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Well I’ve been home with flu this week so I’ve had a chance to catch up on my Sky + and raid around day time TV’s offerings.

The Daily Politics

Why have they given Andrew O’Neill a younger sidekick. O’Neill has so much personality (good or bad) that it seems a real token to have Daisy Sampson there beside him. In the discussion I saw, she played no role and it was like someone had sat in for work experience on the superior O’Neill show, This Week! Still it’s daytime TV and better than Loose Women.

I avoid Question Time like the plague on Thursday nights but gladly stay up for This Week. Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott are great together and their genuine rapport is so adult and unlike the normal political grandstanding on show. I could live without the penchant for super cheesy segments but actually they’re in keeping with the show’s vibe, which is fun. If you’ve missed it, watch it online

Lost (1955, Directed by Guy Green)

No, not repeats of them and the others, this vintage flick on Film 4 was a mini Hitchcock tribute set in 1950s London. An American diplomat’s baby is kidnapped and the English Detective Inspector (David Farrar)’s calm pursuit leaves the parents (David Knight and typical 50’s beauty Julia Arnall) unconvinced, so they too track the child, their suspenseful wild goose chases in tandem with the very steady, Dalziel and Pascoe-ish questioning of Viscountesses, icecream sellers and so on, which makes for a good film as you wonder who’ll find the baby first. As it’s 2007, I was quite squarely convinced the father had done it for money for a large part of the film, but not so! I won’t give away the ending, as it’s bound to be repeated on Film4 for the next six months, all you need to know is it’s high quality, of it’s time and charming for it. Afternoon not lost at all!

Ugly Betty

Oh dear. I loved the Slater/Meade wedding episode, A nice day for a posh wedding, complete with Victoria’s successful self-parody, until Bradford Meade (Alan Dale a NZ actor you’ll know as Jim Robsinson from Neighbours or Caleb Nichol from the O.C. (Don’t call it that)), fell to the floor in the church and Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah started playing. Sorry but Betty’s getting too big for her boots if she thinks this holly-drama justifies Jeff. Ugly should stick to the comedy – I love Mark and Amanda, straight out of Zoolander but sharper, their storylines are often the most interesting, especially’s Amanda’s rendition of Kelis’ Milkshake to fill time in the church service, how brilliant, and Mark finding love with an uncool photographer almost gives him a third dimension.

This week’s episode, Giving up the ghost, was good but left us wondering if Wilhelmena Slater, Vanessa Williams, will have a role in the show, I can’t imagine it without her… surely she and real-life ex husband bodyguard Dwayne can find a place at Mode..

PS – Betty’s delusions are wearing thin; the old naive Betty, the hawaiian shirt wearing Bradford Meade, for goodness sake just hire some more cast members to give the girl some friends to talk to.

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Written by Victoria

December 6, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Posted in TV

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