BBC1 Christmas trailers

Trailers from BBC1 for its Christmas season have arrived on YouTube. Here’s the drama one, with lots and lots of clips from Doctor Who and the Jonathan Creek Christmas special, among other things.

And here’s the comedy one, featuring, among other things, clips from Gavin & Stacey, The Royle Family and that Blackadder documentary.


Review: Doctor Who – 4×13 – Journey’s End

Journey's End - Davros

The best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster: the drink’s effect is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick – or watching a Doctor Who season finale by Russell T Davies

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Stephen Fry recently gave a speech at the BBC about the importance of the licence fee (you can listen to him retell it for his latest podgram). In it, he recalls tuning in to watch the very first episode of Doctor Who. It was the most exciting thing he’d ever seen and the seven days until the next episode were almost unbearable.

Ring any bells?

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Review: Doctor Who – 4×11 – Turn Left

The 1970s. A lot of people get all nostalgic about them, forgetting the constant strikes, power cuts, massive inflation and white dog poo that came with the era.

One good reason to get nostalgic is the TV. Ignore fluffy stuff like The Good Life or jaw-dropping programmes like The Black and White Minstrels Show – the essence of 70s TV was bleak, miserable and pessimistic despair, whether it was in sci-fi like Doomwatch, The Survivors, Blake’s 7 or The Changes or dramas like Callan, The Sandbaggers, Special Branch or Law and Order. 

Fan-bloody-tastic TV, in other words. This is what we want. 

And praise the Lord, Rusty gave us misery in spades with tonight’s episode.

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