Damian Lewis

News, Reviews & Features
  • Lewis beard provokes licence fee boycott

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 16th January 2015

    The BBC came under fire this afternoon as furious licence fee-payers saw the beard Damian Lewis is to wear as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and said as one: "Not in my name."

    "As gingers go, he's probably the best of the lot," admitted viewer Thackeray Fatch. "I liked that thing where he played the man in the war who was good at the war and Dexter Fletcher shouted a bit.

    "But adding a beard is aggressively ginger if anything. It's typical of the BBC, pushing their liberal agenda and shoving minorities in our face. This is like how Idris Elba is playing James Bond, or how they've made the Pet Shop Boys Chinese.

    "Next thing you know there'll be a Greek reading the news."

  • Saul from Homeland interchangeable with other bearded men

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 21st October 2013

    I think there's probably some big thing coming whereby Saul's the mole, or a secret North Korean agent or something, and that's why he's so conflicted. But this is wholly insignificant when compared with the discovery I've just made: that you can literally swap Saul around with any other bearded man and it makes no difference whatsoever.

  • Photoshop 101: Homeland poster vs Queen's The Miracle

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 22nd August 2013

    With little better to occupy my thoughts tonight, it struck me that the new Homeland poster looked a bit like the cover of Queen's seminal 1989 album The Miracle, and with just a little tweaking could be doctored to resemble it further. Why, my Photoshop skills will make short work of this, I thought. I thought.

  • Yeah, so Homeland's gone off the boil a bit

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 19th December 2012

    I saw a tweet a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday night. It said: "It's a shame Homeland's shit now." This might be an example of the social media user's tendency to describe everything in extreme terms, but it highlighted a worrying drop-off in the quality of one of the best new shows in years. No, it's not shit - far from it - but it's made some odd choices in its second season.

  • I figured out what happens next in Homeland

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 17th October 2012

    It's the biggest cliffhanger since Sylvester Stallone physically hung from a cliff in the film Cliffhanger. But what happens next in Homeland? I've figured it out and present my findings to you here. [Warning: very spoilery if you haven't seen episode 2.2.]

  • TV actors talk about TV acting on TV for like an hour

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 25th September 2012

    I went looking for Damian Lewis's Emmy acceptance speech, and came away with so much more. Some of the best TV actors around, just shootin' the shit.

  • The Sweeney

    Movie Review | Rob | 11th September 2012

    "We're The Sweeney, shithead. You're nicked!" grunts Ray Winstone after a rather brutal pre-title sequence. With that, Nick Love goes all Batman Begins with his gritty, swear-filled, unapologetic vision of The Sweeney - a far cry from the dodgy trousers, funny haircuts and, I imagine, casual racism and flagrant sexism of the John Thaw and Dennis Waterman days. The '70s, huh? Good times.

  • WIN the chance to watch Homeland at the Imperial War Museum

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 28th August 2012

    That's right, I put WIN in capital letters because you can literally WIN a thing here. It does involve leaving the house, though. I realise this goes against everything we stand for, but stick with it.

  • Homeland: Al-Qaeda operative runs for Vice-President

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 7th August 2012

    Meaning Homeland will be a world in which FOX News doesn't have to pretend it believes someone in the White House has Islamist sympathies: it'll actually be true.

  • Terrorist vs mentalist: season two teased

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 14th June 2012

    I'm not sure which one's supposed to scare us more: the guy who wants to blow us all up or the woman who'd probably chew your face off if she forgot to take her medication.