REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E7/7)

Wow. OK. They did it. They actually did it. In 2021, a crime drama actually managed to deliver a satisfactory conclusion to its story. Well, satisfactory for the viewers – not so much the characters, but we’ll get to that. And in doing so, Mare of Easttown immediately becomes the one to beat as front-runner…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E6/7)

It’s a rare these days that we call a show ‘appointment TV’ – oftentimes it can’t be defined what even makes a series so moreish that you look forward to each new episode. Well, Mare of Easttown is pretty much the closest we’ve got to that phenomenon this year. Sure, it’s not perfect – but…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E5/7)

It’s fair to say that Mare of Easttown has been one of the bigger TV hits of the year so far, and whilst it’s tale of a small-town murder uncovering dark secrets isn’t particularly original, the story is enthralling all the same. That’s largely in part to the stellar performances throughout the cast, as well…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E4/7)

You know you’re onto something when your show is mercilessly parodied by other people, which is what happened to Mare of Easttown this past week on Saturday Night Live. And whilst that satire was firmly centered more on the rather unique Pennsylvanian accent than the actual content of the show, it was another indication that…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E3/7)

Mare of Easttown is definitely starting to pick up considerable critical acclaim as it progresses, with a lot of fans online comparing it favorably to Happy Valley. Certainly in the titular role, Kate Winslet has struck gold with a central character as memorable as Sarah Lancashire’s towering performance in the much-loved UK series – and…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E2/7)

Last week’s excellent opening episode of HBO’s new series Mare of Easttown took it’s sweet time to explore the titular location and it’s characters, rather than actually delving into any crime; instead, the show was setting out it’s stall early on as a forensic examination of family ties and the secrets they hide, before setting…

REVIEW Mare of Easttown (S1 E1/7)

Whilst most of us here in the UK were glued to our screens this past Sunday watching a certain show full of frenetic twists and turns, over the pond in the US, viewers were enjoying a new crime drama with a much more sedate pace in terms of narrative – but no less gripping –…

REVIEW The Third Day (S1 E3&4/6)

What a curious beast The Third Day is evolving into. On one side, Sky’s newest collaboration with HBO is a fairly generic – but effective – psychological thriller with a folk horror twist. On the other, it seems to have been fashioned as a Trojan horse of sorts – designed to house a wholly lysergic…

REVIEW The Third Day (S1 E1&2/6)

Billed as a psychological thriller, The Third Day is Sky’s latest collaboration with HBO, and comes with some considerable pedigree. Written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia) and directed across three distinct segments – including the live broadcast of a theatrical performance – by Marc Munden (National Treasure) and Philippa Lowthorpe (Three Girls), the cast is led…

REVIEW: Perry Mason (S1 E7&8/8)

“Just what kind of man are you, Mr.Mason?” That question might have been nestled away in the minutiae of these final episodes from series one of HBO’s reboot of Perry Mason, but it speaks to the wider conundrum of what this show wants its titular star to be – and what it might achieve in…