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Television Viewed by Kathy in 2016
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Alcatraz (2012) (2012)
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra and Wendy Crewson
In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.
American Experience (1988)
Creators: Henry Hampton and Stephen Fitzmeyer
Director: Mark Zwonitzer
Narrator: Michael Murphy
A series showcasing documentaries on American history.
Director: Stephen Williams
Starring: Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt, Wendy Crewson, Jan Thijs and Brandon Paul
A young woman's murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return.
Directors: Morten Arnfred and Stephan Apelgren
Starring: Peter Haber, Mikael Persbrandt, Ingvar Hirdwall, Rebecka Hemse, Peter Hüttner, Stina Rautelin, Marie Göranzon, Måns Nathanaelson, Bo Höglund, Per Morberg, Ing-Marie Carlsson, Fredrik Ultvedt, Jimmy Endeley, Mårten Klingberg, Malin Birgerson, Hanns Zischler and Michael Nyqvist
Swedish drama following Commissioner Martin Beck and his eccentric partner Gunvald Larsson as they investigate murders in the flawed social structure of Stockholm, Sweden.
Creator: Rand Ravich
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Thomas Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Adam Scott Miller, Jessica Dean Turner, Max Schneider, Stevie Lynn Jones, Max Martini, Lance Gross, Halston Sage, Joshua Erenberg, Michael Beach, Mark Valley and Gillian Anderson
An idealistic Secret Service agent finds himself at the centre of an international crisis on his first day on the job. In his search for the truth, he will have to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption.
Creators: Anna Winger and Joerg Winger
Directors: Edward Berger and Samira Radsi
Starring: Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen, Sylvester Groth, Sonja Gerhardt, Ludwig Trepte, Alexander Beyer and Lisa Tomaschewsky
Set in a divided Germany in 1983 during a peak period for Cold War tensions between East and West. Martin Rauch, a wide-eyed 24-year-old East German soldier plucked from obscurity, goes undercover as a West German soldier for the East Germany Secret Service, the Stasi.
Director: Dominic Leclerc
Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Johnny Harris, Richard Rankin, Caroline Lee-Johnson, Luke Newberry and Leanne Best
Former Greater Manchester Police officer Claire Church's peaceful existence in the Western Isles is shattered when four bodies linked to her previous investigations are unearthed.
Producers: Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon, John Stephens and Scott White
Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova and Cory Michael Smith
A new recruit in the Gotham City Police Department, James Gordon, is paired with veteran detective Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham's highest-profile cases ever: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During his investigation, Gordon meets the Waynes' son Bruce, now in the care of his butler Alfred Pennyworth. Meeting the younger Wayne further compels Gordon to catch the mysterious killer.
Along the way, Gordon gets involved with Gotham's Mafia families and associates, including female gangster Fish Mooney. Eventually, Gordon is forced to form an unlikely friendship with Wayne, one that will help shape the boy's future in becoming the Dark Knight.
Director: Sibylle Tafel
Starring: Juliane Köhler, Marc Benjamin, Dominic Raacke, Alice Dwyer and Johannes Zirner
Eva, a successful scientist, meets a younger man, Tom, on a business trip to Slovenia. They have a one night stand. Since she is already having a secret affair with her boss Hajo, she'd just as soon forget her night with Tom but his spontaneous, adventurous lifestyle – he's a professional poker player – and the good sex they had continues to fascinate her and she begins an affair with him too, despite her qualms. Tom, unlike Eva, couldn't care less about their age difference or other conventions. Eva is worried about possible gossip and what her daughter might think. But when Eva finally decides to acknowledge their relationship publicly, she's in for a nasty surprise...
Creator: Ashley Pharoah
Directors: Alice Troughton and Sam Donovan
Starring: Colin Morgan, Charlotte Spencer, Nicholas Woodeson, Malcolm Storry, Joanna David, Joel Gillman, Kerrie Hayes, Tallulah Haddon, Isaac Andrews, Marianne Oldham, Robert Emms, Amber Fernée and Pooky Quesnel
Supernatural drama set in rural England in the 1890s. When Nathan Appleby, a pioneering psychologist, inherits Shepzoy House in a beautiful but isolated Somerset valley, he decides to make a new life for himself and his adored wife, Charlotte. But soon their idyll is compromised by strange and disturbing occurrences that all seem to inexplicably swirl around the increasingly troubled Nathan. Is he being haunted? Why? And by whom? The answers will shatter every belief this man has ever held and threaten everything and everyone he has ever loved.
