Quick note to my readers of some new and returning series in 2016 in the UK on TV and Netflix.

Grimm- Netflix.
So I’m on Series Five now of Grimm.  Great Stuff.  I guess I will have to stop watching it soon as there are only six episodes.  Then I will have to wait a whole week to find out what happens next.  Noooo..

Update on Grimm series Five.
The series mid-season break ends and episode seven will be aired on 2nd February 2016.
On Watch Channel in the UK-channel number 124 or 191HD on Virgin Media TV.

I believe the date of Episode Seven will be the 29th of January in America.

Episode Seven follows Episode Six-Wesen Nacht and will be called:
“Eve Of Destruction”.

Episode Seven description:
“Nick and the gang are still reeling from recent events but not everything is as it seems”..


Episode Eight is called:
“Reptile Dysfunction”

Episode Nine:
“Star Crossed”

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Other series I have heard of coming to UK TV.


Stan Lee’s The Lucky Man
With James Nesbit.  On Sky 1.
Starts this Friday, today in fact-22nd January 2016  @ 9pm
About a London Policeman who gets lucky upon receiving (and then wearing i guess) a mysterious bracelet..

I quote from TV information from Virgin Media TV:
The Lucky Man
Episode One:
“James Nesbit stars as a troubled London Cop whose fortunes change when he is given a lucky bracelet”

This show is previewed in the Independent.

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The Five
 Sky 1-coming in March 2016.
All text below quoted from Virgin Media TV leaflet:
(sourced on 21st January 2016.

“Watch this if you like..Broadchurch”
What’s it all about?
Six kids, playing in the woods.  One wanders off, vanishing forever.  Then, 16 years latter, a new clue shows up, and the five grown-ups must confront the past all over again”.

Why watch?
“Mega selling thriller novelist Harlan Coben came up with this dark thrill ride that’s packled with twists and shocks.”

Who’s in it?
Tom Cullen, Lee Ingleby, Sarah Solemani
“Coming in HD in march on Sky 1HD (Channel 109)

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This sounds interesting.  Now that I think I’m all cool with supernatural horror..

Outcast
FOX HD Channel
Nb.  I remember previewing Outcast in a brief note a while back now.

Quoted and sourced from Virgin media TV leaflet on 21st January 2016:


What’s it all about?
“Kyle Barnes’ hunt for redemption is held back by an unfortunate affliction-he’s possessed by a demon.  Strangely, there’s a young lad living down the road with a similar supernatural “issue”.  What are the chances?

Why watch?
It’s based on comics written by Robert Kirkman, who also created The Walking Dead.

Who’s in it?
With Patrick Fugit, Phillip Glenister, Melinda McGraw.
Coming in HD in 2016 on FOX Channel.  (Channel number 199 on Virgin)

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Gotham Series Two.
Plus-Gotham is back-yey!
Series Two started on Channel Five in the UK on Monday 11th January 2016.
Channel Five.

Episode One-“The rise Of The Villains: Damned If You Do”
TV description:
“After a shake-up at the GCPD (Gotham Central Police Department?), Detective Jim Gordon’s moral compass wavers to the extent that he turns to The Penguin for help”.

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The Walking Dead Series Six (?)
Starts in February 2016.

Note-the accompanying talk show that follows the showing of The Walking Dead on FX channel- The Talking Dead is brilliant.

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Code 100 
Currently on Sky Atlantic Channel in the UK.
A Swedish and American Detective team up to solve a murder in Stockholm.

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The Slap
Coming soon to Lifetime Channel number 209 on Virgin Media TV.
(not sure if I have this channel)
An American remake of the Australian original series-The Slap.

With Uma Thurman.  I saw the original of this which I thought was very good.  A stifling domestic drama revolving around a fateful slap one afternoon at a barbecue..

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Plus the return of the X-Files! Channel Five.
TV Trailer: “Is the truth still out there?” I wonder.
The truth is out there..
“Coming soon..”

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Silent Witness- Series 19
Returned on 4th January 2016 on BBC One Monday @ 9pm followed on the next day Tuesday with the second part of that story.

Description of series:
“Forensic Pathologist Dr. Niki Alexander solves crimes based on silent testimony offered by the dead”.

First two episodes are titled: After The Fall.

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New Series Two of Extanct. 
First aired on Wednesday 13th January 2016.  Syfy Channel 165 HD or 135 on Virgin media TV.

Episode One:
“Molly escapes from a psychiatric hospital to investigate bizarre deaths that mirror those she saw in space; Molly meets J.D. RTichter, a Cop assigned to the case”.

With Halle Berry and Pierce Gagnon.

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Also-coming soon to Sky Arts Channel-
Occupied
That’s all I know as yet.  Scandi-Noir drama I believe.

OK, this show starts on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 9pm.

From below Sky Arts link description:
“Compelling political drama inspired by best-selling Scaninavian author Jo Nesbo, following the story of a Russian invasion of Norway in order to seize its oil resources”

see link below for details and short trailer:

https://www.sky.com/watch/channel/sky-arts/occupied/

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Netflix Original Productions.

Daredevil will return.
Update-Daredevil Series Two approximately 18th March 2016.

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Jessica Jones will also have a second series.

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Luke Cage
Luke Cage, the character from from Jessica Jones is to have his own series.

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There are more shows to add which all come under the heading of coming soon:


Jack Irish 
new series.


Limitless
-a series based on the film of the same name.  With Bradley Cooper.

Marvel’s Agent Carter.
New Series.

Deadline Gallipoli
A two part drama telling the story of the battle of Gallipoli.

Legends
Starring Sean Bean.  A new series.

Quantico
If you liked 24″..

The Catch
“If you liked Scandal”..


Ash Vs Evil Dead
This has the original Director of The Evil Dead (1991) Sam Raimi directing the new show.

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My top ten and or favourite drama series for the year 2015.

Please note, the drama series listed did not necessarily come out in 2015.  2015 is just the year in which I watched them. Although some series probably did come out that year.  Not all of the lists have ten nominations.

I ended up adding some older series just off the top of my head which pre-date the year 2015.

My Top Ten Foreign language/ subtitled dramas:

Spiral Series Five  (French)
The Bridge/ Bron/ Broen Series Three
(Swedish and Danish joint production)
Arvingerne/ The Legacy (Danish)
Dag Series One, Two and Three (Norwegian)
Les Revenants/ The Returned Series Two (French)
Thirty Degrees In February/ 30 Grader i Fevruari (Swedish)
1992 (Italian)

My Favourite Older Foreign language/ subtitled series:

Wallander-series One, Two, Three, Four and Five. (Swedish)
Forbrydelsen/ The Killing series One, Two and Three.  (Danish)
Maison Close (French) Series One and Two.
Spiral Series One, Two, Three and Four.
Mammon (Norwegian)
Salamander (Belgian)
Crimes Of Passion (Swedish)
Inspector De Luca (Italian)
Les Revenants Series One.
Nightshift Series One.  (Icelandic)
Inspector Montalbano (it grows on you) (Italian)
Resjeholdt Series One, Two and Three.  (it grows on you) (Danish)

Here the above list is alternatively divided up into different language/ genre series:
Scandi-noir
Wallander-series One, Two, Three, Four and Five. (Swedish)
Forbrydelsen/ The Killing series One, Two and Three.  (Danish)
Mammon (Norwegian)

Belgian Series
Salamander

French series
Maison Close (French) Series One and Two.
Spiral Series One, Two, Three and Four.

Italian Series
Inspector de Luca
1992
Inspector Montalbano (it grows on you)

Icelandic series/ Nordic-noir
Nightshift

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My Favourite DVD foreign language/ subtitled series:

Varg Veum- a series of twelve films.  (Norwegian)
Van Veeteren- a series of nine films.
(Van Veeteren is in Swedish but set in a fictional Dutch town)
(based on the books by Håkan Nesser)
Resjeholdt/ Unit One-Series One, Two and Three. ( it grows on you) (Danish)

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Top Ten Netflix drama series:

Residue Series One (a British series which is a Pilot or test series of only three episodes)
Daredevil Series One.
Jessica Jones Series One.
Bloodline Series One.
The River Series One. (The River is now discontinued)
Jericho Series One, Two and Three.
Continuum Series One, Two and Three.
Grimm Series One, Two, Three and Four.
Between Series One consists of only six episodes.
The Returned (American remake of Les Revenants)  (this series has been discontinued I believe)

