Here we go again!
His Dark Materials (BBC One)
I read these when I was around 8 or so – and because I was around 8 or so, I’ve kinda always had this idea in my head that the His Dark Materials books were quite deep and adult. I have since realised they aren’t exactly what they seemed at the time, but I am still basically quite fond of them in hindsight. (Not that I’ve ever re-read them; I’m reliant more or less entirely on those faded memories.)
I enjoyed this, anyway – far more than November’s other Jack Thorne offering, at least. It felt a little off in places, admittedly, but hey, James McAvoy is pretty great, so that’s always fun.
In the Long Run (Sky One)
See, after everything I said last time about how impressive Idris Elba is as a comedy actor, he was hardly in the ones I watched this week! That was a bit of a shame, having his character be restricted just to the framing device. I wonder if it was an availability thing – it makes sense, admittedly, he’s a pretty busy actor. Still, a shame.
(Which isn’t to undercut the others, though – Bill Bailey and Jimmy Akingbola were both great in the most recent episode I watched. Still, a shame though.)
I’m going to be paying quite close attention, over the next few weeks, to all the Best of 2019 lists – and all the Best of the Decade lists! – and I will be heavily, heavily judging anyone who doesn’t find space for Riverdale on those lists. It doesn’t have to be in the number one spot, that’d just be unreasonable.
But top five, surely, is a given.
The Accident (Channel 4)
I am not sure who, exactly, thought “Grenfell but white” was a good idea – well, no, Jack Thorne did, obviously. God knows why though.
The End of the F***ing World (Channel 4)
Been looking forward to this for ages – really enjoyed the first series, it was one of my favourite pieces of television in 2018. I was a little surprised Alex Lawther was in it again this go around, actually – probably the hoped for reaction, given the marketing. I’d kinda come around to the idea of a solely Jessica Barden oriented series, so I was a little… not disappointed, obviously, I love Alex Lawther, but my expectations have been thrown a bit. Would’ve been interested to see the other version, though – Jessica Barden could absolutely have made it work.