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I thought we should have a thread for random TV moments and little points. Major discussions of the greatness of Buffy or something still need their own threads, but one where we can recommend things we've noticed are coming up or make little comments that don't deserve their own threads or quote great lines seems worthwhile to me.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 5 May 2003 16:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

For instance, Christy Moore this afternoon scored the first goal in the women's cup final. I'd like to say that I predicted this when listening to his folk records back in the '80s, but I have to admit that I didn't. I thought for a moment that Pharrell Williams came on as a sub, but it was Farah Williams, sadly. She scored the third, unfortunately at the wrong end. The second was scored by Rachel Unitt, not a pop star name but still an odd surname. Fulham 3 Charlton 0.

Ray Stubbs said that "Fulham have set the yardstick for everyone else to chase". I'm not sure that one chases a yardstick.

(And because I don't know where else to put this, the Avon ladies, as they were known in my youth, have changed. I just had a big bearded black guy come to the door trying to sell me Avon cosmetics.)

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 5 May 2003 16:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

Perhaps he was taking a walk on the wild side.

Favorite random TV moment of recent years -- "Why is MC Hammer on a 2 am broadcast with Paul and Jan Crouch on Trinity Broadcasting?"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 5 May 2003 16:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

Shredded Wheat's current special offer is for extreme sports mouse mats. Is it me, or is there an appealingly ironic distance between extreme sports and the use of the mouse?

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 5 May 2003 18:34 (11 years ago) Permalink

not the way I surf the net, du-ude.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 5 May 2003 18:36 (11 years ago) Permalink

which would be like an out-of-control asswipe.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 5 May 2003 18:37 (11 years ago) Permalink

uh, neal hamburger will be on jimmy kimmel live tonight (early wed. morning, actually...just past midnight on abc)
i think that'll be good television.

Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 10:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

so would this be the place for a minor observation about the buffy S7 opening credits (after the theme sequence) now having at least one and maybe two annoying 'single word' actors named - one of them is credited as 'indigo'
can't remember the other

my future stage name = 'puce' or perhaps 'verdigris'

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 14:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

Good Idea - I Am Magneto!
Bad Idea - I Am Magento!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 14:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

NO SEASON 7 SPOILERS!!!

Sarah (starry), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 14:59 (11 years ago) Permalink

That's right, we have no Season 7 spoilers.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

The visible-labia waitress in an episode of Sex and the City was a bit of a surprise, I must say.

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:07 (11 years ago) Permalink

that's some stage name

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:07 (11 years ago) Permalink

Mark C - Ewww. You mean in a “camels toe” type way or in an actual visible way?

smee (smee), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

sarah i was careful to delete the context in which the names appear

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

Smee, I mean in an entirely literal way. Some poncey art opening in the show had nude waiting staff, and one walked into the middle of shot with an entirely hair-free pudendum!

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

Please don't ever use that word again.

nabisco (nabisco), Tuesday, 6 May 2003 15:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

Don't know if anyone saw the Heather Mills documentary on C4 last night, but it made me quite angry. So she married a Beatle - does that really justify a channel that's supposed to be an innovative public service broadcaster producing that sort of mean-spirited tabloid hatchet-job.

They wheeled out various embittered ex-partners and tabloid hacks to put the boot in about what she used to get up to. It just seemed so unnecessary. I was half expecting somebody to come on and say she lied about the leg. "There wasn't an accident - she just cut it off to get a bit of sympathy."

James Ball (James Ball), Thursday, 8 May 2003 08:31 (11 years ago) Permalink

thats not as bad as the 'Black Like Beckham' thing or whatever it was called on last week (i think it was C4 as well) - basically just a 'docu' about how David Beckham's love of bling and Tupac and wearing silly clothes/hair means he is the prime merchant of culture convergence between black, white and asian youths who all idolise him. there may be a valid point behind that but they didnt present it in that good a way...

stevem (blueski), Thursday, 8 May 2003 12:58 (11 years ago) Permalink

At least it wasn't called "Black It Like Beckham."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 8 May 2003 14:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

So, did anybody watch the Neil Hamburger thing? I forgot.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 8 May 2003 14:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

'Black Up Like Beckham' could be the worst TV show ever, in which David Beckham puts on blackface and sings Camptown Races and Mammy.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 8 May 2003 20:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

In the Miss Dog Beauty Pageant, the contestant from Arizona was named Lulu! Is Ally's mom the owner?

