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Category Archive for 'Television'

Gorging on Orange (Is The New Black)

Netflix’s strategy of releasing full seasons of its shows in one fell swoop, and the binge-watching that it encourages, could doubtless be read within the context of the societal expectations that it utilises and exacerbates. That twenty-first century need to have everything immediately, an insatiable appetite that has made impatience the defining feature of our […]

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As a self-confessed fan of Starz’s other ‘historical’ televisual offerings, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Da Vinci’s Demons, it is fair to say that the announcement that they were to turn their hands to the pirate genre was one that filled me with glee – especially when I learnt that it was to be a quasi-prequel to […]

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A Justified End

It was announced this week that Justified would end after its sixth season [its fifth season recently began in the States]. Interestingly – and refreshingly in this day and age – it was the show’s producers and showrunners, rather than its US broadcasters – FX – who took the decision to end the series. In a way, […]

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Regular readers of this blog [and my family and friends] will be aware of my attachment to Neil Gaiman’s work – and especially to the brilliant American Gods. When I was a teenager I remember being given a proof copy of the novel and reading the whole book in one night [I went into school the […]

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When someone told me a year or so ago that George R.R. Martin’s novel A Game of Thrones was being turned into a television series, I have to admit that I was initially fairly wary. Most of my trepidation arose from the fact that I have loved Martin’s epic series ever since I read the […]

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A few days ago it was announced that Idris Elba [who was brilliant in The Wire, and the eponymous lead in the recent, not-so-good television show Luther] will play James Patterson’s detective Alex Cross in an adaptation of his 2006 novel Cross. The role was previously filled by Morgan Freeman in 1997’s Kiss The Girls […]

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There will be blood … and Xena!

Spartacus: Blood and Sand has finally made it to UK television screens [Tuesdays on Bravo]. For those not in the know, S:B&S has precisely nothing to do with the swords and sandals epic that starred Kirk Douglas. No, this show more resembles the result of some mad professor’s fusing of quivering limbs pared from 300, […]

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