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The TV shows to see in 2017

2017 looks set to bring a lot more to the TV front than I think we can even handle. Whether it’s the return of Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the continued fight against Negan and The Walkers or even the Scout Regiment taking on the man-eating Titans, there will be so much for you to get into your schedule in the next 12 months. Without further ado, here are the shows you need to watch out for…

The Walking Dead

Season Seven started with the death of two series regulars at the hands (or bat) of new bad guy in town Negan. The series did need a bit of a breather after the frantic opening episode, but now we are about to go straight to war. Rick has been brought to pieces, seen some horrific sights and powerless to stop this new enemy. With the group reunited, it looks like the atlanta survivors will bring all their resources together to take down the nasty Negan once and for all…but will they succeed?

Samurai Jack

It is always horrible when a show finishes without it having a proper ending, but we are finally close to getting a finale to this brilliant cartoon. After 13 years, we will finally get the conclusion to Jack’s story of revenge against Aku. From the information I have seen, it is believed that the story will follow a much older Jack as he looks to finally rid the world of his evil. I can’t wait to see the epic conclusion and await the episodes that shall be upon us soon.

Not Going Out

Sadly, there isn’t many UK sitcoms which really hit the mark. Not Going Out has been a good source of laughs over the year, and I am glad that it is coming back in a few days time. The comedy follows Lee (Lee Mack) and his wife Lucy as they continue through their life a number of years after the last series, now being the parents to three children. Look out for favourite characters such as Daisy and Toby in the new series and many more hilarious moments to come (plus we know there will be another two series after this).

Red Dwarf XII

Red Dwarf has proved to still be a very popular sitcom, and last year’s Series XI gave us some truly fantastic episodes. With situations such as Lister losing his kidneys and a Rimmer Quartet, the show really hit a stride which it hadn’t seen for over 20 years. Filmed at the same time as Series XI, there will be a lot more laughs to come when Dave airs the next six episodes of Britain’s longest-running sitcom. Also, if you want to know what the episodes will be called, check out the cock-up on the series XI Blu-Ray with the episode titles (99% sure they are Series XII titles).

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Iron Fist

Netflix and their partnership with Marvel has paid off incredibly well so far. Daredevil was indeed a revelation to TV, Jessica Jones gave one of the greatest hero/villain dynamics I had ever seen on screen and then we also had Luke Cage’s own series and the introduction of The Punisher! Coming in March, Iron Fist will be the last piece of The Defenders puzzle to be released. Focusing on Danny Rand, a man who calls upon an ancient power to help him fight his enemies. The early previews look just as promising as the previous Netflix series and I can’t wait to binge on this one.

Taboo

This show I probably know the least about, but it does look very interesting. Tom Hardy leads the cast in this drama about a man who returns to Britain from Africa with a handful of stolen diamonds and revenge in mind after the death of his father. The show was actually conceived by Hardy and his father, and the previews look mesmerising. The eight-part series begins in just a few days and I look forward to providing my views on the show when it finally airs.

The Punisher

Earlier I mentioned the last main character we had yet to see from the Netflix/Marvel agreement, but this is indeed a show that so many people begged and pleaded for since Jon Bernthal was cast in the role. The show will bring Bernthal’s Punisher front and centre and see him reunite with Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen and joined by another impressive cast. This show already looks to be a must watch for 2017, but there is yet another Netflix one that people will be flocking to.

The Defenders

Netflix and Marvel have been building towards this since the beginning, and we are now just a few months away from seeing Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones leading the cast as the titular Defenders. Plus, we have Sigourney Weaver taking the role of the main villain (how could you not love that?). With a huge number of returning cast members and the promise of a truly epic crossover, 2017 will indeed be a high point for Marvel TV shows.

Game Of Thrones

Is there a bigger show in the world than Game Of Thrones? This show has for the fifth year in a row been the most illegally downloaded TV show and still attracts millions of viewers on each episode. Following the latest shocks in Westeros, we are finally getting to the last few episodes and a shortened Season Seven (with a six episode Season Eight next year) will see The Starks rise once again and the big battle with the Targaryen army and the white walkers being huge obstacles to come to the land.

Attack On Titan

Why is it taking so long for this show to come back? This was the anime that hooked me from the very beginning and was only narrowly beaten by Death Note as my favourite anime of the 21st century. The show about the survival of the human race from the man-eating Titans has been a hit worldwide. If you read the manga, you know what is to come. If you follow on a TV level, season two will follow straight on from that last shot of the Titan face in the wall. Eren, Mikasa, Levi and all your favourites will be back from April…but any update on when the western audiences can see it?

