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... here are my disjointed thoughts (there's not many because my brain is on anti-flu drugs)

filled with spoilers, natch )

Overall, I liked it.
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... was extremely happy-making.

Silly, gory, and massively over the top as ever. YAY! Roll on next week!
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Your main fandom of the year?

As in the one I've spent most time in/on? Probably Dexter, given that I mainlined all 8 series, although I've never been so angry about ANYTHING as I was about the end of that show.


Your favorite film watched this year?

Wonder Woman. No, Moana. No, Wonder Woman. No, Moana. Argh.


Your favorite book read this year?

I've got a few I gave five stars to:

- The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
- Out Of Bounds by Val McDermid
- Windwitch by Susan Rennard
- several of the Doctor Who Mr Men books
- Alice by Christina Henry
- Dead Corpse by Nuzo Onoh

… out of those it's probably Alice? Alice is horrible and beautiful and amazing.


Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

Here is my Spotify "most played tracks" playlist. I don't tend to listen to albums very much any more. As you can see, I went through a bit of a musicals phase after seeing Moana. Oh, and the Birdie Song is only on there because I've been trolling my daughter with it.

If I were to rec one song off there?
Thelma & Louise by The Horrorpops


Your favorite TV show of the year?

The Good Place. Or Santa Clarita Diet. One of those two.


Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year?

[community profile] weekly_food_challenge has become a pleasure not a chore. And food is a fandom, right?


Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Fanny Cradock


Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Straight from Lizbee's post: I knew it was coming, and I see why it was important to the narrative, but Spoilers for Star Trek Disco )


Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

Hatcher from Alice.


Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Philippa Georgiou.


Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Jodie Whittaker's reveal (and Colin Baker's reaction to it ♡♡♡My Doctor♡♡♡)


The most missed of your old fandoms?

Probably HP. I made so many good friends through that fandom. But JKR being TERFy AND supportive of the casting of Johnny Depp? I just can't any more.

I might have said Top Gear here, but 1, I really liked series 2 of New Line-up TG on BBC2, and 2, the reasons it has soured for me are all on Amazon Prime now. Fucking homophobic misogynist twats Hammond and Clarkson. Trying really hard to not let May go down in my estimation with them… :/


The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I don't know, because if I want to try a thing I do it straight away.


Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Copying from Lizbee again, but I'm torn between the second half of Star Trek Discovery season 1 and Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. It's SO GOOD that we have amazing Trek TV again, but a lady Doctor? A lady doctor with a Yorkshire accent? Oh hell yes, with bells on. pleaseChibbersdon'tfuckitup… pleaseChibbersdon'tfuckitup…

More Fanny

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 01:02 am
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Highlights from the livetweeting of episodes 2-5
Me: it's the most hilariously terrifying thing I've ever watched.
She fists a turkey till it's literally doubled in size and is an unrecognizable shape, and that's just in the first five minutes...

James: It's like Delia Smith directed by David Cronenberg.

Me: Sorry if you all heard James screaming JESUS GOD at the same time as me yelling WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT. It was meant to be a mince pie.
James's description was "non-Euclidian Big Mac". It was HUGE and terrifying.

James: I present the following quote without comment. "Take a baby one. Split it. Where's the goo? I can get my finger right in."

Me: OMG watching Fanny Cradock crack an egg shows you why she and Johnny never had children
*winces*
Honestly, as a big fan of horror films, this was the freshest horror entertainment I've had in years, and I exhort you all to watch it, but possibly not if you're teetotal. Booze may be required.

I'm now feeling genuinely bereft that this is apparently the only surviving Fanny. I want more of that heady, exhilarating blend of genuine horror and jawdropping laughter. Goddamnit. And may all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny's.
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Alternately hilarious and horrifying (seriously, does the woman NEVER wash her hands?), I haven't spent such as entertaining quarter hour in ages as watching the first episode of this.

If you, too, want to scream "Jesus that turkey cannae take any more!" or "since when are potatoes GREEN?!?" (and you're in the UK) click here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p05jv04g

I'm going to go for episode 2 now. I pray we meet again. My stomach hurts from laughing, and it IS possible to laugh yourself to death…
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You may or may not have heard about Armchair Detectives, the new daytime TV show on BBC1. Looking at the ratings*, it's more likely than not that you haven't. This strikes me as something of a shame: I really really love it.

