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It sounds like I need to check 'Scorpion' out, Ruby.  

We just binge watched 'Stranger Things' on Netflix last weekend.  It's a sci-fi horror show a la Stephen King with a dash of Stephen Spielberg.  The main characters are a bunch of kids and they were really good. The big name is Winona Ryder.  The sound track was very 80's nostalgic. It was enjoyable. 

Tonight we started 'Mr. Robot' on Amazon.  It's about a computer hacker an Anonymous type group.  It didn't sound like something that I would enjoy but it has turned out to be fantastic.  Christian Slater is in it, but he isn't the main character. 

I recommend both shows. 



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I can only hope the rest of them are as good but if you have 20 minutes to spare the first monologue in the Queers series is well worth a look. Ben Whishaw is phenomenal and the writing is the quality you'd expect from Mark Gatiss: here (sorry international folk, it's BBC and region-restricted).



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Sorry, that link is wrong and editing the post appears not to work. Here's the correct link for the first monologue: Queers, The Man on the Platform.



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I've caught a few of the episodes, as you say, quality, Maghat. Sorry you had trouble with editing the link.

I'm mostly watching The Leftovers and Lost, anything Damon Lindelof touches gets my vote!


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The Man on the Platform was spectacular, Maghat. I've seen a few of the other monologues in this series but that one was a real stand out. The combination of Mark Gattiss' writing and Ben Wishaw's performance was first class.

I've also been watching Man in an Orange Shirt which is very good too.

The Handmaid's Tale was very bleak but a great watch. Elisabeth Moss is exceptional.

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I'm more mainstream - The Americans, Nashville and Twin Peaks:The Return. Just finished AmErica God's, can hardly wait for season 2.

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I don't watch anything actually on TV but we have our various methods.  In the last couple of months we have caught up on The Americans, Santa Clarita Diet, and Shetland.  This weekend I binge watched Series 3 of Hinterland.  We are also currently watching Orphan Black, Dark Matter, American Gods, and iZombie.  Oh we are also watching Fortitude. 



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Rosie, The Handmaids Tale is stunning TV, bleak, provacative, magnetising. Feels slightly odd watching one of the novels I studies in depth for my degree specialism in feminist dystopian fiction, but it is a relief the TV series does it credit.

Ellie - Twin Peaks! I Know! How cool that it is back! I am saving it for now and look forward to a total immersion binge.

Ellie and Jane, I'm with you on American Gods, also watching series 2 of Preacher, which takes more to get into but it is good. So happy I have Amazon Prime!



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I hear that Preacher is good. 



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So you reckon American Gods is good? I adore the novel so I've been slightly leery of watching it!

I suspect I'm one of the few who failed to get sucked in by The Handmaid's Tale. I watched the first episode and somehow just failed to go back for more. It may be a problem with commercial TV, having it broken up into those 15-20 minute chunks drives me absolutely insane. Maybe I'll look out for it as a DVD release or something. Again, I love the novel, Atwood can do no wrong for me!

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Love American Gods, it's slightly different from the novel but it's a while since I read it so it didn't bother me. However, my eldest made the mistake of re-reading just before she started watching the series so noticed every little difference. The cast are good, for once I can't complain about any of them! Shadow in particular is excellent.

I stopped watching Preacher, the violence was just too much for me. Once again, excellent cast - although Joe Gilgin's Irish accent 'wandered' a bit at first, he really should have talked to Ruth Negga. Oddly enough, I have no problem with the violence in the graphic novels, it's just different on screen.

I enjoyed Lucifer, although I just can't take to Tom Ellis in the role. I was surprised, because I was looking forward to seeing him but it just doesn't gel for me. I'm not keen on the actress playing Chloe, either. But Maze, Linda, Amenadiel and Charlotte are just terrific.

Twin Peaks:the Return is the one thing I will not miss. Not only do I watch it every week I'm recording it so I can watch it en bloc when it's finished and know if my theories hang together. I guess it depends on how much of a David Lynch fan you are as to how much you enjoy it. The cast are all good but Kyle MacLachlan is truly amazing.

I've recorded the Handmaid's Tale but haven't seen it yet. I think it's one of those I might hate if it deviates from the book too much, but Domino's comments give me hope.

