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Thursday, July 24 2014

Tatiana Maslany Continues to Astound in ‘Orphan Black: Season Two’

The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television.


Monday, June 23 2014

‘Brazil With Monty Python’s Michael Palin’ Isn’t the Brazil You’re Thinking of

This BBC series is a nice way to learn some things about the world's fifth largest country, which is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Thursday, May 29 2014

‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.


Thursday, May 22 2014

‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

‘Luther’: Idris Elba is Stellar, Again

When the crimes here are standard TV fare -- the copycat killer and the middle class vigilante -- the dramatic filler of the series, Luther’s personal life, bears undue weight.


Friday, July 19 2013

Camera Obscura + Belle and Sebastian - 11-12 July 2013

Two of Glasgow's finest bands tour the U.S.


Monday, June 17 2013

Lessons British TV Needs to Learn from US TV

British television viewers are hungry for cutting edge programs -- most only available legally in the United States. But will the BBC listen?


Monday, March 25 2013

CHVRCHES: Recover EP

The Knife's peculiar brand of steely synthpop finds a new champion in Glasgow's CHVRCHES.


Thursday, October 20 2011

The World’s Favourite Parlour Game: The Quite Interesting Brilliance of ‘QI’

We rarely equate television game shows with admirable life philosophies, but the BBC's QI with host Stephen Fry pulls it off by making us think as well as laugh.


Wednesday, September 28 2011

‘Diana Rigg at the BBC’: A Worthy, Albeit Partial, Tribute to a Worthy Actor

Beyond Emma Peel: A new BBC collection highlights Diana Rigg's performances in everything from sketch comedy to the plays of Henrik Ibsen.


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Bricolage: Bricolage (Reviews) [27.Jul.09]
The Tudors (Reviews) [26.Apr.07]
Land of the Blind (2006) (Reviews) [14.Sep.06]
Titus (1999) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
A Knight’s Tale (2001) (Reviews) [1.Jan.95]
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