Top TV of January 2015

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A new year heralds new TV, and we at Vada are very excited for what is to come over the coming weeks – 2015 is kicking off as it means to go on, hopefully. Below I list just some of what Vada will be covering in the coming weeks.

Broadchurch (ITV – 5 January)

Broadchurch

Admittedly I only just caught Broadchurch but I was hooked instantly – I managed to watch the entire first series in two sittings. It was an incredible feat of television, and surprisingly it was a UK production. It’s normally US shows that have followings of this calibre, and yet the entire country was speculating on who killed Danny Latimer. Chris Chibnall showed here what a fantastic writer he is.

Series two will see the return of David Tennant, Olivia Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Pauline Quirke, Jonathan Bailey, Jodie Whittaker and Simone McAullay, to name but a few, alongside several new cast members – Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy, Eve Myles and Meera Syal.

Unsurprisingly nothing really is known about the new series (the scripts are watermarked, and the cast are contracted not to reveal ANYTHING), but what is known is that it won’t be another murder mystery, as two murders in one idyllic town would be quite unbelievable. The mystery surrounding Danny’s murder in series one was what made it so endearing, so it remains to be seen whether series two will follow suit. We sincerely hope so.

Also, apparently, seeds for series two were sewn throughout the first series, so you may want to have a quick re-watch before it returns.

Glee (Fox – 9 January)

Glee is a travesty of what it once was, but I doubt I’ll be the only one sticking with it during its final reduced run to find out what befalls our favourite characters. So long as Santana and Brittany end up together, Kurt and Blaine end up married, and Rachel ends up with no one (I personally happen to think that her meeting someone new would be an insult to both Cory and Finn), I’ll be happy. I don’t really care about anyone else now – well, apart from Sam and Unique, perhaps.

Glee will return for a two-hour premier in which the New Directions receives a glimmer of hope, Blaine has a surprising new boyfriend (FFS), pretty much everybody has new jobs, and Rachel will sing ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen (FFS). I can tell already that I’m going to spend the entirety of season six complaining. Why, oh why, does Ryan Murphy insist on making stupid, unbelievable character decisions?

Well at least Glee’s final season will be uninterrupted. Ten weeks, and then that’s it. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Looking (HBO – 11 January)

Looking was one of my highlights of 2014 – it was smart, funny, realistic, and not at all the gay version of Sex and the City. It was so much better than pre-episode hype claimed it to be.

All of the core characters (well, apart from Agustín, anyway) were endearing and I instantly fell for Jonathan Groff’s Patrick Murray. He was a believable gay character – he wasn’t cliched, or over-the-top, or camp. He was normalised, which is why I love Looking so much.

Season two will follow the love triangle that is Patrick, Richie and Kevin. I don’t know who I want Patrick to ultimately end up with as I love both Richie and Kevin. Russell Tovey’s Kevin may just be in the front, however, because of those ears (damn!).

Maybe a three-way relationship could work between them? Oh, I don’t know. It’s hard to pick, but it’s going to be gripping viewing once more.

Both Russell Tovey (Kevin) and Raúl Castillo (Richie) have joined the main cast alongside Lauren Weedman as Doris, Dom’s best friend. The second season will be extended to 10 episodes.

Cucumber, Banana & Tofu (Channel 4, E4 & 4oD – Date TBC)

Based purely upon the fact that Cucumber, Banana and Tofu hail from Russell T Davies, you just know that they’re going to be brilliant. Following the Manchester-based LGBT+ scene, the recent trailer for these three sister shows indicates a lighthearted glimpse awaits us. Vada can’t wait.

Cucumber focuses upon a group of middle-aged friends in Manchester’s Gay Village – the area surrounding Canal Street – whilst Banana will follow a younger group of characters on the outskirts of the Cucumber narrative, so expect some crossovers to occur. Cucumber will premier on Channel 4, whilst Banana will start on E4.

A third series, titled Tofu, will premier on 4oD and will be an online guide to gay sex, featuring interviews with members of the public. Keep an eye out on Vada over the coming weeks as several of our writers were involved in the making of Tofu. 

Vada will be covering each of these shows to an extent over the coming weeks, so keep coming back.

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