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 As Seen on TV - Volume 26 - VxFan

A place to discuss what's on TV that might be of interest to others. (exc. Top Gear, F1, for example - which have threads of their own)


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Last edited by: VxFan on Thu 25 May 23 at 11:34
 Blue Lights. - R.P.
Police procedural - PSNI based.

Watched the first episode, really not my cup of tea. Binged 2&3 whilst bored and fluey - Brilliantly made - right up there with Hill Street Blues.
 Blue Lights. - Dog
Brilliant prog, watched every episode so far.
 Blue Lights. - sooty123
Just watched all of the episodes, really enjoyed it.
 Colin from Accounts - legacylad
I got this totally wrong...thought it was an ‘Office’ type comedy.

Sydney based comedy, recommended by a pal. Laugh out loud.
On iPlayer, 1 series. 8 episodes. Hope there’s more to come.
Trying not to binge watch.
Colin is adorable
 Colin from Accounts - Duncan
Linky thing for the intellectually challenged?
 Colin from Accounts - tyrednemotional
 Colin from Accounts - bathtub tom
I suspect the PC 'woke' brigade haven't discovered the antipodes and hope they don't. There's some good stuff comes from there.
 Colin from Accounts - John Boy
>> I suspect the PC 'woke' brigade haven't discovered the antipodes and hope they don't. There's
>> some good stuff comes from there.
Well, they've discovered this and so have I, it's really good:
 Colin from Accounts - legacylad
Couldn’t resist. Binge watched it. Great kind of humour.
And loved the final episode with its range of emotions
 Colin from Accounts - Crankcase
Not just to be contrary, but having read so much good about it, I tried it.

Not for me at all. I had no idea if it was supposed to be funny, and was too bored to complete episode one. I couldn't care a jot about the characters

Ah well, must be something else out there for us oddities.
 Colin from Accounts - Robin O'Reliant
>> Not for me at all. I had no idea if it was supposed to be
>> funny, and was too bored to complete episode one. I couldn't care a jot about
>> the characters

You and me both.
 Colin from Accounts - R.P.
Same for me, my wife loved it and "got it"
 Colin from Accounts - martin aston
Did I laugh? Not much. Did I enjoy it? Yes, hugely. Funny thing humour……or not as the case may be.
 Am I Being Unreasonable ? - legacylad
On BBC iPlayer

Probably another marmite series....I thought it very funny, even hilarious in parts.

Adult humour and strong language.
 Steeltown Murders - Zero
About a serial Killer in 1970s South Wales. Starring Philip - Fire up the Quattro - Glenister.

Ok drama cold case drama, but contains a very good depiction of the 70's with many late 60's and early 70's motors.
 Ghosts US - bathtub tom
I liked the UK version and thought I'd try the US. Thoroughly enjoyed it and think it may have been better than the original. Very obviously based on the original and shown later at night, I suspect because of the slightly more adult humour.

I also watched the film Pride last night. Not a subject matter I'd normally be interested in, but it seemed to have some good reviews. A pleasant enough film, although it did seem to lose it's pace towards the end.
 Star-Trek Strange New Worlds - zippy
Available on Paramount+

Basically the Enterprise before Kirk, but with Spock, Uhura and Nurse Chapel. The captain is Captain Pike (from the pilot and a couple of episodes from the 1960's TV series). Lieutenant Kirk makes appearances from time to time.

It's clearly done on a budget, but very well done.

There's the usual mix of episodes including time travel, suspense, fighting, Klingons etc.

It's also got a sense of humour. In one episode characters from the future are animated - top quality animation, then become normal when travelling back in time.

In another, the whole thing is done as a musical - and very well done at that with cappella theme tune and full orchestra for songs which fit the plot - quite a risk to do and done well.

Anyway, I enjoy it, perhaps you will too.
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 Hijack - Apple TV - CGNorwich
Plane hijacking drama with Idris Elba. Well made and very watchable although could never quite put Airplane! out of my mind.
 A Haunting In Venice - zippy
The continuing saga of Kenneth Branagh's working holiday around the Med and the Adriatic sees him in Venice on 31st October 1947.

A suitably spooky who-done-it. Quite enjoyable. Unlike his sunny jaunts on the Orient Express and the on the Nile, this film takes place mostly at night, well it would, being about a haunting.

