Happy 15th birthday to The Medium is Not Enough!

A birthday cake

Crikey, as I always say, shortly after posting an image that was considered high resolution in 2005 – how did that happen?

Time has flown again. The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world on 21 June 2005, which is now a stupefying one and a half decades ago – 15 whole Earth years – primed to make sarcastic comments about UK and foreign TV, mainly from the US, mainly in languages I can speak, with reviews of Prison Break, Supernatural, and Global Frequency.

Jesus. I might actually have been moderately young then. Although the fact I consider that young probably suggests I’m quite old now.

This year in review

This year has been odd, I think it’s fair to say. This isn’t TMINE’s fault. There’s just been this worldwide pandemic. That means that TMINE’s 15th anniversary hasn’t been as glorious as I’d have liked.

It’s fair to say that for the average person, furloughed at home and with nowt to do but watch Netflix and the newly launched Disney+, this time has brought a boom in TV viewing. But for those of us still working but without an hour-long commute in the morning, an hour-long solo lunchbreak and an hour-long commute in the evening – as well as less ironing to do – it’s severely affected our ability to watch TV.

COVID-19 has also affected people’s ability to make TV. That’s meant there’s been less and less TV for TMINE review, with even less in the near future.

Oddly, though, it seems largely to have affected those currently making TV; those who used to make TV but have stopped have ended up making TV again. We’ve had all manner of charity read-throughs from long-dead shows such as Chuck, Community and even The Nanny, as well as new episodes of old shows including 30 Rock (coming soon, folks) and Parks and Recreation.

Still, necessity has been the mother of invention, and many organisations have started the move to online working and events, with the BFI, RTS and BAFTA all shifting to webinars. And TMINE has launched both a new Viral Video category as well as a replacement movie review service – Covideodrome – to cater for the fact the cinemas are all shut, too.

Hopefully, you all still find it useful and entertaining, both new and old features alike.

All the same despite these adjustments, I don’t know about you but I can’t wait until everything’s back to normal.

Thank you!

As always, a great big thank you to all the hardcore regular TMINE commenters: Mark Carroll, JustStark, Adam Bowie and Craig Grannell. Bless your hearts for sticking with me all this time! Thank yous as well to the commenters on the TMINE Facebook page.

But thank yous as well to anyone who’s left even one comment this year, either here or on Facebook – it’s been great to hear from you!

Same time next year everyone? I say that every year, don’t I? Anyway, there’ll be cake, albeit the same photo of a cake as last year, so bring your friends.


Lockdown Land: Must Watch TV Box Sets (aka ‘TMINE’s gone and done a podcast’)

Jon Tromans of the rather fun podcast Lockdown Land invited me onto his show this week so that I could give him and his listeners some recommendations for streaming service boxsets to watch while we’re all stuck in quarantine.

The categories he gave me were:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Fantasy Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Thriller
  • Scary/Horror
  • Pandemic

Can you guess what shows I opted for? You can find out by going to the podcast’s web page (although there are some surprises that aren’t listed there) or by listening below.

Just a word of warning: my usual inability to remember names struck twice. I actually meant Donald Glover, not Danny Glover, and Homeland not Homecoming. My brain, hey? I think Jon was kind enough to edit out the rest of my mistakes, though…

Getting Started With Yoga At Home Lockdown Land

Are you thinking about starting Yoga? Have you tried it and failed miserably? Help is at hand from Yoga teacher, leadership coach & author Jenny Fenig about having a go at Yoga at home for the first time. Jenny gives us heaps of help and advice on how to start, what to wear and how we can start exploring the exercise and meditation aspects of Yoga. Jenny also has a free template available to help you reclaim your time so we don’t get too stressed with everything up in the air and changing at the moment. If you enjoyed this episode I’d love it if you could share it on social media, it really helps support the podcast. If you really enjoyed this episode you can ‘Buy Me A Coffee’. Making a small one off payment helps to keep the podcasts & the coffee flowing!
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  2. Writing A Book During Lockdown
  3. Must Watch TV Box Sets
  4. 5 Classic Albums You Must Listen To
  5. Getting Started With Dungeons & Dragons
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On TMINE this week…

Catch up is now officially over! Following today’s round-up of all of January’s new shows so far – beyond Party of Five (US: Freeform), which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow or Wednesday – the decks are clear and we’re ready to look forward to whatever new shows come our way.

What to look forward to this week

Bonus material

Medical Police (Netflix) and AJ and the Queen (Netflix) might get a gander from me at some point, but I’m not sure. HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider has already started, so I’ll definitely be giving that a watch. 68 Whiskey, Paramount (US)’s adaptation of Israeli show Charlie Golf One, starts on Wednesday so I’ll catch that, too.

Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit (2019)

The regulars

I will, of course, also be serving you up the usual treats this week, including the Daily News on weekdays, some TV events from the BBC, BAFTA and/or RTS tomorrow, and the latest acquisitions and premiere dates on Friday.

What Have You Been Watching? will be watching the remaining regulars, which are basically now just Evil and Stumptown, as well as Messiah.

And on Thursday, Orange Thursday will be talking about Jojo Rabbit (2019) and Yesterday (2019).

Tune in for the fun!