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Tequila and dogs

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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.


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.


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.

Written by Victoria

April 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

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 like  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

Who should guest host?

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So Johnathon Ross is suspended, 3 months without pay, £1.3million.  Perhaps he’ll go on an elongated book signing tour?

In the meantime, will the BBC have the guts to keep his Friday night show on with a guest host? I hope they do. It must be time for new talent to break through, I’d prefer someone who doesn’t have to flirt with each female guest and talk ad nauseum about himself.

Whether it’s right or wrong that the BBC have taken the steps they have – people can’t forget that the BBC is an employer and Ross an employee like anyone else.

His comments were inappropriate given his stature and just because the victim of the prank is a burlesque dancer doesn’t mean she’s asking for it, which a lot of commentary seems to be suggesting. Regardless if Baillie is now milking her five minutes for what it’s worth – the initial indiscretion wasn’t by her design and she and her family are the victims of it.

“There is a danger of this misogynistic, cruel comedy creeping into a lot of male broadcasters work..a trend that’s getting more extreme” – Jan Ravens, Newsnight 29/10/08

After the fall out this week, watching anything from Harry Hill (Hitler was a naughty vegetarian, so was Heather Mills) to Mock the Week (I’m now so old my pussy is haunted) risks complaints galore, it will be interesting to see if any lasting effect is made.

Written by Victoria

October 31, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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Too big a finale?

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The second series of the Tudors has really suprised me. The acting has improved hugely from the first series episodes I watched and I think pace of the episodes finishing with Anne’s demise helped give more drama rather than posturing. Peter O’Toole was a great Pope Paul III, Jeremy Northam as Thomas More, Nick Dunning as Thomas Boleyn – all worthy of award nominations.

Peter OToole as the Pope with Natalie Dormer and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Peter O'Toole as the Pope with Natalie Dormer and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

I wonder though, now that Natalie Dormer’s brilliant and sympathetic take on Anne Boleyn is done – how many people will be coming back for Season Three?

Jane Seymour, wife three, is already on the scene (wouldn’t it be good if Jane Seymour aka Dr Quinn Medicine Woman made a cameo?) and Henry has started gorging himself on swan pies. Trouble is, we’re used to a fiery consort for Henry and Lady Jane is boring with her purity. After the brilliant finale episode where records of Anne’s actual beheading was followed closely in the plot and her final speech, Henry comes across as a glorified serial killer! I have no sympathy left for him and not much interest in what he’s going to do next – I just can’t see how they can make him work as an anti-hero either. We need to wait til next year to see.. but apparently Joss Stone is going to be in the third series – so I hold no hope!

In the meantime, this clip of Natalie Dormer touring the Tower of London with a Tudor historian is worth watching, less so is her appearance on the View with JMR – as the ladies of the View are obsessed with the sex scenes in the Tudors and apart from Jonathan’s advice to America to worry less about the sex scenes “Maybe if you went to bed (and had sex), instead of watching TV – the scenes would be less shocking!” they ask them very little and pronounce Boleyn weirdly too.

Written by Victoria

October 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm