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March 11, 2008

Season finale: The Wire

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So this is it. The last episode of The Wire ever. What are we going to do with ourselves now?

Possibly the best TV series in the world ever, The Wire has spent five seasons changing the nature of television itself – all with minimal viewing figures. It's examined the nature of institutions and society. It's created characters that will last in the memory for years to come.

It's made us think.

And now it's over.

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March 11, 2008

Review: The Fixer 1x1

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The Fixer

In the UK: Mondays, 9pm, ITV1
In the US: Not yet acquired

Once upon a time, ITV ruled the roost of action TV. With the classic shows of ITC such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Danger Man and The Avengers, ITV pretty much dominated the 50s and 60s. Then there was The Sweeney, The Professionals, Out et al during the 70s and Robin of Sherwood in the 80s, as well as all those glorious US action imports that almost always ended up on ITV first.

In the 90s, post-franchise change, it all went pear-shaped. Now ITV1 is a bit of a gamble when it comes to action shows. You might get lucky and find a show like Sharpe's Progress/Plimsolls/Whatever that starts off well and continues to be good. Or you might find a show that starts off well then becomes a bit of a turkey (eg Ultimate Force). Most of the time, though, you'll come across something dismal like The Outsiders that's so bad it has a biohazard warning next to it in the Radio Times.

But ITV1's turned over a new leaf. It wants to be known for quality programmes. Can it do quality action TV? The Fixer, which started last night, is actually a very good attempt at a quality action show.

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March 8, 2008

Movies you should own: Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence

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Martha and Laurence

From the 17th March, Film4 are going to have a new range of budget DVD titles. The RRP is £6.99 and the films being released are:

  • The Yards
  • My Beautiful Launderette
  • She’s All That
  • Bostonians
  • Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence
  • Raining Stones
  • Another Country
  • Maurice
  • Monsoon Wedding
  • Life is Sweet
  • Sexy Beast
  • Bread and Roses
  • Dogma
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • My Name is Joe
  • Riff Raff
  • Heat and Dust
  • Europeans
  • Blue Juice
  • Gangster No. 1

I've just checked Amazon and they're listing them at £15.99 discounted to £11.99, so I'd advise buying them in shops while the initial discount campaign is running at least.

Anyway, since I'm very partial to Monica Potter, Rufus Sewell and Ray Winstone, and don't mind Tom Hollander (shame about Joseph Fiennes though), I ordered up a nice review copy of Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel & Laurence as a sample of the range.

They sent me 10.

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