sun 09/08/2020

tv

Ozark, Series 3 review, Netflix - money-laundering saga hits new heights

Adam Sweeting

While not the most headline-catching show on Netflix, Ozark has been steadily accruing critical accolades (including a couple of Emmys) and a devoted audience. Perhaps this superb third series will mark the tipping point where Ozark crosses over from cliqueishness to mass adulation.

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Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema, BBC Four review - the undying allure of the spying game

Marina Vaizey

Mirrors and windows, looking at ourselves or out into the world, reflecting the culture or making it: compare and contrast. This was the subliminal debate in Spies (BBC Four), the latest instalment of Mark Kermode’s essays on the history and trajectory of movie-making, with some mention too of that complementary form of film, the television programme.

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The Trip to Greece, Series Finale, Sky 1 review - bittersweet swansong for the cantankerous comrades

Adam Sweeting

Could this mock-mythic journey, emulating the trek homewards to Ithaca of Homer’s hero Odysseus, really be the final series of The Trip (Sky 1)? Or will Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon see sense, and realise that they’ll never have as many free lunches as this again?

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Pen15, Sky Comedy review - the horror of adolescent schooldays revisited

Adam Sweeting

The cringe-making horror of adolescent schooldays is vividly re-lived in this US import (on Sky Comedy), but with a cunning twist. Its supposedly confused and hormonal leads are played by 30-somethings Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who blend themselves in with a cast of actual 13-year-olds with uncanny skill.

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The Steph Show, Channel 4 review - magazine show debuts from host's front room

Veronica Lee

As we are learning each day during lockdown, necessity is the mother of invention. In Channel 4's case, it is learning how the wonders of modern technology can save a situation: to wit, The Steph Show was meant to come live daily from a shiny new studio in Leeds Docks, but yesterday debuted from host Steph McGovern's front room in North Yorkshire. 

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Batwoman, E4 review - can Bruce Wayne's female cousin fill his bat-costume?

Adam Sweeting

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been saturating the globe with its multi-format superheroes, leaving its DC rival looking clumsy and disorganised by comparison.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Island: Where Legends Were Born, BBC Four review - remembering rock's big bang

Liz Thomson

“Friday night is Amami night” – that was the ad that ran from the 1920s through to the 1950s for a brand of “setting lotion”, a delightfully old-fashioned term. Those were the days when young women stayed home and did their hair, in preparation for a Saturday night out.

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ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads, Netflix review - a story well told but marred by clichéd style

mark Kidel

Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson’s reputation was much enhanced by the story – never substantiated – that he’d met with the devil one night at a crossroads, and was miraculously taught exquisite guitar licks that astounded his juke-joint audiences and later the world.

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Mister Winner, BBC2 review - gentle comedy about one of life's losers

Veronica Lee

Spencer Jones, a clownish stand-up, has been responsible for some the cheeriest, daftest and most heart-warming shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, where he has twice been nominated in Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (ECA). Others may know him from his scene-stealing turn in Upstart Crow, where he channels Ricky Gervais in the character of Will Kempe.

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Our Girl, Series 5, BBC One review - where soap and warfare collide

Adam Sweeting

Some things never change in Our Girl. At the beginning of 2018’s Series 4, military heroine Georgie Lane (Michelle Keegan) had been traumatised by the death of her fiance Elvis Harte, killed in Afghanistan at the end of Series 3.

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