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February 28, 2012

Review: Those Who Kill (Den Som Dræber) (ITV3) 1x1

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Those Who Kill

In the UK: Thursdays, 10pm, ITV3. Available on the ITV Player
In Denmark: Aired last March. Cancelled after the first series

Foreign TV is a funny old thing. What you get to see of another country's TV is usually the cream of the crop, some nice purchasing person at your local TV network having viewed it all and decided what's good and what isn't. So it's easy to think as a result, based just on what you see on TV of it, that another country's television output must be great.

French TV looks good thanks to Engrenages. Canadian TV looks good thanks to Being Erica and The Border. Danish TV looks awesome thanks to The Killing and Borgen. UK TV looks good because of Downton Abbey and Doctor Who. US TV just looks good all round. Israeli TV looks amazing thanks to all the adaptations like In Treatment and Homeland.

Italian TV, thanks to Inspector Montalbano, just looks silly. Some things I guess you just can't polish.

But if you have to wade through it and start delving into the lower reaches of TF1, CTV, Sky Living, TBS, et al, you soon start to realise that not all foreign TV is good. Equally, you start to realise that other countries watch other countries' TV and try to emulate that.

Now, here in the UK, we've had something of a Scandinavian TV love-in thanks to BBC4 and the rise of the 'Nordic noir' genre of books and movies. The Killing, Wallander and Borgen have convinced people that Scandinavian TV is universally brilliant. So ITV3, the home of old crime shows, has been trying to get in on that action and has bought in Danish TV network TV2's Den Som Dræber aka Those Who Kill.

On paper, this should be cracking. It's written by bestselling crime-author Elsebeth Egholm and Stefan Jaworsk, the writer of several award-winning and critically acclaimed features and TV series. The show stars, among others, Lars Mikkelsen from The Killing, and comes from the producers of several of the Wallander movies, and when it aired in Denmark last year, was watched by a record-breaking 50% of the adult population.

Yet, unfortunately, Those Who Kill is laughable old toss. Here's a trailer:

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February 28, 2012

Review: Justice League: Doom

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Justice League Doom

Starring: Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tim Daly (Superman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Carl Lumbly (Martian Manhunter/Ma'alefa'ak), Michael Rosenbaum (The Flash), Bumper Robinson (Cyborg), Carlos Alazraqui (Bane), Claudia Black (Cheetah), Paul Blackthorne (Metallo), Olivia d'Abo (Star Sapphire), Alexis Denisof (Mirror Master), Phil Morris (Vandal Savage)
Writers: Dwayne McDuffie, Mark Waid.
Director: Lauren Montgomery
Price: $24.98 (Amazon price: $14.99)
Released: February 28, 2012

When it comes to movies, Marvel and DC both have their specialities these days. Marvel has it sewn up at the movies, with things like Captain America, Iron Man, The Avengers, The X-Men, Daredevil, Thor et al. Sure, DC has Batman, but Superman isn't working that well, Green Lantern wasn't exactly brilliant and if you can't work out how to make a movie of Wonder Woman after a decade of trying, clearly you've got problems.

By contrast, in the realm of animated movies and TV shows, it's the other way round. You'd only have to have a teeny weeny, atom-sized piece of paper to write down all the decent animated shows that Marvel has put out (X-Men Evolution and that's about it) in the last couple of decades, while DC has had Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and, of course, Justice League shows filling up the airways for years. They even did a halfway decent animated Wonder Woman movie.

Possibly their best effort was Justice League, which expanded to become Justice League Unlimited later on. That, of course, ended nearly six years ago, but now the brainiacs at DC have decided to take an old Justice League comic and create a brand new Justice League animated movie, Justice League: Doom, in which the Justice League's arch-enemies club together to kill the League. Cleverly, DC has got together virtually all the cast from the original series, as well as Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) from its Green Lantern animated TV series, Tim Daly from its Superman animated series and a great guest cast to do it.

And while it's not outstanding, it does at least make you wonder why the hell they can't make a proper live-action movie. Here's a trailer.

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February 23, 2012

Nostalgia corner: Jossy's Giants (1986-87)

Posted on February 23, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

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"Football's just a branch of science."

There's not been many football shows on TV. Footballers' Wives, sure, but that wasn't so much about the football as, er, the wives.

One of the few shows that have aired was a show for children, Jossy's Giants, that was on BBC1 for two series back in the 80s. The show's plot centred around the ups and downs of a boys' football team, the Glipton Giants (formally Glipton Grasshoppers), and their enthusiastic Geordie manager Joswell 'Jossy' Blair, who had previously played for Newcastle United.

Written by – of all people – the Newcastle native and darts commentator Sid Waddell, the show was watched by 6.3 million viewers but only lasted for 10 episodes, before being turned into a musical that ran at the Bolton Octagon in 1989.

But apart from the football and Jossy, it's best remembered for its insanely catchy theme tune by former Play School presenter Mike Amatt, which you can listen to now. I'll warn you though: you'll be humming it for the rest of the day.

And if that's whet your appetite, here's a playlist of some of the first few episodes. The first video's from the fifth episode, so skip to the second video.

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