It follows a similar format to 1970's panel show Whodunnit except with normal people rather than celebs, who get to look at evidence, rather than talk to the suspects. It's clearly made on a budget of about 20p, and some of the acting is atrocious, but there are many things to love about it:
  • Susan Calman

  • It falls firmly into the "cosy crime" category, understandably, given the timeslot, which makes it sort of comforting.

  • Race-blind casting (last week they had someone called Hamish McBride who was very brown and had a noticeable Indian subcontinent accent) and diversity in general (overall gender balance, plenty of BAME characters, lady science teacher in the school episode, etc).

  • Susan Calman

  • DC Slater's inappropriate sense of humour, and his flirting with SOCO Simmonds

  • The ridiculous punning titles of the episodes.

  • Susan Calman

  • Amusing things resulting from budgetary constraints, such as suspects NEVER having a lawyer present when being interviewed, and SOCO Simmonds never having anyone to help her.

  • Armchair Detective Bola (I have such a crush on her)

  • Oh, and Susan Calman. Honestly, her boundless enthusiasm and geekery are just the icing on the cake of the joy of the show.
I really hope it gets another series, and you should all watch it to make sure that it does.

And remember: no-one gets away with murder in Mortcliff

*eyebrow raise*



*one of only two BBC1 programmes all day with less than a million viewers, according to someone on Gallifrey Base (user account required to view, which is why I've not bothered linking)

On Supergirl

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 03:00 pm
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I grew up very much a Batfamily girl when it came to superheroes. Superfamily, in particular, I was v disdainful of because of the sheer number of powers they have. It's just BORING to have that many superpowers. But as I've grown older, and the Bat stuff has got relentlessly more Grimdark and depressing, there's an attraction to the more optimistic superheroes.

So when Supergirl's TV series started, I thought I'd give it a go.

We're well into series two now, and it has absolutely captured my heart with its quiet yet determined feminist agenda. At the end of s1 I was a bit worried because my favourite character Here be spoilers ) was leaving, and the big names they had revealed for series two were all-bar-one male.

I needn't have worried. The big storylines so far in series two have been:
Here be spoilers )
All of those stories could have easily been written to focus/centre on men. Only one of them was. Even the last one, which is nominally about the choices a man might make, has relentlessly focussed on the feelings and motivations of Supergirl and Rhea. And it's... It's astounding. Genuinely astounding. This series relentlessly, quietly, centres women with complex motivations, backstories and ideals. I didn't know how much I needed that till I saw it here. I can't think of any other SF/fantasy/superhero series that does this.

Of course, another thing I love is that it's become the Supergirl Home For Old Superheroes. Her adoptive mum is the 1980s supergirl Helen Slater. Her adoptive dad is 90s Superman and prize arsehole Dean Cain Here be spoilers ). The POTUS is 70s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. Mon-El's mum and dad are Teri Hatcher (90s Lois Lane) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules and Captain of the Andromeda). And it's stuffed with little references to lady fandom favourites (example: one of the recurring DEO staffers is an arsekicking lady called Vasquez).

And yes, I'll admit, in these relentless grimdark times in real life? A superhero as optimistic and cheerful and just plain good as Supergirl is what I need to be watching. She's not perfect, she's got flaws, but her heart is unerringly in the right place. And she's got a whole host of awesome villains to face, most of whom just happen to be women too. TV needs this show.

And I'm not just typing this blog post at all because I've just caught up on all that I've got recorded and it's AGES till the next episode, and MAN that ending (poor Kevin Sorbo! But OMG Teri Hatcher!)... ;)
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So I've just steeled myself and sat and watched Russell Howard's Good News on t'iPlayer. And... I think Tim did good. The clip of him in his John Lennon specs aged about 12 at conference that they started with might have helped*. Russell Howard is still a shouty annoying berk, but I think Tim is worth watching.

Anyway, while he was not-awful-but-not-great on HIGNFY last week**, he was much more like the Tim we all know and love on this, so I'm less hesitant about reccing it. Here you go: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06r95rs/russell-howards-good-news-series-10-episode-7 Tim's bit starts at 15.50.

