REVIEW: Killing Eve (S2 E2/8)

With episode one offering little in the way of plot development, and only a smidgeon of the psycho action we have come to expect from Killing Eve, we have to hope that this week’s episode moves things along a bit faster, and with a bit more panache. Certainly things are progressing, with a substantially recovered…

REVIEW: Wild Bill (S1 E1/6)

Depending on your vintage, Rob Lowe might represent different things for you as a viewer; he could be the Brat Pack Rob of St.Elmo’s Fire, “Schmutzy Pants” Rob of The West Wing or the lovable but dim Rob of Parks & Recreation. Certainly as an actor, he was way ahead of the curve in terms…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E5/6)

I mistakenly thought that this second series was eight episodes long, but it is, in fact, six episodes. To be honest, I think it could’ve done with those eight episodes because the plot is starting to become unwieldy and slightly confusing. We have the murder of William Vaughan and his wife Madlen languishing in jail…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E4/6)

Some of the most touching, human and impressively acted moments in Un Bore Mercher happen right at the end of each episode, during the musical montage. In recent weeks, we’ve seen Faith struggle to deal with the impending release of Evan from jail, the Vaughan court case and the fact that Gael Reardon (and Breeze…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E3/6)

There was a moment in this third episode of the second series of Un Bore Mercher that made me want to stand up and break out into applause. It wasn’t a sensational plot twist, it wasn’t a line of dialogue and nor was it a lovingly photographed shot of the Welsh countryside. It was a…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E5&6/6)

In three short weeks we’ve reached the conclusion to this third series of Cardinal – and whilst it’s not lived up to the standard set by its debut season, the show remains an enjoyable experience as a solid police procedural. Much of these last two episodes were more concerned with the second-string story around the…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E2/6)

It’s always tricky for a series that enjoyed a successful first run to pick up the momentum and hit the ground running in its follow-up. That tricky second album syndrome. For writer and creator Matthew Hall, it’s a case of moving chess pieces around, giving the characters plausible and believable challenges to develop them; to…

REVIEW: Un Bore Mercher (S2 E1/6)

I have to admit something. Despite being thrilled by the surge in Cymru Noir, the first series of Un Bore Mercher slipped through the net when it aired first on S4C (look, we can’t watch everything, ok?).  When it went onto air on BBC One, it slipped through the net again. And, of course, it…

REVIEW: Cardinal (S3 E3&4/6)

We’re already halfway through the new season of Cardinal and things are just starting to heat up, with the dynamics of family life once again at the forefront of these episodes. One family that seems to be forged from fractured lives is that of Sharlene ‘Mama’ Winston and her brood of runaways. But Mama’s not…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 8/8)

There’s no doubt about it: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco has improved immeasurably during this second batch of four episodes. The pacing is better, the stories are meatier with greater substance, and everything feels more in sync. Last week, the first part of the final two-part story, there was even a twist in the usual…

REVIEW: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (S3 E7/8)

Throughout this third series of The Bletchley Circle (and the first to be set in San Francisco), I’ve been enjoying the cultural references of the 1950s – a decade that has always fascinated me. In this batch of four episodes, the last in the series, we’ve seen stories using civil rights, the beginning of the…