K9 and Sarah Jane Smith back for another series. Again.

K9 and Company

It’s not often failed pilots get a reprieve 25 years on, but K9 and Company might have a second chance as a series according to The Sun. This isn’t new news – I’d heard whispers about it a couple of months ago – and it’s still not exactly confirmed, but given that one paper’s picked this up means it’s more likely than I’d previously thought. However, The Sun does say the target audience is children. But will kids be interested in Sarah Jane? Dads, yes, but kids…?

K9 and Company failed to make it as a series back in 1981 for a number of reasons, incidentally: as well as a transmitter going down just before it aired, killing a good portion of the potential ratings, it was spoilt by a rubbish theme tune and a title sequence that tried to make a convertible Mini Metro look exotic. The script was pretty good though. Roll on a new series, I say.


Maybe BBC1 is taking Doctor Who a little too seriously…

Nothing kills a popular show faster than over-hyping. In their mad rush to claw huge quantities of cash and ratings out of DT and co, it’s possible they’re starting to fall into this particular trap (assuming they haven’t already). Take a look at this concept for a new CBBC show: Totally Doctor Who.

Totally Doctor Who are recruiting cadets for a Companion Academy. Eight Cadets will be picked, but only the best will make it through the gruelling physical and mental challenges of the Academy. The prize? A day on the Doctor Who set.

Or if you think you’re the biggest Who brainbox around, take the Who-ru challenge. Stump the Totally Doctor Who studio guests with your Who knowledge and you’ll walk away with some serious prizes.

And Totally Doctor Who also want to hear how much you love Doctor Who. Have you built your own time machine or held a Doctor Who fancy dress party? Send in your photos, videos, stories, pictures, or anything else.

Plus, if you’ve got a burning question you want to put to Doctor Who cast or crew, send it in and the Totally team will do their best to get an answer.

It’s like a junior nerd recruitment drive. And what’s more likely to kill off Doctor Who in the public imagination again? If it becomes really nerdy and anal. Oh dear.Kelly Reilly, David Tennant 4


What does The Apprentice do for business exactly?

I don’t really watch The Apprentice. I’m not sure why, other than because I was scarred from watching Donald Trump’s version for more than 30 seconds. Or maybe it’s the vestigial Spectrum owner inside me, engaging in 80s tribal war against Alan Sugar and his Amstrad computer (Alan M Sugar Trading: see?). I did, however, see the closing moments of the last series, as well as the follow-on show in which everyone gassed on about how great it was to see a show about business on the Beeb.

So I watched this week’s episode (my wife loves it) to see exactly what it was that British business could expect to get from the general public as a result of The Apprentice.

I’ll tell you what. Visceral hatred, that’s what. Now obviously a reality show is going to pick people who are more interesting than you might normally find in an effort to get some sparks on screen. But did they really have to pick such a group of jargon-talking, self-fellating arrogant business types who don’t apparently have any real clue between them? It’s really amazing. It’s like a bunch of kids play-acting: they’ve seen TV shows about what business people should be like and they can put on a little tea party based on the shows, but they don’t actually understand what they’re doing. Or if you’re feeling biblical, like the parable of the house built on stone and the house built on sand: it doesn’t matter how good you go through the motions of business if your foundations are rubbish.

Classic moments from this week’s show:

  • that bloke who did the presentation and asked “to be forgiven if he gets emotional” because Great Ormond Street kids are close to his heart (Wow. BS detector on full. “Can I now believe a single word this guy says to me?” wonders potential buyer);
  • the constantly crying Jo (looks professional, doesn’t it? A few tears occasionally: fair enough. Every single hour? Don’t think so);
  • the mad conspiracy theories from apprentice two over why she got fired, despite being told why and having lost the task (“I just don’t understand. It’s that back-stabber Karen.” No. It’s because you were rubbish and thought that a calendar for Great Ormond Street should feature kittens instead of kids)

Still, it’s definitely better than the over-blown US version, although I do feel the US apprentices at least had a vague clue about how to do business. I just don’t see why any kid, watching the show, would end up thinking, “Yes! That’s what I want to do with my life!”


A for… effort?

BBC4 is four years old today. Or maybe it was four yesterday. So happy birthday or belated happy birthday to BBC4 then.

Anyway, I noticed a trailer on 4 for the new version of A for Andromeda yesterday and was impressed to see that they were good enough to get Susan Hampshire in. Hampshire played Andromeda in the follow-up to the original series – The Andromeda Breakthrough – when Julie Christie turned down the chance, and it’s nice to see 4 showing that kind of respect to the original work. Classy, really. Well done.

UPDATE: Bollocks. It wasn’t Susan Hampshire. It was Jane Asher. It’s more A for Artichoke Hearts and Angel Cakes then. Oh well.