DO YOU BINGE ON BOX SETS

DO YOU BINGE ON BOX SETS

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As someone who has been witness to writers in television with my own parents, and now a writer myself, I have spent my entire life learning about what inspires an audience, and even more importantly what keeps them interested.

So with this inside scrutiny and knowledge, you would think that my own belief system when watching TV is extremely limited.  But far from it, and I have been known to binge watch a variety of programmes, and have become lost and involved in them and their characters.

Having been in ‘catch up’ mode over the past few months myself, I am listing below my top four – and so in case you have missed any of them, get some ‘me’ time booked in right now, and get ready to binge.

The most recent is The Night Of, an American crime 8 part drama series, which had me hooked from the outset, and stars the wonderful Riz Ahmed who internalises all of his emotions so beautifully, equal only to Al Pacino in The Godfather, as he turns from college boy to gangster.  John Turturro plays his lawyer, whose skin allergies are almost as painful as the trial, and definitely as desperate.  But the series is without doubt the most compelling I have seen in a while, and will it hold you ‘til you drop.

Big Little Lies is also a favourite, and I have seen this twice, as when I had family over from Tasmania, I insisted that they watch it.  It is produced by Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who also star in the Drama Series, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.  If you are parents or grandparents, you will get it, and even if you are childless – the suspense will kill you.

The Affair is another incredible ‘must watch’, and stars the fabulous Dominic West who portrays a formerly devoted husband with three young kids, who is sucked into a passionate affair with a local waitress, whilst visiting relatives on a family vacation. Ruth Wilson plays the complex young seductress with every ounce of voluptuous pout she can muster, and it is all offset beautifully against a backdrop of crashing waves and leering locals.  It is a wife and mother’s nightmare, and every young girl’s dream, and you will love those steamy sex scenes.

Grey’s Anatomy is my final choice for now, and I reached the 7th series in just over a month, being hooked on all the dramas of a group of interns in a busy hospital in Seattle.  Their complex love lives are perfect escapism, entwined with their ruthless desire to become successful heart and neuro surgeons, which in my book confirms the fact that hospital dramas are always really successful and a great environment for a television series.  Remember ER, General Hospital, not to mention our own long running dramas Holby City and Casualty.   But that is not to spoil the impact, and Gray’s Anatomy has a DNA of its own, and is not at all predictable with a twist at every turn.

 

Whats you favorite box set ? let us know.

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The Twilight Zone Complete Collection available on DVD & Blu-ray

The Twilight Zone Complete Collection available on DVD & Blu-ray

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Mediumrare Entertainment is proud to announce The Twilight Zone Complete Collection available on DVD & Blu-ray 11th June 2018
For the very first time all 5 seasons of this classic cult original TV series has been released in one amazing box set collection
 

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man, it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition,

and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination it’s an area which we call…… 

The Twilight Zone 

Created by the legendary and visionary writer Rod Serling 

 

 The Twilight Zone Complete Collectionavailable now on DVD & Blu-ray to pre-order from Amazon

 Would make the perfect gift for Father’s Day!

Synopsis: 

Explore the depths of the unknown in this complete collection of episodes from the Twilight Zone. Funny at times, heart-breaking others,  and thought provoking the Twilight Zone was the most unique inventive and completely original concept shows in the history of Television.  Rod Serlings creation along with top writers such as Richard Matheson created a series that has been the main inspiration to TV and Film makers for over 50 years. All 156 episodes from the original classic show are collected here.

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Shetland TV Series available to own on DVD

Shetland TV Series available to own on DVD

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ITV Studios Global Entertainment is proud to announce Shetland Series 4 & 1-4

Shetland originally created from the novels by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves who created Vera and set against a hauntingly beautiful landscape 

Shetland Series 4 available now from Amazon

Shetland Series 1-4 available now from Amazon

Starring Douglas Henshall 


Synopsis 

Shetland Series 4

Originally created from award-winning writer Ann Cleeves’ bestselling novels, gripping crime series Shetland returns to find DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) facing murders from the past and present with unsettling similarities in this new single mystery. When Shetlander, Thomas Malone, has his conviction for the murder of teenager Lizzie Kilmuir overturned after 23 years behind bars, Perez must reopen the investigation. Many in the close-knit island community still believe Malone to be guilty, so when his return coincides with the murder of a local journalist, he’s very firmly in the frame. As both cases become increasingly complex, stretching to Norway and into the murky world of far right extremist groups, Perez is pushed to the limit both professionally and personally. He’s as determined as ever not to give up, but, as he closes in on the truth, the investigation will lead him closer to home that he could ever have imagined.

