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Did the comet Ison have the cosmos’s most useless satnav? After 3 million years of travel, its command was: ‘In 1 million miles take the second exit and head for the big, hot yellow thing.’
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It’s a bit like the giant spot on an adolescent’s nose that springs up right on cue as the first date approaches: really hard to miss. But just in case you didn’t spot the BBC’s subtle marketing, Doctor Who was 50 on 23 November (though the Doctor himself is rather older, which just shows what regeneration can do for you).
Put away the pasta and retrieve the Danish meatballs.
But The Big Expansion Theory just sounded like elasticated slacks, which is not a great brand image. E4 won’t care, though, as its acquired sitcom continues to expand.
“Take your BBC1 shilling and be gone Buns!’ BBC2, wounded but proud, points dramatically to the exit. Then with barely a beat, but arms akimbo, it welcomes a quiz with hieroglyphics. BBC4 turns around, looks at the drawing board and says huffily: “Well?”
Some girls, said the Rolling Stones, give money, clothes and heart attacks.
“It’s a mystery,” Toyah Wilcox once squeaked, leaping about the stage. Some years on from that postpunk anthem, she remains correct in her observation; except it’s a murder mystery, and they love it.
BBC4’s championing of the subtitled drama has been famously led by the dourly compelling ‘Scandi Noir’.
I sometimes think most of my teachers were like Jack Whitehall in BBC3’s Bad Education.
The Edinburgh Festival ended this week, with BBC3 celebrating the up and coming, while a juice and two Xtras returned to ITV2.
Any bride would surely be elated with a half-time ceremony at Stoke City FC in front of 28,000 strangers.
There are an awful lot of kings and queens about at the moment and BBC4 joined in with its tales of the royal boudoir and the equally rambunctious goings-on of the Anglo Saxons and their falsely accused cake burner King Alfred.
“A workmanlike account of the role subs played in the Cold War.” Read on for the verdict on last night’sTV.