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Doug Centers
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Posted: 04 January 2018 at 8:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER

Anecdotal crew/cast including comedy relief sidekick, a young ward the Professor and Mary Ann...whoops that's a different show.
The villain is a non anecdotal strong female a rarity for the mid fifties.

I liked the oversized fishbowl space helmets, I want one on my shelf.
And I'm not sure if it was used earlier but the roulette wheel style space station has been used a multitude of times since.

oh and no matter which planet your on the Nash Healey is the vehicle of choice.
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BBC drama (currently on Hulu) TRUST ME.

I watched it almost entirely because of Jodie Whittaker. A show with 'medical fraud' as its premise, this has moments of superb acting,and  was suitably 'dark and broody'...until the final episode, when it fell into the trap that has become rather common with the British "multi-part one-off that leaves things open to continue' drama format:Not knowing how to end it without destroying the whole story.
 Since Whittaker isn't playing that Doctor just yet, and this wasn't written by Stephen Moffat, anyway, there is no 'Mary Sue' solution to all the problems...just an improbable shift that torpedoes any credibility a drama like this might have had(and, again due to its premise, it was already straining the 'disbelief suspension super powers', anyway).

If you enjoy the cliched trend of 'modern drama' in the UK, where, deep down, 'everyone is shit(but that's OK sometimes.)', life isn't black and white, and the bad guys escape punishment while victims suffer, all of which are portrayed heavy-handedly,  you may like this one.


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Brian,your last paragraph sums up why i watch very
little `Prime Time` home grown drama! Another reason is
the limited pool of actors they use,usually ex-soap
stars.
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A few random episodes of GREEN ACRES.
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It's the show for me...
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Billl Collins:
Brian,your last paragraph sums up why i watch very 
little `Prime Time` home grown drama! Another reason is 
the limited pool of actors they use,usually ex-soap 
stars.
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Bill, I found out an actress I recognized in TRUST ME was Sharon Small('Havers' from 'Inspector Lynley')...I figured 'she was probably in a soap at some point!'
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Looking at her IMDB profile she hasn`t,but she`s been in
all the usual U.K. dramas!
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Just rewatched "The Big Goodbye" from the 1st season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, for the first time in years... so enjoyable.



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A string of GET SMART episodes.

Still works for me.
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About to start 80s detective drama SIMON & SIMON. I can get into an 80s mindset (I was there!), but I've never seen the show.

I'm finding a lot of vintage shows don't lend themselves to binge-watching - I got a little bored with the fourth season of KNIGHT RIDER when I binge-watched it last summer - so I expect SIMON & SIMON will be a weekly thing for me.
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Watched a season 1 MAGNUM P.I., featuring Noah Beery(THE ROCKFORD FILES) in a 'relocated witness in trouble' story.
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T.J. Hooker - "Vengeance Is Mine"

Second season episode featuring a guest star turn from Leonard Nimoy.  Unless I'm mistaken, I think this could be the first time Nimoy and William Shatner co-starred together outside of (and after the success of) STAR TREK...

I remember it was a thrill to see this when it first aired (1983?) when I was a kid, but although it's a well-intentioned and intriguing episode, it's done-in by some unbelievable dialogue and some (unintentionally) humorous cop-show overdramatics, which almost turn this into an entry from "Police Squad!"

Probably of footnote value only.





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I have seen the complete series, Shaun, Channel 5 aired it in its entirety around 2003-2003. 

Humorous cop-show overdramatics? I think that rather sums up the show very well. :)

It was wacky at times. Hooker hung from planes, buses, etc. His patrol car managed to convince an airliner to "pull over". But among the dramatics at time, there were some serious moments, e.g. one scene saw Hooker moralizing about how the justice system lets crooks off.

I also remember Hooker and Romano discussing politics. Hooker said, "A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged!" 
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Back with the final season of PARKS & RECREATION for a while.
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I used to work for HMRC, the UK equivalent of the IRS (in a clerical role). I can tell you that PARKS AND RECREATION featured many moments, including Ron Swanson, that I witnessed whilst in the civil service. ;-)
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Penny Dreadful, the complete series on
Blu-ray.
I loved this series when it was airing.
The actors, the writing, and the
production values, were all top notch.

I think the channel this show originated
on (Showtime?) was thinking this might be
their "Game of Thrones" but it never
caught on to that extent.

The series is Gothic Victorian horror,
done extravagantly.
The decision to end the series with season
3, seems abrupt, despite the producer
claiming this was always the plan.
The main storyline is nicely wrapped up,
but a lot of the background subplots are
not.
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Beginning Season 1 of 50s police drama STATE TROOPER. Available on R1 DVD.

Slow and ponderous, but I do not mean that pejoratively. 

Also, the Nevada highways look really nice in B&W. Hauntingly beautiful, I'd say. 
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I'm currently watching 1990, a BBC series from the late seventies. It starred Edward Woodward, in his first major TV role since Callan finished five years earlier. Referred to as "1984 plus six", it features a Britain in the grip of the Public Control Department following major upheaval in the eighties. Woodward plays journalist Jim Kyle who secretly runs a group that helps people escape the country. It ran for two series of eight episodes each and although it's been on my radar for years I've luckily been able to avoid any major spoilers. I don't even know if it has a definite ending or was left open for more.
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MAN IN A SUITCASE (1967-68)

A former US intelligence operative becomes a private detective in Britain, living out of his suitcase due to homelessness.

Quite gritty and very violent, but compelling.

Thirty episodes were made so should finish this soon.


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Robbie,i used to confuse Man In A Suitcase with Gerry
Anderson`s The Secret Service when i was a kid,in Secret
Service there was a secret agent working for
B.I.S.H.O.P. and he was shrunk for missions and was
carried around in a suitcase by his vicar handler played
by gibberish speaker Stanley Unwin.
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I enjoyed Richard Bradford's performance in Man in a Suitcase (which was originally going to be called McGill) but it does lack the sense of fun of some of the other ITC series.

Ron Grainer provided one of the finest theme tunes ever, also used for TFI Friday of course.
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 Robbie Moubert wrote:
I enjoyed Richard Bradford's performance in Man in a Suitcase (which was originally going to be called McGill) but it does lack the sense of fun of some of the other ITC series.

Interestingly for me, the lack of fun in this series is what attracts me over other ITC series I could have ordered. :)
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Cherry picking some of my favorite episodes from the final two seasons of THE WEST WING.

Have to admit that I had completely forgotten that actress Elisabeth Moss (of MAD MEN and THE HANDMAID's TALE fame) played the role of The President's youngest daughter.

And while I normally avoid watching Alan Alda in anything other than a M*A*S*H rerun, he was terrific in his role as Republican Senator Arnold Vinick.

I am now tempted to go back and binge-watch the first five seasons again on Netflix. 



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Alan Alda was also on a few episodes of ER, which I recommend checking out.
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OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT (2018)

Stephen Colbert's new animated series on Showtime is, politely, less than it should have been.

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