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Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Isn't it like BBC Knowledge but, like, the same?

(And is there a BBC Three?)

Graham, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

BBC 4 = relaunch of BBC Knowledge (which is totally ace)

BBC 3 = relaunch of BBC Choice (which is totally lame, and apparently targetted at my age group)

N., Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Who has watched C-Beebies?

N., Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, apparently it's free - you just need a digital TV or receiver. Website. They are broadcasting one of Björk's Opera House gigs soon.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Apparently C-Beebies has a show called 'Blue Peter: UNLEASHED', which may be my favourite program title of all time.

Edna Welthorpe, Mrs, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

If there is one thing which should never be let off of its leash, its Blue Peter. Imagine the damage it could do.

Pete, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

It might turn into Magpie!

N., Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

causing mass consternation across the Home Counties!!

ahhhh Leslie Judd.

chris, Wednesday, 27 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

seventeen years pass...

Always a disappointment when an interesting looking documentary starts and then Neil Oliver swans up

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:04 (three months ago) link

Oh by the way calz PBS America are doing a Dan Snow day, I lolled.

This is gonna be my moaning about documentaries but still sitting thru them thread from now on

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:05 (three months ago) link

https://www.essexlifemag.co.uk/polopoly_fs/1.5499669!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/image.jpg

here he is exhuming his grandad's corpse so he can bum it (again)

calzino, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:16 (three months ago) link

Lol Google has our chinless nepotee confused with some dude who appeared in a couple of Toxic Avenger movies, check it out

FBPRieu (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 20:24 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Andrew Graham-Dixon talking about Dutch masters is my ASMR

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:52 (two months ago) link

Love these documentaries that spend hours trying to get you to empathise with the mindset of an executed tyrant and zero minutes imagining what went thru the minds of his victims

a very powerful woman in the dog world (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 19 December 2019 21:48 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This turtle cam no voice-over documentary is exactly the balm my poor useless brain needs right now

The Masked Zinger (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 9 January 2020 19:46 (one month ago) link

Oh wait he just savaged a jellyfish that was a bit harsh

The Masked Zinger (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 9 January 2020 19:48 (one month ago) link

Just watched this and its brilliant! I hate jellyfish so it was good to see one get hacked at

boxedjoy, Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:00 (one month ago) link

I thought this was really good for being so still and silent. At first it felt like an Ecco The Dolphin walkthrough played on mute but there was something about it that was fascinating, a calmness that seems so at odds with how TV is made in 2020.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:02 (one month ago) link

jellyfish are bacterial space aliens that are taking over the marine world- it's war! And in the future will probably be our only alternative food source to the old long pig as we go forwards into the abyss.

calzino, Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:06 (one month ago) link

not watched this yet, but less presenters sounds like a good way for the bbc to go.

calzino, Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:07 (one month ago) link

BBC4 have done a few of these slow TV things, I mostly love them. There was a fantastic flight over the Great Wall of China from east to west last year, lasted a couple of hours, beautiful. Sleigh ride thru northern Norway (iirc) is aces too

The Masked Zinger (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:08 (one month ago) link

Earlier I listened to John Luther Adams: Become Ocean/Become Desert back to back, a bit off topic but it felt really good and the audio version of slow tv.

calzino, Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:20 (one month ago) link

Yeah JLA is the business

The Masked Zinger (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 9 January 2020 23:22 (one month ago) link

Slow New Zealand last night was brilliant. sociohistorically or even landscape-wise I wasn't that excited for it but formally it felt like one of the most minimal yet, not too busy with the sur-titles and just gently drifting along until it sailed off into the southern ocean. tbf I was watching with a friend and we didn't give it total attention but it was crazy how it just kept meandering its way with no clear rationale once they left the train. The sheer joy of no voice-over is one of BBC4's finest achievements and I want at least one of these every week, forever.

the Swedish taboo (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 January 2020 19:33 (one month ago) link

Was aware of it but didn't settle down to watch it but isn't there something about "we didn't give it total attention"? - I often think of this about music I've heard at friend's houses. It's just on but you hear it and it is great.

