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The Last Kingdom: Episode 3  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 3

Uhtred finally wins the support (nominal) of Alfred, but he soon learns that it will come at a price. The Danes make a move on Wessex which leads to a confrontation between Alfred and Ubba at the negotiation table.
posted by Atreides on Nov 2, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4: The News Quiz (23 Oct 2015)

A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by Miles Jupp. Jeremy Hardy, Holly Walsh, Yasmine Akram and political sketch writer Michael Deacon are Miles' guests this week. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 26, 2015 - 3 comments

The Last Kingdom: Episode 2  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 2

Uhtred and Brida seek to report to Ubba the truth of what happened to Ragnar and Ragnar's family, and find themselves contending with a lie by the murders' perpetrators. In Wessex, King Æthelred concerns himself on how to handle the Viking menace, while his brother, Alfred considers the fate of the idea of England. Elsewhere, the Kingdom of East Anglia succumbs to the Vikings and Edmund becomes a Martyr.
posted by Atreides on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 comments

BBC News Quiz?

Is anyone interested in trying a few News Quiz posts? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 14, 2015 - 8 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Chocolate  Season 6, Ep 9

Week Nine, and that can only mean one thing - it's the semi-finals. The pressure is on as the remaining bakers must get to grips with the one of the most difficult ingredients - chocolate. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Sep 30, 2015 - 14 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Patisserie  Season 6, Ep 8

No series of Bake Off would be complete without testing the bakers on patisserie, and what better time to do it than the quarter finals? [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Sep 23, 2015 - 5 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Pastry  Season 6, Ep 6

With bread, biscuits and cakes under their belts, the bakers must now prove their skill with pastry. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Alternative Ingredients  Season 6, Ep 5

The remaining bakers must bake without sugar, gluten or dairy - but thankfully not all in the same challenge. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Sep 2, 2015 - 19 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Desserts  Season 6, Ep 4

For the nine bakers left, it's time to tackle the sweet ending to every meal - desserts. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Aug 28, 2015 - 12 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Bread  Season 6, Ep 3

The ten remaining bakers face bread week. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Aug 23, 2015 - 11 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Biscuits  Season 6, Ep 2

With cake week under their belts, the 11 remaining bakers must now prove themselves with biscuits. The signature challenge is biscotti. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Aug 13, 2015 - 6 comments

The Great British Bake Off: Cake  Season 6, Ep 1

The baking challenge returns! The 12 new bakers don their aprons and head for the iconic tent. Their first signature challenge is to make a madeira cake. [more inside]
posted by mumkin on Aug 5, 2015 - 16 comments

Podcast: The Infinite Monkey Cage: The Infinite Monkey Cage USA Tour: New York

The Infinite Monkeys return for a new series, the first of which will see them head to the USA for their first live tour. This week [physicist] Brian Cox and [comedian] Robin Ince can be found on stage in New York asking the question, Is Science a Force for Good Or Evil? They are joined on stage by Bill Nye the Science Guy, cosmologist Janna Levin, actor Tim Daly and comedian Lisa Lampanelli.
posted by metaBugs on Jul 9, 2015 - 1 comment

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 7

With England in chaos as magic returns, Strange comes back home to claim Mr Norrell and rescue Arabella. But can his plan possibly work? Or will the dark prophecy of the Raven King finally be fulfilled? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 28, 2015 - 0 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 7

With England in chaos as magic returns, Strange comes back home to claim Mr Norrell and rescue Arabella. But can his plan possibly work? Or will the dark prophecy of the Raven King finally be fulfilled?
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 28, 2015 - 17 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Black Tower  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 6

Having fled England to Venice, Strange attempts to drive himself insane as a way of gaining access to the fairy magic that he believes can help his wife. In so doing, he unleashes a curse that threatens to destroy him utterly. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 21, 2015 - 0 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Black Tower  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 6

Having fled England to Venice, Strange attempts to drive himself insane as a way of gaining access to the fairy magic that he believes can help his wife. In so doing, he unleashes a curse that threatens to destroy him utterly.
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 21, 2015 - 10 comments

Stonemouth: Episode 2  Season 1, Ep 2

Stewart persuades Ellie to help him uncover the mysterious circumstances lying behind Callum's death. But it seems the mystery has far from played out, as the pair race against the clock to try and prevent further fall out amongst the Murston clan and beyond.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jun 16, 2015 - 1 comment

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Arabella  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 5

Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life, but the Gentleman's scheme for revenge wrecks all of his and Arabella's plans, leaving Jonathan Strange a ruined man. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 14, 2015 - 0 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Arabella  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 5

Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life, but the Gentleman's scheme for revenge wrecks all of his and Arabella's plans, leaving Jonathan Strange a ruined man.
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 14, 2015 - 11 comments

Stonemouth: Episode 1  Season 1, Ep 1

Following the apparent suicide of his best friend, Stewart Gilmour returns to Stonemouth, where he must face the girl he left behind. Mystery, based on the novel by Iain Banks, starring Christian Cooke, Charlotte Spencer and Peter Mullan. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jun 9, 2015 - 1 comment

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: All the Mirrors of the World  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 4

Returned from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell to try to cure England's mad king, George III, but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of old times. Meanwhile, unbeknown to the magicians, the Gentleman embarks on a scheme to capture Arabella. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 7, 2015 - 9 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: All the Mirrors of the World  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 4

Returned from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell to try to cure England's mad king, George III, but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of old times. Meanwhile, unbeknown to the magicians, the Gentleman embarks on a scheme to capture Arabella.
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 7, 2015 - 7 comments

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Education of a Magician  Books Included   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.
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 1, 2015 - 12 comments

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

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