Sitting Tennant

Today’s Sitting (or possibly reclining) Tennant (from Anna): Hamlet

Anna's reclining Tennant

Who’s this coming unto the breach, dear friends? Why it is Anna, and with her comes David Tennant reclining. An excellent first entry! Well done.

With that, the tables look a little longer than before. Rosby is still in the lead with five entries, Persephone at four. Poly with three and a half, Toby on three entries and Scott on two entries. But now here’s Anna at one and a half for currency, and, erm, Marie with one because I’d forgotten hers. And Rullsenberg’s. Oopsy. Careless Rob.

The Witty And Amusing Captions league table has also changed subtly. Toby and Marie are now joint top with six captions to their names, Persephone has five captions to her credit, Rullsenberg and Electric Dragon both have three captions and Poly and Stu_N are on one each.

Given that I’m on holiday for a fortnight, starting tomorrow, that should give you all plenty of hunting time for new pictures – as well as time to come up with WAA captions. Good luck!

Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Sitting Tennant” gallery in due course (ie when I’m back from my holiday).

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

Third-episode verdict: The Cleaner

Time for a third-episode verdict on The Cleaner, A&E’s attempt to kickstart a new habit among viewers of watching original shows on its network. Starring Benjamin Bratt, it’s about one man (and his team of former addicts)’s mission to get drug users clean.

Although dealing with an interesting subject matter, The Cleaner is surprisingly uninteresting, as is populated with not desperately exciting characters. Bratt spends all his time bickering with his family who, of course, don’t understand his new compulsion and why they come second to it. Couldn’t have a happy family, could we? That might be too original.

Very little time has been spent fleshing out the supporting characters or indeed what Bratt actually does as a Cleaner, other than follow people around to prove that, yes, indeed they are addicts. It seems he basically palms them off on rehab clinics then follows them around afterwards to make sure they stay clean. 

There have been a few decent guest stars – Annabeth Gish and Tate Donovan in the latest episode, for example – and the situations involved are different and unusual. It’s just the format itself that’s preventing the show from becoming something more than ‘druggy of the week’.


Today's Joanna Page

Today’s Joanna Page: Very Annie Mary

Today’s Joanna Page is Very Annie Mary, a little movie set in Wales that features just about every Welsh actor in existence. It stars Rachel Griffiths, an Australian actress who impressed everyone right up until she joined the cast of Brothers and Sisters, as Annie Mary, the frustrated (in every sense) daughter of Pavarotti-impersonating baker Jonathan Pryce. 

She wants to help her best friend, the seriously ill 16-year-old Bethan Bevan, get to Disneyland and singing in a talent contest might be the only way to get the money. And despite being 22 at the time, Joanna Page played that sick teenager.

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Watch the Eisteddfod, say Ioan, Matthew and Gethin

Just in case you were even thinking of missing BBC Wales’s coverage of the Eisteddfod this year, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys and Gethin Jones would very much like you to change your mind and remind you that you can catch it anywhere – even LA.

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