Doctor Who

Saturday, June 30, 2007 by · Comments Off 

There was a time, back when Doctor Who was on almost all year round, that all its principle cast members, including the eponymous time wizard, would go on vacation for a few episodes. Read more


Thursday, June 28, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Nice of ITV1 to show Die Hard the other night, a film I never get tired of seeing (and, considering I haven’t been to a cinema since a date with Sue Cain to watch Kingpin in 1996, that’s saying something), under the Action Heroes motif. Read more

Peter misses!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 by · Comments Off 

From Broadcast: “ITV1′s struggling business-reality show Tycoon has been pulled from its 9pm slot on a Tuesday night. It will return on Monday 9 July at 10pm as a 30-minute format. Tough Gig has also been pulled.”

The best bit about last night’s Tycoon…

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 by · Comments Off 

…Peter Jones, in the back of his limo, fist clenched in glee, declaring: “Peter scores!”

The next Millionaire, Link, Deal or no Deal?

Monday, June 25, 2007 by · Comments Off 

With the news that Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is going to be scrapped, plus Deal or No Deal having recently celebrated its 500th show, I accidentally tuned into ITV’s new daytime quiz show Goldenballs and found myself watching what may well be the next big quiz show. Read more

“It may be on a lousy channel…”

Friday, June 22, 2007 by · Comments Off 

18 months ago, I posted about how Channel 4, despite spending what seemed to be the entire GDP of a small country on The Simpsons, didn’t seem all that fussed about actually, you know, showing any new episodes. Read more

The ex-ex X Factor judge

Friday, June 22, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Here’s a turn up. Just released by ITV’s press office… Read more

“Do you want to Fruka?”

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Sadly, knee-deep in various Other Commitments [shudder!], I don’t have the time to write a properly-thought-out-with-actual-arguments-and-that review of last night’s Tycoon, but I feel I must share some thoughts about this first effort from Peter Jones’ production company… starring Peter Jones. Read more

King David

Monday, June 18, 2007 by · Comments Off 

When it comes to panel games, it doesn’t really matter as to the format or the questions – probably about 95% of the appeal is down to the participants. So nobody really cares that 8 out of 10 Cats is about opinion polls – all that matters is that Sean Lock is there being funny. Hence, BBC1′s new panel game Would I Lie to You is likely to prove enjoyable due to the masterstroke of hiring David Mitchell as a team captain. Read more


Saturday, June 16, 2007 by · Comments Off 

A creature of dangerous unpredictability has returned to our screens. A person of hidden debauchery, of masked wantonness, of hitherto unexceptional virtues suddenly and dramatically revealed to possess capacity for unspeakable acts of irresponsibility. Read more

Corporate reshuffle

Friday, June 15, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Well, I’d made the assumption Peter Jones was “out” when it came to the next series of Dragons’ Den but, as per today’s press release from the Beeb, the self-styled tycoon is still on board.  Read more

Hyde bound

Tuesday, June 5, 2007 by · Comments Off 

It’s the press launch for Steven Moffat’s Jekyll tonight, but I shan’t be going as I’ve got a prior engagement… with my wedding anniversary. Nonetheless, I’ve ensured I’m not missing out on too much. Last December I was lucky enough to visit the production on set (they filmed at an MOD base in Chertsey, Surrey – where, at the same time, another unit was shooting Holby Blue). Read more