Take a seat

Firstly, please do click this link and visit the YouTube page, get the conversation going below the line. Thank you!

There will be spoilers, as this week on the slightly delayed Telly Addict #3 I’m daring to assess the two-episode finale of Season Six of Game Of Thrones. (I was once admonished below the line at the Guardian not for the content of a GoT-bearing Telly Addict, but for the use of a supplied publicity still for Season Three at the top of the page, which enraged one particularly tardy user still catching up with the box set of Season Two because the very act of illustrating my review with a photo that contained some characters from Season Three meant that those characters didn’t die in Season Two. Incidentally, those characters had been heavily featured on hoardings placed by Sky Atlantic advertising the new series.) Clearly, if you haven’t seen it yet, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WATCH THIS EDITION OF TELLY ADDICT.

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For me, Season Six of Game Of Thrones scored in the 87th minute, and washed away the clogging, A-to-B frustration of what went before. Stuff happened in episodes 9 and 10, and I mean really happened. They won on penalties.

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As well as GoT, the new Telly Addict also reviews Billions (Showtime/Sky Atlantic), which you can also read in written form on this blog here. It’s halfway through its run on Sky, but it’s been available to subscribers as a series-dump box set since May. I am currently considering re-watching the whole thing for a second time. That’s how prime I feel it is. To mangle Paul Giamatti’s US attorney: the decisions it makes, the judgements it brings, have weight. Talking of serious, there’s a defence of Bettany Hughes’ Nietzsche programme from Genius Of The Modern World (BBC Four) – I say “defence” as I’ve read a couple of sniffy reviews from critics who want to make plain how much they already know about the subject (also, Freud, Marx). I was eager to learn.

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Throw in a couple of references to the Euros, Celebrity Masterchef and the ongoing delight that is Versailles, plus a weird HBO animation called Animals, and it looks like we’ve got ourselves an under-ten-minute YouTube show. Keep clicking and subscribing and liking and all that. It’s your visible support that will make Telly Addict V 2.0 a going concern at the garden of earthly delights that is UKTV, where there are pastries, and skills, and facilities. Tune in, turn on, turn in.

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Multimedia postscript: you can also hear me discussing Game of Thrones S6 on the brand new and tremendous Bigmouth podcast with regulars Andrew Harrison and Matt Hall (who, incidentally, produced the first Telly Addict in 2011 when he worked at the Guardian), and fellow “Thronehead” Sarah Bee, who knows GoT in a far more profound way than I, and was thus confident enough to be even more critical of the way it’s been going since they waved goodbye to the novels. Listen to it here. (We also discuss Glastonbury and Roisin Murphy’s splendid new album.)

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3 thoughts on “Take a seat

  1. Haven’t seen any of this week’s programmes but enjoyed the review nonetheless. But what is with the censored swearing, are your UKTV overlords starting to wield their power (only kidding)?

    I tried to comment on last week’s blog but it didn’t post for some reason so I’ll ask here. I know you’ve reviewed some BBC3 online programmes before so was wondering if you have watched Reggie Yates’s The Insider series, and if so what you thought? I’ve seen the first, about being inside a US jail, and thought it excellent. He is increasingly engaging the more of these types of programmes he does.

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  2. Haven’t seen any of this week’s programmes but enjoyed the review nonetheless. But what is with the censored swearing, are your UKTV overlords starting to wield their power (only kidding)?

    I tried to comment on last week’s blog but it didn’t post for some reason so I’ll ask here. I know you’ve reviewed some BBC3 online programmes before so was wondering if you have watched Reggie Yates’s The Insider series, and if so what you thought? I’ve seen the first, about being inside a US jail, and thought it excellent. He is increasingly engaging the more of these types of programmes he does.

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    • The rules on language are YouTube’s not UKTV’s. I haven’t seen the Reggie Yates thing. If only there were more hours in the day! (I watch a lot of movies for my other job.)

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