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August 25, 2006

ITV to remake Sapphire and Steel?

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Sapphire on Action TVI've not seen this reported anywhere else, but ITV has approached Sapphire and Steel creator PJ Hammond about a possible remake of the series. According to Action TV (which just did a Sapphire and Steel issue, so I suspect this is how the news came out), “it is very early days and no decision has been made with a possible new series.” But ITV are at least thinking about it.

What do you reckon? Good news or bad “trampled all over my memories” news?

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August 25, 2006

Some of my favourite TV characters

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Okay, so Scott's already got in on the act and Lisa looks like she's raring up to do her own posting elsewhere, but here's a list of some of my favourite TV characters in response to Jess Whedon's. In no particular order.

  1. Neil Burnside, The Sandbaggers. Lots of explanation over here.
  2. David Creegan, Touching Evil (US version). Lots of explanation over here.
  3. Stringfellow Hawke, Airwolf. Because he was just so hard
  4. Callisto, Xena: Warrior Princess. One of the few villains to have a good - and sympathetic - motivation. Plus how many characters get to die yet end up a god?
  5. Chandler, Friends. Fantastic until he got neutered by Monica.
  6. Lieutenant Castillo, Miami Vice. Even harder than Stringfellow Hawke. That's how hard he was. The less he said, the harder he got.
  7. House, House. Do I really need to explain this one?
  8. The President, The West Wing. Moral, dynamic, powerful and a complete nerd who speaks Latin. We need more characters like this. He made me want to be American, anyway.
  9. Turlough, Doctor Who. Slippy, weasly and great fun - for three stories. Then he went off the idea of killing the Doctor. Oh well.
  10. Anya, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Just endlessly entertaining.
  11. James T Kirk, Star Trek. Well, he was great, wasn't he?
  12. Spock, Star Trek. And so was he.
  13. Lynda Day, Press Gang. And so was she. Pretty much like most editors you'll meet, in fact.
  14. DI Rosie Campbell, The Paradise Club. I just loved this posh, Oxford-educated police officer trying to spew out police slang, be street and it all going pear-shaped, every time.
  15. Chloe Sullivan, Smallville. Smart, funny, loyal, brave, and willing to put up with a constantly broken heart for the sake of friendship - the best sidekick a superhero could want
  16. Tony Hancock, Hancock's Half Hour. The funniest man who ever lived.
  17. Avon, Blake's 7. Seriously, just watch any episode and you'll understand.
  18. Jarod, The Pretender. A genius who could be anyone he wanted to be. Great character, shame the show got silly.
  19. Nasir, Robin of Sherwood. Britain's answer to Lieutenant Castillo.
  20. Austin James, P.R.O.B.E. Another genius, this one scientific. From the brain of Isaac Asimov and pretty much like all his other characters, James was the proto-House of his day

I've left a load out, I'm sure of it. But that's a good crop to be getting on with. Depressingly few women in there, though. How do we up the quota? Give me suggestions!

UPDATE: And Stringer Bell from The Wire! He's a drug-dealer, but he goes to economics classes in the evening. You've got to love that.

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August 23, 2006

Review: Prison Break 2.1

Posted on August 23, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Prison Break

We're starting a new thing here today: the 'Fall premiere' reviews. Often, producers will decide to tinker with a returning series over the summer break. They'll tweak the format, kill off old characters, bring in new characters and do all sorts of things to the show. The problem is that typically, not all of these changes are for the good. So is the show returning in the fall (aka 'the autumn' aka '2007 by the time the UK networks have got round to broadcasting them') the same show but better, or the show in name only?

These spoiler-free reviews will let you know whether to brace yourself or get excited. I hope.

Let's start with Prison Break.

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