Author Topic: Television tonight: what's worth watching?  (Read 143157 times)

citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #250 on: November 26, 2013, 02:55:25 pm »
Last night's Masterchef was hilarious. It was the "Invention Test" round, when they give the chefs a selection of ingredients and an hour to come up with a knockout dish. Among the ingredients last night were pork sausages, which inspired one of the contestants to do a dish of "Sausages Three Ways". Monica was not impressed. The last contestant to present his dish had made a superb-looking pannacotta that went down rather better with the judges.

I wonder if you can guess from this picture which chef did the Sausages Three Ways and which did the pannacotta...


Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #251 on: December 12, 2013, 06:38:42 pm »
BBC2 on Sunday night - The Happy Lands. It's a community-made film about a Fife mining community's experience of the General Strike.
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citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #252 on: December 19, 2013, 12:39:54 pm »
Caught up with Monday's Never Mind The Buzzcocks Xmas special last night, hosted by Johnny Vegas. Not normally a huge fan of the show and tbh I was only watching it because my son put it on. But I'm glad I saw it because it made me laugh until I hurt all over. Much of the humour stemmed from the fact that Johnny Vegas was clearly pissed - kind of tragic, really, bit of a car crash, but very, very funny. Worth catching up with on iPlayer.

TimC

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #253 on: December 19, 2013, 12:43:10 pm »
Caught up with Monday's Never Mind The Buzzcocks Xmas special last night, hosted by Johnny Vegas. Not normally a huge fan of the show and tbh I was only watching it because my son put it on. But I'm glad I saw it because it made me laugh until I hurt all over. Much of the humour stemmed from the fact that Johnny Vegas was clearly pissed - kind of tragic, really, bit of a car crash, but very, very funny. Worth catching up with on iPlayer.

Yes, I saw it too. Priceless!

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #254 on: December 20, 2013, 09:00:01 am »
At the other end of the scale, if you can handle it, watch John Pilger's Utopia on ITV's catch-up service. Hugely enlightening, but very depressing.
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mattc

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #255 on: December 20, 2013, 05:39:56 pm »
Watched this almost by accident:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03lz29w/The_Revolution_Will_Be_Televised_Series_2_Episode_6/

It seems I've missed rather a lot of these! I think I'd always assumed it was about the Gil Scott-Heron song  :facepalm:

Topical satire - but very influenced by Dom Joly in style. My favourite bit was the Israeli Embassy Expansion Team, who go around reclaiming local businesses.
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Eccentrica Gallumbits

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #256 on: December 20, 2013, 06:52:30 pm »
Just watching last night's Educating Yorkshire, and crying a bit at Musharraf.
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BrianI

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #257 on: January 16, 2014, 08:19:59 pm »
BBC1, Thursday Jan 16, 8pm -
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New series. Documentary revealing the survival techniques used by the animal kingdom's smallest creatures. North America's Sonoran Desert is home to the grasshopper mouse, which is capable of disarming scorpions and centipedes twice its size, and displays a power and athleticism that enables it to avoid the attentions of rattlesnakes and tarantulas. In Africa, the elephant shrew, known as the sengi, employs speed to keep its distance from predators, following a meticulously constructed - and maintained - network of tiny racetracks in the savannah. The film concludes with Hidden Kingdoms Revealed, a 10-minute report on how the documentary was made. Narrated by Stephen Fry

Interesting documentary so far. Shame about the over use of "Epic Hollywood Style Sountracks" to add "drama" :-/

ETA - blue screen special effects in a nature documentary?!?!? 

mattc

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #258 on: January 16, 2014, 08:56:40 pm »
Hostages - new US drama, possibly jumping on the Homeland bandwagon of Israeli source material. Ive forgotten what night it's on  :facepalm:

A promising/worrying combo on paper - stars Toni Collete, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer  :-\

On viewing Ep1, I think we were right to be worried. :( Has Colette been in anything else this bad?!?
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Rhys W

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #259 on: January 16, 2014, 08:57:07 pm »
Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe tonight is essential viewing. Essential for my sanity, that is.

