Note to my readers of some new series: A mention of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries-Netflix and Dark Matter-Syfy Channel. Then:Residue-Netflix. (Nb. see update on Residue) Marvel’s Agent Carter- FOX Channel. The Witnesses- Channel Four. Dag- Sky Arts 1/ 1HD. The Spoils Before Dying-FOX. Partners In Crime- BBC One. Update-Wentworth Prison-Channel Five returns! Series Three-see next posting after this one for more details.

A mention of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Netflix) & Dark Matter
(Syfy Channel)

Nb. Dark Matter is reviewed here on 18th June 2015.  Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries previewed along with Dark Matter on the same date in Notes to my readers..

So I have been having such fun soaking up the roaring twenties
(with a dastardly crime in each episode) watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  This series and Dark Matter have really hit the (televisual) spot.

I feared, briefly, that Dark Matter was going all serious even sinister on us last episode.  But fear not.

Plus note: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is also on Alibi Channel I see.  (Number 161 on Virgin media TV)

So given the choice of catching up with Between, or a sojourn in the metaphorical nineteen twenties, I am going for the 1920’s every time.

Of course, sadly this sojourn will end and I will have to return to the world of dramatic dystopian dramas.  Disturbing to behold.

***


Note to my readers of some new series:

On Netflix in the UK
Residue  (2015)
“After a freak explosion wreaks havoc on a sprawling city of the future, eight survivors get caught up in the aftermath and it’s paranormal effects.”

I might keep this one up my sleeve/ behind  the ear.  If bored and or another Televisual desert approaches.

Update on Residue: (22nd July 2015)
So having discovered that Between has actually ended and I did not have the dates wrong-as I thought last week when there was still no new episode:it dawned on me that the only other explanation apart from a mid-season break was that Between was only six episodes long.  Oops.

Hence I watched the first two episodes of Residue last night and it wasn’t half bad.  It might even be good.  Only time will tell.  However it was looking pretty good so far.  If a bit daft.  But then I like dramas like that.  Although there are some genuinely shocking moments that arise..

Residue is slightly reminiscent of the premise of the Belgian series Cordon, currently showing on BBC4.

Residue also appears to be a completely British production:
“Produced in South Yorkshire Studios” as I spotted in the opening
(post-prologue) credits.  This would explain why the completely gorgeous to look at futuristic city: transpired to be London.  As far as I could tell.

I spotted several actors in Residue who are currently starring in the British series Humans on Channel Four.

I was telling myself I did not really like paranormal dramas generally until I remembered how much I had enjoyed The River..

***

Marvel’s Agent Carter-New!
First aired Sunday @ 9pm on 12th July 2015.  On FOX

Looks good.  All I know is that the drama is set in the 1940’s.  Agent Carter is a  fearless Special Agent.
From the TV trailer:
“Unstoppable, fearless, dedicated, a hero amongst men..”
“SHE WILL MAKE YOU BREATHLESS!”

Series One-Episode One-
Preview from TV preview:
“Now is Not The End”
“When Howard Stark finds himself being framed, he reaches out to Peggy to help him clear his name, empowering his butler to help her”..

***

Plus:
The Witnesses-
Channel Four-this Wednesday 22nd July 2015 @10pm.
A re-cap of what I have read and seen on the trailers:
A French drama about Detectives investigating unexplained happenings..with dead bodies.  As far as I can gather.

Very beautiful moody looking shots (in the preview stills) of people standing and staring, on beaches. Near Beach Huts.  Which figure in the drama..

More information on Witnesses.
“Virgin media TV preview of Episode One:
“Police investigate when bodies are taken from a cemetery and placed in houses for sale, along with a photo of retired Police Officer Paul Maisonneuve”

Nb. It isn’t clear if this series is in French but I am presuming so from the names of the actors.

***


Dag (correction -I thought it was called Mit Dag)
A Norwegian comedy. New!
Friday 31st July 2015 on Sky Arts 1/HD. Channel numbers 281/282 on Virgin media TV.
 From the TV voice-over trailer:
“Mit Dag hates everybody until he goes on his nineteenth blind date..”