Oh, and Tim, if you want to go somewhere for a tat I know several award-winning tattooists... ;)



* although "oh how ADORABLE!" is possibly not the reaction a political party leader dreams of...
** and clearly very nervous: if you watch it, watch his hands
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When I came down for breakfast this morning [personal profile] magister was watching an episode of Twin Peaks. I never saw Twin Peaks on original broadcast, but I remember everyone going on about how brilliant it was. My impressions from this morning's increasingly amazed viewing were as follows:
  • The writing is pretentious to the point of comedy, and the plot is waffer-theen.
  • The acting makes some of the cheesy 80s horror movies I've seen look like cinema verite - seriously, it's not even ham, it's gammon steaks.
  • The direction is pedestrian at best.
  • The lighting is truly awful. It takes a special talent to both over AND underlight a scene at the same time.
  • Not one of the characters I saw was in any way likeable.
The thing is, I'm left with the nagging feeling that future generations will say the same stuff about stuff that's really zeitgeisty now. Take Hannibal. I LOVE Hannibal. It's food porn with bonus men-in-great-suits and really good murders. The thing I love about it is how slow and langorous and, well, like arty porn it is over everything from the murder scenes to the cookery scenes to the fight scenes to - yes - the sex scenes. Lots of gratuitous slowmo and interesting theremin music... And yeah, I can see how future generations will decry it as a load of overly slow pretentious wank.

So if you love Twin Peaks, good luck to you. But if you didn't see it at the time, and weren't embedded in the culture surrounding it, don't bother now, because you just won't get it. Become a Fannibal instead. It's worth it for the cookery scenes alone.
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Things I have seen of late and wish to blog about:

Jack Dee, live at the Victoria theatre in Halifax. Was hilarious, although on a couple of occasions he skirted a bit too close to the "I'm not racist but" line. He was wearing amazing purple loafers, though. And he made fantastic attempts at inserting local colour into his set along the lines of Mark Steel's In Town. If I had paid for the tickets I would have considered them good value for money. 8/10

Gambit was silly, but a lot of fun, with the usual caveats about Hollywood movies' stupid approaches to gender politics. It has lots of naked Alan Rickman in it, which, IMHO, is recommendation enough. 7/10

Sightseers is the most original film I have seen in a long long time. If you imagine a feminist take on Natural Born Killers written with the dry and wistful humour of Alan Bennett you're somewhere close to beginning to grasp the feel of this heartwarming romcom about serial killers. I don't want to go too deeply into any of it, because I want you all to go see it. There's a bit of gore, and there's some strong language and really, really inappropriate concepts... but the way they are handled I guarantee you will laugh at all of them. Line of the film was he's not a person, he's a Daily Mail reader, but literally every scene has at least one laugh out loud moment. It was an utter joy hearing peals of laughter in the cinema, and it was lovely hearing the other patrons enthusing about the film as they left. It's not a film that needs to be seen on a big screen by way of effects or big visual stuff, but it's a film that makes for a great shared experience. Go and see it. Please.
Also if, like me, you fall in love with the leading lady you might wish to see her other works, which include Horrible Histories and Garth Marenghi's DarkPlace. 10/10

Strictly Come Dancing has been a lot of fun this year, principally because of the adorable, modest, brilliant and talented Lisa Riley, who has absolutely bloomed and become an amazing dancer. She also SO clearly is having the time of her life and getting on like a house on fire with Robbie. I'm not going to give Strictly a mark though because it's the kind of thing you know whether you like it or not.

Elementary I love love love. I love Johnny Lee Miller's characterisation of Holmes (and have just about expunged his Frankenstein's Monster from my brain), and I love Lucy Liu's sharp yet caring Watson, who has EXACTLY the right balance of intelligence and compassion to be Watson as Watson should be - not the dullard Watson is so often portrayed as, and I REALLY love the way they interact with each other. This is not a brilliant Holmes leading a stupid Watson to enlightenment, it is two people learning different things from each other, exactly as it should be.
Part of the reason it's so good is because the Moffatt series has dibs on the original stories for TV adaptation the makers of Elementary have been forced to be creative, and they have come up with something genuinely great. Better than Sherlock? Hell yes. Sorry Gatiss. 9/10

American Horror Story: Asylum I am having very mixed feelings about. It took me a LONG time to get into series 1 - and I thought about giving up on it more than once - but once I did I really loved it. Jessica Lange is still awesome, and every episode passes Bechdel without a problem, partly due to the huge cast, but partly because there is actual proper gender balance... but there are some bits of it which seem to be going for titilation over plot (oh, I know, in a horror series, what a shock). I'm also not sure about having it setting just two time periods, and the vast majority of it in 1964, rather than jumping about through history, and slowly tying things together. However, I am willing to keep giving it a chance longer than I normally would because the first series did just go on getting better and better. 6/10

