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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 10:23

Browsing today's programme line-up triggers a Groundhog Day moment - everything looks like it was shown yesterday, or last Wednesday. Some of the schedule is just plain bizarre - who on earth is going to watch sheepdog trialling a week before Christmas?

 It's all about the food tonight - if you haven't yet planned your feast for the big day, or even started the supermarket run, you'd best tune in now to Jamie's Family Christmas (C4, 8pm). Oliver has one of those smug faces you always want to slap, but boy can he cook! And he's passionate about eating well. This is a double helping with extra oomph as the boy wonder demonstrates a classic roast turkey dinner plus all the trimmings with ease. If you're aiming to cook a traditional menu, Jamie'll show you how to do it. Episode 2 looks at brunches and snacks, American style.

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Armchair Viewing: Hunger

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 09:48

"There is no such thing as political murder, there is only criminal murder"

What's it about?
Bobby Sands and several other members of the IRA have been imprisoned in a high-security facility. In response to the British government, led by Margaret Thatcher, withdrawing Special Category Status for imprisoned paramilitaries, Sands and the other inmates choose to starve themselves in protest – what would become the 1981 Irish hunger strikes. Hunger follows the protesters, focussing specifically on Sands' life during the final days of the strike.

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Family Guy Strikes Back. Giggity!

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 15/12/2009 - 07:28

Yesterday I was one of the lucky few to pop in to 20th Century Fox's London HQ for a first look at the new Family Guy Star Wars spoof, Something Something Something Dark Side.

This time they're riffing on The Empire Strikes Back. It's more of an homage than a parody, as with the Emmy-nominated Blue Harvest in 2008, and basically retells the story of The Empire Strikes Back with a Family Guy twist. For me, it's actually a lot funnier than the first one (especially the opening credit crawl, with some lovely digs at Fox) and all the Family Guy regulars are back, with a few casting surprises – wait until you see who plays Boba Fett! And the good news is that this one won't be the last. Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and the team are already working on the final special in the trilogy, which will be their take on Return of The Jedi – which will be titled We Have a Bad Feeling About This.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 14/12/2009 - 09:43

Much as it's gratifying to agree with other reviewers on the top programmes to watch, I see it as my civic duty to unearth the viewing gems tucked away in the more obscure corners of the schedules. There aren't many, granted, especially in mid-December when the terrestrials are offering little of note because they're keeping the best stuff for next week. But fear not, music aficionados, and set your recording kit now.

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Armchair Viewing: Time Bandits (1981)

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 14/12/2009 - 08:53

"God isn't interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or the silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time, forty-three species of parrots! Nipples for men!"

What's it about?
A young boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) gets caught up in the adventures of a bunch of time-travelling midgets who have stolen God's map of the universe. They travel through time stealing treasure wherever they can, and getting up to all sorts of midget mischief.

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Armchair Viewing: Mars Attacks! (1996)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sun, 13/12/2009 - 11:26

"Die, you alien shithead!"

What's it about?
Tim Burton directed, star-studded spoof of 1950’s post-nuclear Alien Invasion sci-fi, and inspired (somewhat obtusely) by a set of bubblegum cards, Mars Attacks! does exactly what it says on the tin. Big-brained, mischievous little green men from the Red Planet inexplicably invade Earth and its up to our greatest armed forces and intellects to save the day.

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Armchair Viewing: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Posted by Neil Davey | Fri, 11/12/2009 - 10:12

"Let me tell you a little story about a man named Sh! Sh! even before you start. That was a pre-emptive 'Sh!' Now, I have a whole bag of 'Sh!' with your name on it..."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After defeating Dr. Evil in the 60s, International Man of Mystery Austin Powers is frozen in case his arch-nemesis ever returns. Thirty years later, Evil is back and holding the world to ransom, so Powers is defrosted. Both though are finding modern life a little difficult. What do you mean there's no free love? 

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Armchair Viewing: William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Thu, 10/12/2009 - 12:17

"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two households, both alike in dignity. In Fair Verona where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life.

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Tonight's terrestrial TV tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Thu, 10/12/2009 - 09:30

It's well-known we poor Brits are enslaved to our jobs. The long hours culture we have is the worst in Western Europe and most people come home shattered, with the sole intention of flopping on the sofa with a glass of wine and the chance to unwind a bit with the family. And then there are the work junkies, the ones who just can't switch off like normal mortals. Channel 4's Kidnapped by the Kids (9pm) tells the story of Lester Adams, a workaholic for whom putting in an 80-hour week he'd consider to be lightweight. The trouble is, his two children never see him because Lester often sleeps at his workplace so they take drastic action. What follows is an emotional overhaul for Lester when his kids "kidnap" him from work, hide his laptop and force him to spend a week in a remote country location with him in the hope he'll learn how to be just "Dad". Be prepared to shed some tears along with Lester. This charming documentary is, however, a bleak reminder of how damaging our work culture is to our personal lives.

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Armchair Viewing: There's Something About Mary (1998)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Wed, 09/12/2009 - 09:23

Hitchhiker: "Step into my office."
Ted: "Why?"
Hitchhiker: 'Cause you're fuckin' fired!
"

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ted (Ben Stiller) had a disastrous date with Mary (Cameron Diaz) at high school. Many years later he gets the chance to make amends. With comedic results.

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