Wednesday, 16 November 2011


It's Children in Need on Friday, which means there won't be time for me to catch up on last Friday's shows as I usually do; which means today and tomorrow will be filled with all their usual stuff, plus Friday's... hence this long list:

Ask Rhod Gilbert
2x08 Episode 8 [season finale]
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Frozen Planet
Part 3 Summer
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

How I Met Your Mother
7x02 The Naked Truth
[Watch it (again) on 4oD.]

The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson
3x03 Episode 3
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Live at the Apollo
7x02 Episode 2
I am shocked to discover Lee Nelson can actually be funny. I mean, the character is still fundamentally annoying, but some of his material was quite good.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

The Mentalist
4x01 Scarlet Ribbons
Well, that was fairly obviously what was going to happen. Shame in many ways, it would've been interesting for the show to move on beyond its never-ending Red John constraint. Ah well.
[Watch it (again) on Demand 5.]

3x37 (3/11/10 edition)
I love it whenever I get a pointless answer, but particularly when I do it in the final, and I was particularly particularly pleased to do it in the final on a tricky Sherlock Holmes question. Yay for me.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

1x03 Codename: Grades
This might be the best comedy on TV right now. And it's on Sky. What?


Is Rogue Trooper Heading to Hollywood? by Karl Keily
(from Comic Book Resources)
Looks like 2000 AD might be hitting the big screen big-style -- as well as next year's Dredd, they currently have two other movies in development/discussions. Exciting times.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 – review by Author
(from the Guardian)
I couldn't care less about The Twilight Saga, but this one-star review is rather amusing. The best bit is at the end:
The vampire drama of Twilight is all about the romantic agony of eternity, and this franchise feels like it's going on for ever.

A daily dose of sci-fi - Day 3

Favourite sci-fi book/story

I don't read as much as I watch TV or films, certainly not these days, so this category is a bit tougher for me. A few different things spring to mind, especially once I started trying to think of a Proper Serious Book to nominate. But this is "favourite", so I went back round to my original thought...

It's a comedy sci-fi book, this is true, and so not as obviously Important as something like, say, The War of the Worlds or Dune (both of which I also loved). But as well as writing things that are really very funny indeed, Adams packs his text full of ideas and concepts, wittily explained. I mean, what is the titular guide if not an intergalactic Wikipedia on an iPad?

And this is from a novel (originally a radio series, true) written in 1979!

That's why, as well as for being really very funny indeed, Hitchhiker's deserves its place as a classic of the genre.

Read about a daily dose of sci-fi, with links to the rest of the series, here.