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9/10
My favourite of the lot.
20 January 2021
Journalist Ruth is sent undercover to a clinic for weight loss, where strange goings on are occuring, and not just revolutionary weight loss.

If I had to pick a favourite episode from the series it would probably have to be this one. It is a wonderful mix of macabre, gory and just plain weird. The story is unique, the revelation comes as a big surprise.

It had some wonderfully memorable scenes, Warren Clarke's car chase is very creepy and sinister, I remember feeling unnerved that first time I watched it, however it's the ending that really does make this one stand out.

I think Julia Foster is great as Ruth, the inquisitive and brave journalist. Kevin Stoney is suitably sinister as always.

My favourite in the series, 9/10.
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Mr. Bean: The Return of Mr. Bean (1990)
Season 1, Episode 2
9/10
It's painfully funny.
20 January 2021
Mr Bean gets into yet more mischief, he splashes the cash at Alders (I really do miss Alders stores,) celebrates his birthday, and greets the Queen of England.

Painfully funny to watch as with the previous episode, do you like me feel sorry for poor Bean as you watch him, having his Birthday lunch alone, with his self written card.

It's funny throughout, but the standout scenes for me, firstly the one where he follows the shopper into the toilet, and secondly the famous bead butting scene, does it get any more gloriously surreal than that, painfully funny.

I've not seen these for many years, but they are so good, that I'm remembering them as they happen, and can still laugh out loud.

Excellent, 9/10.
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A Taste for Death: Episode #1.6 (1988)
Season 1, Episode 6
9/10
An excellent finale.
19 January 2021
The truth is finally out, the killer strikes again, and takes a hostage.

I had a feeling this story was going to end with a flourish, and it really does, I've found the mystery a little patchy at times, some episodes slow, some loaded with content, this ties everything together, it's exciting, and hugely dramatic.

A very satisfying outcome, all of the random threads are neatly tied together, we're given all sorts of red herrings in the previous episode, but one person had started asking too many questions, this was very satisfying.

Penny Downie arguably steals the show here, DI Miskin is very much the character centre stage here, I felt like they'd downplayed her somewhat, here she packs a real punch, brave and courageous.

They saved the best for last, 9/10.
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7/10
A much loved mystery, very well adapted.
19 January 2021
I must admit to having watched this adaptation before reading the book, if I'm honest I preferred the text.

As an adaptation it's very good, but it does suffer with pacing issues, some episodes are loaded with content, such as Parts two and six, whilst others managed to feel very padded.

The mystery is very intriguing, with a truly excellent set of characters, plenty of suspense and intrigue. You will wonder about the victim, their sudden religious conversion, and the behaviour of their so called loved ones.

You are made to wait to get the answers that you want, Part five serves as a real teaser, in that it offers you several suspects and lots of red herrings, part six is outstanding.

The acting is on point, there isn't a single weak link in the chain, Marsden as always is terrific, he's in great company, Downie, Fullerton, Davies and Marsh. Wendy Hiller is outrageously good, and adds a true star quality, it's a role not to dissimilar to her one in Orient Express.

It's not a dynamic production, it's quite static and beige at times, Fiona Fullerton adds a huge amount of eighties glamour as Lady Berowne.
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Mr. Bean: Mr. Bean (1990)
Season 1, Episode 1
9/10
What a start.
19 January 2021
What you get here sets the tone for the rest of the series, comic genius, innocent fun and total cringe worthy laughs.

Split into two segments, the first sees Mr Bean sit an exam, the second sees him try to put on his bathing shorts, but he has an audience.

The two segments are funny, but the first is a work of genius, which of us hasn't been in an exam, and had a moment of pure panic, when a question has made us feel utterly stupid. The way he tries to spy an answer is genius, and that scene with the Pink Panther is a real laugh out loud moment.

The sequences with the Reliant Robin genuinely make me laugh out loud.

It's 2021 and there are rumblings about him perhaps returning? I'm not too sure it would work now, it is off the time, and boy, wasn't it a great time. 9/10.
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Not Going Out: Pub Quiz (2021)
Season 11, Episode 2
7/10
Ten years of wedded bliss?
18 January 2021
Before we begin, let's be clear, this is the funniest show on the BBC, and on British TV in general.

Not in the same league as Resolutions or small package, but still funny. This one sees Lee and Lucy celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary, whilst feuding at a Pub Quiz.

We're used to Toby and Anna feuding, here it's Lee and Anna releasing ten years worth of frustrations with one another at a Pub Quiz.

Some nice lines, some funny scenes, Lee and Anna made a particularly good duo, her glee at his venomous streak was funny, best of all though, the moving packet of crisps, that brought out a belly laugh.

Very funny, a solid continuation. We need this show more than ever! 7/10.
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Death in Paradise: Political Suicide (2014)
Season 3, Episode 5
9/10
To catch a killer.
18 January 2021
Did The Island's culture Minister Jacob Doran shoot himself, or was he killed by someone close to him?

