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Having shed the freak-show tenor of his early work, Louis Theroux has become a documentarian you trust implicitly - even when the film ends on an implausible high note.
Yes, that six-minute long shot at the end of True Detective
's fourth episode was amazing. But in episode five of Line of Duty, there was something just as groundbreaking.
"Tee-hee!" confirmed a source close to the network executives considering the remake. "Tee-hee, 'Line of Doody'! Ha ha ha, ha ha ha ha, 'doody'!"
No, me neither. Maybe they're doing a Duke Nukem movie and he got the lead role? (HT to Rob.)
Can't wait for the new series of Doctor Who? Try, er, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger.
The marked increase in comic touches in the New Year's Day episode pointed the way and tonight we got it: a flat-out Sherlock comedy. A wedding comedy, no less, with a bungling best man to boot. I enjoyed it a lot, but I couldn't help thinking it's hard to get away with this sort of thing when you're only doing three episodes every two years.
In a move clearly intended to convey its support for the movement for an independent Scotland, zap2it.com yesterday posted a provocative article that refused to acknowledge that a Scottish accent is British. In doing so it joined the ranks of Scottish nationalist advocates for the cause that include Sir Sean Connery and The Proclaimers. "We're glad to have them on board," said Craig Proclaimer.
Try to avoid publicly soiling yourself with anticipation, but the LittleBigPicture Top 20 TV shows of 2013 list is being prepared even as you read this. And spoiler alert: it struck me when I read down the list after finalising it this week that there's a whole lot of American TV in there, and not all that much from the UK. But maybe the BBC's recent cancellation of Ripper Street, a shame though it is, is a step in the right direction towards redressing that balance.
Sherlock and his scarf return to our screens on January 1st. And it's been a long time coming. Seriously, it was bloody ages ago when we all watched him lob himself off that building. Ahead of his return the BBC have teased and tantalised us with a whole host of pictures. But what do they mean?
There's nothing the BBC likes more than blowing its own trumpet. Well, apart from giving oversized pay-offs to departing directors and inexplicably commissioning new sitcoms starring Will Mellor obviously. But otherwise, there's little they like more than reminding us that they are, deservedly, a national treasure. That's why they've announced that next month, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, they'll be broadcasting nothing else whatsoever apart from tributes to the show, culminating with a 75-minute special episode on the show's anniversary, November 23rd.