Better Call Saul

Very rarely a spin-off show could hold as much interest as its original programme (Frasier being a great example of it done right), but the Breaking Bad prequel/sequel focusing on Saul Goodman has indeed made for captivating viewing. Following from the season two finale, Jimmy/Saul has just been caught on tape by his brother Chuck admitting to his actions of stealing custom from the rival firm. Bob Odenkirk keeps this show exciting and Rhea Seehorn also is a fantastic part of this winning cast.

Silicon Valley

This HBO sitcom took me a while to get into it, I admittedly had to push myself into it three times to get through the first season. But, I was glad I did. T.J. Miller is a brilliant actor and his character Erlich Bachman is truly one of the greatest characters on TV. The show saw the gang having control of their own company and they become a video chat company thanks to the application created by Dinesh. The show may have taken a few episodes to settle on me, but I will be eagerly ready for this.

Star Trek: Discovery

Set before the original Star Trek, this new show has attracted quite a lot of attention before it even shot a second of film. Bryan Fuller (American Gods, Heroes) begun as the mind behind the new show, but then left the project. Then we had the awesome casting of Sonequa Martin-Green taking the lead role as Rainsford. Doug Jones also takes a part in the show and this will be the first Star Trek show which will mostly be online-only broadcasted. Though the details are still minimal, I guarantee so many people will watch it when it is on.

BoJack Horseman

Possibly one of the biggest surprises to many Netflix subscribers, this show almost never had the legacy or fanbase it now has. The show following the actor who made a Full House style show is just engrossing, funny and at times rather heartbreaking. The show had a brilliant season 2 and 3 (Season 1 was hit and miss at best, but can be forgiven). Animation for adults may not be at its peak, but this show is truly above any competition it may have.

American Gods

The adaptation of possibly my favourite ever book will be making its television debut in a few months’ time, and it looks good. Ricky Whittle takes on the role of Shadow Moon, a man recently released from prison who finds himself in the middle of a war between the gods of old and the gods of new. Honestly, this show looks great so far. Bryan Fuller is behind this and I look forward to seeing how he will bring the character of Mr Wednesday to the screen (played by the legendary Ian McShane).

Inhumans

Originally conceived as an entry to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will definitely be event television later this year. Black Bolt and the Royal Family will finally be introduced to us in live-action and the series will actually see its first two episodes released in IMAX! Need more convincing to see this show? It will be part of the MCU (so give us some damn crossovers please) and Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under) will be the showrunner, and there must be faith from Marvel in him after he lead the upcoming Iron Fist.

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Twin Peaks

Kyle MacLachlan is back…is it actually coming back this year? We don’t know much, but I know people will be happy to see the show come back.

Doctor Who

I had already mentioned why I thought the extended absence of Doctor Who was a bad idea and I still agree with that. ‘The Return Of Doctor Mysterio’ was a fun Christmas special and the trailer for the upcoming series 10 was intriguing. Peter Capaldi is back as The Doctor, this time he will be joined by Matt Lucas continuing his role as Nardole (can we all agree he was brilliant in the newest special?) and Pearl Mackie as Bill. It has been a long wait, but luckily it isn’t too long now till we finally reach that easter (sure it will be easter) start date!

I know there are hundreds of shows coming back and new ones coming in the next 12 months, but is there anything in particular you are hoping to see? Hope you enjoyed this list and let me know what you are planning to watch this year.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Game Of Thrones: Winter is coming late…and ways to cope

*BE WARNED, SPOILERS AHEAD*

For a show which makes a lot of mentions about winter, it looks like it isn’t coming quick enough for production on the hit show. Usually, Game Of Thrones would begin filming this month to get it ready for its usual April start to air. This year may be an exception, as Daenerys has FINALLY left Meereen to take her place on the Iron Throne, we expect to see a lot more of winter as the seventh season sees it finally come. As you may notice, this is the summer. You can’t really make a winter setting when the temperature is reaching an average of 95 Fahrenheit. As much as it may be bad news for fans, you can’t help but laugh that it is the lack of the show’s most common motto which is keeping it from starting production.

How much longer will we need to wait to see Mad Queen Cersei making Kings Landing (should that be Queen’s?) her dumping ground and what will Jon Snow think about his true heritage? We need answers, and it may not be till the summer of next year when we get our next trip to Westeros. Until next year, and the possibly shortened runs for the last two seasons, Winter Is Coming! What can you watch to keep your mind entertained until 2017? Well, there is a lot of great shows which can satisfy your hunger for your epic drama cravings and I will tell you what they will help with.

