Monday, March 07, 2005

TV withdrawal

This post is a bit of a test really, to see who's back on my blog (as everyone can answer this question) and whether every post I put in my relaunched blog is going to be invaded by an unwelcome political type posting in a slightly innapropriate style.

So, anyway. I don't have a TV at the moment and I've started to mull over what I might be missing. The OC is on tape, as I really can't live without some californian glamour, but what about ER? Did anyone in Brat Camp ever escape, only to die of thirst in the desert? Is Nip/Tuck back to tell us who the father of that strange looking boy is? Have they really started torturing people before the commercial breaks on Channel Four and what did John Snow look like without glasses? Popworld, Popworld, which American songstress have you laughed at recently?

Although I am missing TV, its absence has made me feel like there is more time in my house and the major advantage is that I have rediscovered pop music. Every now and again I go into a retreat to another decade - it is usually the fifties - but there is a very enjoyable bout of modern music going on and my enthusiasm is even stretching to learning the names of some new bands. The Stereophonics have released a good song, which I don't think anyone expected. And I find myself enthusing about the McFly song which probably isn't cool, but gosh, it is fabulous. This means TV can wait, but is there anything I should really be trying to watch at the moment? Readers, tell me - and try not to be too political or irrelevant (Alex, from you a cutting political interlude is allowed, so don't be put off) - what should I be trying to watch?

10 comments:

Jess said...

I watch certain TV religiously, but I don't know if I can recommend any of it. Star Trek: Enterprise has about 6 more episodes left and is by all objective measures crap anyway. (I'm a sucker for certain characters, so I've persisisted for four seasons. Where is my mind?) Stargate: SG-1 is past its prime and the spin-off is too formulaic. Again, I'm a sucker for a character or two. Lost is very promising, but might turn out to be frustrating with its habit of introducing mysteries and never solving them. I don't even know if you can get that in the UK yet, and I doubt it'll be on any terrestrial channel. 24 is about the only show I watch that I can say is consistently good, and even that's very, very silly. And you need to watch it from the start of any given season. Perhaps you could borrow someone's DVDs or something.

Everything else is cancelled. I love my dead gay shows.

Jess said...

I watch certain TV religiously, but I don't know if I can recommend any of it. Star Trek: Enterprise has about 6 more episodes left and is by all objective measures crap anyway. (I'm a sucker for certain characters, so I've persisisted for four seasons. Where is my mind?) Stargate: SG-1 is past its prime and the spin-off is too formulaic. Again, I'm a sucker for a character or two. Lost is very promising, but might turn out to be frustrating with its habit of introducing mysteries and never solving them. I don't even know if you can get that in the UK yet, and I doubt it'll be on any terrestrial channel. 24 is about the only show I watch that I can say is consistently good, and even that's very, very silly. And you need to watch it from the start of any given season. Perhaps you could borrow someone's DVDs or something.

Everything else is cancelled. I love my dead gay shows.

Jess said...

Gah! I got an error and hit publish again, but it turns out I'm spamming your blog! Feel free to delete one of the offending comments, and this one as well. Unless you like laughing at me, in which case keep them all.

Chloe said...

ER is great, as long as Dr Kovac is in it, though frankly far too late for me, 10pm on a school night! I am quite addicted to Celebrity Fame Acadamy for red nose day.

Otherwise not much else, apart from Help on Sunday nights, which is fab. You'd really like it Clare - its just Chris Langham as a psychiatrist and Paul Whitehouse as all his patients. Lots of them. Very very good.

Chloe said...

Oh yeah, and the new Dr Who starts in a couple of weeks - with Christopher Eccleston! Yum!

Jess, tell us about Lost - sounds intreguing

Chloe said...

Oh yeah, and the new Dr Who starts in a couple of weeks - with Christopher Eccleston! Yum!

Jess, tell us about Lost - sounds intreguing

Clare White said...

Thanks you two! It'll be DVDs for christmas I think. Chloe have a look on Jess' blog for a long post, and intriguing, post on Lost - to save her having to plug it herself :)

Alex said...

"Alex, from you a cutting political interlude is allowed, so don't be put off"Why thank-you. In that case i put in a request here for a free Tibet, a higher minimum wage, the decriminalisation of drugs, full nuclear disarmament, the impeachment of George Bush and an end to smacking children. And that's just the beginning of my demands...

Television. Aside from the Simpsons and Futurama, which will still be there when you return to your TV set...

Well, at the risk of sounding confessional and sad, i'm quite curious to see how the plot of Desperate Housewives turns out.

Been watching a lot of cop shows recently, largely because i was thinking of writing something about how absurd they are. (There was an article on the BBC's website about how people in the US have been becoming increasingly impatient with police investigations, because they have been led to believe that the police operate with the speed, efficiency and genius of the team at CSI).

The Banned in the UK series on Channel 4 has been quite good. Did you know the BBC banned 67 songs during the First Gulf War including 'Imagine', 'Walk Like an Egyptian' (LOL!) and Lulu's 'Boom Bang-a-Bang'? I love the fact they found Lulu subversive.

As someone said, this censorship was a good thing largely because it revealed the moronic nature of Britain's self-appointed moral guardians.

Alex said...

Actually the best show on TV is Monkey Dust, a third series of which is on the way.

A series of animated sketches about human misery, the marginalised and the emotionally crippled. It's black comedy with a sort of moral purpose (mostly). And the urban nightmare setting reminds me of home (!).

By the way - i think the old comment format here was better... why the change?

Clare White said...

Gosh, Alex - that was hardly political at all! Almost gossipy! Desperate Housewives, eh? Wasn't sure I was going to muster an interest in that.

The new comment format is Blogger's own and I brought it in mainly as I knew sooner or later I would forget how to login to Haloscan and lose control over it. So now seemed the time to switch. I agree it's a little more clunky though I think there might be some stuff I can do about that.

xx