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BBC The Apprentice (1) – Learning When To Shut Up

Tweet        The Apprentice (1) – Learning When To Shut Up An Apprentice first: firing a likely winner in the first episode. No, don’t shout at me: I agree Bilyana had a bad attack of verbal diarrhoea in the boardroom and played a full part in the undignified but regular Apprentice game of shaft the sister. However […]

Birdsong (2) BBC – Philip Martin: superb adaptation of Faulks’ much-loved book

Tweet      Birdsong (2) – Philip Martin Superb. Within the constraints of the 3 hours Martin gave himself, this adaptation had everything including a wonderfully elegiac rhythm that adjusted subtly to the transitions between events in the War and peacetime scenes in Amiens. This structure worked perfectly for me creating a rare sense of […]

Birdsong – Philip Martin (BAFTA Preview 11.01.12) Superb adaptation.

Tweet      Birdsong – Philip Martin (BAFTA Preview 11.01.12) Back in the day when the Rolls Royce was the iconic symbol of engineering excellence and ultimate emblem of wealth, a rich customer visited the Rolls Royce factory to check on progress with his personal, hand-finished car and was shown round by the chief engineer. […]

BBC – Strictly Come Dancing – Midnight: Cinderfella went to, and had a ball.

Tweet      Strictly Come Dancing – Midnight: Cinderfella Went to, and Had a Ball. In one of those moments when the British people display their often underrated good sense, Russell Grant got fired – from the programme and a cannon. In perhaps the zaniest, most surreal moment in the history of a programme renowned […]

Strictly Come Dancing – Sparklers for Bonfire Night: Lu bows out

Tweet      Strictly Come Dancing – Sparklers for Bonfire Night Imagine: the days before political correctness; one of those wonderful Technicolor, Looney Toons cartoon shorts. The setting is a bullring. Thousands of little cartoon Spaniards with wide open rounded mouths are baying for blood in the hot sun. Outside an impossibly fierce, impossibly large bull with […]

BBC Young Apprentice – Corrupt and Corrupting (A personal view)

Tweet      BBC – The Young Apprentice The protesters camped outside St Pauls are trying to stimulate a debate about business and the framework of free market capitalism within which it operates. Whether you regard this as an issue of ethics, politics, economics, social equality and justice, or even a combination of them all, […]

BBC Strictly Come Dancing – Rory Rory Halleluja

Tweet   Strictly Come Dancing – Rory Rory Halleluja Ask your friends; consult the tea leaves; scour the twitterscope; Lord help us, if you must, listen to Jeremy Vine and the Mad People on Radio 2 between 12 and 2 each day – your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find out […]

BBC Strictly Come Dancing – Runners and Riders (Update)

Tweet    Strictly – Runners and Riders (2) Update   Odds just re-ordered. Made a mistake with Nanci – meant for her to be on a level with Edwina. It’s a long time since I placed a bet. Although in the last 3 I thought Audley was far better than her. Will carry these odds […]

Strictly Come Dancing (2) – Runner and Riders

Tweet  Strictly Come Dancing (2) – Runners and Riders My weekend would not have been seriously deficient had it not included the image of a dance that warmed Len Goodman’s willy. That said- They’re OFF and Dancing. My money’s on Nanci Oil to fall at the first fence tonight. STRICTLY STAKES – 2011 6-1 Chelsee […]

Strictly Come Dancing (1) – Carry On Camping

TweetStrictly Come Dancing (1) – Carry On Camping My schadenfreude honed to a fine edge from 14 weeks of The Apprentice, I looked forward to exploring its cutting tendencies on the usual mixed bag of Strictly celebrities. It is a pain in the butt therefore when the people you don’t like, or don’t think you like, do well […]