Shiny Shelf
By Mark Clapham on 30 January 2004 Comments Off

At last, horror novelist Garth Marenghi’s infamous ‘banned’ TV series, ‘Darkplace’, can be revealed to the world. Can you face the horror?

By Eddie Robson on 29 January 2004 Comments Off

‘The Director’s Commentary’ is one of those simple/genius ideas that you wish you’d thought of first…

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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 Jim Smith on 05 January 2004 Comments Off

Even now ‘Porridge’ is the best sitcom the BBC has ever made…

By J Clive Matthews on 01 December 2003 Comments Off

Though amazingly not as mind-numbingly awful as one might have thought, Richard Curtis’ latest still has incredible levels of both corn and cheese. Then again, that’s the whole point.

By Iain Hepburn on 18 November 2003 Comments Off

Being the archetypical cynical hack, it would be ridiculously easy to look upon ‘Love Actually’ as yet another churned-out piece of schmaltz from the Richard Curtis production line…

By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

Ordinarily we wouldn’t cover a repeat screening here, but I’ve been waiting for Channel 4 to give ‘The Armando Iannucci Shows’ another airing for more than two years…

By Eddie Robson on 05 October 2003 Comments Off

The co-creator of BBC2’s ‘Look Around You’, released on DVD this month, tells Shiny Shelf how he made water, calcium and maths funny…

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By Eddie Robson on 05 October 2003 Comments Off

Three episodes gone and this new comedy is starting to settle in…

By Eddie Robson on 15 August 2003 Comments Off

It takes something quite significant for me to turn over from ‘Scrubs’ – so, what’s so good about ‘Trevor’s World of Sport’?

By Eddie Robson on 16 May 2003 Comments Off

Since it doesn’t look like anybody else is going to praise this I suppose I’d better, because it’s brilliant.

By Eddie Robson on 11 May 2003 Comments Off

It’s a mark of just how long a shadow ‘The Royle Family’ still casts over its co-writer Craig Cash that I haven’t seen a single review of his new show, ‘Early Doors’, that draws any comparison with ‘Cheers’.

By Jim Smith on 26 April 2003 Comments Off

‘Double Take’ is a series I decided to give a few weeks grace to after its entirely under whelming opening instalment. I did this partially because I thought it might grow on me…

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By Stephen Lavington on 10 March 2003 Comments Off

I’m not sure what to feel worse about, that I spent ?8.50 for the privilege of watching second rate skater kids crap their pants and fire bottle-rockets out of their asses or that I enjoyed it so much.

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By Mark Clapham on 01 March 2003 Comments Off

Chris Morris’ BAFTA-winning short film arrives on a unique DVD…

By Jim Smith on 28 February 2003 Comments Off

It has taken Larry David’s HBO sitcom an age to reach Britain, and now they’re giving us double bills – talk about going from the ridiculous to the sublime.

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

‘A Fish Called Wanda’ is an oddity among 1980s comedies. An Anglo-American co-production with an eclectic, impressive cast, it’s a peculiar mix of rom-com, gross-out antics and crime caper.

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

As noted in my review of season one, when ‘Red Dwarf’ was at its best it wasn’t the series the show’s producers wanted to make. This, perversely, means that this, the finest season is presumably the one they’re least happy with.

By Eddie Robson on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

I would’ve given you my full assessment of the opening night of the BBC’s new channel, but I’ve only been able to watch the first couple of hours on account of the lacklustre manner in which digital television has been introduced in this country.

By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off

Travel back in time to when it was all still funny and fresh; it’s three million years in the future and a dead man, a rasta and a semi-sentient cat are squabbling with a balding computer.

By Eddie Robson on 14 January 2003 Comments Off

In which comedians Kim Noble and Stuart Silver accompany an old lady as she attempts to place a park bench at the North Pole to commemorate her dead husband. Some other things happened, too.

