Review: Thoroughly Modern ‘Victoria,’ Still Nursing That Crush

Rufus Sewell’s portrayal of Lord Melbourne was the best thing about the  the premiere episode of Masterpiece’s “Victoria.” Overall, the pacing in the episode  one was a bit weird, and the look recalls a tv perfume commercial from the ’70s, “Your Windsong® stays on my mind…” However, the growing tension/attraction between Lord M and Victoria kept it interesting. I’ll be watching part 2, but I want to see at least some heavy petting from the height-challenged queen and Lord Dreamboat by the end of the episode! Read the New York Times Review below, and as Chuck Berry sang, “Go, Go,Go! Little Queenie!” 
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Disney had the princess game to itself for a while, but recently there’s been some competition. From real princesses. Why resort to computer-animated Polynesian or Nordic teenagers when you can watch a tale of empowerment and agency about a young woman who actually became queen of the United Kingdom?

First, Netflix gave us “The Crown,” 10 sumptuous and slightly stuffy episodes about the woman who would become Queen Elizabeth II. Now PBS jumps back a century for “Victoria,” eight episodes about Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother, beginning on Sunday on “Masterpiece.”

And while sumptuous still applies, stuffy is not a word that in any way describes “Victoria,” [ . . .  ] Read the full NY Times Review

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The Guardian: Best TV shows of the year

A lot of you were really, really surprised this didn’t come in higher than no 4 in our list, so good news: it’s at the top of yours. Sarah Lancashire “deserves every award going” for her performance as Sgt Catherine Cawood. Gritty, realistic and believable, Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley is a crime drama done right.

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December 2016 8:15amBrilliant series. Those responsible for the cliched mush that makes up just about every other crime/murder drama on British TV should look at how to construct plot out of characters (rather than the other way round – yes, I’m looking at you, The Missing), sidestep cliches, put the comic and the painful together, and portray people who actually seem to have had relationships with each other before the cameras rolled. I’m wondering what three programmes you have ranked above it.

Read Full Story: The best TV shows of the year – as voted by you | Television & radio | The Guardian

Netflix’s Lovesick and TNT’s Good Behavior have been the best possible postelection escapist TV.

Along with half of the country, I took ill in early November with a particularly virulent case of despondence and malaise. For this ailment, well-tried cure-alls proved to be of little use. Sleeping—the deep, catatonic, blot-out-the-world kind—helped a little, if one could manage it. Chicken soup proved to be far less effective than pizza. Even the notorious sick-day treat of lying on the couch and watching television all day didn’t help.

We are still figuring out how best to live with this chronic illness, but in the meantime, I have discovered a temporary symptom alleviator that works for about an hour or two at a time: charming, nontragic romances. One such soother is Netflix’s Lovesick, formerly known as Scrotal Recall.  Despite its previous name’s suggestion that Continue reading

Fawlty Towers stars John Cleese and Connie Booth salute Andrew Sachs

John Cleese ‘He left me weak with laughter’:

The first time I set eyes on Andy Sachs was at the Lyric Theatre, London, in the autumn of 1973. Andy was appearing with Alec Guinness in Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus, an exquisitely crafted sex-farce about a respectable family in Brighton in the 1960s. Andy was playing a piano tuner, but the magnificent Margaret Courtenay mistook him for the man who was coming to measure her for a custom-made bra. When Andy started on the standard pianist’s hand-and-finger stretching routine, she began to register anticipation of nameless carnal delights, producing one of the funniest farcical moments I have ever seen. Weak with laughter, I managed to open my programme and underline his name [ . . . ]

Source: Fawlty Towers stars John Cleese and Connie Booth salute Andrew Sachs | Television & radio | The Guardian

‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown wants to play young Princess Leia in future ‘Star Wars’ film

Young actor speaks about possible future movie role

Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in Stranger Things, has expressed her desire to portray a younger version of Princess Leia in an upcoming Star Wars movie.
The 12 year-old, one of the breakthrough stars of the Netflix hit, recently appeared at Rhode Island Comic Con when she was asked about future roles she would like to be involved with.
Brown is reported to have responded: “Princess Leia. If they made – I think they are making another Star Wars – I would love a role like that. Because I want to do something far from Eleven or Madison [her character in BBC drama Intruders].” […]

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown wants to play young Princess Leia in future ‘Star Wars’ film – NME

Netflix ‘The Crown’ Season 2 Air Date: More Political & Disastrous Events In The Queen’s Reign

Netflix “The Crown” Season 2 spoilers about the storyline, cast, and air date.

Contrary to earlier reports, “The Crown” Season 2 is underway. Netflix’s “The Crown” original series showcases royal drama in the areas of love, family, and politics. With the first season coming to a close, the second season will feature more drama as the former ends with the Queen’s struggle following Winston Churchill’s resignation and the short tenancy of Anthony Eden plus the scandal that followed his short reign […]

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The Disastrous Shadow Looming Over The Crown Season 2

How a crippling drug addiction brought England to its knees.

There was more than enough interpersonal, romantic, and familial drama in the first season of The Crown to give Peter Morgan’sintellectual exploration of Queen Elizabeth’s first years on the throne a nice, soapy sheen. The sisterly conflict over Princess Margaret’s affair, the insinuations about Philip’s roving eye, and Elizabeth’s strong emotional connection to Lord Carnarvon were all the stuff dynastic family dramas are built on. And while we know there will be no lack of royal tension moving forward—Season 1 very cleverly laid the groundwork for the tumultuous marriage of Charles and Diana, decades later—it’s probable that Season 2 will actually be a good deal more political.

Elizabeth and her country are headed into one of the biggest tests they would ever face. And, sadly, they’ll end up failing it. […]

Read Full Story: The Disastrous Shadow Looming Over The Crown Season 2 | Vanity Fair

Steve Coogan’s Caroline Aherne tribute

Last night’s comedy telethon Stand Up to Cancer was full of touching and heartbreaking clips of real people who’ve struggled with or lost loved ones to the disease, but one moment stood out as particularly poignant.

During the broadcast actor and comedian Steve Coogan paid tribute to Caroline Aherne, the creator and star of series including The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family (with co-writer Craig Cash) and narrator of Gogglebox, who died of lung cancer aged 52 just three months ago.
“30 years ago, when I started out in comedy, I met a girl who worked as a secretary for the BBC,” Coogan said in the tribute. “She was sassy, sexy, earthy, kind, smart, sometimes daft.
“She mercilessly took the piss and she made me and our small gang of Manchester friends laugh until they cried. Her name was Caroline Aherne.”

READ FULL STORY at Source: Stand Up to Cancer: Watch Steve Coogan’s Caroline Aherne tribute

Caroline Aherne in character as Mrs. Merton with Martin Clunes 1997