Victor Says Hi

I feverishly bloody clicked on this long awaited season 2 trailer for Les Revenants (The Returned) which hits French TV in the Autumn and returns to Channel 4, UK very soon after that. Not giving much away are they? Other than a two year gap from series 1 inevitably means that the actor playing victor…

Faking It Again

One of the cultural changes that has happened in Britain over the past 30 years has been the deregulation of business and looser state control that occurred in the 1980’s. On the one hand it temporarily boosted an ‘enterprise culture’ but in partnership with a greater deregulation also saw an increase in the “I can…

Viva Remake

It’s a God Awful Small Affair… I’ve always been intrigued as to why so many British TV programmes are not so much sold to the US market as completely remade for the US market. Steptoe and Son became Sanford and Son, Alf Garnett became Archie Bunker, The Office became..er..The Office and soon Life on Mars…

3-2-1 Finally Makes Sense

I Have A Confession… At the weekend we stumbled on a repeat of the 1980’s game show 3-2-1 (on ftn). Yes the one with Ted Rogers, Dusty Bin, naff guests and sometimes unintelligible clues. I can remember catching a few shows back in the day but generally the clues messed with my mind and predictably…

Hurt To Update Quentin Crisp Role

John Hurt is to return to his 1975 TV play The Naked Civil Servant which was loosely based on the memoirs of Quentin Crisp, the self declared ‘Stately Homo of England’. The updated play will concentrate on Crisp’s life living in New York, his adopted home, in the 1990’s and will be based on his…

University Zeppelin

My partner loves to watch University Challenge on the box and despite the fact that we can only answer a few questions (if that) it’s sometimes fun when populist questions appear which we know but which the contestants do not (so we can feel momentarily less inferior). So apart from the fact that I do…