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Whole series gone up on demand this week.

 

Created by Thick of It writer Jesse Armstrong this is a thinly veiled swipe at Murdoch and News International, with the premise of an 80y old media mogul with failing health and his plotting unpleasant disfunctional family all circling round the spoils.

 

Watched a couple of eps last night and its thoroughly enjoyable, not as trashy as Billions, with some snappy Thick of It style dialogue popping up occasionally. May suffer from the same problem as Westworld, as in Brian Cox is great as 'Murdoch' but he's not on screen enough.

 

Seems promising and already renewed for a second season I believe.

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I started this at the same time as Trust which felt like a similar type of show and much preferred this. As you said the Thick of It dialogue is only occasional - It isn't trying to be Veep. Brian Cox is absent early on but then in it just enough. Looking forward to more next season.

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I binged 9 over the weekend and the series finale has now aired in US and gone up today on demand on Sky.

 

Really enjoyed it - first series sets up the world nicely and will hopefully broaden out in series 2 as can’t solely be around the battle for control of the big company.

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I’m amazed how little chatter there is for this. I just finished the final episode of the season yesterday but blitzed the second half of the season in a couple of days. 

 

It does start a little slower which is perhaps off-putting but from the halfway mark it’s killer episode after killer episode. 

 

Not sure if it’s sustainable over many seasons, but it’s my favourite drama in quite a while. 

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I found this hilarious personally. It's good to see proper dark humour back on the screen. Every character is utterly reprehensible and the army of p.a's going around bribing people not to talk about the disgusting behaviour from the family is hilarious. 

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This is back in the Sun/Mon 2am slot this week - which makes me think we won't be getting the whole lot in one go.

 

I loved the first season and don't think it got anywhere enough love - looking forward to more of this awful family business.

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18 minutes ago, grounded_dreams said:

The first season was broadcast weekly, from looking at the schedule the new season seems to be the same.

 

It wasn't over here - sky stuck up the first 9 eps then we had to wait for the final one.

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As the show is back, I need a recap to refresh my memory of some of the plot points from the first season.

This might be useful for others too, obviously it contains spoilers so don't watch if you can haven't seen the initial season :)

 

 

 

 

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The first two episodes of Season 2 have been God tier. Some of the best television I've seen in years. Even when a scene seems a little low key there are so many brilliant brilliant character moments happening. It's stunning. 

 

More people should be watching this. I can tell they've gone a little harder on the marketing for season 2 but the idea that hundreds of people still watch The Walking Dead only to jump in the thread and complain, and Succession has 12 posts in total? It's insane. 

 

Get on it. 

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It's such a great program. The interplay between all the characters is fantastic, Roman is such a weasel but you can also see it stems from intense insecurity and years of bullying, Shiv is getting taken in by Daddy Roy but it's clear he now has a completely obedient servant in Kendal which he clearly prefers. Greg and Tom still provide the most comic relief for me, such funny characters.

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Brian Cox is so amazing and funny in this. The latest episode with Roman on the phone to his GF and then the older woman is hilarious.

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Never heard of this, how i hate the fragmented world of TV thesedays, so many shows just slip under the radar.

 

..but the good news is I've just checked my usual source for getting hold of stuff like this and they have the complete 1st season in HD for download, so all is good.

 

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I already pay for Amazon Prime, Netflix and of course the BBC.

 

...Anything that isn't on one of those three, is fair game.

 

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You made a great point there. People dont think of bbc as a subscription but it bloody is and the only where its illegal to not subscribe! Even if you dont use a tv!

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On 21/08/2019 at 12:20, jon_cybernet said:

I sort of hope Greg wins the whole thing (without losing his soul in the process). 

 

I hate Greg as much as I hate all the characters. But not as much as I hate Tom who I hate with a blinding fury. 

 

I'm only half way through season 1 but this is quality stuff - really surprised there's so few posts in this thread. 

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I'm going to stay out of this thread until I'm caught up.