Nicole (Nicole), Thursday, 8 May 2003 23:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

Has there ever been a sitcom to rival The Good Life?

Matt (Matt), Friday, 9 May 2003 12:24 (11 years ago) Permalink

Matt, I was pondering the very same thing last night.

Nathan W (Nathan Webb), Friday, 9 May 2003 13:14 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Lousy Life - a sitcom about Tom and Barabara Lousy who have hippy parents but decided to be accountants. Unfortunately its plots were too reminiscent of Terry and June for it to ever really take off.

Pete (Pete), Friday, 9 May 2003 13:21 (11 years ago) Permalink

I am currently watching 'The World's First Predators', a program about the very interesting Cambrian explosion of complex lifeforms. It's madly sensationalised and full of dodgy assertions, and its main focus is how humanity was to emerge victorious. A few moments ago, there was the line "The vertebrates were barely hanging on by the skin of the teeth they didn't even have yet." I felt I had to report this.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 11 May 2003 17:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

Official: evolution has finished - "...next came the dinosaurs, and finally, us." We are the end of evolution. Who knew?

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 11 May 2003 17:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

Was this the thing on Five with the trailers "when weird creatures walked the earth"? That somehow suggested that it may be a touch dumbed-down.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 11 May 2003 18:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Apparently Adam Faith's last words were "God Channel 5 is shit!"

Andrew L (Andrew L), Sunday, 11 May 2003 18:08 (11 years ago) Permalink

Actually, it's C4 that gets worse by the day - that AWFUL Heather Mills docuslag was a new low

Andrew L (Andrew L), Sunday, 11 May 2003 18:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

That's the one, Ailsa.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 11 May 2003 19:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

I just read an interview with Adam Faith's bit on the side where she said that his last words were "Channel 5 is shit" - apparently she was trying to distract his attention from a late-night film and he passed the aforementioned comment then had a heart attack.

Sadly can't find this article on-line anywhere.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 11 May 2003 19:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

I saw the adverts for the Heather Mills doc and it looked like just what you say it turned out to be, an ex-husband and tabloid hacks pointlessly sticking the boot in for no merited reason.

Didn't have the energy to watch such obvious rubbish. That it was Ch4 putting this out perhaps doesn't surprise me but man, they need to sort themselves out.

mms (mms), Monday, 12 May 2003 10:21 (11 years ago) Permalink

I thought for a minute that Fulham Ladies player Farah Williams used to be in Destiny's Child, but then realised that (1) no-one else had picked up on it and (2) I was just crossing current Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams and Destiny's Child ex-member Farrah Franklin.

Duh.

Nick H, Monday, 12 May 2003 17:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

did anyone actually have the nerve to watch C4's 100 Worst Britons? everyone I've spoken to seems to think it is a new low for them. obviously you couldn't vote for anyone "dead or in prison". oh no, we can't have a serious assertion that Harold Shipman might be a rather worse person than Jordan (number two, would you believe) messing up our "light" "hearted" "clip" "rundown" "show", can we?

robin carmody (robin carmody), Monday, 12 May 2003 18:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

Maybe people were voting for Michael Jordan?

