With History’s Vikings on SBS finished for another year, the attractive, entertaining and, yes, eerily similar series The Last Kingdom returns for its second season. Based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, it stars Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, raised by Danes and making his way during the Viking invasions of England. ran for two seasons from 2003, showcased an incandescent talent and introduced some unforgettable characters and cameos. To mention just a few: Paul Mooney as the wise black prognosticator Negrodamus; the crack addicted Tyrone Biggums; and Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories. As Chappelle’s fame soared, he began to tire of people yelling his catchphrases in the street. He then famously walked out of his show after someone on set laughed at a racially charged skit in an unsympathetic way, and never came back. In the past decade, several attempted returns to standup went very poorly, due to hecklers. But when he reappeared last November to host Saturday Night Live with an opening monologue that completely killed, hopes were raised for this first of two stand-up comedy specials. Enjoy. Crisis in Six Scenes Streaming on Amazon Prime Video from Friday Woody Allen has made his first TV show. Why isn’t this bigger news, you ask? Well, Allen himself could not have talked it down further. His choice quotes during a Q&A with Deadline Hollywood in 2015 include: “I have regretted every second since I said OK” and “I haven’t had a pleasurable moment since I undertook it”. If it sounds like he is being self-effacing, apparently not. “I had the cocky confidence, well, I’ll do it like I do a movie … it’ll be a movie in six parts. Turns out, it’s not ... I am not as good at it as I fantasised I might be.” Starring, written and directed by Allen, this comedy takes place in 1960s America when a middle-class suburban family is visited by a guest (Miley Cyrus) who turns their household upside down. No screeners were available for preview. Sometimes a spoof is so effective it replaces the original subject in your mind. In an episode of Family Guy, Peter Griffin is giving a haircut to Javier Bardem’s character Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men (Saturday, 8.30pm, Thriller). “What will it be?” he asks. “Everything,” Chigurh says in that distinctively emotionless voice. ”Long in the short places, short in the long places, it should be from both the future and the past, something a child would do to a doll.” Of course this 2007 film, written and directed by the Coen brothers, is no laughing matter. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, it is set in the American southwest amid a drug deal gone wrong. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Saturday, 8.30pm, Premiere) screens at the same time; though critics were not as kind. It stars Tina Fey and Australian actress Margot Robbie. After recently seeing Logan, it reinforced how much better 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse (Sunday, 8.30pm, Premiere) should have been. In a film that starred Michael Fassbender, one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, and Oscar Isaac, an actor I firmly believe will be regarded as highly in years to come, the results ought to have been better than this.
Dave Chappelle returns to our screens