THE WALKING DEAD

Why? The body count

Do you like your shows with a huge body count and multiple favourites being picked off on a regular basis? Well, you must have seen this show or at least heard of it. This is not the only similarity with GOT (I know there isn’t a lot) but it is truly an ensemble piece. The world goes bad and the dead are coming back to life as zombies (though are never called zombies, anyone else find that weird?). Arguably this is one of my favourite shows, even after six seasons. There is a lot to enjoy in this show. The human stories are indeed intriguing, the special effects on the zombies is just breath-taking and indeed they do deliver on the entertainment and shock value. Whether you just like the gore or just love Norman Reedus, you will love this show! You have 83 episodes to watch before Season 7 begins and that huge cliffhanger is finally resolved, get started!

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THE FLASH

Why? It looks awesome

Special effects in Game Of Thrones are stunning and give a real film quality to it, but it isn’t the only show that truly delivers on its looks. The Flash begun as a spin-off to hit show Arrow, but has since become front and centre of The CW programming and the best superhero show on TV now away from Netflix. The show probably has a fraction of a budget than that of the DC comics movies, but it looks great every single time. The attraction to the show is not just the special effects, but the characters are all truly engaging with tight storylines and the fan service on screen is nothing short of perfect. Two seasons in and I don’t see an end in sight for this show, especially after that finale…P.S. Arrow should be added to this too!

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BREAKING BAD

Why? Moral grey galore!

Breaking Bad really made good use of characters who you found it hard to decide if you like them or hate them, and this only is brought out in Game Of Thrones as well because of how perfected it was in this show. Walter White is definitely one of the most conflicted characters in TV history and the show was filled with many more that you could neither straightforward love or hate. A show about a man who finds he has cancer and wants to provide for his family by making Crystal Meth isn’t the best selling point is it? Well, turns out you only get the greatest show on TV ever according to many sources! The acting is well done and there is never a dull moment. Every episode in its 62 count is important and adds more detail to what is the most addictive shows I have ever experienced…and Better Call Saul is essential too!

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DOCTOR WHO

Why? Epic scope and long games

120 episodes since 2005 to sink your teeth into! That should help towards 2017? Well, this is also for anyone wanting to get into Doctor Who before series 10 (or 36 for the purists!). Arguably, the biggest show to come from my home country is still one of the best on TV. Even the 2015 series proved how fresh and shocking the show can be. Science Fiction has definitely seen a huge spike in popularity because of this time travelling show! Series 1-4 keeps things fairly simple, then Steven Moffat makes it more in-depth and involved, perfect for all of you who like complicated storylines and long pay-offs (The silence between series 5-7 I am talking about, and Gallifrey from 2005-2015).

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JOURNEYMAN

Why? Gripping

Only 13 episodes were made of this top drama, and I think this is truly one of the biggest mistakes ever made in TV. Just when the show was really making good traction and the main mythology was established, NBC cancelled it and left so many opportunities to be had. But, if you find yourself with a day free, then it would be worth watching this show about time travel and the effects it has on a man and his family. The show builds to a nice enough conclusion so you will be fulfilled by the time you reach the end, and the tension in this show can match that of GOT even though they are both very different.

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

12 Best TV Characters Of The Last 12 Months

Another year has gone by and some great TV characters have emerged and stood out. Going from an initial list of 22, I have narrowed down my list to 12 of the best characters in the last 12 months. A mix of comedy, drama, action and even animation. Find out which 12 have stood out for me above the rest. I will say now there is a few spoilers ahead, so please be careful…

T.J. Miller – Erlich Bachman – Silicon Valley

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This show is probably the funniest on TV at the moment. Filled with some superb characters and hilarious set pieces, it was hard to decide which actor really stood out most. While Richard has really grown in confidence and Gilfoyle continues to be blunt and side-splittingly funny, you can’t help but love T.J. Miller who continues to impress as Erlich. Whether he is stealing coconut water, trying to rip-off Big Head (in fact, puts Big Head in financial ruin) or even his interactions with the Pied Piper board, he is indeed the best character and does it with the least effort. Want more proof, just remember this from Season One “Richard wrote the code, yeah, but the inspiration was clear. Let me ask you something. How fast do you think you could jack off every guy in this room? Because I know how long it would take me, and I can prove it!”.

