Stephen McCarty

Stephen McCarty

After 20-odd years spent peddling and polishing words in Hong Kong, Stephen McCarty now resides in Britain, from where he scribbles, daydreams and laments the state of the world.

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What a view | The best Netflix documentaries to watch on climate change, from Hollywood star-led Brave Blue World to Sir David Attenborough’s Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet

From Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis to Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, some of the best documentaries to watch on climate change.

From Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis to Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, some of the best documentaries to watch on climate change.

16 Jan 2022 - 9:45AM
Plastic waste created by Hong Kong’s 21-day hotel quarantine – what can be done to cut down the mountainous amounts?

Food containers, water bottles, shower caps, toothbrushes – hotel guests can get through heaps of plastic in 21 days. We find out if anything can be done to cut it down.

Food containers, water bottles, shower caps, toothbrushes – hotel guests can get through heaps of plastic in 21 days. We find out if anything can be done to cut it down.

15 Jan 2022 - 10:49AM
What a view | Netflix murder mystery series Light the Night, set in Taipei’s red-light area, cranks up the tension; Swagger tells NBA star Kevin Durant’s story

Netflix series Light the Night is set in a high-end Taipei hostess bar in the late 80s, while Swagger looks at NBA’s Kevin Durant and the racial prejudice he faced.

Netflix series Light the Night is set in a high-end Taipei hostess bar in the late 80s, while Swagger looks at NBA’s Kevin Durant and the racial prejudice he faced.

9 Jan 2022 - 9:59AM
BBC’s The Green Planet with Sir David Attenborough tackles climate change from the perspective of plants

From desert to beach to rainforest, climate-change documentary series The Green Planet, presented by Sir David Attenborough, highlights the lives of plants and the threats to ecology and ecosystems.

From desert to beach to rainforest, climate-change documentary series The Green Planet, presented by Sir David Attenborough, highlights the lives of plants and the threats to ecology and ecosystems.

6 Jan 2022 - 4:15PM
What a view | Netflix Thai show Remember You adds Hannibal Lecter vibe to remake of K-drama Hello Monster, while Acapulco on Apple TV+ takes you back to the ’80s

K-drama Hello Monster gets a Thai remake on Netflix in Remember You, while Acapulco on Apple TV+ takes viewers back to Mexico in the ’80s.

K-drama Hello Monster gets a Thai remake on Netflix in Remember You, while Acapulco on Apple TV+ takes viewers back to Mexico in the ’80s.

2 Jan 2022 - 9:45AM
What a view | Netflix K-drama The King’s Affection, bloody, gender-bending historical romance, could do with some edits

Korean drama series The King’s Affection on Netflix, about twins whose gender is swapped, has plenty of action and romance, but could have used sharper editing.

Korean drama series The King’s Affection on Netflix, about twins whose gender is swapped, has plenty of action and romance, but could have used sharper editing.

26 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Apple TV+ horror sci-fi K-drama Dr Brain gets inside your head with Lee Sun-kyun’s mad doctor and his brain syncs

In Apple TV+’s K-drama, the insane Dr Brain extracts thoughts from corpses, while BBC Earth’s more rational Dr Brian Cox unravels the secrets of the Universe.

In Apple TV+’s K-drama, the insane Dr Brain extracts thoughts from corpses, while BBC Earth’s more rational Dr Brian Cox unravels the secrets of the Universe.

19 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Christmas TV 2021: Netflix romcoms, holiday food and a bit of Mariah Carey

What’s on this Christmas? From Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas to Netflix romcom Love Hard, here are the television treats available for the end of 2021.

What’s on this Christmas? From Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Christmas to Netflix romcom Love Hard, here are the television treats available for the end of 2021.

12 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
Why you should turn vegan to end factory farming’s daily carnage – author’s manifesto for change

At a conservative estimate humankind slaughters 150 million sentient animals a day for food, their lives made miserable by unspeakable cruelty, writes Roanne van Voorst as she bangs the drum for a vegan diet.

At a conservative estimate humankind slaughters 150 million sentient animals a day for food, their lives made miserable by unspeakable cruelty, writes Roanne van Voorst as she bangs the drum for a vegan diet.

11 Dec 2021 - 7:45PM
What a view | Netflix disaster series Japan Sinks: People of Hope and Apple TV+ show Invasion examine our impending doom

Netflix series Japan Sinks: People of Hope and Apple TV+ show Invasion explore the apocalypse in different ways – in one it is caused by human activity, in the other by aliens).

Netflix series Japan Sinks: People of Hope and Apple TV+ show Invasion explore the apocalypse in different ways – in one it is caused by human activity, in the other by aliens).