More information on Dag.
Description of series from Virgin media TV Preview:
“This hit Norwegian comedy stars award winning stand-up Atle Antonson as Dag, a marriage counsellor who tries to coax all the couples he treats into divorce”.

Virgin TV Preview of Series One-Episode One:
“Examine the life of a marriage counsellor who thinks people should live in solitude”

***

The Spoils Before Dying-FOX.  Thursday 23rd July 2015.
Not sure about this one.  Looks like it may be a satirical comedy.  It has Omar from The Wire in it wearing a cloth hunting cap.  Think it may be a follow on series.

More information on The Spoils Before Dying.
This is Series Two and Episode Two is on 23rd July, Thursday at 10:30pm on FOX channel.
Cannot find episode one at the moment.
Series Description:
“A pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ Jazz scene”

Ah, so that’s why Omar is wearing that cap.  He’s either a Jazz player or it might be set in a kind of Sin City timeless pulp novel kind of style.

Update: (22nd July 2015)
The preceding series to The Spoils Before Dying was called The Spoils of Babylon.

***

Also:
 Partners In Crime
New Series on BBC One on Sunday, 26th July 2015 @ 9pm
BBC One-is channel number 101 on Virgin media TV with number 108 being BBC1 HD.
With David Walliams and Jessica Raine.  There are six episodes.

I believe I have previewed this series somewhere way back when in a Notes to my readers..
This is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s lesser know series of novels about a married couple who become amateur “sleuths” in the nineteen fifties/ 1950’s.

“Sleuth” seems to be the word used to denote an amateur Detective of this time period.

Virgin TV Preview of Episode One:
“It’s 1952, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, an ordinary married couple, are thrust into a web of international espionage..”

***

Note to my readers of some new series: A mention of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries-Netflix and Dark Matter-Syfy Channel. Then:Residue-Netflix. (Nb. see update on Residue) Marvel’s Agent Carter- FOX Channel. The Witnesses- Channel Four. Dag- Sky Arts 1/ 1HD. The Spoils Before Dying-FOX. Partners In Crime- BBC One. Update-Wentworth Prison-Channel Five returns! Series Three-see next posting after this one for more details.

A mention of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Netflix) & Dark Matter
(Syfy Channel)

Nb. Dark Matter is reviewed here on 18th June 2015.  Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries previewed along with Dark Matter on the same date in Notes to my readers..

So I have been having such fun soaking up the roaring twenties
(with a dastardly crime in each episode) watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.  This series and Dark Matter have really hit the (televisual) spot.

I feared, briefly, that Dark Matter was going all serious even sinister on us last episode.  But fear not.

Plus note: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is also on Alibi Channel I see.  (Number 161 on Virgin media TV)

So given the choice of catching up with Between, or a sojourn in the metaphorical nineteen twenties, I am going for the 1920’s every time.

Of course, sadly this sojourn will end and I will have to return to the world of dramatic dystopian dramas.  Disturbing to behold.

***

Note to my readers of some new series:

On Netflix in the UK
Residue  (2015)
“After a freak explosion wreaks havoc on a sprawling city of the future, eight survivors get caught up in the aftermath and it’s paranormal effects.”

I might keep this one up my sleeve/ behind  the ear.  If bored and or another Televisual desert approaches.

Update on Residue: (22nd July 2015)
So having discovered that Between has actually ended and I did not have the dates wrong-as I thought last week when there was still no new episode:it dawned on me that the only other explanation apart from a mid-season break was that Between was only six episodes long.  Oops.

Hence I watched the first two episodes of Residue last night and it wasn’t half bad.  It might even be good.  Only time will tell.  However it was looking pretty good so far.  If a bit daft.  But then I like dramas like that.  Although there are some genuinely shocking moments that arise..

Residue is slightly reminiscent of the premise of the Belgian series Cordon, currently showing on BBC4.

