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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:06 
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JUST FOR CLARIFICATION: I do not think that Kern means it in this fashion. I am well aware of his affinity and love of Americana. It's just a phrase I have seen him use a lot recently and it was starting to irk me.

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BBC Four, 21:00 tonight: Scotland and the Klan.

This looks interesting:

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Neil travels over 2,000 miles to examine links between racism today in the Deep South and the Scottish settlers that first occupied it.
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By deep South, they mean the colonies, not the Isle of Wight.


That has been in TV before, relatively recently. It's really interesting television (though I came to it with very little previous knowledge on any of the things being discussed).

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JUST FOR CLARIFICATION: I do not think that Kern means it in this fashion. I am well aware of his affinity and love of Americana. It's just a phrase I have seen him use a lot recently and it was starting to irk me.

don't yuk his yums, man.

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JUST FOR CLARIFICATION: I do not think that Kern means it in this fashion. I am well aware of his affinity and love of Americana. It's just a phrase I have seen him use a lot recently and it was starting to irk me.


Also, a quick search suggests he's used the word "colonies" 7 times since 2011.

search.php?keywords=colonies&author=kern&sf=all&sc=1&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&style=26&submit=Search

Alternative facts! ;)

I may be missing something though.

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I clearly need some new material. :)

No offence was intended, and certainly none was taken from Myp (although our views on colonisation are probably closer than he thinks).

Let's get back to talking about TV.


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I clearly need some new material. :)

No offence was intended, and certainly none was taken from Myp (although our views on colonisation are probably closer than he thinks).

Let's get back to talking about TV.

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That has been in TV before, relatively recently. It's really interesting television (though I came to it with very little previous knowledge on any of the things being discussed).


Surprised I didn't catch it before then! Although, since the BBC 4 newsletter stopped I only tend to hear of good things if I remember to buy a paper on a Saturday or if it gets mentioned here. Should start using the Iplayer more.


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What? No it isn't. Especially not coming from Kern, who I would suggest is by far the most learned and respectful chap on the subject of Americana that we have.

It comes across lording superiority over Americans for some unknown reason, when we're just as bad.

I think you're trying far too hard to be offended there. When people refer to America as "the colonies" the joke is because they are a global superpower, massively bigger and more important than we are. It's not "lording superiority", it's wryly acknowledging the opposite.

Err, no. It annoys me because I've been specifically told by Americans who live here that they don't like it. It's eye-rollingly cringeworthy. :shrug:

Meh. There's plenty of other americans to ask.


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She is still not at her desk. I think she's showing a new HOC around (who is also Americal!).

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Has anyone been watching Hospital? It's a documentary focussing on the impossible decisions that are made on a daily basis in our hospitals.

It's brilliant. It's riveting. It's fascinating.

And it will make you fucking furious with what is being done to NHS. It will fill you with bottomless admiration for the people working under this pressure and, by and large, doing an amazing job.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088rp75%20via%[email protected]


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What the fuck is Only Connect doing on TV on Sunday?


It's on at 19:00 tonight, clashing with 'The Archers'. Grrr...


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She is still not at her desk. I think she's showing a new HOC around (who is also Americal!).


Do you have a suitable photo to show her?


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Terry Pratchett - Back in black is now in the iplayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... k-in-black

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Terry Pratchett - Back in black is now in the iplayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... k-in-black

I found it very hard to watch at points.

In what way?
I was pretty interested in this when I saw it was coming. I've still got The Shepherds Crown sitting unread..... struggling to start it when I know it's the last new one I'll ever read.


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In what way?
I was pretty interested in this when I saw it was coming. I've still got The Shepherds Crown sitting unread..... struggling to start it when I know it's the last new one I'll ever read.


So firstly be warned there are spoilers for Shepherds Crown in there.

And I think the hardest parts for me to watch were some parts where you see Terry really struggle to find the words he wants (and getting frustrated by it) and then when both his daughter and one of his best friends break and start to sob


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I suspect I'm very late to the party here but police procedural No Offence is pretty fucking good:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Offence

It's great to see Joanna Scanlan in a serious role, and I'm probably a bit biased because I'm slightly in love with Alexandra Roach, but it's solid and incredibly compelling stuff from the writer behind Cracker and Shameless. The second season doesn't quite stand up to the first but it's still very good stuff throughout with a good mixture of 'case of the week' plus constantly ongoing narrative.


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I suspect I'm very late to the party here but police procedural No Offence is pretty fucking good:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Offence

It's great to see Joanna Scanlan in a serious role, and I'm probably a bit biased because I'm slightly in love with Alexandra Roach, but it's solid and incredibly compelling stuff from the writer behind Cracker and Shameless. The second season doesn't quite stand up to the first but it's still very good stuff throughout with a good mixture of 'case of the week' plus constantly ongoing narrative.


Love it. Agree the second series isn't as compelling as the first but it's still excellent. The chap with Alzheimer's holding up a Wetherspoons because it used to be a bank was genius.


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BBC Two's Meet the Lords. New docusoap about the everyday life of law-making folk.

Their doorman has an excellent hipster beard.


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Jesus man, I'd just turned over to E4 to hear "Looking at Saphs vagina. Do you have any pubes Saph?" and see 3 lesbians completely starkers chatting about each other's bits. Then one picked the one she liked best and went on a date with their clothes on.

So yeah, Naked Attraction, E4. Fucking weird.


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Rich Hall's Countrier than you

Idiosyncratic look at the history of country music. You have to love a genre this much to be this cynical about it. Many standout sequences, but his rant about the Soggy Bottom Boys early on sets the tone for the documentary. In other hands, the recurring motif of him trying to punt his own country song about his working dawg to various giants would tire quickly, but it's well paced and serves to illustrate the differences in styles over time and location rather than be a simple filler. Even if you aren't into country that much, it's worth spending the time on this. No Rhett Atkins, alas.

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I watched an episode of Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule on ITV last night that I'd recorded on Thursday.

Some Harry Hill is always better than no Harry Hill, and his surrealism and attitude is always a joy but it suffers from 'Monkey Cage syndrome' of too many people and not enough time. We also are more interested in Harry than in whoever ITV have managed to book. I might record the rest of the series and have it on the PVR in case I need something to watch late one night, but I can't say this was anywhere near as vital TV viewing as 'Burp' was back in the heyday.

It also says something about Hill's confidence in the show when he opens it by describing the format as so thin you can roll it up and smoke it.


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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.

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Yeah, we didn't bother with it after series 1.

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Watched this documentary last night about Tommy Byrne:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... h-and-burn

No doubt that he did mess things up for himself but amazing to get as far as he did really. Made me wonder how many more great drivers there would be if everyone could get a go instead of just a few rich kids.


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Yeah, it's been brilliant. Not seen the latest one yet.


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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.)

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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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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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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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:DD

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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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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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