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Had enough of America yet?

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No? Here’s my guide for what to watch in the last week of the US Elections lead up… in the UK.

Daily Show, More4, 8.30pm weekdays & The Colbert Report, FX, 11pm Tues- Fri

Essential viewing. Even Obama makes an appearance after Mrs O’s funny visit the other week. Politics doesn’t have to be dry – watch either show nightly for the latest (via a day’s delay) comedy on what’s happening in America.

Saturday Night Live
Any recent sketch with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin or Amy Poehler is worth watching repeatedy. They have clips on their site.

The View – the US version of the UKs mega lame Loose Women. Right wing Elizabeth Hasselbeck has taken to wearing John McCain t-shirts and introducing Sarah Palin at rallies. This has led to huge arguments onscreen and is saying they’re talk confirming a new morning talk show with Hasselbeck and Palin – ugh!

All eyes on America TV specials. It’s strange that Simon Schama, Stephen Fry and Jon Snow haven’t bumped into eachother isn’t it?

Jon Snow’s Journey across America
Snow looks strange to me without his trademark bright ties. He’s managed to so far avoid the same areas that Fry and Schama have covered. Will he meet Joe the false plumber I wonder?

Stephen Fry’s America
In the second show Stephen gets his hair cut in London, Kentucky. A small boy looks gravely on, his hair being cut too, as Stephen pronounces he’s heard how much American’s like to dress up in a chicken costume, the barbers crack up. Feet swinging, the footage of the boy and Stephen is quite beautiful, natural and sweet – some how showing a side of life that seems more honest, going miles underground with ‘proper’ American miners, than other series which are essentially sizing America up.

I wasn’t keen on the premise, ” I was almost born an American”, which involved Father Fry not taking a job opportunity rather than some last minute emergency pit stop in England. but despite that, and the first episodes rushing pace, it’s enough that Fry wants to go and check out America – like Palin he’s got the personality to pull it off.

The American Future: A History by Simon Schama
Good show, bad timeslot.

Sick of the election? Catch The Soup on E!, Saturdays 11pm for reality show clips that could only happen in America. Truly, they tried doing a UK Soup and it jumped the shark before it started.

Written by Victoria

October 31, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Jools, later, live, whatever

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Having cottoned on to the good American TV covering their elections months ago (Colbert Report, Daily Show, SNL Feylin etc), I thought I should watch something British tonight.

That’s why I was so thrilled to see Jools – Later, Live: making a huge deal about being live, holding today’s newspaper, repeating tonight’s Champion’s League scores so we know the show is live, it’s live, wow! Cut to half way through the show, Jools’ microphone stops working and he’s mercifully cut down to a whisper and wild gesticulation for a good five minutes. Brilliant.


Ok so in the past I have not been a Rachel Allen fan. But I’m coming around – she’s finally found a format that works for her. In her new series she starts each episode with a recipe (same as ever but with less teaspoon sucking), then visits an interesting baker or chef, then teaches her cookery class a recipe. The teaching segment works best and Rachel comes across here and in visiting the artisan foodies as quite likeable and normal – far removed from her recipe mode in past series. She’s a great teacher and I think she should do more series focussing on teaching recipes to many rather than the uncomfortable false intimacy of speaking to no-one.

Written by Victoria

October 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

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Only 3 hours til the Emmys

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Fingers crossed the Colbert Report wins. As much as I love Tina Fey – SNL isn’t better than Colbert.

Strictly Come Dancing

So Strictly Come Dancing is back. I have to warn you, any review I do is based on watching the show on Sky+. I fast forward through all of Bruce’s jokes, and all of the post-dance conversation/puffing with Tess.

So Phil Daniels is out in week one. Fair enough, his waltz wasn’t graceful, but it wasn’t awful either. I blame the chinchilla stole Flavia was wearing on the Saturday show.

Let’s hope the class commentary – “That dancing was common”, “You’re a cheeky chappy”, stops with Daniels as it was embarassing!

Earth: The Climate Wars

This series concluded tonight and if you’ve seen none of the three parter, you still have 7 days to watch the entire series on BBC iplayer.

Frankly disarming stuff – the climate is changing, and could change rapidly. It’s hard to watch this show without day dreaming about how you’d survive the chaos a sudden shift in temperature change would have, let alone how the world is going to deal with the inevitable changes coming from a gradual warming.

At the end of the series Dr Iain Stewart said the experts he’d spoken to were scared. How could we not be too? What he’s learnt is action is needed now. So, maybe we should all be joining the Friends of the Earth or the Campaign for Climate Change.

Written by Victoria

September 21, 2008 at 9:48 pm