My Favourite Older Netflix series:
The Killing series One, Two, Three and  Four.  (the American remake based on Forbrydelsen)

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Top Ten American TV Dramas: (seen on TV in the UK)
The Walking Dead-Plus The Talking Dead chat show.
Wayward Pines (based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch & produced by M. Night Shyamalan)
Bates Motel Series One, Two and Three.
Gotham Series One.
Extanct Series One.
Secrets and Lies (remake of the original Australian series)

My Favourite older American TV Series:
The Americans Series One and Two.
Southland Series One, Two, Three and Four
(Southland was reviewed in parts: eg. Part ONE review and so on-until the end of the series.  As I was not sure of the series numbers.

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More Series

My Favourite Series from New Zealand:
Top Of the Lake Series One.

My Favourite Australian series.
The Code.
Secrets and Lies (original series)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries  Series One and Two.
(Best watched as two whole series consecutively rather than weekly)

My Favourite Older Australian series:
Underbelly (Netflix) Series One, Two and Three: Underbelly, A Tale of Two Cities and The Golden Mile

My Favourite British Series:
BBC One.
The Missing
(mainly for James Nesbit and Inspector Jean Luc Baptiste-Retired)
Nb.  I hear there will be a series two.

BBC One- Older series.
What Remains (with David Threfall)

BBC Two.
Intruders. (with John Sims)

ITV Channel.
Prey series One (mainly for John Sims)
The Code of a Killer (with John Sims and David Threfall)

Channel Four.
Humans
(based on the Swedish original series: Äkta människor which translates to Real Humans in English)

My Favourite Israeli Series.
Hatufim/ Prisoners Of War Series One and Two.
Bei Aruba/ Hostages
(Nb. there is an American remake of Bei Aruba called Hostages)

My Favourite English/ Arabic series:
Tyrant Series One.

My Favourite Sci-fi series:
Orphan Black (BBC Three)
Continuum Series One, Two and Three.
Extanct
Dark Matter

My Favourite Canadian Series:
Orphan Black
Dark Matter

My Favourite supernatural/ horror series:
Residue
The River
Grimm
Intruders

Footnotes.

All of the above series mentioned have been reviewed on this Blog except for: Spiral Series one, Forbrydelsen/ The Killing Series One and The Walking Dead.

Grimm has only been reviewed briefly.  Because I love it and I didn’t want to give too much away..

Likewise-Continuum was reviewed as a two part review.  First review and then update.

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There has been a second series of Prey-which is a different story with different actors in it.  Weird-I know.  The idea being that the hero is (the) prey I guess.

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Luther-Series Four. Episode One only. Some notes and dialogue with review at the end. Minor spoilers only. There are two episodes to this series. Was on in the UK on BBC One.

Oh.
Voice-over:
“This programme contains some scenes that viewers might find upsetting..”

Now.
Luther is on top of a building.
Luther to Ripley:
“Do you ever do this?”
“Come up to a really high place..”
Luther continues:
“Do you ever have that feeling?”
“When you’re dreaming that you’re falling and then you wake up in it”..

Then we see that Luther is really standing at the edge of a cliff.

(Meanwhile)
A woman is alone in an old house that she is doing up.
Her husband phones her about bringing take-away.
He is coming soon home now.
Except that..

Song:
Love is like a sin my love..

Luther lives in a cliff top cottage.
“Blimey, very close to the edge!” says the visiting Detective.
“Closer and closer every day!” replies Luther.

Much later.
Detective to Luther:
“Will have to leave the tea I’m afraid”
“Duty calls”
“Vivid misdeeds at Hackney Wick”!
Detective to Luther:
“You OK, really ?”
Luther:
“Yes, everything is tickety-boo, really”..

But who is the mysterious woman?

Shencke to Detective Inspector and new Detective:
“Have you been with Luther?”

So the plot thickens.

Luther phones up his old mate Detective Constable Silver.  who is also bearded.  Everybody is bearded.
DCI Silver to Luther:
“We’re playing catch-up with some Bedlamite”!

