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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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Fawlty Towers

Kate

Fawlty Towers

Kate

An all-time classic. It doesn't matter how many times I watch the same episodes of the dysfunctional B&B I still laugh. I know exactly what's going to happen, but I love watching it. I've read somewhere that the cast didn't really stick to the script and a lot of what we see is ad-libbing at its best.

The chemistry works between all the key characters - particularly between waitress Polly (co-writer Connie Booth and ex-wife of Cleese) and B&B owner, Basil Fawlty (John Cleese). Basil repeatedly lands himself in trouble (always self inflicted) with his wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), his "little Piranha fish". The iconic hapless waiter, Manuel (the late Andrew Sachs), "I'm from Barcelona", misinterprets everything and in his mangled English innocently adds to the friction between Basil and Sybil.

No swearing is necessary, just clever, witty humour and precision timing.

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The Unit

Paul

The Unit

Paul

Not many people have heard or seen the unit but I've got the box sets! Its great for everyone, a good combination of a group of black ops soldiers and their exploits along with some drama and intrigue about their lives away from the clandestine operations.

 

The series follows "The Unit", a group of US soldiers, (Including Dennis Haysbert, Max Martini, Scott Foley, Michael Irby and Demore Barnes), run by Colonel Tom Ryan played by Robert Patrick (T-1000 in Terminator 2).

 

They're BAD ASS! It's based on a book written by a real ex-delta force operative who played a big part in choreographing most of the actions scenes, so if you see one man clearing a plane of bad guys, that's how it would really have happened.

 

It's not all about action either, there's plenty of really smartly written sections that lead you one way when you're actually going another.

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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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Endeavour

Michael

Endeavour

Michael

So I've finally finished watching the 2017 series 4 of Endeavour which had been sitting on my Sky+ box. I have to say I'm hooked on this detective drama series - funny really as I never much cared for the original Inspector Morse, only watching the odd latter episode here and there - growing up it was a series watched by my parents.

The moment I saw the pilot episode of Endeavour however, back in 2012, I was captivated, and as each series only contains four episodes a piece it always builds more anticipation. (And it's easy to catch up if you've never seen it before!)

Endeavour follows the life of the young Inspector Morse, starting his career as a Detective Constable in Oxford City Police CID. Set in the mid to late 1960's it has a certain charm, the indelible swinging 60's, the music, the fashion, the now classic cars.

This drama doesn't dissappoint - alright, at times it may be a little predicatable, but entertain it does and offers escapism from todays hi-tech world of computers and smartphones.

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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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