Posts by boredatwork

    Also, in a similar vein, Dr Who, though it had lost the plot somewhat anyway, has in the last couple of series or so become so "preachy" it's now completely intolerable.

    Dr Who’s unwatchable now isn’t it? They ram messages down viewers’ throats as unsubtly as possible, whether it’s extinction rebellion, civil rights, gay astronauts or whatever. Completely counter-productive as most viewers get sick of being lectured & switch off what was unmissable in the Eccleston/Tennant/Smith era.

    For a more nuanced & interesting take on homosexuality than the makers of Dr Who could imagine, The History Boys was on BBC4 a couple of days ago. Brilliant film set in 1980s Sheffield, made about 15 years ago, but they probably couldn’t make it now for fear of offending somebody!

    I believe art can't help but be seen in context of a constantly evolving present, which is why for example I'm fine with Shakespeare stage adaptations being done with modern dress and settings etc, which some people object to. But ultimately it has to work. 19th/early 20th century pieces with a modern filter are fine in theory but like anything it can't be a shotgun marriage.

    Updated Shakespeare can be okay but it has to be believable. Anthony Hopkins as King Lear dressed as a tramp pushing a trolley around a grotty shopping precinct was just ludicrous. (Apparently they had to stop filming mid-scene when a helpful passer-by butted in to give him the address of the local homeless shelter ^^ ).

    Shakespeare’s plots/concepts often translate better to modern day settings than the actual plays e.g. the film Ten things I hate about you. Similarly, Bridget Jones’ Diary is an inspired updating of Pride & Prejudice.

    Can you give some examples?

    War of the Worlds on BBC a few months ago. They changed the story beyond recognition to make it all about a man trying to get a divorce from his wife so he could marry Demelza from Poldark while the Martian invasion that was the whole point of the book just happened quietly in the background. I’m sure the Edwardian divorce laws were unfair, but I rather suspect that’s not what most of the viewers tuned in to see! :/

    Don’t even suggest it! ^^ Being Genesis fans, the makers might read this & given that all musicians are currently unemployed & TV is desparate for new programmes, it’ll be dragged out into an hour-long concert performance on BBC2 next month, with each band member on his individual Skype screen …. & I bet they won’t even credit you. ;)

    Yes it can get pretty dull working from home & the company is in no hurry to return us to a crowded office. At least you can miss the odd meeting by pretending the internet connection’s failed - not that you need to pretend when Virgin Media does it for you anyway :rolleyes:

    Currently watching "The Kemps: All True" which is by the same guy who created Brian Pern/Thotch, but is using Gary and Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet, and creating a spoof version of their story. It's about as funny as Pern, so probably best you don't waste your time. It uses some of the same actors, including the actor who played Brian Pern.

    Yes I saw that too & was disappointed. I liked Brian Pern in its heyday but by the end it had run out of original ideas & this was just more of the same but without the most amusing people from Pern, notably Paul Whitehouse & Nigel Havers. Martin Kemp’s brief cameo in Pern trying to heat up a pizza in a Corby trouser press was funnier than the whole of "The Kemps: All True".

    I started ep1 of The Secrets She Keeps but didn't finish it. Like ep1 of Cardinal it simply didn't engage me. I'm a bit sick of seeing dramas about middle-class white people and their travails. In this case, a middle-class white woman pregnant with her 3rd child, in a nice big house with her middle-class white husband. All it needed was for one of them to be a lawyer, but I can at least say neither were. At one point they go for lunch at the big house of her slightly disapproving wealthy mother, and the maverick rebellious sister is present. So it ticks a few trope boxes.

    The potential interest comes from a down-at-heel shopworker, also pregnant and due the same time, who appears to have some sort of fixation on the first woman. So we are meant to think, ooh where will this lead, what will she do? And is she responsible for the hateful messages appearing in the first woman's yummy-mummy blog comments? But I couldn't work up enough interest. I might at least complete the 1st ep and see what I think.

    For Downton Abbey fans, the shopworker is played by Laura Carmichael in a jarringly different sort of role and look.

    Thanks for the summary, I’ll certainly give that a miss!

