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January 13, 2004

Media Special

Martin Freeman (Tim in The Office) has been cast as Arthur Dent in the forthcoming Hitchhiker's movie. This may just be the most perfect piece of casting of all time. (via)

Those sensawunda moments are becoming commoner. Not in fiction, which rarely inspires like it used to, but in the world around me. Only a little while ago, we would have had to look to SF to discover a reality television programme in which twelve unemployed people compete to win the chance of a job interview. I was practically foaming at the mouth before I sat down to watch Career Boot Camp, so perhaps it was for the best that it's been pulled from the schedules for the while.

In a sort of all welfare to work, all the time evening, that (non-existent) programme is followed later this evening by the first part of Shameless, a comedy drama about an alcoholic single dad & multiple kids, that has garnered rave previews.

Two TV programmes I want to watch in one evening. Gosh. And this all in a day when the BBC is reeling from the news that only one of their digital channels regularly gets a large enough audience to count, and it's CBeebies. Eh-oh! I could have told them that. Apparently one BBC3 programme cost £136 per viewer per hour to make. Woo. See, your license fee is good value. For somebody else.

Posted by Alison at January 13, 2004 09:46 PM


I don't know what I'd do without CBeebies. Non-stop, developmentally sound, non-violent, non-commercial programming for young kids. The license fee is worth it for this channel alone, I reckon. Heck, I sometime even find myself watching it *without* the toddler around. Gotta love those Koala Brothers...

Posted by: Martin Sutherland at January 13, 2004 11:11 PM

Yup, nearest thing I've found to a stasis box for the little dears so far.

Posted by: Alison Scott at January 14, 2004 12:42 AM

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