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February 7, 2012

Review: The Almighty Johnsons (SyFy) 1x1

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The Almighty Johnsons

In the UK: Thursdays, 10pm, SyFy
In New Zealand: Already aired. Season two coming soon

New Zealand has pedigree when it comes to fantasy TV. There was Children of Fire Mountain in the 70s and the award-winning Children of the Dog Star back in the 80s. But you'd be forgiven for thinking that's where it ended.

Not so. For now we have The Almighty Johnsons, a winsome little comedy-drama from the creators of New Zealand show Outrageous Fortune (which became Scoundrels in the US) about four brothers who are the reincarnations of Norse gods. Which ones, what powers they have and why they're stuck inside the bodies of a bunch of New Zealand lads - well, that's something we learn all about during the first episode… as well as who wants to kill them.

Here's a trailer.

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February 2, 2012

Lost Gems: The Ascent of Man (1973)

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Jacob Bronowski.jpg

Well, as 'Lost Gems' go, you can't get much more 'Lost Gem'-ier than The Ascent of Man, the 65th official most important programme in the history of British television. Made in 1973, it was the follow-up and some might say companion series to Kenneth Clark's Civilisation, which looked at evolution of Western culture and art. In it, Brains Trust member Jacob Bronowski discussed the history of science, starting with the evolution of man (and, of course, woman) and working its way through early human society to modern times.

And it was, quite simply, breathtaking.

Here's a clip of the show and the then-controller of BBC2 and the man who commissioned the series, Sir David Attenborough, to tell you all about it. Then after the jump, you lucky people, all 13 episodes of the series.

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January 30, 2012

Preview: Touch (Fox) 1x1

Posted on January 30, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Kiefer Sutherland in Fox's Touch

In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, Fox. Starts March 19th
In the UK: Acquired by Sky1

Firstly, can I just ask what BSkyB's acquisition strategy is? If you have a new channel supposedly entirely devoted to US TV (Sky Atlantic), what is Sky1 doing acquiring this?

Anyway, that off my chest, let's talk Touch. Remember Heroes, in which lots of people around the world discovered that they not only had superpowers but were interconnected in some way? Well, now we have a show from the creator of Heroes, Tim Kring, in which lots of people around the world don't discover they have superpowers, but that they are still all interconnected in some way... and a kid with superpowers knows all about it.

Another great mental trek by US TV producers, then.

The slight difference in the set-up between Touch and Heroes is that there are really only three central characters - Kiefer Sutherland, a widower and former journalist who now takes blue collar jobs in order to pay for his son's care; his son, who might be autistic, is at least mute, but who is the next step in human evolution, can see the future and can see how everything is interconnected; and British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, last seen in NBC's dire Undercovers, as some kind of social worker who comes to discover that Kiefer's son does indeed have superpowers.

But around the world, various lives are interlinked through the actions of Kiefer's son, Kiefer, some cellphones and who knows what. Well, Danny Glover, in full loon mode, does.

Here's a trailer.

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