Monday, 20 December 2010


David Suchet on the Orient Express
I've heard this called no more an extended advert for the Orient Express, which I think does it a disservice. It's a casually informative documentary that touches on the history of the service and does a nice job of conveying the feeling of what it might be like to travel on the famous train, for an audience who a largely unlikely to have the opportunity themselves. Suchet makes for a genial host too -- more such documentaries fronted by him wouldn't go amiss.
[Watch it (again) on ITV Player.]

2x05 Just Act Normal
An exceptionally exceptional episode, I thought. Neatly contained, occurring as it did in one location with three characters (more or less) and in real time, but still hilariously funny. Particularly noteworthy is the way it managed to spoof itself... but to say more would spoil it if you've not seen it. Which you should.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]


A Ghost Of Christmas Past
(from Musings of the Ghost Of 82)
Musing on the old days of desperately seeking films on TV or VHS, and how times have changed -- films are more readily accessible today, but is this actually a good thing? A most interesting article.