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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:21 
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Yeah, it's been brilliant. Not seen the latest one yet.

Neither have I, but they've all been good. The Karaoke one was a bit of a departure though.


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The crossword one was just wonderful.


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The crossword one was just wonderful.

Agreed. One of the best. Apparently it was a real Guardian crossword and they wrote the episode to fit the clues


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I thought the Sheridan Smith one from an earlier series was genuinely brilliant.


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We watched the first series of Cuckoo recently, comedy with the headteacher from The Inbetweeners, it was mostly hit over miss so pretty good overall (some actual lols in the Ecstasy/Dexys Midnight Runners episode). Last night we watched episode one of season two, the character Cuckoo isn't in it and his wife is now a different actress...

Whack-whack-oops.


Weirdly we watched the second series first, enjoyed it, but couldn't really get into the first one as much and ended up not watching all of it.

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Watched the first episode of Ben Zand's 'Dictatorland' just now, on Kazakhstan. It's only 23 minutes or so, but gives a short introduction to the country and life under its ruler, Nursultan Nazarbayev ('Naz'). Ben Zand is a charming host, and I'll watch the other two.

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Perhaps being sent away to a mountain resort by the authorities on their national day to avoid covering any possible protests against the regime means it's not as in-depth as it could be.


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A new series of that Dara O'Brian gaming show 'Go 8 Bit' starts next month. I enjoyed the couple of episodes I watched but didn't catch all of it. Potentially more interesting though is that this time around each episode will be followed by 'Go 8 Bit DLC' which will be a separate review show hosted by ex-Eurogamer person Ellie Gibson (who's in the main show) and various guests. I like Ellie Gibson's writing a lot and hopefully she'll be entertaining enough to carry that segment even though actually reviewing games on a TV show is generally pretty pointless.


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Timeshift's episode on the fire service is a well-presented piece of social history, with a good mix of vintage footage and interviews. I was surprised by how late the municipal system began, and painfully reminded that progress usually only comes after a disaster. An enjoyable hour.

I was frusturated by the episode on the telephone system because despite some swizzy graphics and the dolcet tones of Victoria Coren-Mitchell it felt too bitty and trying to cram too much in rather than expand on the various segments in the detail they probably needed.


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PH33R my insanely up-to-date TV reporting, for I have recently started watching 'The Thick Of It' on Netflix, which I have never seen before at all.

Only done the first two seasons up to now and trying to watch an episode or two per night.

I have no explanation for why it's taken me so long to get round to watching it as I've been 'aware' of it pretty much since it first broadcast, and love the people behind it.

Obviously it's fantastic, although it is quite odd to see Chris Langham in there, especially when they start doing some of the 'nonce' routines. (I appreciate the situation with Langham is quite a complex one, BTW.)

'Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off.'

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I realise I'm pretty late to the party here but Elementary (the US TV version of Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) is very good. Well, I've watched the first season and a few eps of the second so it could go to shit but for the moment at least I'm really enjoying it.


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Bamba wrote:
I realise I'm pretty late to the party here but Elementary (the US TV version of Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) is very good. Well, I've watched the first season and a few eps of the second so it could go to shit but for the moment at least I'm really enjoying it.

I enjoy it. It's reasonably formulaic, but that's US network TV for you.

The one thing that winds me up about Elementary is the mumbling. Everyone seems to talk in a... natural tone, like you would in a normal conversation. Which on TV can be really hard to pick up on, especially if there's background music to contend with


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Bamba wrote:
I realise I'm pretty late to the party here but Elementary (the US TV version of Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) is very good. Well, I've watched the first season and a few eps of the second so it could go to shit but for the moment at least I'm really enjoying it.


I really lke it. It makes me feel clever. And has pretty laydeez in it.

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Dan Snow on Lloyd George (BBC 4 yesterday)

Overview of one of the most fascinating prime ministers. Although it's only an hour so gives the key events in brief rather than the detail all of them deserve, it's worth catching for an understanding of the great man. Dan Snow's continual references to his family connection got irritating at the end, but other than that his presentation is compelling.


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Finished the last episode of the last season of THE THICK OF IT last night. I now feel bereft.

Quite possibly one of the finest things I've ever watched on telly.

I might rewatch all of The Day Today and Brasseye.