Jon Bernthal – The Punisher/Frank Castle – Daredevil

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Last year, the main antagonist of this show made the list. This year, the semi antagonist/anti-hero has and does it just as well. From episode one, he is a force to be reckoned with. Straight away we see him come into conflict with Matt Murdoch and the two engage in some of the most engaging action ever seen on TV. Sod Batman v Superman, this was really the big superhero clash that March was going to give us and it delivered in every respect. Jon Bernthal did so well, that Netflix is working on a Punisher series! That is awesome! We see Frank Castle is a tortured soul and one that you will cheer for as he kills all the enemies in his path now and into the future.

Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones

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This character is truly a unique superhero. Most people go for the “with great power comes great responsibility” philosophy. Krysten Ritter goes 180 on this as one of the most reluctant protagonists to ever appear. She lost her family, was brainwashed by a psycho in a purple suit and adopted by a horrible step-mother. But, where Jessica Jones shines is in the fact that she does care about some people (her step-sister Trish and love interest Luke Cage) and the strength that they give her. Also, she will always help those who are truly in need, though sometimes it may take a while to happen. She won’t go down easy, and I can’t wait to see where she will be in season two.

Melissa McBride – Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead

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There were many characters who could have been considered for this list again. The reason I chose Carol was because I feel she went through the most inner turmoil in this season. Her season long rival Morgan proved to her that she was maybe wrong in her actions, but also made her think more about what she wanted from her life. She begins a short romance with Tobin and saves Maggie from Negan’s soldiers, but she also loses her nerves and is unsure if she can protect anyone anymore. Her breakdowns are truly shocking for a character who has been very strong and this makes her more human.

David Harewood – J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw – Supergirl

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This is an actor who has previously portrayed Tuck in Robin Hood, Nelson Mandela, a Doctor Who villain (ish) and even appeared on Selfie (oh god why was that show ever made?). Truly one of his best performances is of him becoming the last green martian who aids Supergirl and is close friends with her cousin. As Hank Henshaw, we see J’onn save countless lives and protect the earth many times over. As J’onn J’onzz, he has become a great ally and helped Supergirl and her sister Alex more than any other being ever could. Let’s just hope Season Two will show more Martian Manhunter and possibly see him form the Arrowverse equivalent of The Justice League. (Which just to really make a go of it, would include: Arrow, Flash, Atom, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Black/White Canary, Firestorm, Mr Terrific and maybe Hawkman and Hawkgirl)

Andre Braugher – Captain Raymond Holt –  Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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After three seasons, the straight faced leader of the Nine-Nine has remained a favourite for many. He has become more relaxed and involved in the activities of his colleagues and still manages to stay as funny as he did in the first episode. He still tries to make Jake a better detective and is a father-figure to him when needed. He is a committed husband to Kevin which is indeed still the provider of some great scenes. Also, he considers an oboist a celebrity (which is funnier than it should be) and is at the end of season three placed into witness protection with Jake. Captain Holt will surely be suffering with this arrangement, but all for our amusement.

Rami Malek – Elliot Alderson – Mr. Robot

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A hacker with people problems? Yeah you probably have seen that before. But not to this level! Elliot has to deal with social anxiety and clinical depression which clearly isn’t fun, and to see how he can possibly work with a group of hackers looking to clear all debt by taking down E Corp (or Evil Corp as it is referred to). He has few friends, Rami’s voice over fills in some of the gaps we don’t see on screen or find out in his interactions. Being part of fsociety is clearly important to him and seems to be feeding on his paranoia and delusion to get him to help the hacktivist group. Also, the biggest moments come from his interactions with Mr. Robot himself and that trip when Elliot goes cold turkey is striking and incredibly insightful.

Maisie Williams – Ashildr/Me – Doctor Who

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Wait a minute, why not mention Maisie Williams as arse kicker Arya Stark (To be honest, she is now making her mark this season)? Well, she has had 6 years now perfecting that role. In Doctor Who, she becomes a recurring character in the form of Ashildr. When she first meets The Doctor, Ashildr is living in the time of Vikings and sacrifices herself to save her people. The Doctor revives her, and she later becomes a conflicted character. She goes against The Doctor and very much nearly destroys the world and inadvertently kills Clara. Hate her? Can you really hate her? She didn’t ask for immortality, but is the only one who will wait for The Doctor till the end of time itself!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez – Rick and Morty

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The only animated character to make this list, the foul-mouthed grandpa who is happy to bend the universe (and other dimensions) to his own will. Rick is fearless, a drunk and a loner. He has his grandson Morty by his side to help him feel more human and give some meaning to his existence. This is shown in full when he sacrifices his freedom at the end of season two to protect his family from any harm. Want more proof Rick is a good guy, his “only” friend Bird Person says about the good Rick has done and will do anything for Morty and Summer (including making a car that will murder anyone who poses a threat to his grandchildren).

