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Inspector George Gently: Breathe in the Air (2015)
Season 7, Episode 2
10/10
A first class epsiode.
23 November 2020
I've accidentally watched Series Seven out of sequence, but the standard throughout was excellent, this is the best of the lot however.

Series Seven has all been about change, this one is focused on change within Gently's department, a promotion for Bacchus, and an opportunity for Gemma.

It's been interesting how Bacchus has changed throughout the course of the show, he was loathsome early on, now though he's a good guy, his boss however, the eternal Gentleman.

A wonderful, engaging, clever mystery, with asbestos at its heart, I always thought the problems associated with asbestos came to prevalence much later on, I had no idea it was a thing back then.

Some astonishing acting, and some really interested, convincing characters, Jason Done was excellent as Cullen, his face seems to fit the era incredibly well.

Superb attention to detail, cars, costumes, the bar etc, where on Earth to they find these locations?

Even by this show's high standards, this was terrific, 10/10.
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Waking the Dead: Sins: Part 1 (2008)
Season 7, Episode 3
8/10
Even for Waking the Dead, this one is dark.
23 November 2020
It surprises me a little that this episode is so highly rated, especially when compared to others in Series 7. Don't get me wrong, it is very good, but it is so unutterably bleak, every single aspect of it is grim, bleak and depraved.

Good story, some very strong characters, and truly top notch acting, Tony Maudsley in particular is great, I thought his scene with Spence was particularly good, it may have seemed humorous, but it had some real dark tones.

It's very good, I just wish we could have been given a few laughs or lighter moments.

The ending is great, Good old Eve knows how to deliver the bad news. 8/10.
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Survivors: Starvation (1975)
Season 1, Episode 7
7/10
An old friend returns.
23 November 2020
The main threat in this episode comes in the form of an old friend, who is off once again doing his own thing, and living in his wits alone.

There's not a whole lot happening here, other than the introduction of some new characters, and a familiar face from the past.

Nice to see the threat of the dogs, well implied threat, I think they all look like they'd have loved some belly rubs. My husky is more angry when he wants a walk.

Still it's a nice change in tone and pace, it's a cosy feeling epsiode. Hopefully we'll get back to a bit more drama in the next episode.

Talfryn Thomas, what an absolutely glorious actor, could anyone be more Welsh? Tom Jones in a Welsh rugby shirt, holding daffodils singing the national anthem in Cardiff doesn't even come close. Tom is a bit of a letch.

Cosy viewing.
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Survivors: Garland's War (1975)
Season 1, Episode 6
8/10
Lots of action, a good episode.
22 November 2020
Once again off in search of Peter, Abby gets caught up in a tug of war over a property.

When this episode started I'll admit, I thought it was a case of here we go again, Abby leaves her two companions, and is off in search of Peter, and there is an element of that, the formula is getting a little repetitive, however the story is imaginative, dramatic, and unlike previous episodes it's action packed.

Greg and Jenny are sidelined somewhat, giving Abby chance to be centre stage, Seymour is great.

Richard Heffer is great as Jimmy Garland to give him his due.

8/10.
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Survivors: Gone to the Angels (1975)
Season 1, Episode 5
7/10
A bad onion.
22 November 2020
Young John and Lizzie join the team, two little mites who've been looking after themselves.

It's not the best of the first group of episodes, but it does drive the story forward, and does have some very good points if interest, notably that they're all still potential carriers of the deadly virus. The self appointed British Government seem to be making enemies everywhere.

One thing you notice, is that whenever our beloved trio enter a house, there's always someone inside, the chances are astronomical, you cannot fault them.

I wondered if they'd find a few youngsters, and here they do, they five this episode a different feel.

Another nutter, this time in the form of Lincoln, Nation would have known of his talents from Genesis of the Daleks, he's a total oddball, a lovely actor though.

It continues well, 7/10.
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Survivors: Corn Dolly (1975)
Season 1, Episode 4
8/10
Normality? Not really.
22 November 2020
Abby continues to search for Peter, that journey leads the trio to a commune, where they meat the charismatic Charles Vaughan.

Abby, Greg and Jenny are starting to lose consensus of opinion, the three each have different ideas, surely it's only a matter of time before they splinter off into their respective paths.

After the misery of the last episode, there is somewhat of a lighter tone here, with a commune who seem to be getting on with things.

The main question here, is Charles looking to repopulate for the good mankind, or is he just a dirty old devil? You have to love Dennis Lill.

We learn one rather startling piece of information here, that only 1 in 5000 people survive, with one of those be Peter? Only tie will tell.

I wish we had learned what was happening at Vaughan's commune, was it accidental or deliberate, or a new strain of virus, so many questions, so few answers.

