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Eccleston really quite drunk at Fortitude premiere

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:45 on 20 Jan 2015
Eccleston really quite drunk at Fortitude premiere
I went to the Fortitude premiere and they gave me a free bagel and the fake snow got stuck to my shoes and Christopher Eccleston had evidently really tied one on by the time they got round to the Q&A.

Lewis beard provokes licence fee boycott

Posted by Ed Williamson at 21:30 on 16 Jan 2015
Lewis beard provokes licence fee boycott
The BBC came under fire this afternoon as furious licence fee-payers saw the beard Damian Lewis is to wear as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and said as one: "Not in my name."

"As gingers go, he's probably the best of the lot," admitted viewer Thackeray Fatch. "I liked that thing where he played the man in the war who was good at the war and Dexter Fletcher shouted a bit.

"But adding a beard is aggressively ginger if anything. It's typical of the BBC, pushing their liberal agenda and shoving minorities in our face. This is like how Idris Elba is playing James Bond, or how they've made the Pet Shop Boys Chinese.

"Next thing you know there'll be a Greek reading the news."

Other things in Broadchurch that people managed to complain about

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:00 on 07 Jan 2015
Other things in Broadchurch that people managed to complain about
Despite Broadchurch being the only good thing on ITV since John Terry fell on his arse taking a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final, some people still had to complain. There was too much mumbling, apparently, and some viewers had to "put the words on". I scoured the internet for more complaints and it turns out this is just the tip of the moanberg.

The Apprentice: season 10, episode 12 recap: "The End is Nigh"

Posted by Becky Mather at 19:00 on 03 Jan 2015
The Apprentice: season 10, episode 12 recap: "The End is Nigh"
I know two weeks is a long time to wait for a recap, but it's taken this long for the police to cut through the chains tying me to the railings outside Lord Sugar's house, where I turned up on Sunday 21st in protest. Let's just say some things were yelled, some slogans were daubed in biohazardous material, but in the end no one got hurt. By now you should all know who won, and I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. Nevertheless, let's recap the night as it happened and see if anything I say will stand up in court.

Top 10 TV shows of 2014

Top 10 TV shows of 2014
What's that? No, there never used to be 20 shows in our end-of-year lists. You're imagining things. OK, maybe that's partially true. Fine, it's entirely true. But trust me, this is a bold new way of doing the traditional yearly round-up, and in no sense a way for me to spend more time eating cake and less time writing over Christmas.

New year's resolution, world: ignore Katie Hopkins and she'll go away

Posted by Ed Williamson at 10:00 on 31 Dec 2014
New year's resolution, world: ignore Katie Hopkins and she'll go away
Katie Hopkins doesn't mean any of the "controversial" things she says; she's just figured out that's how you get publicity and a career. The newspapers and websites that publish them and pretend to be angry about it know she doesn't mean them; it's just an easy headline that they know will get hate-clicks. It's a disingenuous fa├žade on both sides. And you know she doesn't mean them, and you're not that angry about them anyway. Between her, the publisher and the reader, there is not one sincerely held opinion or emotion, or one deed committed in earnest, in the entire transaction. It is a waste of the time of everyone involved.

So don't engage in it. Don't expend energy tweeting about her, much less at her. Don't read Huffington Post blogs that affect to be outraged by what she said. To all intents and purposes, she is an actor playing a character. You might as well be furious at Yosemite Sam because he threatened Bugs Bunny with a gun.

If we're going to see out our days on this planet arguing on the internet, we might as well argue with people whose opinions are sincerely held. Like Russell Brand: his political ideas are pretty scattershot, but at least he means them. Or you could protest Paul Dacre, if you're after someone who genuinely holds the same opinions Katie Hopkins pretends to - and profits from them far more - by never clicking a MailOnline link again.

Make the world a slightly better place in 2015 and turn your back. Because if you don't look at her, she doesn't exist.

The Apprentice: season 10, episode 11 recap: "Taking it to the Next Corporate Level"

Posted by Becky Mather at 18:00 on 21 Dec 2014
The Apprentice: season 10, episode 11 recap: "Taking it to the Next Corporate Level"
I have heard that the Google recruitment process is made up of eight different interviews, in one of which the candidate is lead into an empty room and someone leaps out from behind a curtain, to gauge how they deal with stress. Faced with this, I think I would strike out and kill the person from behind the curtain with a blow to the oesophagus, and then presumably Google would immediately make me CEO, or something.

Yup, it's that part of The Apprentice when people nervously rethink their LinkedIn profile and wonder whether their employer is ever going to double-check that 100m swimming badge that they never actually got. It's interview week!

Review: The Missing: season one

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:50 on 17 Dec 2014
The Missing: season one
You could look at The Missing two ways, I suppose. Either it was ultimately about what happened to the kid or about what his disappearance did to his parents. The latter was more interesting to me but the finale tried a bit too hard to satisfy on both counts, letting them cancel each other out in the end. (Spoilers.)

The Apprentice: season 10, episode 10 recap: "A Trifling Matter"

Posted by Becky Mather at 18:45 on 14 Dec 2014
The Apprentice: season 10, episode 10 recap: "A Trifling Matter"
So far we've said goodbye to Dapper Laughs, The Sad-Eyed Woman, Fabulous Stephen, Lauren The Bratz Doll, Pamela (nope, me neither), The Sockless Wanker and finally, last week Fat Daddy Felipe got the chop and it was like seeing a pug being put to sleep.

Still left in the competition we have Sanjay whose name baffles me, Sarah Millican's younger sister, Rocket Surgeon Mark, Danyewl (how?), Solomon Blue Suit, Bianca and her million different shades of pink lipstick, and Roisin who I always forget is around. There are still more people left in The Apprentice than have auditioned for The X Factor over the past 10 years. Is our licence fee paying for all those taxis that ferry them around?

Good job everyone tweeted #BroadchurchReturns

Posted by Ed Williamson at 13:52 on 12 Dec 2014


Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who tweeted with the hashtag #BroadchurchReturns yesterday to unlock this new trailer for season two. If you hadn't, ITV probably wouldn't have bothered releasing it.
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+Girls (Sky Atlantic)
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+Broadchurch (ITV1)
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+Celebrity Big Brother (C5)
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+Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
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+Wolf Hall (BBC2)
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