Tag Archives: tv series

April 13

Mr Robot – a real insight into hacking!

“What do normal people do when they get sad? They reach out to family and friends, but that’s not an option for me,” says they main character of this physiological thriller. Elliot is a computer programmer by day, vigilante hacker by night and he is so very good at both. Mr Robot follows Elliott as […]

April 09

The Handmaids Tale, season one.

Women have been reduced into their most basic evolutionary capacity and forced into reproductive servitude. That is how life stands now for the handmaids, a group of young women in this new American theocratic regime that is called the Republic of Gilead. Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name has been superbly adapted into a compelling […]

December 08

The White Princess

The White Princess is a mini-series derived from the Philippa Gregory books and follows on from The White Queen (my review of The White Queen can be read here). You don’t necessarily have to watch the predecessor but I appreciated the follow through in the story arc. The White Princess begins two days after Richard III’s […]

December 06

Finding the funny in Rosehaven

This little Australian TV series is a real gem – quiet and understated humour that sets it apart from the ‘recorded laughter’ comedies that fail to tickle my funny bone! Rosehaven focuses on a more realistic kind of funny through the quirky characters, the unique relationships and the quaint little fictional town that is Rosehaven. […]

December 04

Brilliant Bosch

Police drama Bosch is based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels and it is absolutely fantastic viewing. There are three seasons so far and I feel it has the strength for a fourth and perhaps more. It stars Titus Welliver as Connelly’s main character LAPD detective, Harry Bosch. Bosch is a rule bending cop who himself […]

Standing In Another Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin

Cantankerous, bloody-minded retired John Rebus is back… not as a Detective Inspector in the Edinburgh police force but working in a Cold Case unit. Rebus wants to reapply for admission back into the Force because the retirement age has been lifted. Unfortunately, Inspector Malcolm Fox, Internal Affairs is investigating Rebus’ unorthodox methods and thinks he […]

Australian series -Tangle

Tangle is the perfect word to describe this incredible Australian drama series. The fabulous array of characters bring to life a believable, emotionally resonant story of family/work life balance using authentic Aussie dialogue. The drama revolves around two strong, sympathetic female characters in Ally (Justine Clarke) and Christine (Catherine McClements), and their often colliding and […]

Happy Accidents

Jane Lynch’s autobiography really sticks to the premise of its title, Happy Accidents. It is a quick & happy read, a delight for avid readers of this genre. Even when she is recalling some of her darker moments like when she heavily used alcohol to deal with her feelings & the long solitary hours she spent alone she is delightfully candid. She likens herself to an archetypical tragic clown – laughing on the outside but highly anxious on the inside.

The first half of the book tells her childhood, growing up with feelings of alienation, depression & struggling with her sexuality. The second half tells her road to acting fame & the funny accidents that have made her the star she is today. Most know her character, Sue Sylvester on Glee but will be less familiar with her earlier work. It was really interesting to read about where she began & her early screen roles & the relationships she has made with other Hollywood people. Even more interesting is when she talks about her prior life before recognisable fame, from when she was hawking rather useless items on the graveyard shift of a home shopping tv show to playing Carol Brady in a live rendition of the Brady Bunch. She recounts these early experiences with pride!

Her life journey so far hasn’t been all fame & fortune, there have been bumps & lessons learned. It has an inspirational message. Lynch comes across as well grounded & has written this book with a well-earned sense of self awareness. I suppose the point of this genre is to show readers who one is behind the screen version. This autobiography lives up to this concept and then some. I really did appreciate her candidness, her self awareness & her honesty. Happy Accidents re-enforces why I so enjoy reading this genre 😀

Stories I only tell my friends

A young Rob Lowe knew early on he wanted to be an actor; he was growing up in a tv-saturated environment & became fully aware of the implications of being part of the Hollywood scene. This didn’t deter him rather it inspired him. Fame & fortune surrounded him & being a superstar was there for the taking.

In his autobiography, Stories I only tell my friends, which Lowe claims he is “proud to have written every word” he offers insights into his 3 decade showbiz career. He writes about his start working as a young actor with Tom Cruise & Patrick Swayze in the movie ‘The Outsiders’, the romantic liaisons with Demi Moore & Princess Stephanie of Monaco, his struggles with alcohol & subsequence visits to rehab & his time on the hit tv series ‘The West Wing’.

I really enjoyed the part in which he discusses the gruelling audition process for ‘The Outsiders’ in 1983. He talks of it as being a cattle call with all the young, budding actors being prodded & probed as they compete to win the movie’s lead roles. It was if it was a life & death decision for these young men. Lowe credits the film’s director Francis Ford Coppola with having the most influence on his acting career. He says he learned his craft from the director, “Some actors….go to schools of drama….I learned on the job”.

I also really enjoyed his behind the scenes goss about the time he spent as a cast member on the tv series ‘The West Wing’. He describes his father-son like relationship with Martin Sheen as well as the tension among all of the cast. Very interesting reading. However, he doesn’t go overboard & focus on bad-mouthing his fellow actors like some other celebrity autobiographies do in an effort to boost sales. His book is far more personal.

I found his personal struggles very touching & straight-forward. He certainly has learned some valuable lessons since becoming a father & also as a recovering alcoholic. He writes as if he was having a conversation with the reader, a real strength of the book. It’s serious yet funny & witty & overall makes a good read for spring time on a beach or in a park. In my opinion its better than your average celebrity story & I have read quite a few of them.

Fringe – the tv series

If you enjoy a series that asks you to think outside the box & have an interest in the unexplained & the unknown then I am sure you will find Fringe a real treat. Fringe is a mystery/sci-fi tv series, the title refering to the Fringe Sciences such as teleportation, re-animation, time travel & beyond the universe.

The first episode begins as Flight 627 lands at Boston Airport with no signs of life, just a rather gruesome mess of corpses. A special task force is called into investigate this strange incident, the team is made up of Special Agent Olivia Dunham, Dr Walter Bishop & his genious son Peter Bishop. They form an unlikely team & together discover that what took place on Flight 627 is just the beginning of a number of strange events.

The individual cases explored in each seperate episode combine to form the long term story arc which centres around the ecentric Dr Bishop. He holds many intriguing secrets that start to unravel as each case becomes increasingly stranger.

This series has a tight script & is jam packed with mystery, action, drama, the super-natural and humour. It also boasts some pretty impressive special effects for the small screen. You will get caught up with the bizzare investigations!