Les Revenants

Got round to watching the first two episodes of The Returned (Les Revenants) being shown with way too many advert breaks on Channel 4 (zip zip fast forward) in the UK. So far so very mesmerising. A kind of modern French Twin Peaks with music by Mogwai. Beautifully filmed and truly wonderful how much you…

A Second Bite Of The Apple TV?

Back in the mists of time when all computers were beige except for the ones that were black Apple computer made an all-in-one affair called the Mac TV (or Power Mac 5500 for the model number obsessives). It had a TV tuner. It could record video. Some even had an FM tuner. Oh it had…

What you know is not all there is but that may be of no comfort

When my paternal Grandad was alive and we had him up for the day my parents would put the telly on for him. If there was something on the box that he didn’t recognise he’d give a suspicious look before gruffly asking “Is it BBC1?”. For my Grandad telly meant BBC1.Nothing else was tolerated.For him…

The Cost Of Viewing And The Value Of Less

The perennial argument over the television licence fee was brought to mind again recently after a friend  was dithering over whether to pay the £145 for a TV licence. They are from the Ukraine which doesn’t have a TV licence so it seems like an extra payment too far. And that’s the main bone of…

iPlayer For Freesat Imminent

Image via Wikipedia There are, believe it or not 600,000 Freesat users in the United Kingdom. In the run up to Xmas there will be a renewed awareness campaign for the free-to-air satellite cousin of Freeview (the free-to-air via your TV aerial digital service). Xmas Bonus Freesat owners will be getting an early Xmas present…

Back To The TV Future

Cutbacks are everywhere.In the workplace, the public & private sectors. Value for money is the new watchword. Television budgets are being cut in both the public service broadcasting and commercial sector. Cynics will look at the recent announcement re BBC programming cuts a merely an expedient way of reclaiming the pensions hole of many of…