Christmas and the New Year on BBC4

Greg Wise in Number 13

The BBC4 Christmas newsletter has arrived in my inbox, highlighting all sorts of goodies.

First up, Charlie Brooker is going to get a Christmas and a New Year special for his Screen Wipe review show. The first is this Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled.

Following the success of last year’s Ghost Stories season, there’s another mini-season of ghost stories, starting on Thursday. Most of it is repeats from last year’s season, but Greg Wise will be appearing in a new adaptation of MR James’ Number 13 on Friday.

After gobbling up everyone’s memories from their web site, My Science Fiction Life has chosen the weirdest and the whackiest to represent all science-fiction fans everywhere. That’ll be airing on the 29th. Looking forward to it?

Finally (well, there’s other stuff, too, including seasons on Fanny Craddock and John “England is best and all other races are inferior” Buchan), there’s a special edition of The Thick of It. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t feature Chris Langham…


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.