Mildred Pierce – Tonight

Mildred Pierce is a new miniseries fresh from HBO in America and shown on Sky Atlantic to prove that America is capable at making a good period drama too, though with less Hugh Bonneville.

Mother of two, Mildred Pierce, played by lovely Kate Winslet, is swiftly left by her husband. Having to fund herself she goes looking for work… and then she finds it. Yes, this is most certainly the first episode; not a huge amount of excitement but plenty of establishing of plot, era and character.

Everything looks great, almost cinematic if not playing in the wrong aspect ratio on my decrepit TV set, and the acting is top-notch… just not a lot happens. Luckily with the quality of production in Mildred Pierce you will most likely look past a lacklustre start with the hope of a more riveting continuing series.

Mildred Pierce airs on Sky Atlantic tonight, 25th June at 9pm.

You Must Watch Community Tonight

You there! Do you have Viva? Apparently it’s a Freeview channel here in the UK. Go and check, I’ll watch this trailer for Community while I wait…

You do have it? Great! Well tonight on Viva at 10pm the best new American comedy since 30 Rock airs it’s first episode. Community is a smart ensemble sitcom that will soon be what you look forward to each week. It’s funny, clever and has no laughter track.

Lovely.

A Live Weekly Daily Show

This is old news by now but interesting all the same. Channel 4 are developing the UK’s answer to The Daily Show in the form of a weekly live show filled with topical commentary and fronted by David Mitchell, Jimmy Carr, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne. The same line-up that brought us Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night that was quite popular with the all important young people… and me.

I’ll be watching in October, though probably not live unless someone buys me a TV… and a TV license.

A Bit More Fry and Laurie

This autumn one of my all time favourite comedy duos reunites for a special retrospective on GOLD, a channel known for it’s endless repeats of classic British TV. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have filmed the programme looking back over their careers together, discussing their friendship, sketches and memories.

Expect lots of gushing and plenty of classic clips and maybe even a mention of House. What I really want from this is for them to announce an actual proper reunion where they act side by side once more. I don’t care if it’s a one-off A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Fry guest-starring on House or any other situation that has this pair working together again for real.

Below is their first sketch from their first ever episode:

Wasn’t He Good?

Speaking of good TV wasn’t Doctor Who great this weekend? Maybe The Lodger wasn’t the scariest episode ever but it was really enjoyable. The back and forth between James Corden and Matt Smith was hilarious, sorry Corden haters, and the man upstairs suitably creepy. Shame that Karen Gillan was kept so far from The Doctor this week as I do enjoy their chemistry too.

The two part finale looks all kinds of epic so expect me back here in two weeks having a bit of a gush or, if things go badly, a rant.