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Oh Jane, you don't know how much I hated as you call her I'm-the-smartest-most-special-companion-ever Clara. I was okay with Matt Smith until Clara came along.

The thing is with me I loved David Tennant so much that no one was ever going to compare.

I'm happy you are enjoying Jodie.

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No one will ever beat David Tennant for me either, but I still liked Capaldi. 



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I really wanted to like Peter Capaldi, I was pleased when he was first announced. But Clara, well she just annoyed me so much. Also I hated the preachy nature of his tenure.

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Who saw the finale of killing Eve?
PWB totally killed it with this whole series!

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Me, loved Killing Eve, delighted there's to be a second series. I'm not watching much tv at the moment, recording The Little Drummer Girl to binge watch, though.
I was really annoyed at the one Dr Who I've watched in the last few years - my granddaughter was over and she's a fan. It was one with Clara - The Forever Girl, or something like that. It showed her pointing Dr Who towards a Tardis that was like a police box, when everyone knows the Tardis was designed to change everywhere it went to blend in. The Doctor's Tardis went wrong when he escaped from Earth in the very first series because of the very first companions not being figured in his calculations. As I remember it, anyway.

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I know what I'll be watching tonight (if I can wait that long) - Merry Christmas to me!



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Wow, what a trip 'Bandersnatch' is! Head spinner! Part of me does not prefer the interactive element over the immersion of a continuous 'story', but part of me loves the innovation, journey, total cleverness and head f***ery of it all. (sorry - no other word) and of course as always with Black Mirror the message is pretty dark and profound. All round excellent - and a completely rare and unique dramatic experience not to be missed!

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Finally watched 'Safe' on Netflix - brilliant. Completely binged it because it's so utterly suspenseful and gripping. Only afterwards did I discover it is written by Danny Brocklehurst, which made me even more excited for 'Brassic'.

On a lighter entertainment note, dating shows are really not my thing but love love loving 'Flirty Dancing' - it's utterly joyful! Watched the first two episodes with a ridiculous grin on my face throughout dancing

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I thought 'Bandersnatch' was kind of meh.  I prefer the story to be told to me and wasn't a fan of the the choose your own story idea even as a child. 

'Safe' was fantastic.  I also binged it. I didn't suspect the ending until just a few minutes before the big reveal. 



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Same re 'Safe' RJ, I had a whodunnit theory early on, but was totally wrong. The flashback format and non linear teasing of clues was superb. Brilliant and wholly satisfying drama experience

'Bandersnatch' seems to be a victim of its own cleverness. I'm truly in favour of innovative formats, totally think there is room for a break from the narrative storytelling norm. Yes, it's not the same as being seamlessly swept away, but being involved in the creation of a drama is pretty thrilling. However, 'Bandersnatch' didn't feel like a collaboration with the audience in the end, more of a clever trick. I did enjoy it though and would watch it again and embrace any 'experiment' of a similar ilk, or something else. But, would not want it to be a complete substitute for the glorious thing that 'Black Mirror' is. Cannot wait for the new series!

I've just discovered 'Bojack Horseman' (not sure why it took me so long) on Netflix and I'm hooked already. Not a fan of animation usually, at all. But this is brilliant in so many ways!



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Is anyone watching the new series of Cold Feet? It continues to be amazing and Fay Ripley blew me away tonight. Sensational performance. Awards please! 



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It finally happened.  I got sucked into The Great British Baking Show.  I've been benging that for weeks. 

I haven't heard of Cold Feet. I'll look into it. 

We just finished the final seas of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and started The Umbrella Academy. 

We were sad to learn that Into the Badlands will not be renewed.  



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I was so bummed to learn that Supernatural will be ending after next season.  Anyone else? 

I'm so glad I got to attend a convention last year.  Everyone connected with the show is so nice.  

I can understand wanting to quit after 15 years though. That's a darn good run.



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Netflix cancelled Santa Clarita Diet.  I just can't even fathom why they would can great original content.  



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Watching "Game of Thrones". Won't give away any spoilers but will say that for episode three turn the brightness up!

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We just started Good Omens and the latest series of Black Mirror last night.   I was blown away by both.  How could I not be with David Tennant in Good Omens and Nicole Beharie and Antony Mackie in the first episode of BM S5.  

David Tennant playing a demon written by Neil Gaiman is just beyond. 



