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More favourite characters

The top TV characters meme lives on! Stu_N has added his list to the mix; Marie’s crafted a much-admired ‘women only’ list; and there are other suggestions in the comments list of the original meme.

In addition to my original 20, we’ve now added

21) Stringer Bell from The Wire

22) Stewie Griffin of Family Guy (thanks Rosby!)

Stu_N has tempted me with David Callan, Will Scarlet and Steel, but I’m still not sure they’re great characters. I’m half-tempted to add Robert de Rainault – aka the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin of Sherwood – simply because he was:

a) clever, unlike every other version of the Sheriff of Nottingham so far (and I suspect to come)

b) able to kill Robin Hood. Yes, kill him, stone dead. Well, technically, “so filled with crossbow bolts then trampled by horses that we couldn’t stick his head on a pike outside Nottingham castle because no one would recognise him” dead.

But I’ve decided not to. Again, good but not great. Still Stu_N and Marie both had one name in common on their lists, which has prompted me to come up with a 23 and a 24 for my list.

Drum roll (humour me)…

At 23, we have Liz Shaw from Doctor Who; and at 24, we have, from The Avengers… Cathy Gale.

Who they? I’m glad you asked. Because in both 23 and 24’s cases we have a similar thing happening. We have two pioneering, feminist characters whom everyone’s forgotten, in favour of two not-quite-so feminist characters.

Let me alpha nerd you for a moment…

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More on ‘Little Britain US’ and a new series from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Broadcast (normally subscription only, but free for everyone while the Edinburgh Festival is running) has an interview with Simon Fuller about various things, including his bust up with Simon Cowell and the proposed ‘Little America‘ or ‘Little Britain US’ (or whatever it is they’re doing).

“We are on the brink of confirming something rather special,” he confirms. “Comedy of that quality always crosses the Atlantic. Think back to Monty Python. Who would have thought that would have been such a big hit in America?”

The Times has more info. Maybe. It might be reading too much into the Broadcast interview, though.

For those with an appreciation of classic comedy, there’s more good news from Fuller. He’s cajoled Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, who wrote The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, into creating a new series, too:

“It’s a music drama with a bit of comedy in it. It has the flavour of a very contemporary version of The Commitments for TV.”

Sounds a bit like one of their few flops, Over the Rainbow, doesn’t it? But only a bit. Let us wait and see.

Five US goes live in October

Five US, the channel made just for me, is to start broadcasting on October 15th, according to the Media Guardian. And so’s that other one they have planned, Five Life.

Five US will broadcast daily between 4pm and 1am. Vanished and Shark, which I’ve already previewed, will be two of the main attractions, as will Conviction from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. Nick Thorogood will be the controller of both digital channels.

You can read the Media Guardian article to find out more about Five Life, since I don’t care. Five US is my channel.

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ITV to remake Sapphire and Steel?

Sapphire on Action TVI’ve not seen this reported anywhere else, but ITV has approached Sapphire and Steel creator PJ Hammond about a possible remake of the series. According to Action TV (which just did a Sapphire and Steel issue, so I suspect this is how the news came out), “it is very early days and no decision has been made with a possible new series.” But ITV are at least thinking about it.

What do you reckon? Good news or bad “trampled all over my memories” news?

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ITV to remake Sapphire and Steel?

Sapphire on Action TVI’ve not seen this reported anywhere else, but ITV has approached Sapphire and Steel creator PJ Hammond about a possible remake of the series. According to Action TV (which just did a Sapphire and Steel issue, so I suspect this is how the news came out), “it is very early days and no decision has been made with a possible new series.” But ITV are at least thinking about it.

What do you reckon? Good news or bad “trampled all over my memories” news?