Sunday 19 November 2017

1712 Pick of the Day

Homeland/Elementary/Last Tango in Halifax RTE2, 9pm/Sky Living 9pm/BBC1, 9pm

And so season three of spy thriller 'Homeland' comes to a close, though chances are very high that quite a lot of people who were glued to this show's previous two series are no longer watching.

That's because this season has been what could only be charitably described as hit-and-miss.

While certain episodes were tense and unpredictable in the classic 'Homeland' style, far too often the show fell back on increasingly implausible plot twists, and the decision to focus on Brody's teenage daughter Dana in the first half of the season was a catastrophic creative misstep.

Meanwhile, in the every enjoyable 'Elementary', a cold case becomes a burning issue for Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) when he uncovers the identity of a serial killer long thought uncatchable.

Captain Gregson and Detective Bell aren't indulging Sherlock's wild theories this time, though, requiring him and right-hand woman Watson (Lucy Liu) to seek new allies in their pursuit of overdue justice. 'True Blood' regular Chris Bauer guest stars in this last episode before 'Elementary's' mid-season hiatus.

Lastly, in 'Last Tango In Halifax', Alan meets Celia's sister Muriel, after Celia reluctantly invites her to their wedding blessing.

Alan quickly cops that bad feeling over Muriel's husband created distance between the siblings, but he's determined to help the two sisters to put their differences aside for the happy day.

At school, Kate tells Caroline that she'd like to know her maternity options as a teacher -- as she's 12 weeks pregnant.

John also has news: Judith is in the early stages of pregnancy. It's another blow to Caroline who is drifting into an increasingly lonely state.

At the same time, Caroline and Gillian offer to help with the wedding plans, and visit a possible venue, requiring them to sample the wine menu all day. It's not long before the phrase 'in vino veritas' comes into play.

Irish Independent

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