I'd really like to be able to cheer on ITV. For years, it made some of the best dramas and comedy this country ever produced. Then it fell into a deep, dark hole which looked like it had no bottom. But under Michael Grade and Peter Fincham, it started to look like it had a future again and even began to put out some semi-decent programming.
I'd like to say that Identity, which stars as Ashes to Ashes' Keeley Hawes, The Wire/Queer As Folk's Aiden Gillen and Soldier Soldier's Holly Aird as a crack police squad dedicated to foiling identity thieves, is at the spearhead of ITV1's resurgence, a gleaming piece of taught drama, intelligent plotting, realistic dialogue and plausible characterisation that any network could be proud of.
Time to head to controversy corner for this week's "Weird old title sequence/Lost Gem", since we're going to deal with Kung Fu, which may or may not have been Bruce Lee's idea, but certainly didn't star him.
Here though, are the weird but incredibly iconic old titles of Kung Fu, followed by the entire pilot movie. More after the jump, including clips from the sequel movie and sequel TV shows.
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Despite her odd name and the fact she's always tended to play characters you're supposed to hate, I've always kind of liked Missy Perygrym. She was probably the most interesting of the 'kids' in Carlton Cuse's old martial arts show Black Sash and she was plausibly interesting as the post-pilot love-interest on Reaper.
So I'm quite pleased to see she has her own show now. Okay, it's a Canadian show getting simulcast on ABC in the US; it's also an ensemble piece about rookie cops just starting out on the job; and most of the time, her character is a bit of an idiot.
But it's actually quite enjoyable; really, she's the star of the show; and despite the general backdrop of drug dealers and murders, it's all Canadian and fluffy and nice. Here are some trailers, both a little spoiler-laden for the second episode and beyond - if you look hard, you'll notice the second trailer carries the show's original, very Canadian title, Copper:
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.