Freeview Boxes : Classic or Dud?

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Just got one, have had it for a week. Now the kids watch cbeebies all day despite what I say...

And this bid up TV / Drop Down TV where they sell towels/jewellry/golf clubs to callers on-line ....

And cause of all this, I missed Psychomania on BBC1!!!

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 22 March 2004 16:50 (sixteen years ago) link

You may wish to see this thread, mark. It's not very good though.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 22 March 2004 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Thanks.

No, but then it's just worth it for Radio 6, ocasionally.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 22 March 2004 16:59 (sixteen years ago) link

I meant that thread, not Freeview. I suppose that's not very good either, but hey, it's cheap.

Digital Radios is a better thread.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 22 March 2004 17:03 (sixteen years ago) link

True, re: the thread. But, not great source material I guess.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 22 March 2004 17:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic for Sky Sports News (immensely entertaining, if occasionally heartbreaking, on a Saturday afternoon), BBC4 (Richard Rorty/Emmylou Harris/John Cage/Paul Morley/Alan Clark/Gyorgy Ligeti/Mark Steel...), Radio 3 & 4 hiss-free, Five in near-DVD kwal for CSI, etc., the entire-series-in-a-day rerun approach of UK History (dip a toe into The Cuban Missile Crisis).

Dud for ropey BBC/ITV bitrates, the shopping channels (only funny the first time), the wasteland of ITV2 and the creeping menace of Top Up TV (I don't have an old OnDigital box so I can't see these extra subscription services - which are eating into channel-space, goddammit*), the plethora of EMAP-owned trash radio.

(* - OK, more to it than that, but, y'know...)

Jury's out: BBCi (I'm waiting for June...) and TMF/Hits channels (one could get sick of even "Hey Ya"), BBC3 (comedy on weeks before BBC2 - which I still can't help thinking of as a taster for its real analogue broadcast... the endless looping repeats on BBC3 don't encourage any kind of timeslot loyalty and by the time of BBC2 screening I can't remember what I have/haven't seen; the rest of its programming is without merit).

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 22 March 2004 17:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't forget Bunk Bed Boys, 11pm tonight. Comedy you'll never see on BBC2.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 22 March 2004 17:25 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
OK, I've just tried retuning so I can pick up the unencrypted E4.

Not matter how many times I retune, I can get E4+1 perfectly but I've completely lost the reception for E4, Channel 4 and ITV etc.

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Friday, 27 May 2005 16:10 (fifteen years ago) link

E4 only came on for me at about 10pm (which wasn't really a problem I suppose, since BB was on C4 at the time).

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Saturday, 28 May 2005 07:12 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah i've now got both E4 and E4+. yay!

Ste (Fuzzy), Saturday, 28 May 2005 13:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I've got mine all sorted out now. You might be able to go straight to channel 705 for the Big Brother live stream.

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Saturday, 28 May 2005 13:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Freeview boxes are okay, I haven't got mine connected though. Can't work out the connections with my TV and DVD recorder.

jel -- (jel), Saturday, 28 May 2005 13:26 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

ftn seems to have been replaced with virgin1 which is showing Deep Space 9 5 times a week (opposite Daily Show unfortunately).

Tivo is currently listing 50+ episodes of takeshi's castle, all of which i've seen before. i deleted the Season Pass thing only to have them all reappear due to Takeshi Kitano wishlist thing. will have to delete them all individually...

bbc radio channels seemed to rejig last week sometime - needed a channel rescan to pick them all up again. annoying - missed start of dirk gently.

koogs, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 12:57 (thirteen years ago) link

I heard a couple of Radio 4 trailers saying that you'd need to rescan around October 2nd, the other week.

Forest Pines Mk2, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

(note to self: remember to listen to Dirk Gently whilst in the car tonight)

Forest Pines Mk2, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 13:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Our box spazzes out and demands a rescan once every week or two. It happened again yesterday and afterwards we were missing bbc 1 and 2.

ledge, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 13:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I seem to be rescanning every other week, what with C4+1 and Virgin 1 and the BBC radio stations moving about. It's quite a to-do and I worry about how the old folk cope.

Also, ITV2 never seems to provide any programme guide information anymore. Luckily, I couldn't care less.

Alba, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 13:53 (thirteen years ago) link

One of our Freeview boxes started demanding a rescan every time it started up, for a couple of months, before dying completely.