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Watch all of GoT Ellie, not sure how I feel about the ending, but perhaps it was the right ending.

RJ I began Good Omens but lost interest in under 10 minutes (shame on me!) could have been my mood, I will def try again if just for the cast and writer and streaming quality of t on Amazon (4K uhd / hdr? can't remember).

The new series of Black Mirror is as good as it has always been - especially the first and second episodes. Always utterly relevant and poignant with stunning performances and production values. Andrew Scott is outstanding in the second episode, which gabbed me hard then tore me up into little shreds. The first was more an intellectual exercise for me and an exploration of relationships and sexuality with believable near future technology. I liked the big picture 'moral' exploration of that too. BUT WHY ONLY 3 EPISODES?

Have we talked about the second series of Fleabag? Also stunning, again with Andrew Scott. Talking of PWB, I was disappointed with the first episode of the second series of Killing Eve, to me it felt formualic, like as long as each ep has a certain set of tick boxes ticked, make Villanelle both empathetic, tragic and a crazy killer with an obligatory f'ed up murder exemplifying all those qualities, make Eve as conflicted as ever, the tension of lying to her husband increasing, him getting more frustrated and estranged, and keeping him the dark, make Carolyn re exemplify how dark, hard and corrupt she is... reading that back it sounds harsh and super critical and that is of course what the characters are (with grey areas in between) but I just felt that from the first ep. I have absolutely no doubt this will change with the future eps. Which unlike other things I have resisted bingeing all in one go!


What else?
Oh yes, now I have a NOW TV pass, I've watched all of A Discovery Of Witches (loved) and was delighted to see Gregg Chillin in it (Owen in Being Human). The Blacklist, Tin Star (Dean Valentine Tiger Raid composer recommended this one too me ages ago), Curfew, all of Westworld (again) - OMG can't wait for the new season have you all seen the trailer?Patrick Melrose (brilliant, disturbing, upsetting, brilliant), watching Chernobyl, Jamestown

On Netflix I have binged all of Good Girls seasons 1 and 2 - extremely addictive, like the female version of Breaking Bad, Second season of Jenji Kohan's Glow (but sorry, I gave up on OITNB), After Life by Rcky Gervais and starring Roisin Conaty, who is by far the best thing about it, didn't find it funny at all, but it was moving drama and my Mum had just passed away so I found it cathartic to watch...

 

On terrestrial TV I am enjoying Gentleman Jack and did enjoy Victoria series 3 but not as much as the previous 2. 

And can we talk about YEARS AND YEARS - with Russell Tovey? 

Believe it or not my list is much longer than this, but these are the first that come to mind. And, these are not mentioning all the films I've enjoyed in recent weeks!



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I loved the ending to GoT, domino, perfect for me.
"Good Omens" is one of my favourite books, I have it in different formats - Kindle, paper, Audible. I was worried about the casting of the Them for the tv series but they were perfect. However, I was slightly underwhelmed by Tennant and Sheen, and just couldn't get away with God being American (although the female bit didn't phase me). But I did buy the script book (well, two copies, actually - one is a Christmas present for my son) and that is great as it includes scenes that were cut, such as the Other Four Horsemen. Yes, if the tv series is available to buy sometime soon I will probably buy it!
Haven't seen 'Killing Eve' yet, but I'm recording it so I can binge.
I love 'Derry Girls' and wish they would bring it out on DVD so I can feed my habit. I finally got the family to watch and they can't mention it without falling around laughing.
'Victoria' was too historically inaccurate for me, gave up after season two! (Ditto 'Jamestown' and 'Downton Abbey').
NOW TV is great, I'm getting that when my Sky subscription ends in November - I don't watch enough Sky to make it worthwhile.
Loved season three of 'Lucifer ', for me it was a brilliant ending, but there have been so many complaints and there talk of another series so it will probably change.
Looking forward to 'Brassic' and 'Gameface'!



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Well I'm glad I went back to Good Omens, binged it, loved it! For me, one of the best things was God being a woman!

RJ, just seen your comment about Supernatural. I'm super sad it is ending. For the longest time it seemed like it could have gone on forever, they writing never waned, but the last couple of seasons haven't grabbed me as much. What an achievement for any show to last 15 seasons though and I just discovered 13 of them on Amazon prime, hurrah!



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Killing Eve episode 2 has fully restored all faith. So relieved! Brilliant from beginning to end, not least because of Julian Barratt! (

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