Grimm series 2 is still gender unbalanced and still has needlessly silly terminology, but other that is a lot of fun. I am DEEPLY in love with Monroe. The conceit is interesting, and it falls neatly into the slot for fantasy in my head. And a lot of the recurring characters are great too. I particularly love Nick's mum and Monroe's mad-as-a-bag-of-frogs biker ex-girlfriend Angelina. 8/10

Continuum on the other hand, I am starting to wonder if it was made to fit exactly into a slot in my head. It's like someone thought Hey! Jennie loves sci-fi and she loves detective shows and she loves kickass female lead characters: I wonder what'd happen if we put all those things together? The result is a show that's by no means perfect, but still really, really good. I particularly like that the police department's geek is a girl, and am enjoying very much the mystery-of-the-week format. It's still overly male, but it's a step in the right direction, and passes Bechdel most weeks. 8/10

The Almighty Johnsons series 2 is being rather enjoyable too. Ingrid, Ty and Olaf are still my favourites. It's fun to see my predictions coming true, but also being twisted in unexpected ways. The episode A Damn Fine Woman is one of the finest episodes of television I have seen in a long time, and the rest of the series has been a lot of fun too. 8/10
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Skyfall was pretty bloody awesome, aside from the last 90 seconds or so. It's certainly Craig's first Proper Bond Film, and I'd say it's the best Bond film since Goldeneye. The only bit I didn't like in an otherwise very enjoyable film was SPOILER! ) However, I have solved this by adding a thirty second coda to the end of the film in my head: I wish this was a spoiler ).

For a more incisive review, please see the fluffy elephant (you may recognise the content of the first comment).

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists is one of those rare films that's better than the book. A thoroughly enjoyable romp, despite some dodgy gender politics, most of which I have forgiven because of the stonkingly good singalongable soundtrack (yes, I'm shallow).

Madagascar 3 was surprisingly enjoyable, but the soundtrack was nowhere near as good so the gender politics bothered me more ;)

Hotel Transylvania was pretty good, despite some REALLY dodgy gender politics AND the only gay character being a serial sexual assaulter (which the film was at pains to normalise - which kind of takes away from the positive of having a gay character in a kids' film. Paranorman did this a LOT better). Holly loved it so much that she wanted to be a vampire for Halloween, though (see yesterday's post).

Red Dwarf the new series has been pretty good. Not "OMG AWESOME!!!" but pretty good. I'd be pleased if they make another series.

Question Time I haven't actually watched this series at all, and my stress level are markedly lower. Still addicted to Any Questions on radio four, though.

Drabblecast is a podcast I would have unreservedly recommended right up until the most recent episode, which had some problematic content hitherto unknown to this listener, and I've been listening for a good 12 or 13 episodes now. The content is very varied but always interesting (even the problematic episode was interesting) and the host has a voice which doesn't grate on my ears, which is almost unknown in a ficion podcast.

Clarkesworld podcast is even better, IMHO. The host has a LOVELY voice, and gives insightful comment on the stories as well as reading them very well (aside from her pronunciation of some English placenames in the superlative "England Under The White Witch" episode).

University Challenge I have been pretty addicted to this series, but that's possibly because of the game James and I have taken to playing while watching it. It's possibly quite a cruel game. We try to spot the serial killer, and what their method of killing is. For example, the most recent episode had a poisoner, a Lecter-esque cannibal, and a very worrying alien wearing human skin...
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The Singers

By and large the technically-good singers did better than the technically-poor singers. There were exceptions to this, though. There was a restriction of style which spoke to it being definitely pop-oriented - I'm thinking both of the 17-year-old Asian lass who sang Nessun Dorma so well my jaw dropped, and the lad who did Livin' On a Prayer, neither of whom a single coach turned around for. There were also a number of male singers who I definitely couldn't see the attraction of. The guy who sang Rocket Man in the blind auditions, who all four coaches turned around for wasn't even "not very good" he was actively awful, and I think you all know my views on Tyler.

It seemed to me that there was definitely a much lower standard for the male singers in terms of the range and abilities they were expected to have than the female - Jaz was the only one who came close to having the range of the girls. But then, that mirrors society at large, doesn't it? A woman must be twice as good as a man to be thought of half as good...