    One of the very few positive results of the pandemic is that some old drama series are being dug out & reshown, including ITV’s Broadchurch series 1 that I missed first time around, & BBC dramas from the 1990s & 2000s like Pride & Prejudice & Tess of the D’Urbervilles, just to remind us they could produce perfectly good adaptations of old classic novels before some overpaid manager decided that everything must be anachronistically rewritten to suit modern sensibilities :rolleyes:

    As I said, nothing unexpected from Cummings. Total self justification, and no apology despite several questioners pushing him to do so. He didn't offer to resign. Then Johnson characteristically evasive and blabbery at the briefing. What a total mess. Yet some are still defending/praising him, them, the government as a whole. The grip of cultism is strong - nothing Johnson says or does can be wrong despite all evidence to the contrary, and if you criticise him it's treated as a form of blasphemy.

    But let’s admit this works both ways. The media hate the government & will continue to attack them over everything they do. Even if Boris shot Cummings on live TV he wouldn’t get any credit for it. So why sacrifice him when it would only embolden a permanently hostile pack to demand more? The government certainly mishandled the coronavirus & much of the media’s condemnation is well-deserved, but even if it wasn’t they’d dish it out regardless.

    What’s most depressing is how many people, including those who hate the government, apparently want that same government to micromanage every detail of their lives rather than use their own sense & discretion :rolleyes:

    Grouped to try & observe your definition of what constitutes “current”:

    Genuinely new young bands (apart from Backdrifter, these seem to be in short supply elsewhere on this thread ! ;))

    Lemon Twigs


    Noughties survivors:

    Franz Ferdinand (far & away my favourite band of the noughties, sadly they’ve run out of steam now)

    Kasabian (who’ve also run out of steam)

    Very old favourites who still release new albums, albeit not as good as their early work

    Joe Jackson

    Steve Hackett

    Johnny Marr

    Despite what our PM says. We still don't have any toilet paper in our stores. :cursing:Managed to buy facial tissues instead.:)

    Oh dear! There have been shortages here but have been able to get loo roll & hand sanitiser. But no long life milk anywhere for weeks!

    The UK supermarkets have sensibly introduced limits of 2, 3 or 4 of each item per customer which should improve things somewhat.

    Did anyone see the documentary “Rock ‘n’ Roll Island” about Eel Pie Island in the Thames on BBC4 last night? It was amazing to learn how many bands & artists either performed there or just milled around in the crowd in the 1960s before they were famous: the Stones, Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Rod Stewart etc. With reminiscences from many famous contributors, including Steve Hackett lamenting how his 16-year old self never got any of the free love allegedly going on there, much as he’d have liked some! ;)

    Saw the latest film version of “Emma” a fortnight ago, directed by the music video director Autumn de Wilde. Surprisingly it was excellent, a real contrast to all the ghastly woke rehashes of classic novels that the BBC have inflicted on viewers recently.

    Got two £136 tickets for the front row of upper tier nearest the stage at Manchester on Weds 9th Dec (the added day there), after the Tuesday venue presale yesterday offered nothing under £181 or the £330-£766 packages. I guess the promoters know which bands have affluent fans who’ll pay up for what’s probably the last chance to see them!

    Anyone been watching the BBC's Dracula? I was wary of it, worried it'd be up itself in a Sherlockian way given it's by Gatiss and Moffat, but it's actually good.

    I gave up watching after episode 1. Dracula was too comic to be frightening which dispelled the tension & horror of other scenes, the wise-cracking nun was so convinced of her own brilliance that she was downright irritating, & several scenes including Dracula trying to enter the convent just dragged on too long. It would have worked better as a pantomime.

    Disappointing – expected better from the creators of Sherlock :rolleyes:

    Ric Ocasek died yesterday (Sunday) in his sleep. He was 75. I have been a fan of The Cars from the beginning, since 1978. The band finally got into the RARHOF last year. Ric wrote some really good New Wave/Punk hits for about 10 years. I think I'll play a few of The Cars albums this morning. Their debut is near perfect. RIP Ric :(

    Yes it certainly is! Fond memories of playing it repeatedly on car journeys in the 80s. Not a track on there that isn’t instantly memorable years (decades!) later.

    For me the Cars are one of the greatest American bands.

    RIP Ric :(

    How was it? I saw some TV coverage of his Belladrum Festival set and thought the Electronic stuff sounded good.

    Johnny Marr was good, & his son Nile who fronted the support band & joined his dad for the encore wasn't bad either. Johnny did quite a lot of his solo work but the set & of course the encores were peppered with Smiths songs. He's got a lot in common with Steve Hackett: both guitar legends for decades, but despite prolific careers they know most fans really want to hear the songs from the bands they left in their 20s.

    (Plus I'm seeing them both this year, Steve in November).