It’s rare for a sitcom to reach it’s 11th, and final, season and for it to be still as funny as it was in it’s first season. But Modern Family is. Is it too early to start campaigning to bring it back before it has even finished?
Roberta Flack – The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Mad Men always got its use of music spot-on. This Roberta Flack version of an Ewan MacCall song is used at the end ‘The Forecast’ (S7 Ep.10).
John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads
I watched the last episode of Barry last week. If you can watch the series, do so, it’s superb– funny, dark and moving. Great soundtrack too. John Denver’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ plays over the end credits of the last episode. This led me to listen to ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, which I’ve chosen because it has one of those choruses that country songs do so well. Then, the fact that I was listening to John Denver, led me to remember my friend Andy, who many years ago dressed up as John Denver. The photo of which still pleases me.
Just briefly on that Guardian piece I mentioned in my last post: I don’t think, to quote from it, that those “watching a middle-aged man stand very still while another middle-aged man watched television in a bunker” is just the preserve of those at the ground, but is experienced by those, who the journalist refers dismissively as, watching “a series of coloured blobs moving on a screen.”
Watching football not at the ground for whatever reasons (financial or geographical) may not have the same excitement, or be the same experience, as watching at the ground, but its excitement and experience is just of a different kind. I remember jumping up on my feet and pacing the living room floor when I heard Louis Van Gaal was to bring on Tim Krul for quarter-final penalties against Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup (it worked – Krul saved two), and I was on my own!
So, people not at the ground will be affected by the VAR delay, just they have the option of doing something else while it occurs.
Anyone fancy a trip to the corner shop?
The Unthanks – Magpie
I first heard ‘Magpie’ when it was featured in the first episode of the third series of Detectorists. One of the many things that I loved about the Detectorists was just how well they incorporated music throughout the three series. You can still watch the whole of series 3 on the BBC iPlayer.
I was just asked when a TV program I’d been recommending (W1A on the BBC) was on. I couldn’t tell them day or time: “It’s just on.”
When I drove home every day, because we were improvising it, I’d think, “Would this scene be better if I’d written it?” And 98 percent of the time, I’d thought “No.” It was better improvised. You could just get to places that you couldn’t get to writing. But the editing is really hard. Compared to a written show, where you’re doing two to three takes and they’re all the same. For this show, every take is different.
Larry David on the early days of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Season 9 starting 1 October.
Johnny Flynn – Detectorists TVST
I’ve written about my admiration of the tv show the Detectorists (and good news – third series is on its way). This is the song that plays over the opening sequence. I don’t know if Johnny Flynn had this song written already or if it was written specially for the tv show. Either way it captures the mood and feel of the show perfectly.
In the Financial Times (I know, I know) yesterday there was an article headlined Drama is struggling to match the reality of Donald Trump. It’s behind a paywall unfortunately, but it discusses, albeit briefly, how “satire, theatre and TV shows are challenged with the restless US news agenda”.
I missed Detectorists (written and directed by Mackenzie Crook) when it was first shown in 2014. The BBC are currently showing the first series again and I’m glad I’ve caught it this time around. It’s a show that doesn’t try for massive laughs; it just goes about its comedy in an understated way. It shares a similar tone and pace with The Trip and, for those who remember it, Sean Lock’s 15 Storeys High. I’m hoping it’ll be like the former rather than the latter when the question of a third series comes up.