October TV

November 5, 2015 at 13:03 (TV) ()



I took a day of work to try and watch Season 3 but the first episode was so intense I couldn’t carry on. The rest of the season perhaps wasn’t as great as earlier episodes but it still remains one of the greatest unwatched series out there. The final episodes ramped things up into a more than satisfying conclusion and plenty of scope for season 4.  I’m no scholar of the Bard but the whole thing feels so Shakesperian, I’d love to see a stage version.


Finally made it to the end and I don’t think it ever let up in terms of quality. With this and The Martian, Drew Goddard is definitely one to watch.

Orphan Black

I think I lost interest in this somewhere in season 2 but if this is the final season it made sense to see it through. I didn’t regret watching it but I’m also not bothered that there may be no.


Enjoyable concept but quite distracting trying to work out how much of it obviously has to be manipulated for television.


Doctor Who

Nothing amazing yet but all solid. As Clara get’s more and more to do I remember how much I wish she was the 12th Doctor.


I’ve only see the first episode and considering how annoying I find Chris Evans on Radio 2 (although I never switch over) I didn’t think this would work but it was pleasing to find it did.


  • The Returned (2 eps)
  • Homeland (4 eps)
  • The Leftovers (2 eps)

Watching and enjoying

  • The Goldbergs
  • Only Connect
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Modern Life Is Goodish
  • Inside Amy Schumer (S2)

Watching but meh

  • The Americans


  • Nashville
  • Jane The Virgin
  • New Girl
  • The Daily Show

Not started but want to

  • River
  • Fargo S2

Not started and probably won’t

  • Unforgotten
  • Empire S2
  • From Darkness


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Hooton Tennis Club

November 1, 2015 at 19:30 (Gigs)

Brudenell Social Club Games Room

Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club


with support from Lake Komo


Lake Komo

and the rather excellent Jasper House

Jasper House

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Widescreen Weekend 2015

November 1, 2015 at 12:55 (Festivals, Film) ()


I didn’t make it to much of the Widescreen Weekend this year but it was great to get another chance to see Interstellar, this time on 70mm (I still prefer the Imax version). Interstellar was followed by a talk Visual Effects for 70mm Filmmaking  by Paul Franklin, Creative Director for Double Negative.

I also attended the Keynote Speech by Douglas Trumbull on The State of Cinema. There was some really fascinating insight into the history and future of cinema and could’ve gone on for hours (in a good way) if the room didn’t have to be cleared to show 2001: A Space Odyssey. Foolishly I didn’t stay to see the film having just seen it recently at Leeds International Film Festival but I think it was a mistake to not taken the opportunity to see it in 70mm.

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Aaaaaaaah + Q&A with Steve Oram

October 24, 2015 at 11:00 (Misc)

Hyde Park Picture House

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September TV

October 11, 2015 at 13:49 (TV) ()


Twin Peaks

It made sense to watch the DVD box set I bought last year before going to see Xiu Xiu‘s interpretation of the music. I was still unsure if I’d ever seen all of the 2nd series, turns out I hadn’t. It’s a strange series both intentionally and unintentionally. The 1st series feels quite bad in places and the 2nd series just drags on and on. In many ways it’s a shame that the whole thing wasn’t a lot shorter with Lynch’s episodes really standing head and shoulders over the others.


I heard about this on Twitter halfway through the series with many people correctly claiming it was one of the funniest things on TV. It’s just been commissioned for two more series so a lot more to come.


The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

I had a few episodes left on my iTunes season pass and was happy enough with what I saw, not happy enough to carry on paying though (which I initially only did to see Stewart’s final episode). Fortunately Comedy Central have started showing it again so it’s available on NowTV

Continuing and enjoying

  • Daredevil
  • The Goldbergs
  • New Girl
  • Nashville
  • Jane The Virgin
  • Only Connect
  • Last Week Tonight

Still not finished

  • Under The Dome

Not started and probably won’t

  • Odyssey


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Xiu Xiu Play the Music of Twin Peaks

October 4, 2015 at 19:30 (Gigs, Music, TV)

Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds.

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August TV

September 6, 2015 at 17:08 (TV) ()


Agent Carter

I liked this from the first episode and both the character and show remain perhaps my favourite Marvel thing. I don’t think there was a weak episode in the criminally short run.

