Human nurture

Thursday, February 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The BBC has announced Being Human has been recommissioned. Read more

Heroes without hope?

Sunday, December 21, 2008 by · 10 Comments 

With Heroes now on a break, it’s time to ask if the show is finally beyond all hope. Read more

Spooks recommissioned

Thursday, December 4, 2008 by · 5 Comments 

The BBC has announced Spooks will return for an eighth series next year. Read more

Business reality goes global

Thursday, October 16, 2008 by · Comments Off 

As one business reality show winds down (ITV1′s Natural Born Sellers), another arises. Read more

The Third Coming

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

Zachary Quinto as Sylar

Zachary Quinto as Sylar

The morning after Heroes series three debuted in the US, the BBC screened the opener for journalists at the Curzon cinema, Soho.

Roly Keating, Controller of BBC2, introduced the preview: “Huge apologies for the short notice, as you may have gathered we didn’t know till the last minute if we were going to have the materials to do this screening, as what you’re about to see only broadcast in America in the small hours of last night. This is as close to an American premiere as you’re ever going to get. Read more

Spooks: Code 9

Saturday, August 2, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The announcement of Spooks: Code 9 was greeted with the kind of collective internet sigh last heard through every episode of ’90s flop Attachments.  The trailers looked like something someone might have knocked up for YouTube using clips from that failure to tap into the web zeitgeist, the main complaint being that this spin-off (then called Threat Level) made a nonsense of the parent programme because it showed everyone in London being wiped out, making the actions of the more familiar characters entirely pointless.

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Monday, March 31, 2008 by · Comments Off 

We’re more than halfway through the latest series of Gavin and Stacey and so far, hardly anything has actually, you know, happened. But that’s all to the good, because I reckon this is the funniest, most warm-hearted sitcom on telly for ages. Read more

Lost in the Ashes of Torchwood

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 by · Comments Off 

The general mood surrounding telefantasy fans has been a little down of late. Read more

The Liverpool Nativity

Sunday, December 16, 2007 by · Comments Off 

The Liverpool Nativity was rather better than anyone expected. In the run up, cynical writing and comment abounded with some questioning the casting – any scouser with an equity card – and the setting, which could potentially have led to another airing of the usual stereotypes Read more

“I’ll just wank off Ianto”

Monday, December 3, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Those words spoken, of course, by John Barrowman at this morning’s press launch for series two of Torchwood (TX-ing from mid January on BBC2). This was as he sat down next to Gareth David-Lloyd in the screening room. The first actual words spoken in the second series, though? Oh, go on then – “‘Scuse me, have you seen a blowfish driving a sports car?” Read more

Three’s continuity – slight return

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Back in January, I suggested that BBC3 had the worst continuity announcers on telly, especially the hopeless Keiron Elliott. Almost a year on, he’s still at it, and it looks like Family Guy is continuing to bring out the worst in him. Read more

“This calls for a sexy party!”

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 by · Comments Off 

Nine months after it was going out at midnight, this week’s Broadcast reports that Family Guy is now the second most popular programme on BBC3. Read more

Three’s continuity

Friday, January 26, 2007 by · Comments Off 

BBC3 has always had an appalling press, but I’ve always been a fan of it because I think a lot of its programmes are very good (great to see Man Stroke Woman back) and it does something different to its rivals. However, one area in which it’s always been appalling is… its dreadful continuity announcers. Read more

Torchwouldn’t do that in real life

Thursday, November 2, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Watching the third episode of Torchwood, things were rolling along quite merrily for me until the moment when Gwen decides to take that week’s alien gizmo home. For some reason I couldn’t get past this point – the same thing had happened during episode one. Read more


Sunday, October 22, 2006 by · Comments Off 

In the same way big screen versions of stage musicals used to have professional vocalists “singing” the parts of the lead actors, so it might be advisable to have professional scribes employed to “write” the scripts of Russell T Davies. Read more

“No procedure anymore – it’s a fucking disgrace!”

Monday, October 16, 2006 by · Comments Off 

That’s less than five minutes in to episode one of Torchwood.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006 by · Comments Off 

In fact - Mr Chris Orton - as per the confirmed TV schedules this lunchtime, Torchwood is not being simulcast on BBC1 and 3, it’s being repeated later in the week on BBC2 on Wednesday at 9pm, when two episodes will be going out back-to-back.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006 by · Comments Off 

The new DWM has settled the troublesome Torchwood issue once and for all. Read more


Tuesday, October 10, 2006 by · Comments Off 

This’ll all be put to bed tomorrow, so one last piece of speculation about Torchwood‘s scheduling – and the latest whisper is the programme is going to get a regular repeat slot on BBC2 some time later in the week after its BBC3 showing.


Monday, October 9, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Apparently the Beeb have now dropped plans to simulcast the first episode of Torchwood on both BBC1 and BBC3. Which is a shame, cos it would have made for ident hell.

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