TV Review: Gangs of London (Sky 1)

Some epic storytelling and a mighty ensemble make the hyper-violence of Gangs of London highly watchable

“A war was started when my father was shot”

Sky 1 seem to have got themselves quite the coup in Gangs of London, a major new series which – if there was any justice in the world – ought to break through the limitations of Sky’s minimal audience share. Created by Gareth Evans and Matt Flannery and boasting a highly exciting ensemble cast, it is a visceral and highly violent look at an immense power struggles between power syndicates in London after the assassination of the patriarch of its premier crime family.

Finn Wallace ruled the streets of London for 20 years but in the wake of his untimely death and with no-one taking responsibility for ordering the hit, it falls to his younger son Sean to take the reins. But Sean is a highly volatile young man  and the careful balancing act required to keep the billions of pounds flowing through the organisation and to maintain the equilibrium between so many warring factions is of little interest to him whilst his father’s killer remains unpunished. Continue reading “TV Review: Gangs of London (Sky 1)”

24th Critics’ Choice Awards nominees

Best Picture
Black Panther
The Favourite

First Man
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star Is Born


Best Director
Damien Chazelle – First Man
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice Continue reading “24th Critics’ Choice Awards nominees”

TV Review: Scott and Bailey Series 5

The final, hard-hitting season of Scott and Bailey is succinct and sour, if a little too short to be truly satisfying

“You only popped out for a pint of milk and you were gone a year”

After a break of a year, Scott and Bailey returns for Series 5 which for some reason, has been capped at just three episodes. From a storytelling perspective, it ain’t too bad because it provides a tight focus for a single epic story to be told. From a show perspective though it’s a bit sad, since this is the final series of the show and thus it is hard not to feel a little short-changed.

The earlier seasons were fantastic but I wasn’t too bowled over by the fourth, Fortunately, Lee Warburton’s writing here does much to recapture that initial magic. Following the discovery of a serial killer using the dark web to plan their crimes, Suranne Jones’ Rachel Bailey returns from her secondment in Vice in London to take control of the squad as Acting Detective Inspector. Continue reading “TV Review: Scott and Bailey Series 5”