Belle and Sebastian

May 19, 2015 at 20:00 (Gigs, Music)

Leeds Town Hall

Belle and Sebastian

with support from Lower Dens

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Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee

May 9, 2015 at 20:00 (Comedy)

City Varieties, Leeds

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April TV

May 3, 2015 at 08:05 (TV) (, )

Mad Men

I’m glad I could go straight into the second part of the final series, I imagine it must have been a long wait as week to week currently feels like a drag. Can’t wait to see how everything ends.

Banished

I’ve mentioned Banished every month and the ending did not disappoint and a second series would be welcomed. Definitely one of the year’s highlights.

Cucumber

The final episode felt unnecessary and has messed up a second series, would’ve preferred things to have ended at the party in the previous episode.

House Of Cards

i raced through the third series and loved it, I’m hoping most of it was just a set up to really tell Claire’s story in series 4 but even by the level of preposterous events so far that may be taking things too far.

Critical

I tried Critical (for four episodes?) but gave up, I’d have stuck with it for 6 hours but couldn’t face 13 when nothing had happened. Focussing on the procedure rather than the characters was a novel idea but it just couldn’t keep me interested.

Inside Number 9

Just as good as the first series.

Lip Sync Battle

I really shouldn’t like this but think it is brilliant despite the poor presenting by LL Cool J and the completey  unnecessary presence of Chrissy Teigen. So far I think it’s been down to the guests and the fact they are already friends, so it’ll be interesting to see how long it can keep going.

The Good Wife

Still the best show on TV and completely unexplainable why it’s taking me so long to get through.

Newzoids

Good idea, hopefully will get better as the writers and performers find their feet.

I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse

Another good idea, I’m surprised nobody has tried to make a live video game before. Like most video games it quickly got repetitive and could’ve done with being a lot shorter.

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March TV

April 7, 2015 at 12:10 (TV)

March felt like a month of catching up but also an introduction to the wonderful world of Better Call Saul.

Better Call Saul

At times I thought I might end up liking this more than Breaking Bad. There is just something wonderful about the character Jimmy McGill whether that’s his past as Slippin’ Jimmy or future as Saul Goodman there’s an eternal optimism trying to fight through the everyday sadness that just gets me every time. The series goes from good to great once we get Mike’s flashback and the later episodes in the series excel.

Cucumber & Banana

I haven’t finished with these yet and have just reached episode 6 which is the one everyone started talking about but both series were great from the start. Unfortunately once I knew the vague details of the shock in Cucumber I knew how it would arrive. Brilliant writing and performances not to mention the way the two shows compliment each other make this another highlight of the televisual year.

Banished

Another big period drama from the BBC and this is a lot more engaging than Poldark or C4’s Indian Summers both of which I’ve cooled down on after promising starts.

Mad Men

I finally caught up with the first part of the final series before the new episodes start this week and continued to love it. It’s amazing to think how much time has passed in the series and how much all of the characters have changed over the years. The ending was just brilliant, I bet there are people out there who didn’t like it.

Continuing (still watching, or watched, and enjoying)

The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, House Of Fools, Uncle, Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show, Togetherness

Continuing (but don’t know why)

Fortitude – I’m convinced there’s a good 6 hour series somewhere in here but over 10+ hours it’s largely boring and trying to be at least two different shows.

 

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The Carnabys

March 25, 2015 at 13:30 (Gigs, Music)

Coffee House Sessions, Bradford Student Union.

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Hamlet

March 23, 2015 at 19:30 (Film, Theatre)

‘Maxine Peake As Hamlet’ filmed at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester for cinema screening at Hyde Park Picture House

So it turns out that like most things Shakespeare is much better in a northern accent. It’s also interesting that theatre and Shakespeare in particular is the only place where equality truly exists and there is no discrimination between race and gender.

My dislike of lengthy stories extends to Shakespeare with too many unnecessary (or misunderstood) scenes adding length and making it harder work to get through. Another problem is that Maxine Peake is so brilliant that every time she’s not on screen everything else feels so ordinary. Everybody else puts in a good performance but it was only Gillian Bevan as Polonia who stood alongside Peake as great.

 

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One Man Breaking Bad

March 19, 2015 at 19:00 (Comedy, Theatre)

City Varieties, Leeds.

Scattershot and lacking structure but incredibly funny and brilliantly performed.

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Adam Wedd

March 18, 2015 at 13:30 (Gigs, Music)

Coffee House Sessions, University Of Bradford Atrium.

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Samantha Durnan

March 11, 2015 at 13:30 (Gigs, Music)

Coffee House Sessions, Bradford Student Union.

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February TV

March 4, 2015 at 18:25 (TV)

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall continued it’s greatness (I still have the final episode to watch) but also got harder to watch than I initially thought. When sitting down to watch the 3rd episode I was shocked to find it was only the third episode, surely there must have been more episodes. Each episode feels like a two hour film but was never hard work.

Indian Summer

Unlike Wolf Hall, this just flew by. I was worried that the first episode was 90 minutes but it passed in no time and hooked me. I’ve only just watched the second episode and it didn’t seem as engaging but happy to stick with this for the next few months.

Catastrophe

Catastrophe didn’t disappoint. I think part of the reason it worked it was because it was written by a man and a woman.

Fortitude

I’m not getting this, it seems incredibly dull with not a lot happening. Hoping things will get better in episode 4.

Count Arthur Strong

It took me a while to warm to the first series but the 2nd outing had me from the start. Funny, charming and really quite brilliant.

The Good Wife

The best show on TV returns and I’ve still only watched the first episode but it was absolutely fantastic.

Wentworth

Finally finished season 2 and still think it’s the best prison based TV show.

Good To Have Back: Last Week Tonight, Sceenwipe, House Of Fools,
Didn’t Start: Better Call Saul, House Of Cards, Banana, Cucumber, The Casual Vacancy

 

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