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April 18, 2017

Totally Serialized: Le Repenti (Reborn) and Annette Andre - Randall and Hopkirk and Me

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Bruno Debrandt

A couple of intriguing events for TV lovers have popped up on my radar recently.

Long-time readers will remember that for five years, the Institut Français organised an annual French/UK TV festival called 'Totally Serialized'. Some of you might even have won tickets to it on this 'ere blog. However, there wasn't one this year, since Totally Serialized is going to become a series of ongoing events throughout the year. 

The first of these is a showing on 26 April at 6.30pm at Ciné Lumière in London of France 2's Le Repenti (Reborn), which is being made available on Walter Presents (US readers can get it through Amazon). It stars Engrenages (Spiral)'s Bruno Debrandt as Alexis, who six years after he was left for dead, burned and wounded by his best friend Victor whom he betrayed, returns to Le Havre to work undercover at Victor’s docks. After significant reconstructive surgery and a changed identity, he is unrecognizable but struggles to stay away from his ex-family.

As you do.

Debrandt will be there on stage in conversation with Walter himself, preceding the showing of episode one. It's worth noting that it's actually a two-part telemovie, originally broadcast in 2010, so you'll only be getting half the story and given that episode one is 90 minutes long and the event's supposed to finish at 8.15pm, that sounds like about 15 minutes of chat.

Unembeddable trailer is at the Walter Presents web site. Bookings here, with tickets £12 for adults.

Annette AndreElsewhere, for fans of old UK TV, on 22 April at 7pm at the Museum of Comedy, also in London, Annette Andre will be reminiscing about her career, particularly Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), but also A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and The Benny Hill Show. There'll also be a chance to meet her afterwards. Tickets are £17 each.

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March 31, 2017

What TV's on at the BFI in May 2017? Including Fassbinder: Television Pioneer and the Trevor Griffiths season

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Do you like playwright Trevor Griffiths? Do you like German TV? Then the BFI has a season and a single TV show for you in May.

'Fassbinder: Television Pioneer' looks at the German film director's TV work, while 'Interventions: The Television Plays of Trevor Griffiths' covers the likes of Food For Ravens, All Good Men, Oi For England, Through the Night and Country, as well as an episode of Fall of Eagles. Details after the jump.

But first, here's that Fall of Eagles ep, which looks at the origins of the Bolshevik/Menshevik split, as well as this week's 'Wednesday Play (on a Friday)', All Good Men, in which a Marxist son confronts his moderate Labour father when he accepts a peerage - Dennis Potter described it as having 'some of the sharpest, most telling and intelligent speeches ever heard on television'.

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March 6, 2017

Coursera is running a course on Scandinavian film and television

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Coursera's Scandinavian TV and Film course

Watching all that peak TV yet still have a few hours left over each week? Then why not sign up for Coursera's course on Scandinavian film and television? Run by the University of Copenhagen, it starts today and runs for five weeks, taking in everything from the Scandinavian welfare state through Ingmar Bergman and Lars von Trier to Nordic Noir.

I'm not sure it'll help you get a job or anything, but you can even pay to get a certificate for completing it at the end. But watch a few videos, read a bit of background material and complete a few quizzes each week on your computer, phone or tablet, and you'll at least know a lot more (probably) than you did before you started. And that won't cost you a penny.

Ib Bondebjerg

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