May 2017

SIR ROGER MOORE: Saint, lord, secret agent, legend

May 30, 2017 - 14:40
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Roger Moore

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

There are few people in TV & movies with whom their talent, personality and natural charm, can stay deeply engraved on your memory many years after their finest hour has long passed.

And for me; Sir Roger Moore, is just such a memory.

Sir Roger George Moore, was an English actor who was best known for playing Ian Flemming's secret agent James Bond between 1973 and 1985.

DARA & ED's ROAD TO MANDALAY: A good travel show, but I'm still not going

May 30, 2017 - 14:35
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Dara & Ed's Road to Mandalay

As well as bite-size dramas, the occasional episode of Emmerdale, quiz and irritating talent shows, I do enjoy a travel show. And the latest offering from the BBC has certainly held my interest.

I'm referring of course to Dara & Eds Road To Mandalay.

Having never had any inkling to travel to Thailand to say nothing of having any desire to travel to south east Asia, I particularly enjoyed this documentary thanks primarily to Dara & Ed's witty banter.

They make a fairly good double-act

Paula: Bored teacher meets sociopathic white van man

May 30, 2017 - 14:31
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Denise Gough as Paula and Tom Hughes as James

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

Bite sized dramas are looking like they're going down a treat.

I say this because we are indeed getting a lot of them lately. What with Dark Angel, Moorside, Apple Tree Yard, Little Boy Blue and more recently, the BBC's Three Girls, it's fair to say there's a healthy appetite for these 3 to 4 part dramas which grab the attention straight off, and keep you watching.

Or is it just me?

Anyway; the BBC's latest in this genre, 'Paula', is no exception.

THE DURRELLS: Sundays won't be the same without them

May 30, 2017 - 14:27
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The Durrells

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

Sunday night escapism even for just an hour can be a welcome relief. A little while to yourself to forget the things ahead be it the job, the mortgage, the bills, the food trip to Tesco's, the kids, your partner, or the fear of facing a whole week of Britain's Got Talent: The Live Shows on the telly, or whatever else burdens you.

It's that little time of blissful self indulgence that recharges your batteries and helps you to face the new week with a grin.

Your Face Or Mine? Narcissistic garbage but it made me laugh

May 24, 2017 - 09:26
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Katherine Ryan and Jimmy Carr

By Andy Lloyd @ScarfmanAndy

This comedy game show based purely on how physically attractive people look, got off to an immediate bad start when it appeared to joke about obsessive compulsive disorder. The featured couple Harry and Charlotte, jokingly argued together whether or not she had OCD? As a sufferer of severe OCD for the last twenty-five years, then this section really infuriated me because it is not a topic to be laughed at. This illness can ruin lives and can be all consuming and extremely debilitating.

GEOFFREY BAYLDON: Catweazle finally flies

May 22, 2017 - 14:28
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Catweazle - Geoffrey Bayldon

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

A long long time ago, on a TV far far away . . .

There once lived a wizard called Catweazle.

I bet you youngsters out there are wondering what the heck am I talking about? And if Kevin O'Sullivan is indeed reading this, I would forgive the famed journalist, mentor and old codger for thinking, "Why is Andy writing about Jeremy Corbyn?"

A TIME TO LIVE: 12 life disciples discuss living with death

May 21, 2017 - 20:44
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A Time To Live

By Andy Simon @AndySimon55

It is often said by many and not just the wise that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes.

Regarding taxes? Yeah; most of us pay them, be it all grudgingly.  At least with taxes there is a small chance of you getting some rebate. Granted; it's rare but not impossible.

As for death? Well, that's different. There's no chance of any rebate there, no compromise, no special dispensation, no immunity from prosecution and no get-out-of-jail-free card.

Tonight's TV tips: Count Arthur Strong, EastEnders and Coronation Street

May 19, 2017 - 14:03
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Count Arthur Strong

Coronation Street (ITV, 7.30 & 8.30pm) The sexploitation of Bethany continues apace as sleazy Nathan plies her with booze and forces to don sexy clothes ahead of an assignation with another of his creepy mates. Luckily, worried mum Sarah intervenes in the nick of time. But can she persuade her brainwashed daughter to return to her dysfunctional family?

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Kat & Alfie: Redwater. Irish eyes aren’t smiling after the return of the Cockney couple from hell

May 18, 2017 - 20:39
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Kat & Alfie: Redwater

The thrilling action starts with the world’s worst sea rescue as a tragic mum slips slowly beneath the waves while her indifferent sons and a lousy lifeboat guy watch her drown from a distance of about three feet. Hail the heroes.

But fast forward 21 years and there’s even worse news for the picturesque Irish coastal town of Redwater. Kat and Alfie Moon have come to stay. A lukewarm welcome to Albert Square’s most irritating couple in all their lack of glory. The return we’ve not been waiting for.

King Charles 111: a play that doesn't translate well for TV

May 18, 2017 - 13:03
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King Charles 111 with the late Tim Pigott-Smith

By Angela McCluskey @angelamccluskey

I'm half way through King Charles 111 and I'm getting a wee bit fooked off with this iambic pentameter angle on the dialogue. For gawd sake, even I, as tenement-raised Glaswegian with a grammer school background, am aware than when this style was used for theatrical productions it was done so in a purely poetical manner with great thought being given to the words used.