Jaimie Alexander – “Jane Doe”/“Taylor Shaw” – Blindspot

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A woman is found in a bag and has no memory of who she is and how she got there. “Jane” is brought to the attention of FBI agent Weller after his name is placed amongst the tattoos that nearly covers her whole body. What makes Jane great is that she is not so much a victim, but a vital asset for investigations in relation to the tattoos on her skin. Throughout the series, we see that Jane is capable of many styles of combat and is fluent in multiple languages. Whoever Jane turns out to be, I am sure there will be something big in store for Jane in the future and let’s hope they can keep the tension and excitement high for another year.

Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom – The Flash

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From the beginning of Season Two of the show, we got to see Jay Garrick. The original Flash in the comics, he really was set to be a big force in the show. Well, the twist in this tale was that Jay was actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom! The character blends in so well initially and makes his mark as the hope/support for Barry Allen after he arrives from Earth 2. When he reveals himself as Zoom, everything changes. The man who seemed to want to help The Flash was actually wanting to defeat him all along. He loved Caitlin Snow and saved Barry, but was also happy to kill a time remnant of himself multiple times. Zoom truly made a huge impact in the show, and let’s see if he does come back as The Black Flash!

Kit Harrington – Jon Snow – Game Of Thrones

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He managed to do two episodes of the show as a body lying on a table (we knew he wouldn’t stay dead), and then came back to life and begun making his plans to help his family and save his home. Where he has been a huge force and an almost untouchable character in the early series, we see his vulnerable side in Season 5 and this year continues to struggle with his own limitations and still find worry/fear with what has happened to him and what could happen. Also, Jon Snow continues to be one of the purest characters in Game Of Thrones and will probably be until its final episode when be either wins the game, gets killed again or becomes a dragon himself and destroys all that is in his path (I think that last one isn’t likely to happen).

Honourable mentions go to Tom Cavanagh for portraying another version of Harrison Wells on The Flash, Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony and Idris Elba as Luther.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Game Of Thrones – Home. “The next time I have an idea like that… punch me in the face!”

Dragons, Death and Dang…HE IS BACK!?!? The three D’s really come to affect here. Episode two of this new season continues to bring us up to date on the happenings in Westoros. We know Jon Snow is still laying on a table, Bran Stark is developing his powers with the Three-Eyed Raven, the Greyjoys are still a bit moody and Tommen is determined to prove his power as king. This episode had the same structure of the first and gave us just enough of a glimpse to see what everyone is doing. Sansa continues her journey to the wall and learns more about the status of her sister Arya. Arya, currently blind and living on the streets, is still looking worse for wear and looks ready to give up on her “vengeance”.

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Dragons are back as Tyrion sees to keep them alive after they refuse to eat, and this looks to continue with no Daenerys to keep them going. The leaders of two factions in the kingdoms have lost their lives in this episode, and it also shows that Ramsay Bolton is still the most horrific bastard in the show. Iwan Rheon claims his new title with ease and looks set to continue his killing spree. Then we have our main focus yet again at Castle Black. Ser Davos begs his rival to bring back Jon Snow to the world of the living. Melisandre is conflicted with the idea of bringing him back, but she agrees to perform the ceremony. Though nothing happens, and they all leave the room with just his direwolf Ghost remaining with the body of his master.

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Kit Harrington has had an easy couple of episodes, just lying there and pretending to be dead. Jon Snow may have spent nearly 2 hours as a corpse, but *SPOILER ALERT* if you really did not think it was going to happen while everyone else knew, but Jon Snow is alive! It was great to see Bran Stark back and when you see actor Isaac Hempstead Wright sharing a screen with Max Von Sydow, the look you get is indeed impressive. A flashback of sorts really was fun, and we got to see a bit of insight to the Stark siblings of the past (Ned, Benjen and Lyanna) and we learn about Hodor before he could only say his name (but that’s not his name).

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Lena Headey continues to impress with Cersei 2.0 who is now powerless and kept in her Red Keep, but it looks like she will be vital to Tommen who begs for her help. Then we have Melisandre who is still conflicted with her faith, Carice Van Houten is definitely the finest actress of Season Six so far and it will be interesting to see where her character will be after this latest…surprise (it’s not a surprise, Jon Snow is alive and we all knew it would happen). We still need more focus on specific characters, but it is good to see we have caught up with almost everyone. Next week can’t come quick enough!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Game Of Thrones – The Red Woman. “If you were planning to see tomorrow, you picked the wrong room.”

