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My live tweet of the first episode of Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey

Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

Last Friday, during my lunch break, I started watching the first part of Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey, a ‘documentary’ in which Lumley goes around Greece at ITV1’s expense, making increasingly stupid, inaccurate and clueless comments about the country, its culture and history.

In episode 1, she started in Athens before making her way round to Evia, the Mani penisula and then up to Olympia. During this time, she came up with many exciting ‘facts’: the Persians invaded Greece 1,500 years ago (that probably came as news to the Byzantine Empire which was occupying Greece at the time), that the Greeks created the Acropolis in Athens (they built the Parthenon on the Acropolis, but not the Acropolis itself) or that in modern Greece it’s illegal to throw plates in restaurants so now they throw flowers instead – actually, you can break plates if the restaurant has a licence to so. If you’re very good, I won’t post the pictures of me dancing the Zorba dance while we smash plates in a Greek restaurant as proof.

Anyway, so incensed did I become that I ended up live Tweeting the whole thing. Others joined in. This is our story.

PS Should you wish to watch the episode, it’s available on the ITVPlayer.

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TV reviews

Review: Boss 1×1

Boss with Kelsey Grammer

In the US: Fridays, 10pm ET/PT, Starz

A little while ago, I mocked Starz. To be fair, it’s very deserving of mockery, given Camelot and – gods help us – Torchwood: Miracle Day, just for starters.

But Starz is trying, really trying, not to be the the worst and tackiest of the cable networks when it comes to drama. Even though it shows Spartacus, which while quite good in quite a lot of respects, still has the Starz tacky DNA in every cell of its green-screened, over-developed body.

Yet now, with Boss, they’ve actually got a show that’s very good and only makes you think “Ooh, that’s a bit tacky, isn’t it?” two or three times in its entire hour-long first episode. It stars Kelsey Grammer as the mayor of Chicago and shows in glorious detail why the two things in life you don’t want to see being made are sausages and laws.

Here’s a trailer.

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Sitting Tennant

Tuesday’s Sitting Tennant (week 38, 2011)

Sister Chastity's Sitting Tennant

And Sister Chastity responds to Hebbie’s blow last week by bringing out “the big guns”. It’s all out war here.

  1. Hebbie: 270
  2. Sister Chastity: 265
  3. Erin C: 130
  4. Rullsenberg: 55
  5. Janice: 20
  6. esgaril: 10
  7. theriverlady, Toby: 5

Last week, in a turn up for the books, subtlety beat silliness, with SK getting the 10 points. Even though it was about football, I actually got the joke, I think. Look at that though – the leader board is looking very close now and with just a couple of months left this year, the title could be anyone’s.

  1. Rullsenberg: 215
  2. Marie: 190
  3. SK: 175
  4. Toby: 145
  5. Electric Dragon: 95
  6. Lisa G: 55
  7. Jane Henry: 50
  8. theriverlady: 35
  9. Virpi: 25
  10. Hebbie: 20
  11. Joe B, Janice: 15
  12. whoficwriter, Jeri: 10
  13. kallan: 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.