Doctor Who

Friday, January 1, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

I wouldn’t let Russell T Davies tie my shoelaces.  Read more

The magic’s back again

Thursday, December 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The BBC has announced Merlin has been recommissioned for a third series. Read more

Doctor Who

Sunday, November 15, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

BBC1What is Doctor Who without hope?  Read more

Barry Letts, 1925-2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Barry Letts (right) with Jon Pertwee and Dalek

Barry Letts (right) with Jon Pertwee and Dalek

Like all major figures involved with Doctor Who, producer Barry Letts seemed to have his own personal anecdote about working on the show, one which  got endlessly trotted out to the benign bemusement of fans.

In his case, it was a bizarre story about recieving a letter containing a poem advising him of the proper pronounciation of ‘chitinous’. Yet that, and several other similarly prominent anecdotes about eyepatches and ‘Katy’s fella’, belied the fact he also had a great many fascinating stories to tell about the years he spent working on a fascinating programme, many of them relating to a pivotal moment in television history.

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Fools rushes in

Monday, October 5, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

The BBC has announced Inbetweeners star James Buckley has been cast as the young Del Trotter. Read more

Sladen with goodness

Saturday, September 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Sarah Jane and friends

Sarah Jane and friends

So what links The Sarah Jane Adventures to The One Show? Answer below.

As Dave Golder’s already reported on the SFX website, last night saw the press launch for series three of the excellent Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The opener, ‘Prisoner of the Judoon’, is most notable for Elisabeth Sladen’s truly brilliant, and slightly bonkers, performance as an evil Sarah Jane. It’s a two-parter packed with thrills and gags, although, as Dave points out in his piece, the Chandra parents do come across as superfluous to the action… but they are nicely played. Read more

Ashes edges to the end

Thursday, September 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The final series of Ashes to Ashes has commenced filming in Bermondsey, South London. Read more

The Y Factor

Sunday, September 20, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

What’s Jeremy Hunt MP, Shadow Culture Secretary, discussing here? Read more

“It’s Neil Warnock, live from Cornwall…”

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

I watched the BBC’s stab at covering the lower divisions of English football Read more

Doctor Bow

Monday, July 20, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in costume

Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in costume

A new era of Doctor Who gets underway today as filming began on the show’s 2010 series. And to beat the spoilers, Matt Smith’s new, pleasingly boffinish costume was revealed on this morning’s edition of Breakfast at 8.55am.

More than that, the press release attached to this event is the first issued by Premier PR – who also work on Ashes to Ashes, Hustle and Spooks – since they won the contract from Doctor Who‘s long-standing publicists Taylor Herring earlier in the year (although Taylor Herring will still be dealing with all press for the remaining David Tennant episodes). And here’s what it says… Read more

As Seen on TV

Friday, July 17, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

BBC1The problem with panel shows is audiences have become accustomed to them being one of two things… Read more

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Friday, July 10, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

BBC1Having prematurely washed my hands of this latest series of Torchwood (at least in print), it seems only fair that I should redress the balance.  Read more

Strictly switch-around for BBC1 autumn

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

Darcy Bussell and Alesha Dixon to 'refresh' Strictly

Darcy Bussell and Alesha Dixon to 'refresh' Strictly

Strictly ‘refreshed’, 16 celebs going around the world in 80 days, Take That headlining a Children in Need concert at The Albert Hall and Totally Saturday “not as good as it should be”: Today’s press launch for the autumn season on BBC1.

BBC1 Controller Jay Hunt was on confident, bullish form as she unveiled BBC1′s new season line-up (joshing the event was quite nerve-wracking for her “given what happened to my predecessor… I’ve looked at all the pictures you’re going to see today, and I didn’t see someone walking backwards when they should have been walking forwards… but I might have missed something”). Read more

Torchwood: Children of Earth

Monday, July 6, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

BBC1Pretty much everything that’s wrong with Torchwood: Children of Earth can be summed up by one shot Read more

Del Boy: The early years

Friday, July 3, 2009 by · 21 Comments 

The BBC has just announced the long-rumoured commission of an Only Fools and Horses prequel. Read more

Robin Hood bows out

Friday, July 3, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

There is a certain inevitability about the news of the cancellation of Robin Hood. Read more

Your Torchwood ratings-ometer

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by · 26 Comments 

Lenny, Tracey and David - back together and back on BBC1!

Just how will daily doses of adult telefantasy fare on BBC1 next week? Read more

Summer Wine still flowing

Friday, June 26, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

The BBC has announced that Last of The Summer Wine has been recommissioned. Read more

The Saturday Night Artifice

Friday, June 19, 2009 by · 10 Comments 

What boring Saturday night telly we’ve got at the moment. Read more

Springing from the Ashes

Monday, June 8, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Kudos has confirmed a third and final series of Ashes to Ashes has been commissioned. Read more

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