Residue also appears to be a completely British production:
“Produced in South Yorkshire Studios” as I spotted in the opening
(post-prologue) credits.  This would explain why the completely gorgeous to look at futuristic city: transpired to be London.  As far as I could tell.

I spotted several actors in Residue who are currently starring in the British series Humans on Channel Four.

I was telling myself I did not really like paranormal dramas generally until I remembered how much I had enjoyed The River..

***

Marvel’s Agent Carter-New!
First aired Sunday @ 9pm on 12th July 2015.  On FOX

Looks good.  All I know is that the drama is set in the 1940’s.  Agent Carter is a  fearless Special Agent.
From the TV trailer:
“Unstoppable, fearless, dedicated, a hero amongst men..”
“SHE WILL MAKE YOU BREATHLESS!”

Series One-Episode One-
Preview from TV preview:
“Now is Not The End”
“When Howard Stark finds himself being framed, he reaches out to Peggy to help him clear his name, empowering his butler to help her”..

***

Plus:
The Witnesses-
Channel Four-this Wednesday 22nd July 2015 @10pm.
A re-cap of what I have read and seen on the trailers:
A French drama about Detectives investigating unexplained happenings..with dead bodies.  As far as I can gather.

Very beautiful moody looking shots (in the preview stills) of people standing and staring, on beaches. Near Beach Huts.  Which figure in the drama..

More information on Witnesses.
“Virgin media TV preview of Episode One:
“Police investigate when bodies are taken from a cemetery and placed in houses for sale, along with a photo of retired Police Officer Paul Maisonneuve”

Nb. It isn’t clear if this series is in French but I am presuming so from the names of the actors.

***

Dag (correction -I thought it was called Mit Dag)
A Norwegian comedy. New!
Friday 31st July 2015 on Sky Arts 1/HD. Channel numbers 281/282 on Virgin media TV.
 From the TV voice-over trailer:
“Mit Dag hates everybody until he goes on his nineteenth blind date..”

More information on Dag.
Description of series from Virgin media TV Preview:
“This hit Norwegian comedy stars award winning stand-up Atle Antonson as Dag, a marriage counsellor who tries to coax all the couples he treats into divorce”.

Virgin TV Preview of Series One-Episode One:
“Examine the life of a marriage counsellor who thinks people should live in solitude”

***

The Spoils Before Dying-FOX.  Thursday 23rd July 2015.
Not sure about this one.  Looks like it may be a satirical comedy.  It has Omar from The Wire in it wearing a cloth hunting cap.  Think it may be a follow on series.

More information on The Spoils Before Dying.
This is Series Two and Episode Two is on 23rd July, Thursday at 10:30pm on FOX channel.
Cannot find episode one at the moment.
Series Description:
“A pulp-noir murder mystery set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles’ Jazz scene”

Ah, so that’s why Omar is wearing that cap.  He’s either a Jazz player or it might be set in a kind of Sin City timeless pulp novel kind of style.

Update: (22nd July 2015)
The preceding series to The Spoils Before Dying was called The Spoils of Babylon.

***

Also:
 Partners In Crime
New Series on BBC One on Sunday, 26th July 2015 @ 9pm
BBC One-is channel number 101 on Virgin media TV with number 108 being BBC1 HD.
With David Walliams and Jessica Raine.  There are six episodes.

I believe I have previewed this series somewhere way back when in a Notes to my readers..
This is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s lesser know series of novels about a married couple who become amateur “sleuths” in the nineteen fifties/ 1950’s.

“Sleuth” seems to be the word used to denote an amateur Detective of this time period.

Virgin TV Preview of Episode One:
“It’s 1952, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, an ordinary married couple, are thrust into a web of international espionage..”

***

Humans-Episode Five. Some notes and dialogue with review at the end. Minor spoilers only. On in the UK on Channel Four or number 104 on Virgin Media TV-with channel number 142 being HD

Humans

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
Mattie:
“Who’s Mia?”

