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            Saturday, March 21, 2015


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We've had a helluva time finding a dinner time successor to LUTHER.  Tried an A&E series called "LONGMIRE."  About halfway through episode one I asked Mosup, "do you want to keep watching this?"  She replied, "Oh thank God, I thought you liked it." 

Next we tried (on Casca's advice) Showtime's RAY DONAVON. Flunked all of MoSup's tests about "fuck" talk, gratuitous sex, drugs, blah-blah blah.  BTW, both of the aforementioned are Hollywood, and it's not just because I'm 34th in line for the British throne, but Brit movies have a certain depth, nuance, and most important, fine acting that I find lacking by comparison.  But enough of the negative!  I happened upon the absolute best series ever;  JACK TAYLOR. 

Jack Taylor (Iain Glen) is an ex-policeman, ex-private detective, binge drinker and a critic of the church and the government. He is well-read, blessed with a razor sharp mind and a charming demeanour and has admirers as well as bitter enemies. Behind his short tempered nature, he hides the tender heart of a true humanitarian. Jack Taylor's life is the tragedy of a good man.

The downside: There are only six 90-minute episodes.   First rate.  Having finished that series in quick order (sigh), we were back to square one. But not really. In order to watch RAY DONAVON on ROKU, I had to subscribe to the Showtime Anytime app.  While perusing ST I saw listed a series called "The Affair."  Normally that would not have been enough to keep me, but there was something that really caught my eye.

That's right, it's Ruth Wilson LUTHER's (OMFG!) Alice . We watched episode one last night and found it so intriguing, and well done, that we'll go again tonight.  Woot-Woo! I hope it has staying power. 

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            Jack Taylor and The Affair Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 3/21/2015 09:41:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (15) | Send This Post | HOME


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Wondering if you tried any of the Jesse Stone movies? I seem to remember them being pretty clean, well done, and they have Tom Selleck (whom I admire) but like Jack Taylor there's only about 6 shows.
Have you tried Sherlock yet, Rodger? It's on BBC America now, I'm liking it so far.
Jack Taylor was great. I'm hoping for more episodes.

Try "Coppers," new on Netflix, streams on Roku.
I've not seen the Jack Taylor show, but have seen all the Jesse Stone movies and liked every one. And I liked Selleck's Magnum PI years ago, too. And I believe I've seen all of the Blue Bloods shows, also. Actually anything with Tom Selleck is all but guaranteed to be very, very good.

OK, try New Tricks, Dalziel & Pascoe, Vera, and Midsomer Murders.

Ah, you just didn't like the pedophile priest bit. Ray Donovan is great stuff. Watch it in secret when MoSup hits the road.

You should add an icon to the top of this blog. Rodger's Recommendations or The Kings Gems or some such. I'm fixing to can cable in favor of the net only.
Yes, he has, Darrell. Rodger was the one who got me to watch Sherlock when he posted about it here years ago.

Rodger, have you been watching Black Sails on Stars? It's a good pirate adventure series full of intrigue. It's currently in it's second season but you'll want to see it from the beginning.
I liked Longmire OK. Got a little hokey near the end. My wife asked me where I getting all these great show reviews because so far we are in step with your suggestions.
BTW, The movie "Shirley Valentine" is out on Netflix. Pretty good one and a long time coming to digital.
There aren't very many remakes that I've ever cared for, but one I really liked was Selleck's remake of Monte Walsh. I do believe Lee Marvin would have approved of the rendition.

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Rog, your tips are right on. Thanks.
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Odd, I've enjoyed almost everything you've recommended RKOF and would judge Longmire to be right up your alley. I don't think you can watch one half of the pilot episode these days and judge a series IMHO. I have a 3 and done rule and which has allowed me to enjoy a number of series that I wanted to walk away from. Besides Katee Sackoff!
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