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Holiday! Celebrate! Again!

Crete!

Yes, it’s August again, more or less, so it’s time for my annual pilgrimage to Greece. That means no blogging for give or take the next three weeks.

Beyond that, the Daily News won’t be returning until September, for three awesome, well considered reasons:

  1. Most people are on their holidays in August, too, so I’m not getting up early to write something no one’s going to read.
  2. Most TV people are on their holidays in August, too, so they’re not actually going to be making much news I can get up early to report on.
  3. I need a break and after three weeks of holiday, I’m not sure I’ll be able to get up early to report on anything anyway.

But despite having pruned my viewing to a minimum, there are going to be shows over August, both regular ones I’m already watching and new ones. In particular, Ali Larter will be back on TV for TNT’s Legends on August 13th. Can you imagine me missing that?

Ali Larter at ComicCon for Legends

Ali thinks that’s ridiculous, too.

TTFN and If you’re going on holiday, too, have a nice time – let us know if you had fun!

MediumRob

Weekly Wonder Woman

Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #33, Batman and Robin #29-33

Wonder Woman #33

I’m going to be off on holiday for the next three weeks or so, so before I go, I thought I’d sneek in a ‘Weekly Woman Wonder’ on the most important title of the month – apart from Superman/Wonder Woman that is – namely Wonder Woman. Strange that that should be the order, hey?

I’ll also be playing a little bit of time travel to cast my eye back over the past few issues of Batman and Robin which have featured a reasonably well written but spectacularly poorly drawn Diana, simply because it’s an interesting look at how she’s now viewed in the DC Universe. And because it’s quite interesting.

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What have you been watching? Including You’re The Worst, Tyrant, The Strain, Suits and Halt and Catch Fire

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.

With August and the summer holidays approaching, it’s going to be the last ‘What have you been watching?’ for a few weeks, so I’ll leave you with this one as a happy memory. And because the holidays are upon us, I’m going to be ruthless with a few shows that might have got as far as a third-episode verdict any other time of the year. So I’m not bothering with last night’s Rush, Satisfaction or Marriage, because the shows aren’t good enough for me to go to any effort in catching up with when I’m back from my holidays. They’re probably going to be cancelled anyway.

This week, I’ve managed to review the following new shows:

But after the jump, a round-up of the regulars, with reviews of The Bridge (US), Halt and Catch Fire, The Last Ship, The Strain, Suits, Tyrant and You’re The Worst.

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Welsh TV

Review: Y Gwyll/Hinterland (DVD)

Hinterland DVD main screen

Y GwyllStarring: Richard Harrington, Mali Harries
Price: £15.15 (Amazon price)
Released: 30 June

One of the most bizarre things about this year’s airing on BBC4 of the S4C show Y Gwyll (aka Hinterland) is that it was largely in English. Every scene of each of its four episodes had been shot in both Welsh and English and a completely Welsh version of the show had aired on S4C in October/November 2013. Yet BBC4, which has been prepared to air on Saturday nights during primetime shows entirely in French, Flemish, Swedish, Danish and Italian, decided instead to air the last-minute hybrid English-Welsh version that BBC1 Wales had chosen to air in January.

Viewers who were aware of this wanted to know why and probably would have liked to have seen the fully Welsh version, at least to compare and contrast, but perhaps also because it was actually very slightly better. Now they can. Because while Arrow Films, the home of Nordic Noir DVD releases in the UK, released that hybrid version on DVD last month as Hinterland/Y Gwyll, a few weeks later, they very quietly also released the Welsh version as Y Gwyll/Hinterland, too.

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