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Cartoons on British TV redux

Cartoons On British Television Redux


Just over 2 years ago, I wrote about the meagre offering of regular animated superhero series on free-to-view television in this country. With the recent the school summer holiday, where cartoons are used to pacify the kids for a while in the morning, I thought it was time for a revisit to the theme (although I did talk about Batman:…

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Television: Sherlock


I have loved the Sherlock Holmes stories since my youth – the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce films on BBC2 on a Friday evening, the definitive television Sherlock Holmes of Jeremy Brett, the original stories themselves, the inspired by/homages/parodies (my favourite ‘new’ version being Zero Effect, by Jake Kasdan). I was a little nervous about the idea of updating the…

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TV: Thoughts On Steve Moffat’s Doctor Who


I’ve mentioned before that, although I had enjoyed the Russell T Davies-led revival of Doctor Who, I thought it could be rather self-indulgent and seemed to rely on a lot of people dying for the Doctor, which isn’t the happiest note to strike in a family-friendly programme. I’ve also said how much I was looking forward to the Steve Moffat…

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Some Recent Television Shows That I Quite Liked


Being a collection of quick thoughts concerning some programmes I’ve watched using legal means and without paid-for cable/satellite channels. Warehouse 13 Virgin recently showed the (appropriately) 13 episodes of the first season of this fun little series, which can be seen as The X-Files with humour: a male Secret Service agent who gets ‘vibes’ and a female Secret Service agent…

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TV: Veronica Mars


I can’t remember the last time there was such a disconnect between the material in the first episode and the time and location at which it was aired – Veronica Mars was shown on E4 last summer (around July 2009) at about 8am every week day, as part of the channel’s youth programming. The first episode contains the rather grisly…

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TV: True Blood


True Blood is one of the most all-round entertaining shows I’ve seen in a while. It has everything – sex, death, humour, horror, the supernatural, a serial killer, prejudice, telepathy, violence, shocking moments and tension. It’s an impressive achievement, especially when you consider it’s about vampires; Alan Ball (the creator of Six Feet Under and writer of American Beauty, not…

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Misfits

TV: Misfits


I’ve been catching up on the comic books and trade paperbacks I bought and the films I saw last year, but I’ve neglected the television shows I watched and liked last year. Talking about Heroes and FlashForward the other day got me thinking that I should mention programmes that deserve a mention. First up, Misfits. I can imagine that the…

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The Stubborn Viewing Habits of The Geek


Is there something inherent to the genetics of the genre fan that provides the pig-headed determination to keep watching a series to the very end, even if the show isn’t as enjoyable as it used to be? Is it an ersatz faith, believing in the show despite the problems? Is it because genre shows never used to be so prevalent…

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TV: The Wire


It’s embarrassing to attempt writing about The Wire when my writing skills are as limited as they are, but I had put down some thoughts about this programme because I absolutely fucking loved it, and it definitely deserved all the attributes of ‘the best programme on television’. I came to the series late: I don’t have FX, where it first…

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TV: FlashForward


This may be an easy play on words that has probably been said before, but: I wish FlashForward would flash forward. I want to know what happens but I’m not enjoying the process of finding out via the weekly television show. FlashForward was hyped like crazy before it came onto Five (there were adverts for it in the cinema before…

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