Wednesday, May 27, 2009 by David Agnew · Comments Off
For those who keep Wednesdays free for The Apprentice, some annoying news… Read more
Friday, July 26, 2002 by David Agnew · Comments Off
It’s perhaps a case or ironic confluence that a week prior to the debut of Big Brother 3, I was reading Ben Elton’s book Dead Famous – the story of a reality TV show, House Arrest, where 10 people are confined together in a pressure cooker environment competing for prize money, all thinly disguised caricatures of contestants from Big Brother’s first series. Read more
Tuesday, February 5, 2002 by David Agnew · Comments Off
In the months leading up to Christmas, I’d noticed some changes in the office. My colleagues in charge of opening the post were no longer there. As I ventured out during the morning coffee run, I would see them creeping furtively along the corridor wearing pairs of sinister rubber gloves. “What are those for?” I enquired. “Oh, Anthrax.” Read more
Saturday, September 15, 2001 by David Agnew · Comments Off
Saturday night, Saturday night… and I’m sitting in front of the television, recalling a conversation with a colleague at work. “Everything came back in the ’90’s, so the decade never really had a style of its own,” I was informed. So I Love the Nineties was always destined to be problematic. Read more
Saturday, June 16, 2001 by David Agnew · Comments Off
Really it was inevitable that the merits of Big Brother 2 would be regarded with suspicion. It is a general rule of thumb in television that second series of programmes tend quite simply to not be as effective as the originals. Read more
Saturday, June 9, 2001 by David Agnew · Comments Off
So who did you vote for? That’s what Ian Jones asked you on these pages last time around, during Big Brother series one. This year, you could even be forgiven for thinking the same question was genuinely about politics. But, if it was, would you have a ready answer? Read more
Saturday, February 24, 2001 by David Agnew · Comments Off
1985 – the year my voice broke. Well, not quite, but definitely the year I started to feel the first pangs of pre-pubescent lust, indulging in clandestine kisses with Louise Meadows under the oak tree in the village cricket green.
Saturday, January 13, 2001 by David Agnew · Comments Off
“A revolution has begun that will change the world. A moment of chaos and anarchy as the people have seized control of their destiny,” intones Liam Neeson portentously, and we know, this being 8pm, that we’re not yet in I Love the Eighties territory. Before we venture into the terrain of easy-going reminiscence of a long gone era, BBC2 have decided to give us a lesson in classical history.
Wednesday, January 10, 2001 by David Agnew · Comments Off
Have you ever wanted to change your life for the better? Have you ever wanted to be that bit more assertive, authoritative, confident and in control?
Saturday, December 23, 2000 by David Agnew · Comments Off
“It’s only a game show” chanted the Bow house contestants as the nine weeks rolled by. Yet in terms of its sheer scale, ambition and seeming ubiquity, Big Brother was the television (and internet) phenomenon of 2000. Read more
Tuesday, October 24, 2000 by David Agnew · Comments Off
The internet – a signifier for progress or simply a rancid melting pot of cyberjunk? If the new Information Age was intended to usher in innovations in mass communication rather more exciting than the flurry of onscreen e-mail chat we currently understand by it, then the idea of a television drama centred around the web is a beguiling concept on paper. Read more
Saturday, September 16, 2000 by David Agnew · Comments Off
In 1978, I was a mere two years old, having just learnt to read with the assistance of Lenny The Lion. It is therefore with some trepidation that I sit down to write this review as I have no authentic recollection of the political or pop-cultural reference points of that year but then again with I Love the Seventies that isn’t really required. Read more