I'm very pleased that Richard Madden has got the part of Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella. It's quite a high-profile role and Kenneth Branagh's productions usually do well.
I'm rather disappointed with this Doctor Who season. I really wanted to like Jenna-Louise Coleman, especially because she's Richard Madden's girlfriend, but I just don't.
I've decided to like Oona Chaplin a lot too because she not only declared Richard the best kisser but described him as "the lovely and adorable and wonderful Richard Madden."
(Source: Wicnet interview)
I'm looking forward to the third series with trepidation because of you-know-what. I don't think I'll be able to watch.
I recently bought the fourth and fifth series of Babylon 5. I am disappointed and find several of the episodes boring. Claudia Christian as Commander Ivanova is only in two episodes of the fifth series. Bruce Boxleitner doesn't look good with really short hair and one of those icky round-the-mouth beard thingies!
My favourites in A Game of Thrones remained my favourites in the tv series because the actors were just right. I like all the Starks. I didn't like Sansa much to start with but by the end of Game of Thrones she showed strength of character when she found herself in a dangerous and precarious position at the court. My favourites of the Starks are Catelyn and Robb. I wish there were chapters from Robb's point of view. All the others except Rickon have their own chapters.
I wasn't too sure about Richard Madden as RobbStark, but he played the role so well. I'm pleased with these comments by one of the executive producers/writers of the tv series, D. Weiss:
"Weiss: In the book there are a couple of characters who have more of an offscreen role and come back in Book 3. But in the case of, say, Robb Stark — played by Richard Madden — he has more of an offscreen presence in the book, but Richard did such a fabulous job once his character came to the fore, he so commanded the screen that we realized there’s no way to talk about this guy and not have him in the show. So there are people offscreen in the book who we are going to write onscreen in the show to make sure people who viewers have fallen in love with are still there in the second season."
I suppose I hoped for too much from this series and maybe watching again will make me like it more. For me the best episode was His Father's Son because in it Arthur behaved like a king. One sees little of the king in Arthur in the rest of the episodes. Like so many people I find the Arthur and Gwen romance unconvincing. I think Lancelot should not have been disposed of so quickly. He would have made a stronger leader of the knights than Leon and a worthy champion of Camelot. I don't think Arthur would continue to treat Merlin so off-handed once Arthur has openly shown his affection for Merlin, although Arthur might step back again.
I finished watching Game of Thrones. It was awesome: a believable world, good scripts and an excellent cast. I think I should read the next novel before the next series so I don't get any unpleasant surprises with major character deaths. My favourite characters after Ned Stark are Arya and Rob Stark. I think Rob is convincing as a leader that the other nobles would proclaim as "King of the North." It was good to see Clive Mantle making an appearance.
I also watched Camelot. I didn't expect too much so I wasn't disappointed. It was entertaining.The world created was believable and lush. I like the detail down to Igraine's Celtic-style earrings.There are some interesting, different takes on the legend such as the beginnings of Camelot and the Arthur/Guinevere and Leontes story. Gawain, as with Gwaine in Merlin, is a different person to the noble Gawain, son of King Lot, of legend. I liked Kay. I'd like Jamie Campbell Bower more if he didn't gawp with his mouth open so much. His speeches are unconvincing. Merlin is irritating. The nun with Morgan is suitably creepy. Eva Green is a much better actress than Katie McGrath and has better material to work with, but I have massive Morgana/Morgan fatigue!
There's been so much hype about this series. I hope it lives up to expectations. It's airing in the USA and the UK early in April. It's been made by HBO - who are they? I suppose it will be shown here on the pay channels only.
I came across the publicity through a Sean Bean site. He plays one of the main roles.
I then found the book by George R.R. Martin, which I enjoyed.