I'm really looking forward to the next Jessica Jones, whenever that finally comes back on to our screens.

The Loch was good, and Ekaterina was light relief on either Prime or Netflix, I forget which one.

Haven't started watching GoT yet, I'm recording it to binge watch.



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These are really a few good suggestions from you. Since I also like to read, I have already taken a few tips.

I just watch the 6th season of The Walking Dead. I did not want to see it (is not mine with zombies and so), but a girlfriend persuaded me and from the 3rd season I could not stop. Unfortunately, I had to look alone, my husband did not want to take a look. And that is a little difficult since I do not have so many free time. Together we also watched Lucifer. And from tomorrow, the second season comes in German. I also started to watch Doctor Who (in case Damien had become the new Doctor) and I find it very funny and keep watching. I love David Tennant in this role.



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I imagine that is annoying for your eldest, Ellie.  I also read American Gods but I don't remember any of the details.  Not one.  I remember the premise and that's about it. 

I'm enjoying the show so far and like the cast.  



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This is often the question. Read the book before or after. I usually decide to read the book afterwards.

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This is often the question. Read the book before or after. I usually decide to read the book afterwards.


 I enjoyed watching the 'Hunger Games' and my grandson said the books were good, so I decided to read them. I love the books, but now everytime I watch the film all I can think of is the main characters are wrong, wrong,  wrong! Acting good, but terrible miscasting. 



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There's nothing more pleasing when a film or TV show really captures a much loved book but nothing worse than having favourite books ruined by a poor adaptation.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a great book but although the film was mostly well cast (Asa Butterfield was excellent as Jake) the story was changed so much it spoilt the film for me as I kept noticing where the plot strayed too far. I'm watching Outlander at the moment and it seems to be keeping fairly close to the story and how I had imagined it in my head. 



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I just finished Ripper Street.   That was gut wrenching. I'm truly devastated.  cry



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It's been too long since posting in this topic, and I've watched so many great things.

But, I've just signed up for a free month's trial with Netflix and binged on Stranger Things, to see what everyone is raving on about, and because it is my kind of thing. And it didn't disappoint! Love the whole retro vibe and it's utterly magnetic viewing with characters you become invested in quickly. It's never easy to watch children suffering though, even if it is sci-fi fantasy and not possible in reality, some of that I found hard to watch. But Eleven is an amazing character and Millie Bobby Brown is superb in the role. All of the younger actors are outstanding.

Next binge was Black Mirror. HOW DID I NOT DISCOVER THIS SOONER. Charlie Brooker you are my spirit animal. SO SO SO SO GOOD. Dystopian sci-fi that is so near to current reality that it's imaginable. Challenging, powerful, intelligent, very very dark. The ep with Lenora Crichlow I had to watch in 4 parts as it was A LOT. But oh.. this is some of the best visual fiction I've ever seen. Also this is why I need GameFace.. perfect antedote to the darkness of this. Impossible not to watch though!

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I absolutely love Black Mirror, Domino. I also enjoy Stranger Things though I'm not as in love with it as most of the people that I know. I do like the characters and the retro vibe, and also the music is incredible. 

We're watching the most recent season of Mr Robot and the current season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Both have been great seasons. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has taken a kind of space opera turn and has been pretty amazing (sorry bit of a spoiler but I won't go into detail). Star Trek: Discovery has also been a pleasant surprise. 

We are also streaming The Good Place on Netflix. I love this comedy!  Ted Danson is killing it as an architect of a neighborhood in the afterlife.   

I've also been enjoying my subscription to BritBox.   Vera, Happy Valley, Coast and a couple of random documentary type shows have been very enjoyable. 

This isn't TV but we saw the new Star Wars movie this week. It was amazing and I have to admit that I've never been a Star Wars fan.  Honestly I fell asleep during the first movie as a kid and I have struggled not do so through most of the others I've seen, but this one injects something a little different. 



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I'm not much of a binge watcher, I still like the old-fashioned wait a week until the next episode! I've loved the recent series of The A-Word. I also enjoyed Bancroft on ITV recently. Great twist on the whole 'bent copper' story.

I'm looking forward to the adaptations of Little Women and The Miniaturist over Christmas. Two of my favourite books.

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