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May 27, 2008

Today's Joanna Page: Making Waves

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Joanna Page as Rosie Bown in Making Waves

This one was supposed to be easy. This was supposed to be brief: I said so, last time. You see – and there are going to be a lot of naval puns during this one, so brace yourself – Making Waves pretty much sunk without a trace.

After years in development hell and after being rescheduled four times, this ITV flagship drama emerged onto our screens in the summer of 2004, opposite Supernanny. Sort of Soldier, Soldier but featuring the Royal Navy (hence its nickname Sailor, Sailor), it depicted the arrival of a new captain – played by ex-EastEnders psycho, Scottish actor Alex Ferns – on board the fictional frigate HMS Suffolk, and his attempts to make it sea-ready, all to the backdrop of the relationships of the crew and various exciting naval events, such as piracy, illegal immigrants, smuggling and explosions.

With £5 million in budget and the might of legendary producer Ted Childs (Lewis, Inspector Morse, Soldier Soldier, Sharpe, Kavanagh QC) behind it, there were high expectations in some quarters, but after just three episodes, falling ratings meant it was cancelled. Despite there already being three more episodes in the can, ITV never repeated it or showed the remaining episodes.

Joanna Page as Rosie Bowen in Making Waves

There was a DVD of the show, but only ever 2,500 or so were pressed and they were mainly sold to the Navy. You can't get it from Amazon; you can't find it on eBay. And here's the only publicity still of our Joanna Page, who played new rating, Operating Mechanic Rosie Bowen, that appears to have survived online. 

So I thought this was going to be brief, since I couldn't really say much about it. As I said, easy.

But then I found out that someone had uploaded the whole series to YouTube, so meticulous journo that I am, I had to watch the whole thing – you can, too, if you hang around to the end of this entry.

And I have to say, despite a shaky start, it was actually really enjoyable (although typically, mainly during the cancelled episodes), has possibly one of the most exciting, hardware-based episodes of anything ever made for British TV – and more importantly for Today's Joanna Page, has her only outing so far as 'action heroine'.

In fact, I'm quite cross – angry even – that it was cancelled.

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May 26, 2008

NBC's Fall 2008 shows

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Knight Rider

NBC have been difficult this year. They've messed around with the whole concept of upfronts, which isn't helpful. They also haven't really got round to filming any proper pilots, which isn't helpful either.

All the same, they have given us some info about what shows they are going to make as well as a single solitary, slightly weak video to back it up. Let's look at the highlights - including Knight Rider, Top Gear, a remake of Kath and Kim, Sean Bean in Crusoe and Christian Slater trying to be Jason Bourne - and that poor lonely little vid.

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May 23, 2008

Season finales 2008

Posted on May 23, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's done

Normally, around this time of year, I'd be putting out copious reviews of all the US season finales. This year, I haven't, although a few escaped earlier in the year and at the end of last year. There's a list of reasons why I haven't done so many this time around:

  1. With the writers' strike messing with everything, most of the series haven't been at their best, so it might be wrong to judge them too harshly
  2. I didn't realise some series had ended
  3. Some series had ended permanently so there was no point
  4. There's a great big backlog of episodes that we haven't watched yet
  5. I've been busy

So no Scrubs, My Name is Earl, House, Moonlight, Aliens in America, Eli Stone, et al, coverage this year, I'm afraid. Lost is still to come next week, I think. But, after the break, I'll give abbreviated rundowns on 30 Rock, Smallville, CSI, CSI: Miami, Numb3rs, Gossip Girl and Supernatural.

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