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Love American Gods, it's slightly different from the novel but it's a while since I read it so it didn't bother me. However, my eldest made the mistake of re-reading just before she started watching the series so noticed every little difference. The cast are good, for once I can't complain about any of them! Shadow in particular is excellent.

I stopped watching Preacher, the violence was just too much for me. Once again, excellent cast - although Joe Gilgin's Irish accent 'wandered' a bit at first, he really should have talked to Ruth Negga. Oddly enough, I have no problem with the violence in the graphic novels, it's just different on screen.

I enjoyed Lucifer, although I just can't take to Tom Ellis in the role. I was surprised, because I was looking forward to seeing him but it just doesn't gel for me. I'm not keen on the actress playing Chloe, either. But Maze, Linda, Amenadiel and Charlotte are just terrific.

Twin Peaks:the Return is the one thing I will not miss. Not only do I watch it every week I'm recording it so I can watch it en bloc when it's finished and know if my theories hang together. I guess it depends on how much of a David Lynch fan you are as to how much you enjoy it. The cast are all good but Kyle MacLachlan is truly amazing.

I've recorded the Handmaid's Tale but haven't seen it yet. I think it's one of those I might hate if it deviates from the book too much, but Domino's comments give me hope.

I'm really looking forward to the next Jessica Jones, whenever that finally comes back on to our screens.

The Loch was good, and Ekaterina was light relief on either Prime or Netflix, I forget which one.

Haven't started watching GoT yet, I'm recording it to binge watch.



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These are really a few good suggestions from you. Since I also like to read, I have already taken a few tips.

I just watch the 6th season of The Walking Dead. I did not want to see it (is not mine with zombies and so), but a girlfriend persuaded me and from the 3rd season I could not stop. Unfortunately, I had to look alone, my husband did not want to take a look. And that is a little difficult since I do not have so many free time. Together we also watched Lucifer. And from tomorrow, the second season comes in German. I also started to watch Doctor Who (in case Damien had become the new Doctor) and I find it very funny and keep watching. I love David Tennant in this role.



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I imagine that is annoying for your eldest, Ellie.  I also read American Gods but I don't remember any of the details.  Not one.  I remember the premise and that's about it. 

I'm enjoying the show so far and like the cast.  



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This is often the question. Read the book before or after. I usually decide to read the book afterwards.

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Sana wrote:

This is often the question. Read the book before or after. I usually decide to read the book afterwards.


 I enjoyed watching the 'Hunger Games' and my grandson said the books were good, so I decided to read them. I love the books, but now everytime I watch the film all I can think of is the main characters are wrong, wrong,  wrong! Acting good, but terrible miscasting. 



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There's nothing more pleasing when a film or TV show really captures a much loved book but nothing worse than having favourite books ruined by a poor adaptation.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a great book but although the film was mostly well cast (Asa Butterfield was excellent as Jake) the story was changed so much it spoilt the film for me as I kept noticing where the plot strayed too far. I'm watching Outlander at the moment and it seems to be keeping fairly close to the story and how I had imagined it in my head. 



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I just finished Ripper Street.   That was gut wrenching. I'm truly devastated.  cry



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It's been too long since posting in this topic, and I've watched so many great things.

But, I've just signed up for a free month's trial with Netflix and binged on Stranger Things, to see what everyone is raving on about, and because it is my kind of thing. And it didn't disappoint! Love the whole retro vibe and it's utterly magnetic viewing with characters you become invested in quickly. It's never easy to watch children suffering though, even if it is sci-fi fantasy and not possible in reality, some of that I found hard to watch. But Eleven is an amazing character and Millie Bobby Brown is superb in the role. All of the younger actors are outstanding.

Next binge was Black Mirror. HOW DID I NOT DISCOVER THIS SOONER. Charlie Brooker you are my spirit animal. SO SO SO SO GOOD. Dystopian sci-fi that is so near to current reality that it's imaginable. Challenging, powerful, intelligent, very very dark. The ep with Lenora Crichlow I had to watch in 4 parts as it was A LOT. But oh.. this is some of the best visual fiction I've ever seen. Also this is why I need GameFace.. perfect antedote to the darkness of this. Impossible not to watch though!

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I absolutely love Black Mirror, Domino. I also enjoy Stranger Things though I'm not as in love with it as most of the people that I know. I do like the characters and the retro vibe, and also the music is incredible. 

We're watching the most recent season of Mr Robot and the current season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Both have been great seasons. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has taken a kind of space opera turn and has been pretty amazing (sorry bit of a spoiler but I won't go into detail). Star Trek: Discovery has also been a pleasant surprise. 

We are also streaming The Good Place on Netflix. I love this comedy!  Ted Danson is killing it as an architect of a neighborhood in the afterlife.   

