Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Blog-Royale March 4

At last, the most exciting British television adaptation since Ted Danson starred in 'Gullivers Travels' on Channel 4....

Epic/ Murder/ Corruption...


Recently we've had to make do with an episode of Eastenders that namechecked Blood Red Shoes, The Subways and The Others (?!) out of nowhere, a real hit and miss third series of Skins, and various dull awards ceremonies.
To be honest, it hasn't been easy.
At least the 15 minute Pet Shop Boys medley mixed things up a bit.

But getting back to the point, the Red Riding Trilogy really looks like something to get excited about:

And it's happening tomorrow.

Sean Bean has surely made enough of a mark in Hollywood (obviously I'm talking about Goldeneye, Silent Hill and the remake of The Hitcher) to now comfortably return to his rightful home of Thursday night TV set in the North of England, and how's this for a supporting cast... Mark Addy (The Full Monty), Jim Carter (Cranford), Warren Clarke (Dalziel & Pascoe), Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes), Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People), John Henshaw (Early Doors), Gerard Kearns (Shameless), Eddie Marsan (Vera Drake), David Morrissey (The Deal), Daniel Mays (White Girl), Peter Mullan (Boy A), Maxine Peake (Shameless), Saskia Reeves (The Fixer) and Lesley Sharp (Afterlife).

That list of cast members is all very much copied and pasted from elsewhere, and if I'm brutally honest, I have no idea who Saskia Reeves is, nor am I aware of 'Cranford' etc. but the point is, the second I first set eyes on the gargantuan billboard for this series at Tottenham Court Road, I knew we were in for some good and proper homegrown television.

We've talked enough about Brookside and Byker and days gone by.

Let's look to the future.

Speaking of the future, or more specifically the present, you or may not know I spend at least 16% of my time writing lyrics and singing in a band called Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man. Well our broken home of a label, Transgressive, forgot to tell us that the record we finished making towards the end of last year is now in shops. I found out myself, quite by accident, whilst looking for Oxbow CD's in HMV. It turns out they were in the metal section. And we weren't. Merked.

So if you're struggling to find a blog where you can download an illegal mp3 version, by all means go and buy a copy of 'Obscured By A Setting Sun'. I genuinely think it's pretty good.

It may not be as good as this:

But it is at least as good as this:

Aka 4/5.

"Oh I’m just like you...I never hear the bad news."



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