Tag Archives : TV

TV: No Heroics


I really want to like No Heroics. I’m the demographic (well, I would be if I was younger, sigh …): I like comedy and I like comic books. It doesn’t require complicated mathematics to work it out. So it is with heavy heart that I write the words, ‘It was okay’. Even with Warren Ellis’ seal of approval, I can’t…

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TV: The Secret of Doctor Who


It’s been an eventful time for Doctor Who, both on and off screen. Russell T Davies, now an OBE, the man who successfully updated Doctor Who after nearly 20 years off our screens, is stepping down from the series runner position. He will be replaced by Steven Moffat, who has written some of the best episodes of the past four…

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Barry Norman Pickled Onions


Coming into work this morning, I noticed a bizarre-looking poster at a bus stop: it was advertising Barry Norman Pickled Onions. I thought it was a joke of some sort, perhaps for a new show or game. But it isn’t. It’s a genuine product: you can find the official website for it here, and you can buy them (if you…

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TV: Pushing Daisies


Pushing Daisies is the latest import from the US that has a British woman in one of the lead roles (see Bionic Woman and The Sarah Conner Chronicles) and which is being shown on ITV (see Bionic Woman and Entourage). However, they are showing it on the main channel, ITV1, at prime time on a Saturday evening. Now that is…

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TV Catch-Up: Being Human


A common theme in these last few posts about my recent television viewing is the odd choice of channel that airs the show. Being Human joins this list because BBC3 is not the home of supernatural drama. Being Human is about two friends who work in menial jobs in a hospital. Their connection is that they are not normal: Mitchell…

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TV Catch-Up: Bionic Woman


I don’t understand the way ITV thinks: it puts Dexter on ITV1 (albeit late at night) but puts Entourage and The Office: An American Workplace. It’s a shame that they were able to purchase them in the first place – they are not the usual programmes that people who watch ITV want to see. And now we have the updating…

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TV Catch-Up: Dexter


The idea of a serial killer who only kills other serial killers sounds like it could be a really clichéd B-movie. Instead, the television series Dexter, based on the Dexter novels of Jeff Lindsay (pen name of Jeffry P. Freundlich), is a fascinating and perfectly judged character study as well as an entertaining programme. Dexter (Michael C Hall) is a…

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TV Catch-Up: Reaper


Reaper stars Bret Harrison (who looks a little like a young Craig Berko, who I always remember from The Long Kiss Goodnight) as Sam, a slacker who works at a home improvement store, whose parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise). On his 21st birthday, he becomes a bounty hunter for Devil, tracking down souls escaped from hell…

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