What I’m Watching Tonight…

23 04 2007

The Sopranos (S06E15) – Ok, some no name was killed and Johnny Sac died of Cancer. Who is next? Only 7 eps remain!!

Life on Mars (S02E08) – I was watching the football (Man U 7-Roma 1) when the finale was on, and I haven’t found an hour to watch it since, but I have managed to avoid anyone talking about it, and any blogs with reviews of the episode… so tonight could be the night I find out what happened to Sam Tyler.

Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul (S01E03) – Awful, awful title. But they used to make me laugh when I was young, so i’ll give it a go.

Middle Classes – Their Rise and Sprawl – Documentary on BBC4 on how the middle class became the majority in the UK. How can I squeeze in four programs in one evening I hear you cry??? By staying up til 1am and ignoring the people around me. thats dedication… or isolation. followed by depression. and loathing.

What I’m watching tonight…

13 02 2007

Life on Mars on BBC1. Closely followed by episode two of Life on Mars on BBC4. With that mission complete, I will be on the internet to register my disgust/delight within minutes/hours. If I’m still awake I may try and squeeze in Monday nights double bill of 24. As Jack would no doubt say, “There isn’t much time!”

Life on Mars in the US

8 02 2007

This pilot season in hollywood, there have been lots of UK shows remade for a US audience, including The I.T Crowd, The Vicar of Dibley, that other one that people are talking about… but the most anticipated, and also maybe almost probably the one that will be picked up is a remake of Life On Mars, the BBC drama that returns to screens later this month. In the Us the show is being run by David E. Kelley whose credits include Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope and most recently Boston Legal, and the reason it has caught my attention is that the lead role has just been cast. They chose a young woman called Rachel LeFevre, which will put a whole new spin on the show, as I can’t imagine she will have been very old, or alive at all in the 70’s. The UK version has plenty of references to Sam’s childhood in the 1970’s, and season 1 even ends with….aaah, I won’t spoil it for you.

Rachel Lefevre appeared in the craptastic Fox ‘comedy’ Life on a Stick that managed to show up on both Nickelodeon and Paramount in the UK, and is currently appearing in What About Brian as the stripper wife of the character whose name I can’t remember. Yep, thats some great reporting right there.

EDIT:- There has been much interest in this post in the past few days, mainly from the BBC points of view message board. anywho, as a result of reading this haven of knowledge and opinion, I have found out that Rachel LeFevre won’t be playing the lead in ABC’s now delayed “Life on Mars” remake, instead she will be taking on the role of Annie. thanks to the guy that called me “an idiot” for that little nugget

Life on Mars

24 01 2007

My favourite BBC drama returns next month. Life On Mars is the story of a man who was hit by a car in the opening episode, and wakes up in 1973. He doesn’t know if he has travelled back in time, or whether he is in a coma, which let’s face it, is the more likely occurence. Anyway, he was a cop in 2006, and so he is a cop in 73, but Sweeney/Starsky and Hutch style. Great writing, soundtrack and use of the test card girl make it something that if you didn’t catch the first time round, you blew it big time. But there is still hope for you, because you can watch the promo for series 2, shot in the style of 70’s BBC cartoons, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »


14 01 2006

Yay! Celebrate the return of my weekly/monthly/whenever I feel like it TV column! I’m not even going to disguise the fact that this is just a scam to allow me to put “internet columnist” on my CV, and go for a job at “zoo” magazine. (I’m lying, I read nuts. I don’t know, I just find it more…. ballsy).

I’m going to start by saying this column will have (gasp) spoilers and I can’t hide them behind invisi-text. So look away now if you don’t want to know who killed Eddie Royle outside the Queen vic!! I’m kidding again, I haven’t watched that crap since 1997.

I’ll start off by pointing out this little article about the worldwide success of Lost, even though it has a few inaccuracies. Its cool that they mention the amount of people downloading Season 2 in the English speaking world, even thought they have no idea about the numbers involved. Channel 4 even pushed the date of season 2 forward to Spring because of downloading, its hitting everyone that relies on foriegn imports. I also have a new theory about Lost that is rock solid, after what I saw in the Black smoke this week. If you want to know the theory, erm.. never mind, i’m probably wrong.

Next up, there is some good news for Arrested Development fans. FOX have scheduled the last 4 episodes of season 3. They are so petty, they have put them on Friday Feb 10th, opposite the opening ceremony of the winter olympics. Hopefully they can cancel the show soon after, allowing Showtime or ABC to pick it up in time for a season 4 in September.

Next up I have a couple of requests for programs, if anyone can find them for me, they would be rewarded greatly (in heaven). First up an Australian comedy called Kath & Kim. I saw 5 minutes and thought “meh”, but thats often the way with comedy these days. I’ve heard its great, and I want to give it another go. But I can’t find it online, or even a region 2 DVD for sale, help? The next one is an Argentinian program called Epitafios. If you know how to get your hands on it, teelll meeeeee.

Back here in the UK, if I see another program that starts with the word celebrity, I will poke my eyes out with rusty spoons. People that slept with TV presenters and filmed it, not celebrities. sons of famous footballers, not celebrities. nightclub owners, people who *went out with* big brother contestants, Nobodies from nowhere these are not celebrities.

But don’t get me wrong ,that isn’t the problem with this sub-genre. Its that the concepts are all the same and generally so threadbare.. person dropped into fish-out-of-water situation, judged by experts, tits/bum out for the tabloids, tearful interview at the end, releases fitness video and autobiography detailing their struggle with fame. Its… bollox. I would definitely watch something like Celebrity firing squad though.

But there is still Life on Mars. For people that didn’t see it or aren’t in the UK, its really good. Just trust me and download it, I can’t be bothered to go into detail after I just linked to the website.

Also in the UK, look out for “The IT crowd”, a comedy starring Chris Morris starting Feb 5th, and “Suburban Shootout”, a cross between Kill Bill and desperate Housewives I’m told. Its a co-production between Paramount and five, and there is a good chance you may see my sublime editing skills for the first time on terrestrial Television. Thats right, I demand a pay rise!

To finish, I’ll leave you with this clip from a Japanese game show. They are all about the humiliation!