Luther has a habit of saying:
“Wotcha” as a classic Cockney greeting.

Luther to another guy as a gun is held to his head.
“Is he havin’ a larf/ laugh?”

Cornelius Green and Luther.
Luther:
“Police”.
Cornelius Green:
“What Police?”
Luther:
The Police..”

Ahah.  I know where Luther is.

Not sure about the music.  That plays over-dramatically as Luther walks down the road.
(I half expected an unseen chorus to sing:”Shaft, he’s a bad mother…hush your mouth!”)

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Footnotes to Episode One.

If I am right and Luther is living in his old flat: it is highly unlikely to have a cast iron radiator.  Being a council block.

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Best thing is the snippets of poetic dialogue.  eg.  “Vivid misdeeds” “Bedlamite” and so on.

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Worst thing-the more than icky murderer/s.  As always.  This one was seriously creeping me out.

This ick factor is as per usual for Luther however this time I felt that there was no balancing lightness: as in the mad pizz-azz supplied by the livelier character of Ruth Wilson.  For example.

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Since when was Luther madly in love with Ruth Wilson?

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Luther is a sizzling screen presence throughout.  The only problem for me was his disconnect in his interactions with other characters.

Perhaps it is harder to evince that connection on screen when you are so much taller than the other characters.  I dunno.  Luther just seemed spaced out to me. I know, he was meant to be depressed..

Like I said, the cliche’s, they just keep coming..

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Is Luther more imaginary/imagined Bond than Detective?  More Skyfall than Sherlock.  Perhaps.
(I am mainly thinking about the music within this show that plays as Luther walks down the road-does Bond have that? I dunno)

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Review of Episode One.

So I feel almost heretical saying this: however I just wasn’t feeling as in connecting with Luther this time.  This is only a review of episode one.  Because I just don’t feel like going back for episode two.

This situation of my reluctance to watch another episode: has remained unchanged.  Over a few weeks.  I gave the situation some time.  Thinking it might change.  But nope.  I just canna/cannot be bothered.

Just because I like Luther as a character doesn’t mean that the drama gets a free pass. I should still look at it objectively. Which is what I try to do. Well apart from expressing my personal preferences in a drama.

 It seemed to me that this series sacrificed substance for style.  They chose style over substance.

I would normally be scathing about the cliche’s in a drama.  So just because it’s Luther mooning about the impossibly artfully appointed and cavernous cottage: I will still say that the cliche’s they just keep on a calling.

Why or how is it that rundown cottages are always so fabulously appointed in dramas.  And just so huge.  But I digress.

Yes the cliche’s they pile up.  Like some metaphorical multiple (car) pile-up.  On the motorway named melodramatic.  Or Maybe just laughable.    Like Luther’s (apparent) theme tune.

The same thing happened with (the series) Wentworth Prison recently as did with Luther: suddenly they weren’t so fun anymore.  Or seemingly: as good.

Not that Luther could ever really be classified as fun: nope.  But maybe now I find it was less fun to watch and write about.

I think possibly that there are so many other good series I have seen it makes it harder for a one-off drama to shine.

Hence the individual drama may not stand up so well to comparison.  This described may be what I am experiencing with dramas lately.

Such comparison between dramas discussed above could well be unfair.  Little against large.  Or long.

Plus the number of dramas I think of in subliminal comparison to the new one: will only ever increase.

This is only two episodes long as a series. Therefore it could be argued: brush strokes must be broad and fast.  To build up the picture quickly.

At the same time this process could be said to be superficial and slick.  Slapdash even.  To watch. Yet all this described is Luther’s style.

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Postcripts.

I have only watched one episode of Luther.  So it doesn’t seem really fair to review it.  I can’t give Luther my full attention since I am seriously into (the series) Grimm.

Plus Luther’s sort of tense yet tawdry horror was just not my cuppa tea.  This time.

Bring on the schlock-horror I say..

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Music footnote.

Idris Elba, the actor who plays Luther, can be found performing in a new video for a song by:

DJ Banj- Confidential-
Featuring Driis, Shadow Boxer and Idris Elba.

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