Suitably enjoyable. Made me jump out at one point to Mrs Z humour.

Would like to see more of the quirky OCD introduced by Branagh in the first film.

Looking forward to the next one.


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 A Haunting In Venice - CGNorwich
Outstanding moustache work!
 A Haunting In Venice - smokie
Was this on telly?
 A Haunting In Venice - CGNorwich
No Cinema. Not yet released for streaming. Well worth a trip to the cinema. Been a good year for film.
 A Haunting In Venice - smokie
I only asked as when looking which channel it was on I found it's on at the local Cineworld here in Portugal atm. I don't usually do movies, and def not out here (though it might be cheaper than out local one!)
 A Haunting In Venice - CGNorwich
If I remember correctly Portugal is one of those countries that uses subtitles rather tyan a dubbed version so watching the film out there would be possible (am assuming you don’t speak Portuguese)
 A Haunting In Venice - smokie
Even though it's dipped to 29 degrees today (it's been over 30 for most of he 1 1/2 weeks we've been here!!) it's still too warm to be sitting round indoors, unless beer is on hand :-)

We're here will early Nov so the time may come...
 The Long Shadow - R.P.
Excellent series on ITV. Seven episodes seemed lenghty but we watched it in a couple of goes.

Drama based telling of the Yorkshire Ripper

Excellent acting from David Morrisey (as George Oldfield) some lovely motors as a bonus.

 The Long Shadow - Manatee
A familiar story but worth watching. We lived in the area circumscribed by the loci of his offences in Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield and my wife was one of many women who did no go out alone at night for years. A young colleague of her sister was a victim. Oldfield himself was an irregular at my dad's local.

It was clear from the amount and apparent randomness of police activity that they were making no progress right up to the night that a couple of Sheffield coppers happened on him parked up with a sex worker in a car with false plates. They had been stopping any man they could find out alone in a car late at night. That didn't include me, but a neighbour whose habit it was to be out late was pulled at least half a dozen times. I was actually wondering if it could be him.

I wouldn't criticize any of the drama, it fits very well with my memory of the time.
 The Long Shadow - zippy
It's very well done.

I can only watch one episode at a time much to Mrs Z's annoyance - she loves this type of thing.

I get upset that people can be so evil.
 The Long Shadow - Ted

My wife wouldn't go out alone after one victim...Jean Jordan, I think....was found on allotments about 3/4 mile from here. I saw the main road was closed off by the allotments on my way home about 6pm.

The allotment was that of Bruce ( Les Battersby ) Jones, the Corrie actor. I think he found her when he and a pal visited to do some work. He was a suspect for a short time. It was where the infamous £5 note was found.

Oldfield was useless, obsessed by the false tape, he ignored other evidence. I later worked with a colleague who was on the case and we discussed it all in quiet periods at work..

Very good docu-drama though.

 The Long Shadow - Fullchat
Miss FC went to Leeds Uni and her first year accommodation was at Lupton Residences on Alma Rd in Headingley. Jacqueline Hill was his last victim and was murdered yards from her accommodation block. I didn't realise until after she moved in.
As it was she couldn't settle there and moved. I disclosed the information then.
 The Long Shadow - zippy
Caught last nights episode and was shocked at the victim blaming!

I hope this has changed?
 The Long Shadow - Kevin
Bob Ring, the cop who pulled him and then found the weapons, was a member of our local golf club. Without his uniform he looked more like a middle-aged marathon runner than a copper. Old school down to earth plod with a nose for something not quite right.
 The Long Shadow - Manatee
There's no doubt we owe Bob Ring and his colleague(s) a serious debt of gratitude. If the drama was anywhere near correct there was ample opportunity to let Sutcliffe slip or bail him so he could have removed evidence but they didn't.

And how fortunate that Sutcliffe was so daft as to use to use stolen plates.
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 Slow Horses - Robin O'Reliant
New series of Slow Horses begins on Apple TV tomorrow.
Last edited by: VxFan on Wed 29 Nov 23 at 11:03
 Slow Horses - Zero
Looking forward to it, I hope my nefarious ways of watching it still work.
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 Slow Horses - legacylad
Just renewed my EE SIM only contract and apparently I can get 6 months Apple TV free
Perfect for watching Slow Horses
No nefariousness involved. Not that I’d know how.
 Slow Horses - Zero
Well, nefariously, I have now watched two episodes of S3, and cracking TV it is.
 Bill agus an Spitfire - Bromptonaut
Another from BBC Alba. Ex BA pilot Bill McInnes talks a bit about his life flying the line from Rapides to the 767 and then takes a trip in a Spitfire at age 92. Gaelic language with English subtitles:
 Mr Bates Vs The Post Office - zippy
We've covered the debacle within these pages on several occasions.