Nicole (Nicole), Monday, 12 May 2003 18:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

apart from anything else, though, the whole idea of "100 Worst Britons" is soul-destroying, the sort of thing to make you lose faith in humanity. yes, most of us have people we hate. but two and a half hours, or however fucking long it was, of C4 devoted to it?

robin carmody (robin carmody), Monday, 12 May 2003 18:51 (11 years ago) Permalink

maybe they were, Nicole - they being the same people who answered "Blue Suede Moon" when asked for a song with "blue" in the title ...

actually, I barely even know who the Jordan who is apparently The Second Worst Briton After Tony Blair Even Though He Won Two Landslides *is*. says it all, I guess.

robin carmody (robin carmody), Monday, 12 May 2003 18:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

woo HAH - Lynda Block is coming back to Dream Team (she basically IS the show). she has a rather swish haircut for somebody who's just spent a year in prison

am also looking forward to series 2 of the shield (which is the best thing EVAH). I noticed it last night that it's already showing on cable but as I don't know how far into the series it is I'm going to have to wait another month for it to come back on Five

j0e (j0e), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:05 (11 years ago) Permalink

Joe, what do you think the bad news is though?

The siege episode the other week was the best hour of tv I've seen all year so far, sheer genius.

Linda Block was in the really quite good Murphy's Law last night, with a very different hairdo at the end of it and an awful cockernee accent.

chris (chris), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:09 (11 years ago) Permalink

I dunno chris. I mean I'm *sure* Harchester won't go down. But then what other bad news could there be apart from having points deducted and thus instant relegation?

The siege episode was fantastic. But oh, Jamie Parker, how I'll miss you. I hope this means that Tash will fuck off, I'm sick of her moaning and frosted pink eyeshadow

j0e (j0e), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

They can't get relegated (I spent most of yesterday hypothesising about this on e-mail), It'd do terrible things for the continuity of the show and also for the coverage that they use.

I reckon it's that they're going to be fined so much that Phil will be bankrupt, hence the return of Linda. Phil and his secretary ride off into the sunset.

chris (chris), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

I auditioned Linda Block! I read the male lines and she read the female at the casting session. She wasn't the best, or the cutest, but she was easily the most glam.

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:19 (11 years ago) Permalink

oh no, we can't have a serious assertion that Harold Shipman might be a rather worse person than Jordan (number two, would you believe) messing up our "light" "hearted" "clip" "rundown" "show", can we?

Come off it Robin. I can't imagine that the relatives of Shipman's victims would really want to turn on to find him slotted in between Jordan and Mick Hucknall. It had to be done.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

I agree on the relegation thing, and think it'll be like REAL PROPER FOOTBALL. If a team goes down from the Prem, it loses some support - as will Harchester meaning lower ratings. People are strange enough for this to happen.

And ooh hooray, no more Nikki Peggs. But then how will Lynda Block get out of prison? (no ladder in her tights jokes please). Maybe she'll offer to help catch Patrick Doyle in return for her release or something stupid and random like that

By the way, I love the way that nobody in the show refers to her as Lynda or Ms Block but ALWAYS Lynda Block. In the wedding scene at the beginning of the series I wa sure the vicar was going to say "Do you, Lynda Block"

j0e (j0e), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

Mark, that is the best claim to fame EVAH. I salute you.

j0e (j0e), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:23 (11 years ago) Permalink

My minor tv observation is that I stumbled across '15 Storeys High' on BBC2 last Thursday (promoting BBC3's output I think) and it is great. I am a longstanding admirer of Sean Lock, and this may be his best work yet.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

If I see that Evian advert with the adults singing Queen songs with kids voices again I will scream. I hope the woman who bumps her hip against the photocopier puts it out and ends up with a GAMMY LEGG for the rest of her career. Hobag. And as for the old mang in the lift. And the runner. GRRR I HATE THEM ALL I AM OFF FOR LUNCH.

Sarah (starry), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:34 (11 years ago) Permalink

j0e what is with your obsession with Lynda Block? does your mother know?

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 10:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

Martin raises a good point in his last sentence. The women may not be the ones portrayed as the brainless co-dependant idiots any more like in the days of I Love Lucy, but it's still the women being sucked up to.

Strong female characters such as Cybill S playing the Bruce Willeses off a break may have represented progress, back sometime around 1986. But surely with that 'lesson' now learnt it's time to move on again.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

The long tradition in US sitcoms of the hopeless husband and competent wife was a particularly stifling pretence to respecting women, where I think it was just the opposite.

