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 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 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.

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

Comfort TV

Dear ladies and gents,

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 know.

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.

UK shows to check out in September

Dear ladies and gents,

here is a selection of the new and returning UK shows in September.


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.

One off episode of the IT Crowd

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.

Doc Martin

Doc Martin has become a comfort watch for me. Catch up with the grumpy doctor and the residents of Portwenn every Monday (there will be 8 episodes in total).

The Guilty

The Guilty is a new series for ITV starring Tamsin Greig as DCI Maggie Brand who investigates a murder of a boy who went missing in 2008 and was found buried a few yards from his home.

Peaky Blinders

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!

Father Figure

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.

London Irish

New sitcom for Channel 4 about four Northern Irish living, working and playing in London. Air date is September 24th.

The Wrong Mans

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.