UK shows to check out in February

Dear ladies and gents,

here is a short selection of some of the shows that premiered in February (also returning this week is Silk. And I hope you started watching Moone Boy)*.

The Smoke

The Smoke is produced by Sky. It stars Jamie Bamber as Kev, a fire fighter with a fire station in East London. He gets badly (and I mean BADLY) injured on the job. Fast forward 9 months later and Kev is back to work. But… but… he is off to a wobbly start. Anyhow, don’t want to give too much away.

I loved the Smoke. It was almost visceral. And I cannot for the life of me explain why. It’s a good show, great even, but definitely not the best I have ever seen. I like Jamie Bamber. To get the shallow out of the way – he is pretty to look at. And I do have a soft spot for him because of Battlestar Galatica. But I am by no means a die hard fan. So yeah, I cannot explain it. Just watch the first episode and if you hate it, come back here and call me a silly cow.

Uncle

Uncle is a sitcom for BBC Three staring Nick Helm as an out-of-work musician Andy. Andy is not only unemployed, he is a bit of mess. Depressed, suicidal mess. Then his sister ropes him into taking care of his 12-year old nephew Errol (played by Elliot Speller-Gillott). The two develop an unlikely friendship. This is not a straight up sitcom, me thinks it’s a bit dark and twisty for that? But anyhow, I enjoyed it. And second season has already been commissioned.

Edge of Heaven

Oh Edge Of Heaven. Well. It’s about an 80s themed B&B in Margate run by Judy and her husband Tandeep. Then there is her daughter Ann-Marie and her son Alfie who still live at home. Now Alfie gets jilted at the alter by his fiance. Which obvs sucks. And Alfie is all woe is me and whathaveyou. Anyhow, I wanted to like Edge of Heaven. I did. God knows I’m a sucker for a good UK sitcom. Or even a mediocre one. But this was just… flat.

Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 was created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (they did Psychoville if that helps any). It is about creepy/funny/odd stuff that happens to different people who all share one thing in common – their residence is a number 9. It is anthology series so the episodes are not connect. Second season has already been commissioned.

Suspects

Suspects is the latest show for Channel 5 and if you are a fan of police procedurals you might want to take note. The series stars Clare-Hope Ashitey, Fay Ripley and Damien Molony. The episodes are not connected and what is unique about Suspects is that it is not a scripted series (it is filmed as fly-on-the-wall documentary). The cast is given a detailed plot description and they take it from there. Now you know David Caruso would never agree to that! But that is what makes it interesting.

*On a side note – I saw the Lego Movie last weekend. Now I can’t get that blasted song out of my head. Also I have taken to shouting Moone Boy as Benny, 1980something space guy. You know how he shouts “SPACESHIP; SPACESHIP” the whole time? Yeah kinda like that. Anyhow. ANYHOW. Feel free to judge me.

Down the black hole – House of Cards

Dear ladies and gents,

I have fallen into the black hole that is House of Cards (week before it was Orange Is the New Black) *sigh*

Be as it may, any spare moment I might have is wasted on Frank Underwood. And his wife Claire obviously. Folding laundry, drying my hair, doing whatever.

But also… just one more episode…

At times it’s so bloody horrifying, it makes my blood run cold. But then again, that’s what makes it so compelling, no?

Remember that scene when Frank is playing chess against himself? That’s the essence of Frank right there, no? Always, always at least three movements ahead of his enemy.

To cleanse the palate if you will – Moone Boy is back! And you can never (EVER) have too much of Chris O’Dowd! (and David Rawle obvs)

So ladies and gents, House of Cards? Have you gone down the black hole only to return when you are done with the last episode?

BSkyB to let us watch (some) their stuff. For free.

Dear ladies and gents,

y’all know how I love (LOVE!) to complain when various networks/broadcasters geoblock their content. I mean… some even do it for the trailers. I just can’t with that. Seriously.

But in an interesting move BSkyB has decided to make some of their content available to everyone. EVERYONE!

On February 1st BSkyB will launch a brand new YouTube channel called Sky First Episodes where all of us will be able to view some of their programming including The Tunnel, A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Moonfleet. Then there are the new dramas slated for this year (The Smoke and Fleming), and a new comedy series Mr Sloane with Nick Frost.

Not to mention Moone Boy. Because if you still haven’t seen Moone Boy, what the what people? What the what?! It’s excellent! (although a date for the second season would be appreciated. Ta!)

You know, I remember back in the day yonks ago, we got a satellite dish. And Sky had all of my favorite shows. Then stuff got scrambled for the non-subscribers, it all went to shit and now… we have come full circle. Well… sorta. I know it’s only one episode and it’s YouTube but whatever!

Source: Sky via The Next Web

When enough is enough

Dear ladies and gents,

the following shows have been removed from the schedule. As in I-just-kant-with-this-anymore.

Do tell – what tips you over the edge? What gets you to say enough is enough? (for example – I might hang in there longer then most, but I do get bored easily. If the story is not grabbing me for a couple of episodes, I’m done with it).

Downton Abbey

The Following

Homeland

The Killing

(which by the way got cancelled. And then renewed. Again.)