autumn has arrived. Do you know how I can tell? Because it’s been pissing rain for a good week solid.
Don’t mind me, I might gripe but in all honesty I love it (unless it’s 6:30am, it’s pouring down and the dog is taking for-bleeding-ever to do her business. Which coincidentally happened this morning).
Be as it may – it’s the perfect weather to curl up with a book or do a series marathon. Am I watching something super cool? Like Friday Night Lights, which have been on my watch-it-already list forever? Of course not.
I fancied some comfort TV and it turned into a Doc Martin marathon.
I’m behind on The Bridge, Dexter, Ray Donovan, Whitechapel… you get the gist.
But it has wonderful scenery, quirky and odd characters, it has just the right amount of drama and nothing too violent and stressy… given the old doc is a grumpy bollocks. And it just makes me miss Kingdom. Because it had all that plus a much nicer titular character. Not to mention, it was filmed in Norfolk, which is totes my happy place. Also there is a smaller matter how I’d really like to know how it ended.
So what is your comfort TV?
Or maybe I shouldn’t ask for suggestions because it will turn into another bleeding marathon and I would like to check out a few pilots because I might be missing something interesting. Ugh.
No, really, I’m all for suggestions, so fire away.
Whitechapel is back and a must watch for me because a) Rupert Penry Jones hello! and b) although a bit uneven at times, it is still a good crime show. I love that they mix present day London with bits of Whitechapel history.
The last ever episode of the IT Crowd will air on September 27th (I’m sure it will be a welcome news for the fans since the last series aired some 3 years ago). All of the actors have returned for this one-off special. Sorry, couldn’t find the trailer anywhere.
Peaky Blinders is a new historical crime drama series for BBC starring Cillin Murphy and Sam Neill. It is about 1920s post-war Birmingham and the gangs that ruled the streets at the time. Most notorious were the Peaky Blinders who got their name because they sew razor blades into their caps. Murphy plays the gang leader Tommy Shelby, while Sam Neill plays the cop who was brought in to deal with the rampaging crime. And can I just say YAY Birmingham?! I know it has horrible reputation and it is not the most pleasant city, HOWEVER… since I lived there for a while and had some (really) fun times, please shush, ok? Ta!
New BBC sitcom that will air on September 18th. Written by and starring comedian Jason Bryne it is about the Whyte family and its pater familias Tom Whyte, who takes care of his two sons while his wife works full time.
New comedy/mystery series for BBC written by and starring James Corden (of Gavin and Stacey fame) and Mathew Baynton. It is about two council workers who get involved in an international conspiracy after a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity. The supporting cast is stellar I must say – Dawn French, Emilia Fox and Nick Moran (among others) so this does look promising. The series premieres on September 24th.
– I really enjoy Scott and Bailey. It has two strong female leads (Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones respectively), the storylines are interesting and there is gore (but not too much gore and definitely not the type of gore that would put you off your food).
– created by Allan Cubitt the latest series for BBC Two stars Gillian Anderson (yes that Gillian Anderson from the X Files) as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson from the Metropolitan Police Service, who is called in to investigate a string of murders in Belfast. Solid crime drama with totes creepy male lead.
– ITV crime miniseries stars Hayley Atwell (of Captain America fame) as Denise Woods, a rookie police officer who becomes obsessed with a murder case of a teenage girl (whose killer has not been found, natch). The series follows Denise over the period of three decades as she rises through the ranks, but is still haunted by the fact the murderer is still at large.
– Vicious is another sitcom for ITV. It stars sir Ian McKellen and sir Derek Jacobi as a couple who have been together for some 50 add years. They bicker and argue and walk their farty old dog. The thing is I did watch a couple of episodes of Vicious (come on, it has Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in it, how could I not?) and I get they are trying to create the old school sitcom format (think Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances). The thing is I’m not sure they are being successful with it. Also the show is being slammed for stereotyping of gay men, which… I didn’t perceive it as such – anyone who has been with anyone for 50 odd years, surely you would bicker regardless of your gender or sexual orientation.
– The Wright Way is a new sitcom for BBC that was written by Ben Elton. It stars David Haig (who you might remember from the Thin Blue Line) as Gerald Wright, the health and safety inspector for the Baselricky Council. Now Gerald is a bit persnickety about his job and will see threats to health and safety where there are none. The show is being panned by the critics, like a lot, but I don’t know whether that is down to show being atrocious (for what is worth, I have seen worse) or because Ben Elton wrote it.
– new sitcom for ITV written by Martin Dennis. It is about the employees of a busy West Midlands job center, namely the manager Trish (played by Sarah Hadland), who is a bit of a neurotic and struggling to cope with the demands of her job.
Blandings is based on P. G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle stories and it is about Lord Clarence Emsworth (played by Timothy Spall aka as Wormtail from the Harry Potter movies). Lord Emsworth lives at Blandings Castle together with his sister Connie, his dimwitted son Freddie and his prize winning pig the Empress. All Lord Emsworth would like is some peace and quiet, however a constant stream of visitors make that impossible. This is P. G. Wodehouse after all, how bad can it be?
Ah now this show looks really promising. Written by Dennis Kelly, Utopia is a story about five strangers who meet through online comic book forum. They come into the possession of a comic book called the Utopia Experiment, which supposedly predicted some of the worst events of the 20th century. Almost immediately they find themselves targets of the rather shady governmental organization called the Network, whose members start to take them out one by one.
Ah Ripper Street. It’s like CSI meets Whitechapel meets Sherlock Holmes. Ripper Street is set in Whitechapel (area of East London) just six months after the notorious Jack the Ripper murders. Matthew Macfadyen (who you might remember from Spooks – the early years) stars as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, the inspector in charge of the H Division, police department responsible for keeping the peace in the area. A bit intense, just a tad bit gross, Ripper Street is not half bad. It bares saying that it can be seen on BBC America (in case any of our American readers are interested).
Spies of Warsaw is another period mini-series and based on the novels written by Alan Furst. The series is set in Warsaw just before the start of World War II. It stars David Tennant as Colonel Jean-François Mercier, new French military attache at the embassy in Warsaw, who gets involved in the world of mystery, intrigue and betrayal.
Great Night out is a new ITV sit-com about four blokes who get together every week for a night on the tiles in Stockport. Have not seen this one yet so I can’t vouch for it, but it sounds a bit hm… bloke-ish?