What did you watch last week (w/e September 21)?

Time for "What did you watch last week?", my chance to tell you what I watched last week and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

My recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: The Daily ShowDoctor Who.

Things you might enjoy but that I’m not necessarily recommending: Strike Back: Project Dawn.

  • Free Agents: Marginally less muddled and confused than the first episode. The two central characters are a little more likeable, the supporting characters aren’t. Anthony Stewart Head is still marvellous though.
  • Fresh Meat: I was expecting a bit more of something from the Peep Show crew. Supposedly a comedy drama about what ‘student life is really like’, it’s very recognisable in many ways – the effort to fit in, the attempts to show how cool you are – but it still wasn’t that funny. It didn’t help that Jack Whitehall was in the cast.
  • CSI: NY: I decided to watch the first episode of the new season, just to see what’s practically the only drama series to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11. All the flashbacks to the day were very well done, but the rest of the show in no way makes me want to watch it. It doesn’t help that everyone appears to have new jobs now.
  • Ringer: Less action-packed than the first episode, it’s still watchable soapy fun.
  • Up All Night: More entertaining than episode 1 – just. Watching Christina Applegate and Will Arnett doing all they can to make scenes and lines of dialogue funny is great though.

And in this week’s list of movies: nothing – I have watched no movies this week. Anyone watch The Fades?

But what have you been watching?

"What did you watch last week?" is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched. 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? And keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well for British TV highlights or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff.




  • Mark Carroll

    “CSI: NY” is good enough to pass idle time, I think. I like the cast. But, I may have successfully argued this time for not having the TiVo catch it for us.
    “The Fades” intrigued me but whatever I read about it put me off and I didn’t much consider bothering.
    We saw “The Adjustment Bureau” which, while not great, was better than my wife and I had expected. We saw “All the President’s Men” which was better than I expected but seemed to abruptly end halfway along.
    We watched Doctor Who “Planet of the Spiders” which was actually better than I expected after an excruciating second episode.
    We watched the “Casanova” with David Tennant and Peter O’Toole and some actresses. It was okay, but I found the second part dragging sillily at times.
    The kids finished the “InuYasha” anime series, got my wife sucked into it, and now seem to be watching it again.

  • SK

    Missed The Fades first time around, disked the repeat.
    Hm. It was very slow and exposition-heavy. And where there wasn’t exposition it was portent-heavy, though mostly what it seems to portend is more exposition later on. Quite how many times did we need to see the cutaways to the mysterious ash-filled dream? I think at least two fewer than we did.
    It was better than Demons, but then so is having your soul sucked out by a dancer in Hallowe’en make-up.

  • MediumRob

    Might give The Fades a miss then.
    Incidentally, I neglected to mention Community, Modern Family and Archer, which all returned last week. Community wasn’t quite as funny as usual, but was delightfully dark and weird, and also featured Michael K Williams from The Wire as well as John Goodman (and Inspector Spacetime – oh yes). Modern Family was okay but best described as gentle comedy, while Archer raised more than a few chuckles but still hasn’t quite hit the wrongness heights of previous seasons.

  • Stu

    Watched The Fades last night, and quite enjoyed it. Might because of the teenage leads, but it reminded me of a more adult version of those spooky Children of the Stones 80s kids series. Some interesting concepts, and decent writing and direction.

  • I felt dubious about The Fades but apart from the main trailer I hadn’t seen much promo. This helped a lot I think as I came without much expectation. A mention of Susan Cooper certainly help me feel some love for its tone. Exposition heavy? Possibly , but I’ll give it room for the mo and let its themes breathe.

  • The other David

    I must have missed something, because I’ve taken a look at the site you recommended, Square Eyes, and the two times I’ve been there it’s old news (e.g., the latest posting is for 16-17 Sep 2011). Is there some some secret code or knob I’ve got to twist in order to see more current content? ‘Cause, given the paucity and irregularity of the postings, I can’t see that it gives me anymore relevant TV news or info that I can’t get from here or other sites. Please enlighten this wayward traveler.

  • MediumRob

    Sigh. They’ve been doing it for years, but I guess their enthusiasm has waned of late.