Forest Pines Mk2, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:04 (thirteen years ago) link

What I don't understand is why you can't search for a show title on these things. The schedules are just stored as text in some database sitting right there inside the box - why not let me search for "Kath and Kim", show me the results, and then let me select "Record All"?

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:06 (thirteen years ago) link

We recently got a new freeview box which can has about 100+ channels on it, can record programmes, and can pause TV shows (even live ones) for up to 30 minutes. It's amazing! and it only cost £50.

C J, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

The schedules are just stored as text in some database sitting right there inside the box - why not let me search for "Kath and Kim", show me the results, and then let me select "Record All"

er ... you can pretty much do that with ours (some kind of two-year-old humax thing that actually rocks a lot harder than i think i realise, given that it does all the stuff CJ's new thing does and i just take it for granted). you can certainly search for programmes by name, and it's piss easy to set up a repeat-recording schedule.

grimly fiendish, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes well that... makes sense

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Everyone should have a Humax.

Alba, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

i want the one that can output to my computer.

grimly fiendish, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I need to read the instruction book with my Sky+ box to see if it can do fancy searching stuff. It can record whole series and that, but if I don't actually see it in the TV guide, it doesn't go "yo, you're going to miss that thing you might have wanted to see". Or maybe it does and i just don't know how to work it.

Anyway, that's not freeview. Our freeview box doesn't work due to crappy aerial set-up in the house. Luckily a guy about five doors down from us has a van with "TV Aerial Repair" written on it, I just have to befriend him for some spurious reason.

ailsa, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I am scared to make mine rescan, since I currently appear to be getting Setanta Sports without paying Top Up.

aldo, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

It seems like you've got a non-spurious one already!

xpost

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

"hello, I've just moved in a couple of doors along from you, care to fix my aerial for nothing in a neighbourly kind of way?"

ailsa, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 15:00 (thirteen years ago) link

"hello, I've just moved in a couple of doors along from you. nice van. be a shame if something happened to it, eh? now, about my aerial."

grimly fiendish, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Here's a "controversial" article about Freeview .. I can't say I really buy the guy's argument. I may not even grasp it in the first place.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/10/telebusillis_digital_tv_analysis

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 10 October 2007 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Our Freeview box recently broke (it won't turn on - yes, I've tried replacing the remote control batteries) and would like to know where CJ got a box that records for only £50.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:15 (thirteen years ago) link

yes, me too. i have seen cheap freeview boxes, less cheap recording boxes but freeview boxes that also record have, in my experience*, all been around the £200 mark. need a second digibox for the bedroom and may as well get one that records.

(* argos)

koogs, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:21 (thirteen years ago) link

ok, they are coming down in price - a sony here for £80

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-SVR-S500-Digital-Recorder-Freeview/dp/B000FCQMFK

koogs, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:27 (thirteen years ago) link

It's no Humax.

Alba, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:29 (thirteen years ago) link

(that sony's a refurb, oops)

and humax ain't no tivo. 8)

koogs, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

We bought a fairly bog-standard freeview box (to replace an unreliable one which kept freezing up) from Argos about six months ago. We pay monthly for that top-up TV thing, so presumably our details exist on some top-up-tv-database somewhere .... because a couple of weeks ago we had a phone call from whoever the manufacturer of our freeview box was, offering us an upgrade to this spiffing new recordable one for just £50. My husband, being a sucker for gadgetry, said yes immediately and it arrived by parcel courier the next day. I can't remember what make it is, but I can check when I get home tonight if anyone's interested.

C J, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:33 (thirteen years ago) link

oh, the topup tv thing, that makes sense. they've switched to uploading content to recordable devices during the times when other channels don't broadcast and the content is then available for topuptv people the day after, like tv on demand. as far as i understand it anyway.

http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/topuptv.html

koogs, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Top-up TV is rub-a-dub, as far as I can make out.