On the performances last night, Leanne deserved to win. Bo was struggling against having had Danny for a coach, and she suffered for it. But Bo was the only one in the final who I would have picked from the last 8... I found it interesting that the moment the British voting public are given sole control, the two best singers (who were coincidentally black) got knocked out; but then again, if this competition is about who is going to sell more records then uncomfortable things like that need to be taken into account.

I would like to see what happens for both the winner and several of the losers (Bo, Vince, Ruth, Jaz, Matt and Sueleen, Becky, Toni, Frances, and Jenny the Barmaid are all springing to mind) - because we know from many years of FamePopXAcademyFactorIdol that the winners of these things very rarely go on to continued success, and even more rarely the losers.

The Coaches

My starting position was a deep affection for Tom Jones, respect and admiration for will.i.am, a vague notion that JessieJ was someone my daughter liked, and "who?" for Danny.

Danny turned very quickly from someone I hadn't heard of to someone I didn't like very much, to someone I actively despise. In the blind auditions he was copying will. He showed no judgement of his own. His song choices were bad - not because they were bad songs, but because they were the wrong songs for his artists, or for the competition, or both. His petulance when will and Jessie pointed that out to him was childish in the extreme. But what made me despise him? That was when he told will he should pick Tyler over Jaz, because although Jaz was a better singer Tyler was "more marketable" - which to me translated as thinner and whiter.

JessieJ I have become an active fan of. I like her voice, and I like her honesty, and I like how she stands up for herself and makes herself distinctive. I liked that she told the artists exactly what she thought, without sugarcoating it, and yet without being in any way nasty. And I loved how her and Tom were clearly getting on like a house on fire and gossiping and giggling together. I shall be obtaining one of her albums soon.

will.i.am... my opinions of his music haven't changed, but I've grown to have real affection for him as a person. He strikes me as someone who is naturally painfully shy, but has forced himself to overcome this by becoming a pop star. The difference between will in the chair and will on stage performing was palpable. And I was very impressed with the emotional maturity he displayed when dealing with Danny's tantrums, and when giving out constructive criticism to the singers. And I loved him tweeting live from the show all the time, even when suspended in mid air.

And Tom... I think Tom took this show on because he wanted to actively nurture new talent, and I think he was the only one who stuck to the brief and judged solely on The Voice, and I think that's why his singer won. Based on how much each artist changed and improved over the weeks, I think he was the best coach, too. And I loved that he has said, on the show, that he will fight for Ruth and Matt and Sueleen once the show is over (and I recall will saying this to Frances and Jessie saying it to Becky too).

The Format

The blind audition bit is the bit that is interesting, suspenseful, and new. The battle rounds were kind of cool. Then it turned into just another talent show. And this is shown in the audience figures. We know there is going to be another series, and something needs to be tweaked to keep it interesting once it gets to the talent show rounds. My suggestion was to keep the coaches in a blacked out booth till the semi finals, then they really are judging solely on The Voice, but James points out that would remove the iconic image of the show, the swivelling chair... So yeah, I don't know what they can or will do to tweak it, but clearly something needs to be done.

Having the results show on a Sunday... I can see the logistical reasons for it, but those are outweighed by the sheer boredom factor of having to wade through a performance by Cheryl Cole and a load of waffle and recaps before getting to the actual result; and in the age of twitter, the risk of the result getting out before the show airs is a big one too. So have the results show later on the same night, and make it a lot shorter. FWIW, this is my opinion on the Strictly results show too. It's filmed the same night, they should show it the same night.

I would like to see a follow-up episode (or maybe a couple of episodes), say six months after the winner is declared, showing what has happened to the winner and the popular losers.

The format has clearly evolved over the course of this first series, though. This is clearest in the way the presenters are presented. Initially Holly and Reggie were both equal in terms of time and stage and screentime. By the final episode, Reggie didn't come out of the twitter room at all and got barely any screentime. IMHO this was justified. Holly was smoother and clearer as a presenter. So I think further tweaks and evolutions are only to be expected.

The Future

My tips to the production team for what they should do with the next series are as follows:
  1. Get rid of Danny. This is the number one thing they could do to make the show better. He is by far the worst coach, and actively hampered his artists. They could use this as an opportunity to even the gender balance. Cerys Matthews? Kate Bush? Paloma Faith? There are lots of ladies who could make this interesting.

