Category: television

  • Paris – Roubaix

    This Sunday brings the 2013 edition of the cycling spring classic Paris – Roubaix. I can remember being drawn into the Tour De France on World of Sport in the late seventies, where it quickly became apparent that it was a technical, complex and interesting sport to understand (the sort of challenge I seemed to…

  • All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace Episode Two

    Having watched the first episode of Adam Curtis’s latest documentary, I wrote how I wasn’t quite at ease with some of his proofs of how technology had influenced society. I was keen to see how he developed his ideas, which rolled on into a new direction, of “How the idea of the ecosystem was invented,…

  • All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace Episode One

    All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace is a three part documentary on BBC 2 by Adam Curtis, who made the fantastic The Power of Nightmares, an exploration of how the Islamic Fundamentalists and the American Hawks rose from the same point in history, each with complementary aims, and a fundamental need of each…

  • Simon Cowell – Do More Evil

    It’s always good to try and get yourself into someone else’s mindset. Try and see the world from their point of view. So today I was wondering What Would Simon Cowell Do? See, he took a little dent this Christmas, what with the Rage Against The Machine campaign. X-Factor stuff still earned him a pretty…

  • The worst thing on Television at the moment

    is the last shot of this Pepsi Max commercial: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKV0QuQsonk&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&border=1] It makes me angry beyond words. Well okay it doesn’t do half of that acheter viagra en ligne suisse. However it is terrible. What exactly are they doing at the end there? I don’t understand. Maybe I refuse to understand or comprehend. In fact…

  • I don’t care who you are, fall off that big thing now please

    I’ve just been reading Charlie Brooker’s latest Screen Burn column. You should too. Then come back here. Done that? Good. Right, where were we? Okay, early on he sums up nicely one thing that really annoys me about television at the moment. Sometimes there is a need to explain who a person is, what makes…

  • Psychoville S01E06 AND S01E07 – or not

    Psychoville on BBC2 is starting to pick up pace now. All the disparate strands are now intertwined, and the murder and terror is coming thick and fast. Dawn French’s terrible blood-transfusion revenge was a particular gruesome highlight. Now we’re nearly at the end, it seems clear that they really have written a decent sequel to…

  • Big Brother 10 – Reality Eats Itself

    So tonight’s episode of Big Brother 10 had quite a lot going on. Kenneth the Evil Villain in tears over the thought of his girlfriend doing naughty things without him, despite one of his first sentences on greeting her in the house being “Wow, 58 days of loyalty, who would have thought it?” Siavash and…

  • You Have Been Watching – S01E03

    Last night’s show had a slightly different feel to it, it seemed like Charlie Brooker was a little brasher, a little louder, a little more cunty. This was no bad thing at all. Mixed in with some quality comments from Frankie Boyle (“they’re supposed to be experts, what did they expect when they cut open…

  • The Television of 23 Years Ago

    One of the reasons I started using WordPress instead of Blogger was so that I could post some of my old diaries online (Blogger didn’t at the time allow you to go back beyond a certain date which was not early enough). Over time I’ve gradually been putting up some of those diary entries, and…