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FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Sion posted:

It produces deeply challenging drama like Hollyoaks

It's hard to detect sarcasm over the internet, but you were joking, weren't you? Please say you were.

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FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Adrianics posted:

I wish some of our channels could be more up front about what American programmes they're showing - In particular I want to know when Sky One (they have exclusive rights to HBO programming, right?) is going to show Boardwalk Empire.

I don't think Sky One do have exclusive rights, unless they got them very recently. Channel 4 shows the Ricky Gervais Show and True Blood, More 4 shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, ITV 2 shows Entourage, and there are a bunch of other HBO shows spread about the channels.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Adrianics posted:

Yeah it was announced in July: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jul/29/bskyb-buys-hbo-tv-catalogue

I'm for it in theory, as long as it stops things like Five's treatment of Breaking Bad and 30 Rock, not to mention the fate of several shows on ITV.

(I know Breaking Bad and 30 Rock aren't HBO, but my point still stands)

Channel Five can't be trusted with good TV shows. It seems to put them on at stupid times, and not advertise them. BBC did that with Arrested Development as well, showing it at 00:30 in the morning.

Sky buying HBO could be good, as in theory it will replace the sub-ITV drivel that they normally show with top quality American drama and comedy. HBO and Karl Pilkington might make Sky actually watchable.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Figaro posted:

Who would you say is more loathsome? Louis Walsh or Piers Morgan?

They both have intolerably smug expression whilst sitting to the left of Simon Cowell. I'm pretty sure that like a narcissistic thin girl wants to have a picture taken with her ugly fat friend, to make her look better. Cowell surrounds himself with preening cunts in order to vaguely resemble a human person.

Louis is a smug tool, but he can be quite funny, and he seems like a relatively nice person. Piers is disgusting though. He's like a parody of smug British people. Everything he says is either sucking up to bigger celebrities, or bigging up Piers himself. All the hate towards Piers Morgan on comedy shows is completely justified.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Algol Star posted:

Was bored and decided to watch Great TV Mistakes on iplayer and it must honestly be one of the worst programmes the BBC's ever made. 2 hours of Simon Webb pointing out that for 0.001s a camera man is visible in the corner of the screen and acting as if it's some shocking moment like the presenter just stripped on live TV.

Only made it a few minutes in before I wanted to kill myself.

Robert Webb, Simon Webb was in the boyband Blue. You're right about the show though, it was really shoddy. I watched it for 10 minutes and got bored, then saw it had a running time of nearly 2 hours. God only knows how they stretched that out.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Paperhouse posted:

QI isn't just about being funny though, it's often not very funny but obviously makes up for it by being very interesting.

Anyway, they're both far from being the unfunniest things on TV. Ever watched Miranda?

Miranda is back for a second series in October. It got about 3 million viewers a night in its original run. I watched every episode and every repeat, trying to find why it was so popular. I can't see how any human could like it, it's like a dated 1970s lovely sitcom.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Just started watching Don't Tell The Bride. 5 minutes in, and even I know the woman wouldn't like a Vegas wedding. This does not bode well.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


http://www.bbc.co.uk/psychoville/halloween/

Psychoville is back for a Halloween special. I cannot wait! The cliffhanger ending of series 1 was brilliant, and the trailer looks pretty scary. David looked to be absent from the trailer, but I assume he will be back as he was the only major character other than the two dwarves to not be in the hospital during the explosion.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbiSJE6Dw_k&feature=player_embedded!

Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters episode 2 is up!

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


fuf posted:

Seinfeld ran from 1990-1998, so your "currently in vogue" comment doesn't really work unless you think comedy moves at a glacial pace.

For its time, Seinfeld was absolutely as unique as Black Books. It was the work of two people, not a "mass-producing formula". If it appears that way now, it's because it's the most influential sitcom ever so we have become completely familiar with its style.

Curb is even more unique, more so than Black Books, which was incredibly well written but pretty familiar in its sitcom style.

