Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events the Royal Television Society is holding around the UK
Do you know, I think the RTS is now doing more events than it was pre-COVID? How fascinating. Here’s the latest Zoom webinar.
TV’s Global Game
Date: Thursday 2 July Timings: 2pm-3pm
Ever wonder what makes the TV industry global?
How do our favourite gameshows and dramas make their way on to screens all around the world? Well, behind every TV mega-hit there’s a distribution team who have orchestrated the success and turned them into worldwide brands. And at every broadcaster, a team of acquisitions experts select the best shows to buy or invest in.
In this webinar, leading figures in the UK lift the lid on how TV’s global game is played and how you can find your way in.
An occasional look at what classic TV shows Talking Pictures (Sky 328 | Freeview 81 | Freesat 306 | Virgin 445) is going to be airing soon
Two interesting TV shows are lurking in the (very thick) Talking Pictures schedules in July. And on Tuesday 21 July, Overseas Press Club will be joining them at 5.30am
An obvious highlight that starts on Tuesday 21st July at 5am is Bognor, a 1981 ITV series starring David Horovitch.
Based on the cult mystery novels by author, journalist and royal biographer Tim Heald, the light-hearted whodunits star David Horovitch as a bungling but diligent Department of Trade investigator. Featuring guest performances from Patrick Troughton, John Le Mesurier, Glynis Barber, Peter Jeffrey and Elizabeth Spriggs, it only ran to four stories: Unbecoming Habits, Deadline, Let Sleeping Dogs Die and Just Desserts. However, each of those stories ran over six half-hour episodes.
It’s not the first time it’s been on Talking Pictures, but returning on Sunday 12 July at 8.10pm is The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, a 1971-1973 ITV show. The anthology show consisted of 26 adaptations of often-forgotten detective stories written at the same time as Conan Doyle was writing the Sherlock Holmes stories.
I’ve got one episode further into season 3 of Baron Noir; I also started on season 2 of Das Boot. But that was it for scripted. I will finish them at some point. Although I said that about the third season of Babylon Berlin and look what happened there; Das Boot wasn’t too inspiring, either, and didn’t make me think, “Ooh, I must watch the rest of this immediately.”
I’ve been watching a tad more in the unscripted realm. A Greek Odyssey with Bettany Hughes (which confusingly is also called Greek Island Odyssey) is on Fridays on 5 and is about 50% travelog, as our Bettany goes from island to island and samples local food and customs, 50% historical piece as she visits museums and archaeological sites, tying them into Odysseus’ return home from the Trojan War.
It is, of course, fine and engaging, but the level of artifice is slightly annoying. Bettany’s faux pretence to be surprised at everything, even the basics, grates after a while, particularly when she forgets and says things like “I’m so pleased it’s a kylix.” Similarly, her level of Greek (for someone who regularly spends time in Athens, has been visiting since the 80s, etc) is oddly basic, even on things that she’s been good at in other episodes. Until she forgets and is good again.
The editing is also a little strange. In the latest episode, as she supposedly retraces Odysseus’ journey home from Turkey to Ithaca, she first hits Delos, then heads to Ikaria, then heads for Mykonos – even though the only real way to get to Delos is on a boat from Mykonos. Yep, it’s all been reordered.
That said, it’s great to watch and there’s some good archaeology, if you can overlook the dumbing down for 5. It’s also several hundred miles better than Joanna Lumley’s similar effort.
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Movies-wise, we tucked into Bad Boys For Life (2019) over the weekend, so that’ll be this week’s Covideodrome. Airing last night was Perry Mason (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic). But that’s about it for new shows.
Fortunately, returning this week are old regulars Doom Patrol (US: HBO Max; UK: StarzPlay), Dark (Netflix) and The Twilight Zone (US: CBS All Access; UK: Syfy), so at least there’ll be something to watch.
After the jump…
After the jump, the latest episode of Stargirl gets a review. Is that it? No, because Condor (US: Audience; UK: Universal) came back with three whole episodes for me to talk about.