Downton Abbey (Season 3) TV Review

I shouldn’t like Downton Abbey. If you put aside the obvious, blokey, masculine element, it’s a costume drama, and I don’t like costume dramas. I can’t stand any of the Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility or any adapted novel by a Bronte sister. I don’t even like Charles Dickens adaptations unless its Oliver Twist or A Christmas Carol. It’s because very little actually happens. If I’m watching drama, I want to actually see some drama. I don’t want to watch people staring at each other, sharing whispers and being positively shocked by the insinuations another character is making. All … Continue reading Downton Abbey (Season 3) TV Review

My Rule of Two for Television

Always watch the first two episodes of any new television series before you decide to stop watching. It’s a simple rule but its one that I always use when I’ve found a new television series. There is a basic reason behind this. Every now and again, a tv show will have a brilliant pilot episode. Lost, Heroes, Prison Break and Flashforward are all good examples of television shows with fantastic pilots. The pilots grabbed your attention, they had huge budgets that meant that they could amaze an audience and pull them in before actually establishing the main themes/format of the series. … Continue reading My Rule of Two for Television

Should the UK have a TV Pilot’s season?

Channel Four’s recent “Funny Fortnight” was pretty hit and miss to say the least. For people who may have missed it or may not be familiar with Channel Four, it is a UK channel which celebrated 25 years by revisiting their “greatest hits of comedy.” As well as showing the best of their past series, they also aired pilots for new comedy series, in an attempt to gain interest or an audience, hopeful for a new series. I really enjoyed the fortnight for this reason. I liked the idea of getting a small taste of a show and then voting with … Continue reading Should the UK have a TV Pilot’s season?