The Stranger ★★★★★

The Stranger
Channel: Netflix
Starring: Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders, Shaun Dooley, Paul Kaye, Dervla Kirwan, Kadiff Kirwan, Jacob Dudman, Ella-Rae Smith, Brandon Fellows, Misha Handley, Anthony Head, Hannah John-Karmen, Stephen Rea
Creator: Harlan Coben
IMDb Rating | 7.5
Humpo Show Rating | 9.5

The Stranger Netflix review

The Stranger follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a mysterious woman. Continue reading

The Goes Wrong Show ★★★★☆

The Goes Wrong Show
Channel: BBC
Starring: Henry Shields, Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Bryony Corrigan, Nancy Zamit, Charlie Russell, Dave Hearn, Greg Tannahill, Chris Leask
Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields

IMDb Rating |  8.0
Humpo Show Rating | 8.0

The Goes Wrong Show

A wonderfully comical series of hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe from The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. Continue reading

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 2) ★★★★☆

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Season 2)
Channel: Amazon Prime
Starring: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Michael Kelly, John Hoogenakker, Noomi Rapace, Jordi Mollà, Francisco Denis, Cristina Umaña, Jovan Adepo
Creator: Carlton Cruse and Graham Roland
IMDb Rating | 7.8
Humpo Show Rating | 8.3

Jack Ryan Season Two

After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) heads to South America to investigate. Jack’s actions threaten to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, leading him and his fellow operatives on a mission spanning the globe. Continue reading

Chernobyl ★★★★★

Channel: HBO and Sky
Starring: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, Adam Nagaitis, Con O’Neil, David Dencik, Alan Williams and others
Creator: Craig Mazin
IMDb Rating | 9.6
Humpo Show Rating | 10.0

Chernobyl review

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes. Chernobyl follows the events that preceded the disaster, the disaster itself and the cover up and lies that followed the awful event. Continue reading

The Blacklist Season Six ★★★★½

The Blacklist Season Six
Channel: NBC
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhof, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marno and Hisham Tawfiq
Creator: Jon Bokenkamp
IMDb Rating | 8.7
Humpo Show Rating | 8.8

The Blacklist Season Six

The Blacklist has recently finished its sixth season and it continues to deliver twenty-odd episodes that are packed full of incredible twists, turns, revelations and mystery. We have Reddington in prison, a plot against America, and the ever-present storyline about Liz’s identity progresses to more interesting levels. Continue reading

Game of Thrones Season Eight ★★★☆☆

Game of Thrones Season Eight
Channel: HBO
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Lena Headey and many others
Creators: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
IMDb Rating | 6.8
Humpo Show Rating | 6.4

Game of Thrones Season Eight


The final season of Game of Thrones has been one of the most eagerly anticipated television events in TV history. The previous seven seasons have helped to establish the show as one of the best of all time with George R. R. Martin’s masterpiece gripping, shocking and entertaining viewers for the past eight years. The concluding chapter of this epic tale had a lot to live up to, and since Martin has not finished writing the book series, there was a gargantuan amount of hype and expectation that was needed to be met. Continue reading

True Detective (Season Three) ★★★★½

True Detective (Season Three)
Channel: HBO
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff, Carmen Ejogo, Scoot McNairy, Ray Fisher, Mamie Gummer, Sarah Gadon
Creator: Nic Pizzolatto
IMDb Rating | 8.5
Humpo Show Rating | 8.9

True Detective Season Three

The third season of True Detective tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Continue reading

Berlin Station (Season Three) ★★★★☆

Berlin Station (Season Three) ★★★★☆
Channel: Epix
Starring: Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Leland Orser, Richard Jenkins, Keke Palmer, Rhys Ifans, Ashley Judd, Mina Tander, 
Creator: Olen Steinhauer
IMDb Rating | 7.9
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8

Berlin Station Season Three

Berlin Station returns for a third season and it is packed full of suspense and drama, as well as establishing new faces as well as continuing to have a finger on the pulse of European and American politics. Continue reading

Dynasties ★★★★☆

Dynasties ★★★★☆
Channel: BBC One
Narrator: David Attenborough
Producers: Rosie Thomas, Miles Barton, Simon Blakeney and Nick Lyon

A nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough is compulsory viewing for the British public. After the breathtaking Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II in 2017 and 2016, hopes were high for this new series, which follows five vulnerable or endangered species known to form enduring populations: chimpanzees, emperor penguins, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Continue reading

House of Cards Season Six ★★☆☆☆

House of Cards season six ★★☆☆☆
Channel: Netflix
Starring: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Diane Lane, Campbell Scott, Greg Kinnear, Derek Cecil, Constance Zimmer, Patricia Clarkson, Cody Fern and Boris McGiver 
IMDb Rating | 3.8
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5

Netflix’s flagship show has sunk. The house of cards have fallen down. The final season of House of Cards ended in disappointing fashion. Continue reading

