TOP BOY (2011 – 2013)

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Creator: Ronan Bennett

Cast: Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Shone Romulus

A thriving but underground drugs business is being run by Dushane (‘Ashley Walters’) and his friend Sully (Kane Robinson) to become the richest men on the block.

Here is a cool totally great 2 parts series of 4 episodes. What I like about it is fast paced and has a bit a realism into it. It is about a local gang to want to get rich, they want to move up the latter as fast as they can and in the drug business you either die young if you are no careful enough, or if you careful enough you can retire rich. But the thing is here and the real world being a drug dealer has a short life to begin with.

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A good kid (aka a top boy) who stays out of trouble but whose kindly actions result in criminality, a local gangster who hopes to become a top crime-lord but who must reconcile personal ethics, friendship and morality with a violent career path, a reformed criminal whose ethical behaviour gets him killed etc. Dushane here is this bottom drug dealer who manges his gang but wants to get into the big leagues. He want to get rich. Top boy here has his mother in the hospital for depression and he leaves now on his own. A friends who works at the hospital makes sure he is ok. Top boy here has been friend with this young lady who is trying to make money by growing cannabis so she can buy the flat. All those characters are going to cross each other. It is a cut throat business as we know it. A cool series that won’t dissapoint you.

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BLACK MIRROR (2011 – ) SEASON 3

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Creator: Charlie Brooker

Cast: Chris Martin Hill, Hannah John-Kamen, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

The first two seasons of the great British series Black Mirror consist of a grand total of seven episodes (including the Christmas Special starring Jon Hamm). So far so good. The third season of the series has 6 episodes, nearly doubling the seasons one and two. Each season has their own stories.

NOSEDIVE: In a distant future where people rate each other through their daily social interactions, we follows a young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) trying to move into an upper-class neighbourhood. she must secure a high-ranking and a friend’s wedding seems like the perfect occasion to up her social status. But unfortunately , not everything goes according to plan. It is like the network that we have now but friends has to like you in order to be popular. I thought they were going to go somewhere dark with it  but the episode turned  out to be funny.

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PLAYTEST: An adventurous backpacker (Wyatt Russell) signs up to test an experimental virtual reality game. While the technology starts off as fun, it eventually it goes into this horror trip from hell. Actually it is my favourite one.  Nightmarish imagery is employed to scare the viewer and a few moments. It was a bit predictable here but hey! what isn’t those days. I knew how it was going to end. Maybe it should end differently. well c’est la vie.

SHUT UP AND DANCE: Here is the coolest one of them all . Anteenager (Alex Lawther) is  blackmailed  after the hackers record him through his webcam. In order to keep an embarrassing video off the internet, the teenager goes through with their increasingly strange demands. Great performance by the actors here. What I like they think they are done and the hackers keeps demanding stranger demands.  The ending is just right there they nailed it. So cool.

SAN JUNIPERO: In 1987,  (Mackenzie Davis) meets an outgoing party girl (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in a strange town. However, things aren’t exactly what they seem and a timeless romance soon blossoms between them. They keep meeting in different time and you think they are time travellers. They try to look for each other every time the switch world. I do love this on as well do to the fact this one is the romantic one and become a bit twisted.

MAN AGAINST FIRE: After his first battle a soldier with an elusive enemy A soldier becomes experiencing unfamiliar sensation and strange technical glitches. I do love this one where they will be a twist in there they even ended it just right. This soldier goes in battle to fight the enemy but he comes back he has some vision and glitches that will question him of what is going on here. When he does well he superior gives him an alternative and the end I did not expect here it is so good.

HATED IN THE NATION: A journalist (Elizabeth Berrington) is brutally murdered, two detectives (Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay) investigate a series of homicides that are linked to social media. Unfortunately, the case is complex and things are out of control. So far season 3 seems to deliver some great episodes. I can’t wait until season 4.

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MAD DOGS (2011 – 2013)

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Creator: Cris Cole

Cast: Max Beesley, John Simm, Marc Warren

Four friends, Woody (Max Beesley), Quinn (Philip Glenister) , Baxter ( John Simm), and Rick (Marc Warren) arrive in Majorca (is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, which are part of Spain and located in the Mediterranean) to visit their old mate Alvo (Ben Chaplin) , who is now a wealthy property tycoon enjoying the fruit of his labor.

This is the British series I know that the American has remade it but I am not going to see it. I saw it once plus they are going to change a few things in it as they always do. I prefer to see the original. Here is a bunch of friends who are invited to this Alvo’s mansion. It seems that Alvo here has done well for himself. Each of his friends that he has not seen in a long time has their own problem and looking at Alvo they think he has everything and want a part of that. Also invites them to eat on him as well as at the disco to live it up a bit. But as they come back from partying things are getting darker like murder. What are they going to do?

