“The 12 Days Of Christine” — This Is a Masterpiece

You’ll cry.


This half-hour story, called “The 12 Days Of Christine,” ran on BBC Two the last night I was in London.  It was part of an anthology series called  Inside No. 9, which has just begun its second, six-episode season.

The stories in Inside No. 9 are unrelated.  The only thing they have in common is that they take place in locations behind doors labeled “No. 9.”   Most of the stories are darkly comic.  Most of them are first-rate fun.

“The 12 Days Of Christine” transcends.  The Independent called “The 12 Days Of Christine” “…one of the best pieces of television for years.”  The Times gave it five stars, and wrote that “Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have produced a masterpiece.”  The Telegraph, in another five-star review, called it “devastating” and “sadly beautiful.”  The Herald Scotland reviewer said it was “incredible” and “…the best thing I’ve seen all year.”

No spoilers.  Just watch it.

You’ll cry.

All Good Things

I’m back.  Happy Easter!

I went to London for the first couple weeks of Spring, and, oh, did I have a time.  Anglophile that I am, going to England was like better than going home.

I’ll be posting trip highlights from now until I don’t know when, but I want to start at the v end, w/a TV show I saw on my last night in the UK.  That post follows immediately.

Let the Wrong One Out

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I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

A&E used to be the Arts and Entertainment network, but for the past few years has aimed its programming at the kind of people who live in the less selective trailer parks.   Stuff like Duck Dynasty, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Storage Wars.

There are signs, though, that the network is trying to attract a more upscale audience.  Bates Motel surprised most people by being quite good.  This year, A&E commissioned a much less successful remake of the brilliant French series, Les Revenants, called The Returned.   Skip it and watch the superb original on Netflix or Amazon.

And now they plan to create a series based on Let the Right One In.

No.  Just, no.


Here’s the UK trailer for the beautiful Swedish original:

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

On Saint Patrick’s Day, I went to the National Theatre, for the opening night performance of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit.   Angela Lansbury is making what she says will be her last tour, and Washington is the final stop on its four-city run.

She was, of course, wonderful.  She’d won her fifth Tony award for an earlier New York staging of the play, and her performance in the role of Madame Arcati, medium and clairvoyant, is a show-stopper.

The play itself was an old-fashioned joy.  It’s the kind of “sophisticated,” upper-class nonsense that Coward did so well.  The style is out of fashion today, but still makes for a delightful night at the theatre.

The play will run through 29 March 2015.