Yeah, OK, hey while we're on the subject, I think Everybody Loves Raymond is interesting in this respect. Raymond's wife (I forget her name) is a stay-at-home mom/housewife and on the surface fits exactly into what you're talking about ... but, is it just me, or is she like the only family sitcom wife/mother (with the exception of Marge) who is actually funny? I think it's interesting that her intelligence and sophistication are a big part of what makes her funny.

jewelly (jewelly), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

....but it's still the women being sucked up to.

by which I mean, the women in the audience.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:02 (11 years ago) Permalink

Well, of course, Fred -- this is television and they gotta sell tampons and dishwashing liquid.

jewelly (jewelly), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:04 (11 years ago) Permalink

dare I say that this is an accurate reflection of real life tho - in my experience I've never met one woman who goes out on a limb to make people laugh compared to so many men I know who would do that (myself included), most I have met and know who prefer male company for friends probably do so because they enjoy the fact that they're going to laugh a lot more as groups of men can often turn comedy into a friendly but competetive game. the way the female characters on Friends or Sex & The City bounce off each other with witticisms doesnt seem as common in reality, compared to the frequency at which men will do this.

generally male comics are far more revered than female ones too - this is more than just a minor observation though so perhaps should be on another thread but why should this be anymore?

stevem (blueski), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:11 (11 years ago) Permalink

Exactly, Jewelly. And the advertisers and programmers still see their target audience as so stupid and so shallow underneath all that 'modern woman' bullshit, and they are still such a lazy, complacent, anal-retentive breed of WASP yuppies (South Park ties or no), that this landscape will not change any time soon unless some sudden movement panics them into it.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:13 (11 years ago) Permalink

But, anyway, I understand what you're saying Martin (and Fred), the "strong" yet unfunny female really was a condescending way of giving props to women. And I think the female characters on Friends were funny for a while because the writers said fuck all that. I liked the show! And the situation with Everybody Loves Raymond is unique I think. The actress herself exudes a pretty unique brand of intelligence and wit that just can't be manufactured and copied the way sexist stereotypes or "strong" unfunny-women stereotypes can.

jewelly (jewelly), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

Funny women

stevem (blueski), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hmm ... OK steve, I guess I see your point: men are more inclined to make themselves the butt of jokes than women are. Though I'm such a weird, neurotic pain-in-the-ass that I've accepted being the butt of jokes as a matter of survival pretty much so I can't relate personally ...

jewelly (jewelly), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:21 (11 years ago) Permalink

not just about being the butt of the joke tho. self-deprecation is probably one of the more common ways in which people - both men and women consciously make people laugh at them. but with men its more an ego thing, attention-seeking but possibly also recognising and drawing attention to the absurd aspects of life. from Monty Python to the writing teams of The Simpsons and its offspring (these teams just seem to be so male-dominated) the examples are plentiful.

stevem (blueski), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

It's 1.30 am Melbourne time. Time to assume a horizontal attitude.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

I think I'd accept that men are more likely to show off generally, so are more likely to be wisecracking than women, but if we're talking about funny characters rather than funny comedians, I don't think women are less flawed, or those flaws are less liable to be funny, than men. Friends seems evidence of this, more or less. I don't think the current or past situation is necessarily pandering to women at all, any more than it is to men (obviously advertisers hold most people in low respect). I think not letting women be flawed and therefore funny in a comedy is patronising and retrograde, just as not letting women be strong and capable in action dramas would be. Men still dominate both areas. The fact that more men have been revered as top comics proves no more than that the world has been sexist for a long time, no more than that most revered painter have been male.

French & Saunders used to get loads of complaints from women, you know, complaining that their comedy characters were negative images of women, and they should be providing strong, intelligent, capable role models. I don't think this is likely to lead to huge hilarity, and I don't think that, to take as good parallel examples as I can, Rik & Adrian or Fry & Laurie got the same kind of complaint.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 5 July 2003 14:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

Just to totally change the subject, the new series of Mastermind started on BBC2 this evening with someone choosing "The Music of the Smiths since 1982" as his specialist subject (he won).

