Patrick Gower is stepping down as Newshub’s political editor, after ten years reporting from Parliament.
His departure at the end of this year is no big surprise. Gower has showed a more analytical style in interviews on “The Nation.” And he appeared to have calmed down his tabloid style, this year, possibly because he was aware it had a limited shelf life covering serious politics.
At his peak Gower headed a heavy-hitting news team in the Press Gallery, beating competitors to scoops and gaining admiration from his colleagues and competitors alike. Media turned him into a star. One of his famous lines was his countdowns to elections. Now we will be counting down the days until MediaWorks loses Gower.
I doubt viewers of Netflix and Lightbox’s Happy Valley will have missed it – but there is an unsubtle irony in the naming of this TV series set in the hard-scrabble towns of the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.
Like many of the towns and cities of the North, the Calder Valley towns have been ravaged by drugs and poverty, and life for many is far from happy. Indeed, the bleakness seem to have congealed. Even those of us who fondly remember northern dramas – like The Boys From The Blackstuff – and the stories set in Thatcher’s Britain – may find it a bit much. Those us who loved the first series of this police drama would have been challenged to see out the entire second series. I’ll admit to having a soft spot for the North. My wife grew up in the industrial Halifax. There is something unique in the way that New Zealanders can relate British towns excuse of their familiarity due to the early focus of TV,
Well, it has not been hidden to active users of Lightbox. But I imagine there are others like myself, who get Lightbox free with their Xtra broadband but are only an occasional users. I struggle to find many must sees on Lightbox. In this case I accidentally happened on “Better Things” After the latest episode of “Better Call Saul,” I browsed the EPG. After watching Episode 1, I binge watched my way through the rest of the 10-part series over the next two nights. It was that good.
Wikipedia writes: Better Things is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters by herself. FX gave a 10-episode order on August 7, 2015. On September 20, 2016, FX announced it had renewed the series for a second season
Louis CK (real name Louis Székel) directs and sometimes co-wrote this comedy-drama featuring Adlon, a longime collaborator, he worked with on earlier series using a similar anti-sitcom approach.Where Louis is deadpan and somewhat maudlin. Adlon’s character Sam Fox is brassy and brazen and vulnerable to boot, “Better Things” is not unlike Louis, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Adlon it mixes her real life with scripted stories. The characters and plot are nuanced, and best of all, the show is not predictable. One warning. You have to take the rough with the smooth. You may well find one of her three children, is very very annoying.
Trivial fact. The name is from a song “Better Things” by Ray Davies.