Shetland S1 – 4 

Originally created from the novels by award-winning writer Ann Cleeves (Vera) and set against a hauntingly beautiful landscape, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall) and his team as they investigate complex crimes within a close-knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team must rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing. Series one and two are based on bestselling books Red Bones, Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning. In the third and fourth series, both single original stories, Perez first tackles a conspiracy that takes him back to the Scottish mainland, in a case that will exact a terrible personal toll on both him and his team, and must then face murders from the past and present with unsettling similarities, in an investigation that will lead him closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

Shetland Series 4 

  • Episodes: 6
  • 2 Discs
  • RRP: £19.99
  • Runtime: 346 mins approx
  • 12 Cert

Shetland Series 1 – 4

  • Episodes: 20
  • 6 discs
  • RRP £39.99
  • Runtime: 1146 mins approx
  • 15 Cert

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McMAFIA – A SAFE COMPANION WITH A LETHAL TWIST

McMAFIA – A SAFE COMPANION WITH A LETHAL TWIST

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Like any good television programme or movie, the series of McMafia recently aired on BBC weaves its lethal web of high finance intrigue as it follows the life of Russian born Alex Godman,  beautifully portrayed by James Norton – based on the book by its name.

It is a box set ‘must have’ to treasure in your collection, or as a special for a friend.  It can be brought out on a dark night to relish with a glass of wine or vodka to really get you in the zone.  A far safer companion than the series yields with the unpredictable events of this fabulous crime drama.

Available from 5th March from :

Amazon

Zavvi

HMV

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Twentieth Century Fox Goes To The Awards

Twentieth Century Fox Goes To The Awards

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Twentieth Century Fox Goes To The Awards

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce a Series of Award Winning Movies on DVD and Blu-ray being released in time for the Awards Season.

Collectively with distribution partners eOne and Pathe, the studio presents the biggest inventory of Oscar Winning Movies.

 

Available now from selected retailers subject to availability are the following award winning titles:

Wall Street, The Last King of Scotland, Birdman, Braveheart, Life of Pi, The  Iron Lady, Slumdog Millionaire, Silence of the Lambs, The Revenant, Lincoln, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Fighter, The Queen, Dallas Buyers Club, The Kings Speech, Titanic, 12 Years a Slave & Lost in Translation 

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‘A Wild Ride’ with Aaron Sorkin – On The Side Of The Angels

‘A Wild Ride’ with Aaron Sorkin – On The Side Of The Angels

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Aaron Sorkin is an award winning writer of global repute – emerging onto the scene in 1992 with the stage version of A Few Good Men which was nominated for a Golden Globe. Since then he has written The American President (1995) and Malice (1993), as well as cooperating on Enemy of the State (1998), The Rock (1996) and Excess Baggage (1997). He was also invited by Steven Spielberg to “polish” the script of Schindler’s List (1993). Sorkin’s TV credits include the Golden Globe-nominated The West Wing (1999) and Sports Night(1998).

After making his recent debut as a Film Director with Molly’s Game, Sorkin can now be trusted to speak with conviction on all aspects of the Industry and Politics. When asked about Trump for instance, he doesn’t hold back, and describes the President as visibly psychotic and dangerous.

Sorkin read the Book, Molly’s Game which he described as ‘A wild ride’, but was ultimately convinced to become involved in its development after he met the Author, Molly Bloom who writes about her own experiences of going from near Olympic ski-ing champion to the misogynistic World of Hollywood where she succeeded to aspire to the heights of the Hollywood Elite.

It was not an easy ride for Molly, who was faced with huge barriers from her male counterparts and endless prejudice from the opposite sex. She was subjected to an FBI investigation for her underground Poker empire with celebrities, athletes, and the Russian mob.

Bloom ultimately broke all the boundaries and succeeded against the odds, in spite of the obstacles she endured.

Sorkin describes both Molly Bloom the author and Molly’s Game the Book as ‘inspirational’ and ‘full of integrity’. He describes how he felt compelled to be part of its journey onto the big screen as soon as he met Molly Bloom, and how he knew it was a story that had to be told.

Critics are already full of praise for Sorkin’s directorial debut, and are calling it a ‘masterpiece’ and an ‘iconic work of art’.

Molly is played in the film by Jessica Chastain, who Sorkin describes as a wonderfully outspoken Actor, whom he completely supports, and who he says is ‘on the side of the angels’.

Sorkin describes the film as uncannily timely, with the recent contentions that have rocked the Industry.

On the subject of the allegations coming out of Hollywood, Sorkin feels strongly that all of the victims need to be heard, but that the accused should be taken seriously too and describes it as a ‘biblical flood’ with the Dam that has recently burst.

He quotes Jane Fonda who says that men have to stand up for women in Hollywood and the rest of the World. Sorkin agrees, but says that in order to do that, men who care must be allowed into the fight, and that those men and women are ultimately on the same team.

He urges us women to listen and trust in our male allies, after all we need to recruit soldiers – and why be gender specific when we have warriors already waiting in the wings.

 

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