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You know, I've spent ten years detoxifying this party. It's been a bit like renovating an old, old house, yeah? You can take out a sexist beam here, a callous window there, replace the odd homophobic roof tile. But after a while you realise that this renovation is doomed. Because the foundations are built on what I can only describe as a solid bed of cunts.

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Finished the last episode of the last season of THE THICK OF IT last night. I now feel bereft.

Quite possibly one of the finest things I've ever watched on telly.

I might rewatch all of The Day Today and Brasseye.

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You know, I've spent ten years detoxifying this party. It's been a bit like renovating an old, old house, yeah? You can take out a sexist beam here, a callous window there, replace the odd homophobic roof tile. But after a while you realise that this renovation is doomed. Because the foundations are built on what I can only describe as a solid bed of cunts.


:DD

Coincidentally I started rewatching TTOI on Wednesday too. Capaldi seems so young in it. His attack-dog Jamie so vicious (unlike the wet characters he's been showing up as in Utopia and Line of Duty.)


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I don't know if this goes in the UK or US thread as it's a US show but currently on Channel 4, but you should watch The Handmaid's Tale because it's brilliant.

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I don't know if this goes in the UK or US thread as it's a US show but currently on Channel 4, but you should watch The Handmaid's Tale because it's brilliant.

It's good, but quite harrowing though.


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For fans of the Inbetweeners, BBC2 have a new comedy called White Gold.

Its got "Jay and Simon" in it. They play double glazing salesman in the 1980's

Its funny in places, and worth a watch.

You can watch in weekly on BBC2 or pig out on all of it on IPlayer.


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"It's funny in places" isn't the most resounding endorsement for a sitcom

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For fans of the Inbetweeners, BBC2 have a new comedy called White Gold.

Its got "Jay and Simon" in it. They play double glazing salesman in the 1980's

Its funny in places, and worth a watch.

You can watch in weekly on BBC2 or pig out on all of it on IPlayer.


Not seen it, but it's a segue into ANECDOTE TIME.

I took a summer job with a friend selling double glazing. Was a nation-wide firm. They dazzled us on the first day with promises of Rolexes and speedboats if we met our targets (what every second-year university student dreams of). We were sat in a grotty basement underneath a shop in Sheffield city centre with a gaggle of other hopefuls.

On the first day me and my friend were taken out on the road by a cocky man in a short-sleeve shirt and tie. He came hooning up to us in a Peugeot 208. On the way to the part of town we'd be doing our round in, he laid down the rules of the game while passing a spliff around the car.

The rules were thus:

- There are a lot of old people round here. When you see them, tell them about a spate of burglaries and break-ins. Then offer to do them a favour to come round and check their windows are safe. Frighten the shit out of them, get them to sign-up for a fitter to come round and cost things up.

If you knock on a door and a Pakistani (in vulgar terms) family answer, then just move on, because they're all cheap and they'll try and bargain you down.

Then he parked up, whipped out some coke and offered it around the car.

We declined, walked around some housing estates until lunchtime and then fucked it off and went home. Never went back. Horrendous.


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"It's funny in places" isn't the most resounding endorsement for a sitcom


That's just my opinion, friends who recommended it all love it.

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What I don't like is the lead character (Vince) sometimes, he plays a wide boy salesman and the character is funny, but can also be quite a nasty to his family. Where as in Derek the serious stuff was separated out and the crass laughs were done by Kev being a pig. There is once scene where Vince goes on his sons school trip and he wants to shag his teacher, so he totally blanks his son who has saved a seat next to him to sit next to the teacher, I thought it was a shitty thing to do and was out of context with everything else going on which was mostly comedy. That said speaking with most of my friends they didn't see it like this so maybe I'm being too precious:)


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For fans of the Inbetweeners, BBC2 have a new comedy called White Gold.

Its got "Jay and Simon" in it. They play double glazing salesman in the 1980's

Its funny in places, and worth a watch.

You can watch in weekly on BBC2 or pig out on all of it on IPlayer.


Not seen it, but it's a segue into ANECDOTE TIME.

I took a summer job with a friend selling double glazing. Was a nation-wide firm. They dazzled us on the first day with promises of Rolexes and speedboats if we met our targets (what every second-year university student dreams of). We were sat in a grotty basement underneath a shop in Sheffield city centre with a gaggle of other hopefuls.

