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#221 Severus

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 07:01 AM

Caught the first episode of the Fall last night and it looks superb. Gillian Anderson has aged very well  :wub:


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#222 Johnoco

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:12 AM

, he even looks awkward on countdown but that could be down to been 10 foot away from rachel riley in one of those dresses!


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#223 Griff9of13

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:37 AM

New series Frankie is complete rubbish.

Cardboard cutout characters that are entirely without redeeming features, unrealistic and unbelievable plot lines and totally inaccurate portrayal of District Nursing.

Apart from that.....

 

Well I find it entertaining; an hour or so of light drama.

 

If you want a hard hitting documentary about the workings of District Nursing BBC Four is this way -->

 

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#224 gingerjon

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:38 AM

Light drama is normally a euphemism for "please don't expect much ..."


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#225 hindle xiii

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:43 AM

Light drama is normally a euphemism for "please don't expect much ..."

Is that what you say to Mrs...

 

No, no. I won't, I'll refrain!

 

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#226 gingerjon

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:46 AM

Is that what you say to Mrs...

 

No, no. I won't, I'll refrain!

 

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:53 AM

Well I find it entertaining; an hour or so of light drama.

 

If you want a hard hitting documentary about the workings of District Nursing BBC Four is this way -->

 

  :tongue:

If I want a hard hitting District Nurse I'll talk to Mrs Shadow :biggrin:

 

She watches Frankie and complains all the way through it.

Still watches it though. :rolleyes:


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

I occasionally get asked to preview pilot TV shows through my membership of YouGov.  Today, I previewed one, that I can't say too much about due to the confidentiality terms, and it was shockingly bad.  It was meant to be a light-hearted family drama series; the main characters were so narcissistic and sociopathic that they were utterly unlikeable despite blunt and obvious editorial inserts to make them less obnoxious, the script was so poorly written that it was painful and the pacing was all over the place.  An example was one of the narcissists refused to stop being 100% narcissistic even when there was a death to mourn, most successful narcissists can at least pretend to be empathetic at times but this character just wouldn't step outside of the box; what's worse, they gave him a wife and kids where the wife didn't know about the narcissism despite being fairly normal herself.  The actors did try their best and acted their ###### parts very well but you just can't polish a ######.  If that's the standard of things that are getting put out to limited public pilot then I'm not really looking forward to this summer's new TV shows.


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#229 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 11:15 AM

 spikey has made it off the back of pheonix nights and peter kays writing, im sure hes a nice enough chap but not that funny on his own, the new serieses of bullseye were cringworthy disaster due to picking the wrong host in mr spikey, he even looks awkward on countdown but that could be down to been 10 foot away from rachel riley in one of those dresses!

 

 

 spikey has made it off the back of pheonix nights and peter kays writing, im sure hes a nice enough chap but not that funny on his own, the new serieses of bullseye were cringworthy disaster due to picking the wrong host in mr spikey, he even looks awkward on countdown but that could be down to been 10 foot away from rachel riley in one of those dresses!

I think you'll find that kay made it off the back  of Spikey and Neil Fitzmaurice's writing.


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#230 hindle xiii

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 11:23 AM

I occasionally get asked to preview pilot TV shows through my membership of YouGov.  Today, I previewed one, that I can't say too much about due to the confidentiality terms, and it was shockingly bad.  It was meant to be a light-hearted family drama series; the main characters were so narcissistic and sociopathic that they were utterly unlikeable despite blunt and obvious editorial inserts to make them less obnoxious, the script was so poorly written that it was painful and the pacing was all over the place.  An example was one of the narcissists refused to stop being 100% narcissistic even when there was a death to mourn, most successful narcissists can at least pretend to be empathetic at times but this character just wouldn't step outside of the box; what's worse, they gave him a wife and kids where the wife didn't know about the narcissism despite being fairly normal herself.  The actors did try their best and acted their ###### parts very well but you just can't polish a ######.  If that's the standard of things that are getting put out to limited public pilot then I'm not really looking forward to this summer's new TV shows.

What have you previewed that made it and we may have heard of?


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#231 ckn

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 11:42 AM

What have you previewed that made it and we may have heard of?

I've not done that many as it's rare I have the time to commit 45 minutes to watching a random show I may absolutely hate.  I did review one earlier this year that I thought had promise but I've yet to see it come out.  Most seem to be very bland, boring, "me too" dramas that are just rip offs of successful shows and thankfully I've not seen any commissioned.


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#232 Griff9of13

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:10 PM

If I want a hard hitting District Nurse I'll talk to Mrs Shadow :biggrin:

 

She watches Frankie and complains all the way through it.

Still watches it though. :rolleyes:

 

Same in the griff9of13 household when it comes to school based dramas - Waterloo Road providing plenty of opportunity. 


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#233 hindle xiii

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

I have to turn to The Office to see how a professional outfit is run.


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#234 Johnoco

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:46 PM

Same in the griff9of13 household when it comes to school based dramas - Waterloo Road providing plenty of opportunity.


Scanning through the channels the other night I notice that someone (CBS Drama?) are showing re runs of this. The thing is it seems to be from about 2005 and I don't recall it being on tv then. (could be wrong) nor do I know the characters. I only caught 5 minutes so hardly through research, but it strikes me as odd. Like a pilot series or something.

#235 Amber Avenger

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:48 PM

Think it started around then - although there is such a massive turnover of cast that it's unsurprising it's unrecognisable from what it once was. When it started it was more of a straight-ish drama. Nowadays it's more of a long running serial - ie a soap without being a soap, much like Casualty/The Bill, both of which similarly evolved over time.


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#236 gingerjon

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:36 PM

Scanning through the channels the other night I notice that someone (CBS Drama?) are showing re runs of this. The thing is it seems to be from about 2005 and I don't recall it being on tv then. (could be wrong) nor do I know the characters. I only caught 5 minutes so hardly through research, but it strikes me as odd. Like a pilot series or something.

According to wiki it started in 2006 (on a series recorded in 2005). First series significantly shorter than the rest.
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#237 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:55 PM

According to wiki it started in 2006 (on a series recorded in 2005). First series significantly shorter than the rest.

It was a straight drama back then, filmed on the mean streets of Rochdale.  Loved how the school transferred to Scotland...


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#238 hindle xiii

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:22 AM

I think I'll give The Call Centre a miss.


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#239 gingerjon

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 06:26 AM

It was a straight drama back then, filmed on the mean streets of Rochdale.

Showing how in touch I am I thought it still was until I read the wiki page.
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#240 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:36 AM

I think I'll give The Call Centre a miss.

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