5 Dec 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Netflix dives into Korean drinking culture in Paik’s Spirit, as Jay Park, Lee Joon-gi and other celebrities chew the fat over drinks with chef Paik Jong-won

In Paik’s Spirit, chef Paik Jong-won dives into Korean drinking culture as he chats with Korean celebrities over beer, soju and snacks about friendships, hangover cures and whatever else crops up.

In Paik’s Spirit, chef Paik Jong-won dives into Korean drinking culture as he chats with Korean celebrities over beer, soju and snacks about friendships, hangover cures and whatever else crops up.

28 Nov 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Netflix documentary Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody explores the country’s history through a summer staple dish, while BBC’s Manhunt thrills in its second series

Netflix documentary Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody delivers a history of Korea in a bowl of noodles, while Martin Clunes stars in a second series of BBC First’s true-crime thriller series Manhunt.

Netflix documentary Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody delivers a history of Korea in a bowl of noodles, while Martin Clunes stars in a second series of BBC First’s true-crime thriller series Manhunt.

21 Nov 2021 - 9:45AM
Apple TV+ Korean horror series Dr Brain’s director and cast talk about working with dummy corpses and K-dramas’ global appeal

Cast and the director of Apple TV+ series about a doctor who wires himself up to the brains of informants to seek clues to his family’s deaths talk about how Parasite and Squid Game raised the bar for Korean drama.

Cast and the director of Apple TV+ series about a doctor who wires himself up to the brains of informants to seek clues to his family’s deaths talk about how Parasite and Squid Game raised the bar for Korean drama.

18 Nov 2021 - 9:07AM
What a view | Netflix crime thriller Bangkok Breaking shines spotlight on Thailand capital’s mean streets, while Museum of Shadows investigates haunted places

Netflix Thai crime thriller Bangkok Breaking is a journey to the dark recesses of the Thai capital, while Museum of Shadows investigates things that go bump in the night.

Netflix Thai crime thriller Bangkok Breaking is a journey to the dark recesses of the Thai capital, while Museum of Shadows investigates things that go bump in the night.

14 Nov 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | In Who’s By Your Side, Taiwanese thriller on HBO, relationship problems meet supernatural horror, while Succession is King Lear for the Murdoch era

Family problems, a ghostly apparition and black magic collide in HBO’s Taiwanese thriller Who’s By Your Side, while HBO’s Succession sees the vicious family infighting continue in its third season.

Family problems, a ghostly apparition and black magic collide in HBO’s Taiwanese thriller Who’s By Your Side, while HBO’s Succession sees the vicious family infighting continue in its third season.

7 Nov 2021 - 9:45AM
Brexit Britain, where amnesia and nostalgia about empire coexist, and shape popular opinion about the country’s past and its future – a history author’s take

‘How can you give back a colony and be only dimly aware of its history?’ says Sathnam Sanghera of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China. The author’s alternative history of modern Britain has become a bestseller.

‘How can you give back a colony and be only dimly aware of its history?’ says Sathnam Sanghera of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China. The author’s alternative history of modern Britain has become a bestseller.

5 Nov 2021 - 7:47PM
The forgotten architectural features that dot Hong Kong’s streets, and why such phenomena are called Thomassons after an ex-New York Yankees baseball player

Hong Kong’s Thomassons – useless, but well maintained architectural leftovers named after an obscure professional baseball player – are the subject of a forthcoming TEDx talk in the city.

Hong Kong’s Thomassons – useless, but well maintained architectural leftovers named after an obscure professional baseball player – are the subject of a forthcoming TEDx talk in the city.

4 Nov 2021 - 1:44PM
What a view | HBO’s Folklore anthology returns with a second season of stories rooted in Asian superstitions and rituals; Netflix documentary Monsters Inside examines the many faces of Billy Milligan

Overseen by Singaporean creator Eric Khoo, HBO’s Folklore anthology returns with a second season of Asian horror stories, while Netflix documentary Monsters Inside dives into the mind of a violent offender.

Overseen by Singaporean creator Eric Khoo, HBO’s Folklore anthology returns with a second season of Asian horror stories, while Netflix documentary Monsters Inside dives into the mind of a violent offender.

31 Oct 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Netflix K-drama Hospital Playlist fails to deliver in a bloated second season, while HBO Go’s Doom Patrol returns to save an ungrateful world – again

Too much filler and product placement ruin the second season of Netflix’s Korean drama Hospital Playlist, proving you can have too much of a good thing.

Too much filler and product placement ruin the second season of Netflix’s Korean drama Hospital Playlist, proving you can have too much of a good thing.

24 Oct 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Haven’t seen Squid Game on Netflix? It’s not too late to binge-watch the K-drama hit

For those of you who haven’t watched Squid Game, Netflix’s staggeringly popular Korean drama series that’s taken the world by storm, now’s your chance to start the mystery thriller.

