Television

A lot of its quite rubbish. Sometimes I enjoy watching the rubbish. Sometimes its really good. Nice one Mr Telly.

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The Armando Iannucci Shows

You know who Armando Iannucci is, don’t you? I mean, you wouldn’t click a link to such a name if you had no idea who he is? I’d like to take a moment to point out Armando is a very fine name.

If you are visiting this page without any prior knowledge… Congratulations on venturing into the unknown! If you’ve already watched The Armando Iannucci Shows. Good wasn’t it!

Iannucci is known for Veep, the Day Today, The Thick of It and even Alan Partridge.

But did you know, (no, not you, we’ve already established that you’ve seen it) that Iannucci made a self titled show in 2001?

Wanna hear why it’s still relevant?

Also, I can confirm I’ve said “Iannucci” 4, no, 5 times now. That’s some top stats. You can look forward to more in-depth Iannucci statistics within. 6 times.

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The InputError Award for best Television show 2016 – AGAIN

“Arghhhhhh that was a load of old bollcosk last time!” – Throws bottle into crowd. ” I’ll cut you, I’ll cut all of you!”

Stranger Things

80s mode activate

Worried applause.

“Lets try that again, the nominees are… ”

  • “Stranger Things”
  • “The Night Manager”
  • “Ash Vs the Evil Dead”
  • “Narcos”
  • “Luke Cage”

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    Sweet Christmas

  • Banshee
  • “The Night Of”
  • “Game of that Thrones”
  • “Westworld”
  • “Black Mirror”

“…Aaaaaand the winner is…”

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The InputError Award for best Television show 2016

“That’s just lovely Dave, anyway let’s press on…”

Stranger Things

80s mode activate

Minor applause and muted conversation.

“The nominees are… ”

  • “Stranger Things”
  • “The Night Manager”
  • “Ash Vs the Evil Dead”
  • “Narcos”
  • “Luke Cage”

    Luke Cage tv

    Sweet Christmas

  • Banshee
  • “The Night Of”
  • “Game of that Thrones”
  • “Westworld”
  • “Black Mirror”

“…Aaaaaand the winner is…”

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Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit

Go 8 Bit

Someone once told me that “watching passively as someone plays video games on TV is pointless, redundant, boring.”

I nodded, then patiently waited for them to leave the room, so I could enjoy my time of passive telly watching in peace.

Go 8 Bit is a show continuing in the vein of the many other British comedy/quiz panel shows we’ve had over the past 20 years.

  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks, celebrities making jokes about/answering questions about music.
  • They Think it’s All Over – celebrities making jokes about/answering questions about sport.
  • QI – celebrities making jokes about/answering questions about being crap at all other quizzes.

But this one is alright, because it’s about something we all know and care about, right?! Computer games!

Its a GAMES show geddit

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Banshee – Three Season Round Up Extraordinaire

TELEVISION REVIEW

A mostly spoiler free-review of the explosive hit television show. Also with swearing because I’m pretty sure any talk of Banshee demands a liberal amount of swearing.

I loved the first two episodes back in April and have burned through season one, two and three. Impressive right?

So… Did it get better?

I was tempted to replace the entirety of this review with pictures of delicious full plates of pies. Not just any pies… Steak and booze pie with lashings of gravy and mash. No captions required. It would represent how I feel about the show far better then stupid bloody words.

Anyway, I wont go on. A brief article to follow.

Blue comments & gif additions by Joey Jo Jo

Stupid bloody words

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Preacher – The Last Preachering: Part 3

SPOILER-FREE TELEVISION REVIEW: SEASON 1 – EPISODES 5, 6 & 7

We have entered a somewhat dreary mid-point, can they pull it back? Let’s take one last final look at Preacher, as there’s little more to say about the show. That’s not a good sign.

I very much suspect the show will end with a big-bash-boosh of a tarty ending. So let’s all assume we’re all happy at the end and looking forward to the next series, which would, no doubt, be bigger and better.

You can read excitable gibberish about episodes 1 and 2 here, and less excitable nonsense on episodes 3 & 4 here.

It’s still mostly-spoiler free cos nothings fucking happened.

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Detectives in front of shops

Review of every consultant detective show ever

Detective shows are great aren’t they? Everyone likes clever-dicks working through clues and making up a load of ol’ twaddle.

