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February 8, 2006

I take back everything bad I've ever said about BBC4 ever

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Oh. My. God. BBC4 is turning Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn into a TV show! From now on, BBC4 could dedicate its every broadcasting hour to jazz and yoga for the homeless and I wouldn't say a dicky bird about it. They can now do no wrong.

Forget More4: BBC4 is now the channel. God bless them. God bless them all.

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January 28, 2006

The F-Word's coming back - with tweaks

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Gordon Ramsay in The F Word Gordon Ramsay's The F Word has been recommissioned for a second season. However, it's going to be tweaked, apparently.

I can't imagine what they're going to do with it. I liked it as it was, a kind of mélange of every other food show under the sun: a bit of Naked Chef as Gordon shows you how to make something, while roaming around at home; a bit of Watchdog, with that Giles Coren reporting on something we should all be concerned about (food in bins, double tipping, the sewers); a bit of Masterchef, as Gordon tries to make a better dessert than a guest celebrity; a bit of a Nigella, as Gordon chats briefly with another group of celebrities; and so on. There was nothing outstanding about any of these amuse-bouche, but together they made something reasonably tasty and fun to watch.

In shows like this, without resorting to a dozen focus groups, it's hard to see what people might like and what they might dislike, there are so many different things. All I can imagine they'll do is strip out a few parts, give it a bit more focus and maybe add in a few things to see if they might work instead. But that's why I just write about this stuff rather than make it.

PS If you've arrived here via a Google search looking for the theme tune, it's Babybird's The F Word

PPS Went to Gordon's restaurant in Chelsea on Wednesday. He wasn't there. Damn.

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January 27, 2006

Matthew Perry to return to TV in another Aaron Sorkin project

Posted on January 27, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Matthew Perry (you know, Chandler on Friends) is to make his regular-TV comeback on Aaron Sorkin's regular-TV comeback, Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip, according to Ain't It Cool News.

Sorkin is very loyal to those who impress him, and that's probably why he's given Perry the role. If you recall, Perry made a few guest appearances on Sorkin's The West Wing, and was actually very good.

Equally, Perry is as much a writer at heart as an actor, so he probably likes the idea of sticking with someone who can write.

We should probably expect Joshua Malina to turn up some point as well, now he's been released from The West Wing. Malina's been in almost everything that Sorkin's done, right from the stage version of A Few Good Men that launched Sorkin's career. Sorkin's loyalty to Malina, among other things, stems from Malina saving Sorkin's life in a burger-swallowing incident. I don't think that's why Perry's got the job though.

UPDATE: Variety's confirmed the story.

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