Everyone working class in sitcoms has a dream. If you're Del Boy and Rodney, it's that this time next year, you'll be millionaires. If you're Steptoe Jr, it's that you'll escape the junk yard and your dad; if you're Steptoe Sr, it's that your son will never escape the junk yard. If you're in the Royle family, it's that your view of the tele won't get blocked. And so on.
Massive is another sitcom in which its heroes have dreams, but here, the dream is a very Mancunian one: Danny and Shay want their own record label. When Danny's nan dies, leaving them £10,000, it looks like they might be able to achieve it. But the course of true business never did run smooth.
Good old BBC. Always going off and finding some classic to lavishly adapt for a Sunday evening's viewing. Here we have Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy's slightly weird but eternally relevant look at the double standards relating to sexuality that British society has had almost since the dawn of time.
Now the Beeb normally goes in one of two ways with its period stuff. Either it goes all silly, gets an all-star cast and turns everything into an unrelenting series of cameos and over-the-top performances. Or it puts on its serious hat and decides to go full tilt for 'quality mode', hoping that it'll get a backpack full of BAFTAs to take home from the next awards ceremony.
Fortunately, the Beeb has gone for option two with Tess, producing something that's not 100% true to the book and that's got more than a few idiosyncrasies of its own, but which is ultimately worth watching - so far, anyway.
¡Madre Mia! I've finally got round to writing it. The reasons you should own Manhunter! Will wonders never cease?
As far as most people are concerned, The Silence of the Lambs was the film that introduced serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the world. Starring (Sir) Anthony Hopkins as the ex-psychiatrist and people-eater, it was one of the first horror movies to do respectably at the Oscars and catapulted both Hopkins and Jodie Foster, who played the FBI agent trying to mine him for information, into the league of A-list stars.
Since then, we've had Hannibal and Red Dragon, both starring Hopkins as Lecter, and young Lecter movie, Hannibal Rising - all to diminishing effect.
What not many people realise is that back in the 80s, Michael Mann, director of Heat, Collateral, The Insider and Last of the Mohicans as well as creator of Miami Vice, had already adapted the original Lecter novel, Red Dragon, as Manhunter.
Way before Millennium, Profiler and CSI made popular forensic science, psychological profiling and the idea of thinking inside a killer's mind to catch him, it featured CSI's William Petersen as Will Graham, the man who caught Lecter by risking his own sanity and daring to think the same thoughts. Equally notably, it also featured Brian Cox as Hannibal - and he's a damn sight better than Anthony Hopkins.
Which is why Manhunter is a movie you should own. Here's the original trailer for Manhunter - forgive it for being made in the 80s.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.