Alba, Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:50 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

bought a new set-top box to watch at christmas whilst parents monopolised downstairs tv. only the bedroom tv didn't have a scart-in.

tried it on parents' bedroom tv which does have scart-in. no dice - loop aerial, even one that's amplified, doesn't get a good enough signal for digital tv. i fear this will be the same for millions of sets come 2012.

anyway, got it home and tried to use it to replace the old itv digital box that keeps freezing up (sticks on bbc channels, which meant i lost about 5 hours of recordings over christmas, 5 hours of bbc7 rather than virgin1) but the tivo cannot replicate the remote control commands that it needs in order to turn over to the correct channel.

it will, i think, let me watch one channel whilst tivo is recording another, so not entirely useless. i will need to rejig wiring though as i know have more scart inputs than i have scart-in sockets.

koogs, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 13:12 (twelve years ago) link

argos are doing a wharfedale 160G pvr thing for £75 in their sale btw

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?catalogId=1500000701&searchTerms=WDTR160

have no idea what it's like other than the shape and the price. 8)

koogs, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 13:16 (twelve years ago) link

I think I need to get myself one of those, but the thought of disconnecting everything and trying to work that into my existing set-up gives me nightmares.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

i believe it should come first in the chain, then output to your DVD/VCR/whatever, which then outputs to your TV - i think?

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

My OnDigital box finally died last week, so I replaced it with the only cheap crap that Tesco had. It's bollocks. Audio keeps going out of sync, and you can only pull up now/next info for the channel you're watching!

Staggeringly, neither can the Humax PVR that is tied for "best" in all the reviews. But the Topfield TF5800PV can, as it just as good, and also has firefox-esque extensions you can download to it. So that's the one for me.

stet, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

I can press "guide" on the Humax and it tells me all the channels (providing it has been on for a few minutes).

We now have a cheap crap Tesco telly that is digtal-enabled, but it is total shit, can't get a decent picture for most of the channels, whereas the Humax can get a good picture through the same (not very good) aerial setup.

Mind you, all I do is record crap and never watch it.

PS: What did you end up doing, Deano? Giving up and Watching To The Manor Born?

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

(Portal / Half Life 2 / babylon 5 avis on laptop)

koogs, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

um, Teletext Extra. meant to be a 14 day episode guide but what you end up with is (virgin broadband) adverts top and bottom and room for 5 channels worth of listings in the middle = so much paging up and down.

new set top box is sharing a scart lead and a plug socket with the dvd. bit of a faff but should be ok as i should never be using both at the same time. but unplugging set top box means having to sit through 5 minutes of setup every time i turn it on. oh um. it's 'interactive' red button indicator is also eye-searingly bright compared to the last one.

koogs, Thursday, 3 January 2008 09:49 (twelve years ago) link

So, until last weekend I had all the 'normal' channels (bbc1,bbc2,itv1,c4,5) working tickety boo through the freeview box, suddenly itv1,4 and 5 give me "no signal' or "service unavailable" and when I re-tune they've gone altogether. What gives?

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:10 (twelve years ago) link

Reload your channels when it's quiet and the reception is good (i.e. not during a thunderstorm)

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:15 (twelve years ago) link

Somebody told me that I should "empty" the box first by unplugging it from the aerial so you that when you retune you get nothing and then turning it off for 15 seconds and then plugging it all back in to re-tune again. Do you think he was having a laugh?

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

I mean - how would that help?

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

A TASTE OF HONEY is on Sony Classics AGAIN tonight for anyone who missed it.

BABY DRIVER is worth seeing once.

WOLF HALL is apparently ongoing on BBC4.

I think I will watch IJ AND THE CRYSTAL SKULL at 6:40 before UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE - a semi-final?

the pinefox, Monday, 13 April 2020 11:18 (seven months ago) link

we watched raiders last night and it was far more old-fashioned than i’d remembered! i hadn’t actually seen it since 1982. big tin-tin energy.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 April 2020 11:20 (seven months ago) link

the scenes where they find the real actual tomb poking out of the sand is lifted straight from cigars of the pharaoh

other overlaps: central hero never seems to be doing the job he's paid for, small puttering planes travelling immense distances, quite racist

mark s, Monday, 13 April 2020 12:22 (seven months ago) link

yes my son said that. “dad this is pretty racist”

he also noticed no black people in mad max fury road which was a v good point

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:38 (seven months ago) link

vaguely watching "Carry On Girls" and it's a bit sexist tbh

où sont les threads d'antan? (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:43 (seven months ago) link

They'll be telling us "Mutiny on the Buses" is sexist next.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:59 (seven months ago) link

... was on Freeview the other day fwiw.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Monday, 13 April 2020 12:59 (seven months ago) link

mutiny on the lost bus

mark s, Monday, 13 April 2020 13:31 (seven months ago) link

Mutiny on the Buses is the feminist installment of the Buses Trilogy

Ward Fowler, Monday, 13 April 2020 13:32 (seven months ago) link

The Robe's on BBC2. Richard Burton's hair is pretty funny.

où sont les threads d'antan? (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 April 2020 14:11 (seven months ago) link

Hindle Wakes on TPtv right now, probably only notable for morrissey's pun in that moors murders song.

