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The Wire

Ok, so no posts from me this week – I’ve been catching up on the Wire, watching the entire first season in a few weeks has worked fine, but only because we’ve got Sky+. Considering it’s not on iplayer, you’ve got to wonder what on earth the BBC were thinking. Yes they’ve overtaken FX and most people who started watching it on FX have switched to BBC, no ads, after all, but if they’d had double episodes once a week, starting at 10 or even 10.30 – the viewing figures would surely be better and there’d be more traffic for season two.

I think off the back of Red Riding, whilst it was brilliant, I wasn’t sure I was up for more police corruption and generally, bleak drama – but the Wire is different.

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Somehow a sense of hope and justice is still on the radar in The Wire. We believe that Bubbles may well stay clean, or that Poot may stop Wallis being shot, that McNulty means well when he gets his kids to follow criminals at the local market. Even Kima surviving the buy bust gone wrong – I’m wondering if this hopefulness is going to be beaten out of the show next season?

The Apprentice

Right. Well Paula, booted out this week, unfortunately also ended my chances of winning the work sweepstake. You’re Fired is bringing out some interesting background info from the fired apprentice wannabes though – who can look at Philip harshly after he we found out he was funny, and had a cute friendship with Majid? Even James, the one who admitted to camera that he’d weed in the boardroom, is apparently only a goof for the cameras, according to Paula.

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Paula of course, shouldn’t have gone. Ben, who reminds me of a chinless Paddington Bear, made a fool out of himself and Yasmina should have been more careful with working out the exact costs. It was her fault. Paula of course should have told Siralan that, but was distracted by Ben’s attack and said he was the one to go. Ben’s histrionics basically let Yasmina off the hook – Siralan didn’t get a chance to get angry again at her and I’m guessing he looked at Paula and went, HR, not fighting dirty, not obviously sales mad – she’s going.

Is it indicative of the credit crunch that the teams keep making losses? Lets hope Lee McQueen hasn’t been made redundant by the time Philip gets the job nobody actually wants.

Kathy Griffin – My life on the D-list

I hope you’re watching this. It’s as near to a sitcom reality TV can get. She’s brilliant.

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Written by Victoria

April 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

No No No. It’s Gardener’s World, not Bickering-r-us

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Gardener’s World is back, 2/23 my Sky+ informs me, which is a brilliant feeling – 23 weeks of warm-ish weather for all.

But wait, Toby Buckland and Alys Fowler have started a worrying new mock fighting angle between the radishes and roses, and it’s manure.

Alys Fowler at Berryfields, Photo BBC

Alys Fowler at Berryfields, Photo BBC

I can put up with a lot of disfunctional personality from my garden presenters, but this almost sibling-like “I’ve had to clean up twice” lark is going too far. Monty and Carol would never scrap in this faux-cutesy style, it’s just not good. I don’t mind some stilted conversation in the borders (could do with less of Joe Swift impersonating Jamie Oliver though), but thinking about it now, even last season Toby B’s roll your eyes/groan/ugh humour was there to see, but Alys still had some dignity. Maybe the new garden was the last straw, or no, I think it’s the Hot or Not board.

Perhaps Toby and Alys actually hate each other? 21 weeks to find out I guess. Can’t we have Carol for lead presenter?

Written by Victoria

April 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

Why are we putting up with Radio4 hand me downs?

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Is anyone else worried by the raft of cheap programming based on Radio 4 lame laugh fests that’s filling in our weekday viewing? I’m all for David Mitchell as a funny guy, and don’t mind the other regular comedians/presenters on Radio4 Comedy shows, but this constant roundabout of the same ideas and same jokes in shabby sets, enough!

The latest is Marcus Brigstocke’s Never Seen Star Wars is on BBC4.. frankly I find a lot of these comedies so hit and miss on Radio 4, you really have to be in a certain mindset to get a lot of enjoyment out of them, it’s all so chummy and the audience are so eager to laugh at anything. Whilst there are moments of genius, there’s really not enough to warrant moving them onto TV, it’s so credit crunch.

This makes me wonder where Britain’s new wave of comedy is coming from – I think an iplayer competition to commission bbc3/4 comedy instead of all the commercial channel wannabe rubbish coming up (See I want to live likeĀ  a dog, or whatever it’s called) is the ultimate way forward.

At least Flight of the Conchords is back in May, on BBC4 of course, soon enought to fill the gap that 30Rock is going to leave – finale on Friday on Fiver…

Written by Victoria

April 8, 2009 at 10:42 am