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June 11, 2009

Review: Property Snakes & Ladders 1x1

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Property Snakes and Ladders

In the UK: Tuesdays, 8pm, C4

Hard to believe it, I know, but Property Ladder and everyone's favourite property developer, Sarah Beeny, have been with us for over eight years. With each series of the show, Beeny has regaled us with advice on how to make money from property, using the examples of regular people turned property developers to show us what to do – and more often what not to do.

Typically, the show would run as follows: Beeny turns up on the doorsteps of two developers. The developers tell Beeny what they intend to do. It's just plain awful, stupid or wrong, so Beeny gives them some better ideas. They still do what they intended to do. They cock up significantly, spending masses more money than they needed to. Then they relent, do as Beeny suggested, and hey presto, all's good with the world again. Then, at the end, despite the cock-ups and over-ambition, Beeny reveals that "thanks to a rising market", they still managed to make money.

Well, guess what. The rising market has gone. It has ceased to be.

So, you might ask, what's the point of Property Ladder? Can it survive in this climate?

The short answer is no. However, the long answer is yes, but only if it gets a name change.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you Property Snakes & Ladders.

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June 5, 2009

Review: Royal Pains 1x1

Posted on June 5, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Royal Pains

In the US: Thursdays, 10/9c, USA Network

As recession has struck, so US TV's attitude to the rich has changed. Where once there was admiration and envy - Sex and the City - so admiration has faded and been replaced by amusement - Gossip Girl and Dirty Sexy Money - before eventually reaching disdain - Privileged and now Royal Pains.

The envy's still there though.

While still wishing it had their money, Royal Pains is nevertheless quite a fun show that despite its essential dislike of the rich has heart to make up for this unworthy emotion.

Set in the Hamptons, New York state's retreat for the ultra-wealthy, it sees disgraced ER doctor Mark Feuerstein accidentally wander into a new job as a 'concierge doctor' - a live-in, on-call doctor who looks after the rich and famous when they have those little problems the rich and famous suffer from: drug overdoses, car crashes - and deflated breast implants.

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June 5, 2009

Preview: Nurse Jackie 1x1

Posted on June 5, 2009 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Nurse Jackie

In the US: Mondays, 10.30pm ET/PT, Showtime

You've got to hand it to Showtime in the US. In the last three years, they've gone from being "the network that would like to be HBO but isn't" to the near-undisputed leader in quality TV in the US. Californication, Dexter, Weeds, Brotherhood - the list keeps getting longer and longer.

Let's add Nurse Jackie to that list.

If the US were to ever remake either Green Wing or No Angels and still make it a success, this it what it would come up with. Nurse Jackie is a nurse - simultaneously just like every other nurse but also like no other. She knows better than the doctors what should be done. She knows better than the patients.

In fact, even though everyone disagrees with her, she's still going to do what she thinks is right to save lives, whether that's fake a signature on an organ donor form or flush a criminal's ear down the toilet.

Be glad nurse Jackie's looking after you - but also be a little frightened.

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