It's addictive. 8/10.
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Spitting Image: Episode #1.2 (2020)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
Nobody is safe.
21 November 2020
Nobody is save, Elon Musk, Nancy Pelosi, and of course Boris.

I couldn't wait to watch these, and found I've found they're just as good on a rewatch, so much has happened over the last few weeks, The US election debacle,

Favourite scenes, Nancy Pelosi's pandering, David Attenborough's social media and Trump's totally bizarre car journey.

The Donkey Sanctuary....The Shadow Cabinet, so funny.

What a funny few weeks it's been 8/10.
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Line of Duty: Royal Hunting Ground (2017)
Season 4, Episode 6
10/10
It's a huge episode.
21 November 2020
Series Four's climatic finale was a blockbuster, so the pressure was on, could they at least equal it? Or even top it?

A few familiar faces return, as well as the long running thread, who's at the top, and who is H?

What can you say, it is an incredibly good hour of television, it's explosive, intriguing, and as you'd expect all guns blazing. Surprises galore, you get all of the answers you want to this series, but many questions will continue into the next series and beyond.

It's about not that people started asking who H is.

Have we seen the last of Roz Huntley? I don't believe it for a second, a great character.

Amazing, 10/10.
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Line of Duty: Lying Nest (2017)
Season 4, Episode 5
9/10
Now we're sucking diesel.
21 November 2020
To answer the question, I think it's Mary Healey who played The Grab, an actress who's been around a very long time.

Part five, superb, excellent, it's another incredibly strong episode, and this time it's not an individual that's under the cosh, it's AC12 itself, Hilton has truly got it in for them, but does he have it in for her?

Now we finally get the links to the past. I think this has been my favourite episode of Series four. It contains some really shocking scenes.

I am blown away once again by the sheet quality of this episode, truly amazing in every direction, as a production it's fabulous, but it's the characters and story that are extraordinary.

Love them all in this, Ingleby and Baladi are given more to do here, both excellent, but it's Newton that I find the captivating star here.

Excellent, 9/10.
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Survivors: Gone Away (1975)
Season 1, Episode 3
8/10
Making friends........ and enemies.
21 November 2020
Food is of course a prime consideration, and the trio of survivors recently grouped together are off in search of it, but they stumble into trouble.

It really is quite a bleak view of mankind, even after the world is devastated by a virus, there are still efforts to control, police, segregate and bully.

I had expected there to be episodes such as this one later on down the line, it comes pretty soon, and I think gives us some indication as to the direction of the show.

It's very nicely made, I thought the Supermarket looked pretty good, I was left with an idea of decay.

It's very watchable, 8/10.
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Survivors: Genesis (1975)
Season 1, Episode 2
9/10
There really is quality in this series.
21 November 2020
It's an excellent second episode, they've moved on quite quickly with events, no hanging about, the population has been decimated, we learn that it's a global problem, not just something in good old Blighty.

Arthur Wormley seems like trouble, you just know that we'll be seeing more of him, his ideas of installing law and order, his own personal ideas of law making. Within seconds you know it's George Baker in the shadows, that amazing voice.

It seems like we have the makings of a community, a broad spectrum of characters, Tom Price is an amusing fellow, I loved his taste in cars, probably I'd have done the same thing in his position.

It's so good, 9/10.
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Survivors: The Fourth Horseman (1975)
Season 1, Episode 1
9/10
Such a strong start.
21 November 2020
I've been meaning to watch this series for years. As in stuck at home for a week, I put the names of random dramas in a bag, and pulled this one out, possibly not the best choice of show to be watching in 2020, with all that's happening, but here goes.

Great opening credits, and the name Terry Nation, before this has even started I just knew it was going to be terrific, and it was. Better than the later remake, this first episode shows you the initial spread, and the speed at which this virus took everybody down.

A very nice set of early characters, all pretty random, I'm certain more will appear as time goes on. You see the greed in some people, was it Nation's way of showing how greedy man is even in times of disaster? So far one thing I've not seen is a real degree of humanity.

Carolyn Seymour is terrific as Abby, was Peter Bowled better known at the time? Not sure, but a neat twist, when one falls ill, and the other appears to be a Survivor.

How cool is that tennis machine.

Gripped already, 9/10.
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Dalziel and Pascoe: An Autumn Shroud (1996)
Season 1, Episode 3
7/10
It's another fairly grand mystery.
21 November 2020
An Autumn Shroud, I'll be honest it's a book I have read, but didn't particularly get into, I found the plot rather confused in the text, however it translates pretty well into this adaptation.

You still need to concentrate, as some of the relationships can be a little hard to isolate, but ultimately it's a rewarding watch.

