Category Archives: television

Fake television

Extreme Fisking with Robson Green Channel 5, 2009 Channel 5, home of The Gadget Show, has employed Robson Green to provide a series of authored documentaries on a variety of topics.  His porogrammes began in 2008 with Extreme Fishing.  And after … Continue reading

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Fake TV shows

 Boon-kickers Virgin One, 2009 Filling that difficult gap in the Virgin One schedules between light-hearted documentaries about the personal lives of conjoined twins and their late night offerings from adult channels (occasionally occupied by repeats of Hustle) Virgin One decided … Continue reading

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If you turn it up really loud you can almost hear Noel Edmonds scream

The first time we thought that we’d managed to rid our screens of Noel Edmonds commemorated on youtube – but what on earth had Paul Daniels done to offend anyone?

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Superstars

I suspect most people haven’t been watching Superstars and delighting in the performance of the Brian Jacks de nos jours – Alain “finished third in an Olympic alpine event but didn’t get a medal due to having taken an over … Continue reading

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The art of the trailer: Carry on the House of Sid-dam

The art of the TV trailer has improved immeasurably over the years.  As a lad I remember a large BBC logo (the lines making up a 1 or 2) on one half of the screen over a black background with … Continue reading

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Protected: 1984 – Cushing – Kneale – cartier

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Donnie Murdo

You lot down south don’t know when you’ve got it lucky. Here’s Scottish children’s television programming.  

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For your consideration

Later tonight BBC2 is repeating a documentary on the great MArty Feldman at 11.20, shown on BBC4 earlier this year.  Well worth a look.  It has interviews with Barry Levinson and Larry Gelbart in among the usual 60s British comic suspects. Also, … Continue reading

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Failed TV to film spin-offs: Hancock

I must confess I’m very disappointed with Hancock – starring Will Smith as the Lad Himself.  With no Sid James equivalent it appears that this adapts the solo Hancock series (The Lift/Radio Ham/Bowmans/Blood Donor &c) but with none of the … Continue reading

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Spot the Kenny Wheeler

IN one of the following TV theme tunes top British jazz star Kenny Wheeler has a pivotal role.  So which is it?  

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Who will win the Apprentice?

 I see that Alex has played his joker.   In today’s Q & A in the Indy when asked whether any of the final 4 had bought any Amstrad products Alex says, “My old man had an e-mailer”.

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Television – for your consideration – Blue Remembered Hills

Get that PVR set.  On BBC4 this evening what is for me the greatest single drama produced by the Beeb is on: Blue Remembered Hills, Dennis Potter’s play of childhood.   If you’ve seen it before you obviously don’t need to … Continue reading

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Best of television 2009

The Viscount Linley mysteries BBC1, 2009 An untopical crime series featuring Viscount Linley broadcast by the Beeb in 2009.  Unfortunately further information is not available as the show risked prosecution for being in contempt of court.

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Dennis Potter and Mary Whitehouse

 Earlier tonight the Beeb broadcast Filth, a drama about the early Clean up TV campaign ran by Mary Whitehouse. I was aware that she often targetted Dennis Potter’s works (eg 1976 she was threatening to prosecute him for blasphemy and … Continue reading

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Did I mention it was anti-bacterial?

The winning advert from Wednesday’s The Apprentice And via the wonderful mippy  Andrew Collins’ excellent (and hilarious) review of the episode  

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On televising court

Lesson ONe – ensure you get the judges names correct.  After all you’d look a right Charlie if you pictured the senior judge in Scotland and named him as the second most senior as the Beeb have done at the … Continue reading

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Sontar-ha

Via the wonderful Rob Buckley telly blog, The Medium is not enough, Field Majors Styre and Storr dancing to kung fu fighting

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Odd one out

Which is the odd one out? Soapstar SuperstarAnt and Dec’s Saturday Night TakeawayAnt and Dec’s Gameshow MarathonThe British Comedy AwardsA Year with the Queen Answers Well, in Soapstar superstar phone in votes on premium rate lines were ignored in favour … Continue reading

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Real live judges in real live courts deciding real live cases

The Arlene Fraser murder case has been something of a cause celebre in Scotland.  The appeal by Nat Fraser was today rejected, and the summary of the decision filmed for the delectation of the public.  The Beeb have made part … Continue reading

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New proverbs – an occasional series

Courtesy of the late Willie Rushton Too many cooks on television

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