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August 14, 2006

Preview: The Black Donnellys

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The Black Donnellys

In the US: NBC, mid-season show
In the UK: Acquired for ITV2. Will debut in the spring.

There is a reason I felt guilty about turning off Angela's Eyes after only a minute. Although I doubt it would have made a difference in that show's case, sometimes you'll come across a programme that is absolute rubbish at first, but which turns out to be a real corker by the end. That is, after all, why I do third-episode verdicts.

The Black Donnellys is one such show. I started watching it last night, and after about ten minutes, I was ready to start extracting some serious urine from it. But I finished watching it this morning, and I have to say the rest of it was riveting.

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August 11, 2006

Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe still holding up

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Screen WipeAfter praising last week's Screen Wipe, I was wary that it was going to be pants this week, just to spite me. Fortunately, it was just as good, if not better.

Brooker's pretty much nailed down the right combination of puerility, extended rants and incisive commentary. And where he is using other contributors, he's now picking the right kind, such as David Quantick and Adam Buxton. Absolutely hilarious from start to finish it was. I particularly enjoyed the slating of the extremely rubbish Are We Being Served?, which was basically a bunch of complaints by stupid people who couldn't read and who had an extreme sense of entitlement.

But Adam Buxton's use of his old character, Ken Korda, from The Adam and Joe Show was interesting. On Adam and Joe, Korda was rather a pathetic figure (here are some YouTube examples of Korda in action). On Screen Wipe, he was doing a faux director's commentary on The Mint, ITV Play's rather awful late night phone-in show. It was all suspiciously similar to Rob Brydon's 2004 series Directors Commentary:

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August 7, 2006

Review: Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe

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Screen Wipe Series 2

In the UK: BBC Four, Thursdays, 10.30pm (repeated later and on Fridays)

Ah, Charlie Brooker. Anyone with any sense and love of TV reads his Guardian 'Screen Burn' column every Saturday. It's usually the funniest thing you'll read that week.

However, his Screen Wipe review show, which pretty much translates 'Screen Burn' into pictures, hasn't been so compelling. The first season, now entertainingly described as "three pilot episodes", was all over the place, as I pointed out in my Off The Telly review at the time.

Watching this season, I have the oddest feeling he's read it because he's fixed most of the problems.

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