Lots of shows coming back/starting up over the next few days so we’ll have at least one or maybe even two more PSA’s before the week is out. But sticking with today (Monday) and tomorrow for now, first up is the second half of season 4 of The Walking Dead which returns from winter hiatus tonight at 9pm on Fox UK.
Possibly the most depressing tv show I’ve ever watched, I only managed the first season of the zombie misery-fest before I decided to choose life over walking death – I did mean to watch season 2 but, in the end, I just couldn’t do it to myself. However, there’s no denying it’s high-quality, serious tv with an excellent cast and a huge following who will be delighted to catch the usual carnage and despair only 1 day after it’s being shown in the US. Kudos to Fox UK for treating an American genre show and its fans with respect.
Talking of which…. a slow hand-clap for the BBC who are finally getting around to showing season 3 of the wonderful Parks and Recreation. The opening double bill starting tomorrow on BBC4 at 10.30pm, which is only 3 YEARS after it was shown in the US, 7 months after it came out on DVD in the UK and, just for good measure, a month after season 4 came out on DVD in the UK too. So, bang up-to-date, then.
Sigh. I’m sure there’s an excellent reason why the Beeb can find prime-time slots and cash for wretched fare like “Spooks on the Hustle”, sorry, By Any Means or The(umpteenth remake of the) Musketeers but has relegated Parks to a late-night slot on a niche channel years after the event, as if it’s something to be ashamed of instead of the best show it actually has on its books. Excellent reason or not, though, I didn’t want to wait, so I’ve already watched the whole of season 3 on DVD, perfectly legally. And it’s a joy. The writing is as sweet and sharp as season 2, the characters (especially Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope and Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson) are all both completely mad and completely brilliant, and the addition of Adam Scott’s adorable Ben and Rob Lowe’s super-keen Chris is inspired. I don’t think we’ll be reviewing it regularly here but I loved it so much the first time that I might just watch it on tv all over again.