TV & Radio Monday April 16by Fiona Rae
Fantasy epic Game of Thrones returns for a second series, and a typically tense episode of Homeland.
Homeland (TV3, 8.30pm). Holy crap, now they’re asking Brody to run for Congress. There’s an interesting idea. Meanwhile, Saul and Carrie try to coerce Saudi diplomat who is in contact with Abu Nazir, but the whole thing goes tragically wrong. It’s another typically tense episode of Homeland, folks.
Game of Thrones (SoHo, Sky 010, 8.30pm). The second series of the fantasy epic is based on George RR Martin’s A Clash of Kings, and so it is: there are a lot of claimants for the “iron throne”, and a lot of characters, so keep up. Apart from Peter Dinklage (who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe), Emilia Clarke has emerged as the star of the show: her character, Daenerys Targaryen, comes from a family who once ruled the Seven Kingdoms, and she’d quite like them back now, thanks. Also, she has dragons.
British Theatre: Moving On (Rialto, Sky 025, 8.30pm). Tonight's episode from the Moving On series is Drowning Not Waving, in which the lovely Richard Armitage (Spooks) plays the enigmatic childhood sweetheart of a woman (Christine Tremarco) who is struggling with debts. The series is executive-produced by Jimmy McGovern (The Street) and was conceived as a series of daytime plays. Armitage says it "felt like a reinvention of the afternoon play" here.
American Dreamz (Four, 8.30pm). This would have looked good on paper: a terrific cast in a satire that takes the piss out of TV talent shows and Middle Eastern terrorists. Who could resist? About a Boy scriptwriter and director Paul Weitz was darned sure it was a winner but the script is so laboured and the targets so varied and diluted that this is the film equivalent of the excruciating American Idol contestant who doesn’t know how bad he is. Poor scores for Dennis Quaid, Hugh Grant, Willem Dafoe, Chris Klein and Marcia Gay Harden. (2006) 5 – Diana Balham
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