They might as well have been wearing matching T-shirts with the slogan “We’re at it like rabbits”. Implausibly, it took Hannah’s oleaginous husband Nathan (Stephen Mangan) running into them at lunch-à-deux to arouse his suspicions. … [Read more...] about The Split, episode 2 review: less guilty pleasure, more guilty frustration
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One of the major storylines in the last series of Cold Feet (ITV) was Jenny (Fay Ripley) being diagnosed with breast cancer. The show returned last week with the news that she was in remission. Hurrah! That’s done and dusted, let’s move on to the next plot, shall we? … [Read more...] about Cold Feet, series 9 episode 2, review: emotional honesty, plus a blast from the past for Adam
Proceedings began with Street stalwart Rita finding out that her most recent husband (her third, if you’re counting), Dennis Tanner – black sheep son of Sixties Weatherfield siren Elsie and “a rogue, a rascal and a cheat”, according to Rita – had died and requested that she scatter his ashes in Blackpool. … [Read more...] about Coronation Street, 10,000th episode review: is Ken Barlow quitting the cobbles?
They all have to participate in the activities: dancing and social interaction and conform to the strict no-masturbation rule. But Farrell is to glimpse the possibility of escape, and of living among the rebels in the forest in a society whose rules are hardly less dysfunctional and mad than those of the hotel. Here he is to fall in love with a beautiful, lonely woman played by Rachel Weisz and submit to rules imposed by charismatic, ruthless revolutionary played by Lea Seydoux. … [Read more...] about The Lobster review – dark satire on relationships gets fishy near the tail-end
We've grown accustomed to seeing live performances of classic albums but it takes chutzpah to grant that treatment to a record that's only nine months old, with the Britten Sinfonia no less. Led by 22-year-old twins Jack and George Barnett, Essex's These New Puritans could not be accused of wanting for ambition. Every element of their Hidden album is present on the Barbican stage, including a Japanese taiko drum the size of a satellite dish, the London Children's Choir (sinister rather than winsome), and – why not? – a percussionist smashing watermelons with a hammer. … [Read more...] about These New Puritans with the Britten Sinfonia – review