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By Jim Smith on 25 April 2006 Comments Off

There’s something inherently mid-to-late Nineteenth century about ‘Doctor Who’.

By Eddie Robson on 17 April 2006 Comments Off

For those of us who retained a keen interest in ‘Doctor Who’ when it was a fusty old dead thing, it’s still difficult to get used to it being something that comes and goes like any other TV programme…

By Mark Clapham on 18 February 2006 Comments Off

Weapons Grade Cheese. Do Not Handle Without Proper Protection…

By Jim Smith on 25 January 2006 Comments Off

Okay, it’s ‘nail your colours to the mast by typing out your stupid theory’ time.

By Mags L Halliday on 12 January 2006 1 COMMENT

Time-travel is the new reality TV…

By Eddie Robson on 03 January 2006 Comments Off

Yes, we should have reviewed this earlier but frankly who has their best critical faculties working on Christmas Day?

By Eddie Robson on 28 December 2005 Comments Off

The first in a series of reports on how the various British TV networks have fared this year, based on one man’s capricious channel-surfing…

By Eddie Robson on 30 August 2005 Comments Off

I also considered calling this article ‘Don’t Fear the Repeater’, so consider yourselves lucky.

By Eddie Robson on 29 June 2005 Comments Off

Just as the BBC apparently feels a responsibility to take just about every retired British athlete of note to the Olympics, so Wimbledon coverage is now stuffed with all the former professionals they can get their hands on…

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By Jim Smith on 04 April 2005 Comments Off

If I’d have reviewed ‘Fingersmith’ after just seeing part one I’d have concentrated on a number of issues.

By Mark Clapham on 03 January 2005 Comments Off

Writer Alan Cubitt has several good reasons for eskewing the business of adapting Conan Doyle and instead creating a new chapter in the life of Sherlock Holmes…

By Shiny Shelf on 29 December 2004 Comments Off

I hate this sort of thing. I should probably be disqualified from commenting on comics this year on account of only really reading ‘Astonishing X-Men’. Likewise my lit reading is woefully behind with only ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ being published in 2004. I very nearly [...]

By Eddie Robson on 19 November 2004 Comments Off

For some reason, this year the New TV Season arrived one week in the middle of November, but better late than never I suppose…

By Eddie Robson on 10 November 2004 Comments Off

I can easily imagine how exciting this would have been if I’d watched it when I was ten years old: I’d have taped it, and by the following afternoon I would have watched it at least three more times…

By Jim Smith on 24 October 2004 Comments Off

I’m partially reviewing this because some of the series biggest laughs, and most spectacular gross-out moments, are still lurking near the top of my subconscious nearly a week after a single viewing.

By Eddie Robson on 10 July 2004 Comments Off

Traditionally, science programmes feature contributions from actual scientists. ‘Time Machine’ does not follow tradition…

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By Stephen Lavington on 27 February 2004 Comments Off

A gang of thieves and tricksters fool a ‘mark’ out of a small fortune while leading the audience through a convoluted plot, rife with misdirection and tailed with the obligatory surprise ending…

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By Jim Smith on 25 February 2004 Comments Off

Not John Prescott? Yeah, and Charles Foster Kane wasn’t William Randolph Hurst.

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By Eddie Robson on 24 January 2004 Comments Off

‘Mad About Alice’ is rubbish. I feel so tiresomely predictable writing that, but then ‘Mad About Alice’ is tiresomely predictable as well…

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By Eddie Robson on 28 November 2003 Comments Off

‘Top of the Pops’? That’s square, daddio. That was your granddad’s pop music show. These days the kids are watching ‘All New Top of the Pops’…

By Eddie Robson on 17 November 2003 Comments Off

It’s a mark of the extent to which times have changed that the BBC’s showpiece Sunday costume drama contains as much bedroom action as the average episode of ‘Sex and the City’…

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By J Clive Matthews on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

Ignoring the fact that ‘Shallow Grave’ is already a superb modern retelling of ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, the Beeb thought they’d have another crack.

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By Mark Clapham on 13 August 2003 Comments Off

Sometimes you can’t resist a clich? (regular readers of this site may suggest that we can never resist a clich?), so here goes: they really don’t make television like this any more…

By Eddie Robson on 31 May 2003 Comments Off

Ever since 1989 I’ve been complaining that the BBC severely lacks any kind of sci-fi and fantasy programming. This being the case, I suppose I should be grateful for whatever I get, but I’m not…

By Stephen Lavington on 19 May 2003 Comments Off

A young bag-snatcher is shot in East London and a political researcher falls under a train at Green Park. As the camera follows the researcher’s employer, upcoming MP Stephen Collins it swiftly becomes clear they were having an affair.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

‘The Lost Prince’ is Stephen Poliakoff’s two-part teleplay about Prince John, the youngest son of King George V who died in 1919 when he was not yet out of his teens.

By Jim Smith on 04 January 2003 Comments Off

Last Christmas’ revival of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ must rank as the greatest crime a writer has ever visited upon his own creations. Fortunately this yuletide special is a touch better. Only a touch, mind…

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By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

So, you’re the BBC and you’ve got the technology to create convincing
CGI dinos thanks to Walking With Dinosaurs. Oh, what to do with such
wonders…

By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Uncomfortably stuck between attempts at US style slickness and the banal reality of most BBC drama production, this new espionage thriller becomes slightly laughable as a result, a hybrid that’s comical due to its internal contradictions.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

‘Buffy’ is in its 6th season, ‘The X-Files’ is on its last legs, so of course now is the time for the perpetually slow Beeb to get in on the act with this interesting but flawed hybrid, a one-off