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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 24 November 2002 Comments Off

Katie. She’s being divorced by the husband she loves because she slept with
his best friend. Think Bridget Jones, think Ally McBeal, think Carrie from Sex
and the City. Think Chicklit…

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By Eddie Robson on 11 November 2002 Comments Off

Now that Steve Coogan has finally accepted that no TV project will ever work as well for him we get a second series of I’m Alan Partridge, almost five years on from the first…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Good to see some shows retain a bit of creative vigour in their old age. In its fifth season South Park is still capable of finding new ways to offend people…

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By Eddie Robson on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

This is something that should have come out on DVD aaaages ago. The Young Ones easily ranks alongside British TV’s best ever sitcoms, with the added benefit that it stands up to more re-watching than most.

By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Despite the final instalment properly belonging to the very early 1990s, the Back to The Future trilogy remains perhaps the definitive 1980s franchise.

By Eddie Robson on 01 November 2002 Comments Off

The main purpose of this review is to let people know that Look Around You exists at all because it’s the sort of show that you could very easily fail to notice.

By Jim Smith on 23 July 2002 Comments Off

A film like Goldmember almost defies review. It’s so like its predecessors in terms of style and humour that it’s difficult to say something which isn’t entirely redundant.

By Eddie Robson on 22 July 2002 Comments Off

If anybody tries to tell you that Scrubs is anything less than the most relentlessly laugh-out-loud funny show on TV at the moment, ON NO ACCOUNT believe them. KEEP AWAY from these people. They are probably DANGEROUS.

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By Eddie Robson on 10 July 2002 Comments Off

There are some problems with the new live-action Scooby-Doo – but Eddie digs Matthew Lillard’s Method performance as Shaggy…

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

Inspired by a couple of comedy spots Ben Stiller created for the VH1 fashion awards, Zoolander is a cross between Austin Powers and Dumb & Dumber, with a pinch of Charlie’s Angels thrown in for good measure…

By Eddie Robson on 22 May 2002 Comments Off

I didn’t catch the first episode of Caroline Aherne’s new project last week – a comedy-drama about an Australian couple struggling to adapt to retirement – because I was watching Teachers. After watching episode two, it’s not a decision that I

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By Mark Clapham on 20 May 2002 Comments Off

Who would have thought it – a commercial release for one of the most controversial comedy series of the 90’s, including last year’s even more controversial special for good measure.

By Eddie Robson on 20 May 2002 Comments Off

Does anybody else still think of Keanu Reeves as Ted Theodore Logan? I know I do. I’ve had to review his last couple of movies, The Gift and The Watcher, and I just thought, ‘Oh look, it’s Ted and he’s a murderer.’

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Excellent, we haven’t had a good Canonball Run movie in years. Actually, have we ever had a good Canonball Run movie? With the release of Rat Race, we have now…

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Something strange is going on in the British film industry…

By Eddie Robson on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

As soon as the present run of Black Books ended, Channel 4 seemed to feel that it was very important to have another book-related home-grown sitcom to replace it, and writer/director Annie Griffin’s The Book Group fits the bill.

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By Eddie Robson on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

8.1 – A strong season opener, following on directly from last season’s cliffhanger – obviously. Don’t expect any answers just yet, but this does forward the storyline of Rachel’s baby effectively,

By Eddie Robson on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Anthony Head returns to British TV like a prodigal son, and his presence ensures that the BBC will be able to sell this slick series about mid-life crises abroad. And it is very slick indeed…

By Eddie Robson on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Trust the BBC to jump on the bandwagon when it’s already fifteen miles down the road…

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By Eddie Robson on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

I’m sure that when this movie originally came out, nobody would have thought that it would become a historical artefact, but twenty years after its release, that’s exactly what’s happened. Fast Times

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Between Jackie Chan’s early Hong Kong work and his mainstream Hollywood success with the ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Shanghai Noon’ franchises came the likes of this,

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

After seeing The Royal Tennenbaums you’ll want to read the great American novel on which it’s based. Tough. There isn’t one…