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan ★★★★½

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan ★★★★½
Channel: Amazon
Starring: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Ali Suliman, Dina Shihabi, Abbie Cornish, Haaz Sleiman and Timothy Hutton
Creators: Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland
IMDb Rating | 8.3
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0

Former Marine and financial analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) is working a desk job at the Central Intelligence Agency, specifically in the Terror, Finance, and Arms Division (T-FAD), which is part of the Counter-terrorism Centre (CTC). That is until he is thrust into the field after discovering a string of dubious bank transfers, which are being carried out by a rising Islamic terrorist named Suleiman. Continue reading

The Staircase ★★★½

The Staircase (2018) ★★★½
Channel: Netflix
Starring: (as themselves) Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher, Bill Peterson, Freda Black, Jim Hardin, Arthur Holland, Todd Peterson, Margaret Ratliff, Martha Ratliff, Clayton Peterson, Patricia Peterson, Caitlin Atwater and Lori Campbell
Creator: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
IMDb Rating | 8.1

Humpo Show Rating | 7.5

In December 2001, novelist Michael Peterson called to report that his wife Kathleen had fallen down the stairs in their home and died. Peterson’s story that Kathleen had fallen was dismissed by the authorities and concluded instead that he had bludgeoned her to death. The film details the ensuing case from the point of view of Peterson and his defense team, led by David Rudolf. Continue reading

Ancient Invisible Cities ★★★★☆

Ancient Invisible Cities ★★★★☆
Channel: BBC Two
Presented by: Professor Michael Scott 
Humpo Show Rating | 8.5
IMDb Rating | 7.1 

Professor Michael Scott uses the latest 3D-scanning technology to reveal: the historical secrets of Cairo and Ancient Egypt; the story of how Athens created the world’s first democracy; and Istanbul, the city that has been fought over by  Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Turks in its tumultuous history.

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And Then There Were None (2015) ★★★★½

And Then There Were None (2015) ★★★★½
Channel: BBC One
Starring: Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor, Aidan Turner
Creator: Sarah Phelps (based on Agatha Christie’s novel)
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0

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I avoided watching the BBC miniseries of And Then There Were None, as I had received the Agatha Christie novel as a present, and I wanted to read that first. When it was aired, there were some dissenting voices that criticised the changes made and the dark tone that was adopted by series creator, Sarah Phelps. This is one of my favourite books, and Phelps, as well as a stellar cast, help to pull off a suspenseful drama that full of interesting characters. The plot is simply ingenious, and is one of Christie’s darker stories, and the final solution left me completely floored. Continue reading

The Blacklist (Season 5) ★★★★☆

The Blacklist Season 5 (2018) ★★★★☆
Channel: NBC
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Mozhan Marno, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, Ryan Eggold 
Creator: Jon Bokenkamp
Humpo Show Rating: 8.4

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We’ve known for a year that the duffel bag contains human bones, but the identity of the poor skeleton inside it has been kept a secret — just the way Red wanted. But the finale of Season 5 finally tells us to whom those bones belong to. Some theorists may have guessed it, but we all know that the theories are only just starting as we have the rest of the year wondering what the revelation means to Liz, Red and the Task-Force. Continue reading

Homeland Season Seven ★★★½

Homeland Season Seven (2018) ★★★½
Channel: Showtime
Starring: Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Maury Sterling, Linus Roache, Jake Weber, Morgan Spector, Mandy Patinkin  
Creator: Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5

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“A paranoid President closing ranks while facing a Congressional investigation. A loudmouth media personality spreading wild conspiracy theories. Russian meddling. Homeland‘s brand of politically charged drama has always felt ripped from the headlines, but this season has been so bleeding-edge current, it almost stings. Saul’s tense standoff with fiercely anti-Keane talk show host Brett O’Keefe — which ended in a deadly shootout — was a chilling cautionary tale of how heated political rhetoric can too easily lead to real-life bloodshed, just months after the tragedy in Charlottesville. And as for the Russians peddling fake news, well… let’s just hope our own government can get to the bottom of it as efficiently as Saul Berenson is.” (David Nemetz, TVLine) Continue reading

Ordeal By Innocence ★★★★☆

Ordeal By Innocence ★★★★☆
Channel: BBC
Starring: Bill Nighy, Anthony Boyle, Anna Chancellor, Morven Christie, Crystal Clarke, Christian Cooke, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, Ella Purnell, Eleanor Tomlinson, Luke Treadaway 
Creator: Sarah Phelps (Screenplay)
Humpo Show Rating | 8.0 

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Agatha Christie’s mysteries are proven to be timeless classics given the plethora of adaptations that have occurred in the decades since she wrote them. Recent adaptations include Kenneth Branagh’s big screen adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, and the BBC’s (Screenplay by Sarah Phelps) And There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution (reviews are to come). Continue reading