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TV Rambles: The Crown

On my birthday, the only thing I felt like doing was to chillax in front of the TV with Matt. So I thought of choosing something completely new to watch, some genre that I’ve been longing to try out, i.e. period dramas.

My first choice fell on The Crown, a Netflix biopic drama. Yes, because what’s better than a period drama, if not a biographical period drama! Created by Peter Morgan – known for writing biopics such as The QueenFrost/Nixon, and Rush – this series is about Queen Elizabeth II.

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TV Rambles: The IT Crowd

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I’m back to reviewing my favourite TV shows after quite a long time. My intention with many of my reviews is to offer readers a nostalgic trip or an alternative to current mainstream shows, as well as to focus on specific productions concerning genres and themes.

Today I’m writing about The IT Crowd, a British production from the 2000s created by Graham Linehan, the mastermind behind other cult sitcoms such as Father Ted and Black Books (read my review). It’s one of Matt’s all-time favourites and, after he had introduced me to it, I became a big fan. I recently finished watching it for the third time.

As you should have deduced from the title, the central theme and setting are the IT industry, and it’s also about geeks.

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TV Rambles: Black Books

As I had already mentioned in my last TV Rambles post, in the past few months I veered towards British television and I am keen to discover many hilarious comedy shows. It cannot be denied: British humour differs so much from American humour. I appreciate both of them but British humour has that something that makes it outstanding in my opinion. Perhaps it’s the lack of censorship.

Anyway, the first ‘new’ British sitcom that I have watched, after all the American shows I had seen since summer (namely Seinfeld and Louie), is Black Books. Of course, it’s only new to me because I have never seen it before. I discovered it when reading an article about tv shows set in bookshops. Matt had seen it years ago but was happy to watch it again with me. I instantly loved it and it is now one of my absolute favourite and one of the most quotable!

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TV Rambles: Derek

After finishing Louie a few months ago, I felt the urge to go back to British comedy. So Matt and I watched a couple of ‘new’ shows (they’re actually from one or two decades ago, but we had never seen them before), which I will definitely write about at some point.

Eventually, December arrived and Christmastime always makes me feel more mellow, more relaxed. Therefore, apart from comedies and movies that give me fuzzy Christmassy feelings, I wanted to go back to some old favourite tv shows.

One of them is Derek, created by Ricky Gervais, which we have seen for the first time earlier last year.

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TV Rambles: Louie

After finishing Seinfeld a couple of months ago (read my review HERE), we watched another of Matt’s favourite comedy shows, Louie. In this show too, a popular stand-up comedian – Louis C.K. – plays a fictionalised version of himself. And the similarities with Seinfeld pretty much end here.

Louie appears to be a regular guy. He’s in his 40s and a recently divorced guy, juggling between the part-time care of his two young daughters and his night job as a stand-up comedian at a couple of clubs in New York. A good man, yet he has this aura of a… loser. His dating life has its ups and downs, his sexual life even more, and although he’s appreciated as a comedian, he seems to be stuck in a rut with no major prospects in the future.

Louie’s (or Louis C.K.’s) comedy style is dark. Very dark. He’s also self-deprecating. His stand-up is not after easy laughs. His way of speaking is as unassuming as his attire, but he often talks about delicate subjects like sex and religion in a provoking manner. The end result of his jokes is not just a happy burst of laughter but also bitterness and perhaps even discomfort.

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