Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius in Luther S05E01

George and Luther have a past.

What better way to start a new year than with some dubious policing, violent serial killing, and an irascible old-school gangster.  (You can check out recaps for S04E01 and S04E02 to get familiarized with Gorgeous George.)  Yep, another series of “Luther” has aired, and it is bonkers.

DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is once again up to his eyeballs in it. He’s on the path of a deranged serial killer but other matters just have a way of popping up. Luckily, he’s got a new DS, the delightfully chipper Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku), to keep the serial killer story going as well as the ever reliable DSU Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley). That is a good thing because Luther is always being distracted by the likes of George Cornelius (hooray) and Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson). Wait, in’t Alice dead? Spoiler: No, she in’t.

George and the Spice Girls

Luther: “George, what is all this bollocks?”

Luther is outside minding his own business checking out a damaged tail light when a van suddenly veers into the scene. A bunch of masked thugs hop out, zapping him with a stun gun despite his suggestion they “relax” and shove a bag over his head as they drag him off.

Luther finds himself in what appears to be a deserted nightclub. He’s tied to a chair and is being buzzed with that pesky stun gun while also receiving a few choice punches. The hood is removed and before him stands his old frenemy George Cornelius surrounded by a gaggle of goons. Continue reading

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It’s a Meme! 57 – Umbrella Wranglers

This has been a completely bonkers (in a good way…a good, bloody, crazy-ape bonkers kind of way) series of “Luther”.  Nothing I expected to happen happened, and everything that did happen, I never would have expected.  Therefore,  the number one rule of “Luther” is to expect the unexpected which means it is like the Spanish Inquisition…only bloodier.

But one thing you can count on is that Crime Lord George Cornelius is a man of eminence and esteem which means he at least has a little bit in common with a certain decidedly less nutty Lord.

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It’s a Meme! 56 – George Cornelius Fun

Just a little teaser post until we get the proper “Luther” recaps going 😉

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It’s a Meme! 55 – New Year’s Edition

Admin:  Happy 2019 from the Appreciation featuring some slightly different perspectives 😉

RF: Happy New Year, everyone!  🙂

drunk chisholm new year's memealleyn troy new year's meme


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Mortal Engines Recap

“Run it down.”

Well, I finally managed to see Mortal Engines. I enjoyed it, and it made for a nice Christmas Eve outing. However, it differs greatly from the book by Philip Reeve. Many of the key changes revolve around Patrick Malahide’s and Hugo Weaving’s characters. Before I get into all that, I’ll add a spoiler warning. Continue at your own peril!!!

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It’s a Meme! 54 – Christmas Edition

Admin:  Merry Christmas from the Appreciation!

RF:  Merry Christmas, everyone!  🙂

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Analysis of a Scene XLI: Chisholm Borrows Money

Christmas shopping wipes us all out.

Admin: It is time for a Christmas themed Analysis of a Scene.  While “Minder on the Orient Express” might not seem especially Christmassy, it actually is.  Back in 1985 it aired on Christmas day as the highlight of ITV’s Christmas schedule.

In this clip, poor Chisholm has the unenviable task of enlisting Arthur Daley’s and Terry McCann’s help in keeping his undercover copper status a secret as he takes part in an Interpol investigation.  I don’t know about that; he still screams “copper” or at the very least “security” to me.  But, they agree.

RF:  Agreed, Chisholm’s appearance pretty much screams “copper” no matter where he is.

George Cole as a young money lender.

Admin: To further add to his exasperation, he has to lower himself to borrow money from Arthur Daley.  It seems the stipend the Metropolitan Police provided him with isn’t nearly enough to cover the lavish expenses of the Orient Express.  To us at the Appreciation, this is made all the more fitting when you consider George Cole played a young Ebeneezer Scrooge in the classic Alistair Sim production.

RF:  Chisholm’s expression when he discovers his per diem is too pitifully small to cover his expenses is a wonder to behold.  You can just sense his panic.  😀  He can’t possibly ask his French colleague, François, for help and the only other people he knows on the train are Terry and Arthur.  What a horrible predicament!  He’s even reduced to try speaking French to the train chefs in order to beg some food [spoiler alert:  it doesn’t work]. Continue reading

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It’s a Meme! 53 – Winter Solstice Edition

Just in time (mostly) for the Winter Solstice.  Credit to Fearless Admin for the idea.  🙂


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Random Malahide Picture 24 Geoff Boycott

Patrick Malahide as Geoffrey Boycott

Here is a lovely photo of Patrick Malahide as cricket player Geoffrey Boycott from the 1987 television movie “Our Geoff.”  Wikipedia describes Mr. Boycott as being a controversial player, so it must have been a very interesting movie.  I’d love to see it.  Hopefully some day it will be available on DVD or will get another television airing.

Needless to say, Mr. Malahide looks fantastic in cricket whites, but we already knew that. 😉

 Seems Lord Willingdon rocked the whites too..
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Luther Series 5 Given January 1 Start Date

George Cornelius has a shooter!

The BBC have confirmed that series 5 of Luther will begin January 1, 2019.  A bit of George Cornelius sounds like a good way to start any year, so that is fantastic news.    They have also released a nice looking trailer.  It is obviously going to be a very intense series.  

As you can see, Gorgeous George looks like he gets in a spot of bother and has to resort to violence.  OK, that isn’t a big deal for him, but it’ll be exciting for us.

Smashing glass, guns, arson.  It must be a Monday in Lutherville.

Trailer Below

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