Tag Archives: Downton Abbey

Critical Condition: The Crown (Season 2)

The Crown | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “The Crown’s second season is captivating in a way that almost isn’t fair. The costume drama, which follows the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) … sounds like it should be a dry slog through the too-familiar territory of rich and famous people feeling sorry […]

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Critical Condition: The Halcyon

The Halcyon (Prime, 8.30 Thursday) ➢ “They should have had the balls to call it Downton Hotel. C’mon, we’re all grown-ups here! But ITV has been coy and called their replacement for the late, lamented (especially by all the monkeys who typed the scripts) Downton Abbey The Halcyon instead. It is set – sensibly, given the […]

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Critical Condition: The Level

The Level (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday-Thursday) “The shadow of Nordic noir continues to hang over British crime drama with The Level, the latest homegrown procedural looking to the gloomy far north for inspiration. Downton Abbey’s dashing Rob James-Collier is the marquee name here, though the reliably geezerish Philip Glenister is perhaps a more predictable fit for the gritty […]

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Critical Condition: Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun (Prime, 8.30 Tuesdays) “The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb may well be one of the 20th century’s great stories — but naturally that doesn’t mean a television drama won’t want to jazz it up a bit. Or, in the case of ITV’s lavishly produced but distinctly corny Tutankhamun, quite a lot. The programme gives us a […]

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Critical Condition: Good Behaviour

Good Behaviour (SoHo, 8.30 Wednesdays) “In the smartly played, agonisingly suspenseful Good Behaviour, Michelle Dockery plays Letty Raines, a con woman and thief newly on parole, but already back conning and thieving, and backsliding as well, in her attempts to stay clear of drugs and alcohol and reconnect with her young son. Terry Kinney plays her parole […]

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Critical Condition: Jericho

Jericho (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday) “The weather has finally turned … Now we can … get down to … hunkering under a blanket in front of the telly with a bowl of thick soup and consuming dramas as hearty and satisfying as the food. Enter – with sturdy step, not flourish – Jericho, an eight-part series about people […]

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Brief Encounters Worth Flirting With

Brief Encounters, a new desperate housewives comedy-drama set in 1982 Sheffield that’s been dubbed “The Full Monty with sex aids“, will screen 8.35 Wednesdays on TV One from August 10. “It is the story of the first generation of Ann Summers party hosts, a pioneering set of dildo-wielding women out to empower themselves and enrich Jacqueline Gold via the medium of split-crotch […]

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Prime to Premiere Downton Fellowes-Up in HD

Could Prime have found its new Downton Abbey? The channel will screen in HD the new Julian Fellowes adaptation, Doctor Thorne, 7.30 Thursdays from March 31. His spin on the Anthony Trollope novel stars Tom Hollander (The Night Manager, Rev) as a village doctor in the 1870s and Ian McShane as an alcoholic railway baron; Humans’ Rebecca Front, […]

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New to Blu: January 13 – 19

“Presented in 1.78:1 1080p AVC, True Detective Season Two looks exceptional on Blu-ray. “The influence of film noir on this season is obvious, and as a result, quite a bit of it takes place in moody lighting or darkness. “The subtlety of shadow crossing into the light, the detail in skin and clothing texture, and […]

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New to Blu: December 2 – 8

“Ant-Man looks great on Blu-ray. The 1.85:1 framing helps accentuate the movie’s contrasting ‘large’ and ‘small’  visuals  and the Blu-ray captures that sense of large scale scope, evident even on surfaces far smaller than standard theater screens.” “Detail is excellent, adding superior texture and clarity, and providing all of this with no signs of digital defects, […]

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