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September 8, 2008

Review: Harry and Paul 2x1

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Harry and Paul

In the UK: Fridays, 9pm, BBC1

Ruddy hell! It's not Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul. It's just Harry and Paul now. How confusing. Were you confused by the original title? Me neither. Maybe it was just too long for the Sky EPG.

Anyway, they're back: Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, former young Turks of comedy, are once again on primetime BBC1, shoring up old comedy and helping to showcase new talent.

But as always, the question is, are they funny?

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September 8, 2008

Review: Sons of Anarchy 1x1

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Sons of Anarchy

In the US: Wednesdays, 10pm, FX

FX has backed itself into something of a corner. With a reputation for being a manly channel for manly men who like programmes about even manlier men, pretty much everything they do now has to fit this remit.

I imagine that much like a war of escalation, each new FX show's going to have be manlier than the previous ones. There's going to come up a point where it commissions a show about ex-marine lumberjack bodybuilders on steroids who have John Woo shoot-outs and punch-ups during bank heists, before returning home to drink 17 kegs of beer each in front of cable porn - all without saying more than five, four-letter words each.

Sons of Anarchy isn't that show, but it's the closest yet. Set in a fake motorcycle gang chapter in California, it traces the fortunes of a family of bikers who are involved in guns, drugs, murder, robbery, and book-writing. Really.

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September 4, 2008

Review: Lost in Austen 1x1

Posted on September 4, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Lost in Austen

In the UK: Wednesdays, 9pm, ITV1

What's that? Is it the sound of something precious and beautiful being trampled underfoot by philistines and idiots?

Erm, no. Surprisingly, it's not and we have yet another miracle of the post-Grade age: an ITV1 primetime drama that doesn't suck, doesn't insult the intelligence and actually makes you hunger for more.

Any more of this and it'll almost become ordinary, expected even, that ITV1 dramas won't make you feel like you've been hit on the head by a six-pack of Kestrels on a night out in Malia.

Anyway, it is a truth, universally acknowledged, that all women of a certain temperament love Pride and Prejudice, particularly that bit with Colin Firth in the water. Many are the women who know it almost word for word; and no doubt there are many who wish they could be in it, particularly during that bit with Colin Firth in the water.

So Lost in Austen is quite a clever idea, even if sounds a bit daft at first: what would happen if somehow you ended up in the novel Pride and Prejudice, having taken Elizabeth Bennet's place. You're a big fan, you know what's supposed to happen, who's supposed to end up with whom and how.

But what if you ballsed it all up?

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