Category Archives: television

Man v Beast – the nadir of television

Four years ago I blogged about Man v Beast, the nadir of television (at that time). For enthusiasts bits of it are on youtube The Sumo wrestler v Orangutan – tug of war The chimp v the Navy Seal Olympic … Continue reading

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It’s Saturday night – this is what should be on the telly: number 1 Hans Moretti

This is what Saturday evenings on the telly should involve. A mad man with a big moustache being shot at for our entertainment. Before he fires a crossbow at his wife

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Joan Collins revealed as Stig

Actress and former member of the SAS porcelain-complexioned and heavily made-up occasional Spectator diarist Ms Joan Collins yesterday succeeded in her legal action to publish her autobiography and identify herself as Stig of the Dump. Ms Collins played the role … Continue reading

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Sherlock

I posted my detailed analysis on twitter: "Dear BBC, Re: #sherlock – very disappointed climactic scene in pool did not contain a NO BOMBING poster." image from @simonnricketts

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One of those old kid’s Tv favourites

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New Town

There comes a point where your work interests impact too heavily on your viewing and spoil the enjoyment.  I enjoyed much about New Town on BBC4 last night.  Daniella Nardini, Paul Higgins and Mark Gatiss were excellent, the school play … Continue reading

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How bad can television get?

Over the years I have given much thought to the question of how bad television can get? For a while I thought the answer was Hole in the Wall, although I am now inclined to think it’s Total Wipeout.  But then … Continue reading

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TV event of the year?

Coming soon Red Riding From the best british crime novels of recent years Channel 4 have started some teaser trailers (with the voice of Warren Clarke?)  and with appetite already whetted those wonderful chaps at Off the telly tell us the … Continue reading

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Top 10 TV of 2008

In no particular order Wallander (BBC1) – Kenneth Branagh doesn’t do much telly, but when he does he is exceptionally good.  His first big role (other than CBeebies bedtime stories) since Conspiracy – a very different character – but boy … Continue reading

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There goes January – Sheridan update

Having avoided the most recent series of Big Brother I am afraid that I will have to begin watching again.  Yes, the Tomster is – according to today’s News of the Screws – scheduled to appear in the Celebrity show beginning in January. … Continue reading

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For your consideration

My loyal reader often e-mails me to say, "Who the hell are you and what do you sound like?" Well, thanks to the wonder of international podcasting my shroud of anonymity slips as I was privileged to contribute to the … Continue reading

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THings to look forward to in the coming week

Just how will Kathryn Flett review this week’s Screenwipe – and its analysis of mission documentaries including the execrable Miss Naked Beauty…

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I didn’t get where I am today by not recognising an unnecessary remake where I see one

Mmm…

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STV and Poirot

One of the delights of Sunday evening viewing has been the new series of David Suchet as Poirot on ITV (including a pretty good Mark Gatiss scripted episode last Sunday).  The series is – in England and Wales – due to … Continue reading

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Doctor Who news

Amidst all the fuss about Arty Dobe’s book about writing for Doctor Who what appeared to be spoilers about the forthcoming Christmas special were merrily trotted across the pages of The Times during the serialisation.  It appears that this may have prompted … Continue reading

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Crash test dummy

The headline "Crash to be turned into a TV series" sadly refers to the Oscar winning Haggis film, and not the JG Ballard novel. But, if Andrew Davies is considering a new project he could do far worse than take a trip … Continue reading

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Lost in Ling

For those who ticked the "Jasper Fforde should sue box" in the Lost in Austen question in the poll about classic series – the writer of Lost in Austen has spoken to the Radio Times. (p 136) and his influences are … Continue reading

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Classic series

So the Beeb rejoices in a new classic serial, but prompted by surliminal ‘s ennui a poll: What classic should be adapted by the Beeb?

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2 plus 2 equals 5

Today’s TV news.  As of tomorrow Channel 4 and E4 to resume normal programming – ie endless repeats of Friends. If it wasn’t for Jon Ronson, the odd Tony Marchant drama, and the occasional Michael Powell season I’d have given up on … Continue reading

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For your consideration

If you are near a Borders the most recent clearance sale involves three cracking offers: the whole Of Vic Reeve’s Big Night OUt for £3.99.  Thrill to Les, What’s on the end of you stick Vic, and the rest. Five Days … Continue reading

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