djh, Monday, 20 January 2020 20:25 (one month ago) link

these shows are built for drifting in and out of, yeah.

the Swedish taboo (Noodle Vague), Monday, 20 January 2020 20:26 (one month ago) link

Can't watch Janina Ramirez without thinking "fuck off, melt" any more 😢

I mean her voice is still less unbearable than Tony Cunt Robinson but still

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Friday, 24 January 2020 16:44 (one month ago) link

"Edith Bowman talks to Sam Mendes in The Life Cinematic"

you have got to be shitting me

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:02 (one month ago) link

if you put the title of his latest movie into a calculator and turn it upside down it almost spells shit - makes u think!

calzino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:04 (one month ago) link

Sometimes I wonder if BBC4 knows who it's for and then sometimes I worry it really does

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:05 (one month ago) link

i have to admit, when i hear dire warnings about bbc funding and some senior manager says 'for that money we'd have to close bbc four, radio 4extra and two other digital channels' i'm like.... wow don't throw me in the briar patch

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:11 (one month ago) link

No Beeb4 would pretty much finish me for BBC tv

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:16 (one month ago) link

i dunno man, i feel like.... if it's good enough put it on bbc 2. if it's too niche make it iplayer only. you don't need a whole channel.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:22 (one month ago) link

can you get i-player on freeview? I know it is probably a dumb question and there are other options etc.. but I've just never found it.

calzino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:25 (one month ago) link

I could do without a lot of the stuff on 4 sure, and 95 percent of pop music docs or Edith Bowman gladhanding terrible Brit directors just feels v wrong, but I feel like they've used the existence of 4 to syphon off all the good and rigorous documentaries from BBC2 which has been reduced to god awful "people going about their everyday lives somewhere vaguely scenic" or Michael fucking Portillo docs. I guess if you axed 4 then 2 could go back to being a bit more grown up but I wouldn't hold my breath

Better use of iplayer would be a good strategy, yeah. Some of it feels a bit unkempt and uncared for at the moment. I think there's gonna be a smart tv accessible Sounds soon? That'll be a godsend tbh

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:28 (one month ago) link

Calz you can get iplayer with a smart tv or thru some games consoles

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:30 (one month ago) link

Yeah I think I've got a smart tv, but it always completely flummoxes me when I'm trying to find i-player! It probably would be easier using the PS4.

calzino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link

Yeah if you've got a PS4 it should be straightforward I think, I used my PS3 for years before I got this telly

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

yeah you can install iPlayer for free from the playstation store.

Sounds is coming to various smart TV platforms and set-top boxes but it'll take a long time to reach all of them. there's a zillion slightly different versions of, say, Freeview Play, or YouView, one for each make/model of TV. i think a PS4 version of Sounds is still probably a long way off.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:50 (one month ago) link

Rise of the Nazis was quite good and shockingly on BBC2. Although it's currently not available on i-player even though it only went out last autumn. That's a common complaint I have with i-player because I'll either just deprive myself of precious viewing pleasure or maybe even just download a torrent of something I want to see rather than pay a penny for britbox on the chance they have content I've already paid for once that isn't currently on i-player.

calzino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:52 (one month ago) link

Not that I always go looking for Nazi content, but Vol 2 of the Volker Ullrich Hitler biog drops next week!

calzino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:55 (one month ago) link

If you don’t use iplayer they make you register an account

steer karma (gyac), Thursday, 30 January 2020 22:03 (one month ago) link

there's a zillion slightly different versions of, say, Freeview Play, or YouView, one for each make/model of TV.

lol not so smart

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 30 January 2020 22:12 (one month ago) link

computers are dumb and they make people dumb

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 30 January 2020 22:16 (one month ago) link

computers and television - never the twain should meet!

calzino, Thursday, 30 January 2020 22:19 (one month ago) link

OK maybe just shut it down

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Monday, 3 February 2020 22:39 (three weeks ago) link

I miss those days when you could kick a yuppie about in the street!

calzino, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:46 (three weeks ago) link

I was living in a bedsit in plumstead/woolwich and doing a nightshift in a factory at the time this risible garbage aired originally, talk about different strokes for different folks! When you see all these pathetic melts creaming themselves over it, it reminds me why I'm such a sad angry old sad bastard!

calzino, Monday, 3 February 2020 23:07 (three weeks ago) link

I've got no ish with what other people enjoy really, but it's a bit much filling up one of the only channels I watch with some nostalgia soap.

