I have been some enjoying some splendid telly recently which has left all other telly box offerings in the shade….the good news is I have gorged and found nothing to complain about…the bad news is there is nothing else I want to watch. I even managed to get bored today when I had a spare twenty minutes and i-player had very little left to offer me in the post-work -pre-school-run hiatus…..
Here’s the best of the bunch – feast your eyeballs on this lot…
Burton and Taylor
I’m a Burton and Taylor purist – especially when it comes to Burton. I won’t have a bad word said against Liam Neeson but he should never have re-done the voice over of War of the Worlds and attempted to replicate the perfection that was Burton’s voice….. #firstworldproblems.
That said, I loved this biopic of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that invites us to consider the short period in their lives when they came together as actors for the last time to take Noel Coward’s Private Lives to the stage.
Dominic West is being touted for a Bafta for his reprisal of Burton and it was on i-player until about ten minutes ago so I am hoping it will do the rounds again. Perfectly executed telly.
There is a small bias in this recommendation .
Shot in and around Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire where I grew up, Hinterland is a crime drama in the Scandi-style, but it is acted in Welsh and English. The Welsh is subtitled where required (surprising numbers of words need no translations – “fideo”, “pants” and “shit”) and the actors slip seamlessly between the two languages just as they do in everyday life in deepest darkest West Wales….
It is a cliche to say the scenery is a character in its own right, but anyone that has been moved by “Cynddylan on a Tractor”, done their D of E in the Brecon Beacons, or spent the day in the rain in August on a deserted but beautiful Welsh beach, will love the way this is shot. The excellent crime stories and perfect acting are a bonus.
The Trip To Italy
I missed the first series of Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan travelling, doing impressions and eating stuff. This one is set in Italy and they make their way round the coast in the footsteps of Byron and Shelley. Aside from being rendered insensible with mirth at some of their random asides, the by-line story based (extremely) loosely on Rob Brydon’s marriage was compelling.
Loved the food, loved the look of it, loved the idiocy of two fellers (sometimes in a mini) trying to out-do each other with their impressions of Roger Moore hooting when he needs volume. At least one trusted friend has booked their Summer holiday to Italy based entirely on their dining choices so its worth a look for that level of foodie inspiration alone.