Inside Amy Schumer

For some reason I tracked down 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer and it was just as great as everybody was saying. I then noticed that the first season was available on Now TV for seven more days and proceeded to make my way through them. I’m all aboard the Amy train, she’s the funniest and smartest “new” comedian I’ve seen for some time and I’m more than a little bit in love.

Murder In Successful

This had been sitting on the PVR for a while and the first episode was missing the setup explanation and featured an unknown to me reality star so it wasn’t exactly clear what was going on. The series was a bit hit and miss but at times I found it incredibly funny and a lot of it’s success depends on how great the guests are with Dermot O’Leary and Deborah Meaden being the highlights. The mystery part could be stronger (or make more sense) and it didn’t take long to notice the pattern in each episode but that repetitive nature could also be a great basis for more humour. Hopefully there will be another series with better guests.

Wet Hot American Summer

I’d never heard of the film and only found out about it when Netflix started promoting the new series. I watched the film and thought it was great and easy to see why it had become a cult favourite. I was slightly concerned that the tv series couldn’t work and remained unconvinced by the first episode or two . Somehow I settled into it and thoroughly enjoyed the ridiculousness of the rest of the series.

True Detective

Okay, I’m just going to say this – I think I enjoyed the second series of True Detective a lot more than the first. It took me a while to catch up with the first season after hearing a lot of hype (which undoubtedly negatively affected my opinion) and I did like it but I also found it a bit dull and thought the ending was terrible. S2 may not be technically as good and a lot more familiar but it was a familiar set up I loved. I loved that town, I loved the characters, I loved the Lynchian noir tone and I loved not really having any idea what was going on and didn’t care. Those amazing set pieces in episodes 4 and 6 were more impressive than that single tracking shot in the first series. My only real disappointment was the direction Rachel McAdam’s character took in the final episodes.

Shameless (US)

At the end of Season 4 I think it’s safe to say this has surpassed the original UK version although it’s hard to remember exactly when the UK version started going wrong.

The Legacy

Perhaps not as enjoyable as the first series but still great with lots of fantastic moments throughout the series.


It may not be groundbreaking but it was enjoyable enough that I wanted to keep watching.


  • Daredevil
  • The Americans (S3)

Continuing and enjoying

  • The Goldbergs
  • New Girl
  • Nashville
  • Only Connect
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Family Guy

Continuing (but only because there are only a few episodes left)

  • Under The Dome


  • Life In Squares (ep2)


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July TV

August 9, 2015 at 14:10 (TV) (, )


Wayward Pines

An interesting concept although heavily influenced by many other shows. I wasn’t expecting it to go in the direction it did which should be applauded but I think it did reveal too much too soon and then was left with little to do in the later episodes.

The Good Wife

I have no idea why it took me so long to get to the end of what is arguably my favourite ongoing series, perhaps I just wanted to savour every episode. Once again I found each episode surpassing the last, frequently funnier than any comedy and such excellent writing and performances. Every minor character feels like they could be the lead in their own show which is yet another reason why The Good Wife is so great.

Not Safe For Work

Disappointing, especially as I saw somebody suggest it could be a modern day This Life – it absolutely is not. The final two episodes were a step up from the rest of the series which gives me hope for a second series but then I wonder if I would bother with so much else out there.


The most watched TV show in the US? I was glad it was only 10 episodes not because I wanted it to end but it didn’t really seem to ever go anywhere. There were plenty of good moments and Cookie is a great character but it feels very soapy at times. Perhaps it’s because I don’t particularly like the music but it never felt as good as Nashville which covers similar ground. Also the dubbing of all the music scenes was atrocious and completely distracting every time there was a song.

Orange Is The New Black

Perfectly fine but also nothing special.


Another highlight in what I’m sure is turning out to be one of the greatest years for television.

My Mad Fat Diary

A satisfying conclusion to one of the most underrated teen dramas. The first episode of this three show run was something else.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

More evidence for 2015 being one of the most creative and impressive years for TV


True Detective

I’m only four episodes in but I think I’m enjoying this a lot more than everybody else. I failed to understand all the fuss over the first series although I did enjoy it, until the disappointing generic thriller ending. This time around it may not be doing anything new, everything feels very familiar but it’s familiar things I like and done to a high standard. Personally I thought the scene at the end of episode four was more effective that first season’s tracking shot. Looking forward to see how it continues.

