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June 15, 2010

Review: 100 Questions 1x1-1x3

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In the US: Thursdays, 8.30/7.30c, NBC

If you were a historical character, who would you be? Rasputin? Gandhi? Beethoven?

If NBC were a historical character, it would be Robert the Bruce, because no matter what happens, it will just try, try, try again.

Friends has gone. Friends is dead. NBC misses it terribly. It tried to do Friends again with Coupling and failed horribly. Now, it's giving it yet another go with 100 Questions, in which five friends all try to help each other through life's uncertainties and love - and we get to see them as the main character, Englishwoman Charlotte Payne, goes to a dating agency and answers 100 questions about herself.

But the signs haven't been promising. The show was retitled 100 Questions from the slightly quirkier 100 Questions for Charlotte Payne. After the pilot, two of the friends were recast (one of them now being played by Smith Cho, who is being given a retry after appearing on another NBC re-try, Knight Rider). The whole thing was reshot. The episode count was dropped from 13 episodes to six and the show was moved to a Summer slot. The star of the show has moved back to England and got married. And if you were expecting NBC to actually tell you the show was on, well, oops - what a mistake to make. I didn't notice until last Thursday, just before the third episode.

Despite these signs, it's not half bad. And that half is Sophie Winkleman - Big Suze from Channel 4's Peep Show. Here, have a shiny NBC trailer that features the original cast: you'll still get the drift, even if it's actually not as good as the updated version.

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June 14, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x11 - The Lodger

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James Corden and Matt Smith in the Doctor Who episode 'The Lodger'

In the UK: Saturday 12th June, 6.40pm, BBC1/BBC HD
In the US: Saturday 26th June, 9/8c, BBC America

Just in case you thought you could somehow avoid the football or even James Corden talking about football this Saturday, Doctor Who comes along to prove you wrong. Spoilers and post-match analysis after the jump.

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June 11, 2010

Lost Gems: The Ritz (1987)

Posted on June 11, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Ritz

You know what British TV is sorely lacking right now? Entirely studio-based comedy-dramas in which Northern bouncers have relationship issues, talk to camera and sing the hits of Cole Porter. We need more of these, I feel, since The Ritz hasn't been on in over 20 years.

The Ritz was based on the stage play, Bouncers, also written by John Godber, and was a six-part BBC series set in newly established night club The Ritz. Three bouncers (Chike played by Paul Rider, Skodge played by Andrew Dunn and Kenny played by Andrew Livingstone) helped to protect the club from rival club owner Mad Mick (Richard Ridings), while simultaneously juggling their love lives. It was very weird, but very popular, so when it ended, a sequel series called The Continental got commissioned.

But don't take my word for its enjoyability: watch an episode of it on YouTube.

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