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Daily Doux: Essential British Mini-series

I, Claudius (1976)

The BBC absorbing retelling of the rise and fall of a Roman dynasty all seen from the eyes of Derek Jacobi’s stuttering Claudius. 

Pennies from Heaven (1978)

The classic Denis Potter serial that made a star out of Bob Hoskins.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  (1979)

Sir Alec Guinness gives the performance of his career as George Smiley in this gripping BBC adaptation of the John le Carré classic. 

Brideshead Revisited (1981)

The costume drama all costumes dramas dream of being when they grow up. 

Edge of Darkness (1985)

Troy Kennedy Martin’s thriller stars the much missed Bob Peck as Ronald Craven, a Yorkshire policeman trying to unravel the truth behind the murder of his daughter who stumbles on a terrible secret involving Britain’s nuclear power industry. 

The Singing Detective (1986)

Michael Gambon gives an unforgettable performance as Philip E. Marlow, a mystery writer bedridden with psoriatic arthropathy, in Dennis Potter’s classic musical drama. 

House of Cards (1990)

Before there was Frank Underwood there was Francis Urquhart, the charismatic villain at the heart of this playful thriller. 

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Andrew Davies’ six part adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, which made Colin Firth and his white shirt a national icon, is the quintessential literary adaptation. 

Our Friends in the North (1996)

Peter Flannery’s brilliant drama chronicles the lives of four friends from Newcastle upon Tyne (Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig and Mark Strong) from 1964 to 1995.

State of Play (2003)

Directed by David Yates, written by Paul Abbott, and starring some of the best actors in the county, this six part thriller followed the newspaper investigation into the death of a politician’s mistress that is more than it seems to be.

Bleak House (2005)

Andrew Davies takes one of Charles Dickens less well known works and turned it into a weekly soap starring, well, every living British actor. But it is Gillian Anderson who steals the show as the icy Lady Dedlock.  

Red Riding (2009)

This three part adaptation of David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet will put you off ever going to Yorkshire. 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2015)

They said that Susanna Clarke’s mammoth novel about rival magicians during the Napoleonic Wars, was unfilmable. Writer Peter Harness and  director Toby Haynes proved them wrong. 

Renewal Scorecard 2016

Which of the currently airing shows we cover will live to emotionally destroy us another day and which will soon be sleeping with the fishes? The answers are all here.

The 100 – Renewed for season four

Agent Carter – Unknown, but the signs aren’t good.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Renewed for season four

Arrow – Renewed for season five

Daredevil – Renewed for season two, premieres March 18

Doctor Who – Renewed for seasons 10, premieres 2017

The Fall – Renewed for season three, premieres later this year

The Flash – Renewed for season three

Game of Thrones – Renewed for season six, premieres April 24

Gotham – Unknown

Jessica Jones – Renewed for season two

iZombie – Renewed for season three

Legends of Tomorrow – Renewed for season two

Mr. Robot – Renewed for season two, premieres later this year

Once Upon A Time – Renewed for season six

Orange is the New Black – Renewed for season four, premieres June 17

Orphan Black – Renewed for season four, premieres April 14

The Originals – Renewed for season four

Person of Interest – Don’t get your hopes up

Sherlock – Renewed for season four,  premieres 2017

Sleepy Hollow – Unknown, but signs aren’t good

Supernatural – Renewed until someone can find and destroy the last horcrux

True Detective – Unknown

The Vampire Diaries – Renewed for season eight

The Walking Dead – Renewed for season seven  

Wayward Pines – Renewed for season two, but we probably won’t cover it

Daily Doux: 10 Iconic TV Cars

Morse’s Mark 2 Jaguar (Inspector Morse)

Dean Winchester’s ‘67 Chevrolet Impala (Supernatural)

K.I.T.T. (Knight Rider) 

Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro (Ashes to Ashes) 

Sonny Crockett’s Ferrari Daytona Spyder (Miami Vice)

Thomas Magnum’s Ferrari 308 GTS (Magnum P.I.)

Bessie (Doctor Who)

The Batmobile (Batman)

David Starsky’s Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch)

Lola (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

Daily Doux: Game Changing Episodes

Warning: There be spoilers ahead. 

Babylon 5 - Severed Dreams 

The shit finally hits the fan when fascist President Clark puts Earth under martial law  and the station is forced to declare independence.  

Alias - Phase One 

J.J. Abrams gives us a masterclass in how to turn your entire series upside down and do it with style.  

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Innocence 

Angel lost his soul and life for the Scoobies would never be the same.