Detective Pete Drummond:
“This must be the single biggest murder case in synth history!”

Nitska jogs through the forest.

Nitska to Leo:
“What did you see?”
Him:
“The tree, life..”
Her:
“What does this mean?”
Indeed.
Nitska to Leo:
“You’ve put me with a human?!”
Him:
“This one, yes..”
he continues:
“One more thing.”
Her:
“What?”
Him:
“Be,..nice!
Nitska:
“I am nice!”

Now.
Mattie is testing Anita.

Karen and Pete.
Pete:
“Sorry, sometimes I forget you’re a woman”!

The usual drumming down of the Detectives by their Boss.
Boss:
“If you don’t (something)…”
“I will replace you both with synthetics, far prettier and a fraction of the cost!”

Niska and Doctor Millican.
Nitska:
“I was made by Doctor Estler..”
Dr. Millican:
“You’re conscious?”
Her:
“Yes.”

Later.
Anita to Mattie:
“Please, reconsider this course of action Mattie, it’s very unsafe!”

Max to Leo:
“Do you really think this excessive motion will bring her to us any sooner?”
Anita to Mattie:
“Mattie, I believe this is an unsafe environment”
Ah.
Leo:
“She must have retreated deeper into the architecture..”
Max to Mattie:
“Won’t your parents be worried?”
Smiles beautifically.

Anitiksa to Doctor Millican:
“”And once you’re awake, you’re awake eternally-Thus Spake Zarathrustra”
“Always liked that..”

Dr. Millican:
“What’s it like to be you?”
Anitska:
“What’s it like to be you?”
“All our experience is subjective..”

Dr. Millican to Anitska:
“You worry me, sure, but there’s no denying you are a miracle!”

Anita:
“The twenty fourth, it’r raining, the twenty forth, it’s raining..”
“…unauthorised tamper in progress, it’s nearly dinner time, would you like to see a ladybird?”

Posh speaking man to the synth hunter/ Scientist:
“Worst case scenario?”
Synth hunter:
“Conscious proliferation.”

Anita:
“Matilda, your school friend is right, it’s time to go home now”..
“Go home now.”

Lots happens.  Then Anitska takes out a book-The Ghost in A Machine by Arthur Koestler.

Synth hunter/ Scientist to Fred:
“I’m truly sorry..”

Doctor Millican to Anitska:
“David made you feel pain?”
Her:
“True consciousness is only possible with suffering..”

Detective Pete Drummond to Karen:
“If they can pretend to be us now, it changes everything!”

Man at rally:
“We are people!”
“We are people!”
“We’re stumbling towards the precipice!”
“We’re falling off the cliff!..”

So it’s all very sad.
OMG.  I didn’t expect that.

Laura lies on the sofa.
Anita looks down from the window.

***

Review.

So Humans is growing on me.  Slowly.  slowly-that’s the problem.  Boy is Humans hard going .  The watching of it is like wading ankle (to knee) deep in metaphorical toffee treacle.  Or even Golden Syrup.  From back in the day.

Whatever happened to Golden Syrup?  Banned,  probably for being pretty much pure sugar.  But I remember treacle pies.  They were called.  When really they were made mostly of glorious, Golden Syrup.  With cornflakes too.  (don’t ask me)
But I digress.

Last week when watching Humans  my mind wondered to comparisons with cats.  Like, falling in love with, or a kind of love with, your synth: could be compared with way, hanging out with your (beloved) cat.  Just hanging out.  With you, me, friends or visitors.

 Like Gill, Detective Drummond’s estranged wife. and her healthcare synth-Richard.  Plus the lady with the synth, Howard.  Who she took with her to see Death Of A Salesman.

Poor Pete Drummond, Detective, he just can’t win.  Can he.  As he rightly says: he’s an analogue man in a digital world.

