Why no Teardrop for House?

What’s the theme tune to House? A simple question, you might think, but it has two answers. In the US and Canada, it’s Teardrop by Massive Attack (also available in the iTunes Music Store). Yet in the UK and Australia, to name but two overseas markets, the theme is an original piece, written by theme composers.

Why? I imagine licensing issues are the heart of the problem, but did Massive Attack refuse to license their music outside North America or did they simply ask for too much?

I’ll try to find out…

The Ace of Wine

Pandora at The Independent has revealed the delightful news that Lemmy from Motorhead wants to cameo in Last of the Summer Wine.

“For some reason, we got talking about TV, and Lemmy said that the only thing worth watching these days was Last of the Summer Wine,” I’m told. “He watches it every time he can, and has asked for a cameo as a chum of a character called Clegg.”

As cameos go, that’s up there with the entire series of Extras and Elisabeth Sladen in the next series of Doctor Who. I might actually watch BBC1 for once if Jim fixes it for Lemmy.

Touching Evil (US)

ITV3 has just started (as of 45 minutes ago) showing the US version of Touching Evil. If you can, watch it because it’s a remarkable thing: a remake of a UK show that’s better than original. The UK version, starring Robson Green, was awful, a collection of clichés and predictability that made you wonder what could have possessed the likes of Paul Abbot and Russell T Davies when they wrote it. It so badly wanted to be a US show, but could only imitate and badly at that.

The US version, which was exec-produced by Bruce Willis of all people, took those clichés and ran with them. The throwaway “characterisation” of having the hero, David Creegan, shot in the head – something that never seemed to affect him in any way in the UK version – was a vital point in the US version.

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