Dalziel and Pascoe have worked very closely so far, so it was good that Andy was given a chance to stretch his grey cells single handedly, using Peter's wedding was a good device.

It's another pretty grand affair, with Dalziel finding himself a guest in a grand house, with a well to do family. Naturally there's a clash with his gruff manner, and their haughty, privileged attitudes.

The acting is pretty good, naturally the star of the show is Francesca Annis, who is very much a cut above. Eternally elegant and the epitomy of sophistication, could I believe that she'd fall for Dalziel?

Solid, 7/10.
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Line of Duty: Moral Superiority (2017)
Season 4, Episode 4
9/10
I urge you to try an find a drama with better acting or more tension.
20 November 2020
Where do you even begin.

The scale of what's going on in this episode is quite remarkable, it is very big, very dramatic, and does provide one of those shocking scenes, one of those moments that makes you think 'it can't be happening' but it does, a similar scene would follow in the next series.

The acting is sublime, definitely driven by Thandie Newton, who shows many skills she possesses. I'm more more confused as to the identity of balaclava man than I was before this episode started. They have done a wonderful Job with this series.

A part that holds your attention, as you get deeper into this series, you notice that it's been very much a stand alone series, yes Roz mentions Lindsay Denton, but that's it, no mention of the caddy, no faces from the past popping up.

Saddest moment, learning who the snitch is. That was cruel to so that to us.

Classy, 9/10.
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Line of Duty: In the Trap (2017)
Season 4, Episode 3
9/10
A terrific epsiode.
20 November 2020
Kate is in much deeper with Roz, impressing her new boss, but also raising concerns about her snooping.

I think this is a brilliant epsiode, if I'm being picky I'd say the first half an hour is good, but procedural, the second half is the pulse racing, action packed drama, it's one of the most memorable, shocking scenes ever, you were left wondering if he's a goner.

This makes you think all sorts, and reassess what you thought you knew, a new suspect has shot up the list of possibles.

I had forgotten just how wonderful a character Maneet was, she was funny, sweet, efficient, an all around good egg...... for now. A good start for James.

A good job with making Roz look very poorly, we'd been saying she's looking peaky.
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Not Going Out: Anna (2014)
Season 7, Episode 4
7/10
Lucy's out to impress, but there's a spanner in the works.
20 November 2020
Lucy is keen to get on friendly terms with new neighbours, high fliers Anna and Toby, unfortunately Lee gets in on the act.

The first thing you'll notice is the rise of Anna and Toby, at the expense of Daisy, I adore Katy Wix, but I wonder if they had done as much with her character as possible. Anna is altogether a different character.

I absolutely love Anna and Toby, the squabbling, cutting remarks, and the looks.

There are some flaws and dips in this one, but there are enough cutting remarks, and funny scenes to make it a good watch.
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7/10
A high brow mystery for Dalziel and Pascoe to solve.
20 November 2020
An intelligent mystery, a crime that could have easily been given for Inspector Morse vibe, it has that classy, deep, institutional feel, it soon changes in tone when Dalziel begins shouting and farting all over the place.

It's a very good watch, and a good contrast to the gritty first episode, this is a more high brow affair. More humour at play in this one, some good laughs and humorous moments throughout, the best line coming when the pair are on the gold course, that was wonderful. The mystery itself is pretty engaging.

A nice guest cast, led by a brilliant Prunella Scales, who adds a touch of class. So well known as Sybil Fawlty of course, how far away from that part here as the puritan Miss Disney. A young James D'Arcy is also excellent.

It's a very good first series. 7/10.
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Bad Education: School Trip (2012)
Season 1, Episode 4
6/10
It really is the most dysfunctional School.
20 November 2020
It's perhaps not the best episode to date, but still has some merit, the exact same face that I made after watching The Human Centipede, it's gross.

You feel a little bit sorry for Alfie here, he's desperately in love with Miss Gulliver, and she is pretty awful.

The animal petting farm scene was pretty funny, and David Bradley was of course good value, even if he was underused.

Funny scenario, but perhaps lacked some of the cutting dialogue, 6/10.
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Dalziel and Pascoe: A Clubbable Woman (1996)
Season 1, Episode 1
8/10
Paradise lost.
20 November 2020
It's a very gritty, Earthy opening to the fondly remembered series, very much a Northern storyline, with a Welsh rugby flavour running through the middle.

It's a solid mystery to begin with, I would say the stories would become a little more dynamic with time, but this one's as rugged and gritty as the characters. A few questions will keep you guessing as you watch, did he do it, was it someone else, did he do it knowingly, or did he do it as a result of a blow to the head.

