Undeclared war (Channel 4) | All 4
AIDS: Unheard tapes (BBC Two) iPlayer
Sherwood (BBC One) iPlayer
The only murder in the building (Disney +)
Money Hist: Korea – United Economic Zone (Netflix)
You identify yourself as a fanatical cynic, learned in the darkness of the world, then you see something like Peter Kosminsky. Undeclared war (Channel 4) And note that you are a polyana, flying through the buttercup of life, flying pigtails.
Producer / Director Kosminsky (Government InspectorWolf Hall) Has skillfully done something here: it has taken on a cold, difficult subject – geopolitical cyber-terrorism – and, in six parts (all 4 on all), has made it accessible, compelling, terrifying. He also manages to create coding – tapping Brainix on a computer keyboard – dramatically feasible. Therefore TUW Turns out, Sarah (Hannah Khalik-Brown) is doing a computer test, but she’s portrayed as a video game avatar, gadget-driven Lara Croft, who is later seen throwing the ball at the walls, frustrated by being hired by Grant Work. Using a mashup of technology and characters to do what it feels like to talk to the audience (cyber-attack for dummies?) Actually engages you.
The show is set in 2024, when Boris Johnson is ousted and Adrian Lester’s character becomes prime minister (I guess every Dystopian cloud has a silver lining). As Sarah arrives at GCHQ for a gap-year work placement – here, portrayed as a dark, windowless bunker run by Danny (Simon Pegg) and David (Alex Jennings) – Internet outages disrupt British life. Easy picking from spoilers, this is the beginning of a story that includes everything from Russian intervention, cobra meetings and troll farms, to deepfake news, and country-to-state growth.
Khalik-Brown is a young woman penetrating like a psycho-emotional pistachio; Mark Rylance is moving and unknown as an old-school counselor; And the disgruntled technology of the German Segal humanized the Russian story arc. Putting aside useful avatars, all talk of data dumps and “malware strings” still feels like a pot noodle left to my gray matter from time to time. Still, there’s a lot to enjoy: crisp scripts, storytelling ambitions; The feeling of a deadly war game is just a mouse click away.
Initially, a three-part series of Mark Henderson’s BBC to Documentary AIDS: Unheard tapes Hateful, gimmicky alarm bells ring – as actors lip-sync with audiotape from the British Library of HIV-AIDS sufferers in the 1980s and 90s. But I can’t be more wrong: the approach works beautifully.
Like the sky Positive Last year, the documentary moved along the timeline of HIV / AIDS: from gay plague, devastation, tabloid sensationalism, and “Don’t Die Ignorant” to early stigma. , Until firm activation, false dawn and slowly, finally, scientific progress.
Along with survivors and witnesses, the actors give faces and humanity to “Pete”, “John” and others at the end of the epidemic, breathing new perspectives into the four-decade-old hell. There’s even a joke: a very spicy story about a bottle of champagne can still provoke some pearl-clutching in the shire. It’s a heart-to-heart documentary, featuring remarkable, realistic performances and lip-syncing like invisible stitching: you almost forget it’s happening.
On BBC One for the last episodes of Sherwood, The true crime-inspired Nottinghamshire saga of old / new evil blood by author James Graham. Although the backstory of too many miners ’strikes is stuck in later episodes, it continues to stir until the end. Violent death is made more distressing because it is poetically underlined; A community is struggling with what has happened; The identity of the secret police “Keats” has been revealed. (At this point, I should request good, honestly Inspector Readers should not discredit themselves by pretending to know who they are.)
In the event, Crossbow Crazy Scott (Adam Hughes in the same strong performance as James Norton Happy Valley) Just turns out to be another shabby glory hunter. Especially the performances of Adil Akhtar, Leslie Manville and Lauren Ashburn were universally acclaimed, Sherwood Proved to be a thrilling, winding ride: swashbuckling, ruthless, confident.
Disney + watches another 10-part series The only murder in the building, A hit show about fearless true crime podcasters in a New York apartment building. It features comedy great Steve Martin (co-producer with John Hoffman), Martin Short and Selena Gomez as misfit podcasters.
The last series saw them solve the first murder but then a new discovery began, in which they are all now involved. Go elsewhere for retail realism: The six new episodes I’ve seen create Midsomer Blood Looks like Of the serpent: Riot in the camp of suspects, hostility, bloody knives and erotic pictures. It’s also festooned with guest stars: Last Time, Sting (yes, That Sting, play yourself); This time, Amy Schumer. Elsewhere, there are Tina Faye, Nathan Lane, Cara Delevingne and even (drum roll) Shirley McLean.
Who is OMITB Did Chadish take aim? Certainly, this increases the growing appetite for the prestigious senior drama: watch shows as well Grace and Frankie And Kominsky method, Both from Netflix. This can be mildly seen as a post-satirical hoodnit – murder, texted – or generation gap Scooby Doo, Martin and Short as two septuagenarian shagis and Gomez as short, sardonic thelma. It’s a weird heavy-handed clink and comic lullaby, but it’s usually smart, funny (“I like that your weekend outfit is the same as Norm Cheers”) And just the right amount of stupidity. Enjoy
The huge success of Alex Pina’s Spanish play Money histPlus, one imagines, Squid gameHas also led the show on Netflix: Money Hist: Korea – United Economic ZoneA remake with a significant twist directed by Kim Hong-sun.
I found the original Money hist Occasionally interesting and glamorous, and armed with soft pillows and soluble ibuprofen came close to this reboot. However, in the first half of the six-episode episode, I’m enjoying more than the original. There’s a big element of overlap (this time, a gang exploits futuristic Korean unification, trying to steal Zillian from Mint), but there are also major differences, especially the story driven by North-South bias.
Dubbing destroys everything (see also: just returned Borgen – Why, Netflix dubbing God, why?), But so far, the performances are solid, the tension is clear, and the feeling of post-truth metaphors is coming out loud and clear.
Star rating (out of five)
Undeclared war 3
AIDS: Unheard tapes 3
The only murder in the building 3
Money Hist: Korea – United Economic Zone 3
What else do I see?
Sky Documentary / Now TV
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My life as a rolling stone
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Orange is not the only fruit
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