It’s quite a week for TV, with Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, and the continuing Danny Dyer season on London Live.
There are two things you probably don’t expect from Better Call Saul – for there to be as much skateboarding as there is, or for it to be so good. Other unexpectedness this week on TV includes the levels of romance in The Fried Chicken Shop and what the Houses of Parliament are searched for every year in Inside the Commons.
Better Call Saul, Netflix
For the next two days social media is less than your best friend more than usual, unless you’ve set the alarm so that you watch the 7am release of the next episode of the Breaking Bad spin-off on Tuesday morning.
What can be said without sparking enraged teeth-gnashing and howls of spoiled pleasure is that the bent lawyer inhabits a top class series, this prequel continuing Breaking Bad’s commitment to every beat of a butterfly wing gathering hurricane force. Vince Gilligan must be a heck of a drummer – and he does look a bit like Dave Grohl – because this debut doesn’t miss a beat, its style, tone and writing transitioning from Breaking Bad and establishing its own seamless tragi-comic rhythm.
You can watch our interview with Bob Odenkirk – Saul himself – at londonlive.co.uk later this week.
Fried Chicken Shop, Monday London Live 10pm
Love – and the smell of chicken – is heavy at Roosters Spot this week, with the ardour of customers inflamed by the scent of hot chicken parts and the reasonable meal deal prices. What’s worth knowing is that your TV isn’t on the blink during this episode, although you think it might be the speed at which a brace of tanked up smoochers exchange sweet burbles.
The Walking Dead, Monday Fox 9pm
The reason to stay off social media, part two – prior knowledge of the events in this continuation of the excellent fifth series will disrupt your viewing pleasure, with the unexpected death of Beth a coda to a rip-roaring first half.
There’s more of an introspective mood on re-joining the newly united survivors, which is understandable given Eugene, the man who they believed might save the world, admitted his pants were on fire and no zombification vaccine exists. Andrew Lincoln beard continues its development into a beard of first-class stature, while the script smartly increases the value of its characters by holding several back and limiting their presence to noises off, rather than cram them in and constrict the space needing for grieving.
Basement, London Live Thursday 10pm
Danny Dyer, Jimi Mistry and Kierston Wareing should have done before climbing down a hidden hatch in a forest is ask if any of them remembered what happened in Lost when they found a hatch, and how well that turned out. Of course, this being a film (and part of the Danny Dyer season), they clamber into a subterranean space that’s so damp even the most aggressive of London property developers would blanch. Even if the place was a bit drier, what else is down there would deter any bids…