REVIEW: The Name Of The Rose (S1 E1/8)

Full disclosure: the film adaptation of Umberto Eco’s celebrated novel The Name Of The Rose stayed with me for a long time. Long before Game Of Thrones, it was a mysterious, atmospheric Medieval tale of a sleuthing monk and his young sidekick as they entered the walls of a Benedictine monastery in the mountainous north…

BBC Two confirms The Name Of The Rose transmission date

One of the shows we’re most looking forward to this autumn is the new adaptation of Umberto Eco’s global hit, The Name Of The Rose. Starring the peerless John Turturro, it’s a whodunit story set in Medieval times. And now we now when it’s on. In 1327, an enlightened Franciscan friar, William of Baskerville, and…

BBC picks up The Name Of The Rose for UK broadcast

We’ve had our eyes on the new adaptation of Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose. We know it stars the always-superb John Turturro and Ruper Everett, and we know it’s in production. The hope was it would be picked up by someone in the UK. And now it has: the BBC has stepped in…

Rupert Everett joins cast for In The Name Of The Rose TV series

I remember watching the Jean-Jacques Annaud-directed movie adaptation of Umberto Eco’s medieval whodunit, In The Name Of The Rose, when I was a teenager and being quite taken with it. Last October we carried a news story detailing the fact that John Turturro would take the lead in a new TV adaptation. Now we hear that…

Review: The Night Of (S1 E8/8), Thursday 20th October, Sky Atlantic

I’ve been so busy recently, I almost forgot to post this review altogether. That astonishes me because this series has been one of the year’s better crime dramas, dripping with New York grime, sultry, noirish dialogue and some fantastic acting across the board. After seven episodes of high tension and fascinating but heartbreaking character development,…

Review: The Night Of (S1 E7/8), Thursday 13th October, Sky Atlantic

This series has been so good in lots of different ways – from the punchy, briney dialogue (I’ve recently finished reading Richard Price’s The Whites, which is highly recommended) to the characterisation, giving each of the main players depth, quirks and believable layers, not to mention the idea that characters and personalities change and adapt to…

Review: The Night Of (S1 E6/8), Thursday 6th October, Sky Atlantic

The Night Of has been so good so far, I was kind of almost dreading – dreading is probably far too strong a word – the moment when it turned from a brilliantly written, intriguing procedural to a full-blown courtroom drama. I have nothing against courtroom dramas, but they all tend to follow one template…

Review: The Night Of (S1 E2/8), Thursday 8th September, Sky Atlantic

Last week, the opening episode of The Night Of provided real old-school, hard-boiled thrills, stripping down the story of a young American-Pakistani student who was caught seemingly red-handed for the murder of a young woman after a night of booze and drugs to its bare minimum. No music. Perfunctory, procedural dialogue. High tension. Details. Details….

Review: The Night Of (S1 E1/8), Thursday 1st September, Sky Atlantic

Ashamedly I completely forgot to mention in my weekly 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week alert that The Night Of was starting on Sky Atlantic this week. It was an unforgivable oversight because after watching this first, feature-length episode on Sky Atlantic, it would have assuredly been placed at the top of the recommendations. An aberration,…