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CCTV New Year’s Gala Liveblog

Every Chinese New Year Eve I end up sitting on the sofa watching the (fairly incomprehensible) CCTV New Year Gala while The Family play majiang and talk in their (completely incomprehensible) Hubei dialect. This year is we’ve been joined by the … Continue reading

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Mind Your Language – Series 1, Episode 2

The Programme It’s a truism amongst writers that the first episode of a sitcom or drama series will be the worst. So much time is spent on set-pieces introducing the characters that little time is left for a decent story … Continue reading

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Mind Your Language – Series 1, Episode 1

A passing mention in a David Mitchell column this weekend started me thinking about the 1970s British sitcom Mind Your Language. As it was cancelled before I was born and not that suitable for repeat showings I knew little about … Continue reading

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RIP Alan Plater

Alan Plater died last weekend. Not an incredibly well-known name, or a fashionable one, but one that had been somewhere near the top of my TV heroes list since I first saw The Beiderbecke Affair in the mid 1990s. Writing … Continue reading

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Bernard Manning

Yesterday the old, racist British comedian Bernard Manning died, leaving a media unsure what to say about him. Though he’d been off TV for nearly thirty years he still made a fortune touring working men’s clubs where his behind-the-times humour … Continue reading

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This last week was on-the-wagon time, so I spent a lot of time in the house watching German MTV. I’ve not lived in a house with MTV since 1999 and was surprised to find that it shows very little in … Continue reading

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Jus watched the Britney Spears thing. Jesus fucking christ. She’s a cackling, insane redneck hag. Still would though. Best TV this week, apart from Britpop night and Jonathan Meades.

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