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Sean Maguire: something in the tap water at Grange Hill?

Posted on March 17, 2008 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Sean Maguire seems to be a bit popular these days. In fact, the post where I realised that the young Aidan from Grange Hill was in fact the gay guy in The Class (now on E4 on repeated loop) is the third most popular of the blog (via Google Image Search, unsurprisingly).

While wandering around St Anns shopping mall in Harrow on the Hill the other day, I couldn't help noticing his name on the poster for Meet the Spartans, the new 'comedy' starring Carmen Electra and Kevin 'Hercules' Sorbo, among others. Does anyone else think that perhaps there's something in the tap water at Grange Hill that produced a certain physical change? Or maybe that's a stunt chest.

Sean Maguire in Meet the Spartans

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What I learned by watching television last week

Posted on February 26, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

24: Never give jessie-wuss girls a gun because they'll never use it, even when it could shorten a whole season and save the US
30 Rock: Is getting seriously cerebral. I thought Numb3rs was the only show on tele that could talk about "transitive properties"
Battlestar Galactica: James Callis can do a pretty good Yorkshire accent (he did go to the University of York, apparently); the class war will continue in space
The Class: Adultery is perfectly acceptable if your husband mixes you up with one of his ex-wives.
CSI: William Petersen's beards can be used as plot development
Heroes: Is just so cool
Lost: Some flashbacks can be amazingly tedious and pointless and should be best left forgotten
Numb3rs: Just occasionally, Ken Sanzel can write a good episode. It's still not great, though, not even though it's ripping off 24
Studio 60: If you're going to go, go out on a bang or your chances of ever coming back are scuppered.
The Unit: It's possible to make the LA metro look like the Berlin underground system. A bit.

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Things I learned from television last week

Posted on February 12, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

24: There is a law of the television universe called the “Conservation of Family Goodness”. The total net goodness of any TV family must be 0. The more good one family member is, the more evil the other ones must be. If a family member disappears for some reason, their goodness or evil must be redistributed among the remaining family members.
The Class: There really is nothing funnier to American sitcom writers than English people. Or English people faking American accents. Or Americans faking English accents.
CSI: All the best ones die young.
CSI: Miami: No matter how stupid you think the show is right now, it just keeps getting stupider. David Caruso can heal people now, just by touching them.
Heroes: If you need a load of superheroes, in-breeding seems to be the way forward.
House: Sometimes, it's the simple explanations that are the most interesting.
Lost: When Lost dawdles, it's rubbish. When it starts explaining stuff, it's great
My Name is Earl: No matter how good you think the show is right now, it will just keep getting better.
Prison Break: All cabals and conspiracies require a cigar-smoking room for their headquarters.
Smallville: Lana Lang is the western world's biggest stalker magnet. She should be stuck at one end of Hollywood Boulevard to draw out the crazies.
Supernatural: After a while, the phrase “yellow-eyed demon” stops being scary and starts to become a bit funny.
Developing characters in a long-running show is a good idea.
Studio 60: Aaron Sorkin really can't write women well. Also, after a given point in any Sorkin show, it will actually become impossible to work out what characters are talking about.
The Unit: A show, no matter how good, automatically jumps the shark as soon as the psychics episode arrives.

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