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red marley

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #260 on: January 16, 2014, 10:23:36 pm »
Because Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas.

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #261 on: January 27, 2014, 09:14:59 pm »
Britain's Great War (with Paxman). Just started on BBC1. Looking v good thus far.
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Jaded

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #262 on: January 27, 2014, 10:40:29 pm »
The previews were pushing this, so I have recorded it. A meeting prevented me from seeing it live.
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citoyen

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Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #263 on: January 28, 2014, 08:15:58 am »
[edit: post about Girls moved to own thread cos I think it deserves it]

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #264 on: January 28, 2014, 04:08:10 pm »
Rococo - Waldemar Januszczak's exploration of Rococo art and architecture on BBC4 and iPlayer. The first episode was excellent, as good as his series on The Baroque.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #265 on: January 31, 2014, 09:17:33 pm »
Just watching Channel5. People who had everything, then binned it all to live in the wild. Wish I had the bottle to do it.
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #266 on: February 01, 2014, 10:30:06 am »
Because Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas.

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People say that Stewart Lee is funny, but he's never done anything as funny as that.                      And he never will.

Stewart Lee never has. Screenwipe is the funniest thing on at the moment.

I've been watching 'Uncle'. It won't stand the test of time, but it has its moments. Anybody spot a balding Nathan Barley in the last episode?


citoyen

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Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #267 on: February 01, 2014, 10:47:37 am »
Saw the first two eps of Uncle, not the third yet. Very funny, but yes, ephemeral. I do love Nick Helm though. I first became aware of him when he was warm-up man at a comedy gig I went to a few years ago. He took about 30 seconds to have the whole audience in stitches. His turns on Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown are great too - love his flirting with Susie Dent.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #268 on: February 01, 2014, 10:55:18 am »
I must admit I find his character a bitter clich├ęd. Bit like the fat guy in Shaun of the Dead.

I think its the other character s that make like the boy himself, or the cross-dressing proprietor of the gay club, and that wanker Bentley dealer at the party.

citoyen

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #269 on: February 01, 2014, 11:03:22 am »
Agreed, total cliche, but what makes it really funny for me is that he reminds me an awful lot of a good friend. It's uncanny.

Cross-dressing nightclub dad is brilliant.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #270 on: February 01, 2014, 11:10:28 am »
I think we've all had friends like that  ;D

The third episode has been the best yet. There are two points where you'll cringe ;)

Zipperhead

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #271 on: February 01, 2014, 12:33:48 pm »
Last night on BBC4 was "Sound City", which should almost have been subtitled "Sound City, and why the Neve mixing desk was so great"

Lots of interesting (and some great) musicians talking about how they came to record albums there and why it was so good, and Dave Grohl talking about why the Neve desk was so good.

Possibly it could have done with being split into two programs, one about Sound City and one about moving the desk to tthe 606 and the section that was afterwards (and I'm sure there was more stuff that could have been said/shown about the process of moving such an enormous piece of complicated analogue equipment)
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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #272 on: February 04, 2014, 08:01:40 pm »
Horizon = Solar Storms, on now.

Should fill up a nice chunk of the evening.

Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #273 on: February 05, 2014, 09:07:37 am »
Possibly it could have done with being split into two programs, one about Sound City and one about moving the desk to tthe 606 and the section that was afterwards (and I'm sure there was more stuff that could have been said/shown about the process of moving such an enormous piece of complicated analogue equipment)

A classic bit with the remaining members of Nirvana cutting a track with Paul McCartney. Paul suggests adding some harmonies as an overdub and that will make it better so they do. Dave comments that he wishes it was always this easy and Paul replies "it is".
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Kim

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Re: Television tonight, whats worth watching
« Reply #274 on: February 06, 2014, 01:08:54 am »
Last night on BBC4 was "Sound City", which should almost have been subtitled "Sound City, and why the Neve mixing desk was so great"

Thanks for that.  I know very little about music, but I once had the opportunity to meet a Neve with its guts hanging out (they're every bit as pretty on the inside), and am generally in awe of the "it's transformers all the way down" approach.
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