  2. Do something to keep it interesting once the live shows start. What this is, I don't know, and I suspect that if I did know then I'd be a lot richer than I am

  3. Move the results show to half an hour after the phone lines close (which is when they film it anyway) and make it a LOT shorter

  4. I hope they keep JessieJ, but given how she has spoken in the media, she may not want to do a second series. If she does go, they need to pay even more attention to the diversity of the coaches, given that she is female AND non-white AND non-het.

  5. Keep track of the artists once the show finishes
I suspect you lot all have your opinions too. What do you think they could do to improve the show?
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I can't believe a pub singer version of Bohemian Rhapsody was enough to knock Jaz out. FFS. And Ruth getting knocked out was totally unjustified too.

(ETA: for those who haven't realised, I just saw the results for The Voice. Looking forward to when the competition is over and then I can look forward to hearing Becky, Jaz and Ruth again. Of those who are left, if Bo doesn't win, people need shooting).

The Voice

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 11:56 am
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So having watched all the episodes of this so far, I feel moved to make a couple of observations:
  • The men are held to much lower standards than the women in terms of the range they are expected to have - range in terms of notes, and range in terms of style. Nobody seems to think this is odd. The most obvious example of this is the guy who sang a mediocre version of Rocket Man and got all four judges turning round, while the girl who sang Nessun Dorma and CANED IT got NONE of them, even though she was technically ten times better.

  • Danny is annoying and has no mind of his own. I hadn't heard of him before this competition, and am not moved to find out any more about him or his band based on this.

  • Jessie J, on the other hand, DOES have a mind of her own, and while she can make the odd bitchy comment when she thinks the cameras aren't listening, she has a lot of nous. For example totally did the right thing chucking Ben off last night - and the fact that will and Danny were slagging her off for it is an illustration of my first point.

  • Sir Tom. He's Sir Tom. ♥

  • If there's any justice Ruth will win. I would actually like to see Toni win, but Ruth is streets ahead of anybody left in the competition in terms of vocal ability.

We now return you to radio silence.
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This will only make sense to you if you are familiar with both Bod (old kids' TV show in the UK) and Judge Dredd (old comic character from the UK). As this is MY readership, I expect most of you will get it ;)

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Just watched one of the best television shows I have seen in ages. We recorded it off BBC4. It was called Cricklewood Greats and you've got another 6 days to catch it on iPlayer. I urge you to do so. And if anybody from the beeb is reading this: it was announced as a pilot PLEASE pick it up for a series. Please please pretty please with a cherry on top. And chocolate sprinkles.

I shall end with a salute to the geeky genius of Peter Capaldi. You sir, rock.
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I have watched up to episode three of this, and find myself really conflicted about it. On the one hand, I am loving the references to old horror films and "real life" serial killer lore, and Jessica Lange, Tate and Burnt-Face-Guy are all awesome.

On the other hand, the central family are all incredibly annoying characters, and the performances of the actors are wooden (the husband), an elderly version of Alicia Silverstone sulky (the mother), and slappably irritating (the daughter).

I have a small amount of telly time, and there are lots of Uhmerican dramas vying for my limited attention - Walking Dead! Bones! NCISes! Castle! - and I don't know if it is worth spending telly time on this show, but I WANT to like it...

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#Psychoville: a review

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 10:33 pm
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Election? What election? Not that I'm in denial, but tonight was the first episode of series two of Psychoville, and the first series was so brilliant, and so self-contained, I was somewhat worried about the possibility of shark-jumping. I need not have been.

Effortlessly blending the return of much-loved characters with startling new ones, and beautifully setting up a new intrigue, this episode of Psychoville was everything a fan could have hoped for. The creativity and dark, twisted humour of the writing was never in doubt, but special mention here needs to go to the actors. Who knew that Dawn French was going to manage to make Joyce even MORE creepy? And Stacy Liu, the actress who plays Jennifer, was just amazing. To convey so much through the very tiniest of movements of just a hand, and the stillness of her face... There's some skill there, especially in a show where most of the characters are so gloriously over the top.

There were several laugh out loud moments too - "perforated..." "no, it's just mellow birds, do you want some?" was my favourite - but they did not detract from the drama or intrigue.

Not NOW, Silent Singer indeed...

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