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This week sees the return of two of my favourite TV shows.

The Big Bang Theory on E4 – 9pm tonight and Wednesdays following

then on friday  channel 4 sees the return of the mighty The IT Crowd

Intresting both seem to have have a geeky element to them. both seem to be both embracing geekdom while still using the fact people are into stuff as a major comedy plot point.

I Guess this balances out my love of the lowest common denominator Hole in the Wall on BBc and of course the near perfection of Harry Hill’s TV Burp on ITV.

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Hole In the Wall

Saturday night TV has never been so interesting. X- Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Hairy Bakers, Channel 4’s rerunning of the Lord Of The Rings films. and CSi and Law and Order on Five.

Things are good. Starting all this televisual goodness on a saturday evenings viewing is definately the new  BBC1 Show – Hole In The Wall.

The basic ideas is that celebrities, (the standard of celebrity you would see on Celebrity Masterchef, not upto strictly come dancing level but probably above celebrity wife swap), dress up in skin tight suits and attempt to contort their bodies into shapes, which have been cut into a plystyrene wall. This wall is driven towards the contestants and they try to avoid getting pushed by the wall into a swimming pool.

Apparently the BBC commissioned this after the popularity of the Japanese original show on video sharing websites. (Like youtube).

I like it

It is inherantly funny watching anyone being pushed into a pool of water by an oncoming wall of polystyrene. it is inhreantly funny watching ‘celebrities’ trying to laugh like they don’t care about fitting through a wall when they really do. Ultimately it is just funny what people will do for a bit of fame and celebrity.

The keys to the program are the light tone set by the host Dale Winton, the over-the-top commentry of Jonathon Pearce, (however annoying it does perfectly sum up the saturday evening  light entertainment feel.) and the insesant loud music clips in celebration and defeat. The other thing which makes the program is the way the action actually relentlessly drives forward.

It is telly heaven. Throwaway, short, sharp, and to the point. Entertainment as it should be.

The Apprentice – Your Fired

Andrew Collins is always the first blog reviewer of the apprentice which i turn to after each episode. read him here

The apprentice season 3 is on the BBC. and the pre-series publicity contained a quote from Sir Alan which went something along the lines of “the candidates are getting better. we have been done this twice before and the selection process is providing a higher level of people on the program.”

They are not.
If they were we would all stop watching.

For me the joy of watching the apprentice is watching people who are area sales managers, or a risk manager trying to sell modern art or like last night trying to put a brand new food menu into two pubs which normally don’t serve food.

It was a farce.
The girls spent little and had a shoddy evening cobbled together around a bollywood theme.
Their team is called alpha. Frankly i thought Alpha males were bad in these metrosexual days, so the prospect of 8 alpha females running the food in a pub is scary. no wonder the dancer started to strip instead of dancing.

The boys were incompetent. couldn’t cook, could cost, couldn’t budget. (Hint to all future contestants: It is all about the money. do the sums and you will survive.) `had no management. it was a mess.

The outcome was correct adn the right person (team leader Ian) was fired. although I don’t see Kevin Shaw (24, Bank manager, 11 GCSE’s, 2 ALevels, Food Hygene qualification) lasting long. (I am better qualified than Him for the apprentice) If only because he does look like the guy from little britain and has an annoying accent.
Although mention has to go to Jenny Celerier whos accent is both fantastic and horrible

Anyway my favourite is Lucinda Ledgerwood for three reasons.
1- she wears just fabulously out of place clothing for the group shots.
2- she appears to try and be funny when with the girls and they all just seem to take offense at the fact she exists let along talks, and jump on her from a great height.
3- she kind looks like the nasty one from the last series and i keep on thinking at any moment she is gonna turn nasty and do real damage to someone.

next week then

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Live TV blogging – Jool Hollands 200th – BBC1 – 01 feb 08

Live event blogging – Jool Hollands 200th

Cat Power


My program review

Headlining Radiohead – very good. three songs and another one on the website, good news really for all.
mary J bilge. – she did a wee lecture at the beginning of her record so we know exactly what she thought of the song

the main attraction from the undercard of the program was the 2 round bout between two cute, indie cred filled, heavily fringed, female vocalist’s Feist and Cat Power.

Round one
(back to back performances at opposite ends of the studio)
Feist – my mooon my man – pretty good rendition, sounded live with rough edges and a heavier guitar part which gave it an edge.
cat power – new york new york – her band sounds tight and very good. Ms Marshall though, sounded a bit to much like she was trying to be good rather than being good?
round one to Feist.

Round two
Feist plays 1-2-3-4 but also plays a joker with her entire band making a brass section supporting an acoustic version of the song.
Cat Power plays “Lost Someone” musically the band are awesome and sound great. but Cat’s Performance again lets down the side.
Round two to Feist

Victory to Feist two – love

Victory thrid song goes to Feist with Sealion. A Live favourite (of mine)and it pretty much rocks the room. It just sounds very good and a well deserved victory.

so in a live tv battle, radiohead beats them all and Feist beats Cat Power.

Quite how she will deal with Zooey Deschanel and her link up with M Ward as “She and Him” is anyones guess.

(Zooey Deschanel, with the cute indie cred background and heavy fringe)

Later with Jools website with radiohead performance not shown on the TV ::[[click here]]::

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