The Great – this year’s Succession?

I’ve never watched Downton Abbey (for no particular reason, other than I just haven’t), but I do enjoy a good historical drama … even if it’s historical in the loosest possible sense.

The Borgias was fun, as was Marco Polo.

But none have been the riot that The Great is … and I’m only five episodes in. Here’s the trailer:

To quote the show’s byline, The Great is “an occasionally true story” based on the rise of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.

The humour is just my cup of tea, and helps to emphasise aspects of the time that were probably true, but seldom highlighted in more ‘serious’ accounts.

I’ve been waiting for something fresh, fun and addictive show to fill the void between seasons 2 and 3 of the outstanding Succession.

I think this could be it. Huzzah!

John Wick 2


Woah, what a film. 122 minutes of ‘neo-noir’ escapism.

Peter Travers’ Rolling Stone review nails it:

“Reeves, a throwback to the great Hong Kong action stars, is poetry in bruising motion. He’s a cowboy. He’s a samurai. He’s rock and roll. What are you waiting for? And when do we get Chapter 3?”