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Yeah, I finally got round to watching the first episode of Not Merlin. Actually it's more like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys with the Trapped In Another World/Secret Legacy tropes.
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We made it down to Edinburgh for a long weekend, and managed to pack in a fair load of stuff.
lengthy rundown of five days of festivalling under the cut )
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Yes, I've finally seen this. Excellent stuff.
spoilers! )
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Okay, this is a long one. Apparently that's what happens when you watch something on iPlayer and write the review as you go...
spoilers! )
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How can I personalise the homepage?

You can't! Personalisation is for losers! The new homepage shows you what we think is important, not what you think is important. If you were used to the old homepage, where you could put Science & Nature front-and-centre and get rid of Sport entirely, and it would be like that when you came back, then tough.

Oh, all right, you can still set local weather, because our in-depth market research suggests that if we got rid of that, people would hunt us down and set fire to us. Maybe we'll even link it to local news, if you can find it.
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...It turns out there is room for an additional verse of I'm Proud if the BBC listing the programmes Mitch missed! My sister thinks I should send it to him; what does everyone else think?
under the cut )
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Just discovered this Mitch Benn song:

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Wow. That was brilliant.
spoilers )


Jun. 24th, 2010 06:44 pm
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Just spent a really frustrating hour trying to convince the new "improved" BBC Homepage that Inverness is actually part of the UK, and I'm rather more interested in Radio 4 and local weather than BBC Canada and English as a second language, before giving up in disgust.
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I keep meaning to write a bit about BBC Two's A Scottish Songbook at Celtic Connections on Monday. It was ... mixed.
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When I first heard about this, my reaction was "that's ... an odd idea". A Doctor Who themed episode of a somewhat anarchic music quiz.

And having watched it, my reaction is still that it was a very odd idea. In practice, being Doctor Who themed meant it was presented by David Tennant, Bernard and Catherine were on the teams. Jo Wylie made up the numbers on one team, and turned out to be a fan, and some singer made up the numbers on the other, and turned out to have no idea what anyone was talking about. Beyond that, and Ten's Who related links, there were some questions connected with space, some others connected with the words "doctor" and "who", and somewhat random appearances by Ood Sigma and a Dalek. I was disappointed that Kate Bush featured in one question, and no-one mentioned the mad fan theory that she wrote "Kinda".

(It's been a very long time since I last watched Buzzcocks. Bill Bailey was still a team captain, and I suspect he'd have been much more interested in a Doctor Who themed version than the new guy.)

So, yeah. Not bad, really, but ... odd.

And David Tennant is a Coldplay fan. Nobody's perfect.
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Scotland On Sunday's book column, "The Browser", reports on one of the most epic examples of Completely Missing The Point I've seen for a while: that T.S. Eliot just didn't "get" Animal Farm, believing the pigs were clearly the brightest animals and therefore should be running things.

Talking of Animal Farm, does anyone remember the spoof reality show of that name ("Orwellian titles are big, apparently") in an episode of Jonathan Creek? That, of course, was back in the days when the BBC saw a show in which contestents were literally treated like animals as a biting satire on the worst excesses of humiliation television, rather than, as it is now, the latest hour-filler on BBC Three. If I were David Renwick, I'd sue

Being Human

Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:32 pm
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Saw this last night for the first time and was surprised. From what I'd heard, I'd got the idea it was a comedy-drama; some serious bits, but basically a dom-com about the wacky things three mythological beings sharing a flat might get up to.

It isn't. There are some funny moments (George's horror at Mitchell inviting the neighbours round, under the impression it's a normal thing to do: "We're British! We nod at them in passing for twenty years!"), but the main storyline is totally serious, and some of the set peices wouldn't be out of place in White Wolf.

Not what I was expecting, but intriguing enough I'll watch it again.
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Saw an interesting schools programme today, part of the BBC's "Scotland's History" thing. It was part one of a two-parter about the Jacobite rebellion. The idea is they show two opposing viewpoints. This week's, "Ye Jacobites By Name" is about the arrogant Italian "Young Pretender" making an ill-advised attempt at usurption. Next week's "Charlie is My Darling", is about the dashing Scottish "Bonnie Prince Charlie" boldy trying to reclaim his throne. They're presented by different people, and the opening scene had them bickering, with a neutral presenter trying to keep order.

The interesting bit was how outrageous I found this guy's opinions. I actually have a lot of sympathy for this view of the rebellion. (I live in Culloden; it's hard to have a romantic view of a mass grave on your doorstep.) But when this guy started going on (and on) about the Stuarts being Catholic, I started thinking he was one step away from wearing a bowler hat and playing a flute. When he finished by calling the Duke of Cumberland the true hero of the rebellion, I was literally tense with irritation.

Obviously, this was intentional, and at the end the neutral presenter did say "Wasn't the Duke of Cumberland called the Butcher?" But I was surprised at how far it went. I don't think the programme makers agree with him; quite the reverse, in fact[1]. So I'll be interested to see if next week's show makes the Jacobite presenter just as obviously prejudiced, or tones it down a bit.

[1] When your presenter wears a Union Flag tie, and says "even in Scotland - or as I prefer to call it, North Britain", the message is quite clear - if you're a patriotic Scot, you disagree with him.


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