I shall look into 'outland' when the opportunity arises. Thanks.
Another recent series, definitely of note is heimsendir (aka world's end). It's another one of those strange Icelandic sitcoms, with crew and cast links to Naeturvaktin if you enjoyed that. The Icelandic people do seem to be making some highly innovative television for a country with such a relatively small population.
If you haven't seen it, the Israeli made Prisoners of War is a gripping TV series, much better than the American remake Homeland which in its own way isn't too bad and worth a look though I haven't looked at series 3 yet.
Just started watching Masters of Sex on the Sky+, recorded from C4 in the UK. Slick US production about US Doctors pioneering sex research in the 1950's. Looks pretty good on the evidence of the first episode.
New series (third) of 'Fresh meat' currently starting in the UK. I found the first two very funny; it is about the lives of various stereotypes (I knew people exactly like each) who share a house at university. I rate it as an excellent contemporary UK sitcom.
Latest season of Boardwalk Empire is as good as the previous ones. Superb performances from the cast, gripping storyline from prohibition era US. Well worth catching up on previous seasons if not watched before.
Season 3 of Homeland is IMHO much the best so far. They have broken away from the structure of the original Israeli series, Prisoners of War, with a bang up to date plot about running agents in Iran, fine acting and a strong story makes for compelling viewing.
Must echo Greg's comments re: Fresh Meat. Very funny and well defined characters. I also really enjoyed "Man Down" on Channel 4 - written by and starring the excellent Greg Davies. Casting Rik Mayall as his dad is an inspired and, dare I say, genius bit of casting. The bloke who plays his accountant is hilarious. Underplays the role to perfection.
Whilst most UK TV dramas leaves me cold these days (cannot understand the hype around Luther - found it incredibly far fetched with some really annoying characters. Saved from utter forgetfulness by the force of nature that is Idris Elba), can't believe no one's mentioned The Shadow Line. By far the best drama produced in this country in the last 5 years. Beautifully shot, acted and written - highly recommended if you've not seen it. But be warned, it's very dark and noir in it's approach. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Also just finished watching Ambassadors which I really enjoyed and hope will be back for a second series. Particularly enjoyed the third and final episode where the interrogator became an unwitting celebrity.
Outside of UK TV, in addition to those shows already mentioned by others such as Game Of Thrones and Banshee, I continue to enjoy The Walking Dead and The Blacklist has been my favourite of the new US shows. Not surprised it's already been picked up for a second series before it's even halfway through the first one. James Spader is very charismatic as "Red" Reddington and there are enough twists and turns to keep this one going for a while I think.
The walking dead has been really coming into it's own recently; it has nearly completely ironed out the flaws that manifested in some of the earlier episodes. The mid season finale was awesome and I can only guess how they will top that
I recently tried the first couple of episodes of Atlantis (not the star gate one) and whilst it won't be making it's way onto my DVD shelf it was enjoyable enough fluff. Always nice to see Siddig el Fadil on TV as well. I suspect Atlantis will be a part of a likely slew of Fantasy based shows commissioned in the wake of 'game of thrones'.
Post by Marty Schultz on Dec 18, 2013 23:27:38 GMT
The Walking Dead is an amazing show. Also Underbelly fans. Channel 9 is currently heavily promoting (during the ashes - cough, cough ;-) )next years new series. Fat Tony & Co - it revisits Carl and the Moran brothers storyline from the original series.
Must admit I am enjoying the Strike Back series on Sky. For those who haven't seen it , the program is about a UK special forces team and particularly from series 2 its a bit like the Professionals set on an international stage. Good banter and interplay between Scott and Stonebridge, the main characters, preposterous plots full of holes but it doesn't really matter as the program is an action packed roller coaster. Certainly worth a look on pure entertainment value.