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News: Supergirl/The Flash crossover confirmed; Manhattan cancelled; S4C funding frozen; + more

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January 23, 2016

What have you been watching? Including Room, Marvel's Agent Carter, Arrow and Endeavour

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It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there’s Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

It's been another huge week, full of new shows, continuing shows and returning shows. I've struggled manfully with them, but despite delaying WHYBW to Saturday to give me a little extra time to get through everything and then write about them, I'm still to cover three new series:

  • Mad Dogs (Amazon Instant Video): Shawn Ryan's US remake of the Sky 1 original brings back Ben Chaplin in a different role but none of the other cast for this relocated show about a bunch of old friends (in both senses of 'old') who reunite for a plush holiday in the middle of sunny nowhere. Before you know it, everything ends up going a bit criminally pear-shaped and holiday heaven becomes holiday nightmare. I haven't even watched the pilot of this, which has been sitting on Amazon for a while now, but given the original didn't overly impress me and I gave up after about three episodes, I'm not sure I'm going to be in much of a rush to watch this version either. I do hope they explain why it's called Mad Dogs, given the lyrics are 'Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun'.
  • Baskets (US: FX): Co-created by Louis CK, Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, this sees Galifianakis playing dual roles as twin brothers, one of whom aspired to clown school in Paris, but who ended up becoming a rodeo clown. It's apparently a bit Marmite, but I'll try to review it in the first half of next week.
  • Stan Lee's Lucky Man (UK: Sky 1): Marvel's Stan Lee gives us James Nesbitt as a Brit cop, down on his luck, who gets a magical bracelet that reverses his fortunes. It's Stan Lee, so could be fun, but it's also Sky 1 so could be stupid/mediocre beyond belief. Again, first half of next week for this one.

Despite those three failings, I have managed to cover rather a lot this week already, with reviews or previews of the first episodes of:

As well as a third-episode verdict on Cooper Barrett's Guide To Surviving Life (US: Fox).

The meat of the week's viewing has, however, been continuing and returning shows, so after the jump, you'll find reviews of the latest episodes of (deep breath): 100 Code, American Crime, Arrow, Billions, Byw Celwydd (Living A Lie), Colony, Endeavour, The Family Law, The Flash, Grandfathered, Limitless, Man Seeking Woman, Occupied (Okkupert), Rebellion, Second Chance, Les hommes de l'ombre (Spin) and Supergirl. Oh yes, and the two-hour premier of the new season of Marvel's Agent Carter. Pardon me if you were hoping I would carry on with Idiotsitter, but no thank you.

I'm pretty sure something's going to have give on that list soon, but I'm not quite sure what yet. Pity the first show to turn in a duff episode.

This week, I also moseyed on down to the cinema to watch a movie:

Room (2015)
Adaptation of Emma Donoghue's book of the same, which sees five-year old Jake (Jacob Tremblay) discovering that the small room he's lived in his whole life may not be the extent of the universe and that his mother (Brie Larson) has been keeping some important and very disturbing details from him. While that scenario (inspired by real cases) doesn't sound like a very enjoyable subject matter, both the book and the movie quickly switch things around and give us a genuinely moving tale of parental love, the adaptability of children and finding hope in extremis, so if you think it's not your thing, you might find you're completely wrong.

Not quite as initially claustrophobic as the book, the movie is still a magnificent piece of work, with Larson and Tremblay justifiably getting all kinds of award nominations. William H Macy appears for almost no good reason, except to remind you of all the roles he used to get before he ended up doing Shameless (US). Recommended - you won't even be able to watch the trailer again afterwards, without wanting a cathartic little cry.

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January 15, 2016

What have you been watching? Including The Hateful Eight, Byw Celwydd, Rebellion and Endeavour

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It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. And if you want to know when any of these shows are on in your area, there’s Locate TV - they’ll even email you a weekly schedule.

Well, you can't say I haven't been keeping you up to date on all the new shows around the world. Or at least trying to. This week I think I've hit a personal record for number of new shows either previewed or reviewed in a week, since I gave you the lowdown on the following:

Which ain't bad. Idiotsitter I previewed last week, so that doesn't count.

I haven't had a chance to watch last night's The Family Law (Australia: SBS) yet, but I'll get round to that over the weekend, fingers crossed, and let you know about it (and anything else that debuts or that's escaped my radar) on Monday.

After the jump, I'll be looking at the regulars, as well as those shows I thought promising enough to keep in my crowded schedule: American Crime, Byw Celwydd, Cooper Barrett's Guide To Surviving Life, Endeavour, Grandfathered, Man Seeking Woman and Rebellion. Those keeping score will notice that I couldn't be bothered with the second episodes of Shades of Blue, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands or Angel From Hell, but 100 Code will be getting a look in over the weekend, too. Probably.

But first, a movie!

The Hateful Eight (2016)
Quentin Tarantino's latest is a Western that assembles many of his usual tropes and uses them as a framework for him to mash up Reservoir Dogs, The Thing and 10 Little Indians, into a lovely morality tail about how adversity can help men overcome their racism so they can join together to be misogynistic.

Set just after the civil war, the film sees bounty hunter Kurt Russell is taking in fugitive Jennifer Jason Leigh when a blizzard forces them - and fellow bounty hunter Samuel L Jackson and local sheriff Walter Goggins - to take refuge in a shop on the side of a mountain in Wyoming. There they meet various other characters (Tim Roth, Demián Bichir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern), one or more of whom could be secretly in league with Leigh. As the snows set in, the bodies start to pile up…

It takes a good half hour for the film to reach the shop, that half hour being so dull I actually fell asleep for 10 minutes. However, the remaining two and a half hours (including interval) are considerably better. While the film owes an epic debt to The Thing, even poaching some of that film's score, it's also its own beast. But while it doers innovate, constantly surprises, plays with audience expectations, and looks fantastic in Panavision Ultra 70mm, it never does anything quite as exciting as Tarantino's previous efforts, particularly Inglorious Bastards

Funny, but mostly from its gross-out humour; tense, but mostly thanks to The Thing; a decent enough viewing, but mostly full of plot loopholes and missed opportunities. Nothing to go out of your way for.

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