Tuesday, 17 January 2012


The Great Sport Relief Bake Off
Episode 2 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]

Onion News Network
1x06 Cyber Attack


Tombstone (1993)
[#5 in 100 Films in a Year 2012]


Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock boosts Conan Doyle book sales
by Paul Jones (from Radio Times)
sales of Sherlock Holmes books increased by 53 per cent [from 2009 to 2010]...

Weekly sales of Sherlock Holmes books took “a significant jump” when the series began, according to David Walter of Neilsen BookScan, which provided the figures... “If you compare sales for the first week of 2012 to an average week from 2011 (sales somewhere under 2,000 copies a week) the sales are nearly double,” said Walter.

Channel 4 announces More4 rebrand
by Tom Cole (from Radio Times)
certain documentary strands, current affairs and arts programmes will no longer play on More4... programming covering subjects including homes, property, food, health and fashion will form the bulk of the revamped channel’s output.
So, put succinctly, they're going downmarket.

Fern Britton: 'Doctor Who is the most dreary thing'
by Catriona Wightman (from Digital Spy)
I know some fans can't face any criticism, but while I disagree I can see where people are coming from sometimes when they criticise Doctor Who, say for being too silly, or daft, or funny, or not-real, or too complicated, or many other things that get trotted out. But "dreary"? Dreary? Dictionary definition: "dull, bleak, and lifeless; depressing". Doctor Who is many things, but those are four it most certainly is not.

The Royal Bodyguard fails to defend its viewing figures
by Tim Glanfield (from Radio Times)
Just 2.61 million viewers (a 10 per cent audience share) tuned in to watch the David Jason vehicle between 9pm and 9:30pm on BBC1. The figures represent a consistent downward curve for the programme's ratings, which started at the dizzy heights of 7.1 million on Boxing Day before falling to 4.5 million viewers a week later and just 2.9 million viewers for its third episode last week.
I've not watched it, but it did look dreadful, something these figures really bear out.