Posts Tagged ‘Harry’

I’m starting a new series of articles for Rather Be Mental this week. Its the ‘You better abide by my TV guide’ series (don’t laugh! It took me half an hour to think of that…) that will basically, with as much arrogance and gusto as I can muster, tell you what you should be watching. I will try do one for each week and they will cover shows from not just within the UK but also around the world.

First up this week – Lip Service; BBC3, Friday’s 9pm.

Now for those of you who know what Lip Service is, well you will probably be a bit surprised to find out I am a fan. Why? Well because it is a drama set in Glasgow, focusing on the lives of three lesbians. Now bear with me here! Firstly, it is a well written, fantastically acted drama first and foremost. And you certainly don’t need to be gay to get sucked into all the drama. Honestly, it is funny, smart and literally has me shocked week in, week out at the many twists and turns. Shocking me is difficult, so I have to give it its dues. Out of the cast, I have to give kudos to Fiona Button who plays Tess. Not only has she managed to build up the many layers of her character in just 10 short episodes, but she single handedly shouldered the funny aspects of the show and has me laughing every week. Newcomer Anna Skellern, who plays Lexie is also a favourite of mine and has a good balance between comedy and drama. Overall, it is a great drama that I really think is overlooked way too much by the critics simple because the characters are gay. Give it a look and check out the trailer, and if you want to catch up you can find all the episodes either on BBC iplayer or youtube. Enjoy!

Next up…

Silent Witness; Available on iPlayer

I think Silent Witness definitely deserves a mention, even though this series has very annoyingly come to an end. I say ‘very annoyingly’ as one of the episodes has been pulled by the BBC as it was too similar to a recent trial. My issue? Well, from watching the preview for the episode, it seems obvious that that was exactly what the writers were going for, and so I think it is silly to pull it. People have brains, they can distinguish fact from fiction and it would be nice if the BBC gave us a chance to do that.

Anyway, rant over – Silent Witness, if you didn’t already know, follows three pathologists as they solve crimes… Well I didn’t say it was realistic did I? It really isn’t actually, but what it lacks in substance, it certainly makes up for in style. Each episode has an invisible cloak over it that just oozes atmosphere, and the three central characters – particularly Harry and Nikki are extremely likeable to the point were we let the plot holes off. Plus, occasionally it shocks me when the killer is revealed… and that never happens when I watch the US shows! Check it out on iPlayer now, and take a look at the clip provided for a preview.

And finally…

Game of Thrones; Sky Atlantic, Wednesday, 10:15 pm (Or online if you can’t wait!)

If you are not already watching Game of Thrones, firstly – clear your schedule and catch up immediately; secondly – where the hell have you been?!

Every few years, a show comes a long that really changes TV. Lost taught us that TV can be as well produced and written as any movie; Buffy turned the slasher movie premise on its head in those first few lines,  “I am the thing that monsters have nightmares about“; The Simpsons told us that cartoons were no longer just for kids; and ER made an impossible scene to shoot look really god damn easy.

And to be honest, there hasn’t been that many radical shows in recent years. True Blood comes close, with its mix of sex, gore and drama, it is hard to ignore how great that first series was – but it peaked and then it fell back down again. The Walking Dead also definitely earned a nod in the way it is possibly the scariest show on TV, and more than that, it is one of the best written shows in terms of character development – from a Zombie drama!

But, for me Game of Thrones surpasses both of the aforementioned. Why? Well because it is EPIC. This is a word that gets tossed around a lot in Hollywood – Sci Fi epic… Epic biography… blah blah blah. With Game of Thrones, I don’t use the word lightly. It really is epic. It had the gall to kill off one of the central characters, and most famous actors, in one foul swoop (I won’t say who for your own benefit!); it has a class A cast who week in, week out deliver Emmy deserving performances (and an actual Emmy for the outstanding Peter Dinklage); it takes us from the desert planes, to the icey wilderness beyond the wall delivering stunning cinematography at such ease that we come to expect it when we shouldn’t; and the writing – well that is second to none, and is the shows vibranium core to Iron Man’s super suit. Honestly, it is unlike any show I’ve ever seen. It makes the pilot of Lost look like a school production. And above all that, it has a wealth of story to use thanks to George RR Martin’s novels.

Seriously, don’t take my word for it. Check out the trailer for a preview – and catch up now.

Anyway, that’s it for now… remember – You better abide by my TV guide! It’s for your own good!

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I’m not one to jump on any bandwagon’s – in fact I make it my mission in life to jump on as little as possible. But its pretty hard not to get into royal wedding fever, especially here in lovely sunny [haha I can’t even keep a straight face saying that one] England. I’m not saying I’ve already got my Kate-and-william-embossed porcelain thimble, but I’m more than a bit enthralled with it all (mostly because it means we all get an extra day off!). I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’ll be watching what Lifetime has churned out where the royal couple are concerned – although I may give it a go just for the comedy value!

William and Kate the movie

They got an American to play Kate!? And they filmed it IN America. Oh yes this is definitely going to be authentic! Hilarious points made by the voice over woman too I might add. I would PAY to see this film if that’s really Harry!