Monday, 24 December 2012

Made in Chelsea series 4: The winners, the losers, and the all-out chumps...


How was it for you readers? For us, series four of Made in Chelsea has had to fight a bit harder for tv-ooh's attention than during previous runs.

That's partly because the chump-count has risen considerably this time around (hello Andy and friends) and also, perhaps, because the show's stopped being a novelty: the characters are now also celebrities. We see them at awards shows and film premieres, but they don't do any of that during Made in Chelsea. There's also the risk of repetition of storylines, as its producers try and recognise and exploit what they think made the show a hit in the first place. (In case you're wondering, it's mainly ARGUMENTS we like, between the characters we want to watch).

Because don't forget, among all of this furrowed-brow discussion, WE TAKE IT ALL SO FRIGHTFULLY SERIOUSLY. Anyway, who's for a glass of Champagne and a weekend out of London, as we take a look back over this series?

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Killing III: Sarah Lund's gone to Iceland but there are still questions needing answers



That final episode of The Killing III weighed so heavily with our concerns for Lund's future, it almost didn't matter who the curiously named 'The Perpetrator' turned out to be.

But, clunky Danish to English translations aside, it's thanks to a few furtive asides earlier in the series that dodgy butler-type Niels Reinhardt was always going to be a possibility.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Doctor Who: Are the Cybermen the vainest lifeform in the universe? (Yes, yes they are)

Everyone needs a haircut now and then; perhaps a new pair of shoes, say, or a big woolly jumper to help you play a small part in that current trend for big knits and bold patterns, even if they invariably make you a bit too warm, a bit too fast.

But what if you're an emotion-free part-man part-machine creature prone to stomping around the universe like you're in a bad mood? What then?

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

TOWIE live: 'Structured' reality without the structure creates an actual shambles

A 'live' episode of structured-reality hair-do The Only Way is Essex was always going to be an easy target for critics, but no-one could have expected the generally shambolic nature of what was presented before us.