Friday, 21 January 2011


The Graham Norton Show
8x12 (14/1/11 edition)
Why do the /programmes department of the BBC website (as I believe it is actually called) so often struggle to get things like episode numbers right on their own series?
(I say "so often", I mean "sometimes". But really, with so many semi-OCD people in the world, surely you should be employing them to do stuff like this? People like me, f'rinstance...)
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

The Great Outdoors
1x02 Episode 2
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Magicians
1x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Never Mind the Buzzcocks
22x13 (dropped 30/10/08 edition)
Ah-ha! At last! The infamous missing Buzzcocks episode featuring Russell Brand as a team captain, which should have aired in October 2008 but was canned due to the Brand/Ross/Sachs phone call scandal (remember that, eh?) Clearly someone at the Beeb thinks two years (and three months) is an appropriate amount of time to have waited.
Worth it though. It's like a little previously-undiscovered gem to have Amstell back in the host's chair, and just generally new Buzzcocks is always a joy.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
[#7 in 100 Films in a Year 2011]


Craig Charles: 'New Red Dwarf next year' by Christian Tobin
(from Digital Spy)
Yes, it's true: Red Dwarf is coming back in 2012, and for a proper new six-episode series too. It's taken them long enough -- it's nearly two years since Back to Earth aired, so it'll be three by the time a new series reaches our screens!
A little bit more info -- indeed, all that is currently known -- via the blog of Kryten actor Robert Llewellyn, here. (Nowt on the official Red Dwarf site yet.)
Personally, I enjoyed Back to Earth -- not the greatest Dwarf ever, true, but pretty good -- so fingers crossed series 9/10/whatever-they-call-it can be at least as good.

Robert Webb to host Channel 4 panel show by Catriona Wightman
(from Digital Spy)
The show sees three celebrities nominate their favourite things from Earth, such as landmarks, possessions, guilty pleasures or humans. Webb will consider whether the things deserve to be preserved and will choose whether or not to put them on a spaceship to keep them safe.
So, essentially, it's the exact opposite of Room 101. How has it taken someone 17 years to come up with this idea?

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

Except this week, there's nothing to report. Nowt. Zip. Nada. If you look at last week's edition and imagine "no change" written where it says "up 1", you've got this week's numbers.

Normally there'd be a statistic of the week, but I'm pausing that for good reason. And by the old cycle this would be a running time update week, but as the last one was only a fortnight ago -- and I've only gained one new title since then -- I'm going to continue it as four-weekly from the last update, rather than where it used to be.

So nothing to report here, then. See you next week, faithful reader.