Bring Back Grange Hill

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 by · Comments Off 

Grange Hill – complete with that iconic image of a cartoon sausage on a fork flying across the screen as the classic theme chugs along – is fondly remembered by those of a certain age, and the mid-’80s period is seen by many as the golden era. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, May 7, 2005 by · Comments Off 

“I was hoping for a philosophical debate. Is that all I’m going to get?” Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 30, 2005 by · Comments Off 

It always took a half dozen or so episodes for a new Doctor Who to comfortably pigeonhole themselves by way of a signature quirk: “the grumpy one”, “the young one” and so on. Read more

Porn Shutdown

Monday, April 25, 2005 by · Comments Off 

The porn – sorry – adult entertainment industry is now a multimillion-dollar business and has undergone an image overhaul in the last few years as it aims for mainstream appeal. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 23, 2005 by · Comments Off 

It is often the case that the first part of a two-episode story is the one which is the most exciting. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 16, 2005 by · Comments Off 

Four episodes in, and the ninth Doctor has shown us the present, the future and, last week, the past. In this instalment, we return to present day Earth, and the Doctor’s companion Rose is taken home. Read more

The Apprentice

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 by · Comments Off 

In the same way the General Election campaign is unearthing the sort of unfailingly well-scrubbed young faces who’ll dominate our political scene for the near future, so our next generation of business leaders are also currently parading their similarly spotless credentials for public view. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 9, 2005 by · Comments Off 

There are moments during each episode of the new series of Doctor Who when you know the programme makers are having the time of their lives. Read more

The Quatermass Experiment

Saturday, April 2, 2005 by · Comments Off 

There’s still nothing – absolutely nothing – which comes close to matching the mix of elation and wonder that surfaces in the wake of a genuine TV event. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, April 2, 2005 by · Comments Off 

Doctor Who and popular culture have never made for good bedfellows. During the series original run, its flirtations with youth-speak (“Gordon Bennet!”) and chart music (John Smith and the Common Men, indeed) were shamefully embarrassing. Read more


Tuesday, March 29, 2005 by · Comments Off 

If you’re looking for a drama full of convincing dialogue, believable plotlines and gritty realism, then Hustle is not the first show you would turn to. Read more

Doctor Who

Saturday, March 26, 2005 by · Comments Off 

“Nestene consciousness? Easy!” And so it proved, as Doctor Who finally made it back in a frenzy of publicity, courting an outrageous level of anticipation is it came. Read more

The Two Ronnies Sketchbook

Friday, March 25, 2005 by · Comments Off 

It’s the same faces, the same theme tune, the same punchline over and over again – and it’s all to the good. Read more

Comic Relief Night

Friday, March 11, 2005 by · Comments Off 

“Those nice people at McCain have taken the humble potato and turned it into a fundraising phenomenon!” Read more

The Late Edition

Thursday, March 10, 2005 by · Comments Off 

Unashamedly lifting the majority of its format from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, BBC4′s The Late Edition is the Corporation’s latest attempt to recapture the elusive topical satire that it thinks it remembers doing so well in the past. Read more

The Culture Show

Thursday, March 3, 2005 by · Comments Off 

It was a little over a year ago that OTT was busy lamenting the absence of a decent choice of programmes on TV at 7pm. Read more


Sunday, February 27, 2005 by · Comments Off 

For a long time Paul Whitehouse has been considered to be – in his various guises – as merely Harry Enfield’s sidekick or “that bloke off The Fast Show“. Read more


Friday, February 18, 2005 by · Comments Off 

Resurrected on a whim, then killed off by expediency. What a way to go. Read more


Sunday, February 13, 2005 by · Comments Off 

Much like its main character, Joey is already lost during the opening moments of the first episode simply because its a spin-off from the biggest live-action sitcom on the planet. Read more

Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet

Saturday, February 12, 2005 by · Comments Off 

It seems as though former puppetmaster Gerry Anderson has had his new hi-tech version of Captain Scarlet in development ever since the original series finished its original run. Read more

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