What is STV playing at?

Last night I was a bit bored so I indulged in a spot of channel surfing to see if there was anything decent on. There usually isn’t. But even with my lowered expectations, my jaw literally dropped when I saw what STV were broadcasting — STV Roulette. Yes, if you thought dodgy gambling programmes were […]

The future of music: pretty boxes

There are only two things in the world that give us absolute total happiness. One is seeing other people fail. The other is unwrapping a newly-bought CD. –Armando Iannucci In the wake of all the upheaval that the recorded music industry is facing, a lot of people have been predicting the death of the CD. […]

Battles — Mirrored

I don’t usually listen to leaks. I’m old fashioned that way. I prefer to wait until I have the physical object in my hand before listening. As Armando Iannucci said, “there are only two things in the world that give us absolute happiness: one is unwrapping a newly bought CD.” But for the first time […]

2006 has gone

Well a happy new year to you, now that we are actually in it. I notice that a few bloggers (like Will) have been posting their top five posts. I can assure you that the five most-viewed posts of the year will not have been my five best posts of the year. They will just […]

Time Wipe

I seem to be having trouble posting a comment on Will’s blog, so I’ll say my bit here. He gives us advance warning that this week’s edition of Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe is a 50 minute long US edition, which means that it clashes with Time Trumpet! I wouldn’t have realised that! Did they mention […]

Time Trumpet

Armando Iannucci has got a new programme, which is always good news. It’s got a brilliant title — Time Trumpet — and is due to broadcast in the autumn. It is a clip show set in the future, looking back to the years 2007–2025. Here are some preview clips (via The Whiskey Priest). And oh […]

Biased BBC making monkeys out of Labour

For all of those shitting themselves at the BBC’s ‘Ascent of Tory man’ graphic last week: From Armando Iannucci’s late-1990s satire-a-thon, The Friday Night Armistice, broadcast on BBC Two. I actually have vague memories of this. Brilliant. What a fantastic programme it was. Images snaffled from James O’Malley, via TV Forum.

National spare room databases

Chris Applegate has a good post about Labour’s obsession with silly laws. So has Justin McKeating: It’s politics by laughometer. If a policy floated in the media fails to get a laugh, it’s in. A policy that gets a raucous roar like the proposed drinking ban did yesterday goes on the fire along with frog-marching […]