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Old 02-24-2021, 02:27 PM   #591 (permalink)
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The Serpent (Crime, drama)

Based on the real-life story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who murdered backpackers and students in Asia, taking their identities. Good to see Jenna Coleman (Dr. Who/Victoria) in the role of a bad girl, and is she one bad girl! Also stars Ellie Bamber (Les Miserables/The Trial of Christine Keeler) and Tim McInnerney (Black Adder).

Status: Finished

Verdict: 8/10

Quiz (Drama)

The story of the creation of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, and its most famous scandal, when Major Charles Ingram was helped cheat his way to a million. Stars Matthew MacFayden (Spooks/Succession/The Pillars of the Earth), Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Casualty, Line of Duty) and Michael Sheen.

Status: Finished

Verdict: 10/10

For Life (Drama, Legal, prison)

Another one based on a true story, the life of Isaac Wright Jr who was wrongly convicted and imprisoned, but used his time inside to gain a law degree and successfully prosecuted the case for his own retrial and release. Full of twists and turns and in no way predictable, gritty and powerful and with the not inconsiderable figure of 50 Cent behind it, series was renewed for a second season.

Status: Renewed for season two

Verdict: 10/10

The Feed (Science Fiction)

Interesting idea and quite topical, in a world where everyone is constantly plugged into to the Feed, a social networking and communications platform. But some people are being co-opted by something in the Feed, made kill and a dark secret begins to emerge. Clever stuff. Still watching this at the moment.

Status: New

Verdict: Not finished yet but will be at least 8 or 9/10
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And then there are the ones I have recorded but have yet to watch. These include

Bates Motel (Crime. Horror, drama)

Based on Psycho. Saw bits of this years ago and now it’s restarting so I am interested to watch it.

A Discovery of Witches (Fantasy, horror, drama)

I know little about this despite having seen some promos, but basically it’s seems to be about, hmm, witches. Currently in its second season.


State of Happiness (Drama)

Norwegian drama which follows, so far as I can see, the fortunes of one small town in Stavanger when the oil companies pull out after having failed to find oil.

Bloodlands (Crime, drama)

No idea but seems to be a police procedural about a cop who has to face his past? Just started so I’ll be waiting till I have some more episodes before giving it a shot.

Zerozerozero (Crime, drama)

From the makers of Gomorrah. Sold on that one line alone.

Trapped (Crime, drama)

Seems to be about a politician who survives an attempt on his life. Another Icelandic drama, though this is season two and I haven’t seen season one.

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (Drama)

No idea. The blurb says “An unexpected wedding proposal brings three best friends together, until a series of secrets are uncovered and a dangerous obsession begins to spiral out of control.”

The Outpost (Science Fiction)

I have yet to watch an episode of this and it’s now on its third season. Every clip I see looks intriguing though.

Bad Banks (Crime, drama)

Again, no idea. “Successful junior banker Jana’s world collapses when she is dismissed without notice, but gets one last chance”. Hmm.

Briarpatch (Crime, drama)

Inspector returns to her home town to search for her sister’s killer.

The Terror (Horror, drama)

Apparently based on a real story, seems to take place somewhere in the Arctic Circle or somewhere?

Damien (Horror, drama)

Man realises he is the Antichrist. That's the kind of thing that can ruin your whole day!

World on Fire (War, drama)

Translator helps his Polish liver flee Warsaw as the Nazis close in


The Undoing (Drama)


Seems to be some sort of family secret thing? Getting great reviews anyway.

Trickster (Science Fiction)

Some sort of teen magical/supernatural ****. Was slated for a second season, apparently, but then was cancelled.

Guilt (Drama, dark comedy)

Built around two brothers who, heading home one night kill and old man. Hmm.

Trackers (Drama, espionage)

“Cape Town’s Presidential Bureau of Intelligence launches an investigation into a terrorist plot, while a shadowy smuggling plot gets underway.”

Evil (Horror. drama)

Kind of an X-Files thing it would appear, though with Demons. So maybe not so much X-Files as Supernatural? SuperXNatural Files? Renewed for a second season anyhoo.
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Quiz (Drama)

The story of the creation of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, and its most famous scandal, when Major Charles Ingram was helped cheat his way to a million. Stars Matthew MacFayden (Spooks/Succession/The Pillars of the Earth), Mark Bonnar (Shetland, Casualty, Line of Duty) and Michael Sheen.

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Hey, TH. Is this something like Quiz Show (1994). Your review makes me want to watch that again. But I'll give Quiz a go first. I highly recommend the Redford flick, though.
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Hey, TH. Is this something like Quiz Show (1994). Your review makes me want to watch that again. But I'll give Quiz a go first. I highly recommend the Redford flick, though.
It's possible. I've never seen Quiz Show. I know WWTBAM is huge here and got huge in the US, and then this actually happened; a guy - well a syndicate - cheated their way to a million pounds and there was a court case. The thing about this is that it shows the idea behind the show, how it was created, how it started, how much opposition there was in the beginning to it, how it changed and how easy (apparently) it was to cheat. It's only in three parts but very much worth watching.
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