Gill now finds someone with no emotions more soothing, less hassle.
 ( a bit like when therapists tell their patients to detoxify their life of negative people)

This process from Gill is hard to understand really when we remember Gill and Pete laughing together, in the loo.  So officially humanly.  Pete having banged his head horribly and awkwardly.  Human, see.  Yet they still laughed.

Yet hey presto, Gill is plumping for the (admittedly) serenely smiling Richard!  With the gleaming green eyes.  Over Pete.

Poor Pete as I said.  He is crazy mad in love with Gill.  He appears bumptious, even ungainly next to the beautific Synth.  (Richard)  But then all the humans really are almost caricatures.  Or caricature in appearance: next to the synths.

Like the humans were in old talkies movies.  Or when the bumbling townsfolk in the B-movie have stately aliens arrive and walk serenely amongst them.  But I digress.

This may be just a personal impression of mine in describing the juxtaposition dramatically versus the humans and the synths. It may also or alternatively be that I am reading too much into these portrayals.  Just like the humans projecting personalities (or something) onto their synths.

What I mean is this jarring and jumbly feel to the character and action generally might mean that the drama might just not be very good/ a bit crap.

Or conversely- this shouty soap opera style of the humans be be deliberate: deeply meaningful in a subtly sub-satirical/ cynical way.  Or not.  I dunno.  For sure.

I don’t want to think this.  Because I kind of like Humans now.  I’ve spent this much time watching it. I’m in for the long haul now.

I wonder if I will keep imagining what giant, seated cats would look like.  Sitting next to you on the sofa.

I do admit that I have nearly ditched on Humans before now.  However last week my mind was set to wondering whether I would have stayed with Humans: if they hadn’t let a few cats out of the bag last episode.

A strange saying in all: cats out of the Bag.  Something tells me being in the bag wasn’t a good outlook for the cats.

I probably wouldn’t have stayed with Humans if not for those metaphorical cats.  Surprises if you like.  And some cats already have gleaming green eyes.  Now imagine them giant.

***

Humans-Episode Five. Some notes and dialogue with review at the end. Minor spoilers only. On in the UK on Channel Four or number 104 on Virgin Media TV-with channel number 142 being HD

Humans

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
Mattie:
“Who’s Mia?”

Detective Pete Drummond:
“This must be the single biggest murder case in synth history!”

Nitska jogs through the forest.

Nitska to Leo:
“What did you see?”
Him:
“The tree, life..”
Her:
“What does this mean?”
Indeed.
Nitska to Leo:
“You’ve put me with a human?!”
Him:
“This one, yes..”
he continues:
“One more thing.”
Her:
“What?”
Him:
“Be,..nice!
Nitska:
“I am nice!”

Now.
Mattie is testing Anita.

Karen and Pete.
Pete:
“Sorry, sometimes I forget you’re a woman”!

The usual drumming down of the Detectives by their Boss.
Boss:
“If you don’t (something)…”
“I will replace you both with synthetics, far prettier and a fraction of the cost!”

Niska and Doctor Millican.
Nitska:
“I was made by Doctor Estler..”
Dr. Millican:
“You’re conscious?”
Her:
“Yes.”

Later.
Anita to Mattie:
“Please, reconsider this course of action Mattie, it’s very unsafe!”

Max to Leo:
“Do you really think this excessive motion will bring her to us any sooner?”
Anita to Mattie:
“Mattie, I believe this is an unsafe environment”
Ah.
Leo:
“She must have retreated deeper into the architecture..”
Max to Mattie:
“Won’t your parents be worried?”
Smiles beautifically.

Anitiksa to Doctor Millican:
“”And once you’re awake, you’re awake eternally-Thus Spake Zarathrustra”
“Always liked that..”

Dr. Millican:
“What’s it like to be you?”
Anitska:
“What’s it like to be you?”
“All our experience is subjective..”

Dr. Millican to Anitska:
“You worry me, sure, but there’s no denying you are a miracle!”

Anita:
“The twenty fourth, it’r raining, the twenty forth, it’s raining..”
“…unauthorised tamper in progress, it’s nearly dinner time, would you like to see a ladybird?”