On the first day me and my friend were taken out on the road by a cocky man in a short-sleeve shirt and tie. He came hooning up to us in a Peugeot 208. On the way to the part of town we'd be doing our round in, he laid down the rules of the game while passing a spliff around the car.

The rules were thus:

- There are a lot of old people round here. When you see them, tell them about a spate of burglaries and break-ins. Then offer to do them a favour to come round and check their windows are safe. Frighten the shit out of them, get them to sign-up for a fitter to come round and cost things up.

If you knock on a door and a Pakistani (in vulgar terms) family answer, then just move on, because they're all cheap and they'll try and bargain you down.

Then he parked up, whipped out some coke and offered it around the car.

We declined, walked around some housing estates until lunchtime and then fucked it off and went home. Never went back. Horrendous.


They do say in the show that the mark up on Windows is 600% not sure if that true, but when we get ours done soon I will be keeping that in mind for the pricing!


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The passengers that took on the train line, BBC2 last night.
This had the potential to be a really informative discussion of the complexities of the railway network, the franchising system, and the practicality or otherwise of solving problems without a major upheaval.

Sadly it wasn't. Despite repeated criticisms of the existing set-up and statements that they would improve things, the programme seldom bothered examining why things were they way they are or how feasible the suggested improvements are. The contrast with the Swiss system, whilst interesting, was never used as a starting point to discuss why Britain's system isn't like that. It was just a case of 'we can do things better', all the time.

Not worth wasting your time with, even if you are stuck at signals.


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I just got invited to be in the audience for "TIM VINE TRAVELS IN TIME".

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Master of the pun Tim Vine journeys back in time to the days of Robin Hood in a quest to mend a golden arrow and a broken heart. Tim runs an antique shop and owns a special Grandfather clock which can transport him back in time. His very first customer is a surprise celebrity guest, who asks for help in mending an ancient golden arrow. In order to help, Tim steps inside his Grandfather clock and travels back to the days of Robin Hood where he meets Maid Marion and his soon to be arch enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin bears an uncanny resemblance to the celebrity guest and Tim soon discovers Robin’s archery skills are failing and Marion has turned her romantic attentions to Tim himself. Can Tim find out why Robin has lost his skills and reunite Robin and Marion? And will he repair the broken arrow?


Dear fucking Christ.

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Interestingly, the blurb on the BBC website is this:
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Master of the pun Tim Vine journeys back in time to the days of Robin Hood in a quest to mend a golden arrow and a broken heart. Tim runs an antique shop and owns a special Grandfather clock which can transport him back in time. His very first customer is celebrity adventurer Ben Fogle who asks for help in mending an ancient golden arrow. In order to help, Tim steps inside his Grandfather clock and travels back to the days of Robin Hood where he meets the Merry Men, Maid Marion and his soon to be arch enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin bears an uncanny resemblance to Ben Fogle and Tim soon discovers Robin's archery skills are failing and Marion has turned her romantic attentions to Tim himself. Can Tim find out why Robin has lost his skills and reunite Robin and Marion? And will he repair the broken arrow?


Obviously Ben Fogle is more of a draw if he's a secret.

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That sounds like utter shit. How will Tim Vine get his 4 billion one liners into a script of rowing puns?


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I'd forgotten that Radio 2 occasionally does comedy. Other than the Jeremy Vine show, obviously.


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Speaking of Radio shows, my little brother wrote a play that's going to be on The Afternoon Play on R4 soon.

I should find out when.

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BBC 3's 'Queer Britain'. Excellent look at contemporary LGBTQ+ life in Britain today, taking in some issues and realities that often get ignored or considered too tricky to mention. The one on religion with the JW's parents disowning him was heartbreaking and the one on racism ('preference') was uncomfortable but necessary viewing.

Watching it also made me feel very old...I''m clearly not in my mid-twenties any more.


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BBC 3's 'Queer Britain'. Excellent look at contemporary LGBTQ+ life in Britain today, taking in some issues and realities that often get ignored or considered too tricky to mention. The one on religion with the JW's parents disowning him was heartbreaking and the one on racism ('preference') was uncomfortable but necessary viewing.

Watching it also made me feel very old...I''m clearly not in my mid-twenties any more.

If you don't mind me asking, when did you come out, Kern?


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