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An old Columbo episode, where some guy just real estate magnate just bitchslapped his unco-operative partner. :rollingw:

You just KNOW who's going to get murdered, and who's the killer.
 

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An old Columbo episode, where some guy just real estate magnate just bitchslapped his unco-operative partner. :rollingw:

You just KNOW who's going to get murdered, and who's the killer.
I just watched one where William Shatner played an egotistical actor. That must have been a demanding role.
 

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I remember when it was part of a Mystery Movie series - each week would be a different episode of a detective show such as McMillan and Wife, Banacek, McCloud and Columbo plus a few others. Most of them are forgotten now but Columbo just keeps going on.
 

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I remember when it was part of a Mystery Movie series - each week would be a different episode of a detective show such as McMillan and Wife, Banacek, McCloud and Columbo plus a few others. Most of them are forgotten now but Columbo just keeps going on.
One of the things I love about Columbo is the presence of Los Angeles. There is a strong sense of place.
 

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One of the things I love about Columbo is the presence of Los Angeles. There is a strong sense of place.
I never really liked Columbo when I was younger, I preferred The Sweeney. Now The Sweeney looks incredibly dated but Columbo seems to have a timeless quality about it. And as I'm older and almost wiser, I enjoy seeing powerful, arrogant people becoming unstuck thanks to the little man.
 

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Two film-related TV docs have impressed me, the first Stories of Australian Cinema with David Stratton, very interesting as I like Aussie films as a rule and he is probably their best-regarded critic. His attempt to tackle Turkey Shoot was unexpectedly funny! Anyway, on BBC 4, Sunday nights at 9 (or iPlayer).

Tonight there was an excellent doc on Peter Sellers on BBC 2, interviewing people old enough to have known him. What a wreck of a man, hugely talented but obviously in need of serious psychiatric care, not more marriages. Imagine your dad moving country then sending you a letter saying you were not allowed to call yourself his son or daughter anymore and you have no idea why. It ended up with his grandson, who never met him, reflecting on his grandad's life and was unexpectedly moving.

Both recommended.
 

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I never really liked Columbo when I was younger, I preferred The Sweeney. Now The Sweeney looks incredibly dated but Columbo seems to have a timeless quality about it. And as I'm older and almost wiser, I enjoy seeing powerful, arrogant people becoming unstuck thanks to the little man.
The Sweeney was class. I later socialised with former members of the flying squad who loved the gritty realism of the show so much that John Thaw was their guest of honour at a Christmas Dinner one year.



 
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The Sweeney was class. I later socialised with former members of the flying squad who loved the gritty realism of the show so much that John Thaw was their guest of honour at a Christmas Dinner one year.



I do like the Sweeney and John Thaw is always worth watching - although I can't stand Denis Waterman for some reason.
 

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I do like the Sweeney and John Thaw is always worth watching - although I can't stand Denis Waterman for some reason.
Waterman was very lightweight in relation to a John Thaw, which manifested in the roles they both went on to play post sweeney.
 

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Talking of blasts from the past - The Virginian starring the recently deceased James Drury is on the Paramount Network at 3.05 on Wednesday mornings.
 

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The Sweeney was class. I later socialised with former members of the flying squad who loved the gritty realism of the show so much that John Thaw was their guest of honour at a Christmas Dinner one year...
Loved it. But oddly my favourite Sweeney quotes aren't actually from The Sweeney, but from the fantastic Nissan Almera advert with the awesome Phil Cornwell:

You're so uptight, guv.

YES...EVEN MY HAIR IS TENSE


And:

Stop shouting.

I CAN'T!
 

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Former Head Porter/Security at my college used to be ex Met Police - he told us that after the Sweeney started showing, the vocabulary amongst his fellow Officers did change, but more words like"blag" than "wotch out Gov - ee's got a shooter !"
 

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I remember when it was part of a Mystery Movie series - each week would be a different episode of a detective show such as McMillan and Wife, Banacek, McCloud and Columbo plus a few others. Most of them are forgotten now but Columbo just keeps going on.
Banacek. Now you’re talking.
 

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Banacek. Now you’re talking.
I vaguely remember Banacek so had a little Google for it.
Seems it was likely to go on for a third series until this happened -

Cancellation
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Banacek was well received by television critics, and as a result was picked up for a third season. However, before the third season could start, Peppard quit the show to prevent his ex-wife Elizabeth Ashley from receiving a larger percentage of his earnings as part of their divorce settlement.
So that was that. :rollingw:
 

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Two film-related TV docs have impressed me, the first Stories of Australian Cinema with David Stratton, very interesting as I like Aussie films as a rule and he is probably their best-regarded critic. His attempt to tackle Turkey Shoot was unexpectedly funny! Anyway, on BBC 4, Sunday nights at 9 (or iPlayer).

Tonight there was an excellent doc on Peter Sellers on BBC 2, interviewing people old enough to have known him. What a wreck of a man, hugely talented but obviously in need of serious psychiatric care, not more marriages. Imagine your dad moving country then sending you a letter saying you were not allowed to call yourself his son or daughter anymore and you have no idea why. It ended up with his grandson, who never met him, reflecting on his grandad's life and was unexpectedly moving.

Both recommended.
Not sure I've seen that one, will look it up. Sellers (and the other Goons) were prominent all through my childhood. Sellers died at 54, which is no age. I remember his final illness and death very well.
The Wiki page on Sellers mentions the death of his son Michael, who died at 52; exactly 26 years after his father's demise. I didn't know that. Spooky.
 

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Watching the new series of Westworld. It is so confusing that I feel like Bernard did in series 2.

It has also done that very annoying thing that modern TV shows do when they get commissioned for more episodes - they have migrated the shows main location (an isolated futuristic theme park) to a different one (the real world) in hope of keeping it fresh and exciting. As a result the whole thing looks like a cheap sci-fi movie instead of a groundbreaking and excellent TV series.

The whole point of Westworld was that it was set in a theme park. The other zones were hinted at and we caught glimpses of them from time to time. But rather than hve subsequent series in the other zones, they made it about world domination, conspiracy and super AI controlling everyones destiny. I was hugely disappointed.
 

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Finished The Good Place. I do like it when a show get a proper ending.

Now watching Dark/Web on amazon.

Also snaffled up some random cheapo charity shop dvd boxsets before lockdown.

Started on Sleeper Cell. Evil Muslim terrorist cell attempting evil terrorism stuff in LA. S'ok I suppose. First episode had Jesse from breaking bad as an unnamed train thug. I always enjoy seeing future well knowns in minor roles.
 

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Not sure I've seen that one, will look it up. Sellers (and the other Goons) were prominent all through my childhood. Sellers died at 54, which is no age. I remember his final illness and death very well.
The Wiki page on Sellers mentions the death of his son Michael, who died at 52; exactly 26 years after his father's demise. I didn't know that. Spooky.
Yes, they mention poor Michael's death on that recent doc. Apparently "stress of being Peter Sellers' son" was a contributing factor, tragic, really.
 

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A Spaggetti Western.

By the name of The Mandalorian.
 

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We’re hooting with laughter while rewatching the whole of Ab Fab.

ln the episode we watched most recently, l spotted a very young-looking Idris Elba as a gigolo/rent boy hired by Patsy and Eddy.

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