PVR Serendipity

So Christmas is over, I’ve missed most of the things I wanted to see on the telly, and the Hummy (our PVR) is choc full of things neither of us remembers recording. So, now comes the laborious process of picking out the gems, watching them and either dumping them to DVD or deleting them to make space.

Don’t know if anyone’s heard of a recent S&S movie called Sword Of Xanten. I know, it sounds terrible, but it turned out to be a three hour telling of the Nordic Niebelungen legend, and it was pretty darned good. Gritty, tragic, well acted (Max Von Sydow never acted badly in his life) and entertaining – none of which could be claimed for Beowulf, but don’t get me started on that.

But that’s not what this post is about.

Last night’s curio was something else – a half hour animation that was broadcast on BBC4 called The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. Essentially a steampunk adventure yarn, animated in the style of oriental Shadow Play, it’s a brilliant wee story of an airship’s navigator who has to save his crew when they stray out of the shipping lanes and into “uncharted air”, and simultaneously find a cure for the dreadful disease that is decimating his home city of Gothia. And the best of it is they’ve made three other stories in the series.

These have to be tracked down immediately.

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