Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

Binge Viewing 2019

June 4, 2019

More trans-Atlantic flights, more Ipad entertainment courtesy of Netflix, Amazon Prime and iTunes.  Here are some of the shows I’ve been watching.

  • Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

My favourite TV series from the 60’s, 140 episodes from Beautiful Downtown Burbank – first aired as a pilot on September 9, 1967 – and a celeb tribute just aired on Netflix.  I’m watching them all, show by show – a great commentary on those seminal 60’s/70’s years.  The hosts, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, Lily Tomlin, Jo Anne Worley – all produced by George Schlatter (CFG – as he was referred to on set – which stood for Crazy Fuckin’ George!).  Making me feel young again.  Thanks Amazon Prime.

  • Delhi Crime

On Netflix.  Making me feel old again.  Based on the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case.  A fascinating look into the realities of life in a fascinating country.

  • My Brilliant Friend

iTunes.  From Fremantle.  The first of four Neapolitan novels exploring female friendships – created by Saverio Costanzo.  The second series, based on Ferrante’s second novel ‘The Story of a New Name’ has just been confirmed and commissioned.

  • Killing Eve

I guess you’ve all seen this.  Series Two is on air in the US.  Brilliant acting from both leads.

  • True Detective

Series Three on iTunes and HBO.  The best so far – amazing performances from Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali.

  • The Highwaymen

Thinking of True Detective got me thinking of Woody Harrelson.  He stole the show in Netflix’ Bonnie & Clyde movie based on the true story and seen from the viewpoint of the former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault.  I liked watching the two old grizzlies Costner and Harrelson having fun.

Three Netflix international series have passed away the miles for me:

  • Carlo and Malik – A fun Italian cop/buddy series with a twist on racism.
  • Wild District – a Colombian series showing the seamy side of government corruption – interesting not least because I’m off on my second trip to Colombia in November – to Cartagena and Medellin to speak at a WOBI World Economic Forum. I enjoyed my last visit to Bogota four/five years ago and I believe progress continues to be rapid.

And finally:

  • When Heroes Fly – set in Colombia again – but made in that edgy creative hotspot, Israel.

I love watching these international dramas with their different cultural, photographic and pacing approaches.  Production-wise, they’ve mastered doing more with less.

Finally, new series of The Bureau, Goliath, Berlin Station, The Son are all worth a go.

Can’t wait for Deutschland 86, and Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  (And a guilty pleasure – Keanu Reeves in John Wick 3.)



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