World From Above

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 6pm, His­tory En­ter­ing its fourth sea­son, this re­mark­able pro­gram about see­ing land­scapes and land­marks from above has come down to earth. In pre­vi­ous sea­sons there has been ter­rific va­ri­ety in the al­ti­tude from which scenes are filmed, from space to just a few me­tres above the roofline. This de­but episode be­gins with a rather pro­saic jour­ney along the Thames, from the Tilbury fort to West­min­ster. As in Dan Snow’s Nor­man Walks, the nar­ra­tor gets a bit preachy and can’t help but do the guided tour thing, ex­plain­ing the his­tory of each land­mark and bridge we sail above. Stick around un­til the end of the half-hour episode, though, for an en­chant­ing night-time flyover of the route we have just charted in day­light. What a mar­vel Lon­don is by night. un­in­tended con­se­quences. Can Ike’s son Ste­vie (Steven Strait) take over the reins of the lux­ury ho­tel while his dad is in the pen? And what of his blis­ter­ing af­fair with Mrs Di­a­mond? A truly sat­is­fy­ing en­sem­ble drama with great writ­ing and a su­perb cast, Magic City is sexy, fast mov­ing and ter­rif­i­cally en­gag­ing. (Chris Bauer) has fast grow­ing ba­bies to take care of while Sam Mer­lotte (Sam Tram­mell) has off­spring is­sues of his own.

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