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Monday, 3 February 2020 23:18 (three weeks ago) link

yeah it should be on Dave or some shit like that. but it had a quite a popular response from all the usual suspects when it was announced. obv they also love eternal loops of 80's totp.

calzino, Monday, 3 February 2020 23:22 (three weeks ago) link

I didn't realise they're showing the whole fucking thing. Fffs

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:04 (three weeks ago) link

probably just testing the water for the jess phillips series that is coming soon.

calzino, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:09 (three weeks ago) link

"Bab and Bougie"

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:12 (three weeks ago) link

tonight's Life Cinematic is Sam Taylor-Johnson. Talentless YBA and director of Fifty Shades of Grey and some sack of shit John Lennon biopic... really lads is this the best you can do?

calzino, Thursday, 13 February 2020 22:05 (two weeks ago) link

Joanna Hogg has done some decent work in recent years ... Mike Leigh is still breathing.. maybe there are some better contemporary examples .. but this shite following Sam Mendes is such craven garbage - it's almost like you might as well be owned by Murdoch.

calzino, Thursday, 13 February 2020 22:16 (two weeks ago) link

It was a banal silly idea from ep 1, not worrying, there's plenty of space for banal silly ideas in the world

Todd Phillips, party auteur (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:13 (two weeks ago) link

why does it have to be specifically about brit directors? We already know most of them are posh talentless amateurs, don't need to hear their thoughts as well ffs

calzino, Thursday, 13 February 2020 23:36 (two weeks ago) link

well they're probly easier to get hold of but also some people treat movies like football teams

Todd Phillips, party auteur (Noodle Vague), Friday, 14 February 2020 00:44 (two weeks ago) link

The longer I lie here too apathetic to turn off Dominic Sandbrook the more ironic the discerning viewer gag gets

babby bitter (Noodle Vague), Monday, 17 February 2020 21:27 (one week ago) link

Stop giving Kermode work ffs

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 20:59 (three days ago) link

recently someone posted the entire list of Alex Cox's Moviedrome and it brought back happy memories and made me so glad I grew up watching that beautifully curated series rather than anything to do with this fucking idiot.

calzino, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:04 (three days ago) link

Although he did start turning up on my tv like a stale bank manager's fart in the early days of Film 4 :(

calzino, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:06 (three days ago) link

Feel like he wasn't always this bad but can't really remember when he wasn't.

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:08 (three days ago) link

when Film Four first launched as a channel he introduced me to The Exterminating Angel so he probably wasn't as bad as he is now, but I'm sure he always was a bad reader of movies but this is from vague memories.

calzino, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:12 (three days ago) link

Oh man remember the red triangle? That was bad.

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:16 (three days ago) link

I was quite young at the time so my memories of it are filtered through some pornographic playground talk and eh?

calzino, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:22 (three days ago) link

I think some of them movies were pretty good to very good, but curated in a very questionable manner.. Was that the thing?

calzino, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:23 (three days ago) link

Yeah I don't remember what films they showed but as a teenager watching my black and white portable in the bedroom with the sound turned right down there was a disappointing lack of boobage.

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:26 (three days ago) link

I don't mind Kermode. No question he's in decline, though. No sense of crisis in his criticism at all.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:27 (three days ago) link

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_triangle_(Channel_4)

Pretty decent list tbf

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:28 (three days ago) link

This documentary about British Bangladeshis is giving me a shameful craving for a curry

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:29 (three days ago) link

Themroc!

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:35 (three days ago) link

Very well deserved: worth watching each episode if they’re still on iPlayer. https://t.co/sJ4GHKPgVH

— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) February 26, 2020

I've only watched a bit of this and this tweet reminded me I need to go back and watch the rest because it was excellent

calzino, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:03 (three days ago) link

It was good, some of them old Ra lads were tough cookies

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:03 (three days ago) link


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