troubled past than what she has experienced. It’s not long before the detectives start to question the legitimacy of Marie’s account which sends her life into freefall.

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TV REVIEW: Special – Season 1

Ryan (Ryan O’Connell) is a twenty-one year old gay man with mild cerebral palsy who lives with his protective mom, Karen (Jessica Hecht). He decides to take on an unpaid internship Eggwoke (imagine Buzzfeed meets Vice) and shortly after is hit by a car. Seeing this as an opportunity to pass off his disability as an after effect of the accident he decides to reinvent himself with hilarious and life changing consequences.

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TV REVIEW: The Capture – Limited Series

During a celebration of his acquittal on the basis of flawed CCTV former United Kingdom Special Forces Lance Corporal Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) kisses his barrister, Hannah Roberts (Laura Haddock) and sees her off on the bus home. The next morning Hannah has vanished and the CCTV seems to show that Shaun is responsible.

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TV REVIEW: Glow – Season 3

Season 3 of Glow kicks off with our favourite lady wrestlers starting their 3 month show run in Vegas. It is a whole new world for the team, living in the hotel and doing the same show every night. Once again they’re all dealing with their own personal struggles and struggles with each other but this time everything is focused on identity.

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TV REVIEW: More Tales of the City

More Tales of the City charts the continued adventures of the residents of Barbary Lane in San Francisco, once again based on an eponymous novel by Armistead Maupin.

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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 3

A year has passed and things are relatively peaceful in Hawkins, Indiana. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is still in hiding with Hopper (David Harbour) although she is spending most of her time with Mike (Finn Wolfhard). Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) are both working at the local newspaper, which seems to be exclusively staffed by chauvinist pigs. Steve (Joe Keery) is selling ice-cream in the new mega Starcourt Mall with his former classmate, Robin (Maya Hawke). And Billy (Dacre Montgomery) is driving all the MILFs crazy as a lifeguard at the local pool. But things in Hawkins never stay quiet for long….

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TV REVIEW: Peaky Blinders – Season 5

The fifth season of Peaky Blinders begins on the eve of Black Tuesday. The Blinders are experiencing prosperity like never before but Michael’s (Finn Cole) failure to sell the family’s shares on time is about to torpedo that. He is forced to return home from New York in disgrace with a new wife (Anya Taylor-Joy).

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TV REVIEW: Glow – Season 2

The second season of Glow focuses on the trials and tribulations of the Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling and their desire to keep their show on air while also delving into the relationships of the performers and their friends and family members.

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TV REVIEW: Dead to Me – Season 1

After Jen Harding’s (Christina Applegate) husband, Ted, is killed in a hit and run accident she is overcome by grief. At a grief counselling group she meets Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) who she immediately finds weird and over familiar. However Judy seems to be the only person who understands how she feels and its not long before the two become firm friends. But Judy is hiding a terrible secret and it seems Ted might have had a few of his own too. As Judy helps Jen with her obsessive desire to find out who killed Ted more and more is revealed with devastating… and hilarious consequences.

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TV REVIEW: What/If – Season 1

Scientist, Lisa Donovan (Jane Levy) is the CEO of Emigen, a company she has built from scratch to develop her pioneering technique for creating medication personalised to a patient’s genetic code. Lisa is desperate to get funding to keep the company going but is at loose ends until she meets Anne Montgomery (Renee Zellweger). Anne is known for being absolutely ruthless and rejecting all the things she believes hold women back… family, relationships, children. Anne offers Lisa the investment she needs but with a condition. She wants to spend one night with Lisa’s husband, Sean (Blake Jenner) and if Sean discloses what has happened on this night, Anne will take full control of Emigen.

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TV REVIEW: The Letdown – Season 2

The Let Down picks up just before Stevie’s first birthday. Audrey (Allison Bell) and Jeremy (Duncan Fellows) are living separately while Jeremy attempts to start a new life for them in Adelaide and Audrey reluctant packs up their home in Sydney.

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: France

The French version of Criminal is very focused on hierarchy. The interrogation team has been lead by Oliver Hagan (Laurent Lucas) for many years but the promotion to team leader has been taken by a young female outsider, Audrey Larson (Margot Bancilhon). The rest of the group neither trusts Audrey nor respects her authority and if that wasn’t enough to deal with they are all reeling from the events of the Bataclan. This leaves Audrey trying to manage her cases but also deal with the impact of traumatised detective, Laetetia (Anne Azoulay) steamrolling interrogations.

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: Germany

The Teutonic installment of Criminal is another completely different take on interrogation. Again it is set in the same office but with a darker, greyer atmosphere and with significantly less interpersonal shenanigans between the detectives. The German crimes involve a missing real estate developer whose body is discovered years after he vanished, a case of domestic violence and the search for the body of a missing girl.

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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 3

Season three of Workin’ Moms kicks off shortly after the birth of Kate (Katherine Reitman’s) new baby. Her life is in flux as she faces single motherhood, attempting to co-parent with someone she just can’t quite forgive, running her own business and reentering the dating world.

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TV REVIEW: Tales of the City – Season 1

A few years ago I read a book called Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin and rather enjoyed it. I was excited to see that Netflix was releasing a limited series of the same name and I started watching it… only to realise that it was actually the follow-up to three 90’s mini-series and that I couldn’t really remember what had happened in the book so I decided to try and track down the original series and low and behold two of them are on All4!

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: Spain

The second instalment of Criminal I watched was set in Madrid and featured a Spanish interrogation team. This time the crimes involved an apparent “black widow” style murder, the drowning of an autistic girl and a terrorist act that might be connected to an infamous drug lord.

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Apocalypse

After my American Horror Story binge earlier this year, I was excited to see the eighth season appear on Netflix. I was lucky/unlucky to catch a horrible cold that put me at home in bed for couple of days so I managed to fly through the whole season within a couple of days.

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TV REVIEW: Criminal: UK

My company has recently set up Slack as a communication tool for everyone in technology to share. Those who work in a Digital or Tech functional will probably be familiar with it. It’s a great tool for communicating about work related things but it also has the added side benefit of often sparking up non-work related channels. One such channel in our Slack workspace is a TV and film recommendation channel where I found out about Criminal.

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TV REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 3

Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale sees June (Elisabeth Moss) handed over to rebellious Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) as a handmaid. Here she bonds with Lawrence’s mentally ill wife, Eleanor (Julie Dretzin) and plots ways to see her stolen daughter. Meanwhile Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) fight to get Nicole back from Canada where Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and Moira (Samira Wiley) are taking care of her.

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