I dunno I just get the impression a lot of people haven't even watched these shows properly before dismissing them.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SeinfeldIsUnfunny

I think it's a case of this. Seinfeld seems old and boring now because all the good comedies mimic it. For its time, Seinfeld was an incredibly new concept, and without it there'd be no The Office or shows of a similar ilk.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


I know about opinions and all that, but I don't get the hate for The Office. I know nowadays that Ricky Gervais is a oval office, he is arrogant, and he hogs screentime; but if you overlook his personality I can't see how you could hate The Office so much. It's got character development, humour, and emotion. I can't fault it.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


alby mangels posted:

That does look like it might be him, honestly i have no clear memory of his face or attire but he did have hair like that. Was he in a show like that?

Yeah, he's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and he is most famous for the River Cottage programmes, which sound like what you're tihnking of.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Coppers is surprisingly good for a documentary about rozzers. The cops themselves seem pretty decent, and it's fun watching drunken arseholes getting lairy in Leeds.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Need to watch Frankie Boyle thing, but I am scared it will be poo poo. I went to see Frankie Boyle the other day, and he was describing a sketch about a little girl walking in whilst her mum is loving her dad with a dildo. Sounded like it's going purely for shock value.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Has there ever been a good sketch show fronted by a woman? That's not a rhetorical question, I genuinely want to know.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


keveh posted:

I quite enjoyed the Morgana show, Lady Gaga going past on a lawn mower had me in stitches.

I saw Frankie Boyle live last week, his show was literally parts of his stand up with poo poo sketches thrown in. Very disappointed. Infact I wasn't too impressed with his stand up, he still did jokes about Jade Goody for god sake.

Did he have the Canadian guy doing the support? I found the Canadian much better than the main attraction to be honest.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Akuma posted:

I don't watch Hollyoaks, but sometimes it gets left on while I'm doing stuff, and the episode that's just finishing now is actually not completely poo poo. Except for the cheesy, unnecessary flashback-voiceover just now.

I turn it on occasionally to see how far the writers can go when changing a character. For example, the nice Geordie teacher suddenly turned into a violent racist who wanted to stop an interracial marriage, in a transition that was literally overnight. Loretta turned from a nice former stripper who wants to leave her past behind and fall in love, to being a possessive psychopath, all in the course of a week.

A nice example of original writing is the man who arrived in Hollyoaks, claimed he was an alien, and got Elliot a job at NASA.

But it is impressive how many different styles they use for the opening scenes. It's a shame the show turns into a clusterfuck after 40 seconds.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Akuma posted:

He was set up. Also I thought it was his brother's restaurant he set fire to? Because the business had tanked and he'd be able to claim on the insurance and be alright.

The girl that wants to be a boy is hilarious, her idea of serious acting is literally

Yeah, Dom was set up so became stressed and upset, so much so that he decided to help Tony out by burning the restaurant down, but he didn't know Tony had gas cylinders in the kitchen. Tony was arrested on suspicion of starting the fire, but Dom came forward and admitted he did it, Tony was freed, now Tony is mad at Bart for setting Dom up. Everyone is pressuring Bart to turn himself in, but he ran away. Warren Fox is back on the prowl, being evil for literally no reason.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


The effects on Corrie tonight were piss poor, it looked like stopmotion from the 60's. Also, Daybreak had clips which spoiled this week Sunita dies, and I think Steve and Becky's baby dies too, as well as two other people. Come Dine With Me was great tonight, Ken Morley is hilarious, even if he is an obvious sex pest. The final night was a bit weird with the orange muscled chap and Bet Lynch with a whip.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


A5H posted:

It's the best show on television. That fat bird best be on it still

I felt sorry for Rhian, she was almost always in the final set of girls, but was never picked to be in the final two.
One day she will find love. One day.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Just finished watching 2010wipe, and it was one of Brooker's best. Is it just me, or is Grace Dent quite a handsome woman?

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Paperhouse posted:

with her shows though there was always the idea that she might get her tits out

I thought I was the only one who watched her shows solely for that possiblity.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Akuma posted:

I've never really understood it's popularity, either, since it's loving depressing. I've never seen the very end of it but I can only assume Ray and his wife get divorced because their relationship consists of unhappiness and lies and disappointment.

The end is actually rather sweet. I've seen every Raymond episode like 3 times as it was always on before school, and it is pretty poor, but the ending is nice. Ray has to have a routine operation, and the family are all joking about it, but then the doctor comes out and says Ray won't wake from the anaesthetic. 30 seconds later he comes out of it just fine, but the reactions of the family when they think there's a problem are really moving. Robert panics and tries to go see his brother, Deborah starts breaking down, and Frank shows emotion too. The very final scene is the entire family enjoying a normal meal together without arguing, and it fades to black. One of the better sitcom endings, even though the show is normally poo poo.