Posh speaking man to the synth hunter/ Scientist:
“Worst case scenario?”
Synth hunter:
“Conscious proliferation.”

Anita:
“Matilda, your school friend is right, it’s time to go home now”..
“Go home now.”

Lots happens.  Then Anitska takes out a book-The Ghost in A Machine by Arthur Koestler.

Synth hunter/ Scientist to Fred:
“I’m truly sorry..”

Doctor Millican to Anitska:
“David made you feel pain?”
Her:
“True consciousness is only possible with suffering..”

Detective Pete Drummond to Karen:
“If they can pretend to be us now, it changes everything!”

Man at rally:
“We are people!”
“We are people!”
“We’re stumbling towards the precipice!”
“We’re falling off the cliff!..”

So it’s all very sad.
OMG.  I didn’t expect that.

Laura lies on the sofa.
Anita looks down from the window.

***

Review.

So Humans is growing on me.  Slowly.  slowly-that’s the problem.  Boy is Humans hard going .  The watching of it is like wading ankle (to knee) deep in metaphorical toffee treacle.  Or even Golden Syrup.  From back in the day.

Whatever happened to Golden Syrup?  Banned,  probably for being pretty much pure sugar.  But I remember treacle pies.  They were called.  When really they were made mostly of glorious, Golden Syrup.  With cornflakes too.  (don’t ask me)
But I digress.

Last week when watching Humans  my mind wondered to comparisons with cats.  Like, falling in love with, or a kind of love with, your synth: could be compared with way, hanging out with your (beloved) cat.  Just hanging out.  With you, me, friends or visitors.

 Like Gill, Detective Drummond’s estranged wife. and her healthcare synth-Richard.  Plus the lady with the synth, Howard.  Who she took with her to see Death Of A Salesman.

Poor Pete Drummond, Detective, he just can’t win.  Can he.  As he rightly says: he’s an analogue man in a digital world.

Gill now finds someone with no emotions more soothing, less hassle.
 ( a bit like when therapists tell their patients to detoxify their life of negative people)

This process from Gill is hard to understand really when we remember Gill and Pete laughing together, in the loo.  So officially humanly.  Pete having banged his head horribly and awkwardly.  Human, see.  Yet they still laughed.

Yet hey presto, Gill is plumping for the (admittedly) serenely smiling Richard!  With the gleaming green eyes.  Over Pete.

Poor Pete as I said.  He is crazy mad in love with Gill.  He appears bumptious, even ungainly next to the beautific Synth.  (Richard)  But then all the humans really are almost caricatures.  Or caricature in appearance: next to the synths.

Like the humans were in old talkies movies.  Or when the bumbling townsfolk in the B-movie have stately aliens arrive and walk serenely amongst them.  But I digress.

This may be just a personal impression of mine in describing the juxtaposition dramatically versus the humans and the synths. It may also or alternatively be that I am reading too much into these portrayals.  Just like the humans projecting personalities (or something) onto their synths.

What I mean is this jarring and jumbly feel to the character and action generally might mean that the drama might just not be very good/ a bit crap.

Or conversely- this shouty soap opera style of the humans be be deliberate: deeply meaningful in a subtly sub-satirical/ cynical way.  Or not.  I dunno.  For sure.

I don’t want to think this.  Because I kind of like Humans now.  I’ve spent this much time watching it. I’m in for the long haul now.

I wonder if I will keep imagining what giant, seated cats would look like.  Sitting next to you on the sofa.

I do admit that I have nearly ditched on Humans before now.  However last week my mind was set to wondering whether I would have stayed with Humans: if they hadn’t let a few cats out of the bag last episode.

A strange saying in all: cats out of the Bag.  Something tells me being in the bag wasn’t a good outlook for the cats.

I probably wouldn’t have stayed with Humans if not for those metaphorical cats.  Surprises if you like.  And some cats already have gleaming green eyes.  Now imagine them giant.

***