the best stuff is on telly when you’re either at work, asleep or down
the pub. Speaking of said pub have you ever sat there saying ‘have
you seen blah this week?’‚ and they say ’no’, ‘well did you see blah,blah
?’‚ and they say ‘no’. It’s like what do these people do
with their lives? Make time to cook proper food? Spend quality
time with their kids? My advice is use that video. Use that video
and get a life. Festering around watching a backlog of the week’s
telly is what mornings off work were made for.
Here’s a selection of what’s going on at the moment (U.K terrestrial
only until someone around here coughs up for cable). Not bothering with
the too obvious Sopranos‚ Simpsons‚..etc.. Feel free to e-mail your
current faves, comments, whatever to:
BBC2. TUES. 10pm.
Four men whose M.O. is to dump the wife of 25 years and be single and
solvent by 50 so they can use their wealth to hang out in opulent health
clubs, ride motorbikes and shag 20 year olds. Lets hope by episode
6 they each find out theyve contracted herpes while the stock
market crashes around them. A fascinating insight into the male mid-life
JOHNNY VAUGHAN. TONIGHT. BBC1.11.05 pm. MON.TUES.WED.
This chat show gets slagged off everytime. Its OK. Why does everyone
have such a problem with Johnny Vaughan. It was the same with his sit-com
Orrible which was excellent.
THE FUGITIVE. CH4. SAT. 12 midday.
A remake of the 70s series. Dr. Richard Kimbles on the run
after being falsely accused of murdering his wife. He has to dodge a
bounty hunter and a copper (whos haunted by his own tragedy) but
still finds time to do good works along the way. Marvellous.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE. CH4...only kidding, but I Dont say
no to re-runs of THE WALTONS. MORE COPS AND ROBBERS..... THE JURY. ITV.
The murder trial itself takes a backseat as the various and complex
lives of the twelve members of the jury is examined. Classy.
LAW AND ORDER. CH5. SAT. 9.55pm.
First the cops reel in the suspected perp(s) then the scene shifts to
the court room where the lawyers take over. Slick.
THE VICE. ITV. MON. 9pm.
Dysfunctional police inspector Pat Chappel of the Vice Squad always
gets too involved with his job. Crusty.HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING ?.....
FOOTBALLERS WIVES. ITV. TUES. 9pm.
Inconsequential, Jackie Collinsesque tat. Totally unmissable.
JUNGLE JANES. CH4. TUES. 3.05am.
Camilla Buffton-Tufton, Mrs. Dicky Cholmondley-Featherstonehaw and chums
endure the Borneo rain forest for a few weeks of survival training.
There are Sherpas on hand (at a safe distance) to get them out
of any serious bother with man eating spiders and the like, but its
the loan male in that gaggle of braying middle-aged women I feel sorry
TWO THOUSAND ACRES OF SKY. BBC1. FRI. 8.30pm.
More fluffy, feel good tat set on a remote Scottish island. With Michelle
Collins and Paul Kaye aka Dennis Pennis. Lots of hanky moments.
M.T.A (Model Turned Actor). CH4. WED. 11.35pm.
20 models pay £800. for an acting course only to find theyre
put through tortuous, unqualified psycho-analysis instead of rolling
around on the floor pretending to be a leaf. Fascinatingly ghastly.
ITS BACK AT LAST........
CHARMED. CH5. SAT. 6.50pm. Three witches Prue, Phoebe and Piper (who
are also sisters) do battle with various demons in San Francisco. Not
as inspired as Buffy but still O.K.
ER. CH4. WED. 9pm. Whats to say?? Quality. And theres a
double bill in the afternoon (27th Feb. 1.30pm) to set the scene for
this new series.
And last but not least the sublime BLACK BOOKS. CH4. FRI. 9.30pm.
Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey need I say more.AND FINALLY.... Theres
an argument raging in the pub about whether the human characters in
CRUSADE (CH4. SUN. 4.40am) are computer generated. According to one
of the lads they are, as far as Im concerned theyre not.
What can I say ? Most men cant tell the difference between a woman
and a lady-boy so Im not surprised some cant tell the difference
between humans and computer animated people.
APOLOGY PART 1.....
I wrote last time that the first Hannibal Lecter film was called Red
Dragon. WRONG. The book is called "Red Dragon" the film