Whether you watch Series one or series ten, the two lead actors are very much the same, they don't change or deviate, both are great in my opinion, Andy is gruff, uncouth, rude, he's the epitomy of a single, lonely Policeman. Peter by contrast, fresh, enthusiastic and keen, Colin Buchanan is so very, very handsome here.

Good characters, The Evans duo are both very charismatic and perhaps the most interesting, although Bernard's Welsh accent is perhaps a little questionable.

Enjoyable, 8/10.
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8/10
What an apt title.
20 November 2020
Shroud for a Nightingale is definitely one of my favourite adaptations, and possibly my all time favourite book from P.D James. It translates very well from text to screen, the only real problem, it's overlong.

The first thing that will grab your attention, the names of those appearing, some of the very best, including Sheila Allen, Liz Fraser, and of course the wonderful Joss Ackland.

I absolutely love the first two episodes, the hospital makes for a great setting, you see the hospital running well, but scratch the surface and underneath we discover hidden passions, lies, blackmail and of course murder.

It does dip in the middle a little, and part four offers you virtually nothing, it's so dull, but the final episode is a really dramatic conclusion.

Tame by modern standards, but I imagine that some of the themes they dealt with were pretty controversy for a 1984 audience.

Richard Harvey's music as always is enchanting and glorious.

I loved it, 8/10.
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Shroud for a Nightingale: Episode #1.5 (1984)
Season 1, Episode 5
8/10
It's quite a bleak finale.
20 November 2020
Nightingale House has really been the scene of some grizzly events, and it captures yet another victim.

We have been given so many red herrings, we learn the truth even before Adam does, and it does come as a big surprise, I must admit I was taken in by a false clue.

It's a much longer episode, it's a very good finale, we finally learn the answers to the many questions. Personally I think the story started better than it ended. Nonetheless it's a strong conclusion, with some real intensity in the scenes.

Sheila Allen has been outstanding throughout this series, it's a very strong performance, what a transformation in her character.

For 2020 there's nothing particularly unique going on here, but I imagine for 1984 it was quite a controversial story to tell, with some big themes.

Well worth a watch, 8/10.
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Bad Education: Self-Defence (2012)
Season 1, Episode 3
7/10
The one where Stephen deals with Grayson.
20 November 2020
Alfie needs a weapons amnesty, but instead insights a riot, it's not the best episode, indeed I'd put it as one of the weaker entries, but it is still very funny, with some crazy moments.

I understand the Tokyo Sin appeal, When Skyrim came out there were days when I didn't leave home, of course they take it to extremes, Pickwell gets the laughs.

A few cringe moments as you'd expect, some scenes are very funny though.

Harry Peacock makes.his first appearance as Preet, he's a larger than life character, with a glint in his eye for Alfie, he is wild. He's funny though.

7/10.
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Line of Duty: Who Sows the Wind (2017)
Season 4, Episode 2
9/10
Clever misdirection, high octane episode.
19 November 2020
I must admit, I am a huge fan of Line of Duty, but Series four is the only one I have only seen once, on its original transmission. What I remember is not what I'm watching here.

Part one was excellent, this takes it up yet another notch. We were left with a Humdinger of a cliffhanger, and are tantalised for ages before we learned the outcome of that final moment.

The intensity in some of the scenes was quite incredible, the core cast are amazing as always, Thandie Newton has only added to that, you can see her star quality within seconds, what a presence she is.

The story has shifted, what Roz was accused of is shadowed by what she may have done.

Gripped! 9/10.
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Line of Duty: In the Shadow of the Truth (2017)
Season 4, Episode 1
9/10
Ignore the other reviews, this was an explosive opening.
19 November 2020
Another series, another dodgy Detective, and another new hairstyle for Kate.

The first thing you'll notice is the list of names in the opening credits, by now, this show is big business, and rightly so, name after name, very notable for featuring Thandie Newton.

This first episode is a thrill ride, we're used to having explosive finales, here we have an explosive opener. Has Roz Huntley charges the right man, or is she covering something up?

It's going to be a dramatic series. This was an excellent start. 9/10.
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Shroud for a Nightingale: Episode #1.4 (1984)
Season 1, Episode 4
5/10
Nothing much happens.
19 November 2020
I am loving this series, it has me captivated, but this episode really does prove one thing, that it is way too long at six episodes, surely four would have been much better. I enjoyed it, but have given a low score, as nothing actually happens, it is just a very dialogue heavy amble.

We do learn one thing at least, that Dalgleish is prepared to go to any lengths, quite literally, to learn the truth.

I kept on waiting for something to happen, and when you think you're getting an exciting cliffhanger..... You don't.

It is great at least to see more of The Matron, Sheila Allen is excellent.

A bit of a non event, 5/10.
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