“A little advice if I may. You can spend your whole life focusing on the past or you can look forward, be grateful for the people you have and the time you have with them.”
When it was announced last year that the Seven Network had picked up ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ for a series of telemovies the fans rejoiced.
Fast forward to a few months later and due to some off-screen allegations against its lead actor, it meant the show was suddenly in limbo. What would happen to the show and would it be able to move forward without its main character?
If ‘The Blake Mysteries’ is anything to go by, then the answer is yes. Continue reading
Tonight, Seven Network launches its newest real crime investigative show ‘Manhunt’, which focuses on manhunts that have occurred in Australia recently. The first instalment focuses on the Stocco family, father (Mark) and son (Gino) who went across various states, committing murder and other criminal offences along the way.
Like recent shows that the Seven Network have launched, this one again has the involvement of the police force (in this case, New South Wales Police), which includes interviews with police officers that crossed the paths of the Stocco family before they were finally captured in New South Wales.
Manhunt airs on Seven Network, Monday 7:30pm
Credit: Seven Network
Gossip Girl (from a Teenager’s POV)
Gossip Girl is an American Drama series, following the lives of young, popular, New York upper-class adolescents. Gossip Girl is someone that exposes scandalous acts and heartaches experienced by the privileged young adults on an online blog. This series stars Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf. Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford are the actors of the 3 major male love interests in Gossip Girl. The Humphreys; Dan, Jenny and Rufus (played by Taylor Momsen, Penn Badgley and Matthew Settle) are the only family that live in Brooklyn, New York, and are widely associated with the van der Woodsens; Serena, Eric and Lily (played by Blake Lively, Connor Paolo, and Kelly Rutherford). Relationships both loved and hated by viewers, family issues, and social dramas are explored in this engaging, dramatic and comical series.
Full House (from a teenager’s POV)
Full House is a great TV show for anyone especially families. After Michelle (baby), DJ (10), and Stephanie’s (5) mother dies, Jesse (their uncle), and Danny’s (father) best friend Joey live with them to help Danny raise the 3 girls. Throughout the show, there a many morals taught which is good for younger audiences, although it may be more bothersome to older audiences. Michelle is played by both the Olsen twins and is a humorous and cute character ever since the start if the show. Stephanie is also quite funny and has a perky personality. She was a very curious character and tended to be the “goody too shoes” at the beginning of the show, although she later found herself to be confused about her social life. DJ was the most responsible of the 3, although she often got mad at her father for the restrictions he gave her, and his interest in her life. Overall, Full House is a very watchable show (directed towards families and children) as it is funny, family loving, and promotes wholesome family values.
When thinking about how to launch this new section of my site, I had to decide whether to do an overload of television comments at once or segment them. In the end I went with segmenting them.
So every fortnight a different television show will be discussed… it will be identified who is making the comments, whether the person is in their teens, thirties or older in age. Those in their thirties will not only express what it is like watching the show now, but may include if their opinion has changed from when the television show originally aired.
Each fortnight the perspective may change, so some weeks only the person in their thirties will review the show, while other weeks, multiple perspectives will be posted. In the case of the latter, look for the different perspectives to be posted throughout the week and not all at the beginning of the week.
A big thing about this section is commenting, so feel free to raise your thoughts about the television shows in question and whether or not your opinion has changed over the years about them.
So as they say, here goes nothing!
TV and all that jazz.
Turn the clock back to 1994 and Australian audiences were introduced to a show called Blue Heelers (technically the pilot aired in 1993), a show which could give the British dramas Heartbeat and Midsomer Murders a run for their money in terms of the number of crimes in a rural setting.
When Blue Heelers started it was a low rating show for the Seven Network, so much so there were concerns it would not be renewed for a second season. But Seven pursued with it and then by the time it got to its third season (1996) it was the #1 Australian drama and often the #1 show on Australian television screens.
The reason I bring this up is the show is being re-released this week on DVD, which gives those who were not around a chance to watch the show and those who were to rewatch the show again.
So this raises the question. If you watched a show years ago, would you still have the same perspective of it years later? Or if a person who is in their teens, do they have the same opinion as someone say in their 30s or 70s?
I am about to launch a new section on the site in regards to some TV shows, which depending on popularity may expand to other forms of media. Some will include perspectives of a teenager and those in their 30s and/or 70s, others will be of those in their 30s and 70s, or maybe only involve a member of one of the said age groups.
If there is a show you would like to see reviewed, feel free to suggest one or just comment on what you thought of the shows that are being reviewed!
Source: A Blast From The Past (archived Unofficial PJ and Maggie Site)
Hush is a documentary on abortion directed by Punam Gill. Unlike previous documentaries on the topic, this one states from the beginning, how there are two sides to the argument, pro-life and pro-choice. Both sides of the story are given a voice throughout the documentary. Ultimately it looks at the science and effect on women and not the point of view individuals are coming from. Continue reading
A couple of reviews on some short films., Pro-Ana and Parallel Chords Warning spoilers ahead.
Pro-Ana (10 Mins) – Short Film
A young woman’s journey of recovery and escape from the cult of pro-ana.
Pro-Ana, the film, is a young woman’s journey of escape from the cult of pro-ana, whose adherents deify body dysmorphia and disordered eating. For her, recovery means losing everyone she loves in order to rediscover herself.
Our film, inspired largely by #ThePowerWithin social media campaign, aims to shine a light on this growing and pervasive subculture through a story of strength and self-reclamation. Continue reading
Usually I save this until the end of the year but if all goes to plan I’ll be going overseas next week so I thought I’d do it now instead.
So apologies for the raves/gushing that is about to follow.
Setting aside the dud Reef Doctors (even though it had a fantastic cast), I have to say this year we’ve had some great Australian dramas air in 2013.
BBC are known for their great little dramas and ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ are no exceptions.
‘The Paradise’ is a BBC drama, which is loosely based on ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’ showcases the ladies wear section of ‘The Paradise’ a department store set during the Victorian splendour.
It’s not only a show which is absorbing and keeps you interested all the time, it also highlights the the class distinction in England during the Victorian era.
Sarah Lancashire as Miss Audrey, in particular, is a delight as the lady who is in charge of the ladieswear section at The Paradise and tries to keep everything in proper order.
The winner of Best Drama Series at this year’s BAFTA Awards, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ is a real heartfelt ensemble drama set in Halifax and focuses on two people who had lost contact many years ago and reunite sixty years later, much to the dismay of their family.
Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker are the main four leads in this drama which is a must watch for those who love their BBC dramas.
Second series for both ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ have been ordered.
Both shows have been released on DVD in Australia by Roadshow Entertainment are now available in all good stores and online.