My Brit fix list:
I started watching Season 2 of Peaky Blinders with Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy this past week. It is available on Netflix for those who have a strong enough constitution. As John Doyle said in the Globe, it is definitely the anti-Downton British series. Dark, furiously violent, lots of north country accents. Not everyone’s cup of tea.
I also caught up with Season 2 of The Fall where Gillian Anderson plays a veddy British policewoman in charge of a Belfast hunt for a serial killer played by Jamie Dornan (soon to star in 50 Shades of Grey). Intricately plotted and incredibly suspenseful. But again, dark and violent, and probably not for everyone.
The Game (from BBC as well) is a British espionage series about MI5 trying to track down a mole and stop a Russian doomsday plot from occurring in 70’s England. Dark and very atmospheric.
Masterpiece Theatre on PBS continues with the Worricker series starring Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, etc. A lovely spy thriller that returns to British soil after a sojourn in the Caribbean.
True confessions: I am a sucker for costume dramas/period pieces and anything with British accents, so I’m pre sold on all of the above series, but as I say, they may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Domestic fare I am enjoying:
The Affair (with Domenic West and Ruth Wilson) continues with its Rashomon storytelling as does Homeland (Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin) which had an incredible twist last week that had viewers wondering if they were hallucinating (no spoilers, as I’m getting very close).
And new this week:
For those of you who have been enjoying The Blacklist with James Spader, the same production team is debuting a new suspense series called State of Affairs (Monday at 10 on NBC) starring Katherine Heigl (the rom com actress). It kind of looks like an incredibly corny mash-up of Madam Secretary, Covert Affairs and Homeland. Be warned as Katherine Heigle is one of those actresses people kind of end up hating for some reason.
Also, returning for Season 3 on Netflix on Nov 21:
Lilyhammer, the fish out of water series starring the inimitable Steve Van Zandt (from The Sopranos, Bruce Springsteen’s band, etc.). Hilarious series about a mafioso who is sent to Norway by the Witness Protection Program.
In the theatres quick movie update:
I saw Interstellar this past week starring Matthew McConaghey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and a lot of other wasted talent. Directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, Batman, Memento). OK, I hate movies that deal with time travel and this is kind of the ultimate time travel plot. Makes absolutely no sense!! I will never get that 3 hours of my life back. Go at your own risk.
OK, folks. You are on your own this week. I have my son Jon and his girlfriend Jules visiting this week, so check my last week’s ongoing recommendations for the regular shows I am watching during the week. We are off to do a beach walk now as there’s a blue sky and the high is predicted to reach 84 so we’d better get out there! I need to save my energy for a busy Sunday evening as there is much to watch tonight.