(it was quite a famous play and an interesting look at the Wakes Weeks thing that industrial towns used to do)

koogs, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 11:57 (seven months ago) link

are they showing the 16:9 version?

(i have the dvds of TOS sat in front of the tv, i think i've finished them but can't remember. there's no real end to it - the last episode is just another episode)

Voyager on later in the day too. and Lost in Space. and Time Tunnel (the original?).

Re: Star Trek. Yes, they are the 16:9 version, I think? Anyway, they look great, in fact Star Trek must have blown a few minds when it was first shown, some of the photographic effects (not the polystyrene rocks) are still impressive. The first season of Star Trek is so good.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:12 (seven months ago) link

(LOL McCoy wearing is so much make up in this current episode)

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:13 (seven months ago) link

"so for this episode we'll be needing a LIFE FORM OF PURE ENERGY"

mark s, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:15 (seven months ago) link

"WOLF HALL is apparently ongoing on BBC4."

Yeah it was EP3 by the time I saw that :-(

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2020 09:20 (seven months ago) link

Fuck, missed it too.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 09:23 (seven months ago) link

WOLF HALL must be on iPlayer now - I think I'll watch it all again next week.

the pinefox, Friday, 17 April 2020 10:41 (seven months ago) link

Next week: look out for THE WILD ONE and ON THE WATERFRONT on Sony Classics.

the pinefox, Friday, 17 April 2020 12:26 (seven months ago) link

.@TalkingPicsTV gets a page-lead in tomorrow’s Mail on Sunday pic.twitter.com/HD4sjR9o2V

— Tony Paley (@tpaleyfilm) April 18, 2020

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:28 (seven months ago) link

sweet

clap for content-providers (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:31 (seven months ago) link

enjoyed peter vaughan in Smokescreen yesterday on talking pictures. bit of nonsense about possible insurance fraud/suicide/murder which was diverting enough. vaughan plays a miserly claims agent penny pinching whilst fiddling expenses who seems unsympathetic until the reveal of what he is using the saved money for.

also saw the tonally extremely odd That Brennan Girl. v strange melodrama.

oscar bravo, Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:38 (seven months ago) link

he also noticed no black people in mad max fury road which was a v good point

discounting Zoe Kravitz for having a white grandparent on each side?

donald failson (sic), Sunday, 19 April 2020 16:46 (seven months ago) link

to put that in context, our inspiration for watching fury road was the “california love” video. which probably skewed his expectations on blackness a little bit.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:08 (seven months ago) link

enjoyed peter vaughan in Smokescreen yesterday on talking pictures

Yes, that's a good film!

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Sunday, 19 April 2020 18:41 (seven months ago) link

"so for this episode we'll be needing a LIFE FORM OF PURE ENERGY"

... who is a prancing ninny, as in this morning's episode.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Monday, 20 April 2020 09:43 (seven months ago) link

Saturday night: THE SWIMMER. Quite fascinating and ultimately troubling.

Sunday night: COLD MOUNTAIN. Marred by too many fake accents by non-Americans but probably underrated - in an older Western, the content of this one would be considered very interesting.

the pinefox, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:01 (seven months ago) link

Tomorrow night:
https://www.radiotimes.com/film/k8vx9b/up-the-junction/

Not very keen on the cast, but worth seeing?

the pinefox, Friday, 24 April 2020 09:50 (seven months ago) link

maureen lipman iirc. it's a good addition to the 60s kitchen sink thing.

Adrienne Posta too...

https://youtu.be/79nVTKeaRGs

koogs, Friday, 24 April 2020 11:16 (seven months ago) link

She definitely seems strongly preferable to Maureen Lipman.

the pinefox, Friday, 24 April 2020 11:24 (seven months ago) link

The Ladykillers followed by All That Heaven Allows, 12.50pm on Film4, a channel which generally never shows anything worth watching.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 07:09 (six months ago) link

Can't watch today but thanks for the heads-up Tom D -- these reminders are useful.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 07:44 (six months ago) link

Only problem I've got is that Channel 4 and Film4 don't work when it rains or is particularly overcast - come back analogue all is forgiven.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 09:47 (six months ago) link

