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A Bridge too far

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Jeesh, rolling out Beau Bridges as a fictional retrospective handyman Eli Scruggs…. Desperate indeed.

Looks like the season couldn’t even make it to the end without pulling in the (not even that) celeb friends. Actually the thing that was most annoying about this episode was the way they filmed the flashbacks, panning around to the back of each housewife’s head. I though they’d moved forward 5 years? Certainly feels like the 1990s to me. The clothes weren’t right and the first meeting with Gabby and the ‘wives was lame. I suppose it was good to actually see footage of Mary Alice instead of her incessant bookend narration, and any Bridges cameo is going to be well played, but really? I thought we were about to find out Dave’s psycho plan…

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March 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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My reality – dancing and office politics

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Can I resist the Comic Relief Apprentice line up? I think I can. I’d rather wait a few weeks and watch the real thing, sans the ‘phone your rich friend’ angle, even if it’s for charity.

Dancing with the Stars

Who’s on it? If you watch E! You’ll recognise Holly Madison, Girls Next Door (though she’s no longer with Hef) and Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. Holly has replaced the injured singer Jewel, who’s husband, a rodeo star, can’t dance at all but is still in the competition. Denise is right, it is complicated.

Gilles and Cheryl - to win! Photo and DWTS news from E!

Gilles and Cheryl - to win! Photo and DWTS news from E!

The best dancers were SATC movie Gilles Merini (wow!) and the recently ditched Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft who danced well with only 2 days practise.. oh and Apple founder Steve Wozniak was pretty accurately described by Bruno as a crazy teletubby in a gay pride march.

Kathy Griffin – Life on the D List

So we finally get to see the second series of this Emmy award winning reality show. Kathy is funny, watch her show!

Written by Victoria

March 12, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Red Riding

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Despite not being able to understand a lot of the dialogue, this series has started brilliantly.

Forget the dark side of Life on Mars, Yorkshire Post journalist, Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield) is more exciting to watch than Sam.

Catch Up on Red Riding at www.channel4.com. Photo Channel 4

Catch Up on Red Riding at http://www.channel4.com. Photo Channel 4

The atmosphere reaches almost Mad Men levels of perfectly recreating a town or decade. Such a shame that Channel Four, with only Desperate Housewives to offer in the current TV bonanza, has decided to show it right now. I guess they’re trying to boost interest in the release of the Damn United film later this month, based on a book also penned by David Peace.

 

Mad Men

 

Peggy and Don are the ultimate in day to day deception and denial. This series is even better than the first but who knows how many are watching, late Tuesday night isn’t exactly Prime Time. But hey, who am I to judge the onslaught of Darwin programming for Spring?

Written by Victoria

March 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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Postoscar

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These cool photos are from Vanity Fair’s Oscar Partycoverage, see the entire slideshow.

Photos Kevin Mazur or Jeff Vespa/Vanity Fair/wireimage.com

Written by Victoria

February 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Fish and toffee

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So everything is back on and my TV diary is already clashing. Even with Sky+ I’m not sure I’m going to be able to watch Heroes, Who Do You Think You Are and 24 all at once.
But anyway, after spending months complaining that nothing is on..

My Oscars go to
30Rock – Fridays on Five – Brilliant series opener with Seinfeld and guest appearance from Sean Hayes (“Just Jack”) as a hillbilly. It’s a shame there aren’t many other good sitcoms around anymore.
Lost – Brilliant series so far, I don’t care if it’s turning into Quantum Leap. What’s wrong with that?

And the 81st Oscars coverage itself?
I couldn’t bear to watch Fearne so endured E!s Ryan Seacrest, who was pretty rude to the Slumdog kiddies and was snubbed by Brangelina, again.
However for the show itself – the stand out performance has to be Stephanie Beecham, who was ‘grumpy’ with Claudia Winkleman and was a bad bad idea for the Oscar screening live review on SkyOne. Despite Beecham, Hugh Jackman’s all singing and dancing was a good change, even if he’s no Billy Crystal, it felt more showbiz. The speeches were all good, the live singing over the In Memoriam section touching and having the five past winners for each category come up and recite a haiku to each nominee was sweet, even if it looked a little Star Trek and Nicole Kidman’s tribute to Angelina Jolie came across a bit iffy.

Finally, one of the joys of Sky+ is the nonsense programme information, like the time it said a chef was cooking ‘stuffed bobster’ or today’s gem…

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Written by Victoria

February 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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Twister in Milton Keynes

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A very British storm junkie

Oooh Channel 4, how clever, after all the snow everyone’s interested in weather. Even Michael McIntyre noted on wossy’s show on Friday that snow = News + Weather + Travel.

So the unassuming junkie in question is Stuart,  IT exec. by day, storm chaser by night (or storm season), he takes holidays to drive around Kansas chasing tornados with fellow weather obsessive friend Roger, who runs a company for people who want to chase twisters (Sadly I would go.). I have to mention at this stage that Roger is exactly like the American cartoon Roger Ramjet, except perhaps he’s not a ‘hero of our nation’.

If you feel you’ve missed your opportunity to become a meterologist or watched Twister for the tornados then you’ll love this and have til mid March to watch it online.

The real genius of the show was demonstrating the impact all this windy chasing was having on Stuart’s relationship. His wife seems to tolerate the trips away and general geekery but at the end of the show, Stuart is forced to choose between his new bride and tropical storm Hannah.  Stuart’s a very polite husband, ” I’m so glad I came home, Hannah didn’t turn out to be a great storm.”

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Written by Victoria

February 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Damages for Wednesday

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So my TV Diary is almost complete.
Monday – 24 (and even who do you think you are but it’s only a short run)
Tuesday -Mad Men
Weds….
Thursday – Brothers & Sisters (I know)
Friday – not really a TV night somehow.
Saturday – see above
Sunday – Lost

Starting back soon is Damages, 30Rock.. fingers crossed for Wednesdays.

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What is with this compare the meerkat rubbish? Why does the meerkat sounds like a Michael Howard and Borat cross?

Masterchef

Remind you of anyone? Why do they keep SHOUTING at each other? Do you become hard of hearing if you have an enhanced palate?

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Written by Victoria

February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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