A dramatisation is being aired on ITV at the moment and it is very good.
 Maigret - Ted

Talking Pictures, various times/dates. They've been airing the French Maigret series with the late Bruno Cremer as our hero. Over 50 of these 2 hour dramas set in the 50s and filmed in the 90s. Cremer died around 2010 at 80+ yrs and now lies in the Cimitiere de Montmatre.

SWM and I have found Saturday night TV awful so one of these episodes just fills up nicely. Good atmosphere, clear subtitles and a fair few of different French cars to look at rather than just the Citroen Tractions that appear in other productions. Getting them all on the TIVO Box.

 Last Flag Flying - sooty123
On Amazon Prime, worth watching. Sad and funny in equal measures.
 Masters of the Air. - Zero
Downloaded the first two episodes last night, watched the first. In short its "Band of Brothers" relocated to the USAAF 100th bomb group, Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk.

very good, good acting, good CGI (as most of it has to be) it has a well created 1950s style of filming.

Apple TV.
 Masters of the Air. - R.P.
Watched two episodes last night, seems to be a decent production. I box-setted Band of Brothers a couple of weeks ago. Still a mightily impressive work.
 Masters of the Air. - Zero
I'm at a dog show in Diss in April, might pop round to the Thrope Abbot 100thbomb group museum, in the still extant control tower.
Love old WW2 airfields, explored a few, best Being RAF Kings Cliffe, which had mixed RAF/USAAF. Lot of stuff still extant (and underground) with the Glen Miller memorial nearby (played his last hanger concert there)

Most exciting urban explore was the nuclear bomb store for RAF Wittering.
 Masters of the Air. - Manatee
Just started watching this.

A chap called Colin Kirsch, who once sold me a dateless registration number, supplied the film makers with 133 vintage bikes. He posts some quite interesting stuff on FB.

 Masters of the Air. - R.P.
Third episode (out yesterday Friday 2.2.24) was brilliant, best so far
 Masters of the Air. - legacylad
I must subscribe to Apple TV…think I got 6 months free on my new EE mobile contract. Slow Horses & Masters of the Air. Perfect for staying in and dry February. Personally, January was a very wet month after dry Christmas & New Year.
 Ferarri. - Zero
Well I saw it on my TV, as I missed it at the cinema.

Wow, what a film, even SHMBO enjoyed it immensely. Be warned tho, there is a shocking unexpected bit towards the end, not for the squeamish. Its a must see.
 Ferarri. - CGNorwich
Yes was a very good film. Shailene Woodley who played Enzo’s wife gave a brilliant performance.
Have been a run of good films lately. Apart from Ferrari have enjoyed Priscilla, The Boys in the Boat and The Holdovers which I saw yesterday. The latter is the best film comedy I have seen for a very long while and thoroughly rfecommended.

 Tik Tok: Murder Gone Viral - Duncan
A series of three started last night.

Awfully compelling.

What conclusions did you draw from it?
 OUT OF TOWN - zippy
A real nostalgia trip with Jack Hargreaves and shown on Southern TV. I don't know if other regions got it.

It's currently being shown on Talking Pictures. I don't think they have all of them though.
 OUT OF TOWN - Manatee
I've got a lot of them on either VHS or DVD somewhere!
 OUT OF TOWN - zippy
IMDB report that many episodes are "lost". You may be able to help complete a collection somewhere.
Last edited by: zippy on Sun 11 Feb 24 at 19:29
Ignoring the series with the awful song by Max Bygraves, I remember the series that had the guitar solo theme.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra, (Memories of the Alhambra) composed by the Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega in 1896. Probably the most technically accomplished version is that by Narciso Yepes -, tho I prefer the version by Sharon Isbin which has more feeling in the pauses and lifts.
Last edited by: Zero on Sun 11 Feb 24 at 19:58
 BBC 4 Children's TV Night. - Bromptonaut
Found this by accident channel hopping last night:
 BBC 4 Children's TV Night. - Duncan
What are we looking at/listening to?