Sony Movies Classic is running through a bunch of good onld english films, mostly repeats and mentioned upthread, but icymi

09ish Loneliness of long distance runner
11ish Georgy Girl
15ish Admirable Crichton
17ish, er, Dad's Army
19ish Saturday Night & Sunday Morning
21ish Taste Of Honey
23ish The Knack and how to get it

some notable war films on film4 too
11 This Happy Breed
13 Millions Like Us
15 Two Thousand Women
17 Waterloo Road

and TPTV have been showing hammer films late on a friday, tonight's is Dracula, Prince Of Darkness

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2020 08:28 (six months ago) link

of those on film4 the first two are interesting - noel coward wrote the first, and both are very much about the families left behind during the war, and both filmed whilst the war was still happening.

Patricia Roc in Millions and Two Thousand Women as well.

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2020 08:34 (six months ago) link

RUNNER, SATURDAY NIGHT, TASTE OF HONEY were all screened on the same channel in the last month or two - I saw them then otherwise would watch.

the pinefox, Friday, 8 May 2020 11:44 (six months ago) link

i did say as much - "mostly repeats and mentioned upthread, but icymi"

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2020 17:00 (six months ago) link

TPTV 13:10 The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)
BBC2 15:00 The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)

koogs, Monday, 11 May 2020 15:16 (six months ago) link

Some films on today:

London Live
13.00 Brief Encounter
15.00 Victim

Film4
16.45 Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Talking Pictures
23.55 Shampoo

Frank Bough: I Took Drugs with Vice Girls (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:01 (six months ago) link

I remember to take this opportunity to report that I have been listening to music that I think features TOM D.

Specifically on vinyl the whole of Close Lobsters' 12-inch, 4-track 45: 'What Is There To Smile About?'

The lead track can be heard here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a50KwHUAXo

the pinefox, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:09 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

Sony Movies Classic has now been rebranded Sony Movies Christmas for all your festive TV movie needs, three months early.

But that prompted me to finally watch The Swimmer before it disappeared and that was great. Nice device, the way back story is gradually revealed, but never fully. And the ending... Odd film for such a big name.

Also taped Miss Jean Brodie and American Graffiti.

Legend of Hell House was on tptv at weekend. Dvd has been on my Amazon wish list for about a decade after learning about the Delia Derbyshire soundtrack.

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 04:28 (two months ago) link

What do people who aren't in London get on freeview channel 8? (Ie instead of London Live)

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 06:35 (two months ago) link

In Glasgow, 'That's TV Scotland', which mostly seems to show fuzzy music clips from the 70s and 80s. I hear from London friends that London Live shows some interesting films from time to time - definitely not the case with That's TV Scotland.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:24 (two months ago) link

Just recently discovered that I can now get Sky Arts on Freeview.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:26 (two months ago) link

(I was asking because Stuart maconie was saying that he wanted to see Deep End and it was on LL yesterday. There were 6 months when it would show a new Ealing B-movie every day. Then it went onto Norman wisdom movies... And in the evenings it's all London gangster movies)

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 07:34 (two months ago) link

i've just watched the whole of american graffiti without recognising harrison ford...

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:13 (two months ago) link

Ah, he was so young..

Mark G, Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:16 (two months ago) link

'73, so only 4 years before SW.

koogs, Thursday, 24 September 2020 13:26 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

i keep forgetting about Sky Arts (ch 11?) but over the last week we've had

KT Tunstall on Ivor Cutler (including her singing Beautiful Cosmos to Phyllis)

Trailblazers: Two Tone (Noddy Holder narrated documentary, very Specials-centric, some good contributors like, surprisingly, Pete Waterman, who was DJ at the Locarno when the Coventry Automatics played there)

The Art Of Architecture on Battersea Power Station

er, Portrait Artist Of The Year

Punk Night tomorrow by the look

koogs, Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:18 (one month ago) link

I thought 'Danny Dyer on Harold Pinter' on Sky Arts was some kind of pisstake, but apparently Dyer worked with Pinter and is a big fan, so fair dos.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

I watched a thing about John Belushi which was quite poor (and had an odd, stilted, machine-translated-back-and-forth voiceover), and "Rankin's 2020", which obviously fulfilled my long-held wish for EXIF data to pop up onscreen when showing pro-grade photographs, but was still unsatisfying. Still, it beats Border Patrol on ch11.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:32 (one month ago) link


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