The three best TV series you’re not watching

There’s a lot of TV happening right now so we’ll forgive you for not being on the ball here, but in recently years the summer has seen new series debuting that are just as good as anything in the Fall line-up. No longer is it the dumping grounds for repeats and burning off old unloved…

Homeland – the best drama this year

United States Special Forces raid a terrorist safe house in Iraq and, by chance, discover a Marine sniper who had gone missing eight years ago. American POW, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), has been tortured but seemingly not broken, and he returns home an instant American hero. At the same time, CIA analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire…

How to create your own festive television schedule

Television in this region makes almost no concession to the fact it’s the Christmas season, so here’s a list of TV episodes (with series and episode number) you might want to get hold of to put you in the mood. In this case, a good mood — sorry EastEnders fans. And, of course, we’re not…

The Pacific Theatre

If you ask people who’ve fought in a war, they’ll often tell you that it’s not like it’s portrayed in the movies. For a start, the noise is different. Hollywood creates the noise people think war sounds like and gives them that audio experience, rather than what you really hear among the bodies and bullets.…

TV on DVD

Californication: Season One This summer he’ll reprise the role of Fox Mulder (albeit only in a one-off film of The X-Files) but David Duchovny proves here that he’s more than an alien obsessed FBI agent. This dark comedy follows writer Hank Moody (Duchovny) living in California and pining over his ex-wife, disliking her new husband-to-be…

Office Politics

After overcoming the provincial skepticism of adapting the award-winning British sitcom, The Office (US) has proved a success in its own right and is back on our screens for a second series. Words Matt Pomroy There’s a good chance many of you will have seen series two of The Office already, given that it’s been…

Six and the city

From the creator of Lost comes Six Degrees, a romantic drama that follows the intertwining lives of six people in New York. And this time, there’s no plane crashes, polar bears or hidden conspiracies. Words Matt Pomroy There’s a belief that a chain of six people or fewer connect everyone on earth. Six degrees of…