“He seems less of a self-aggrandising prick than the others”

Thursday, February 23, 2006 by · Comments Off 

While we’re waiting for OTT’s review of The Apprentice to appear (and it will, that’s inevitable), Andrew “The” Collins’ has written a very nice sweary piece about last night’s episode on his blog. Read more

The Apprentice

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 by · Comments Off 

There are few things as off-putting as the broadsheets squealing in delight at a TV show. Read more

Saturday arcade

Saturday, February 18, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Not sure why the imminent ending of Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow has become news all of a sudden, expecially when it was announced about 12 months ago. However with only a few shows left, I wonder what’s going to replace it come the autumn. Read more

Rock School

Sunday, February 12, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Two teenagers scour the newspaper listings for somewhere to play host to a fledgling heavy rock group. They’re both part of the band’s management team, and hence have a shared interest in finding a suitable venue – and fast. Read more

Eleventh Hour

Thursday, February 9, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Every so often, a show comes along that is so derivative, so unoriginal, it becomes almost impossible to decide exactly what it’s ripping off. Read more

Box clever

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Decent TV shows about TV have always tended to fall into one of two categories: the pithily pedantic (Open AirSee for YourselfRight to Reply) or the waspishly whimsical (Take TwoAsk AspelWindmill). A programme that tackles telly from a topical, informative and genuinely enthusiastic point of view has, it feels, never been treated as a serious proposition. Convention seems to dictate there always has to be a gimmick bolted on, be it Gloria Hunniford, video booths or “Call the Controller”. Read more

“You seem to have gone from anchor to wanker!”

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Oh yes, The Apprentice returns to BBC2 on Wednesday 22 February, hence today’s press launch, which even prompted the broadsheet writers to attend (Caitlin Moran in her dumpy boots). Read more

See pattern B in TV Times

Monday, February 6, 2006 by · Comments Off 

So the BBC and ITV have finally announced the World Cup split – the agreement on which games from the forthcoming footballing fandango will be screened on each network. Read more

“He appears every Friday night… like Urkel!”

Monday, February 6, 2006 by · Comments Off 

To be honest, I’ve never understood that joke, but I love the way Homer says it. Read more

Our survey says…

Friday, February 3, 2006 by · Comments Off 

… this is probably the most obvious title I could have used.

Anyway, Vernon Kay, who astounded everyone by proving to be really rather likeable on the ace Game Show Marathon, is hosting a five-episode celebrity version of Family Fortunes. Read more

Curb Your Enthusiam meets Frasier meets Woody Allen

Thursday, February 2, 2006 by · Comments Off 

David Schneider in interview: Read more

Plinko with Pasquale

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by · Comments Off 

It’s amazing to think about how much of a ratings battleground teatime has become. Read more

Scarf ace

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Monday. Monday’s are great. On Monday I spent 45 minutes with Tom Baker interviewing him for work. It was lots and lots of fun, with the grand old man of Who looking no different from when he signed my book in 1997 (or thereabouts). Read more