My Weekly Geekery | Episode 13

In this week’s episode I talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, An Adventure in Space and Time, the US airdate of Sherlock Series 3, Atlantis, Peaky Blinders, The Walking Dead, the Star Wars blooper reel, and new trailers for X Men: Days of Future Past and Catching Fire.

My Weekly Geekery | Episode 12

In this week’s episode I talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary trailer and cinema screenings, An Adventure in Space and Time (briefly), children’s TV including Wolfblood and Horrible Histories, and Homeland (very briefly, it’s like one sentence).


My Weekly Geekery | Episode 11

In this week’s episode I talk about lost episodes of Doctor Who, the 50th Anniversary Special and Series 8, In the Flesh and Utopia.


Romeo and Juliet and Julian Fellowes

In an interview with the BBC, Julian Fellowes said the following in response to Shakespeare experts who have criticised the new Romeo and Juliet film for its marked differences from the original text.

When people say we should have filmed the original, I don’t attack them for that point of view, but to see the original in its absolutely unchanged form, you require a kind of Shakespearean scholarship and you need to understand the language and analyse it and so on.

I can do that because I had a very expensive education, I went to Cambridge. Not everyone did that and there are plenty of perfectly intelligent people out there who have not been trained in Shakespeare’s language choices.

I don’t entirely agree with him.



Review: A Doll’s House (Young Vic Production)

I have been pretty absent from my blog recently, because I have been distracted by YouTube, sorry.

Anyway, last week I went to see A Doll’s House in its West End transfer from the Young Vic. I missed this production during its first run last year, so I was really happy I got to see it at last.

This production stars Hattie Morahan as Nora, and she plays her as impulsive and naive; the character’s actions and motives are made really clear to the audience in her interpretation, and the role (and the play) is most definitely hers. She is well-deserving of her Evening Standard Best Actress Award last year.

Dominic Rowan plays Torvald, and is great also. He is played as pretty serious and short-tempered, often well-meaning but stifling. Torvald is pretty set in his ways and Rowan is great as him. In the second half Torvald gets drunk (reminding me a hell of a lot of Dominic Rowan’s Touchstone in As You Like It a few years ago; it was like saying hello to an old friend) and the audience gets a bit of light relief before the finale. His drunken state also helps to explain Torvald’s actions and abrupt changes of mind in that final scene, which I suspect was the point.

The supporting characters were ably played by a few actors including Steve Toussaint, Caroline Martin and Nick Fletcher, although this production felt more to me like a two-hander than an ensemble piece. I really loved the set design, with it’s revolving apartment, allowing the audience to see into all the rooms and get a glimpse of what characters were doing when they were not in the main scene. I enjoyed being able to see characters entering and leaving the apartment.

The play is a long one, with a running time of two hours and forty-five minutes, and with lots of long scenes, but it kept my attention throughout; I really enjoyed this production. It is the best production of A Doll’s House I have seen; it felt pretty definitive to me so I suspect it will remain so.


My Weekly Geekery | Episode 10

In this week’s episode I talk about BBC Arts, Matt Smith’s new role, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, The Fault in Our Stars, Emma Approved and Project: Library.

Thames Flight

Yesterday I got a cable car across the Thames, from Royal Victoria Docks to Greenwich Peninsula. I really recommend it if you’re in London and the weather is good.


My Weekly Geekery | Episode 9

In this week’s episode I talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary (again), Pottermore, Warner Bros’ new trademarks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and BAFTA’s new rules for web-based shows.