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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Education of a Magician  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 3

Jonathan Strange accesses ancient and troubling magic as he fights the Napoleonic armies, while Mr Norrell battles to keep his secrets hidden, and the mysterious Gentleman enrols Sir Walter's servant Stephen to help him enchant the beguiling Arabella. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 1, 2015 - 6 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: How Is Lady Pole?  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 2

Mr Norrell takes on Jonathan Strange as his apprentice. However, it soon becomes clear that the pupil outshines the master. And something is clearly very wrong with the new Lady Pole. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on May 24, 2015 - 3 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: How Is Lady Pole?  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 2

Mr Norrell takes on Jonathan Strange as his apprentice. However, it soon becomes clear that the pupil outshines the master. And something is clearly very wrong with the new Lady Pole.
posted by infinitewindow on May 24, 2015 - 13 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Friends of English Magic  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 1

Determined to prove himself England's greatest magician, Mr Norrell makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious being. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on May 17, 2015 - 23 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Friends of English Magic  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

Determined to prove himself England's greatest magician, Mr Norrell makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious being. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on May 17, 2015 - 10 comments

Smiley's People: Part 6  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 6

The green light is given, and Esterhase's team moves in on Grigoriev. Will he help them unlock Karla's secret? Can George finally bring down his nemesis and redeem his career, his Western values, his very being? This is George Smiley's last chapter. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 15, 2015 - 3 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell posts

The BBC One 7-part adaptation of Susanna Clarke's novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell airs Sunday in the UK. The novel has a depth and breadth that may be tough to dramatize, and is part of a continuity that includes short stories by Clarke. Is there interest in having two sets of posts for this series, one for readers and one for non-readers? It would be similar with what's going on for Game of Thrones and Outlander, but for only a short while.
posted by infinitewindow on May 13, 2015 - 11 comments

Smiley's People: Part 5  Season 1, Ep 5

George Smiley finally has the whole story, and now must work to put a plan in place. Circus Chief Saul Enderby takes Maude for a spin around the "garden," earning his cold shoulder from Part 4 and blessing him with his totally-deniable approval of the plan to snare Karla (as well as free access to the Reptile Fund). Commence file-digging with Peter Guillam, target-shadowing with Toby Esterhase, and totally ignoring Oliver Lacon at dinner. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 7, 2015 - 6 comments

Smiley's People: Part 4  Season 1, Ep 4

Sleepless and relentless, Smiley races across West Germany and finally tracks down Otto Leipzig. He's still a step behind Karla for now, but with a flurry of aliases and feints and a little—OK a lot of help from Peter Guillam (Michael Byrne) all of the bits scattered by the death of General Vladimir are finally being swept up into one place. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 30, 2015 - 11 comments

Smiley's People: Part 3  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 3

George drinks his way through three interviews while piecing together the story that General Vladimir died trying to get to him. Bernard Hepton and Beryl Reid reprise their roles from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Toby Esterhase and Connie Sachs, respectively, and then Smiley ventures overseas in search of Otto Leipzig and the Ginger Pig's confession. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 23, 2015 - 8 comments

Smiley's People: Part 2  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 2

Straight from the briefing with Lacon, Strickland, and Mostyn, George steps out onto the Heath in the light of day and attempts to reconstruct the General's movements from the night before. Then, from the week before. He had two proofs. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 16, 2015 - 21 comments

Smiley's People: Part 1  Rewatch   Season 1, Ep 1

George Smiley is once again retired from The Circus, living peacefully in his Bywater Street home. But a letter from Paris sets in motion a chain of events that, once again, calls George back into the game. If a rogue elephant... charges at me out of the thicket of my past and gives me a second shot at it, I intend to shoot it dead—but with the minimum of force. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 9, 2015 - 12 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 7 - Flushing Out The Mole  Season 1, Ep 7

Smiley springs his trap and then goes about picking up the pieces and putting The Circus back together. Poor George! Life is such a puzzle to you, isn't it? - Lady Ann
posted by carsonb on Apr 2, 2015 - 18 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 6 - Smiley Sets a Trap  Season 1, Ep 6

With a new light cast on the aftermath of Operation Testify—who told Jim Prideaux to forget it, man... forget it! and move on with his post-Circus life—George Smiley knows who in the Merlin/Witchcraft circle to approach first. But before he heads down that path, a bit of follow-up is in order with old-boy lamplighter and drunkard footie newsman Jerry Westerby. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 26, 2015 - 21 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 5 - Tinker Tailor  Season 1, Ep 5

George Smiley conducts two interviews, first with old hand Sam Collins, the duty officer on the night Jim Prideaux was shot, then with Prideaux himself. Between the two testimonies a clearer picture is painted of the events of that night, the fateful, failed Operation Testify, as well as its fallout.
posted by carsonb on Mar 19, 2015 - 22 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: How It All Fits Together  Season 1, Ep 4

In search of more information about Operation Testify, George sends Peter back to The Circus for the archived file. Waylaid mid-operation by the three of them and Alleline, Peter is read in on and then interrogated about some ultra-ultra-sensitive Witchcraft material. Patrick Stewart makes a brief, silent, and rather intense appearance during Smiley's relation to Guillam of the time in Delhi when he met Karla in the flesh. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 12, 2015 - 12 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 3: Smiley Tracks The Mole  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 3

