Category Archives: Television


To celebrate the 46th anniversary of Star Trek, google have come up with yet another fantastic, interactive google doodle.  You can check it out below or just go google something…

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What’s My Line? was an American panel show which ran from 1950 – 1967.  Although there was a U.K. version, I’m only familiar with the show because of youtube.  Fans of the show have uploaded videos featuring the famous mystery guest round where everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Gypsy Rose Lee tried to disguise their identity from the panel.  I find these clips totally addictive and have spent hours trawling the internet to find stars of the silver screen throwing their voices and having ‘conferences’ with show host John Charles Daly.  The list of celebrity guests reads as a who’s who of Hollywood, but these are my personal favourite appearances…

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2012 sees the return of some of the greatest TV shows to be shown on either side of the pond.

It was announced this week that AMC’s Mad Men would return with a double episode directed by Jon Hamm on 25th March.  The poster campaign announcing the new series could have come straight from the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Price. Such is the strength of the Mad Men brand that neither the name of the show or the network feature in the design.

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The return of Forbrydelsen (The Killing) this Saturday also sees the return of one of season one’s surprise stars…Sarah Lund’s jumper.  Sofie Grabol, who plays Lund in the Danish crime series, has been interviewed numerous times on the subject of the jumper.

Grabol stated in an interview with The Guardian that: “We had a costume meeting and I saw that sweater and thought: ‘That’s it!’ The reason it’s so perfect is because it tells so many stories. It tells of a person who doesn’t use her sexuality – that’s a big point. Lund’s so sure of herself she doesn’t have to wear a suit. She’s at peace with herself.”

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The second series of the Danish TV crime drama Forbrydelsen (The Killing) returns to UK screens on 19th November.  It has taken two years for the second season of the show to make it to British television following the hugely successful airing of season one earlier this year.

The second series sees the return of Sarah Lund (played by Sofie Gråbøl) who returns to Copenhagen to help with the mysterious murder of a female lawyer.

Episodes one and two of the new series will be shown on Saturday 19th November on BBC Four.

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After seeing R’s post about A Year In New York I was reminded of a series of BBC adverts to promote local radio stations.  The ‘Be Part of It’ ads, first shown in 2009, used a montage of shots of famous landmarks specific to each region, encouraging people to ‘love where you live.’ My favourite, though I admit I’m biased, is the Newcastle upon Tyne ad. All the versions of the advert feel very nostalgic, thanks to the gorgeous version of Unchained Melody by The Fleetwoods.

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