Monday, 21 November 2011


Never Mind the Buzzcocks
25x07 Episode 7
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Only Connect
Children in Need Special: Great Believers vs Free Speakers
Apparently they make this notoriously-difficult quiz slightly easier for the celebrity/special editions. Which probably explains how I did moderately well at it.

3x41 (9/11/10 edition)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Come together this Christmas with the BBC
(from BBC Media Centre)
All sorts of great stuff on the Beeb this Christmas. And a Jim'll Fix It special presented by Shane Richie. Seriously. Ugh.

Matt Smith On Doctor Who 50th Anniversary & Series Seven by Dave Golder
(from SFX)
Matt Smith told BBC Breakfast this morning that filming starts in February for 14 new episodes of Doctor Who, including a full series, a Christmas special and a 50th anniversary special, which will be a one-off.
Unless he's done his maths wrong, sounds like we're only getting a regular compliment of episodes in 2012/13... and that months later than usual. But we'll see.
I didn't mind this year's split season, and I don't mind them shifting the series to be broadcast in Autumn/Spring instead of this year's Spring/Autumn, but it would be a shame if we only got 14 episodes throughout 2012 and 2013 instead of the 28 we would normally have got. A 2012-13 season, anniversary special and 2013-14 season was more what I was hoping for; to put that another way, 8 episodes in 2012 (including Christmas), 15 in 2013 (including Christmas and an anniversary special) and then on into 2014. Maybe that was wishful thinking. Maybe 2014 will actually return us to the regular 13-episodes-in-Spring/Summer.
Time will tell.

A daily dose of sci-fi - Day 8

Best robot/android

I had quite a long short list on the go for this one -- R2-D2, Kryten, WALL-E, the Terminator, Maria, and more -- but then I suddenly remembered...

Marvin is probably the best character in Hitchhiker's. As Wikipedia puts it, he "is afflicted with severe depression and boredom", which makes all of his very dry comments hilariously funny. It also makes him feel very identifiable, despite the fact he's a robot who's much more intelligent than you.

Bless 'im.

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