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Television and radio programme reviews, trailers, highlights, twilights and cinema news. Also the neglected gems from years past.

Colour Pictures Of The Addams Family TV Show Set


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Posted: 6th, November 2013 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

Lady Gaga Meets Dot Cotton For A TV Road Trip: Photos

LADY Gaga and Dot Cotton have shared Graham Norton’s sofa. Gaga might have thought Dot Cotton a new internet address format, a social working site for actors. But Dot is June Brown, 85, a fragrant actress whose ability to smoke on the telly marks her out as likeable.

Other than on EastEnders, where June has played Bible-wetting, launderette wallah Dot since 1985, we last saw her without her omnipresent smouldering prop on the BBC Two show Respect Your Elders. She was wearing a new pendant on which had been inscribed the order “Do Not Resuscicate”. (She had spelt “Resuscitate” wrong.) Before that June was on the Who Do You Think You Are? genealogy show, also on the BBC, retracing her Jewish routes to Spain and the Inquisition.

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Posted: 6th, November 2013 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment

Do We Want To Bring Back Morph?


IN a move that normally grates – as in, famous entity starting a Kickstarter campaign, which seems a bit unfair when not-famous folk are trying to get projects off the ground in the same way – Aardman Animations has launched a Kickstarter so they can bring back Morph for a new series.

Of course, you’ll know Aardman through the Wallace and Gromit films (and more), and they’re hoping to bring back their first creation for a brand new series of short films.

Morph first appeared on our radars all the way back in 1977 in Tony Hart’s show Take Hart. Alas, Morph has been off air since the ’90s which is why Aardman’s Peter Lord is seeking £75,000 to bring him back to life.

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Posted: 4th, November 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment

If Shaun Ryder Can’t Convince Us Of Alien Life Can Flava Flav?


ALIENS with spaceships have advanced brains and control technology we humans can’t even imagine. Which is why they chose to fly to planet Earth and hover over Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays. ‘Yes,’ thought Zogxxypt the Mega Brain from the planet C&JUUTB,’ if Shaun Ryder says he saw alien life and tells everyone else, the rest of humanity will believe him and accept us. Shaun Ryder is out best chance of success.’

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Posted: 2nd, November 2013 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment

Selly Telly: Prize Island And Jonathan Ross For Guinness Milk ITV’s Stupid Viewers

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THE trouble with this Guinness advert below is the same problem facing product placement on British TV: treating the audience like idiots is not endearing. This hateful advert filled the space in Jonathan Ross’s tired ITV chatshow. Appearing in the same week as ITV’s gameshow Prize Island, the ad shows what ITV thinks of audiences.

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Posted: 2nd, November 2013 | In: The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment

Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Educating Yorkshire And Refusing To Be Filtered By Hugh Grant And His Thought Censors

Educating Yorkshire: teacher Matthew Burton reads to his class

Educating Yorkshire: teacher Matthew Burton reads to his class

THE British press is dominated not by truth tellers and the brave but by the privileged, the prickish, the petulant and the pestilent. I chose that last one carefully. The worst of our commentator class are like rats with bubonic plague, the nastiness they spread is ignorance, intolerance and hate. They want to persuade you that your fellow humans are heartless, that benefits are only paid to the pathetic and villainous. They want you to believe that no one besides you and a few acceptable rich people should have money. Bad news sells and if they can’t find it they simply make it up.

You might think that new legislation and rules following Leveson will make a difference. They won’t. People like Hugh Grant – once caught in a car with a hooker – and Steve Coogan – who wants us to forget about his former love of cocaine – are on the side of state legislation of the press. They want me to sign up for a special badge to exercise my freedom of expression. If celebrity arseholes like them win, I will move offshore and continue to write what I want, when I want, for who I want with impunity.

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Posted: 1st, November 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Good Riddance To Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? A Pointless Spectacle Of Greed


FIFTEEN years ago – and it seems much, much longer than that – Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? first aired on our screens. And now, it is set to end following Chris Tarrant’s decision to leave the show.

He said: “It’s been a huge part of my life for fifteen years and I’ve loved every minute of it, but it is time for me to move on from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It’s been the most remarkable journey and I consider myself very fortunate to have been associated with Millionaire from its inception.”

And good riddance.

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Posted: 1st, November 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Mouse Battles Cracker (Video)

MOUSE V Cracker? Will he make it? Will the cracker prevail – or crack?

PS- Who makes Russian crackers – De Beers?

Posted: 31st, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

In 1976 Margaret Hamilton Terrified The Children Of Sesame Street

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HEY, kids, ready to be scared? Sesame Street thought so.  On February 10, 1976 , the Children’s Television Workshop aired episode #847. The special guest star was Margaret Hamilton, who reprised her role as The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.

She’s been on the magic box earlier, telling the kids tuned into Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to show the viewers that she was not a real witch just a normal woman.