Not as bad as According To Jim which they're now showing in Raymond's timeslot.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


BizarroAzrael posted:

For people interested in such things, Frankie Boyle just bitched out Mark Watson on Twitter for being a sellout "selling cider to his teenage fans" because of comments Watson made on his blog in April or so. Frankie Boyle cashes cheques from Rupert Murdoch.

Yeah, don't think I like him any more.

http://www.markwatsonthecomedian.com/web/2010/04/11/a-light-hearted-look-at-downs-syndrome/ is the blog post in question if people are interested. Frankie Boyle posted a comment on the blog today, quoted below.

quote:

Hi Mark. Just saw this. Amused to see moral grandstanding from a notorious sellout. You are commenting on a joke you didnít see, and donít quote, so presumably you donít even know what it was? Amazing. Iíd hate for you to pass through life with no self awareness, so let me point something out. You built up a certain indie credibility over the years with your standup. You then sold that credibility to sell cider. Why donít you leave the discussions of jokes to people who have heard them and stick to pushing booze on teenagers? In a country of alcoholics.

Yours

frankie x

I must say, Frankie Boyle is not only unfunny, he is a hypocritical oval office too.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Flatscan posted:

Are you bunch of tits really calling someone a oval office based on a blog comment that could have been posted by anyone?

He wrote effectively the same thing on his Twitter. http://twitter.com/frankieboyle/status/23331631276236800

@frankieboyle posted:

Amused to be sent an attack on my work by Mark Watson. A sellout who takes money to advertise booze to his teenage fans. A oval office.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Beeswax posted:

I don't have a problem with someone calling out Mark Watson for advertising cider. It's obviously easy to be snide here in the peanut gallery but I really do get annoyed with people who definitely can make a comfortable living in the first place then decide to become the face of some product.

That said Frankie Boyle can go gently caress himself. He oscillates between moral grandstanding (ranting about how no comedian should be going after 40, or slagging off people for selling out) and doing the laziest, most unpalatable jokes picking on weak groups like the disabled. gently caress him.

I think my main problem with him calling Mark Watson out for being a sellout is that Frankie Boyle writes a column for The Sun, the best selling paper in the UK and part of Rupert Murdoch's empire. He can't criticise someone for selling out to promote cider, when Boyle himself works for one of the biggest media corporations in the world.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Just had to close ITVPlayer after 20 minutes of the first episode of Peaches Geldof's thing. It's just terrible. The first vampire was just someone who dressed like a goth, but with a more elitist attitude. The second vampire looked like a man dressed up as Kate Bush, and she was a weirdo. I don't understand why everyone was shocked when she drank 10ml of her own blood though, I never thought that was a big deal.

Is the furry one worth watching, or is it just a bunch of furries justifying their awful lifestyles for 45 minutes?

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


jfjnpxmy posted:

And they pool their resources, and probably wouldn't spend as much money on booze, smokes, porn and fripperies as normal people.

They do spend quite a lot though. They spend around $200 000 a year on travel costs alone. That's some serious dollar.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


A5H posted:

So does anyone know who the super injunction guy they mentioned on hignfy is?
Do internet people go to jail for saying it? Or just media types?

From what I've seen on various places on the internet, the footballer has a name that is the plural of the first syllable of Quagmire from Family Guy's catchphrase. I honestly don't know if I'm allowed to type it or anything, so I don't want to risk it.

EDIT: Page wasn't refreshed so I didn't see the post before me.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


7seven7 posted:

Forgive me for this really mundane request, but on Friday I'm going on a long journey with some friends and everybody gets an hour on the radio to listen to whatever they want and I'd like to take this opportunity to finally introduce my friends to Adam & Joe. I've got both of all the XFM and 6 Music podcasts on my phone. What episode numbers would you recommend to sucker them in?

XFM Podcasts 6, 7, and 18 are my favourites. Particularly the football chants in 7 and their version of Rudebox in 18.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


NaDy posted:

I remember one Come Dine With Me where this woman who was obviously a massive alcoholic and her main course was fajitas, where she just went into Asda and bought the old el paso kit for it, then afterwards made someone else cook the meal she was supposed to because she was passed out on her bed due to being completely wrecked. I think her overall score was 7.

It's beautiful television.

Ah yes, Preston. All of that was weird though. That alcoholic got pissed and made a fool of herself every night, then there was Bernard who was a weird carpet salesman. He gave all his guests a pinapple rug, and ended up crying and arguing with the drunk woman each evening excluding the one where she slept through it all. Bernard also boasted about his lovemaking skills, as he was showing the cameraman the mirror facing his bed.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Noonsaliwah posted:

On Psychoville- can anybody remind me who the man on the train was? I think we were supposed to recognise him, but I can't remember who he was at all.

I think he was the guy at the public information office in the final episode of series one. The one who David confesses the murders to, but the man doesn't flinch or take him seriously. I could be wrong, but it seems likely to be him.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


John_Anon_Smith posted:

Continuing to sell a product that you know harms your customers for the sake of profit is gently caress You (your health) Got Mine (my money). Let the health services and everyone else pick up the bill because i've made mine.

Shops shouldn't sell butter because if you eat a whole tub a day you'll get fat and that is harmful. They shouldn't sell alcohol as if you drink a bottle of whiskey a day you'll get ill and that is harmful. They shouldn't sell water because if you drink too much it can lead to overhydration.

Using your logic, shops shouldn't sell any food or drinks, as people are capable of consuming too much of a product. A single fast food meal won't kill someone, but three meals a day seven days a week for an extended period likely will. It's not the product that's the issue, so it's not the owner's problem. It's the customer's fault for buying and eating too much of this food, doing so at their own will.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Has anyone else completed the code on the Psychoville website? If not, the code is 8152118. When I click the unlock button, a loading screen drops down. I'm not sure if it's loading and will show something at a later date, or if it's just loading slowly for me. Can anyone verify?

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Psychoville's ending was pretty underwhelming, although it was surprising that Kerry turned up and saved the day despite only being present for one scene this series. It wasn't a bad ending, it just wasn't dramatic enough to solicit to the deaths of most of the main cast.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


I'm marathoning The League Of Gentlemen now Psychoville is finished, haven't watched it for over 10 years. I think now I'm not 8, I can properly appreciate it. Legz Akimbo are scarily accurate, Geoff Tipps is brilliant, and I don't think I've seen any other show that can create a character as sympathetic as Les McQueen. It's a poo poo business

I hear the Christmas Special, third series and film are a massive departure from the first two series. Do you reckon they're worth a watch, or are they as poor as I hear they are?

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Right, I'll definitely give the Christmas special and series 3 a watch. I first watched LOG when I was 8, went to see them live, really enjoyed the first two series. Then I had a nightmare about Tubbs and Edward and I've been too scared to watch the series until now, especially the Christmas special as those masks look creepy. It probably wasn't a great idea letting a child watch something as dark as The League of Gentlemen.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Trickjaw posted:

Never saw the panto, and only seen the xmas special, so I really should hunt gown a copy. Lastly, who takes a loving 8 year old to see a shpw about children dying in caves, repressed lesbian dole officers, and half wit inbreeds? I'm not sure if its advanced parenting or neglect.

I'd consider it advanced parenting. I'm glad they got me into The League of Gentlemen when I was 8 as even though some of the darker bits scared me, at least I started out liking good comedy. I remember My Family was in vogue with fellow 8 year olds at the time, so I reckon the potential trauma of watching LOG is worth it, lest I have grown up thinking My Family was anything other than utter wank.

FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


Kerbtree posted:

Hah! You think it's more Children of Earth, don't you?

That looks very Hollywood, I didn't realise that is what Torchwood turned into. I only watched the first few episodes and just stopped; all I can remember is orgasm alien, cyberwoman, fairies and one to do with cannibalism. The cannibalism one was really good, but the others were pretty mediocre.

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FelixMeOneMoreTime
May 11, 2010


justcola posted:

I thought it was pretty good. Would have liked more hammering though.

New Vic and Bob thing sponsored by Fosters comedy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fguFfc5y3mo

That free running one is great. Not sure about the other one, I laughed, but I felt kind of bad as I'm not sure if it's racist or not, and I don't want to be branded a racist and/or a misogynist lest this thread be derailed once again.

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