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Topic: British

Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns

A ripping good British crime series.


Television series

Rod Lott
London authorities’ golden boy Joe Chandler inherits a whopper of an investigation in his new position as DI (that stands for “Detective Inspector,” you Yanks): a young woman’s murder whose details appear to mirror those of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims in his infamous 1880s spree.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Casting the Runes

Rent a 'Rune' with a view.


Horror

Rod Lott
I remember vividly when I first read "Casting the Runes," one of several suspense classics to pour from the pen of M.R. James, the master of the ghost story whose supernatural bent became a huge influence on H.P. Lovecraft. Just because the short story is old (1911) doesn't mean it wasn't chilling to read, and so it is with this 1979 presentation, an episode of the UK's ITV Playhouse anthology series.
 
Friday, July 20, 2012

Above Suspicion: Set 1

It’s no mystery what makes this series great.


Television series

Rod Lott
As beloved as Lynda La Plante’s long-running crime series Prime Suspect is, her Above Suspicion deserves equal adoration. It’s another example of how the British leave viewers wanting more, rather than taking the American approach of burning them out, because the first two seasons — all seven episodes between them — come collected on Acorn Media’s two-disc Set 1. This leaves two more seasons as yet unreleased, so I pray we see a Set 2 soon down the pipe.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chiller: The Complete Television Series

Yikes from the UK.


Television series

Rod Lott
While a bit too stiff-upper-lip for my tastes, Synapse Films’ release of the British TV series Chiller is welcomed nonetheless. Any release of a horror anthology is, especially one this little-seen.
 
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Inbetweeners Movie

Where's Clark Griswold when you need him?


Comedy

Rod Lott
Spun off from the hit British TV series that recently was remade poorly for MTV, The Inbetweeners Movie follows the original show’s core quartet of socially awkward lads on vacation — er, sorry: “on holiday.”
 
Friday, January 4, 2013

Mumford’s the word!

Mumford & Sons, Magnetic Zeros to headline September music festival in Guthrie.


Music

Zach Hale
Grammy-nominated folk-rock sensations Mumford & Sons are coming to Oklahoma. The British four-piece band will perform Saturday, Sept. 7 in Guthrie as one leg of the Gentlemen of the Road tour.
 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Sweeney

Get nicked.


Action

Rod Lott
Not only is The Sweeney one of the best TV-to-film adaptations in history, but quite possibly the best adaptation of a TV series you’ve never heard of ... unless you’re British.
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Childrens Hospital: The Complete Fourth Season

Rx: lotsa laughter.


Television series

Rod Lott
Fresh off its Emmy win in the short-format live-action category, Adult Swim’s 11-minute marvel known as Childrens Hospital returns for a fourth go-round.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Welcome to the Punch

Lands a weak ‘Punch.’


Thriller

Rod Lott
Overlook the confounding title of Welcome to the Punch; it's the least of the British film's troubles. And that's too bad, because its rip-roaring opening chase had its hooks in me tight.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Brontë Sisters

Poetry in emotion.


Drama

Aimee Williams
Originally released in 1979, André Téchiné’s The Brontë Sisters takes the previously highly fictionalized story of the Bronte sisters and imposes an auteur’s vision.
 
Saturday, August 10, 2013
 
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