Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe hits BBC4 on Thursday

Set the PVR for either 10.30pm or 12.40am.

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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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Reality recipe for disaster

You ever watched any US reality shows, such as Survivor, Big Brother, Fear Factor and the like? Scary shows, filled with a combination of very earnest people who really want to win and very sociopathic people who really want to win.

That’s why I know this show, Unanimous, is doomed from the beginning. I can see how it could be “compelling viewing”: lock up nine strangers in a nuclear bunker then tell them they’re not coming out until they’ve unanimously decided who should win $1.5 million. I can even see how it might work, if it were entirely filled with English people going

“No, after you.”

“No, no. After you. I’m rubbish and you’re so much better than me.”

But psychotic, ultra-competitive reality show Americans? The winner is going to be the last person left standing after everyone else has died of old age. Do you really want to commit yourself to watching 50 years’ worth of programming?

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Eleventh Hour cancelled

Readers of my Eleventh Hour review can probably guess that I’m not too surprised by The Mirror’s news that the show’s been cancelled.

Despite some of the dodginess in the article’s information (Stewart didn’t come back to the UK just to appear in mainstream TV), I suspect that there’s an element of truth in both The Mirror’s reason (poor ratings) and Granada’s official reason (Patrick Stewart won’t be available for a second series).

I suspect also that the show’s complete pantness is the unstated third reason.

UPDATE: For those of you wanting to know about the US version of Eleventh Hour starring Rufus Sewell, I’m afraid it’s been cancelled, too, along with a whole load of other CBS shows.