I've also been enjoying my subscription to BritBox.   Vera, Happy Valley, Coast and a couple of random documentary type shows have been very enjoyable. 

This isn't TV but we saw the new Star Wars movie this week. It was amazing and I have to admit that I've never been a Star Wars fan.  Honestly I fell asleep during the first movie as a kid and I have struggled not do so through most of the others I've seen, but this one injects something a little different. 



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I'm not much of a binge watcher, I still like the old-fashioned wait a week until the next episode! I've loved the recent series of The A-Word. I also enjoyed Bancroft on ITV recently. Great twist on the whole 'bent copper' story.

I'm looking forward to the adaptations of Little Women and The Miniaturist over Christmas. Two of my favourite books.

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We just finished watching Castle Rock (Hulu), based on the Stephen King universe.  It's really weird but worth a watch. 

I also highly recommend Glow (Netflix).  I didn't think I would like it since it's about women's wrestling, but it is and it isn't about women's wrestling. It's really about the characters and they make the show.  



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I'm glad you discovered Stranger Things and Black Mirror domino!  Both are excellent shows. 

I'm thoroughly in love with Black Mirror and eagerly await new episodes. 

 



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Can't wait for new 'Black Mirror' Jane! The problem is, I have no control when it comes to Netflix and binge the lot and then the wait is too long for more! Series 5 is coming in December - I think? And one of the eps is meant to be 'interactive'!

I've watched 'Glow', always watch everything JK writes. Every series of 'Weeds' is on Netflix too (at least in the UK) and 'OITNB'. Must admit, of the 3, 'Weeds' is my fave and 'Glow' my least fave. Also, if only Netflix had taken on 'The Devil You Know'....

My latest big Netflix addictions at the moment are re watching all of the ever excellent 'Breaking Bad', and devouring each episode of its spin-off, 'Better Call Saul' as it is released - it's the season 4 finale on Tuesday - and 'Jessica Jones'.

Away from Netflix, I am love love loving Phoebe Waller Bridge's latest - 'Killing Eve'. It's airing on BBC1 in the UK and on the iplayer. It aired on BBC America first I think? It's wonderful and original on every level, a smart, cleverly created, high quality drama with both an intimately engaging and all encompassing international flavour that only things like James Bond movies have! Sandra Oh (Eve) Jodie Comer (who I've always loved) are both utterly sublime, surprising at every turn and captivating to watch.



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Forgot to mention in my current Netflix loves, 'Maniac' - BRILLIANT. Another incredible dystopian drama, with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. Recommend!



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I was obsessed with Bodyguard (along with most of my office) on BBC1. I think there were some moments where I forgot to breathe!

I've also been watching Vanity Fair on ITV1. I wasn't sure about it at first but as it's gone on I've been really enjoying it.

The Cry which started last week on BBC1 had a strong start. It looks like there's more excellent drama to come from the drama trailer I saw earlier.

I also enjoyed the brand new Doctor Who tonight. Looking forward to seeing what Jodie Whitaker will bring to the role.

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Loved the new Doctor Who and the new Doctor, perfect intro to Jodie Whitaker in the role and the new creative team. I will always watch with an expectation for Damien to jump out from somewhere though!

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I was definitely looking out for Damien in the clips of the people who would be featuring at the end of this episode of Doctor Who!

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Not watched Doctor Who for years, doubt I'll be starting again now. Found those Angels as scary as the Daleks - that'll let you know how long since I've watched it. I think the only reason I would watch again now is if Damien were in.
At the moment I'm recording things to binge watch later - Killing Eve, Vanity Fair, Black Earth Rising. I'm watching mainly documentaries live - there's loads on Sky at the moment about the Roman Republic, which I find fascinating. My children raved about Maniac on Netflix, now I'm a fan, too.

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Oh yeah.  We also watch the first episode of Maniac.  Haven't had time to get back to it yet.  It looked promising. 

We also have not had time to watch the new Doctor Who episode but should get to it on Friday.  



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Lol! ME TOO Rosie! Glad you admitted the same, I even scrolled back the iplayer in case I missed Damien's face at the end! He HAS to appear on Dr Who some day! But I would far prefer he was a big character, than a guest star on 1 episode...

Ellie the only one on your list I haven't caught yet is 'Black Earth Rising' but I plan to catch up on that, it has the wonderful Michaela Coel in it, so it is a must. I need to be in the right frame of mind for serious drama, but won't avoid a seriously good drama for that reason.

RJ, Maniac is worth it - very original, the slightly future dystopia is so easy to imagine.

When I saw the premise I thought of Damien's BBC r3 play 'The Effect' - perhaps because all roads actor related lead to Mr M in my head, but there is a theme overlap-ish.



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