I thought the previous episode was excellent, this was even better, an excellent hour of drama. I am watching these episodes for the very first time, and I can see why Kris Marshall's run is classed by many as the best.

The story is really good, it focuses heavily on the mystery, there is no nonsense here, no funny walks or silly trips, just a good solid mystery. Marshall gets better and better.

A wonderful episode for Camille, one of the show's best characters, and it's because of episodes like this, lots of depth to her character, wonderfully acted. She's a complex character, we learn here a little as to why she is the way she is.

Lovely scenes between Humphrey and Camille, the duo do actually have a bit of chemistry.

No faults at all, 9/10.
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A Taste for Death: Episode #1.5 (1988)
Season 1, Episode 5
7/10
We're finally getting the answers.
18 January 2021
Lady Berowne meets up with her husband's lover, and Adam begins piecing together Paul Berowne's final moments after he meets a key witness.

This episode seems to focus quite a lot on Miss Wharton, she definitely saw something that fateful day that she entered the Church, was it something that young Darren had done or said? Time will tell, it'll be interesting to see if Miss Wharton has been too trusting, divulging secrets about what she was trying to remember.

The story of what was actually happening with the babies is quite grim, and has given a different direction here.

I can't say I've been excited or moved much by the story, but I am curious, and intrigued to know what happened to Berowne and the other man.

What exactly has Moss Wharton remembered?

A good penultimate episode, 7/10.
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7/10
Follow the superstitions!
18 January 2021
It's all about The Bubonidiots, it's lockdown in 1603, William and Kate are locked down, but well stocked, and raging about the behaviour of the general public, who even back then, broke the rules.

As always, it looks great, it's very witty, the performances as always are immaculate. I love the dry humour.

I love the references to Shakespeare's work, very nicely put together. Jokes about works past and future.

Jokes about cultural appropriation, Kate questions whether an Englishman is fit to pen a play about Scotsmen, 2020, the year where people rant about straight men playing gay characters.....

It fits in very nicely for 2020, if I'm being honest, it did feel a bit BBC soapbox at times, but that's me nitpicking, it was very nice, seasonal fun. 7/10.
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The Blackheath Poisonings: Episode #1.2 (1992)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
It's such a sumptuous production.
17 January 2021
Paul gets wind of the attempted blackmail, and confronts Jenkins. Isobel was definitely foolish with her writing. Another poisoning.

Just who exactly is that woman that appeared at the factory, that Harriet is so desperate to see gone?

You have to admire the production values, it is a beautiful production, it looks exquisite from start to finish, every scene looks sumptuous, great costumes, wonderful scenes at the theatre, you can only imagine how much this cost to make.

Oscar Wilde, that was a neat touch.

You have to admire the handsomeness of Christien Anholt, a nice actor, very good in the role. The acting is excellent, what a cast, Wanamaker, Malahide, Parfitt, McNeice, wonderful.

A cracker, 8/10.
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A Taste for Death: Episode #1.4 (1988)
Season 1, Episode 4
6/10
The list of suspects grows.
17 January 2021
Adam continues to dig for clues, he interviews those closest to Berowne, and has no qualms about asking the most sensitive and personal questions, but learns that infidelity was rife.

It's another episode where not a great deal seems to happen, the sum of the parts is somehow more satisfying than the individual strands.

Father Barnes, Sarah and Mattie are all put forward as potential suspects, with clear motives for the murder.

I love how conservative everyone is here, it's all so proper and middle class.

The Doctor Who fan in me is delighted to see Kevin Stoney, not the best character with Mr Nolan, but he adds something to the part. You have to love Gabrielle Lloyd's hairstyle.

I know who my money is on.

It's a bit static, but still good, 6/10.
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A Taste for Death: Episode #1.3 (1988)
Season 1, Episode 3
6/10
Little actual detail, quite a padded episode.
16 January 2021
We learn more about DI Miskin and Theresa Nolan, this episode explores the home lives of both of them, until the conclusion this episode is a bit of a slog, so much happened in the previous, whereas in this one, so little seems to happen until the cliffhanger.

Nice to see Kim Benson, I can only recall seeing her in 2.5 children, so it was nice to see her in a serious role outside of that, I assume we will see more of her from now on, following that grim discovery.

Why does the Housekeeper have such hatred and animosity towards the Nurse, is it just jealousy, or is there more to it?

A bit naughty to save any action until the final moment.

It's interesting, it's just so slow. 6/10.
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A Taste for Death: Episode #1.2 (1988)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
It's a much more satisfying episode.
15 January 2021
Paul Berowne's life is cut short, and inexplicably a tramp is found next to him in the Church, also dead.

