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Title: Clive James "The New Statesman" Dec 2016
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 11:30
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27 December 2016


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A still from Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers is a wartime epic that touches on eternity (http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2016/12/band-brothers-wartime-epic-touches-eternity)

BY
CLIVE JAMES
To have seen at least part of a time when popular entertainment has become so substantial is a great privilege, and I bless it without reserve




Quote:
With Christmas coming, my younger daughter and I, the fanatical pacesetters in a whole family of binge-watchers, are deciding whether our number-one rerun for the season will be The West Wing or Band of Brothers. To qualify for the winter spot, the chosen show has be: a) big, b) great and c) full of groovy people. Nice as it would be to have The West Wing remind us that American presidential politics is not necessarily a madhouse after all, we seem to be favouring, at the moment, Band of Brothers, not having seen enough of Damian Lewis lately, except dressed as Henry VIII and treating women badly: not something he is plausible at doing. We have discussed watching Homeland again, but in that one the gorgeous Damian goes missing halfway through, hanged from a crane because the locals think that ginger hair is an insult to the Prophet, or something like that.

Personally, if I were given my choice of long-term Christmas viewing, I would put the 1980 miniseries Shogun back on screen and let it stay there until I croaked, but the women in my family are all too aware that my reasons for loving the show include the opalescent presence of Yoko Shimada. Long ago, in Japan, I did the tea.....




read on (http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2016/12/band-brothers-wartime-epic-touches-eternity)

Kevin Cryan



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