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May 6, 2008

Review: Doctor Who - 4x5 - The Poison Sky

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The Poison Sky

Ah. Now that's better. Finally, a decent two-parter and – miraculous though it might seem – one written by Helen Raynor at that.

After last week's poorly paced but still reasonably good first part, I was expecting a lump of old rubbish for the second part, since that's how it usually pans out. But hurroo, hurray, bar the occasional bit of dodgy dialogue, direction and acting, it was good.

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May 6, 2008

Spiral (aka Engrenages) on DVD in October

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Engrenages

I'm indebted to Scott at Love and Garbage for pointing out that Engrenages (aka Spiral aka 'The good French TV show') is coming out on DVD in October. Which is just marvellous.

Better news still is that the second series starts on Sunday in France, and should be coming to BBC4 later this year after a repeat of the first series; there's also an unconfirmed rumour that series three is already being worked on. Give it a try: it's worth it, I reckon.

  1. BBC Four's Spiral page
  2. Canal+'s Engrenages page

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May 3, 2008

Today's Joanna Page: Safety Catch

Posted on May 3, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Joanna Page in Gavin and Stacey

Today's Joanna Page (or did y'all prefer "Page of the Day"? Or even just "Joanna page"?) is from Gavin & Stacey (obviously). Hope you enjoy it.

Just as a brief – okay, not very brief at all – aside though, I've been listening to Safety Catch, which was a Radio 4 comedy show on in September/October last year. The lovely Ms Page isn't in it much, even though she gets almost top billing, but she's brilliant when she is, particularly when she gets a load of good lines in the fourth episode. Plus, ooh! She's allowed to keep her Swansea accent! Yey!

In case you don't know what it's about, here's the plot from the BBC Radio 4 web site:

Safety Catch is the story of a man who never intended to go into the arms trade: he fell into it but he's definitely going to leave soon. And if he wasn’t doing his job, someone else would. And at least he doesn’t work for McDonald’s

Simon McGrath likes to think of himself as a good person. He donates blood (although not bone marrow because he’s heard that hurts), he recycles and he's adopted two tigers. But he has to pay his mortgage just like everyone else and that's why he currently works as an arms dealer.

It's actually really funny (Laurence Howarth wrote it), so worth listening to in its own right. How can you do that, given that Radio 4 isn't playing it any more, and it's not on Listen Again? I couldn't possibly comment, but you could try clicking the Play buttons below...

PS I had the strangest impression they'd done a TV pilot of it with Stephen Mangan recently, but I can't find the slightest trace of that anywhere, so I must have imagined it.

PPS No hint of a second series. Sigh. Still, if you stick it on at 11.30pm on a Wednesday, what do you expect?

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