When I click on that link I get BBC4 with the sound of traffic, or birds?
 The Space Shuttle That Fell To Earth - R.P.

Brilliantly done in classic BBC documentary style. Most of the prime movers interviewed. One of the crew of Columbia had the best name ever for an Astronaut.....Willie McCool, a shocking tragedy.

 As Seen on TV Breathless - sherlock47
Started last night on ITV - a docudrama on Covid in the NHS,

Knowing that several posters work (or have relations working) in the NHS did this reflect reality, or has it been enhanced 'Casualty' style?

Will it attract the same public support (and realisation of Government role) as the dramatised Post Office vs Postmasters series.
 As Seen on TV Breathless - CGNorwich
It seems to me far too early to start watching a drama about COVID I would have thought most people would want to forget about it
 As Seen on TV Breathless - Manatee
>> It seems to me far too early to start watching a drama about COVID I
>> would have thought most people would want to forget about it

Is that a direct quote from Boris Johnson?!
 Ukraine in the woods - sooty123

Follows a small unit as they defend a railway line in Eastern Ukraine.
 Living - zippy

Probably Bill Nighy's best acting so far - he got an Oscar nomination for it. Written by Kazuo Ishiguro (the Nobel prize winner) and based on Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru.

It's a slow ponderous film of a story told many times before.

So why have I posted? Well Bill acts his socks off for once. It's also beautifully filmed (it feels like the 1950's) and it's very well written and whilst it is a story that has been told before, this version is so well told that it's worth watching.

7/10 and it's on Amazon Prime.

(PS for Zero - there are steam trains in it :-D )
 Living - Zero

>> (PS for Zero - there are steam trains in it :-D )

Yeah, it was shot on the Bluebell Railway, and featured their BR Standard Class 4MT 2-6-4 Tank Locomotive
 Living - John Boy
I watched that in one of my Prime freebie periods. I thought it was superb. Made me think of the 2 years I spent working at County Hall for the GLC in the late sixties.
 Blue Lights S2 - R.P.
Brilliant acting, music, photography, script, the way it merged characters from S1. Somwhere between Hill Street Blues and the Sweeney only more so.
 Blue Lights S2 - smokie
I don't recall why but we gave up on that after the first couple of series 1. Maybe will try again.
 Blue Lights S2 - CGNorwich
All the characters are either unpleasant or pathetic.
 Blue Lights S2 - R.P.
Hahahaha !
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bromptonaut
Actually as heard on the radio.

Bobby, did you hear the episode of Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway?
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 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bobby
Don’t think I have ever listened to Radio 4 in my life!!

Any good?
Last edited by: VxFan on Wed 8 May 24 at 12:16
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bromptonaut
>> Any good?

Well it kept my attention driving home from an 'Outreach' in Kettering.

We used Safeway both at home and at my Mother Out Laws where there was a creche for the kiddley winks while we shopped. They pioneered self checkout and had fast times from field to store ahead of their rivals.

Given what you've said of your history you here and on HJ you were the person I thought of while listening.
Last edited by: VxFan on Wed 8 May 24 at 12:16
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bobby
Have actually downloaded it on my Sounds App so will take a listen on my next walk.
Last edited by: VxFan on Wed 8 May 24 at 12:16
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bobby
Brompt, listened to it today.
Quite interesting though only scratched the surface, think it was only 20 odd mins long.

Brought back memories of being bought up by a company much smaller than ourselves!!
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - zippy
>> Nope??
>> Don’t think I have ever listened to Radio 4 in my life!!
>> Any good?

Radio 4 - yes. Very.

Good in depth news, arts - did a piece on Beethoven's 9th tonight for the 200th anniversary (Ode to Joy).

Documentaries - there was an amazing documentary on whales protecting other animals from Orcas recently.


Comedy, 18:30 every weekday evening.

This weekend (or next) need to check. Christopher Ecclestone in "The Man Who Fell to Earth".
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 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - martin aston
Radio 4 has been a fixture in my life for years. Also Radio 4 Extra has programmes from the last 50 years. Some of the comedy has aged badly but gems like Round the Horne”, Hancock’s Half Hour are worth a listen.
Before I retired my morning commute had the 4 Extra morning 8 am comedy hour while homeward bound I tried to catch the Radio 4 6.30 pm comedy slot mentioned by zippy.