Smiley sends Guillam to The Circus headquarters at London Station to covertly follow up on Ricky Tarr's story, while he visits Oxford to pick the brain of former Head of Research Connie Sachs. Connections begin to appear as they compare notes, and George fills Peter in on Merlin, Witchcraft, and Percy Alleline's insufferable angling for Control's chair. There are three of them, and Alleline. Control's words. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 2  First Watch   Season 1, Ep 2

Four men in a room quickly filling with smoke: George Smiley, newly un-retired right-hand man to The Circus chief, Peter Guillam, disgraced head Scalphunter for The Circus, Oliver Lacon, Intelligence Service overseer, and Ricky Tarr, officially absent without leave, on the Wanted list, recently resurfaced Circus spook extraordinaire. Ricky has a story he thinks might change all their lives. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 26, 2015 - 3 comments

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 1  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

Two to six men in a room filled or quickly filling with smoke. There is terse, slow conversation, interrogations mostly, punctuated by short, uneventful drives on the streets of Cold War-era London. Spies! George Smiley (ret.), played elderly and formidable and ironically reticent by Sir Alec Guinness, looms and frowns at the goings-on and pieces together the legend of a mole, right at the top of The Circus. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Feb 19, 2015 - 15 comments

The Fall: All of Seasons One and Two  Season 1, Ep 1

Discussion of the first two seasons of BBC's The Fall. All currently available on Netflix in the US. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Feb 16, 2015 - 9 comments

Podcast: Forum - A World of Ideas: Writing

Fewer and fewer of us write by hand much any more. Does it matter? Bridget Kendall's guests on this week's Forum, cognitive neuroscientist Karin James, award winning novelist Mohsin Hamid and calligrapher Paul Antonio think it does. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Feb 11, 2015 - 0 comments

The Missing: Till Death  Season 1, Ep 8

Tony and Emily finally find out what happened to their son Oliver in 2006.
posted by jbickers on Dec 30, 2014 - 7 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Class of 2013  Season 5, Ep 11

We catch up with last year's bakers, who have come a long way since their time in the tent. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Oct 18, 2014 - 1 comment

The Great British Bake Off: The Final  Season 5, Ep 10

It's the final... from thousands of applicants just 12 bakers made it to the tent, and now only three remain. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Oct 8, 2014 - 13 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Semi-Final: Patisserie  Season 5, Ep 9

It's semi-final time and the tension is palpable as the bakers begin Patisserie Week. The semi-finalists are challenged to make signature baklava—two different types of any flavour they like, but with the crisp flaky layers of perfectly pulled filo pastry. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Oct 1, 2014 - 7 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Advanced Dough  Season 5, Ep 8

It's the quarter-finals of the Bake Off and only five bakers remain. Asked to make enriched sweet fruit loaves for their signature challenge, the bakers must work with soft dough to create works of art for Paul and Mary to critique. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Sep 25, 2014 - 9 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Pastry  Season 5, Ep 7

Week Seven in the Bake Off tent sees the bakers tested on all kinds of weird and wonderful pastries. The remaining bakers are asked to make signature savoury parcels, ranging from pasties to Wellingtons to samosas. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Sep 19, 2014 - 9 comments

The Honourable Woman: The Empty Chair  Season 1, Ep 1

This BBC/Sundance production by Hugo Blick, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Stephen Rea, and Lubna Azabal, is a critically-lauded eight episode series that's certain to appear prominently in next year's Emmy nominations. Reminiscent of le Carré, this is a story of duplicity, of familial and personal tragedy, and is set within the context of the Palestinian occupation and the diplomacy, politics, and espionage of the British, Israelis, and Americans. "It is a wonder we trust anyone at all." [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Sep 18, 2014 - 14 comments

Intruders: Time Has Come Today  Season 1, Ep 3

Jack returns home to find Amy in bed, but she doesn't seem to be herself. Meanwhile, young Madison continues her pilgrimage to Seattle. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 11, 2014 - 7 comments

The Great British Bake Off: European Cakes  Season 5, Ep 6

Past halfway in their baking marathon and the remaining six bakers face three European cakes. For their signature challenge the bakers are asked to bake yeast-leavened cakes; a tricky cross between cake and bread that sees some of the bakers opting out of Europe… [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Sep 10, 2014 - 5 comments

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood  Season 8, Ep 3

In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake.
posted by mumkin on Sep 6, 2014 - 66 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Pies and Tarts  Season 5, Ep 5

Almost halfway through the Bake Off and the remaining bakers are facing pies and tarts. No self-respecting home baker is complete without being able to make all kinds of pastries, and today the bakers are challenged to do just that. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Sep 4, 2014 - 10 comments

The Great British Bake Off?

Are there enough British fanfarers to merit posts about The Great British Bake Off, which is now heating up after 3 eliminations? [more inside]
posted by dumdidumdum on Aug 23, 2014 - 8 comments

The Fall: - all episodes

Is anyone watching BBCs The Fall? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Aug 5, 2014 - 11 comments

Sherlock: The Sign of Three  Season 3, Ep 2

Watson and Mary's wedding, and Sherlock's nearly endless toast.
posted by rue72 on Jun 6, 2014 - 19 comments

Sherlock: The Empty Hearse  Season 3, Ep 1

Watson has moved on in the years since Sherlock's presumed death. But when London is threatened by terrorists, Sherlock decides it's time to return.
posted by rue72 on Jun 4, 2014 - 25 comments

Orphan Black: Mingling Its Own Nature With It  Season 2, Ep 3

This episode saw the clones almost entirely acting on their own, and we meet one of Sarah's previous trysts/marks... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on May 6, 2014 - 52 comments

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