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I watched 1x6 last night, the confidence vote episode one. That was outrageously good. Logan staring them all down at the meeting, just daring them to back Kendall - the look he gives Roman when his hand starts creeping up could have killed a man. And the rising panic from Ken down the phone when he realises he hasn't got the numbers. The whole thing was so tense I was nearly clapping when Logan 'wins' and fucks them all out of it before getting security in to walk them off the premises. Amazing.


 

 

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Brian Cox is bloody brilliant in this, hoovering up all the scenes with his glorious menace.

 

He has made a simple a reassuring 'uh-huh' absolutely terrifying.

 

1 hour ago, Silent Runner said:

I'm going to stay out of this thread until I'm caught up.

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I watched 1x6 last night, the confidence vote episode one. That was outrageously good. Logan staring them all down at the meeting, just daring them to back Kendall - the look he gives Roman when his hand starts creeping up could have killed a man. And the rising panic from Ken down the phone when he realises he hasn't got the numbers. The whole thing was so tense I was nearly clapping when Logan 'wins' and fucks them all out of it before getting security in to walk them off the premises. Amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You better be smelling your fuckin' armpit, Romulus.

 

 

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I'm amazed this thread is so short! Absolutely loving this so much. You can sometimes even feel the Peep Show one-liners slipping through. I think I *almost* feel as evangelistic over this as I remember feeling about the first two series of Peep Show when I was 21. The distaste for humanity is palpable. Almost no one is redeemable. The two feel so spiritually similar to me, whilst also being entirely different obviously. The marriage of British and American humour is glorious. Gonna put comments in spoilers because I feel like people might be coming into the thread watching from the beginning (especially after the Emmy win).

 

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  • The casting is incredible. Brian Cox is spectacular. Whoever plays Kendall really takes you on his journey, and the emotional and dramatic range is so impressive over both series. Whoever plays Shiv is also brilliant and I'm a bit in love with her. Kieran Kulkin is really fun too. Basically everyone is great. The delivery of Tom's lines is sometimes SO spot on.
  • Like I said I love the Peep Show style similes and one liners and I can't remember any off the top of my head, might even have to re-watch once I've finished (currently only two episodes to go) but there have been so many massive laugh out loud moments for me.
  • All of the double acts (Tom and Greg, Roman and Geri) feel so natural and organic and they're so much fun.
  • The end of the first series was so, so strong. All of the stuff with the attempted takeover and that board meeting where Kendall is late.. just balls out fantastic TV.

 

I dunno what else to say really as I've run out of superlatives. The only slight criticism I have is that some of the characters sometimes feel a little all over the place and you don't feel the full weight of consequences. Like Logan literally threatening his own daughter on her wedding day.. and the next episode she's sort of forgotten and is totally cool with it. It does play into the whole thing in a way but just feels like the motivations are a little inconsistent. But I might well decide against that in the end anyway.

 

"Hey Tom.. heard you swallowed your own load..."

"................. yah......"

 

"Wait, I'm not even invited and suddenly this comes up and you wanna.. shove it up my uterus and cover it in estrogen??"

 

"I mean.. pissing in my office? What's he gonna do next, start jizzing in my coffee? Take a dump on my iPad?" (I really feel like this one reads in Mark Corrigan's voice so much)

 

Greg's "secret" documents.

 

:lol:

 

 

Edit: Can't believe there's not more hate for Conner in this thread. Easily the worst of the lot of them for me (not including Logan).

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Oh, Connor is as loathsome as any of the family but I think he's the sibling who gets the least screen time. And I think a lot of his scenes are played for laughs - the butter meltdown at the ball for example. 

 

I hear a lot of Romans lines in Jeremys voice. "I look like a matador and everyone wants to fuck me Mark!"

 

One other Peep Show bit, and I realise this is a bit of a reach, was

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when Mark and Tom are at the fancy restaurant and they get served the bird. The whole thing, just deep fried - totally reminded me of Mark eating the dog.

 

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