The average number of children per family in the United Kingdom is 2. In the United States it's 3.1.
I mention this purely because of the above picture. Seriously, that's one pair of grandparents, their children and most of their grandchildren and partners - at least in the US show Parenthood. Really, some kind of Chinese-style child-reduction policy is needed here because, at the very least, keeping track of all these characters is way too difficult. Look, NBC have even had to create this family tree for us to deal with all the characters in Parenthood, and they're not all on it. There are more than this:
Parenthood, as you may recall, was an 80s comedy about the 'Buckman' family that looked at the trials and tribulations of being a parent. Apparently, being a parent isn't easy - who knew? Oh wait - everyone. That's the correct answer. Everyone knows.
This TV series, exec produced by the movie's original producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, is an at-best loose adaptation of that movie, with the Buckmans having become the Bravermans, and comedy having become misery.
I'm not going to lie to you - it's not fun and it's not great, but RGBE denizen Monica Potter in it, so it might worth a look-in.
Here's a trailer, but you'll notice that Maura Tierney is in it. She's been replaced by Lauren Graham off Gilmore Girls, as you can see from the behind-the-scenes featurette beneath it, and the teenage girl's been recast/hair-dyed as well. But you get the idea.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci Writer/Director: Nora Ephron Price: £19.99 (Amazon price: £12.98) Released: March 8th 2010
Calling all foodies! Slight departure from the normal TMINE fare, I know, but I refuse to be confined to one little box - here's your chance to win a copy of Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as famous US TV chef (ah, see the TMINE link now?) and writer Julia Child and Amy Adams (you know, off Enchanted, Sunshine Cleaning et al) as a blogger who tries to make all the recipes in Childs' magnum opus Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year.
It's been nearly four years since I wrote the original version of this for Off The Telly, but seeing as Off The Telly is busily playing the National Anthem and getting ready to turn the lights off, I thought I'd move it to its natural place - here, on Lost Gems. Besides, I can add video and pictures to it here.
For most of its history, children’s television has been childish. Shows with simplistic plots and large casts of children have long dominated the afternoon schedules, with dreary adaptations of classic novels the only real exceptions.
Yet during the 1970s, commissioners slowly began to experiment with more mature programming, bringing in adult themes in disguise through science-fiction and fantasy shows such as Ace of Wands, The Tomorrow People and Timeslip. Sapphire and Steel even went from being a show for children to a show for adults, through the simple exclusion of juvenile leads and child-friendly characters.
By the late ’70s and early ’80s, this pushing of boundaries meant it was possible to have a programme on children’s television that was firmly embedded in an adult genre, with mainly adult leads and adult dialogue, and for it still to be accepted as a children’s show.
Codename: Icarus, which aired on BBC1 in 1981, was the purest examples of this new breed of programme. It's only available on DVD in America not in the UK, although you can watch it on YouTube (or below) if you want - it's a Lost Gem. But I'm also going to be covering a few other shows along the way, including Knights of God, Dark Season, Chocky's Children, the 90s remake of The Tomorrow People and Press Gang, complete with videos, so stick around.
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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.