Currently watching on Netflix

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  • We didn't have a good night for viewing last night.

    Having finished The Irishman, which was excellent, I zapped around a bit and found The Windsors which is a send up of the Royal family with Harry Enfield as Prince Charles...

    Ten minutes of liberal use of the F word and appalling dialogue was enough to know that it was utter shite. I love satire when it's done well, The Thick Of It being a prime example, but this was just cringeworthy.

    Then, having seen a recommendation here for The End Of The F***ing World, we gave it a shot, but admitted defeat by the second episode. Contrived, hateful characters, trite Americanisation - you don't get the impression of the location since it could be any-town anywhere, yet the British actors were reading a script prepared for an American audience. British kids don't say 'Hey!' when they greet someone and then receive the reciprocal 'Hey!' in return, amongst other things. Sex Education did that too and it's a transparently nauseating crossover, pandering to Hollywood and the Americam audience.

    Alex Lawther plays the wannabee psychopath. He's an unusual actor with idiosyncrasies that he carries over from part to part and you often think he's in a trance, as in the film Old Boys, from last year.

    The story has been done before in Harold and Maude, which I also found distasteful, but oddly enough, more enjoyable.

    It's strange, because all the reviews of both of these, put us in the 5% who didn't enjoy them and I'm wondering what's happened to British film and TV.

  • Splinter , if you’re thinking of taking a break from British film and tv, how about a Canadian series?

    We’ve started the CBC’s “Anne With An E,” a three season remake of the iconic Anne of Green Gables. The plot occasionally deviates into pointless, extended tangents. And the protagonist has a penchant for stilted, speechifying logarrhea; plus (OK, understandably, given her traumatic orphanage background) she definitely is a drama queen. So this is not the bucolic, uncomplicated, tender depiction in the book and the first film versions.

    Still, this is a charming, beautifully photographed look at late 19th century rural life on Prince Edward Island, and an interesting, entertaining series that is well worth watching.