TV shows

So I’ve spent a lot of time in aeroplanes in recent months so I thought I’d share some TV shows I’ve watched.

  1. Charles III. Somehow the BBC managed to find an issue where Charles looks good while they were trying to smear him.
  2. Taboo. Hmmmm. Don’t know. The basic storyline is okay but the black magic overlay didn’t work well. There are some saucy scenes in later episodes that make you think that you shouldn’t be watching it on a back-of-seat screen in a public place.
  3. Silicon Valley season 4. Funny.
  4. Gomorrah seasons 1 and 2.  Highly recommended.
  5. SS-GB. Based on the novel by Len Deighton it is very good, but slow in parts.
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19 Responses to TV shows

  1. alexnoaholdmate

    Well, seeing as there is no way – no way – Charles will take the name “King Charles III”, the title has lost me to begin with. Must have been written by silly amateurs with no idea how the real world works.

  2. Craig Mc

    Is SS-GB on FTA, or one of the cable/streams?

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Silicon Valley is one of the best shows of the last decade.

  4. visions

    SS-GB very good and Taboo OK – haven’t seen the others. SS-GB and Taboo on Foxtel

  5. Viva

    Altho this might be heresy in these threads I can recommend BBC First dramas such as Paula, Appletree Yard, Riviera, In the Dark, Loch Ness and Riviera

  6. Bruce in WA

    Happy to disclose that I have never watched even one episode of any of these …

  7. Craig Mc

    Silicon Valley is rather good. You can tell real geeks are involved in the writing.

  8. BorisG

    I am with Bruce. recently spent many hours on the planes but did not watch any shows.

    I guess I don’t know where to start. maybe will use this guide next time.

    instead read some detective stories and history books.

  9. struth

    I really don’t think you are missing out on anything in your life Bruce in WA.

  10. Diogenes

    Silicon Valley is silly and every episode follows the same formula. Halt And catch fire was much better.

    I would like to recommend line of duty a pommie crime drama. Its not a procedural ie a crime of the week but rather 6 episodes chasing down a bent copper aN arc that has carried across all seasons so far

  11. feelthebern

    Taboo. Not a bad storyline, but FFS, another incest story?
    GoT has much to answer for.

  12. lotocoti

    I doubt I’d watch a second season of Taboo. Peaky Blinders, on the other hand …
    Silicon Valley is a hoot, but I don’t think anyone is going to get rich on syndication residuals.
    Maybe Tom Stoppard could’ve saved Charles III. Or maybe not.
    Gomorrah was pretty good. RTE tried something similar, which was wasn’t too shabby once they booted the soapie director.
    Meanwhile, it’s not TV, but I am looking forward to The Death of Stalin.

  13. imperfections

    someone trying to smear Charles, are you fair dinkum?
    that man will be the death of the royal family if he gets in, I don’t think monarchist even like him!!

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I watch movies rather than TV shows when on planes. Catch up on some new releases that I’ve missed. I will often put up a brief movie review in my trip report on the OT. It’s not unusual though to find there is nothing much I’d want to watch, either I have to struggle with something tedious, such as an SJW comedy romance, or read a book. I’ve noticed lots of other passengers watch re-runs of old movies: Lawrence of Arabia or The Shoreshank Redemption are hot favorites in both business and economy cabins when the pickings are slim with new releases. I sometimes watch old TV shows that are easy to slot in and out of in the odd half-hour or hour before landing when there is no time for a movie: Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Nurse Jackie require no catch up. I am not a big watcher of TV series in general; doubtless don’t know what I am missing. A BBC bonnet drama will always suck me in though.

    I’d definitely give King Charles 111 a miss. Hairy likes SS-GB but I don’t. Sometimes an unpromising doco can turn out to be interesting: show on Dior for example.

  15. Marcus

    I would like to recommend line of duty a pommie crime drama. Its not a procedural ie a crime of the week but rather 6 episodes chasing down a bent copper aN arc that has carried across all seasons so far

    Seconded.

    I’ve just started a show called Motive from the beginning. It’s a bit like Columbo where we know who the killer is, and we get to watch the detectives figure out how they did it and why. Great characters who are free of the angst and drama that’s mandatory in so many other crime shows, and there’s a good scene Cats might enjoy where the main character calls out her son for wearing a Che Guevara T-Shirt.

    Person of Interest. It finished last year, but if you’ve never seen it you don’t know what you’ve missed.

    (I haven’t actually seen the last season yet, so please, no spoilers.)

  16. Marcus

    Did they ever resolve the audio issues on SS-GB? I tried the first episode but gave up because I couldn’t understand a word they were saying.

  17. Lutz

    Please stop using ‘so’ so casually.

  18. Craig Mc

    I watched Halt & Catch Fire’s first season and found it mostly ludicrous. Tried waaaay too hard to sex up things. Blew suspension of disbelief away in the process.

    Recently liked:

    Narcos (1 & 2)
    The Expanse (1 & 2)
    The Man In The High Castle (1 & 2)

    The Night Manager is digestible. Almost latter-day Bond.

    Le Carre must have been an inch away from getting an AK-47 and shooting up his old workplace in the day. You can taste the bitterness in every episode.

  19. Craig Mc

    And I should add:

    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (the US version). A hoot.

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