Great TV shows
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Great TV shows do not always make it across the pond for one reason or another. There is no doubt that the U.S and the U.K consistently make the best TV shows in the world and it’s easy to miss some really great TV shows that fly under the radar.
Now that the majority of viewers have access to cheap TV streaming like Netflix and Amazon Prime most of the best shows in the world can be watched whether you are in London or New York.
There are fantastic shows like The Tunnel that most Americans will probably never get to hear about, unless they dig really deep, just as in the UK, most people do not know what a brilliant show The Americans is.
I’m hoping to match-make you with a few great TV shows here, so don’t miss out. I have personally seen every episode of the following shows and highly recommend them to anyone.
The Knick is an American drama series directed by the legendary Steven Soderbergh. It follows Dr John Thackery (the colossal Clive Owen who was born for his role) at a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York during the early 1900’s.
You get to see Thackery trying to improve some of the still medieval surgery techniques with brilliant new ideas and he takes many risks, sometimes at great personal cost and sometimes it all goes horribly wrong. It’s compelling and sometimes gross and scary viewing. Also a mention must go to several other outstanding cast members who are all great characters and class actors, this is quality, groundbreaking TV and will surely go down in TV history as one of the great TV shows ever.
Series 3 and 4 are pencilled in, but Clive Owen is not as yet contracted to be in them “but all options are open” say the producers.
Unfortunately the trailer does the show no justice at all. You can buy or watch series 1 and 2 of The Knick here.
The Tunnel is an unusual but brilliant collaboration of French and English TV (the French parts are sub-titled) In the show the French and the UK Police have to join forces to solve what at first appears to be a very clever and sick serial killer.
The two main characters are brilliant and the slowly built up on-screen chemistry is great to watch. Clémence Poésy is simply fabulous as the slightly autistic French detective with some really strange social habits, you can’t help but fall for her.
You can buy series 1 and 2 of The Tunnel here.
Vikings follows the semi-mythical Ragnar Lothbrok, who starts out as just a farmer. But he has a dream to become the king of all Vikings. To do this he must first take control of his village then its army, build state of the art ships and go on perilous voyages to pillage new lands like England and France. Vikings is brutal and clever and you soon feel you can read the mind of Ragnar, but you can’t.
At the time of writing we are awaiting season 5 which is rumoured to consist of 20 episodes rather than just the 10 of previous seasons, I really can’t wait.
You can watch or purchase Vikings here.
Set in Washington DC during the 1980’s. Two highly trained Russian spies are integrated into American society and even have children in order to build a family facade, while carrying out audacious spying missions. The series premiered in the United States in 2013 on the cable network FX. At the time of writing season 4 has just finished. Watch or buy The Americans. It’s superb and there really is nothing else quite like it around. I binge watched all four series in three days.
Vinyl, produced by none other than Mick Jagger & Martin Scorsese. It follows Richie Finestra the boss of a failing record label during the 1970s. Richie also has drug and alcohol problems to add to his womanising and gambling habits, his whole world is crashing down around his ears and then along comes a band he believes could save everything.
Vinyl premiered on HBO in February 2016. HBO have renewed Vinyl for a second season, should be awesome.
You can still watch or buy Vinyl season one here.
Wayward Pines Idaho, is no ordinary town, that’s for sure. Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) is a U.S. Secret Service agent who awakens from a car accident in the town and soon realises everyone in Wayward Pines is under some sort of weird spell.
There are video cameras everywhere, you cannot talk about the past and you cannot leave, they are the rules, break the rules and you could find yourself on the end of a public execution.
Should you try to leave and make it past the Sheriff you will come up against a giant electrified wall that encompasses half the town, the other half of town is surrounded by un-climbable mountains.
This one has you scratching your head trying to work out what the hell is going in the town, but all is revealed quite quickly mid-season and there is no way you would of worked it out.
Season 2 is being broadcast as I write this, but to be honest it has lost some traction for me and now seems to be aimed at a younger audience than the first season did. Shame.
Black Mirror has only 3 one hour episodes in each series but they are all powerful tales of what the near future of technology could hold for us.
The standout story is The National Anthem, where the British Prime Minister faces a huge and shocking dilemma when a Princess, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped and demands made of the Prime Minister that will have you shaking your head in disbelief.
Watch Black Mirror trailer
Buy the Black Mirror DVD’s
Originally made by the BBC but then amazingly dropped, even though it was successful.
Ripper Street is based in the Victorian era just after the Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel London, and follows the characters at the Lime House Police station investigating local crimes, with one eye always looking for the return of the Ripper. Quality drama all the way.
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