Who would have thought that Game Of Thrones would be able to blend some rather gripping scenes with possibly some of the funniest moments the show has ever had? The start to Season Six takes us to where Season Five finished…looking over the lifeless body of former Lord Commander, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). He manages to get plenty of screen time as a corpse, but will this last throughout the series? Can you really imagine Kit Harrington is being paid to play dead? Maybe I should take up this acting malarkey!

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Speaking of death, we also see the effect that Cersei and Jamie feel from the death/murder of their daughter Myrcella. Though she was never a main character in the series, her death has surely made a huge dent to the Lannister family. Hopefully Cersei and Jamie will get more scenes as we need to see what the next action will be that they take. Speaking of Lannister’s, anyone remember Tyrion? After he became an ally to the queen of Meereen, a certain Daenerys Targaryen, he seemed to be receiving the higher life again. But since Daenerys had disappeared, Meereen is falling into chaos. Daenerys is now hanging with the Dothraki again, and it looks like it will not be good news for her (is it ever good news?). Also, two of her captors spend a good amount of time discussing what colour the hair on a certain region of her body is. These really cruel, merciless warriors are shown to be really funny. Why was talking about the colour of pubic hair and how one of them likes to talk after love making, and what about the f**king your grandma bit? This show really made me laugh, and I loved it. There is just so much going on in this episode, we get to see almost everyone and what they are up to now since that epic finale last year.

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What about the people we really hate? Well they are still there. Ramsay continues to search for his wife Sansa and Theon so that his father Roose’s plan can still work by having Sansa as a figurehead for their eventual campaign against the Lannister’s. There is just so many stories going on. Have we mentioned that Brienne and Podrick saves Sansa and offers her services…again? Or that Ser Davos seems eager to protect the body of Jon Snow? Or how about Arya on the streets of Braavos after her eyesight was taken from her? Yes, Game Of Thrones came back in a superb way and looked to tie up many of its loose ends as quickly as it could. But all eyes were on the title character for this episode. Melisandre. ‘The Red Woman’ was effective at teasing the power that she holds, and there is definitely more to Jon Snow than just being a part of the décor at Castle Black. That last scene with Melisandre will make many people really look at her differently from now on.

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If there is something I have learnt from watching this show, it is that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are definitely the right guys to continue into the world of Westoros beyond where the books lie (so far). While many people were expecting to see a walking, talking Jon Snow, it was fair to say Kit Harrington probably earned some of his easiest money ever just laying down for the whole episode. Most of the top acting this week came from The Wall. Liam Cunningham proves a great strength with the loyalists and his immediate co-star Carice Van Houten really makes you feel for her character, even if many people were not keen on her to begin with. While there wasn’t nearly enough to explore to give a full opinion on each storyline, we know we have another 9 hours of TV to come to see where we will be going. Hopefully we will see more of Maisie Williams tackling her new side to Arya, more from Peter Dinklage as the always delightful Tyrion and hopefully some more humorous banter (I don’t like using that word, but Dothraki banter was actually very funny).  The show we all love is back, and this strong start promises to bring so much to us. Jon Snow could still come back, so there is that too!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

A preview of Episode 2 of Season 6. ‘Home’. Coming Sunday 1st May on HBO in the US and Monday 3rd May on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

The Biggest Moments On TV In The Last Year

This could be filled with some major spoilers, so read at your own leisure.

An EYE Popping Display – Gotham

after a number of deaths and multiple story threads, we finally get to see Miss Mooney as she goes from being at the top of her game to becoming a prisoner. When she is held by The Dollmaker and his mercenaries, she knows that they are taking body parts. Knowing they require an eye, she goes to scoop it out with a spoon and stomps on it. Not as graphic as you may think, but seeing an eyeball squashed is not a pretty sight (not an attempt at a joke there).

Jimmy Vs. Tuco: Battle For The Twins – Better Call Saul

Before becoming Saul Goodman, Jimmy McGill was a struggling lawyer who tried his best to climb the ladder. One scam he tried to pull went wrong when he hired Cal and Lars to do a “hit and run” con. The con goes wrong when they try to trick the grandmother of Tuco Salamanca. Tuco then abducts Jimmy and the twins and threatens to kill them all for the scam. Jimmy gets out of it because of his Lawyer status, and then manages to leave the twins with a broken leg each instead of a bullet in the head.