Seeing John Humphreys conduct a bit of "informed" banter (typical question "but aren't they a bit miserable?") with the least-likely-looking Smiths fan in the world, and hearing questions about How Soon Is Now? on Mastermind was one of the weirdest things I have seen on TV this (or any other) year.

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 7 July 2003 20:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

typical question "but aren't they a bit miserable?")

am smiling thinking this was one of the actual quiz questions asked

stevem (blueski), Monday, 7 July 2003 20:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

in one of the sunday papers there was a "oh no!! TV is dumbing down!! oh no!" article based on the fact that knowing abt the smiths is being counted as knowledge

mark s (mark s), Monday, 7 July 2003 20:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hah! Wait until later in the series when someone is doing "The Simpsons" as their specialist subject (cartoons presumably being way dumber than music in the eyes of the Mail-reading Middle-Englanders).

ailsa (ailsa), Monday, 7 July 2003 20:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

Has there ever been a sitcom to rival The Good Life?
-- Matt (Mat...), May 9th, 2003.

Is this the shortlived sitcom that Drew Carrey had a role in?

Leee (Leee), Monday, 7 July 2003 21:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

No, he undoubtedly means an old and hugely popular UK one of that name, starring Richard Briers, Felicity Kendall, Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington. It was okay, but rather cosy.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 11:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

It is the greatest UK comedy ever made.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 11:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

the smiths questions included 'what label were they on?', 'what label were they on in america' and 'who was their drummer?'

this = dumbing down.

on a different note, paxman's chiding of the contestants when they couldn't do the binary arithmatic on university challenge last week was funny. after about 5 seconds he'd start hurrying them up whilst they were busy adding 2^7, 2^6 and 2^1 and dividing it by 2^3 plus 2^1.

andy

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 19:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

'what label were they on?', 'what label were they on in america' and 'who was their drummer?'
this = dumbing down.

its so dumbed down, rickshaws are running over it

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 19:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

Tell me there were some hard ones too - that's just ridiculous. Would we be saying the same thing about questions on 'The Cotton Trade 1750-1900' if that was what we'd misspent our youth on, I wonder. Maybe they've always been easy.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 8 July 2003 21:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

I didn't think the Smiths questions were dumbed down at all - but then, I only got one of them.

In the final Magnus Magnusson series, one of the specialist subject was the Discworld novels; I knew more of the answers than the contestant did. But I wouldn't try to argue that they were asking easy questions, just because I knew what the answers were.

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:32 (11 years ago) Permalink

all questions are easy if you know the answers

mark s (mark s), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:43 (11 years ago) Permalink

Well, exactly. If you asked the Average Telly Viewer, they'd probably have as little clue what record label the Smiths were on as, say, any of the questions on Roman history or the British car industry that were on the same show.

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:49 (11 years ago) Permalink

That's what I was saying.

N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:54 (11 years ago) Permalink

And more eloquently, too.

caitlin (caitlin), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 10:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

epistemology in a nutshell

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 12:15 (11 years ago) Permalink

B-but surely if someone is specialising in knowing stuff about the Smiths, then "who is their drummer?" is a piss-easy question.

ailsa (ailsa), Wednesday, 9 July 2003 16:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

me:
adding 2^7, 2^6 and 2^1 and dividing it by 2^3 plus 2^1

this was wrong. obviously. the first 2^1 should be 2^3 (200 / 10 = 20)

sorry.

/me hangs head

andy

koogs (koogs), Thursday, 10 July 2003 18:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...
David Cross and Bob Odenkirk need to be beaten with sticks.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 12:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

Your first episode of Bo Selecta is always the best.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 12:11 (11 years ago) Permalink

very true!

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 12:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

I was recently watching that episode of the Simpsons where the school is cutting expenses, and they have Groundskeeper Willie teaching French.

