Paranormal Daphne du Maurier

Random watch of the week: The Breakhrough (1975) — I believe a rec strewn in my path from Stones perhaps. I nearly scrolled past when I saw Daphne Du Maurier’s name and thought oh, give a go. And Simon Ward (who led me down a side quest for the 1970 television series based on Dumas’…

Only The Stones Remain

Before I was laid low with fever and dreams, I watched a couple of folk horror classics that I had often heard about but never watched. Being well-versed in 70s American television horror I remain sadly deficient in the British counterpart, though I have made great strides since the whole folk horror boom arose (mostly…

Cannibal Comfort

Is it weird that one of my comfort watches is a series about cannibalism? Considering how sad most of my other televisions choices are (Bleak House, Sense & Sensibility [2008], Jane Eyre [2006]) I suppose it’s not. Also it’s stunningly beautiful, a masterpiece of hapticity that makes you want to caress the screen. While Mads…

Review: Upstart Crow

The final episode of the first series of Upstart Crow has aired and David Mitchell, who stars as the bard himself, confirmed on Twitter that there will be a second series. It follows the adventures of the up-and-coming playwright who still finds himself¬† struggling to make his mark in the hurlyburly of Elizabethan England. Action…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The Royle Family

I know some of you will immediately say, “Overlooked, my arse!” since it’s on UK Gold regularly. But as the majority of my readers here are Americans, I feel justified in the choice — besides, when do I pass by a chance to share this terrific show? The Royle Family was created by writer/director Caroline…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The Bedsitter

I have featured Tony Hancock before on a Tuesday (though I don’t seem to have done The Rebel yet which amazes me; and this reminds me too that I haven’t yet done the apocalyptic comedy The Bedsitting Room). This is an episode of the half hour shows, but an unusual one as it’s the first…

What the Dickens?!

Hey, join me at the party! The Writer’s Party, that is, where I do my Auntie Mame impression. I talk about inspiration and writing and whatnot. Not quite as crazily as I did at Mr B’s but it’s not possible to maintain that high level of madness all the time. A decent showing in the…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Brett’s Holmes

We had thought to head out to the islands today but the winds put the kibosh on that idea. So we may head out to the movies, which reminds me it’s time for Tuesday’s overlooked films or in this case, television. With all the attention being given to the new Sherlock and the Guy Ritchie…

Know-vember: Dana Gravesen

The days are just packed, to steal a phrase from Calvin and Hobbes! No sooner does Dana compliment me on the fun to be had in Know-vember than I strong-arm him into answering my devious questions. And now they’re up — BAM. Serves him right! I first knew Dana as a snot-nosed thirteen-year-old on the…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Do Not Adjust Your Set

I’m looking forward to Holy Flying Circus tomorrow night, the documentary on the fight against the Python’s Life of Brian. I know I’ve likely seen a lot of the footage already, but I’m sure it will be enjoyable nonetheless. Good example of how bonkers people can get over something they assume will offend them. At…