I completely missed that the new series of Spartacus has started, but TELLY HAS JUST TOLD ME. Yay, telly! This is probably my guiltiest of tv shows what I love, not counting any of the reality crap which I may accidently be inclined to watch on occasion but LOOK AT THEM AND THEIR SRS BSNS FACES:
It's a tinged with sadness cause Andy Whitfield died of cancer, not too long ago, and he was just 38, and so there's this new guy playing Spartacus.
Also no more John Hannah, who got the most lolarious lines mostly involving swearing on someone's cock, but LUCY LAWLESS! Who died! Only she didn't, apparently, and that is awesome. She's about the best thing in it, her and Ilithyia and their power struggle, and I don't know whether I was just becoming immune to the badness or it was actually getting good, but the stuff between them in the final couple of episodes last season was pretty damn awesome. In fact, all the Roman power politics ended up being rather nifty. Sadly lots of Spartacus involves macho nonsense about honour and What It Means To Be A Gladiator and stuff like that, but sometimes they shusht and get to the swordfights with absurd amount of gratuitous violence involving ludicrous amounts of blood and it all ends up looking pretty silly BUT IN A VERY ENTERTAINING WAY.
Also, Hustle has been being lovely this year (its final year, woes) and has kindly had a guest star every week that I'm pretty yayful at - Paterson Joseph, Nina Sosanya and Sheila Hancock so far - and then this week it was - rather cruelly, I thought - John Barrowman. Except it turns out he was kind of brilliant in it, sort of like his public persona except being played for evilness and weaselly-ness and with excellent comic timing. So, amazingly, kudos to Barrowman.
What is making me a bit sad is how obvious it is that they have to give Robert Vaughn very little to do. When it started, eight years ago, he was just as involved in the cons as everyone else, and now it's basically a quick conversation or phone call and he's done his bit. I know it's understandable given he's almost 80 now, but y'know. Though there are bits when he smiles and those are amazing. More of those.