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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why is a Netflix original series based on a book written by Jay Asher. My partner works at a school and there has been a lot of talk about this from the students, so she was intrigued as to what it was all about.

Apart from being well written and acted, Thirteen Reasons Why has had a lot of attention due to the subject matter. It's about a high school student that takes her own life but before she does, she records 13 tapes, each of which has a reason why she decided to take her own life. Pretty heavy I must admit and I'm in two minds to whether I would let a young teen watch this. Part of me thinks it's good to expose them to this sort of mature content but it does depict some graphic scenes including rape.

 

Moving on from that, the series follow Clay, a former class mate, who finds these tapes on his doorstep and quickly realises that he's not the only one to have had these tapes. There are 13 episodes, one per tape, and we follow Clay listening through these emotional audio diaries. Full of mystery and teenage angst, worth a watch but warning if you are watching it with kids, there are so hard to watch moments.

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Just Tattoo of Us - Car Crash TV

Paul

Just Tattoo of Us - Car Crash TV

Paul

I spotted this on MTV the other day and let's face it, MTV is the place to go when you want something that takes absolutely no effort to watch.

So, the idea is simple, two people (friends, family, partners), choose a tattoo for each other and don't get to see it until it's permanently inked. It is truly unbelievable - I think I've seen one or two that have actually had nice tattoos, everything else has just been terrible. They range from ex-girlfriend names all the way to feminie hygiene products, yes that's right, two "best friends" and one of them picked to have a tampon tattooed on the other. It was a really well done but come on!

 

That's it from me, just thought I'd share that in case anyone wanted to see some people ruin their bodies for life!

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Loaded

Mark

Loaded

Mark

Two episodes in and Loaded has divided the critics, some labeling it genius, some crap. We're enjoying the exploits of the four guys who went from zero to £240m courtesy of their Cat Factory game app.

For us, what works is the mix in the lead characters - the brash marketing guy, the shy nerd, the ex-addict genius behind the app and the guy desperately trying to hold it all together while wracked with guilt over his new found fortune. Definitely worth a watch, even if you think you don't quite get it at first - Mondays, 10pm, Channel 4.

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GT - Grand Tour

Matt

GT - Grand Tour

Matt

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with The Grand Tour.

They're like Marmite, you either love them or hate them. Even though the new show is somwhat contrived, I can't help but still love to watch the natural chemistry, banter and car challenges between the three presenters. Episode seven and eight for me, are the best from the series. They're challenged to complete an epic journey across Namibia in three beach buggies, each built to their own spec.

 

It's an amazing adventure across some of the most incredible desert scenery Africa has to offer.
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Generation Kill

Paul

Generation Kill

Paul

So, do you really want to watch a seven part mini-series about the Iraq war? When it's written by the guys that wrote The Wire, YES!

If you're watching it for action then there's not as much as you might expect but it's superbly written and really gripping, but don't worry, you get some brilliant action along the way.

 

It doesn't pull any punches, you see the smart, well trained marines and then the contrast of some idiots in charge of the infantry units and their stupid decisions.

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Blacklist

Paul

Blacklist

Paul

So I'm now on season 4 of The Blacklist and I'm really enjoying it! It's fast paced, exciting and there's always some twists and turns in each episode. It's pretty well acted with James Spader taking the leed as Raymond "Red" Reddington who is the FBI's most wanted fugitive.

I'll try not to give anything away if you haven't already seen it but it follows Red after he inexplicably hands himself in to the FBI in order to capture the first name on his "Blacklist" of criminals that are so powerful and dangerous that the FBI don't even know about, all on the condition that he only talks to Elizabeth Keen, a young FBI profiler.

 

Spader is fantastic as Red with a swagger and style you would expect from criminal mastermind but with a hint to some injustice in a previous life that makes him really likable.

 

I hope this gives you a little insight into the series and makes you want to give it a go! I really would recommend it!

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