I found the first episode a little slow, it did a lot in terms of building up atmosphere, and setting tone, introducing characters, but little else happened. The momentum truly does get going here, we have the death, the fallout, and subsequent squabbling, a lot happens in this episode.

Inspector Kate Miskin is a little bit of an odd character, I know that things were changing for women for the better by this point, but she's still treated as a bit lacking in confidence perhaps.

The acting is lovely, Wendy Hiller is excellent, I thought Gabrielle Lloyd was excellent at the housekeeper.

I love the elegance of Lady Berowne, she adds a bit of glamour and dazzle to the series.

Enjoyable, 8/10.
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Death in Paradise: Episode #10.2 (2021)
Season 10, Episode 2
9/10
A brilliant episode, loved it.
14 January 2021
Why on Earth is an archaeologist killed, and how on Earth was it done.

I can't lie, I was disappointed by last week's episode, it didn't feel up to the usual standard, and Neville got on my nerves a bit. What a difference a week makes, I thought this was excellent.

First of all, the mystery, very original, very clever, the whole plot was very smart, and cohesive, it all fitted together so neatly.

Neville, if he carries on like this, he could become a favourite, he was brilliant in this one, more serious, but had a definite command of the part, we still had the lighter moments, but they weren't overdone.

The filming was exquisite, it looked fantastic, beautifully produced.

The acting was excellent, Golda Rosheuvel, who in currently loving in Bridgerton was the standout here for me, what a lovely actress.

I once again suffered Pooch Perfect, that's another story! This however, was excellent viewing. 9/10.
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A Taste for Death: Episode #1.1 (1988)
Season 1, Episode 1
6/10
It's a slightly confused start.
14 January 2021
Paul Berowne Minister at the Home Office asks Adam for help, he receiving unsavoury post, but no demands. Searching for something, Berowne turns to the church for comfort.

It's a book I've read a few times, and one I really did enjoy. Part one..... the visuals, skies, clothes, sofas etc are all a bit beige and colourless, that's pretty much how I'd describe the start of this, it's all a bit drab and lifeless somehow.

The link of the body to Berowne is a little tenuous at best, I'm certain it will become more apparent all as the series develops.

My interest geew when I saw the wonderful Wendy Hiller appear.

It gets better, 6/10.
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The Blackheath Poisonings: Episode #1.1 (1992)
Season 1, Episode 1
8/10
Who killed Roger (not the rabbit)
13 January 2021
Two families having to live together, United by one thing, a toy business, dominated by a matriarchal figure. In the house, a death, but why?

The first thing you're greeted with is that wonderful, creepy, memorable music. The you see the amazing production values, it really does look incredible, and that cast, read through the list, it's like a role call of greats. It holds up very well.

Judy Parfitt and Ian McNeice stood out for me here in this one.

An untimely natural death, never? Who on Earth was that woman in green?

Lovely start, 8/10.
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The Pembrokeshire Murders: Episode #1.3 (2021)
Season 1, Episode 3
9/10
It ends as it starts, fantastic.
13 January 2021
Cooper finally faces trial for the many crimes he stands accused of, all thanks to the dogged hard work of Wilkins.

Absolutely brilliant, one of the best things I have seen in a long time, after some disappointed drama in recent times, this has filled me with home that now and then, the producers can deliver some absolute quality.

In this third part, I thought Keith Allen really got chance to shine, and show just how good an actor he really is, Evans has been awesome the whole way through, here Allen showed his class.

A fascinating, but tragic case, he caused so much misery.

Not sure that was Swansea Crown Court that was used though? I may be wrong.

Superb drama, 9/10.
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Death in Paradise: Ye of Little Faith (2014)
Season 3, Episode 4
9/10
A very strong episode, great mystery.
13 January 2021
After a wonderful opening scene, we're treated to a wonderful episode, it's a cracking mystery, one where the victim seems such an unlikely candidate.

The outcome comes as a surprise, but it's such a well crafted mystery, with some very well rounded characters, each with motives and secrets, it's well acted.

That opening was impressive, they assembled a very sexy cast, Razza Jaffrey and Daniel Lapaine, and others all really do look the part.

I like the needle between Dwayne and Fidel, this was the turning point for Kris Marshall for me, this was the episode where I began to love the character of Humphrey, silly shirt quirk aside, he was naturally goofy, it wasn't put on. Brilliant.

Well impressed with this, 9/10.
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8/10
A very strong conclusion.
13 January 2021
Palmer continues to poison those close to him, only now he is keen to up the stakes, as the rewards, the rewards are very favourable.

Time does eventually run out for Palmer, but the disaster left in his wake is endless, he was a terrible, evil man.

Richard Coyle and Ben Miles are both excellent, but it's Allen who continues to steal the show, he is so convincing in the part, so cold, but so feasible.

Beautifully made, with amazing sets and costumes, it's very visually appealing. If you're a fan of things like Dandelion Dead, you'll love it.

