Tube Watch: Bitten by the BBC bug – Sherlock & Spooks

Happy Friday all! 

I’m afraid it’s going to be a short post today as I’m getting ready to post this month’s Five for the Fifth for tomorrow.

I’ve clearly been bitten by the BBC TV bug as I’m so addicted to both these shows! Those who’ve seen at least one episode of either one of these would surely understand. I’m sooo anticipating the arrival of season 2 of Sherlock coming to PBS Mystery this Sunday, yay! Check out the trailer below, as the super detective says… “I wouldn’t miss it for the world!”


As for Spooks (or MI-5 as it’s called in the US), I’ve mentioned last Tuesday that I’m only going to catch up with Season 7 – 10, or you could say, since Richard Armitage joined the cast, natch! I’ve always loved a good espionage thriller and Spooks definitely delivered. Just like Sherlock, it’s impeccably-written, superbly acted and beautifully-shot. I love that it portrayed London in such a fascinating way, and not just the glamorous side of the city. This is the trailer that got me to finally watch this show, now of course it’d be nice if Rupert Penry-Jones had been around longer to work with Richard, but maybe that’ll be eye-candy overload, ahah.


There are a quite a few connections between the two shows, well other than airing on the same network. Benedict Cumberbatch apparently had an uncredited cameo in an earlier episode of Spooks back in 2003 (when Matthew Macfadyen was still the lead actor).

As if I need an excuse to post a photo of Richard in all that leather… [yowza!]
And recently, the actress playing Sherlock‘s love interest Irene Adler, Lara Pulver, was actually Richard Armitage’s co-star in BBC’s Robin Hood as Guy of Gisbourne’s sister Isabella. She also has a role in the last season of Spooks as the new Chief of Section D. Wow, she’s one busy girl… and very, very lucky! From what I’ve seen in her clips with Sherlock, she’s certainly poised to juice up the already stimulating show 😉

I think it’s awesome that the main cast of BOTH shows, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage are ALL going to be in The Hobbit! Man, I’d give anything to work for FREE for just a day on that set!

Anyway, I guess the good thing of being so far behind on TV watching is that I have a wealth of episodes to catch up on. These two shows definitely satisfy my penchant for easy-on-the-eyes British guys and the oh-so-witty writing! 😀


Are you a fan of either of these? And tell me, what show(s) are you completely hooked on lately?

Monthly Roundup: April Movie Watching Recap

Happy May Day folks! April certainly flew by amazingly quick, I feel like I had just done this monthly round up not that long ago and now it’s time for another update!

Well, this month is a busy one blogging one. Here are a few blogging events I hosted as well as took part in, check ’em out if you haven’t already:

I’ve only gone to the cinema once this entire month, opting to catch up on some older films I haven’t seen yet, as well as TV shows that I’ve been wanting to check out for some time.

Movies I haven’t seen before:

I wanted to see The Raven last weekend as I was intrigued by the trailer, but the dismal reviews (21% on Rotten Tomatoes!) dissuaded me. Now, I like Luke Evans, but I think I’ll just rent it later.

Re-watch:
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Superman Returns
  • The Insider
  • David & Bathsheba
As you can see, in anticipation for The Avengers, I re-watched a couple of Marvel films. We were going to re-watch MI:4 Ghost Protocol as we just got the Blu-ray, but Ted gave me the BD of Superman Returns so we spent most of that night watching the Behind-the-Scenes stuff which is one of the most-detailed Special Features since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy! It was awesome to see the casting process on how Brandon Routh was cast, and various film shoots on location in Australia. We watched the movie Sunday night and I must say I have a whole new appreciation for the movie. I wasn’t blown away on initial viewing though I didn’t dislike it, but now I actually enjoyed it more. I still think the Superman’s son plot is ill-advised however, but it’s not a deal breaker. I also think that Routh was perfectly-cast, he may not be a good actor, but he made for an excellent Superman/Clark Kent.
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TV shows/miniseries:
  • CBS Scarlett miniseries
  • BBC Sherlock (Season 1)
  • BBC Spooks (3 episodes of Season 7)
Well I’m hooked on both Sherlock and Spooks now, so in the next few months we’ll be playing catch-up on both those shows. Thankfully season 2 of Sherlock will air on PBS starting this coming Sunday. As for Spooks, I’m only watching the seasons when Richard Armitage joined the series [season 7, 8 and 9], even though I first discovered this series when Rupert Penry-Jones was the main um, hunk on the show. It’s such a thrilling, well-written and superbly-acted series, no wonder it’s been around for a whole decade. It’s inevitable of course that a US remake is already planned, no word whether the agents [spooks] will be Brits or Americans. I doubt it’ll live up to the original.
 Favorite April Movie:
Thanks to Jack Deth’s review that finally compelled me to rent this. It certainly merits its classic thriller status and it even makes me want to watch the sequel just to find out what happens to that Elusive Mr. Charnier! I realize it won’t be as good as the original though. Oh, after seeing this one and Manhunter, now I REALLY want to see To Live and Die in LA, directed by William Friedkin and starring William Petersen. Thanks Ted S. for lending me his Blu-ray!
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So, how many films did you see this month and what’s your favorite?

Everybody’s Chattin’ … and the Bond casting poll update

HAPPY FRIDAY, all! 

Man, I just realized I haven’t done an Everybody’s Chattin’ post in ages. As you can tell, I’m not big on structure or keeping up w/ series like my blog friends [you know who you are :D] but I promise I’ll keep this post more regularly from now on.

