Celebrity Big Brother is back on! Yeah, I know. I thought it had finished years ago as well but apparently not. This is the 20th series and obviously they are struggling with the celebrities. The Big Brother franchise (as everyone seems to refer to everything these days. There’s the Star Wars franchise, the Bond franchise, […]

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There is nothing new under the sun.  Not even in topical TV news shows.  I thought my Sky box was on the blink again as it had not picked up this week’s Mock the Week (but it had picked up Love Island.  I don’t know why as I’m not watching that…honest).  Mock the Week had […]

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The nation needed a new singing show on a Saturday night as much as it needed another general election, but alas we got one.  Pitch Battle is the latest incarnation of the talent show; but this time for choirs.  The concept is based largely (by that I mean completely) on the film Pitch Perfect.  The […]

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Last night was the finale of series 4 of Line Of Duty. It’s been a slow burn this one. Originally starting off as a Thursday night BBC2 show, it’s moved up the ranks to prime time BBC 1 on Sunday evenings. It follows the work of AC-12 (Anti Corruption unit 12. No idea what 1-11 […]

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This weekend saw the return of Doctor Who for its 10th (new) season and the last for Peter Capaldi.  I have always had a hot/cold relationship with the Doctor (the one on TV, not my GP.  I’ve always really liked her; but her hands can be a bit cold).  As a child Tom Baker was […]

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Across the country people are being good. This is not a mass breakout of philanthropy or moral restraint, merely that they have stopped eating Quality Street for breakfast as the Christmas excesses are a fading memory. We are now in the diet month. To help us along our TV schedules are awash with programmes designed […]

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If the first week in January was a dramafest, then last weekend was a shiny floor extravaganza. Three new light entertainment programs began on BBC One and ITV. BBC One’s latest talent show offering is Let It Shine. You may remember a few weeks ago we talked about vehicles for presenters, in particular Graham Norton? […]

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New Year, New Drama. Last weekend we welcomed a trio of new dramas on the major channels. It being January the 1st we were treated to the tradition as established as first footing, drinking too much and saying “I can’t get used to saying 2017”.  Yes, it was a new episode of Sherlock returning for […]

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This Christmas we’re treated to a stocking full of Christmas specials by the BBC. ITV on the other hand showed a load of Harry Potter films and Paul O’Grady doing something with dogs. The crown for the BBC’s Christmas day entertainment, or the fairy on the tree,  or the brandy sauce on the pudding, was […]

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Michael McIntyre’s show is big. Very big. Incredibly big. How do I know this? Because he told us about 16 times is the first 3 minutes. The Big Show (not to be confused with Steve Wrights Big Show on Radio 2. I don’t know whose show is biggest though. Perhaps the could have a Big […]

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Ok, it’s time for some blatant electioneering.  We are very happy to say that our little blog has been entered for the UK Blog of the Year Awards.  We are now at the public vote stage of the proceedings.  If you could spare a few minutes of your time to vote for us, then it […]

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ITV’s opening night included a variety show featuring entertainers such as Hughie Green and Harry Secombe and the channel has kept variety at it’s heart ever since. In the early days the network was dominated by cigar smoking theatrical agents and impresarios who used the new channel as an outlet for their acts. Then variety […]

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That Anna from Downton Abbey has gone all a bit macabre for Halloween. This week Joanna Froggart, the permanently fraught, but ever so nice Anna in Downton, has taken on another bonnets and bodice role playing the permanently pregnant, but ever so nasty Mary Ann Cotton in Dark Angel. Mary Ann achieved notoriety in the […]

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Last week saw the return of The Crystal Maze to Channel 4 as part of their Stand Up To Cancer night of fundraising. It was only while watching that I yearned for that big game show. Yes we have the likes of Wipeout and Ninja but there was something special about The Crystal Maze at […]

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