The Midwich Cuckoos (2022 TV series)

The Midwich Cuckoos should do well internationally with fans of English television. It’s the most quintessentially English show I’ve seen for ages. It stars English actress Keeley Hawes (Mrs Durrell in The Durrells) and is set in a prosperous suburban town just outside London. Think big brick houses surrounded by green woodland and you’ve got... Continue Reading →

Gerry Anderson’s UFO = culture shock

Gerry Anderson (1929–2012) was Britain’s version of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Anderson’s TV sci fi is just as iconic as anything Roddenberry ever made. In the 1960s, Anderson became famous for making futuristic TV shows such as Stingray, Thunderbirds, and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The big difference between the two men is that... Continue Reading →

Why is Bridgerton so popular?

It still amazes me that the Netflix drama Bridgerton is an American production. It just seems so British. And who can be blamed for thinking that? It’s set in early 19th-century London and focuses on the love lives of the aristocratic Bridgerton family. Few things are more British, or perhaps English, than romanticising the aristocracy.... Continue Reading →

Was Bulgasal worth watching?

I have finally finished watching Bulgasal, the South Korean drama about a 600-year-old monster. It was 16 episodes long, which sometimes felt like too many. But was it worth sitting through? Bulgasal stars Lee Jin-wook as Dan Hwal, the monster of the title. With his strong jaw and highly symmetrical face he must be one... Continue Reading →

Picard season two is still good

I was worried about the second series of Picard. The show’s first season was so good. What if it fizzled out? I’ve seen two episodes so far (an instalment is released every Friday). There was nothing to worry about. It looks like Picard series two is going to be brilliant. So what’s it about? I... Continue Reading →

Is Mare of Easttown too dark?

I resisted watching Mare of Easttown because I thought it’d be too grim and serious. Reviewers at the Guardian raved about the seven-part drama’s grittiness when it first broadcast in the spring. At the end of the year they listed it as no. 3 in their list of the top fifty shows of 2021, and... Continue Reading →

Who plays Bob Armstrong on Insatiable?

I’m half way through watching season two of Insatiable, a Netflix comedy set in the American state of Georgia. The first season of Insatiable was highly controversial due to the puzzling way that it satirised bigoted attitudes. Season two looks like a very different show. It’s less befuddling and far more openly progressive. Spoilers coming... Continue Reading →

TV: Insatiable’s controversial first season

Insatiable is a Netflix comedy about a 17 year old called Patty who competes in beauty pageants after losing weight. When it was first advertised in 2018 its theme caused immense disquiet. Over 100,000 people signed a petition demanding that Netflix withdraw the show. The petition argued the following: This series will cause eating disorders,... Continue Reading →

Who is in Awkwafina is Nora from Queens?

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens is a family comedy about Nora Lin, a young woman who lives with her father and paternal grandmother in Queens, New York. The show is warm-hearted, upbeat and sometimes surreal. The comedy mostly follows the adventures of Nora. She’s a cheerful, lively soul who’s struggling to find a place for... Continue Reading →

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