REVIEW: Below The Surface (S2 E3&4/8)

Only just making it before this evening’s new episodes, here is a recap of last week’s events. As compensation for my tardiness, and in response to Tim’s question, I have at least checked that the doors to the car deck do remain unlocked during the crossings. At the end of episode two, we left Below The…

REVIEW: Waco (S1 E6/6)

And so it came to this. We know what happened in the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, in 1993, but this excellent series has put so much meat on the bone. It has presented cult leader David Koresh not as a cartoonish, fire and brimstone preacherzilla but as a nuanced human…

REVIEW: I Am The Night (S2 E2/6)

Last week’s opening episode of this series, which tells the dark story of the Hodel family, was a workmanlike set-up instalment. We saw how young Fauna, growing up in the segregated streets of off-the-beaten-track Nevada in the 1960s soon saw her world tipped upside down – believing she was a mixed-race girl, she received the…

REVIEW: Below The Surface (S2 E1&2/8)

After a summer with Montalbano we leave Sicily behind and head back north for Denmark for BBC Four’s Saturday-night crime treat. This second series of Below the Surface is created by Jesper Bernt, who was head writer for the second (and entirely stand-alone) series of The Team, which was broadcast in Denmark last year to…

REVIEW: Waco (S1 E5/6)

Episode five of this excellent series – which retells the fateful siege of Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas in 1993 – feels like the slight calm before the storm. We’ve seen how politics within David Koresh’s compound and outside in the FBI compound has frayed minds and temperaments. And even now, there’s a sense that…

REVIEW: Killing Eve (S2 E8/8)

So Eve and Villanelle are in Rome, trying to figure out Bond villain Peel’s master plan – Villanelle’s behaving herself and everything is going tickety-boo. What could possible go wrong? Apart from the fact that Villanelle has killed Nico’s girlfriend Gemma, and locked him in a storage container, that is. Well, let’s think about how…

REVIEW: Waco (S1 E4/6)

This re-telling of the Waco siege is shaping up to be an excellent series. At the end of episode three, we got an insight into the terrifying mind of David Koresh. He wasn’t a monster in the traditional sense – he was one that manipulates, coerces and controls, all under a guise of a nerdy,…

REVIEW: Killing Eve (S2 E7/8)

Villanelle’s amusing herself with a couple of lovers, Eve’s increasingly isolated from her colleagues and husband, and Peel’s evil plans are still obscure – but with the Rome meeting coming up, will Eve’s plans bear fruit, or come to dust? We’ve found out a lot more about Villanelle’s twisted psychology since her AA meetings, but…

REVIEW: Wild Bill (S1 E6/6)

Wild Bill reached the end of it’s debut season this week with little fanfare, having crawled to its conclusion with barely two million viewers still hanging on for the ride – comfortably surpassed by ITV’s regular late afternoon fare like The Chase. Whether it’s dire numerical performance impacts the chance of optioning a second series…

REVIEW: Waco (S1 E3/6)

Like many of the people within Mount Carmel under the influence of David Koresh, I’ve found myself falling for this impactful series that tells the story of the tragic Waco siege in 1993. A gauche analogy perhaps, but it’s not long until you’re pulled in, too, beguiled by the narrative propulsion that’s powered by the…