For those of you who haven’t watched Squid Game, Netflix’s staggeringly popular Korean drama series that’s taken the world by storm, now’s your chance to start the mystery thriller.

17 Oct 2021 - 9:45AM
Designs for dementia sufferers reinvent their world – a jacket that looks OK worn upside down, a way to tell time without numbers

A jacket you can wear upside down if you like, a way to tell time without numbers – designers think outside the box to make daily life less difficult for dementia sufferers.

A jacket you can wear upside down if you like, a way to tell time without numbers – designers think outside the box to make daily life less difficult for dementia sufferers.

16 Oct 2021 - 3:15PM
What a view | Netflix series D.P. reveals harsh truths about South Korean military, and puts mandatory national service under the spotlight

This Netflix drama about South Korean military service follows pizza delivery boy Jung Hae-in, who becomes a military policeman chasing army deserters.

This Netflix drama about South Korean military service follows pizza delivery boy Jung Hae-in, who becomes a military policeman chasing army deserters.

10 Oct 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | Politics meets crime in HBO Go’s On the Job, Philippine miniseries that’s stunning, while Isaac Asimov adaptation Foundation on Apple TV+ travels through space and time

Political crime thriller On the Job on HBO Go proves the Philippines is capable of producing TV series to rival the best in the West, while fans of sci-fi will enjoy Isaac Asimov adaptation Foundation on Apple TV+.

Political crime thriller On the Job on HBO Go proves the Philippines is capable of producing TV series to rival the best in the West, while fans of sci-fi will enjoy Isaac Asimov adaptation Foundation on Apple TV+.

4 Nov 2021 - 11:25PM
Jason Wong, British-born Chinese actor, on Matthew McConaughey, his Silent Witness role and his year of living and teaching in Hong Kong

The British-born Chinese actor is the first Asian to play a major character in BBC crime drama Silent Witness. The 35-year-old talks to the Post about Hong Kong, acting and being a fanboy.

The British-born Chinese actor is the first Asian to play a major character in BBC crime drama Silent Witness. The 35-year-old talks to the Post about Hong Kong, acting and being a fanboy.

26 Sep 2021 - 8:15PM
What a view | Chanel and Gossip Girl, Gucci and Lady Gaga: the relationship between fashion and television

From House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga to true-crime Netflix series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, how fashion is portrayed on the screen.

From House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga to true-crime Netflix series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, how fashion is portrayed on the screen.

26 Sep 2021 - 9:45AM
Foundation interview: David S. Goyer, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey on tackling the Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s epic sci-fi series

We talk with show creator David S. Goyer and stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey about the Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s epic sci-fi series.

We talk with show creator David S. Goyer and stars Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey about the Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s epic sci-fi series.

4 Nov 2021 - 11:24PM
What a view | In Netflix K-drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Shin Min-a plays a fish out of water in a seaside village – will she find common ground with the locals?

A dentist from Seoul (Shin Min-a) finds herself out of her depth when she opens a clinic in a seaside village in Netflix’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Sparks fly between her character and handyman (Kim Seon-ho).

A dentist from Seoul (Shin Min-a) finds herself out of her depth when she opens a clinic in a seaside village in Netflix’s Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Sparks fly between her character and handyman (Kim Seon-ho).

19 Sep 2021 - 9:45AM
What a view | World’s last unspoilt places feature in BBC’s Eden: Untamed Planet – travel to the far corners of the Earth and discover their secrets

BBC’s Eden: Untamed Planet takes viewers on a breathtaking journey to Earth’s last paradises, where life exists just as nature intended.

BBC’s Eden: Untamed Planet takes viewers on a breathtaking journey to Earth’s last paradises, where life exists just as nature intended.

12 Sep 2021 - 9:45AM
Review | How knock-off olive oil kills, fish are faked and Americans saved pie from the British

In ‘The Secret History of Food’, author Matt Siegel packs the pages with strange but true stories of (almost) everything we eat.

In ‘The Secret History of Food’, author Matt Siegel packs the pages with strange but true stories of (almost) everything we eat.

5 Sep 2021 - 7:15PM
What a view | In Netflix K-drama comedy Hello, Me! underachiever Choi Kang-hee gets a second chance at life – but will she take it?

In Netflix comedy K-drama Hello, Me! an unsuccessful woman thinks she’s lost her way in life — until her younger self appears in front of her, demanding change.

In Netflix comedy K-drama Hello, Me! an unsuccessful woman thinks she’s lost her way in life — until her younger self appears in front of her, demanding change.

5 Sep 2021 - 9:45AM