Thursday’s “not Ideal” news

Shaun Evans as the young Inspector Morse

Doctor Who


British TV

Canadian TV



Question of the week: what should I read on my holiday?

There won’t be a question of the week for the next couple of weeks since I’ll be on holiday. So in my usual opportunistic way, I’m going to ask my traditional, pre-holiday Question of the Week:

Are there any books you’d recommend for holiday reading, preferably available on the Kindle?

As always, leave a comment with your answer or a link to your answer on your own blog


Wednesday’s “Alpha stars” news


British TV



What have you been watching this week (w/e August 2)?


Time for “What have you been watching this week?”, my chance to tell you what I’ve been watching this week and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case we’ve missed them.

My recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure this week: Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Sirens, Suits, The Daily Show, and Wilfred.

The shows I’m watching, which you might like, but which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend: Come Dine With Me, Top Gear, and True Blood.

Now to the irregulars and new things, as well as a few thoughts on some of those regulars. We’re still watching BSG, although we got slowed down with the “worthy but choresome” season four, which was hard going. But that’s left little time for other TV:

  • Web Therapy: Lisa Kudrow has been doing a little three-minute web-based series called ‘Web Therapy’ for some time. In it, she plays an unlicensed and very broken therapist who offers people therapy over the Internet, including exs, her husband and others. Now Showtime has bundled them all together into 30-minute episodes, with little interstitials between them to act as glue. It has to be said, it’s not all that funny, although it has its moments of wry grinning to offer you. It’s clearly something, however, that could be good once it has a bit more budget for script editors and the like. Just not yet.
  • Franklin & Bash: As promised, I tuned in again to see if it had improved. While it’s not quite as misogynistic as before, it’s still stupid and immature, but without any real pizzazz. Surprising guest star: James van der Beek, who’s having something of a career revival of late – just not here.
  • Top Gear: Dull.

And in this week’s list of movies:

  • Captain America: Not as fun as I hoped it was going to be, but not bad, with a surprising Indiana Jones vibe. Obviously not as good as Thor, it’s pretty much the first part of The Avengers, with everything interesting postponed until that movie, including a decent finale. It’s also a little underpowered, with not much action worth mentioning at all. All the same, it has some nice touches, the romance is quite touching in places and the action when it does turn up is good.
  • Thor: Yes, the fourth time we’ve seen this now. Still awesome.

But what have you been watching?

“What have you been watching this week?” is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV and films that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you’ve seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed? And keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well for British TV highlights or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff.

Sitting Tennant

Tuesday’s Sitting Tennant (week 29, 2011)

Hebbie's Sitting Tennant

Hebbie’s provided us with this frightening attack of Jazz Hands this week that will hopefully inspire captions. 10 points to her.

  1. Hebbie: 205
  2. Sister Chastity: 170
  3. Erin C: 90
  4. Rullsenberg: 55
  5. Janice: 20
  6. esgaril: 10
  7. theriverlady, Toby: 5

It’s a difficult call this week, with excellent entries from everyone including new arrival Janice (or is it the previous Janice coming back after all these years?), but I think I’m going to have to award the 10 points to Rullsenberg and SK. Five points to everyone else who contributed and they were all great.

Next week’s caption competition will be on Monday, because I’m going on holiday for a fortnight next Tuesday and this way you’ll have something to play with while I’m away. Hopefully that accelerated deadline will get your creative juices flowing, too.

  1. Marie: 175
  2. Rullsenberg: 150
  3. SK: 110
  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.