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TV but not TV

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Notorious, the Eagle has Landed, Transformers, The Good German… yep it’s my impromptu festive film festival. Somehow long idle hours require more than 30 minute drama. So no TV yapping from me at present – anyway I’m psyching myself up to watch the entire West Wing season 1 to infinity that I was given for Christmas.

See you in 2009 folks for the long awaited comeback of:
Damages, Mad Men, Lost, Flight of the Conchords and more.

In the meantime, here’s a link for non-US readers who are partial to Flight of the Conchords – it’s the entire premiere episode of Season Two. For Americans – you can watch it on

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December 30, 2008 at 1:36 am

Show business

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So Tom has won Strictly Come Dancing 2008.

I like Tom, and his show dance was more showy and original than Rachel’s, or for that matter Lisa and Brendan’s slightly futuristic offering. Just as well, as apart from doing a good Samba he really didn’t have Rachels technical skill or Lisa’s glamour (or perfect 40 scores, she was my favourite by far). Infact at the end all the crying from Camilla over winning the title seemed a bit x-factor. Living the dream, ugh.

Finally – is there no more It Takes Two? When will we get to see Claudia Winkleman again? The past winners dance was a great idea, wasn’t it? Why did James and Ola do a cha cha out of theĀ  blue? Will they bother including older men who will go down the Sergeant route next year? Will Brian Fortuna be back – why isn’t he dancing in the States version? When does the Apprentice start?

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December 21, 2008 at 1:24 am

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As camp as Christmas

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Ah Nigella. After the luke warm reception to Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen last year I was suprised to hear she was back with a Christmas book and more shows – but why was I worried? The trio of Nigella Christmas shows (~ to accompany the very nice book of course) are perfectly camp, cheery and properly jolly but not sentimental, and whilst Nigella gives tips it’s not in a military campaign vibe – for that see Delia or Fanny Craddock’s xmas shows. Funnily Nigella mentions Fanny’s tip for lighting with pudding with vodka, which flames for longer. If you’ve never seen Fanny’s set of Christmas recipe and green dyed piped mashed potatoes serving platter you need to immediately, here, or on UKFood on cable TV, which is currently repeating every Christmas cooking special on earth.

So Nigella has well and truly found a niche – where to from Christmas? In her blog Nigella recommends Outnumbered, I concurr.

In other TV? Desperate Housewives is still ridiculous and low maintenance enough to enjoy. Survivors is wooden and I can’t see how it’s going to end satisfactorily in two more episodes. Heroes I’m liking again – but now that Elle’s dead, I dunno.

Damages seems to be returning to our screens. Let me give you a run down of shows you should be watching this Christmas, on DVD. Californication, Damages, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, 30Rock (also being repeated on five late at night but best watched chronologically with a little patience for the Pilot and ep. 2) and the latest series of Lost.

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December 21, 2008 at 1:05 am

Dreams of herding cattle across the Menai Bridge

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I’m late in starting to watch Survivors but I like a good apocalyptic drama. I really don’t think you can judge a series like this on the first episode though – as the premise is a get out of jail free card – of course it’s going to be gripping.

It got me thinking though – if there was a flu pandemic and I survived what would I do? You see, so far only one of the 8 or so survivors has done the logical thing – pack up a stolen truck with army gear and provisions, stake out a farm, leave the city and the promise of cholera… so, I reckon I’d head to Anglesey. I’d have to teach myself to drive but I feel Anglesey is a good option. Once a community was established there you could herd some cattle across from Bangor and then blow up both the Menai bridges and hopefully avoid the next empire in the same way the Welsh did when the Romans came to Britain.

Department Store

The final in this series and brilliant but desperately sad too. Why didn’t J T Morgan they put on buses for the Swansea shoppers, to circumvent the roadworks? They were already losing money – it could have been an option, surely?

If you missed all of these Richard Macer documentaries, forget todays m&S 20% off and step back in time to these brilliant department stores on iplayer.

It takes two

Claudia Winkleman is the best thing on before 9pm on weeknights. If she’s not wishing she was Craig Revel Horwood’s lover Grant, she’s planting key words for Len Goodman to use in his judging (taut, cheese) or playing down her own tears, “I haven’t been sleeping well”. She’s obviously a genuine fan and friend of the dancers and celebs and the shows throughout the week actually repeat very little, unlike other extra-reality offerings. I’ll miss Claudia when Strictly is over. Perhaps she could co-host You’re Fired with Adrian Chiles?

Written by Victoria

December 4, 2008 at 12:19 am