Sitting Tennant

Today’s Sitting Tennant: Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors

This week’s Sitting Tennant is from the RSC’s dramatisation of A Comedy of Errors and was provided by me, because I’m nice.

The current Sitting Tennant league tables are as follows. For pictures, everything’s still the same with Rosby on six entries, Persephone on four, Poly on three and a half, Toby on three and Scott on two. Anna has one and a half and Marie and Rullsenberg are at the back with one each.

The Witty And Amusing Captions league table has changed quite a bit though. Toby is now on ten captions, while Marie is on seven and Persephone has six, Rullsenberg has four, Electric Dragon has three captions and Poly, Stu_N and new entry Rev are on one each. Feel free to leave captions below for this entry, too, and keep those eyes peeled for any new pictures of David Tennant sitting down that you can find.

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. You can also enter the witting and amusing captions league table by commenting on existing photos in the gallery.

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Giles Coren and Hitler

You might have heard of Giles Coren. He’s primarily a restaurant critic for The Times, but he’s done a few TV programmes now: he was on the first series of The F-Word, had a film review show on Five and does those historical Supersize Mes for BBC Four. 

In the world of journalism, though, he’s now best known for a series of abusive emails he’s sent to various sub-editors who have edited his work, as well as to a fellow critic. How we’ve all laughed at Giles’ outbursts – some have sided with him, wishing they’d written the emails themselves, while others have called him bad names and said he’s a rubbish writer who needs editing anyway.

I mention this all because of an exciting new trend. Remember the Torchwood/Hitler crossover video (which you can now find over here)? Well, now someone’s done it to Giles Coren, too (it’ll have helped to have read his emails first):

Coren’s response:

‘I’m fluent in German, so watching it with subtitles is not quite as funny for me as for everybody else. There was a time when an Englishman could speak fluent French and German, but I suppose the YouTube generation spends its time doing this instead. It would be funny for me if it was in Russian.’ But he went on to concede that he ‘laughed a lot’ at the video.

I think that tells you everything you need to know about him.

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US TV

Review: My Name is Earl 4×1-4×2

My Name is Earl

In the US: Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC
In the UK: E4, Channel 4, at some point. Assuming there aren’t any cutbacks

My Name is Earl used to be quite a cool show. Well, maybe not cool. Sweet maybe. Maybe a little patronising to red necks, but the general idea of nice things happening to a guy who decides to make amends for all the bad things he’s done was lovely and usually enjoyable to watch, even if it was a little low on the belly laughs.

Season three messed that up, by sending Earl to prison and generally looking at the darker side of things. No one liked that much. I believe that a UK TV executive even cited it as a show that had lost its way – “it’s like a road movie but it’s forgotten to have any jokes” was his general summing up of it.

Is season four back on the right side on the road?

Continue reading “Review: My Name is Earl 4×1-4×2”

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Today's Joanna Page

Today’s Joanna Page: What the Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw

Today’s Joanna Page is What the Butler Saw, the last play of Joe Orton, which our Joanna appeared in in 2005. And which I didn’t see, of course, so can’t tell you if it was any good, but here’s a review from The Stage. At some point, I’ll get on to watching some more of JP’s movies and do some proper reviews, but work’s a bit busy at the moment.

In What the Butler Saw, Dr Prentice, a psychiatrist, attempts to seduce his prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay (JP). But his wife is being seduced and blackmailed by Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion, including Nicholas and Geraldine dressing as the opposite sex. Dr Prentice’s clinic is then faced by a government inspection. The inspection, led by Dr Rance, reveals the chaos in the clinic.

As you might have guessed, it’s a farce.

The pic above is just about the only pic of JP from the production that I could find (any others gratefully received). So as a special treat, here’s a truly delightful picture of two Ali Larters in Heroes to round it all off nicely.

Ali Larter in Heroes

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