Saturday, 7 September 2019


BBC Two's night of programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of Monty Python, with one new archive-trawl clip show and two repeats...

Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The BBC Lawyer's Cut
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Monty Python's Flying Circus
1x01 Whither Canada?
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Python at 50: Silly Talks and Holy Grails
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


Shōgun by James Clavell
Chapters 1-2

A more successful "let's try this" than the last one (coincidentally, both begin with an adventure at sea; this one's more entertaining, despite the other author's acclaim for exactly that). Shogun is a damn long book, though (the edition I'm reading is 1,210 pages of fairly small text), and I don't have a good track record with those, so we'll see...

Collection Count

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

This week, I upgraded my DVD of In Bruges to the recent limited edition Blu-ray release, plus added a selection of Indicator series titles from their sale. There were even more I wanted, but one has to find limits somewhere... especially as Arrow and Eureka recently announced their November slates and, coupled with their October ones and what Criterion are also putting out, it's going to be a very busy (i.e. expensive) run up to Christmas.

Number of titles in collection: 2,252 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,130 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,122 [up 4]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 32 [no change]

Number of discs in collection: 5,856 [up 3]
Number of films: 2,604 [up 5]
Number of TV episodes: 8,637 [no change]
Number of short films: 673 [up 2]

See you next week, faithful reader.