The fifth series of the good, the bad and the Brummie was left beautifully poised for a bloody final reckoning. Here are all the talking points from the explosive penultimate episode…
There were some wonderfully funny moments in Python at 50: Silly Walks and Holy Grails (BBC Two, Saturday). Such as Michael Palin, Graham Chapman and Terry Jones making life impossible for a local TV news reporter during a Monty Python shoot in remotest mid-Seventies Yorkshire, or John Cleese delightedly sharing with fellow Pythons his tax-deductible new hair implants, or Terry Gilliam wearing the briefest (and possibly snuggest) cut-offs ever worn by a working film director, on the set of The Life of Brian in Tunisia.
Fascists with friends in high places. Glaswegians with grudges. Wives waving divorce papers. We’ve already reached the midway point of the fifth series and the Peaky Blinders are besieged from all sides. Here are all the talking points from the plot-thickening third episode…
The new Andrew Davies adaptation of Sanditon on ITV on Sunday evening unveiled one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known works as an entertaining romp set in an England undergoing unprecedented social change – with lashings of sun, sand, sex and bare-bottomed sea bathing.
News reports last week that a generation of viewers has taken refuge in watching endless reruns of Friends and the US version of The Office (according to data on Netflix’s most-watched shows) have mostly ignored one salient fact: the generation before has been doing that for years in Britain. They just endlessly watch repeats of Dad’s Army.
After months of mystery, plans for the 25th James Bond film seem to be taking shape. We have a star, a director and even a title. We’re beginning to get a sense of the film that has, until now, felt as elusive as its eponymous hero.
Close your eyes and you might just be back in Walmington-on-Sea in the early 1940’s. Or at least in a living room in the late 1960’s. From whatever distance you view your nostalgia for the Second World War as seen through the lens of classic sitcom Dad’s Army, the ‘new’ episodes re-created from three missing shows, will hit your nostalgia buttons bang in the middle.
Netflix has plenty of classic films in its catalogue – and in recent years, the streaming service has also produced some remarkably original films of its own, from the animal rights satire Okja to the Oscar-winning Roma. But for every award-winning drama, there are just as many trashy B-movies (such as the risible romance A Christmas Prince).