Somebody once said that they preferred radio to TV as the pictures were better
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 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bromptonaut
>> Radio 4 has been a fixture in my life for years.

Same here. Dad always had it on in the car when the news was on, World at One, PM etc.

Occasionally they play the little jingle that used to come up between segments of PM. It takes me straight back to Dad's Simca 1500 estate and trips to the lakes leaving after school finished for the holidays.
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 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - CGNorwich
I used to listen to Radio four a lot but over the last few years have increasingly been using Times Radio for News and current affairs and various podcasts as well as audio books for entertainments and documentary coverage.

Radio four seems trapped in the past and drastically needs a major overhaul if it is to retain any relevance. They could start with ditching “The Archers”, Women’s’ Hour, and the cringeworthy “Thought for the Day”. “You and Yours” should swiftly follow.
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 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - CGNorwich
>> >> Radio 4 has been a fixture in my life for years.
>> Same here. Dad always had it on in the car when the news was on,
>> World at One, PM etc.
>That is the whole problem with the channel. It’s a nostalgia fest for the over sixties and has precious little relevance for anyone else.
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - martin aston
Over 10m U.K. people listen to Radio 4 and the average listener age is 56 years. It’s the second most popular channel after Radio 2. I don’t see that being popular with an older age group is a problem.
There are plenty of alternatives for those who have more youthful tastes.
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - CGNorwich
Well the problem is that if it doesn’t get more younger listeners now in it will have an increasingly ageing audience until eventually its main audience will be care home residents.

Listeners don’ t suddenly decide to listen to Radio Four when they get to the age of sixty. As.many of the above posts show they have been listeners for many years and so continue to listen as they get older. If you are not a Radio Four listener when you are sixty you won’t suddenly decide to start listening to it. Radio Four needs to acquire younger intelligent listeners now and make sure it holds on to them by providing relevant content. As much as some of their current listeners will howl and send irate letters to “Feed back” and the Radio Times it need to be done if the channel is to survive into the future.
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Kevin
>.. its main audience will be care home residents.

Rebrand as Radio Ga-Ga?
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - sooty123
I'm surprised the average listener age is the low, I'd have guessed much higher.
 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Ted

SWMBO is a great fan of Radio 4. I really look forward to the Sunday Archers....not. It annoys her when I refer to it as " The Shouty Show ", it just seems to be people arguing and screaming at each other. Is there actually a plot ? I might listen if they discussed pig futures or rapeseed yields but there seems very little of that !

She has TV on when she gets up and comes down stairs to compound my misery in the week. Old Heartbeat, Wild at Heart, Where the Heart is' Friends and Judge Judy ! Squeaky voiced American women drive me up the wall. Discussion progs all seem to be people trying to interrupt others and get their opinions in without listening. Just ego trips.

I try and get the radio back to Classic FM until she comes back in and on goes the telly again ! Grrrr.

 Radio 4's 'Toast' looking at Safeway? - Bobby
I probably listen to about 3 or so hours a day audio. Rarely listen to live radio unless it’s maybe football commentary when I am in the car.

2 hours is the Get It On BBC Radio Scotland show on Sounds app. Mon to Thurs, every night there is a new theme and listeners contact show with songs to go with that theme so a very broad range of songs.
Half an hour or so of The Newsagents podcast. (Switched from The Rest is Politics as i found Alistair Campbell too shouty and arrogant)
And then maybe half an hour of Spotify music and/or another random podcast that might have been suggested to me to have a listen to.

Listen to a lot more since I got a set of AirPods. Can listen to stuff whilst sitting on the couch whilst the missus watches TV that I’m not interested in. Or while I’m cooking dinner, doing dishes/ washing cars etc. The AirPods are just so convenient to use.
 Clarkson's farm - sooty123
Just finished series 3. Very good, nice bit of humour, bit this is what farming is like, bit of humanity all brought to together very well.

Worth watching.
 Clarkson's farm - zippy
Thanks for the reminder!
 Clarkson's farm - zippy
Some of it is really unpleasant, (but compulsive) viewing (episodes 3 and 4).
 Clarkson's farm - Zero
>> Just finished series 3. Very good, nice bit of humour, bit this is what farming
>> is like, bit of humanity all brought to together very well.
>> Worth watching.

Its all looking very staged now.
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