Now, before I get on the links, I just want to update you with the results of the Bond casting poll from a week ago. My Twitter pals might already know this but the winner with 173 votes is… drum roll please…

Richard Armitage!

Well I know the Armitage Army is quite a fervent bunch ahah, but hey, just look at this guy, I wholeheartedly endorse this lean, 6’2″, green-eyed actor as the super spy. In fact, as I’m going to start watching BBC’s Spooks in between Sherlock to see more Richard in all kinds of Bondian action!

Ok, it’s Friday, so a bit of confession can’t hurt 🙂

Well, after watching some Spooks clips and The Hobbit behind the scenes & press conference videos, last night I had a dream I was part of The Hobbit set in New Zealand. It was during break and the couple of hundred of cast and crew are all sitting in this lush park of some sort. It was almost dark and we’re all sitting in clusters of people and somehow, in my group is Thorin himself [Richard is playing the leader of the dwarfs y’see] and Frodo [Elijah Woods] or someone who look like him. I honestly can’t remember the whole details, the only part I did remember is asking Richard how long he’s been on location. It was quite noisy with so many people around us and so he had to lean very close to me to hear what I was saying, tee-hee… he replied that it must have been around 10 months or so. In any case, it’s one of those dreams you really don’t want to wake up from. Oh man, to be amongst the cast of the most anticipated movies of all time AND sitting next to such a gorgeous creature! 😀 😀

Now time for the links!

  • Ryan over at the fantabulous The Matinee gets the spotlight on him as he’s being interviewed by Kid on the Front Row on his blogging history, podcasting, etc. A very insightful post on a truly inspirational blogger, check it out!
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  • I always love an unconventional movie lists, and recently Andrew from Encore’s Entertainment did a Nurse Appreciation post by listing some of his favorite nurses in movies.
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  • Tyler of Southern Vision has come up with a bunch of interesting art-house lists, this time he turned his attention to war films. Check out which films make his Top Ten.

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  • The Elephant Man is one of those films I’ve been meaning to see for a while, and Andina reminded me why in her excellent review of this David Lynch film.
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  • Ok, last but not least, the Ten Best Actor Relay Race that I did a couple of weeks ago is now in Sam Fragoso’s hands this week. Check out his blog Duke & the Movies to see which actor he took out and added in. The race is definitely getting more and more interesting, well done Nostra!

Oh, with The Avengers only a week away, my pal Terrence is gearing up for his Avengers Initiative, a week’s worth of Avengers-related posts from friends, including yours truly. You don’t want to miss all the fun!


Well, before you click away to these awesome posts, tell me what’s your viewing plans this weekend?

Yet ANOTHER Robin Hood film in the works?

Yup, the well of creativity has definitely run dry in Tinsel town.

The most frequently adapted medieval English folklore is still as popular today as ever. Just as the Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood version with Russell Crowe is undergoing production, yet another one is apparently in the works. According to RiskyBusinessBlog, the untitled version is getting a futuristic makeover courtesy of the producers of  The Dark Knight and 300, as well as Warner Bros. [there’s been an update on the project, per Cinema Blend about who’ll write and direct the movie]

So instead of bows and arrow, our favorite man in tights will be gunslinging in dystopian London and the story will focus on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population. The producers bill it as a ‘futuristic action adventure’ that’ll both be inspired by and pay homage to Robin Hood. Ok, I’ll give ’em some credit for taking a different spin instead of just a straight remake.

Jason Hall, the screenwriter of the upcoming Ashton Kutcher dramedy Spread, will write the screenplay. Not sure what other stuff he’s got under his belt that’ll make me think he’s the right guy for this, but I can tell you right now I’m not too crazy about the Spread trailer. It’s basically a great vehicle to ogle Ashton Kutcher, if he rocks your boat that is.

In any case, now I kind of wish sir Ridley would have stuck with the original idea of making the Sheriff of Nottingham as the good guy opposite less-noble Robin of Sherwood—I mean it could very well be the case anyway depending on where you look at it—so it’d be a novelty take of the centuries-old tale. When I first heard of it, it was called Nottinghamand immediately I thought, why didn’t someone think of that? They’ve got enough adaptations of Robin as the hero anyway, and we know Russell can play any ambiguously moral character worth rooting for.

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne
Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne

Now, they haven’t cast the role of Robin in the futuristic version, but my mind keeps going back to British actor Richard Armitage. He’s practically unknown to US audiences but you might’ve noticed him in BBC miniseries North & South and the Robin Hood series that just ended recently. He played Robin’s nemesis, the dark and brooding Guy of Gisborne, and stole hearts everywhere. Seriously, when they cast someone who looks like THAT as the villain, who’s going to pay attention to the hero??

Richard also has a recurrent role in the BBC spy drama Spooks (a.k.a MI-5) that’s been airing on PBS, as agent Lucas North. So he’s definitely got the looks, charisma, acting chops, delicious British accent, plus that deep, throaty voice. What more could you ask for? Plus he’s already got that kick-@$$ black shiny leather suit that’ll look awesome as a futuristic Robin.

Just take a look at the clip from the BBC series below (between Guy and his boss, the Sheriff of Nottingham). If only I were his agent, I’d march him to audition for the role pronto!

Ok, now that I’ve got my casting fantasy out of the way, it’d be interesting to see what’s to become of this. It was tough enough to even get the Ridley’s version off the ground (that’s also produced by Warner Bros.), with even the weather + leaf colors being a factor in the delay of its release. Who knows whether they’d end up putting the kibosh on this one.

What do you think folks? Are you at all interested to see a futuristic Robin Hood film?