England Expects

Monday, April 5, 2004 by · Comments Off 

It seems more than a coincidence that this two-hour drama suddenly appeared on our screens just as a new round of immigration and asylum issues are currently making the news. Read more

Britian’s Best Sitcom

Saturday, March 27, 2004 by · Comments Off 

A very, very long time ago, Britain’s Best Sitcom arrived on BBC2, and people all around this great nation of ours thought: “Oh, that might be a vaguely interesting way to kill an hour or two.” Sadly, it was not to be so simple. Read more

The Terry and Gaby Show

Friday, March 26, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Shorn of all reason to maintain the pretence of being an ongoing concern, the last ever Terry and Gaby Show resembled one long noisy and petulant unravelling of decorum and dignity. Read more

Feather Boy

Tuesday, March 23, 2004 by · Comments Off 

After a wave of negative experiences with regards to poor writing of late, it is only fair that I doff my cap in the direction of this wonderful piece of drama that, once again, underlines the BBC’s strength of commitment to, and complete respect for, children’s television. Read more


Tuesday, March 16, 2004 by · Comments Off 

The accusation that it is all style and no substance is a charge that Hustle is inherently guilty of. Not that this is a bad thing, you understand. Read more

Murder in Suburbia

Saturday, March 13, 2004 by · Comments Off 

“What’s our single most important rule about men, Scribbs?”/”No bad boys.”/”Because?”/”They’re bad.”/”And?”/”They’re boys.” Read more


Monday, March 8, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Occasionally, just occasionally, you manage to catch a little slice of history on your screen and it fills your heart with joy that you witnessed something special. Read more


Tuesday, February 24, 2004 by · Comments Off 

After seeing the first episode of Hustle, it would come as no surprise to see some enterprising crook super-glued to a cash dispenser at his or her local bank, desperate to escape before the police arrive on the scene. Read more

24 Hour Quiz

Friday, February 20, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Sometimes ITV will fling out something that’s just so ITV you have to start wondering if there aren’t channel executives standing around, guffawing up their sleeves. Are we witnessing here a cleverly executed joke that’s been meticulously set-up just to make merry with popular conceptions about the third channel? Read more

About a Bar Mitzvah Boy

Tuesday, February 10, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Continuing to build upon its impressive reputation, BBC Scotland’s EX-S documentary team produced another lovely little gem in this, the tale of Sean Winston, a Glaswegian Bar Mitzvah boy. Read more


Friday, February 6, 2004 by · Comments Off 

At first glance, it would appear that Friends and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme make for uncomfortable bedfellows. However, no two sitcoms of recent times have received quite the same level of vitriolic abuse and bitter, undiluted contempt from critics (both amateur and professional) than these mismatched partners. Read more

Sea of Souls

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Lazily, and perhaps rather predictably labelled in certain quarters as Britain’s answer to The X Files, Sea of Souls seems in fact much more like one of those spooky old anthology series that Britain used to do so well in days gone by. Read more

Goodbye Pebble Mill

Sunday, February 1, 2004 by · Comments Off 

When I think back now, it was the centre-point of a family visit to Birmingham (and is that the drabbest conceit ever with which to open a review?) Read more

Still Game

Saturday, January 24, 2004 by · Comments Off 

It seems a little odd for BBC2 to follow Britain’s Greatest Sitcom with two brand new series of that same genre, suggesting perhaps that these new shows will be deemed worthy of joining such illustrious company in years to come. Read more

Didn’t They Do Well?

Thursday, January 15, 2004 by · Comments Off 

It’s 7pm on a weeknight, you want to wind down in front of the TV, but you find that once again you’re faced with a familiarly nondescript choice of viewing. Read more


Tuesday, January 13, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Upon hearing of the premise behind this BBC Scotland-produced comedy show it did seem as though somebody in the programme-planning department might have been having a joke with a colleague. Read more

Ministry of Mayhem

Saturday, January 10, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Even those who weren’t alive at the time know about the battle between Swap Shop and Tiswas on Saturday mornings past. Read more

Serious Desert

Thursday, January 1, 2004 by · Comments Off 

Children’s BBC have kicked off 2004 with just as much flair as they did 2003, courtesy of a much welcome and suitably good-natured post-Christmas treat. Read more

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