Holiday time

I’m off on holiday for the next fortnight to the lovely island of Crete. Since there is the Internet in the Greece, there’s always the possibility that I might check in, assuming Greece hasn’t sold its Internet connections for a few extra quid. But I probably won’t, it being a holiday n’all, so have fun in my absence, be prepared for a few spam comments to turn up, and if you want to use this entry to chat among yourselves about anything from The Hour to Friends With Benefits, feel free.

I’ll be back on the 24th so until then, adios! I’ll leave you with Amber Heard as a Playboy bunny in NBC’s The Playboy Club – am I good to you or what?

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Sitting Tennant

Monday’s Sitting Tennant (week 30, 2011)

Hebbie's Sitting Tennant

For one week and one week only, Sitting Tennant is moving from Tuesday to Monday since I’m off on holiday for a fortnight tomorrow. That means you’ve until 30th August to come up with a caption for this lovely picture. A big thank you to Hebbie for providing it. I hope you all can cope with the excitement.

  1. Hebbie: 220
  2. Sister Chastity: 175
  3. Erin C: 95
  4. Rullsenberg: 55
  5. Janice: 20
  6. esgaril: 10
  7. theriverlady, Toby: 5

Ms Rullsenberg gets the 10 points this week after a rare (?) outbreak of filth from her. Well done to her, thanks to SK for putting up a fight and best of luck to everyone this time.

  1. Marie: 175
  2. Rullsenberg: 160
  3. SK: 115
  4. Toby: 100
  5. Electric Dragon: 95
  6. Jane Henry: 50
  7. Lisa G: 45
  8. theriverlady: 35
  9. Hebbie, Virpi: 20
  10. Joe B: 15
  11. whoficwriter, Jeri: 10
  12. kallan, Janice: 5

Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below or email me and if it’s judged suitable and doesn’t obviously infringe copyright, it will appear in the Sitting Tennant gallery. Don’t forget to include your name in the filename so I don’t get mixed up about who sent it to me.

The best pic in the stash each week will appear on Tuesday and get ten points; the runners up will appear on Friday (one per person who sends one in) and get five points.

You can also enter the witty and amusing captions league table by commenting on Tuesday’s Sitting Tennant photo, the best caption getting 10 points, everyone who contributes getting five points.

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Sitting Tennant

Friday’s Sitting Tennant (week 29, 2011)

Erin C's Sitting Tennant

Hebbie's Sitting Tennant

Sister Chastity's Sitting Tennant

Sitting Tennant will return on Monday after which you’ll have to wait until August 26th more Tennanty goodness. Have a nice weekend, everyone!

  1. Hebbie: 210
  2. Sister Chastity: 175
  3. Erin C: 95
  4. Rullsenberg: 55
  5. Janice: 20
  6. esgaril: 10
  7. theriverlady, Toby: 5

Don’t forget Tuesday’s caption competition!

Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below or email me and if it’s judged suitable and doesn’t obviously infringe copyright, it will appear in the “Sitting Tennant” gallery. Don’t forget to include your name in the filename so I don’t get mixed up about who sent it to me.

The best pic in the stash each week will appear on Tuesday and get ten points; the runners up will appear on Friday (one per person who sends one in) and get five points.

You can also enter the witty and amusing captions league table by commenting on Tuesday’s Sitting Tennant photo, the best caption getting 10 points, everyone who contributes getting five points.

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Friday’s “Really Watch Dave” news

The Daily News will return in September or maybe a little sooner. But probably September.

Doctor Who

Film

British TV

  • Channel 4 acquires 2 Broke Girls
  • Watch acquires Grimm, Dave acquires Suits, Really acquires Covert Affairs
  • True Blood‘s Lara Pulver to play Irene Adler in Sherlock
  • New Freeview slot up for grabs [subscription required]

US TV

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Classic TV

Weird old title sequences: Hardcastle & McCormick (1983-1986)

Hardcastle & McCormick

1983 was a time of change in the US. Ronald Regan was president. The power of technology was on the ascendant. Manliness was back in vogue. And people were worried about law and order and being soft on crime. Indeed, one frequent claim made was that guilty criminals were escaping the justice system on technicalities.

Hardcastle & McCormick was one of the shows that latched onto all those concerns and prospered for three seasons on ABC as a result. The show was created by TV wunderkind Stephen J Cannell, who wrote 450 episodes of TV shows, produced or exec-produced over 1,500 episodes, and created or co-created no fewer than 40 television series including The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings and The Commish.

Its set-up was relatively simple: Judge Milton C Hardcastle (Brian Keith) is about to retire. However, he’s kept track of 200 criminals who escaped on technicalities and he plans to go after them in retirement and get them locked up. His final case is Mark McCormick (Daniel Hugh Kelly), a car thief who steals a prototype sports car, the Coyote X, which was designed by his best friend before he was murdered. Through a legal technicality, Hardcastle is able to take McCormick into his custody and McCormick accepts rather than go to jail. With McCormick living in the judge’s guest house, together they go after those 200 crims, helped just a little – and with a compulsory number of award-winning stunt scenes – by the Coyote X.

Curiously, the show had three different title sequences and two different theme tunes. The more famous and the best theme tune was ‘Drive’, written by another TV wunderkind, Mike Post, who composed the themes for shows including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, LA Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues, The A-Team, CHiPs, MacGyver and Murder One. That accompanied the first season’s title sequence:

Then for the second season, the show switched to a dreadful country music theme.

Viewer outcry was enormous and it wasn’t long before ‘Drive’ was reinstated for the rest of the second season as well as for the third season.

While no classic of writing, Hardcastle & McCormick‘s appeal was relatively clear: as well as the camaraderie between the two leads, this was largely an adrenaline-fuelled show, with some surprisingly well directed high-speed car scenes involving the Coyote X, in actuality a Manta Montage kit car based on the McLaren M6GT with a Porsche 914 engine.

All the same, after three years, Hardcastle & McCormick‘s appeal had diminished enough that it wasn’t renewed for a fourth season. But for adrenaline junkies, it is at least all all available on DVD.