Loose at 5.30!

Monday, May 29, 2006 by · Comments Off 

If anything should serve as a warning not to tune in to a programme, it is the sight of an exclamation mark adorning a timecheck. Read more

“My wife left me…” again, at last

Saturday, May 27, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Well, in one way or another, we’ve been following this story for a good six months (see here and here). The good news now is, on Thursday, I came home to find my DVD of Joking Apart series one had arrived. Read more

Big Brother

Friday, May 26, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Well, it’s always eventful in the first week of any Big Brother, although rarely is it entirely through the initial actions of the housemates. Read more

Sunday trading: The mailbag, part deux!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 by · Comments Off 

And still the comments cascade in. This time from non-OTT affliated correspondents… Read more

The most depressing story in television history

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Sometimes reading Broadcast magazine can be the most depressing thing ever, and this week is no exception. We’re all aware that the team behind Saturday Kitchen, including Anthony Worrall Thompson, have defected to ITV, while BBC1 are continuing their show with a new host, James Martin (the ITV1 one is going to be called Saturday Cooks, fact fans). Read more

Sunday trading: The mailbag!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 by · Comments Off 

So, the mail floods in, in response to my “how will Noel celebrate dealing on the Sabbath?” bit of nonsense. Read more

Camera moans

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Shahbaz on Big Brother 7 appears to have gone completely off the wall so quickly it makes you wonder how on earth he ever managed to pass the psychological assessment to get on the show. Read more

Sunday trading

Monday, May 22, 2006 by · Comments Off 

A curious thing about the Channel 4 press office is that, long before they update their website, they put out advanced scheduling info via their “tape list” email. This is a weekly update they send out to the media, detailing what preview programmes they have available on DVD (but – you know – we still call it a “tape list”). Each show is accompanied by a TX date, making it an invaluable first port-of-call to find out what C4′s doing, when. Read more

Top Gear

Sunday, May 21, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Do you know anything about cars? I don’t. Read more

Nothing exciting ever happens here

Saturday, May 20, 2006 by · Comments Off 

About 10 minutes ago all hell broke loose in the National Lottery studio. Read more

Better for you, better for all of us

Thursday, May 18, 2006 by · Comments Off 

What on earth is going through the minds of ITV Sport? Read more

Howard returns

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 by · Comments Off 

One of the joys of the web is that it allows televisual figures, who have loomed large in your past then seemed to disappear, to re-emerge and actually explain what they’ve been up to. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, May 13, 2006 by · Comments Off 

An old showman trait is to keep the audience wanting more – a key aspect to Doctor Who, new and old. Read more

The West Wing

Friday, May 12, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Firstly, anyone who has already bailed out on this series: shame on you. Read more

Going for a gong – slight return

Friday, May 12, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Further to Ian’s post the other day on the desperate state of ITV at the BAFTAs, it seems the network bosses themselves agree. Read more

The Apprentice

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by · Comments Off 

[NB: Ben Stanberry was the first of this year's apprentices to be dispatched by Sir Alan Sugar.] Read more

Going for a gong

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by · Comments Off 

At Sunday night’s TV BAFTA ceremony, out of a total of 19 awards, ITV won just one. Yes, just one. One single, solitary award. Read more

B-b-b-b bullshit!

Tuesday, May 9, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Last Wednesday, I was in a smoke-filled room with Mike Reid. I was interviewing him to tie-in with UKTV Gold’s next EastEnders themed weekend, “Secrets and Lies”, which kicks off on June 3. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, May 6, 2006 by · Comments Off 

After the inauspicious opening episode, David Tennant’s tenure in the TARDIS is developing into a rather rewarding series, in many ways superior to the show’s debut run last year. Read more

Election 2006

Thursday, May 4, 2006 by · Comments Off 

“I wouldn’t call them boring,” sniffed David Dimbleby hailing us yet again from his election hearthside, “it’s hard to think of a more fascinating night.” Read more

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