What have you been watching this week (w/e March 25)?

White Van Man

It’s been a little while since the last one, but it’s time for "What have you been watching this week?", your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you’ve seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?

My usual recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure are: Archer, Being Human (US), Community, The Daily Show, House, The Killing, Modern Family, Shameless (US), Stargate Universe and 30 Rock. Watch them (and keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well) or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff.

  • Chuck – an okay episode this week, but it’s still miles away from entertaining. I keep saying this but I might be giving up on it soon.
  • House – rewatched a season one episode the other day, and again, here’s a show that’s forgotten what made it so good in the first place. It needs to recover its edge. It’s still above average TV, but it’s a shadow of its former misanthropic self.
  • Shameless (US) – has slowly been becoming must-see TV, despite William H Macey’s slightly implausible performer as Frank. Emmy Rossum is fantastic though.
  • White Van Man – BBC3’s sitcom starring Will Mellor. I say ‘sitcom’ but it’s not actually funny. I tuned in this week because our Joanna Page was on it as a Star Trek-obsessed single mum and web designer and while she did raise the comedy level considerably, everything else about it was horrid. The cast – with the exception of the slightly bland Georgia Moffet – are fine. It’s the script, which just isn’t funny. Poor.

UPDATE: Many thanks to Chloe for pointing out that the new series of Engrenages (Spiral) starts on BBC4 next Saturday! Tune in, everyone!

But what have you been watching?




  • Mark Carroll

    I certainly agree about House. Hmmm, maybe I have to add Shameless (UK) to the list. I am liking current-House, and it’s one of the best things on, but that’s not saying much.
    I am working my way through old British TV at the moment: Cracker, The Sandbaggers, Touching Evil. Each is adequately entertaining and it’s nice that none goes on for a billion episodes.
    When I visited Britain I didn’t actually find as much to watch as usual. I did like a glimpse of the BBC’s Justice Season, though, just like I was happy to catch some Poetry Season last time I visited. I miss the BBC, not for the stuff they ship to the US.
    V ended, I think. There was plenty of arc advancement toward the end. It’s still a bit silly and cliched, but, well, there certainly wasn’t any much better science fiction on. Things like Castle have been ambling along reasonably adequately though not unmissably.
    The kids have liked Kino’s Journey, and the film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Oh, and we pulled out Firefly again, as the kids don’t seem to recall it too well, that still appears to be rather well-written.
    Oh, I watched Ultraviolet, the Channel 4 thing. It was rather good, well worth a watch, so thanks for the tip. Took me a while to place Susannah Harker as House of Cards woman though.

  • MoreTears

    Rob, for a Brit you manage to do remarkably well keeping up with new Canadian series, but Good Dog appears to have flown under your radar. Four episodes in and the fifth airs Sunday night. Check it out. I don’t think you will regret it.

  • I actually really loved White Van Man on BBC Three. Can I just say thank god they’ve got rid of the awful OTT laugher that was on Two Pints and its ilk!

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  • The other David

    After watching the first episode of Being Human(US) and having read the review posted here, I’m a little surprised to see you’re still watching it. I just couldn’t take it after that first episode.
    Tried to get into Outcasts, but I found myself reading Private Eye instead of watching the show, so I axed the remaining episodes. Have quite liked the Wonders of the Universe and The Bible’s Buried Secrets (even if the last episode kept reiterating the same points over and over again). The show that I got really excited about was The Killing. I even went so far as to cobble together a makeshift version of The Killing II with a bad set of English subtitles. Thoroughly enjoyable show.
    P.S.: I’m really excited to see that the Engrenages/Spiral is returning. Re-watched the first season and got thoroughly re-hooked. Just have to figure out how I can get a hold of it over here.
    P.S.: Thank

  • MediumRob

    “After watching the first episode of Being Human(US) and having read the review posted here, I’m a little surprised to see you’re still watching it.”
    I always stick around for three episodes if I can.

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