Do you know what’s better than a police detective?

Yes, that’s right, a smug consultant showing the incompetent police how it’s done.

Let’s enter the nosy, busy-body world of top notch amateur sleuthing. They don’t play by the rules, they don’t know the rules.

Insert the finest tobacco into your favoured pipe, as we review every single one of these shows ever! At the end we’ll decide which one is the best!

Follow the evidence

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Preacher – Follow up

SPOILER-FREE TELEVISION REVIEW: SEASON 1 – EPISODES 3 & 4

Excitement can lead to words like “tantalising” and “relentless”. Madness I say.

A great pilot doth not maketh the great show so let’s, once again, plunge slightly sideways into the gruesome world of Preacher.

I asked the question can Preacher keep up the relentless pace?

Well do ya? Punk?

You can read excitable gibberish about episodes 1 and 2 here, which might help with the following.

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The Ren and Stimpy Show

The Ren and Stimpy Show

Television retrospective

STEIIIIIIMPPPY!!!!! YOU EEEIDDDDIOT!

You know you’ve made it when people are buying cuddly toys of your animated stars. Even if it stars a psychopathic Chihuahua and a simple-minded Cat. Back in the nineties Ren and Stimpy swept onto screen to acclaim and controversy. Mostly controversy.

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Poor Sweet Ren

Imagine my surprise when I came across the delightful “magic nose goblins” whilst eating dinner with the family. Imagine the horror as the camera zooms in for an extreme close up of Ren’s withered face.

Imagine eating to this?

Whoever was in charge of the scheduling on BBC2 is a national hero.

Joy!

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Preacher

Spoiler-free Television Review: Season 1 – Episodes 1 & 2

A “thing” happens to misery-guts Preacher Jesse Custer. Finding out what that is, is half the fun. Unless you’ve read the comics… That’s ok. You can derive pleasure by complaining it’s not identical to the drawings. It’s a Win – Win!

Sorry, it’s now far too late to read through the Preacher back catalogue or even flick through IMDB. Best get watchin’ the first episode. C’mon quick, before its thoroughly spoiled by loved ones, friends and disgusting social media.

Before you start, I best warn you that the comic didn’t hold back on its strong themes, with a grand capacity to be crude, violent and outlandish in equal measure. Also, as you can tell from the title of the show. There might be the odd religious thing thrown into the mix.

Excited aren’t you.

YEP… Nod

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Empire – Typical episode review.

The Scene: A tacky penthouse adorned with cheap props.

Enter Lucious Lyon mumbling, scratching and complaining. He acts and looks like an early 90’s tough gangster type. For no reason whatsoever he sits at the piano and breaks out in song. He sounds closer to Stevie Wonder, instantly breaking the tough gangster illusion the show so desperately craves.

The song is heartfelt tale about his troubled childhood and scotch eggs.

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Luther

TELEVISION NOT REVIEW: SEASON 1, 2, 3 & 4 plus Halloween AND xmas SPECIALS

It’s incredibly difficult to put my feelings for Luther into words. It’s a great show, not because of the script, that’s mostly tosh, but the acting performances are exemplary. 

Luther is an obsessive no-nonsense police detective, shaking filing cabinets with pure man rage.

A comprehensive review follows.

Banshee

Banshee – 2013

TELEVISION REVIEW: Season 1 – Episode 1 & 2.

An unfair review based on two episodes of Season 1. Great fun was had by the writer.

The pilot episode of Banshee sets everything up nicely with great action sequences and a simple plot. I especially love the main character’s jaw. He looks like an even angrier Andrew Falkous chewing a whole pack of wine gums.

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Antony Starr                                                                                                  Andrew Falkous

 Spoilers ahead, but the show’s 3 years old now, is it still a spoiler? Anyway, it really doesn’t matter.

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15 Peeps High

Peep Show (2003) /15 Storeys High (2002)

Peep Storeys. 15 Peeps High. I’ll stop now

– Anyway, Two shows you may have missed

How to recommend tv comedy? Blimey, I don’t know what you like, how could I?

Sure, some universal comedic constants remain throughout cultures. We can all appreciate a small child being hit by a car on “You’ve Been Framed” or “Kids Do the Funniest Things”, or (what we now call) the Internet, but some other people might not enjoy it quite as much as you do.

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