Catch me tomorrow on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition

Assuming reading all my exciting opinions isn’t too much for you, tomorrow you’ll get the chance to hear me ramble incoherently, too – I’m going to be appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition to talk about US TV shows that are heading towards your screens very, very soon, as well about a bit of UK TV for a change.

Up for discussion are:

I’ll be there from about 3pm. Wish me luck!

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Radio

  • Mark Heap, Peter Serafinowicz, Josie Lawrence et al to star in adaptation of Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens

Australian TV

Internet TV

New UK TV show casting

  • George MacKay to star in BBC1’s adaptation of Sadie Jones’ The Outcast
  • Hermione Norris, Robert Bathurst, Mathew Horne et al join Sky 1’s Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
  • Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis to star in ITV’s Home Fires

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

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Radio

Theatre

Internet TV

  • Netflix acquires: New Zealand’s TV One’s Rhys Darby/Stephen Merchant mockumentary Short Poppies
  • Shaun Evans to star in Amazon’s Cosmopolitan adaptation

UK TV

New UK TV shows

New UK TV show casting

  • Rhys Ifans to star in S4C’s Under Milk Wood adaptation Dan y Wenallt

US TV

US TV casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

TV reviews

Mini-review: Mayo and Kermode in Movie Heaven

Movie HeavenSimon Mayo and Mark Kermode, Britain’s foremost film critics, have largely been confined to radio – until now. Mysteriously, though, rather than a TV show, they’ve got themselves an iTunes something. I don’t know really what to call it, but they call it Movie Heaven, anyway.

The premise is simple: get a guest on and get them to programme a day’s worth of movies, one of the morning for the kids, one for the afternoon for the family, one for the evening for adults and one for late night that’s got a slight edge to it. First up is Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, and there’s a pretty good selection of films, including Oliver!, in his schedule.

The show’s pretty good, largely because it’s Kermode and Mayo, and Serkis is an entertaining guest. However, it falls apart in its direction. The show is filmed on a cinema set, which works fine when it’s just Kermode and Mayo, but as soon as Serkis comes along, Kermode and Mayo are on one side of the aisle, Serkis on the other, with Kermode stuck awkwardly behind Mayo. You can imagine the whole thing working quite nicely around a table, but because of the choice of set, it feels a bit amateurish. Then again, it only costs 99p a download, so I don’t imagine they could afford much else.

Either way, if you like Kermode and Mayo or you like films, give it a try and try to ignore the production values.