Five picks up on the House/Sherlock Holmes parallels

Glad to see someone eagle-eyed and literate at Five’s trailers department has spotted the more obvious Sherlock Holmes allusions in House, and is bigging them up in the trailers. I say eagle-eyed because they spotted that House lives at 221b – no, that wasn’t CGI. He really does live there – which wasn’t the easiest tribute to spot unless you’re watching closely.

But we’re still playing catch-up with the US and over the last couple of episodes, the Holmes allusions have been getting stronger. We’ve now seen Wilson move in with House and bring his housekeeper with him. So that’s House and Wilson living together at 221b. With a housekeeper. Hmm.

Incidentally, Holmes tributes are not the only kind of homages that House‘s production team makes. Keep your eyes open for House’s Tivo settings. You’ll notice he’s dead keen on Blackadder

Please, please explain the Green Wing thing to me

I really want to like Green Wing. I like the cast. I like the writers. Everyone seems to like it.

But I’ve watched three episodes of the first series and Friday’s episode of the latest series and I’ve barely laughed once. I simply don’t find it funny. I must be missing something. So could someone please, please, please explain to me what I’m missing, so I can join in?



Need a Doctor Who fix but can’t wait until April 15?


Two weeks until the new series of Doctor Who: let the compulsions commence. How will everyone cope until then? Well, the first of the TARDISodes is now available, you lucky people. This one you can view for free online, but the normal ones cost 10-15p. No DT in this one, but both he and Billie will appear in the later ones.

This one seemed quite short. Wonder if that’s the normal length or as much as the Beeb are willing to give away for free for now.