Friday, 18 January 2013

IT'S SNOWING! STOP THE WORLD! Who fancies a game of tv news snow bingo?

When the snow comes down, the hardy tv news presenters go out in force - and that's mainly just to stand in places, often looking quite cold, in order to tell us what we can already see outside of our window.

It's all fine of course - tv news is about pictures and it's pictures that bring tv news to life.

BBC News and Sky are doing a grand old job - but it's likely that, up and down tv newsrooms, news editors are on their umpteenth cup of filter coffee as the snow-coverage adrenalin keeps on a-pumpin'.

Some of them are probably spending quite a lot of time on the phone shouting at their reporters who are stuck on a B road on their way to a trouble spot.

Others may be quietly weeping inside, wondering if St John's Infants really is closed or if that was just a hoax call.

But whatever - it's the great big 'how to do snow' news coverage and it's here and it's IN FULL EFFECT.

Look out for the following:

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Borgen series 2: Kim the driver unblocks Birgitte's sink, but her divorce still feels a bit wrong...

Back when Borgen started in the UK in January 2012 we wrote how it was good that the main character, Birgitte, had a stable family life - her relationship was fine thanks, and all the drama took place in her office, or in the tv studio, or on the way to the office or the tv studio.

It felt quite fresh that the lead female character didn't have to 'sacrifice' her personal happiness in order to achieve professional success. Her biggest personal concern was banning biscuits in meetings.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

HMV: A great place to go and browse for stuff before buying it online

The Tudors series two blu-ray for £5 in HMV
The news about HMV calling in the administrators is sad but not surprising.

Having to compete with supermarkets, downloads and online retailers - often with much cheaper prices and with no awkward moments of judgement when you're buying that classic series Doctor Who DVD - meant it was difficult for the high street chain to keep up.

But, do you know, maybe if I'd bought this bluray copy of tv-ooh favourite and raunchy historical romp The Tudors (series two!) I saw last week for only £5, then maybe we wouldn't be in this sorry mess now.

It's unlikely of course - that's not how economics works, and I doubt an extra £5 in the tills would have helped that much, although I would have enjoyed hearing actors begin and end sentences with 'Yes your Majesty' again.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Celebrity Big Brother: Spencer and Heidi - who are they and what do they want?

Spencer's slightly menacing control over his wife Heidi in the Celebrity Big Brother house is both intriguing and disturbing all at the same time.

It seems that, in his affections, Heidi comes only second to that five litre water bottle he's always carrying around.

Exactly what 'Speidi' see in each other is beyond specific identification, but maybe she digs Spencer's lip-smacking when he eats or his stony-faced humour-bypass moments. Maybe Spencer likes the numerous surgical alterations Heidi has carried out to her own body, or perhaps her apparent complete subservience to him? Only they can really know.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Spiral: Date set for series 4 on BBC Four?

Prepare to be roughed up by borderline unconventional policing methods while wishing you paid more attention to your French GCSE, because the new series of Spiral is due back on BBC Four this February.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Spartacus - Gods of the Arena: 'You'll go out and wonder why men aren't all wearing dirty-grey loin cloths'

If you're unfamiliar with the heady world of Spartacus, the amount of blood, violence and impossibly honed beefcake takes quite a lot to get used to at first. It's like the producers, drunk on the success of the first series Blood and Sand, decided what they thought had worked, and demanded more. MORE!

But by the end of episode one of this prequel series, you'll likely be desensitised to it all. Gratuitous be-headings, CGI blood that spurts in the most dramatic of fashions with not a transfusion in sight, and frequent references to 'small cock' as an insult: you'll shrug it all off as if you were watching soft little kittens at play in a basket in a meadow.

You may also end up going out in the street and wondering why men aren't all wearing dirty-grey loin cloths and fighting each other to the death, but that's neither here nor there.

Monday, 7 January 2013

EastEnders: Why are Tanya and Kirsty fighting over Max anyway?

While it's unlikely that Tanya in EastEnders was referring to a Paul Daniel's Magic Set when she said Kirsty knew 'a few tricks in the bedroom', she knows Tanya's a threat, and so the pair are squaring up for a bitch fight over the same man - but is Max worth the bother? 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Ripper Street: Gruesome and grim but with a vivid style and some 'cockernee' charm

The horrible sexual violence in the final scenes of episode one of Ripper Street - and the slightly daft 'in the nick of time' arrival by 'the blue' during the making of what may have been the first ever 'snuff' movie - may have been a bit too much for some viewers, both for its disturbing content and the attempts at creating a dramatic climatic scene by having the characters dashing about a lot.

You don't really get much drama from running around, or from having the grim mixed with the obvious or the absurd: the perpetrator was (of course) some posh bloke described as 'a toff with whiskers' and had a large film set built in his back garden. How did the neighbours not notice?