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12 Aug 2022, 10:10 am

I've started watching the Spanish soap opera Velvet, because I'm learning Spanish. It is so addictive! And the costumes are so gorgeous as the 1950s were very stylish.

Set in the 1950s, Alberto, the son of the rich Marquez family which owns a fashion house falls in love with Ana, one of their seamstresses. His family does not approve and tries to stop them.

The latest episode is Alberto trying to keep two women happy: his fiancée, Cristina, who he has to marry for money, and Ana, who he loves. Plus lots of other romantic scandals and situations between the other employees and bosses.


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12 Aug 2022, 7:53 pm

Escape Route, episode of 'The Saint' from July 1967.

Templar is arrested and jailed for a £250,000 jewellery robbery in London. It's all staged with the cooperation of the police, of course, the objective being to bring to justice a gang who are charging huge sums for helping criminals escape from prison, then murdering them at sea. Templar duly obliges by infiltrating the gang, then dealing with them as only he can (socking them in the mouth).

The female lead is Wanda Ventham, mother of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and a fairly regular performer in this sort of TV show in the 1960s and early 70s. Roger Moore himself directed this episode, by the way.



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13 Aug 2022, 5:15 am

DeepHour wrote:
Escape Route, episode of 'The Saint' from July 1967.

Templar is arrested and jailed for a £250,000 jewellery robbery in London. It's all staged with the cooperation of the police, of course, the objective being to bring to justice a gang who are charging huge sums for helping criminals escape from prison, then murdering them at sea. Templar duly obliges by infiltrating the gang, then dealing with them as only he can (socking them in the mouth).

The female lead is Wanda Ventham, mother of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and a fairly regular performer in this sort of TV show in the 1960s and early 70s. Roger Moore himself directed this episode, by the way.



I was so delighted when I found out the legendary Wanda Ventham, from the Two Ronnies, is the mum of Benedict Cumberbatch!

I expect you know this but one of The Saint episodes has a very young (20 something?) Paul Darrow in it, who made his name as Avon from Blake's 7.


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13 Aug 2022, 5:20 am

Never have I ever on Netflix. Refreshingly different from the usual fare of teen dramas.



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13 Aug 2022, 8:13 pm

Real Time With Bill Maher.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.


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13 Aug 2022, 8:43 pm

KitLily wrote:

I was so delighted when I found out the legendary Wanda Ventham, from the Two Ronnies, is the mum of Benedict Cumberbatch!

I expect you know this but one of The Saint episodes has a very young (20 something?) Paul Darrow in it, who made his name as Avon from Blake's 7.



Yes, Paul Darrow is in an episode called 'The Gadic Collection' from March 1968, which is set in Turkey: he plays a character called Omar.

Wanda Ventham was in a little known but interesting series called The Lotus Eaters in 1972-73, and was Colonel Virginia Lake in the Gerry Anderson 'UFO' series from 1970:


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If you want to see her in a really bizarre role, check out the 1968 movie The Blood Beast Terror, in which she is a moth!

https://youtu.be/Nu3AXyWZtj0


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13 Aug 2022, 8:51 pm

The Better Mousetrap, episode of 'The Saint' from 1968.

Pretty average stuff. This is set in Cannes on the French Riviera, where a gang of jewel thieves are targeting rich women in the hotels and casinos. Ho hum, anyway Templar obviously sorts things out, despite being impeded at every turn by the French police, who think he's in league with the thieves. The plot is difficult to follow at times, partly because some of the cast speak in an idiotic mock-French accent, which can be barely comprehensible.

The cast includes Ronnie Barker, who plays a clumsy, bumbling French detective.


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14 Aug 2022, 1:03 am

I'm going to watch Yellowjackets after my holiday.
I've heard it's brilliant.



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14 Aug 2022, 1:56 am

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
The Nanny, both on Pluto TV
Bionic Woman, 70s show
I Dream Of Jeannie from the 60s, both on The Roku Channel


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14 Aug 2022, 3:33 am

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I'm going to watch Yellowjackets after my holiday.
I've heard it's brilliant.


It's a great show. I highly recommend it.


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14 Aug 2022, 7:33 pm

Locate and Destroy, an episode of 'The Saint' from 1967'.

This is set in Lima, where Templar makes the acquaintance of a rich and powerful gold mine owner. It turns out that he's been in the country for about twenty years, and that many of the paintings in his collection seem to have originated from the Cracow Art Gallery in Poland. You can no doubt guess the rest....

Fans of Doctor Who from the early 1970s would be interested to see Roger Delgado as the local police chief here. He played the role of The Master in that series until his death in a road accident in 1973.


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15 Aug 2022, 12:19 am

West World.
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16 Aug 2022, 12:50 am

Better Call Saul (series finale).
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16 Aug 2022, 8:24 pm

The Desperate Diplomat, episode of 'The Saint' from October 1968.

A friend of Templar goes missing in Switzerland, having apparently stolen $750,000 of American aid money from an African country. Templar flies out there, and discovers that the real situation is rather different. Co-stars Suzan Farmer (again) as the missing man's daughter - she doesn't do an awful lot at all here. Interesting also for a brief appearance as a telephone switchboard operator by the Danish actress Yutte Stensgaard, who shot to fame two years later when starring in Hammer's Lust For A Vampire, before fading soon afterwards back into almost total obscurity.


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16 Aug 2022, 9:52 pm

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17 Aug 2022, 10:48 am

I watched all 8 episodes of the new Netflix series Uncoupled a few days ago. It's not great but it was just funny enough to draw me in and want to keep watching. I especially liked Marcia Gay Harden's character, but I was kinda disappointed with Neil Patrick Harris' acting? I guess I haven't seen much of him before. I thought he kinda brought down the quality of a lot of scenes. Anyway, I dunno if it'll get a second season or not but I will probably watch if it does.

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Coronation Street: final two episodes of 1983.


I've watched Coronation Street on and off my whole life and it was one of my earliest special interests as a kid. I especially love the nostalgia of a lot of the old 80s episodes like these!