Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Television 2010

Instant self-combustion of New Year's resolution, that being to watch less television. It's got something to do with a lack of work in January/the hibernation-promoting weather.

I've seen some terrific programmes though. Where it's only possible to see Michael Portillo's piece on the closing of Guantanamo or the BBC Culture Show interview with John Lydon (ahead of a PiL reformation tour) for another six days via iPlayer, the excellent analysis of the previous decade The History of Now: The Story Of The Noughties voiced by Robert Webb has two further parts to go. I also enjoyed the BBC/Simon Callow's well-researched programme on Orson Welles (during an otherwise typically mixed Christmas).

Above all, the BBC is looking as if it has run away with every commendaiton in sight given that it is screening Nurse Jackie, an American import which seems to have found an improbable niche inbetween the swollen cadavers of ER, Green Wing, Grey's Anatomy and Scrubs. It stars Edie Falco, formerly of The Sopranos as well as a super harpie-doctor role for British actor Eve Best (as Dr Eleanor O'Hara, above). There's also Mad Men to come on BBC4, although I need to watch the prior season first.

To which embarrassment of riches Channel 4 and ITV can only play catch-up, offering SlebBB (not interested) and Popstar To Opera Star (interested in an uncomfortably car crash/professional outrage sort of way).

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