"Bonjurrrr, yeh Cheese-eatin' Surrender Monkeys"

I occasionally forget that all good things come from the Simpsons. I'm sorry.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 12 August 2003 23:33 (11 years ago) Permalink

That girl drinking a diet coke on a train. She starts seeing suggestive lyrics in the signs around her, she's suddenly "on the pull"... Then when the fella reading a newspaper opposite her puts his paper down he's a spotty teen with a loud shirt. Calamity! She turns to one side and raises her eyebrows in a "what was I thinking" sort of way.

Here's news: YOU'RE NO OIL PAINTING YOURSELF, LOVE.

Alan (Alan), Wednesday, 13 August 2003 07:40 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yes she looks like Cherie Blair.

j0e (j0e), Wednesday, 13 August 2003 08:26 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
christmas adverts? already? pah

usually they wait until last week of october but both some air freshener thing and boots have already started.

andy

koogs (koogs), Thursday, 16 October 2003 16:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

I have yet to see a Christmas TV ad, thankfully. Or maybe I just watch programs that wouldn't highlight Christmas ads. I have seen Halloween ads, which is more sensible and logical.

Magical New TV Show I Think As Many People As Possible Should Be Watching: ABC's "Threat Matrix". It's highly engaging and not one of those serial-type series that one would be totally lost over if one were to suddenly start watching it. Each hour-long episode highlights one complete story, and not every episode ends neatly or nicely. I'm really hoping the ratings for this show improve so it won't get cancelled.

Many Coloured Halo (Dee the Lurker), Friday, 17 October 2003 01:25 (11 years ago) Permalink

They've started showing a condom ad on TV here. I could be wrong but I thought they avoided doing this (in prime time, certainly). Anyway it's one of those fnarr fnarr overtly suggestive ads - woman sees statue of David's wang and goes "hmmm", man sees woman in shop window undoing mannequin's fly and goes "hmmm", geez they might as well have gone all Percy's Progress and had trains going into tunnels, it was that silly.

Trayce (trayce), Friday, 17 October 2003 02:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
reviving martin's thread to alert him to the 'Roni Size's Bristol' thing that's currently showing on bbc3 (follow up to 'bloke from viz talks about newcastle').

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 10:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

is big brother officially an hour long now, on c4? it used to be 30min.

N_RQ, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 10:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

has been 45 or 50 this series, occasionally 65 on weeknights.

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 11:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

"The Who" was one of the specialist questions on Mastermind, 2 days ago.

I managed 2 get more than mr expert..

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 11:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone else seen the ad on BBC for CBeebies interactive telly stuff? Is it just me, or does the mother on that ad look like the girl from the Chemical Brothers' "Setting Sun" video?

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:35 (9 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Andy - I didn't see it, though. There was something like a 'Tricky's Bristol' on some years back, I remember.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

it's on again, i think, based on the 4 repeats of the newcastel one (not before friday though) and i still have it on the tivo.

koogs (koogs), Thursday, 14 July 2005 06:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

Hah! Wait until later in the series when someone is doing "The Simpsons" as their specialist subject (cartoons presumably being way dumber than music in the eyes of the Mail-reading Middle-Englanders).

Amusingly, on a Mastermind-like show here called the Einstein Factor someones specialist topic was Futurama =) I missed it though, came in just as they were done. Damn.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

There was something like a 'Tricky's Bristol' on some years back, I remember.

'Naked & Famous' may be what you're thinking of. It's included as an extra in the Tricky: A Ruff Guide DVD (available from all good Fopps for about £7).

Onimo (GerryNemo), Thursday, 14 July 2005 08:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

Nono, there were "stars guides to their towns", I remember it as well. It must be five years or so ago, though.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 14 July 2005 09:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

6 years pass...

8 years ago:
> Magical New TV Show I Think As Many People As Possible Should Be Watching: ABC's "Threat Matrix"

??? don't think this ever made it to england. no dvds on amazon either (.co.uk or .com)

koogs, Thursday, 3 May 2012 11:46 (2 years ago) Permalink


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