One Man Breaking Bad

How to explain the phenomenon of Breaking Bad? I pondered this as we waited for One Man Breaking Bad to begin last night in a sold-out, packed Liverpool Philharmonic. The fact that Miles Allen, a Los Angeles-based actor and comedian could fill the place with his 80-minute précis of five seasons of a series never shown on UK television is quite something. Asking … Continue reading One Man Breaking Bad

Wolf Hall: These bloody days have broken my heart

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in ‘Wolf Hall’ ‘Simply brilliant TV’ was how the Independent quite rightly lavished praise on the BBC adaptation of the first two volumes of Hilary Mantel’s as yet unfinished Wolf Hall trilogy.  The series – directed by Peter Kosminsky from a superb script by Peter Straughan – was exceptional television, as far removed from routine … Continue reading Wolf Hall: These bloody days have broken my heart

Heimat: unreliable memories and ‘living-in-spite-of-everything’

Edgar Reitz For us, this autumn has had something of a German tinge: listening to Neil MacGregor’s Memories of a Nation radio series, seeing the Anselm Kiefer retrospective. Then there were Germany’s November anniversaries, including the quarter-century since the Wall came down.  Meanwhile, I’ve been reading the last two episodes in David Downing’s espionage thriller series – each book the title … Continue reading Heimat: unreliable memories and ‘living-in-spite-of-everything’