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Watched "From Russia to Iran" on C4. Levison Wood walked down through the Caucasus, starting in Armenia then through Georgia (maybe the most beautiful place I've ever seen) etc., ending in Iran. Absolutely fascinating. Modern, open Tehran was a real surprise, with women and men dressed in modern clothes and mixing freely.
 

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Strike on BBC1 ... based on the crime novels of "Robert Galbraith" (aka JK Rowling).

I've recorded this on TV5 on Virgin Media... looking forward to it... repeated Friday night for interested franco-philes \ people who can tolerate subtitles:
http://europe.tv5monde.com/en/tv-shows/cinema/la-femme-aux-cheveux-rouges

I watched first couple of episodes of Belgian detective series Professor T on More 4... not sure if I'll continue, bit too quirky and mysteries not interesting enough.

I'm looking forward to the start of scifi anthology series Electric Dreams on Channel 4 this sunday... based on the stories of Philip K Dick (inspiration for Blade Runner, Total Recall).

And Bridget and Eamonn and their four to six children are back on RTE2 next Tuesday :)
 
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Is anyone watching Mr. Mercedes? I read the book about 2 years ago but the tv series is much better. Brendan Gleeson is very good and there's some good Irish humour in it too.
 

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Is anyone watching Mr. Mercedes? I read the book about 2 years ago but the tv series is much better. Brendan Gleeson is very good and there's some good Irish humour in it too.
I've recorded the eps so far but haven't gotten a chance to actually watch them yet... it seems to be getting v good reviews here and in the States.
 

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I've recorded the eps so far but haven't gotten a chance to actually watch them yet... it seems to be getting v good reviews here and in the States.
I think there are only 2 episodes left anyway so if you wait another 2 weeks you should be able to binge watch the lot.
 

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Watching Season 1 of Outlander on my Android streamer yoke. The show is not exactly pacey but lovely to look at....and the scenery is nice too... (ref Caitriona Balfe ;))
 

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Acceptable risk. A thriller set in Dublin, a bit stretched and some very implausible plotting yet an intriguing set up and it draws you in from the beginning. Some great actors too.
 

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Is anyone watching Mr. Mercedes? I read the book about 2 years ago but the tv series is much better. Brendan Gleeson is very good and there's some good Irish humour in it too.
Enjoying it a lot, love Brendan Gleeson. There are some very good young actors in it too, Harry Treadaway as Brady is frightening :eek:
 

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Mr Mercedes was powerful stuff... I found the tone at times a little off. The treadaway character is like sth from Seven... whereas brendan gleeson's chracter, going on rants in bars etc... seems like two different worlds. I would rather follow a detective like Harry Bosch into that world and leave our Brendan chasing career criminals and shysters etc
 

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Mr Mercedes was powerful stuff... I found the tone at times a little off. The treadaway character is like sth from Seven... whereas brendan gleeson's chracter, going on rants in bars etc... seems like two different worlds. I would rather follow a detective like Harry Bosch into that world and leave our Brendan chasing career criminals and shysters etc
I thought the romance angles/scenes were silly and didn't add to the programme at all but other than that it is excellent.
 

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I thought the romance angles/scenes were silly and didn't add to the programme at all but other than that it is excellent.
Yeah, the raunchy widow next door, and the two kids who helped him out with the tech side of the investigations... normally they are not placed in the same series as someone from the abyss like Mr Mercedes. But then again, that is the world we live in.

It's powerful stuff but maybe I'm too sensitive to Stephen King's abilities to pull on the emotional levers... and to imagine 'visceral' situations (I just watched Gerald's Game... yikes!).
 

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Season 2 of Outlander was very good, great pick up in pace. Follows the Jacobite rising of 1745 (Bonny Prince Charlie), good historical accuracy as regards the battles etc., very enjoyable.
 

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Started watching Borgen the other night. A bit slow to start but the reviews are good so will stick with it. Anyone watch it?
 

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I was late into Succession and binge-watched Season 1 before Season 2 started. It's rare to have a prime-time show (HBO/SKY Atlantic) in which there are no heroes, one where you want them all to fail.
 
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