Archive for the ‘telly’ Category


Have I Got Me For You

May 24, 2011

My appearance on ‘Have I Got News For You’. Some other people in it too but this is MY BLOG, DAMMIT.

(I was enjoying Miles Jupp’s lovely, laid-back style so much I neglected to ask myself why he was so familiar. Twitter (the Google that comes to you) informed me subsequently that he was Archie in Balamory!  Holy cow!)


“No more canned opinions.”

January 10, 2011

Andrew Ellard is my script editor on the IT Crowd and this weekend he wrote a very fine, very fair dissection of a lazy piece of TV journalism in the Telegraph. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably already seen it, but for those who don’t, here it is again. It’s quite brilliant.

What did the journalist in question think of it? “I can’t be bothered to read all that” she tweeted this morning.

(pic of the great Clive James via Time Out)


I have a better title for Masterchef

October 23, 2010


How Law and Order writers see gamers

October 1, 2010

(via Reddit)


The controversial new ‘Doctor Who’ logo

October 6, 2009


A lot of people are up in arms about the new ‘Doctor Who’ logo. I have to say I agree with their concerns. There are so many things wrong with it, it’s difficult to know where to start.


What he said!

December 24, 2008


Frank Skinner sums up what I’ve been spluttering about for months.

“I don’t want people using so much swearing that there’s a blanket ban because there won’t be then any room for the clever swearing – the beautiful, eloquent swearing,” he said.

“So I just think we need to back off on the stuff that’s not necessary.”

Back off on the stuff that’s not necessary….well, exactly. The problem with the all-round okayness of TV swearing is that it makes the texture of our lives that much more unpleasant by increasing the level of aggression in our daily discourse. And life in the UK at the moment is plenty unpleasant already without any help from people off the telly.

Frank recently experimented with cutting swearing from his act in an attempt to freshen it up, and to show my support of this kind of thing, I’m taking back what I said about there being only one use of the f-bomb on the next series. We’re going for zero.

(Thanks, Si!)


Funny thing happened on the way to the Emmys

November 27, 2008


Oop, almost forgot!

We’re in a taxi, on the way to the Emmys, and the driver asks us where we’re going. We tell him about the nomination and he says “Oh, my wife, she’s crazy about British television, she loves that show…oh, what is it…set in the Fifties or the Sixties…”

“The Fifties or the Six–oh, is it ‘Heartbeat’? Would that be it?”

“No, no…oh, what is it?…It’s a drama…”

“Eh…there’s a thing about a police detective during the Second World War…”

“No, no, I don’t think it’s a wartime thing….”

“Are you sure it’s not the Seventies? It could be ‘Life on Mars’?…”

“No…it’s definitely Fifties or Sixties– ehh, what the hell is it called? ”

“God, I dunno…eh, do you know which channel it–”

“–oh, wait! I got it! ‘Eastenders’!”