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Posted: 30th, October 2013 | In: Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

Photographer Falls Into Surf On Sky News Storm Report

THE Great Storm competition: which reporter could get wettest? We have a winner. He’s immersed himself in the news story:

Posted: 28th, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Dog Attempts To Mate With Bart Simpson

CALL Operation Yewtree. Child star Bart Simpson is being assaulted by Shep in the BBC studios. Down, boy. Down!

Posted: 25th, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Scarface Meets Seinfeld (With Canned Laughter)

I HATE Canned laughter. It shreds  TV’s show’s soul. How bad can it get? Take a look at this – Scarface Meets Seinfeld:

Posted: 24th, October 2013 | In: Film, TV & Radio | Comment

Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: David Frost Is Dead And Peter Cook Won’t Save Leigh Francis From Drowning

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“PETER never had any regrets in his life…the only regret he regularly voiced was that, at the house we all shared in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1963, he’d saved David Frost from drowning…”

– Alan Bennett in Some Interesting Facts About Peter Cook.

Peter Cook did David Frost no favours. Their rivalry was as bitter as vinegar but the potency mostly came from Cook’s side. He despised Sir David for his buddying up to the establishment and for what he perceived as Frost’s piggybacking on the talents of he and his Beyond The Fringe colleague’s work. Beyond The… made satire bite again but it was Frost who sold the concept to the commercial side of television, steering That Was The Week That Was to the centre of the nation’s heart. His story was at the heart of the best documentary on television last week, Sir David Frost: That Was The Life That Was.

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Posted: 23rd, October 2013 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

What Did Mike Myers Say To His Newborn Child? Local News Knows (Video)

WHAT did Mike Myers say when he discovered his wife Kelly Tisdale was pregnant with their second child? He said… We’ll let them tell you:

Quoting film lijns is never a good idea – unless you’re in a film:

Posted: 22nd, October 2013 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment

1981: Heather O’Rourke Gets Her First Barbie Doll

FLASHBACK to 1981, and Heather O’Rourke is enjoying her first ever Barbie doll. Thanks to this doll, Heather was able to channel the full demonic experience in the guise of Carol Ann in Poltegeist. She also featured in 12 episodes of Happy Days.



“Act out every fantasy you can dream up” with Barbie, such as killing your loved ones, possessing your cat; eating the sofa…


It’s all in thsoe eeys:


Posted: 18th, October 2013 | In: Celebrities, Film, Flashback, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment

Church Erects Father Ted Tribute Mural

ON Twitter Carl Tidy spots this Church mural that suggests Father Ted’s Father Jack has been in the building. ARISE:

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment

Gumby Creator Art Clokey Describes His Experience On LSD


ART Clokey creator of Gumby describes his experience on LSD, as prescribed by his psychiatrist. The medics said his therapy would go better if he took LSD and mescaline. He had visions. The world fade out to black. He saw a new world. He told the psychiatrist: “You’ve got the put his on television. This is fabulous.”

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, TV & Radio | Comment

Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: The Five Gay Men On British TV And (Golly!) A Dancing Black Man In Julian’s Country Church

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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious.

THERE’S only about five gay men in television. Or rather five gay men allowed to present things. Graham Norton and Alan Carr get to do jokes. Doctor Christian deals with people’s weird balls and pustulant pudendas. Gok Wan can throw misogyny around like glitter because he’s all about empowering girls, yeah? And the king of them is Stephen Fry. Stephen Fry can do smart on QI, emotional on documentaries about depression and smart arse about language on the radio with Fry’s English Delight. Stephen Fry is brilliant but he’s also ubiquitous. He is a living, breathing representation of how crushingly lazy TV commissioners are.

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comments (4)

Dog and squeaky toy perform duet

THIS video should have Simon Cowell licking his eyeballs. Ardek the labrador sings along with his squeaky toy. Eat yer heat out Joe Cocker (Spaniel) and Jennifer Warnes:

Posted: 16th, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

10 people who can replace Gary Barlow on the X Factor


SO, Gary Barlow is quitting The X Factor is he? Naturally, that’s the most exciting thing that’s actually happened during this year’s oddly tedious talent show.

After three years as a judge, he’s decided that he’s going to go back to being a singer and poking at the ivories and hopefully never, ever covering Smells Like Teen Spirit again.

He’s not been too amazing on the show itself. After all, he’s the arsehole that thrust Frankie Cocozza and Christopher Maloney in our faces.

It begs the question – who can replace Gary Barlow?

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Posted: 15th, October 2013 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comments (2)

Drugs cop on Irish TV show exposed as an undercover drugs cop in real life

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VIEWERS tuning into Irish TV’s crime drama Love/Hate got to watch Garda Kieran Madden in action. And so did the country’s villains. You see, Madden is played by Kieran O’Reilly – a copper who works undercover on the drugs squad for six years.

O’Reilly, 35, is attached to the Garda National Drug Unit in Dublin Castle.

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Posted: 15th, October 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment

Cameraman fails compilation

AN amusing collection of cameramen falling over. Because other people falling over is funny:

Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment