Shetland

Image via BBC

Dear ladies and gents,

sometimes when there is a full TV schedule some things will slip through the cracks. UK shows especially. It would help if there were premiere dates listed anywhere. What’s up with that, seriously? Early in 2016 doesn’t really help. At any rate it does come in handy when there is nothing to watch and I can can go on a crime series binge.

So Shetland. I remember watching the pilot. And I liked it. But I never gotten round to the second season (third season is currently on air). So I kinda caught up over the last two weeks.

And I think for anyone who is a fan of UK crime series, it will be a solid watch.

Shetland is based on the books written by Ann Cleeves. On the side note – she also wrote the Vera Stanhope novels that have been dramatized by the BBC. Vera is also not bad and will start airing its sixth season at the end of January. Just fyi.

Anyway. ANYWAY Shetland is based on the books about the Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez (played by Douglas Henshall) who lives at the Shetland islands in Scotland. Obviously the scenery is beautiful, but it’s Scotland after all so it is to be expected. But what I think the series does really well is depict just how isolated the area is and since it is a small community just how much people can get up in each other’s business. The murder mystery is solid and there are usually some twists and turns along the way. This is not cozy mystery a la Midsommer murders, on visuals alone it is far more haunting. But I like it all the same.

If you plan to binge watch 10 episodes aired so far. Also I might add that in current season Ciaran Hinds and Archie Panjabi make a guest appearance.

By Grabthar’s Hammer

Alan Rickman died. And I’m terribly upset about it. If you ask me for a logical or reasonable explanation why – I can’t give you one. Hell – I’d take half sane explanation at this point. David Bowie was bad enough. But this hit me where it hurt. I know I’m not the only one. Usually when I feel extra bad I clean. But I did that already. So I’ll make myself useful, shall I?

For many of the younger generations Rickman = Snape. And I get it. After seeing the first movie, every single Harry Potter book I’ve read from that point on, in my mind eye’s Rickman = Snape. But Rickman was so good in so many things, it would be a shame not to see all the other things he did. So if you are planning a Rickman marathon, give some of these a watch.

Funny stuff

If you can’t bare to watch anything sad, here are some of the fun films he did.

Blow Dry – it’s one of those small movies the British do so well. Blow Dry is about a small town of Keighley, that becomes the host to the British Hairdressing Championship. It’s naff I won’t lie, but it’s also sweet and heartwarming and witty. It also stars Bill Nighy, Natasha Richardson and Rachel Griffiths.

Galaxy Quest – if you haven’t seen Galaxy Quest, by Grabthar’s Hammer get on it – pronto! A spoof about a cast of a sci-fi show that have to play for real once the aliens need their help. Another good movie that will make you giggle.

Dogma – I might not be super enthusiastic about Kevin Smith. But I LOVED Dogma. And Rickman played Metatron, the voice of God. Yes, let’s not even go there because icannoteven at the moment. But this will never not be funny:

Die Hard – because obvs. Hans Gruber, the best villain ever. I’ve noticed when I’m sad, I don’t mind sh*t being blown up, you know?

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – another villain-y role, but come on, it’s worth it for this line alone:

Now for all of you who are made of sterner stuff and who can watch sad(ish) stuff when you are not in your happy place:

Sense and Sensibility – if you are a Jane Austen fan, you have probably seen this. If you are not, give it a watch, Rickman is absolutely wonderful as Colonel Brandon.

Snow Cake – I don’t even know what year it was when I saw Snow Cake. I remember I couldn’t sleep and was switching the channels (I use TV as a sleeping aid sometimes). At any rate – there was Alan Rickman. Needless to say, I didn’t fall asleep and watched the film to the end. It’s a story about an ex-convict who ends up in a car accident that kills the girl who hitchhiked a ride from him. He visits the girl’s mother, but it turns out she is autistic (the mother is played by Sigourney Weaver). Such a beautiful, nuanced, lovely movie.

Truly, Madly, Deeply – Truly, Madly, Deeply is about Nina (played by Juliet Stevenson), a woman who is bereft after her boyfriend Jamie dies. But he comes back as a ghost in an effort to help her move on. You will weep while watching this. Copiously. Please bear that in mind and have tissues ready.

And there you are. Yes, Rickman = Snape. Always. But also so much more.

Random thoughts on fall TV

Dear ladies and gents,

some of the fall finales have wrapped up (hm since when do we call it a fall finale? Did I miss that particular press release?) and I have thoughts about it. And what better way to express them then in a form of gifs.

Scandal

IcannotwithFitzseriously. What an entitled asshole.

And when Olivia finally (FINALLY) dumps his ass

Supernatural

Winchester boys are back! YAY!

The Good Wife

I’ll be honest with you – the only reason to watch? Jeffrey Dean Morgan. God, that man is hot.

Also? Alicia’s wig is driving me to distraction.

Jessica Jones

Blindspot

So I’ve been watching Blindspot. And it’s not bad. But that guy, the main guy, Weller, why does he always make the same face? It looks like Leslie Knope’s angry face. All. the. freaking. time. Seriously, it can’t be I’m the only one who noticed it?

UK shows to check out this winter

Dear ladies and gents,

had this post saved in drafts for weeks. WEEKS. Blogger fail. This merits a double face palm obviously.

(It’s never not a good time to use this gif).

At any rate – here are some UK shows to check out this November/December.

First stop – Christmas. BBC is pulling ALL the stops this Christmas and they commissioned a number of Christmas specials including but not limited to Call The Midwife, Still Open All Hours, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Citizen Khan, Boomers, Not Going Out and Nan.

Then there is Doctor Who.

Then there is Sherlock. On a side note – totes not feeling this Victorian special. Am I the only one? It’s like meh whatever can we have a proper season? I’m kinda like there is so much great TV, do you really want to wait that long between seasons? Yes, yes I know, I know Doctor Strange and all that, Cabbagepatch is busy, but as I said whatever.

I will tell you what I am excited about.

LUTHER.

Yes, that’s how excited I am about Luther.

Ok here is some other stuff that aired recently that might be worth a look.

River

I watched River and lemme tell ya – it’s dark. And heavy. So please don’t say I didn’t warn you. It stars Stellan Skarsgård as Detective John River who… well… sees dead people? Before you start shouting at me for being a spoilery cow – it’s right there in the trailer, they give it away!

At any rate, it’s a solid police drama, but the emphasis is on drama, if that makes sense. River is available on Netflix in case anyone is interested.

Unforgotten

I quite liked Unforgotten – so they discover a skeleton in this house, right? And the police discovers this poor bugger was murdered some 30 odd years earlier. So one detective makes it her mission to find out who murdered him. Stars Nicola Walker and Trevor Eve (of the Waking the Dead fame).

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde is about Robert Jekyll (played by Tom Bateman), the grandson of Dr. Jekyll, who is trying to learn more about his family’s history. Obviously that will end well. The show seems to be a bit gory as a bunch of people in UK complained it was too bloody to be shown before 9pm. Hm just a suggestion, don’t watch then?

London Spy

Now London Spy. I still haven’t gotten round to it, will probably save it for the holiday period. At any rate – it’s about two guys who meet and fall in love, but it soon transpires that one is a spy. And suddenly goes missing. So his boyfriend decides to find him. The thing is – the cast is stellar – Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling (among others) so I think this will be worth the watch. Also? London p*rn :) As in the city.

The Frankenstein Chronicles

The latest show for ITV – it stars Sean Bean as John Marlott, an inspector investigating a series of murders in London in 19th century that may have been committed by a doctor who is determined to reanimate the dead.