The new BBC Scotland

The BBC announced today its plans for BBC Scotland and BBC Alba to be included in the new Royal Charter, and it’s fair to say that most people will be pleasantly surprised and enthusiastic about what’s to come. In the biggest shake-up of the state broadcaster’s role north of the border in 30 years, a new dedicated BBC Scotland channel will launch in Autumn 2018 to provide 5 hours of Scottish-focussed content each day. The centrepiece of this new channel will be a so-called “Scottish — Read more →

Still Game – Series 7: Review

When it was announced that Still Game would return to the telly for another series after a 9-year hiatus, it was almost too good to be true.  The trials and tribulations of Jack and Victor and the Craiglang crew made for the pinnacle of Scottish comedy over its six year run and the little vignettes of life in Glasgow made for some of the best individual episodes of TV that I’ve ever seen. Season 7 of Still Game was pretty much the perfect summing up — Read more →

Narcos – Season 2: Review

Narcos is one of the Netflix stable’s prized stallions, and after a thrilling first season it’s renewal was an absolute given. The first season covered almost twenty years’ of Pablo’s life and showed the impossible events that led him to being one of the richest people in the world.  But after being imprisoned of his own back at the end of season 1, and then breaking out – season 2 was about catching Escobar and putting an end to his own Colombian empire. Season 2 — Read more →

House of Cards – Season 4: Review

Frank is back, bolder than ever

Season 1-3 spoilers on page 1, Season 4 spoilers on page 2 Gripping.  Enthralling.  Intense.  All are words that have been staples of summarising House of Cards to people over the years and trying to properly convey, without spoilers, the feeling the show gives its audience.  While last season took a break, for the worse, from this tried and tested relationship with the viewer, season 4 picks up the pace yet again and delivers 13 episodes of television excellence that leaves you wanting more. For — Read more →

The Revenant: Review

When the Oscars nominations were announced at the end of last week while all the talk was about the relative exclusion of black actors and directors, the main ‘traditional’ story was the success for The Revenant.  With 12 nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director and both male Acting awards, it’s clear that this was the Academy’s most all-round favourite film of the year. But for me, The Revenant was more about what it tried to do than what it actually showed to the viewer.  — Read more →