The Legacy

I wasn’t sure if a second series could work and the cliffhanger on the first felt like it was tacked on to ensure they had somewhere to go. Fortunately it’s still about the characters and their relationships and continues to be just as good as the first series.

Under The Dome

Season 3 looks like it’s trying to redefine Jumping The Shark – I really have no idea what’s going on or why I’m still watching. Even worse I think if I watch much more of  Dean Norris chewing up the scenery it might start diluting my memories of Breaking Bad.

Agent Carter

Both the character and show may be my favourite Marvel thing.

Continuing (and enjoying)

  • Jane The Virgin
  • The Goldbergs
  • Last Week Tonight
  • The Daily Show
  • Pointless
  • New Girl
  • Only Connect

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June TV

July 5, 2015 at 17:26 (TV) (, , )

The Jinx

I knew I should have watched the final episode before rounding up May. The whole series was wonderful but that last episode was something else, phenomenally good TV.

No Offence

I never managed to get stuck into this, I found that it offered nothing new or anything to keep me interested. It’s a shame because I stuck with and the final episode appeared to be really good, sadly it didn’t mean much to me because I’d long lost interest in the story and characters.

The Goldbergs

E4 bought The Goldbergs and then quickly dumped the first two series as quickly as it could in a less than prime slot. I only watch because I listen to Jeff Garlin’s podcast and he’s particularly good as the father. I’m only about 6 episodes in but so far finding the whole thing really quite charming, it’s hard not to think of The Wonder Years even though both shows are quite different.


More great television from Denmark and further proof that DR1 is up there with HBO for producing high quality dramatic television.

The Affair

Two British actors leading an American show and picking up lots of award nominations last year in the States. I didn’t know the split perspective was coming and initially it’s quite striking but later on it doesn’t work quite as well and often raises more questions about how things are structured. Things unravel in an engaging way and it’s surprising that this far in we don’t even know what it is that’s getting investigated.

Jane The Virgin

Fairly low expectations and something I wondered if I really had the time to commit to, my doubts appeared to be correct for most of the first episode but by the end it had won me over. High quality trashy soap which I mean as a compliment.

The Game

More solid high quality drama from the BBC.

Agents Of SHIELD

SHIELD is up and down but got good again by the end of season 2.


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Glastonbury 2015

June 30, 2015 at 15:14 (Festivals, Music) (, )

Img_2276 For what was arguably the worst Glastonbury lineup for quite some time, it turned out there were many personal highlights (in bold below). Italics indicate acts where I didn’t see the whole set due to boredom (Kanye West) or getting food and listening (Jamie XX). I think this is the first year when I didn’t see a headline act, on all three days, nothing on Sunday and only brief moments from two on Saturday. I had hoped to see Chemical Brothers headline on Sunday but it was far too crowded half an hour before they were due on stage so I bailed but Idlewilde made up for it. Wolf Alice were the only other act I really wanted to see but didn’t make it (lazily due to rain and been on the other side of the site) but there’s probably a whole lot more to discover on iPlayer.


  • Film: Kingsman


  • FIlm: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson – introduction Q&A with Wilko Johnson and Julien Temple
  • New York Brass Band marriage proposal at The Park (maybe)
  • Film: Kurt Cobain Montage Of Heck


  • The Charlatans
  • Manaia
  • Matthew and Me
  • Everything Everything
  • Hooton Tennis Club
  • Jungle
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Caribou
  • Jamie XX
  • Super Furry Animals


  • The Unthanks With Charles Hazlewood & His Orchestra
  • Courtney Barnett
  • The Strypes
  • Stephen Frost’s Improv All Stars with special guests Phil Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Idris Elba (DJ)
  • Father John Misty
  • La Roux
  • Kanye West
  • The Mothership Returns: George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic & the Family Stone
  • Alistair Barrie
  • Tony Law


  • Marcus Brigstocke’s Policy Unit
  • Hozier – I only saw 1 or 2 songs and wasn’t impresses so left for…
  • Cassetteboy and DJ Rubbish
  • Patti Smith (and the Dalai Lama)
  • Lionel Richie
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Idlewilde

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