Lost - Through the Looking Glass 

“We have to go back, Kate! WE HAVE TO GO BACK!!!”

Angel - Home 

Season four of Angel had more than its fair share of WTF moments. But the writers saved the biggest for last when they had Team Angel take over the very institution they’d been fighting from the very beginning, Wolfram & Hart.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Turn, Turn, Turn

Altogether now: Hail HYDRA 

Doctor Who - The War Games 

No story has had a more lasting impact on the landscape of Doctor Who than Patrick Troughton’s swansong. This is the episode that introduced the Doctor’s people, the Time Lords, took us to Gallifrey for the first time, and saw the Doctor exiled to Earth. 

Game of Thrones - Baelor 

“He can’t die, he’s the main character”. Oh my sweet summer child. 

Person of Interest - Relevance

This is the episode that introduced us to Sameen Shaw. More importantly, this is the episode that introduced Root to Sameen Shaw. 

Dollhouse - Epitaph One

This was the episode that made everyone sit up and pay closer attention to Joss Whedon’s short lived techo thriller. So naturally it was only shown online so as few people as possible saw it.

Fringe - There’s More Than One of Everything

After a season of searching Olivia finally came face to face with the elusive William Bell. But it was where that meeting took place that was the real jaw-dropper. 

Supernatural - Lazarus Rising

Dean returns from the dead and the angels come into play as Supernatural goes all biblical.  

10 Shows You Must See in 2016

1) Banshee 

Starring: Antony Starr, Ivana Miličević, Ulrich Thomsen, Hoon Lee

Airdate: April 1

Cinemax’s underrated and ultra-violent crime drama returns for a fourth, and final, season this spring with everyone’s favourite rogue slayer, Eliza Dushku, joining the cast as FBI agent Veronica Dawson. 

2) Orphan Black

Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany

Airdate: April 14

Repeat after me: Delphine is alive! Delphine is alive! Delphine is alive! Delphine is alive!  

3) Person of Interest

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi

Airdate: Who the fuck knows. 

According to CBS, the fifth, possibly finale season, will start sometime in the spring. That’s all we know so far. That, and that Root and Shaw are totally going to do it. 

4) American Gods 

Starring: Ricky Whittle,  Ian McShane

Airdate: late 2016

Produced by Bryan Fuller and adapted from the (bloody amazing) novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows Shadow (Whittle), a man recently released from prison who is hired as a bodyguard by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (McShane). Before long Shadow finds himself thrust into a gathering conflict between the Old gods and the so-called “New gods”. 

5) UnReal

Starring: Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko, B.J. Britt

Airdate: mid-2016

Prepares yourself for another season of horrible people doing horrible things in the name of so-called entertainment. 

6) Mr Robot

Starring: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallström, Christian Slater

Airdate: late 2016

The stealth hit of last year. Mr Robot came out of nowhere and blew everyone away, including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Let’s pray it doesn’t succumb to the dreaded sophomore slump.  

7) Daredevil 

Starring: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, Jon Bernthal, Élodie Yung

Airdate: March 18

Even with the Kingpin behind bars, Charlie Cox’s man without fear has a lot on his plate these days. Not only is Bernthal’s Punisher painting the streets of Hell’s Kitchen red with criminal blood, but his ex, Elektra, and she brought the Hand with her. 

8) Preacher 

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joe Gilgun

Airdate: mid-2016

Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s Preacher was one of those comics that made you sit up and go “Bugger me, this is some seriously fucked up shit!”. If AMC’s adaptation is even a tenth as unflinching as the comic was it will be the most deranged series in TV history. 

9) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Starring: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski

Airdate: April 15

Be prepared to have the theme tune stuck in your head again. 

10) Luke Cage 

Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, 
Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, Sônia Braga

Airdate: September 30

Kimmy Schmidt isn’t the only one who is unbreakable on Netflix this year. The third series in Marvel and Netflix’s Defenders, Luke Cage sees Colter’s loveable hero for hire relocating to Harlem and trying to put his life back together only to discover that you can’t outrun your past forever. 

Daily Doux: Ranking the MCU From Worst to Best

16) The Incredible Hulk

15) Iron Man 2

14) Thor: The Dark World

13) Thor

12) Ant-Man

11) Captain America: The First Avenger

10) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

9 ) Avengers: Age of Ultron

8) Iron Man 3

7) Agent Carter

6) Iron Man

5) Guardians of the Galaxy

4) The Avengers

3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2) Daredevil

1) Jessica Jones