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TV Round Up 2011

Television: final report card for the end of 2011

Another delayed collection of jumbled thoughts on some of the good television programmes I watched in the latter half of 2011 since the previous posts about good television in the first half of 2011 [post 1] [post 2] [post 3]. Doctor Who The second half of the sixth season of the new Doctor Who saw a general improvement in overall…

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TV round-up 2011 part 3

Television: Half-Year Report Card Part 3

The final part of my summary of the things I’ve been watching on television in the first half of 2011. This selection is under the heading of comedy, which covers a broad spectrum. COMEDY Twenty Twelve I wasn’t sure that a documentary-style comedy about The Olympic Deliverance team coping with the pressure of organising the London 2012 Olympics would be…

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Television: Half-Year Report Card Part 2

The second part of my quick look at some of the television programmes in the first half of this year. Today I discuss those shows I’m going to label as ‘genre’, which includes sci-fi and detective television. GENRE Doctor Who I talked about the effects of budgetary problems on British television, which brings me to Doctor Who. Doctor Who is…

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TV round-up 2011 part 1

Television: Half-Year Report Card Part 1

As I did for my cinema habits of the first half of 2011, I’m jotting down a few notes on the various television programmes of interest that have passed my eyes. I’ve been watching a lot of dramas on the BBC (after they got a money infusion just before the stupid coalition government took it all away), but there’s a…

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Not The Royal Wedding

People want to feel attached to a ‘historic’ moment in their lifetime. I wanted nothing to do with it, and this is my reminder of that day. Friday morning was wonderfully quiet in the suburbs of London. Instead of being one of the idiots who had camped out the night before to wave a silly flag as two people they…

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I Need A Clone To Do My Blogging For Me

I was going to blog something. And then the post man delivered our copy of Lego Star Wars 3 The Clone Wars. There should be a modern saying about good intentions and video games for children. Ah well. Time to get back to throwing lightsabres and blowing stuff up. (PS: I love the muzak when characters are in the lift…

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In Response To Mark Kermode’s Thoughts On Film Piracy

Mark Kermode recently captured his thoughts on film piracy in his Uncut blog, which boiled down to his view that piracy will stopped by simultaneous distribution (releasing a film in cinemas, streaming online and on DVD on the same date). I think that Kermode is coming from a naïve and cinema-obsessed point of view that won’t tackle piracy. Movie piracy…

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My Favourite Television of 2010

Disclaimer: this is not a ‘Best Television of 2010’ post – I don’t subscribe to Sky and all their channels (other satellite/cable providers are available) and I don’t download television illegally, so this discussion will not include a lot of quality shows from abroad that might be expected in this type of post. This is a summary of the best…

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My Ten Favourite Films Seen In The Cinema 2010

The Academy Awards have just passed, which means now is as good a time as any to document my favourite 10 films I watched on a cinema screen in 2010. These sorts of posts are usually found December (which always seems odd to me, because films might be released after this arbitrary cut-off date), but I’m nothing if a little…

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