London Spy (2015)
Creator: Tom Rob Smith
Producer: Guy Heeley
Director: Jakob Verbruggen
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent, Zrinka Cvitesic, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Gatiss, Samantha Spiro, Adrian Lester, James Fox, Clarke Peters, Lorraine Ashbourne, David Hayman and Riccardo Scamarcio
Danny is gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift. He falls for the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex. Just as the two of them realise that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
Director: Matthew Thompson
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period in North America, this animated docu/drama follows the journey of a young Edmontosaurus named Scar and his herd as they migrate south for the winter. This film depicts recent findings about Dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurs with feathers and hunting in packs, dinosaurs in the snow and migrating.
It shows a 1000-mile autumn migration of Edmontosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus from their summer grazing in northwest Canada (then well inside the Arctic Circle, so that the winter night and summer day were each 4 months long) to their winter grazing in the south-west USA, and the young Troodon which had to stay and endure the Arctic winter. The hazards met are land and water predators, an Arctic blizzard, thin ice, crossing a foodless volcanic wasteland, a lahar, and a wide river inhabited by predators.
Murder on the Home Front (2013)
Directed by Geoffrey Sax
Starring: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, Emerald Fennell and James Fleet
At the height of the London blitz Dr Lennox Collins, pioneer of the new forensic science, is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue. Wilkins' chief suspect is shy young Anglo-German Wilfred Ziegler, who found the body, but Lennox dismisses this as Ziegler is left-handed and the killer was not. The trail leads to the Metropole club, frequented by Mary, where Lennox's new assistant Molly meets the sinister owner Danny Hastings but then two more women are killed in the same way.
A rent boy places closet gay actor Ronald Terry at the scene of the last murder though Terry denies seeing anything. However Lennox and Molly are soon investigating Terry's apparent suicide - which they work out is murder. Lennox takes Hastings' DNA but is attacked by men in gas masks and,when Wilkins is taken off the case after bullying Ziegler into a confession, it looks as if Hastings has corrupt police officers in his pocket. Acting separately Lennox and Molly aim to build a case against Hastings but discover another possible suspect and finally have to challenge a government conspiracy in order to bring the killer to justice.
The Night Manager (2016)
Director: Susanne Bier
Based on the novel by John le Carré
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Tobias Menzies, Elizabeth Debicki, Douglas Hodge and Antonio de la Torre
A night manager of a European hotel is recruited by intelligence agents to infiltrate an international arms dealer's network.
Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Creator: Jenji Kohan
Based on the book 'Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison' by Piper Kerman
Directors: Andrew McCarthy, Michael Trim, Phil Abraham, Constantine Makris, Uta Briesewitz, Jodie Foster and Mark A. Burley
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael J. Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Pablo Schreiber, Jason Biggs, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore, Dascha Polanco, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone, Samira Wiley, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annie Golden, Lori Petty, Blair Brown and John Magaro
Piper Chapman, a woman from Connecticut living in New York City, is sent to the women's federal prison in Litchfield, New York for 15 months after being convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money for Alex Vause, an international drug smuggler and Chapman's former lover.
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Creator: Steven Knight
Directors: Otto Bathurst, Tom Harper, Colm McCarthy and
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg, Annabelle Wallis, Sophie Rundle, Joe Cole, Ned Dennehy, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor and
A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Directors: Matthew Thompson, Karen Kelly and Sid Bennett
Starring: Nigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Morgan Williams and Sirio Quintavalle
Narrator: David Jason
Naturalist Nigel Marven travels back in time to rescue exotic creatures on the brink of extinction. The animals are then placed in the confines of Prehistoric Park, a private wildlife park that is situated in a dry, mountainous region of an unspecified part of the world. CGI is used to create animals no longer seen on earth, from woolly mammoths and T Rex, to dinosaur-eating crocodiles.
Director: Jay Grace
Starring (voices): Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Sean Connolly and Chris Grimes
Shaun the Sheep tricks his bumbling farmer into buying three mischievous llamas from a livestock auction at the County Fair. The llamas immediately begin to cause havoc on the farm, much to Shaun’s delight. However, as their exploits get more and more out of control, it’s up to Shaun to save the day – unless he’s annoyed all his friends too much to get their help.
Directors: Jeroen Jaspaert and Daniel Snaddon
Starring (voices): Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Rob Brydon, Russell Tovey, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Anouska White, Eve Bentley, Ben Jenkinson, Elliot Kelly, Ella Sutton, Isabel Ainsworth and Eden Muckle
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three, and he's heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas?
Wayward Pines (2015)
Creator: Chad Hodge
Producers: Donald De Line, Ashwin Rajan, Chad Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Hope Davis, Jason Patric, Djimon Hounsou, Michael McShane, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Shannyn Sossamon, Sarah Jeffery and Siobhan Fallon Hogan
A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
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