Tag Archives : TV

TV: Defying Gravity


Defying Gravity shot itself in the foot with tagline of ‘Grey’s Anatomy in space’ – you can’t afford to have such a negative start to a television series in the current TV climate. It’s tough enough to survive without an inaccurate description creating inaccurate perceptions before the show even starts, which would explain why the series was cancelled after only…

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TV: You Have Been Watching


I have mentioned previously my adoration of Charlie Brooker in print (Screen Burn) and on TV (Screenwipe, basically Screen Burn on TV; Newswipe, a mocking and angry look at news; Gameswipe, an intro to video games but with humour), so I was very happy with You Have Been Watching, his mainstream panel show all about television on Channel 4. As…

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Batman: The Brave And The Bold


I’m sure I loved the Adam West Batman TV series when it was repeated during my youth, with the colourful characters, the silliness, the catchphrases and action. However, I have to confess that I don’t have any love for it any more – I now think it’s silly and stupid and childish. You can probably blame Frank Miller – his…

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TV: Doctor Who At Christmas


I don’t intend to be very topical in this return to blogging, but I wanted to get some thoughts down about the recent (and much-hyped) series finale/swan song for David Tenant while still fresh in my head. I’m not a hardcore Doctor Who fan, but I watched it growing up (my favourite Doctor is Tom Baker, to give you an…

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TV: 30 Rock Season 2


It took a long time for Channel 5, sorry, Five to start airing the second season of 30 Rock (and they’ve buried it on one of their silly offshoot digital channels, Five USA – what a stupid name – which annoyingly has one of the worst receptions on our DVR, thus causing the signal to scramble and lost words, sentences…

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Television Comedy: Free Agents


What is hard in comedy is to be very funny AND to have emotional depth; the default is to be have some jokes and lurch to an awkward sentimental moment, with neither section working very well. However, Free Agents manages this feat, made even more impressive by the fact that it was written by a former talent agent himself. Unlike…

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TV: Being Human Series 1


I really enjoyed [LINK] the pilot episode of Being Human [official site], the fantasy drama about werewolf, vampire and ghost who share a flat in Bristol, and was very happy when it was announced that they were getting a full season (well, six episodes). I was a little disappointed that they changed two of the main cast – Andrea Riseborough…

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Television Thoughts


Keeping up my disjointed approach to blogging this week, I wanted to get down some notes on recent television viewing. Somebody asked me what I watched regularly and I didn’t have an answer; however, this wasn’t strictly true. It’s just that I don’t sit down to watch things when they are actually aired because my viewing habits have been completely…

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TV: Watching Heroes season 3


Heroes is back. Try to contain your excitement. Despite the anti-climax that was the end of the first season, and the dull hiccup that was the writers’ strike-interrupted season two, I’m back watching Heroes again, with the first two episodes on BBC2 and BBC last night. It’s nice to be watching the episodes so close to actual transmission (although I’m…

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