Excellent, 8/10.

Very, very good, 8/10.
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8/10
I was engrossed.
13 January 2021
Life is good for William Palmer, be returns home, to a nice home, with a lovely young wife, to a new house, and Doctor's job, as time goes on, those around him start to die.

Very good from start to finish, it's a very grim story, and one I wasn't aware of. It starts off in quite a light hearted fashion, but as it develops, it gets darker and darker.

Keith Allen is excellent as Palmer, he's supported by a terrific cast. Very nicely made, great costumes, sets and production values.

After this part, you're wondering how many he will kill before people start getting suspicious of him, it seems like his wife is starting to twig.

Very good, 8/10.
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8/10
Don't drink the port!
13 January 2021
W.M.Palmer Surgeon, and expert poisoner.

If you're a fan of the Granada TV serials from The 1990's such as Sherlock Holmes and In suspicious circumstances, you are certain to love this two part series. Wonderful production values, great acting, lovely costumes, and they definitely managed to capture the vibe of the time. Lots of scandal.

I wasn't aware of the story of Palmer until seeing this, what a monster, how on Earth did he manage to get away with so many crimes before any suspicion was placed at his door? Unforgivable what he did to friends, acquaintances, and even his own family. A true monster.

Keith Allen, I'm currently watching him in The Pembrokeshire Murders, and decided to hunt for some of his work, this popped up, and I'm glad it did, what a wonderful watch.

Mary Thornton was The Father Jack Hackett of her time, laying in bed shouting 'gin!' Linda Bassett was great, I also loved Judy Cornwell as Mrs Palmer.

It's a lovely production, telling a bleak story. 8/10.
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Home: Episode #2.2 (2020)
Season 2, Episode 2
9/10
Inappropriate lines in 2020, how wonderful.
13 January 2021
Sami decides to enter a marmalade making competition, life is a little more complicated this time around for Katy and Peter, with both facing some earth shattering problems.

This was wild, there's no other word for it, and just for once they take the problems away for Sami, and instead land Katy and Peter right in it.

Did I ever imagine seeing Rufus Jones dancing around naked with a yucca plant in front of a Norsk god? Nope, it's an image I never thought I'd see, Rufus you are just amazing.

You're not a trapeze artist, you're a clown, you've burnt the Circus down, some of the lines have been hilarious.

I was a remainer when it came to Brexit, but one that did ultimately accept the vox populi. However there are some, let's call them Turkeys that votes for Christmas, Peter falls into that category.

We have been force fed some awful dumbed down comedy in recent times, how refreshing to have something cutting, and a little naughty.

Brilliant, 9/10.
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The Pembrokeshire Murders: Episode #1.2 (2021)
Season 1, Episode 2
9/10
I was so impressed by this.
12 January 2021
Even better than the first episode, this was a truly brilliant continuation.

This focuses on the story of Cooper's shorts, and his appearance on the great darts show, Bullseye. We also see the pressures that Wilkins was placed under to try and get a result.

Brilliant, and the reason I say that, is that it focused on the story, and the dramatic element, today I watched ITV series The Bay, and that had more soap elements than EastEnders. This series has none of that, and maybe it's because it's based on real life events.

Keith Allen was terrific, and very sinister. Luke Evans though, what a dream.

That scene where they added Allen's face onto Bullseye, amazingly well done.

Terrific, 9/10.
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Death in Paradise: An Artistic Murder (2014)
Season 3, Episode 3
7/10
A nice storyline, Marshall is way better.
12 January 2021
An old friend of Fidel, Carlton is shot dead, during the showing of a well known, prized artwork. There is no shortage of suspects.

I enjoyed it, this was more story focused than the previous episode, and it felt as if Kris Marshall, had a much better deal, he felt like a well rounded, intelligent character, they had made him something of a fool during his first outing, I liked him here, he's cooky, but smart.

Who on Earth would want to kill a handsome escort, who's only goal in life was to make people happy? A nice storyline here.

A nice cast including the wonderful Sharon Small, Vinette Robinson and Josette Simon. Tristan Gemmill is somewhat wasted.

Is it a vintage episode? No way, but it's good. 7/10.
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Home: Episode #2.1 (2020)
Season 2, Episode 1
9/10
A wonderful opener.
12 January 2021
Sami is still waiting for a decision on his citizenship, but really struggling, and takes extreme action.

I wasn't sure if they were going to be able to maintain the incredible standard of the first series, but they did, this was an amazing return.

Phenomenally good once again, when I see the right wing media moaning about asylum seekers put up in hotels, this is the image I have in my mind, made to feel more so like an outsider, missing family, looked down upon, and not an easy life.

Rufus Jones, not only is he an absolute stud and wonderful actor, but the guy knows how to write, I had a lump in my watching this, and several tears I my eyes.

Stunning, 9/10.
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