What's good on the box?

Despite the increasing amount of dross on television over Christmas and New Year there were some gems.

On the comedy side, Mrs. Brown and her boys are back, sharp as ever - had me in stitches - "that's nice" he he he

On the drama side, the Morse prequel Endeavour was wonderful, the Madame Butterfly aria has always sent a shiver down my spine and put goose bumps on my skin - now it will always bring a lump to my throat and a prickle to my eyes! I hope this pilot gets its wings: it made a perfect landing as far as this observer is concerned.

What did you like best?

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johnjenkins's picture

not watching anything

johnjenkins | | Permalink

except my missus pandering to my every whim.

Paul Scholes's picture

Great Expectations    1 thanks

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

With the 200th anniversary of his birth, there's a lot of Dickens about at the moment, including Armando Iannucci's "Tale of Charles Dickens" last night.  In this he makes the point that the majority of people see CD's works as being stuck in the 19th century whereas so many of his tales of greed, poverty and politics could have been written today.

He uses David Copperfield to prove his point and I would use the gripping 3 parter last week of Great Expectations, made even more gripping by Gillian Anderson!

 

thisistibi's picture

Agreed

thisistibi | | Permalink

Great expectations was very good, perhaps the highlight for me... otherwise there was a load of rubbish on.  Even Top Gear was awful.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

I must ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... watch Great Expectations on catchup, a number of people here said who good it was (Ray Winstone's always worth a watch anyway, although Beowolf was a bit weird I have to say!).

weaversmiths's picture

TV - What was on

weaversmiths | | Permalink

I thought Endeavor was really good - it states on the ITV Endeavour website that if this pilot was well accepted that a series is in the offing, so we can live in hope.  The Madam Butterfly aria sends shivers down my spine,  too.  I had a large birthday in February last year and my husband took me to see Madame Butterfly at The Albert Hall.  It was mind bogglingly wonderful.

TheAncientOne

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Sherlock

stepurhan | | Permalink

A well thought-out and well cast update of the original stories. The two leads (Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson) are particularly striking but Mark Gatiss self-casting as Mycroft also works well. I especially like the way they've thought how someone like Holmes would use modern technology in his work and the references to the original stories are good for long-term fans.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

Thank you ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... I have now watched Great Expectations, and thoroughly enjoyed it - what a superb cast who had me enthralled from start to finish.

Paul Scholes's picture

Bleak House

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

Hi OGA - did you ever see the BBC's adaptation of Bleak House?  Well worth the cost of the DVD and a huge cast....yes Gillian Anderson again, only looking even better than Miss Havisham !

Old Greying Accountant's picture

I haven't seen Bleak House ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... but perchance I saw Eternal Law this evening.

I really enjoyed this, more so as I chanced upon it - well worth a watch in my view.

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uktaxpal | | Permalink

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Old Greying Accountant's picture

Miranda Hart

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

Just caught up on second episode of "Call the Midwife". Two in and I am already hooked on this.

My personal opinion is that with just one episode under her belt Miranda has proved she is a very talented actress and not just a big lump who falls over a lot.

Her delivery of the breach baby has to be one of the best and most intense scenes on television in many a long while - time stood still as I watched, heart in mouth, waiting and hoping!

Paul Scholes's picture

One for replay

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

Really liked #1 and then Missed #2 so definately one to watch on replay, thanks.  There is so much dross on, good to find the odd gem.

By the way, I too had a "heart in mouth" moment on Sunday morning from an unusual quarter, Desert Island Discs.  Vikram Seth (of "A Suitable Boy" fame) played a piece recorded in a Surrey wood in 1942, not an open air Bach concerto, but the sound of nightingales with a background of Lancaster bombers flying overhead, just stood and imagined.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

It's worth it Paul

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

There are other bits that will break your heart too!

Life is (should be) so simple, but we make such difficulties in it!

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