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This series is moving along like a slow burning cooker that is ready to explode which is a good thing you can feel the sun through your screen. The tension between the character is going to grow. Yelling adding to confusion and what are they going to do next is not going to be an easy task here to top it all off. It is shot in they beautiful location. What I like about British series is that it is character driven and they are doing well here. But the thing is that the US has made the remake. They always copy on each other instead of rewriting the story into something different. The actors here are on the top of their games no doubt even the chemistry is there. over all once you watch an episode you will be hooked and want more.

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RESIDUE (2015 – )

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Cast: Natalia Tena, Iwan Rheon, Jamie Draven

The story is set in a nameless city, where photo-journalist Jennifer (Natalia Tena) is investigating a mysterious explosion that occurred one New Year’s Eve. We start in the night in question and go from there. There is a quarantine and two side the infected side and the clean side. Plus as one boy says to the reporter “you have seen it haven’t you? “ and yes there is more than meets the eyes here. What was that explosion? with a little investigation they realized that is something there underneath the surface but what is it. Terrific series here from Netflix I hope there is a second season. This one here is only 3 episodes of 45 minutes. It would kind of sucks if it would stop here it leaves so many unanswered questions and would be frustrating for the viewer.

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MARCELLA (2016 – )

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Cast: Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki, Nina Sosanya

Marcella is a Detective Sergeant who worked on the unsolved case of a serial killer before taking a ten-year hiatus to raise a family. But all that she get a divorce from her husband, So she return to be a detective to find a murder case a little too familiar to her.

Here is a great series from Britain and let me tell you that the British has mastered the investigation police drama after River here is the one to watch, although this one has 8 episode. She happens to be extremely  intelligence, accurate intuition, and  great a memory. But when she get into a blind rage, she does not recall what happen well like killing people. You are watching Marcella trying to solve the murder that she might or might not have committed. Marcella’s personality and her back story as the investigation unfolds and her personal life and professional problems become ever more tangled. Anna Friel gives Marcella a face that is entirely transparent. Although we are left with unanswered questions which is good I do not want them to reveal too much or I think it will kill the series. Of course there are some twist here and there. Marcella is a stalker detective who gets extremely violent and has blackouts. The series has an intriguing cast and it focuses on Marcella. The first season she is dealing with her break up, the kids, the investigation and the blackouts that she is having and that is a lot to deal with for a detective but Marcella seems to be doing fine in trying to find solutions to her problems. Looking forward for the second season. And yes it is on Netflix.

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HAPPY VALLEY (2014 – )

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Creator: Sally Wainwright

Cast: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza 

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when a very nervous accountant comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Here is again a terrific British series well written and thought out. Here is a British police officer Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) (I am not going to reveal anything just in case you did not see the series yet) who has outstanding families difficulty due to the fact that her daughter has died. one day an accountant who is nervous want to report a crime. When she noticed that someone that she recognized has got out of prison. She is trying to find him while in a mean time there is a crime who is about to take place. It is a good story with some twist and turn plus no-one has told it like that before. Cathrine is struggling through life with some tragedy that has happen and other things that is going on with her family and yes she has an ex-husband. She is trying to make sense of her life not recovering totally by the tragedy but when she sees this ex convict who got out of prison all this is bringing it back. In the meantime she learn that an other crime has being committed and is trying to investigate. Terrific acting by Sarah Lancashire and the others. The thing that I like it looks like that they shot it in the winter which lakes it more gritty. do not miss this one it is on Netflix . It is a BBC  and original Netflix series by the way.

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DANCING ON THE EDGE (2013)

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Creator: Stephen Poliakoff

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham

Dancing on the Edge takes place in the 1930s, exploring racial tensions in Europe when a jazz band, led by Louis (Chiwetel Ejiofor), begins to get attention in London, with help from journalist Stanley (Matthew Goode). There is also some problem with the booking of venues and immigration complications for one particular member, but Poliakoff wants to do something more with the story. The forbidding romance plus a dead body surfacing.

Here is a great mini-series from Britain where Jacquelin Bisset has won a golden globe for this one if I am not mistaken. It has 6 episodes of 1 hour and 30 minutes long. It is about this jazz nabs who is trying to make a name for themselves with the help of a journalist acting as the manager, but will encounter the difficulties of a black jazz band to make it big due to racism. There is a forbidding romance that will take in effects here well done by Poliakoff. There will be an incident that will set off a series of events.  Bisset’s performance is outstanding. The decor plus the music are great here it feels that you are really in the 30’s. An other British drama that kicks ass of course it is a period piece again but I love it.

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