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Post by Paul Burns on Wed Jan 29 2014, 00:05

Recently I sat down and watched The Wire right through. Another magnificent HBO saga, this time on life in the decaying city of Baltimore.
Many of the series in this new Golden Age of television have made a woman the most objectionable character in the series, eg Breaking Bad, or more arguably The Sopranos, sometimes to the point of misogyny. The Wire doesn't do this. Its most objectionable character is the white male alcoholic cop, McNalty, in my humble opinion.
It also breaks ground (for its time, way back when), with sympathetic portrayals of gays and lesbians, not all of whom are automatically killed off. If you haven't seen it, I strongly recommend.

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Post by ronsondalby on Wed Jan 29 2014, 02:28

I've watched it 3 times now, Paul. I guess that means I like it. Smile

I still have a way to go to catch up with my partner's record of watching The West Wing 8 times and talking about seeing it again!
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Post by Paul Burns on Wed Jan 29 2014, 02:48

Ah, The West Wing. Yes. I've watched that 4 times. (Once on TV.)
Reading a book on the 1848 Revolutions at the moment, but I am getting seriously tempted to dive back into The Wire, and watch it once again.
I had another go at The Sopranos recently, but only got up to halfway through Series 3, when a new book arrived in the post.
Or pension day came and I rushed out and bought more DVDs. Can't remember which.

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Post by Graham Bell on Wed Jan 29 2014, 04:55

Surely nothing surpasses the British classical TV comedy series "Are You Being Served?" for being sympathetic to gay men and for making them a normal part of everyone's workaday world?

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Post by ronsondalby on Wed Jan 29 2014, 05:01

Graham Bell wrote:Surely nothing surpasses the British classical TV comedy series "Are You Being Served?" for being sympathetic to gay men and for making them a normal part of everyone's workaday world?

And for those who like high camp as only the Brits can do:  "Vicious" with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi which aired in the UK last year.

imdb.com/title/tt2582590/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Not everyone's cup of tea but interesting in a sort of nostalgia way.
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Post by Graham Bell on Wed Jan 29 2014, 05:15

Thanks ronsondalby; not gay myself but really look forward to seeing it - as you said, only the Brits can do high camp so well.  :-)   Besides, it has two outstanding actors.

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Post by Paul Burns on Fri Feb 14 2014, 01:34

Currently watching the DVD box set of Elementary, which I refused to watch on TV because of the commercials.
Its a good standard police procedural, but not brilliant. I suppose the fun is waiting to see what they'll do with all the Holmesian characters, especially, if, like me, you're a bit of a Holmes aficiendo.

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Post by Paul Burns on Tue Feb 18 2014, 23:38

Have just sat through series 3 of Game of Thrones. What can I say? Its all been said over the past 12 months. Loved it. Of course.

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