Nancy Drew movie in the works

Everyone’s favourite girl detective is finally to hit the big screen. Warner Brothers is filming Nancy Drew right now and anticipates a 2007 release.

I have fond memories of the 70s’ Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries, starring Parker Stevenson, Shaun Cassidy and Pamela Sue Martin, but I suspect this movie is going to be somewhat towards the pants end of the spectrum. Still, we live in hope.


Spiked accuses Life on Mars of missing the point, while simultaneously missing the point

Spiked has posted another of its rubbish TV reviews. This time, in its usual “Argument Sketch” style (“This isn’t an argument. You’re just contradicting everything I say”), it accuses Life on Mars of missing the point of The Sweeney. I would do my normal rant but I thought I’d be disciplined and restrict myself to a few comments

  1. The writer assumes the creators of Life on Mars are as anal about The Sweeney as he is and are actually critiquing particular episodes. They aren’t.
  2. He assumes Life on Mars is intended to demonstrate how Neanderthal The Sweeney‘s characters were. It isn’t. It’s partly designed to demonstrate that certain aspects of policing (and life) have justifiably moved on. Mostly it’s just about having a laugh and enjoying car chases (seriously, its entire premise was based on a whiteboard with “70s cop. Ford Granada” written on it).
  3. He thinks that we’re not supposed to learn anything from the 70s characters, only look down at them. Clearly, he hasn’t been watching. One of the subtler themes, reiterated in every episode is that clinical future cop DI Sam Tyler is supposed to learn gut instinct and a proper understanding of people from his 70s counterparts, among other things.

I also take issue with this statement, written by someone with no understanding of televisual history:

Britain in the 1970s was a tense, edgy and often violent and volatile place. No other TV programme reverberated with this same crackling aggression (and, curiously for a cop show, class anger) as did The Sweeney.

Hmm. He clearly never watched Special Branch, Callan or The Professionals, if he thinks The Sweeney was an isolated incident.

Still, what was I expecting from Spiked? It’s not like they know anything there. Must stop reading it…


Batman to kick al-Qaida’s head in

Frank Miller is apparently working on a new graphic novel in which Batman chases after al-Qaida and kicks their collective butts. Marvellous. I’m not sure how tongue in cheek Miller is being, particularly given that Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again was such a blatant piece of anti-Bush propaganda. Could be entertaining kitsch, could be arse, particularly given how poor The Dark Knight Strikes Again was. It may even put a dent in the “Batman as serious, realistic hero” bubble that’s been forming in the last 15 years or so, as everyone realises that a man dressed as a bat is not the best option for fighting crime, terrorists, rent arrears, etc. I wait with great anticipation, though.


Life on Mars gets renewed for second season, Dick and Dom doesn’t

Today’s Broadcast is full of little nuggets of news. Kudos has been given the green light by the BBC to make a second season of Life on Mars. Meanwhile, Dick and Dom have been ushered out of da Bungalow. And surprise, surprise, ITV’s rubbish rebranding hasn’t done anything to stop a ratings slump.

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