TV Highlights this Week - - by Rob Wallis

Best Of The Box: November 9th-15th

Best Of The Box: November 9th-15th

With lots of interesting stuff headed to our screens this coming week, we’re trying out a new format for our weekly TV Highlights with ‘Best of the Box’.

 

Stalker – series premiere

With all the sensationalist crimes that mankind have shown a predilection towards, stalking – the methodical invasion of someone else’s life – tends to get pushed towards the back. This new procedural drama from The Following’s Kevin Williamson delves into exactly what it means to stalk someone and be stalked. Starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as arrogant senior detective and traumatized partner, Stalker definitely hasn’t been without its detractors: it’s been called “paint-by-numbers”, “fear-mongering”, and with a “deeply negative regard for human nature”. Worth a look?

Sky Living – 10pm, Monday, November 10th

 

Elementary – season three premiere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpC9jxnfaqA

Sherlock Holmes returns! Again. This time, however, rather than Benedict Cumberbatch leaping off a roof or RDJ taking a plunge off the Reichenbach Falls, its Johnny Lee Miller back in the New York groove. During his Holmes’ absence – working for MI6 – his Watson (Lucy Liu) has got on very well: she’s holding down his old consulting job, working for Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn). Nevertheless, when a key witness is shot to death in an elevator with no sign of the perpetrator, Watson may well need her old mentor’s help to figure it out; even if he does have a new sidekick, in the form of the spiky Kitty (Ophelia Lovibond, W!A’s PA Izzy). Oh, what a tangled web we weave, eh?

Sky Living – 9pm, Tuesday, November 11th

 

The Newsroom – season three premiere

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79JJOPHW_NQ

All good things must come to an end. The Newsroom, Sorkin’s slightly smug approach to network news, is drawing to a (planned) close after three seasons on the air. After season two’s Genoa incident, the ACN team – led by Jeff Daniels’ acerbically idealistic Will McAvoy – are out of the risk-taking business and finding it difficult to be all they can be. With plenty of plot strands left to wrap up – Will Maggie (Alison Pill) and Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) finally get together? Will Sloan (Olivia Munn) finally get a worthwhile storyline? Will Neal (Dev Patel) find Bigfoot? – it remains to be seen if The Newsroom finally pulls off the scoop. More West Wing or Studio 60? Only time will tell…

Sky Atlantic – 10pm, Wednesday, November 12th

 

The Fall – season two premiere

Having previously played Special Agent Dana Scully, one of the most iconic heroines ever to grace the small screen, Gillian Anderson has a lot to live up to in the second season of Alan Cubbitt’s The Fall. Here she plays Detective Superintendent Sheila Gibson, a steely London detective who is seconded to Belfast to help with the search for Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a serial killer who is attacking young professional women. As Spector turns his attentions to those in pursuit of him, the line between hunter and hunted blurs. A British remedy to The Following, The Fall has depths left to plumb.

BBC2 – 9pm, Thursday, November 13th

 

Babylon – series premiere

When you think of British comedy figures, Danny Boyle probably doesn’t come to mind. Still, with Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain – the creators of Peep Show and The Thick Of It– also on board, Babylon certainly has some pedigree. A cop show without detectives, as Boyle described it earlier this year, Babylon follows the Metropolitan Police and the PR department charged with cleaning up after them. With a cast including James Nesbitt, Brit Marling, Patterson Joseph, Adam Deacon, and Nicola Walker, Babylon promises to do for law enforcement what Thick of It did for Whitehall. The Thin Blue Line this ain’t.

Channel 4 – 10pm, Thursday, November 13th

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Rob Wallis is a graduate of the London Film School and a recent member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also keeps a rarely updated, bare-bones blog, Of All the Film Blogs, (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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