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March 31, 2009

Review: Heroes 3x21 - Into Asylum

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A little bit less action-packed this week as various members of the family Petrelli go into hiding, while Sylar finally gets his mojo back and gets himself a new partner. Spoilers and more after the break.

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March 26, 2009

Today's Joanna Page: Ready When You Are Mr McGill

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Joanna Page in Ready When You Are Mr McGill

Today's Joanna Page is Ready When You Are Mr McGill, a 2003 remake of Jack Rosenthal's famous 1976 play.

Rosenthal is best known for creating London's Burning and for writing the first ever episode of Coronation Street as well as famous plays such as Play For Today's Bar Mitzvah Boy and P'Tang, Yang, Kipperbang. In Ready When You Are Mr McGill, he turned his attention to television.

The original play, made for Granada, focused on the filming of a single scene of a TV show, in which just about everything can go wrong, does go wrong, and Mr McGill, one of the extras, does everything he can to help out and deliver his all-important line before the end of the day.

ITV, back in 2002/3 when it had a little bit of cash and was using big names to draw in the crowds, decided to remake the play as a one and a half hour movie. Starring Tom Courtenay as Joe McGill, Bill Nighy as the egotistical director, Amanda Holden as herself and Phil Davis as the cameraman, it also featured comedy luminaries including Tamsin Greig, Sally Phillips, Sam Kelly, Stephen Moore and Stephen Mangan.

It more or less followed the original play's plot, but was updated to cope with modern television politics and production - and changing it to the filming of a cop show instead of a spy show. But to pad it out for an extra half hour runtime, there's an additional sub-plot about Babs Carter, an actress who's a bit worried about her nude scene and who does everything she can to get out of it. Playing Babs Carter: Joanna Page.

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March 26, 2009

Review: Newswipe 1x1

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Charlie Brooker in Newswipe

In the UK: Wednesdays, 10.30pm, BBC4

I think it's fair enough to say we do loves a bit of Charlie Brooker round here. I think it's fair to say that's quite a common feeling.

But I think it's also fair to say that he's spreading himself a bit thin. He's writing two columns for The Guardian a week; he's on Have I Got News For You every so often; he's got his regular Screenwipe show on BBC4; he's got an upcoming TV reviews show for Channel 4; he's just finished making Dead Set for E4.

Phew. That's a lot.

Now he's doing Newswipe for BBC4, in which he tries to tell you the news of the week, but really - as the show's title suggests - is really just Screenwipe but dedicated to TV news.

And it's really not very good. See? Spread too thin.

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