The Black Canary Comes Crashing Out Of The Sky – Arrow

Season Three of Arrow has provided many big moments. We had the return of Slade Wilson, the rebirth of a character via the Lazarus Pit and the exposure of Oliver Queen’s secret identity to the one man who could destroy him. But, in the opening episode we saw Sara Lance as she was confronted by a mystery assailant (worth checking out who did it) who then went to shoot arrows into her chest and Sara then fell from a rooftop to the ground below, and was found by her sister Laurel. A shock death, which may be far from the end if the Legends Of Tomorrow trailer is anything to go by.

Danny Dies…And Dies Again! – Doctor Who

Series Eight of Doctor Who was a big curve. We got a new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi and we also got some great stories in the form of ‘Listen’ and ‘Flatline’. But, we had possibly one of the most shocking moments when Clara Oswald’s boyfriend Danny Pink died after getting hit by a car. Death is not final, as we see Danny’s mind (attempt to) and body changed to become a Cyberman. The tragic character then gets a chance to finally shine as he saves the world from destruction and sacrifices himself to free the world from the plan created by Missy.

A Massive Headache For One Series Regular – The Walking Dead

Beth Greene has unfortunately never had a huge presence in her time on the show. Actress Emily Kinney is such a sweet star and I think demanded more of a role, which is possibly why it wasn’t until the prison was destroyed that Beth really shined. After being kidnapped, she ends up in a hospital in Atlanta and finds it is led by a group of survivors (a number of them formally cops). The leader Dawn is seen to take interest in Beth, and manipulates her to help her plans. Eventually, the two come head to head and Beth stabs Dawn out of anger with a pair of scissors. Dawn instinctively shoots Beth in the head and is shocked herself at her actions, which results in Daryl putting a bullet through Dawn’s head.

Bunkie Takes A Dunkie – Empire

Probably one of the biggest surprises in this TV season, Empire came from nowhere and became one of the most talked about shows of the year. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson lead the fantastic cast about a former couple who own a record company and Howard’s character Lucious Lyon looks to name a successor between his three sons after he receives news that he has ALS. With all the clashes between brothers and the arrival of scene-stealer Cookie, it is when we see Lucious gun down Bunkie (Cookie’s cousin and his assistant) after Bunkie threatens him for three million dollars. Can you come back after committing murder?

Getting The Truth Without Saying A Word – Black Mirror

Black Mirror returned over Christmas with an extended special. We first see the two stars Matt (Jon Hamm) and Joe (Rafe Spall) as they are in a remote outpost. It is Christmas and they share stories about their pasts. It isn’t until the end we learn that the remote location is not real, and is in fact a digital creation which houses a copy of Joe’s consciousness. Matt is hired to learn the truth about the death of his former father-in-law and the child Joe believed to be his daughter. When the copy of Joe’s mind finally admits his part in the deaths, the real Joe is then arrested and Matt is then allowed to go after his own troubled past saw him arrested.

Foggy Can’t Turn A Blind Eye – Daredevil

Matt Murdock gets into a rather bad fight; he winds up nearly dead after facing off against Wilson Fisk. Struggling to get to safety after the attack, Matt escapes home before he succumbs to the injuries he has suffered. Matt then collapses in his apartment just as Foggy arrives there to go and see him. Foggy is shocked to see that the intruder in the apartment is actually his long-time friend. The shock is hard to take for Foggy, but the emotions really flare up when Matt is patched up and they finally begin to talk. It is at this time that Daredevil really hit a peak, and we get to see a friendship come to pieces.

The Snow Finally Falls – Game Of Thrones

Well, this is only a surprise if you hadn’t read the books beforehand (or saw the internet at any time between 2011 and now). Jon Snow met his end when the men of the nightwatch acted out mutiny against their Lord Commander and all got their opportunity to stab him “…For The Watch”. Whether or not this truly is the end for Jon Snow remains to be seen as the storylines in the books have very much been seen on screen up to date. 2016 should see what happens next in both Season Six of Game Of Thrones and the sixth book ‘The Winds Of Winter’. For now, let us remember that solemn oath…

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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THE TEN SHOWS TO SEE IN 2015

2015 looks set to bring a lot of TV shows which will be hooked on over the next 12 months. This is the ten shows I will be watching

Arrow/The Flash

Shown on Sky1

Ok, I begin this list by cheating a bit. As they are in the same universe and also have shared multiple crossovers, it’s hard to say where to begin for these two superhero dramas. First off, Arrow left us with possibly it’s most shocking cliffhanger following Oliver’s meeting with Ra’s Al Ghul and The Flash saw Barry Allen finally come face to face with the man who killed his Mum. Be sure to keep up to date with both of these high quality shows and see what happens next when this DC Comics inspired world returns (and more crossovers would be nice).

Doctor Who

Shown on BBC ONE

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will return as The Doctor and Clara Oswald for the ninth series of the revived Sci-Fi Doctor Who. This year celebrates ten years since it re-emerged to the world to high viewing figures and rave reviews. Doctor Who is all about change and now people seem to be embracing the new Doctor more and his second series as the time lord looks already set to bring big changes (filming starting with a two-parter, please let there be more of these again).

Marvel’s Agent Carter

(No UK Broadcaster at the time of writing)

Hayley Atwell returns to front her own mini-series as the heroic Peggy Carter. First seen in Captain America and cropping in other Marvel movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. developed her character and made way for her to return. Set after World War II, Peggy is helping her friend Howard Stark when he is being made to look like he is selling his weapons on the black market and enlists Peggy’s help to clear his name while also tackling the organisation Leviathan. When is the UK gonna get this show? Please let it be soon!

DareDevil

Shown on Netflix

Netflix a couple of years ago announced their plans to create four Marvel-based TV shows which would have links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first of these is Daredevil. British actor Charlie Cox leads the cast as Matt Murdock, a blind man who works as a lawyer but is also a crime-fighter. Set to debut in April, the show has got a positive buzz around it and I can’t wait to see the end result to this usually underrated comic character.

Fortitude

Shown on Sky Atlantic

A show that will bring together Christopher Eccleston, Stanley Tucci, Sofie Gråbøl and Michael Gambon should be enough to sell this one! Set in the arctic in an almost isolated town. Fortitude is a place where it is rather peaceful and safe, but one day a murder happens and everything changes. Dark secrets are exposed and lots of twists and turns are expected in this psychological thriller. Simon Donald is behind this one and looks to replicate the success of his now iconic Channel 4 show Low Winter Sun.

Better Call Saul

Shown on Netflix

Breaking Bad took us on an adventure and showed us that the dad from Malcolm In The Middle could become one of the world’s top actors. Set before its parent show, Better Call Saul brings back lawyer Saul Goodman and shows his life before he came face to face with Walter White. Bob Odenkirk returns as Saul and is also joined by Jonathan Banks as Mike, his loyal private investigator. The question of whether or not Bryan Cranston and/or Aaron Paul will feature may still be up in the air, but the show already looks like addictive viewing. Roll on February.

The Walking Dead

Shown on FOX

The zombie apocalypse, it’s bleak. It is never getting any better, people are dying one way or another. But, you can’t help but be captivated throughout. Continuing on from probably one of the best run of episodes in recent memory, the group of survivors continue to find a new home after visiting the supposed haven that was Terminus. The gang are back together, but can they stay together? The Walking Dead has been renewed for a Sixth Season and I hope it retains the magic formula which has got us to this point.

Bojack Horseman

Shown on Netflix

Another Netflix show, this animated comedy struck a chord from the very first episode. A quirky adult cartoon about a famous actor (the titular Bojack Horseman, voiced by the very funny Will Arnett) who was the star of a sitcom in the 1980’s-90’s sitcom Horsin’ Around. If you hadn’t guessed already, yes, he is a horse. Funny, different and at times very strange, the show manages to keep itself from being too serious but also makes you feel for the character who seemingly only cares for himself.

Game Of Thrones

Shown on Sky Atlantic

There was no way I was going to miss this one out. Possibly one of the greatest shows (if not just the greatest) HBO has ever produced. We return to Westeros for the fifth season of Game Of Thrones and things are about to get all shaken up. With Season Four giving us the trial of Tyrion Lannister, the battle on the wall and that fight between The Mountain and The Viper, there is a lot for it to live up to. But, if we trust the show like we have before, we can expect even more memorable moments to come.

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Shown on BBC ONE

Probably one of the best British Sitcom’s today, Mrs Brown’s Boys is just good belly laughs and a great way to bring you up. Brendan O’Carroll brings his iconic character to life in this sitcom effortlessly and makes the show funny. The show may be restricted to Christmas specials at the moment since they are continuously touring their live stage shows (which are also great) and the release of the recent movie also taking their time, but I am glad to think that I will be finishing my Christmas day with a big smile on my face.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

And as we have no official UK broadcaster for it yet, here is a sneak-peek of Marvel’s Agent Carter