27 Jan 2010
Is this really that exciting?
"A beer and some convo"
Is this really that exciting?
The Grauniad have just put up a wotsit about their critics’ favourite drama shows ever.
Not sure I agree with certain aspects but that’s the nature of lists.
I should point out that I haven’t seen a lot of them including many that are considered “vital” by those who know about such. Eg The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men (I tried but hated it), 24, West Wing, Hill Street Blues, and more.
But there are some very strange oddities in there.
Let’s start at the bottom.
Number 50 – Grange Hill? An unusual start but it seems to make sense if you think about it. Gripper and Tucker are characters that many of my age fondly remember.
Number 48 – Eastenders. Hmm well close to Grange Hill as loads of the actors from one ended up in the other. No idea what Stenders is like as I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more than the occasional badly timed channel surf glimpse of it.
Up to no 40 for The Twiglet Zone. Now we’re talking. I assume they mean the original series complete with Shatner wigging out on a plane and the freakiest one ever where the man woke up and all the nouns had changed. Top stuff – well done Rod Serling.
Number 38 – Brookside? How bizarre. Perhaps the Graun’s critics like the odd bit of Anna Friel lezzing up.
Number 34 – The Prisoner. It isn’t number 34 it’s a free series. Proper good stuff this. No editorial needed.
Ah but then they go and ruin it with number 31 – This Life. Really? Wannabe lawyers shagging? Really? Very poor.
Half way up the list now with Battlestar Galactica at 25. I really REALLY hope they mean the 80′s original (starring Face from off from The A Team and Lorne Greene – other brands of garden fertilizer are available) rather than the remake.
To 22 with Buffy tVS. Top stuff and I have to admit I was cynical before being more or less forced to watch it. Annoyed by sniffy types who don’t get the subtleties of this show and refuse to see the humour. Beyond that there are certain episodes that rank as some of the best telly ever. Hush won awards – and not many shows would have something approaching 40 minutes of no dialogue (partic in a series noted for its dialogue). Personal fave episode is called “Passion”, doesn’t seem to get mentioned a lot but it’s the nearest a telly show has come to a good horror fillum (except maybe Ghostwatch). And I reckon “Once More With Feeling” (the musical episode) was inspired and it worked. Yes that’s me, endorsing a musical. “The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together…”etc.
Twin Peaks at 12. Another good idea but too many episodes not directed by Lynch and killed off by dim mercans when they found out who killed LP (no not that one), as if that was ever the point of the show.
And that’s it for dramas. Haven’t seen any from any higher up the list than that.
But there’s more weirdness. At number 16 there’s “How Do You Want Me?” starring Dylan Moran and Charlotte Coleman. Excellent dark comedy series. I started watching this again on DVD and it’s awfully uncomfortable at times. Not quite sure it counts as drama tho.
And at number 5 the very little known “A Very Peculiar Practice” starring Doctor Who and that bloke from “Waiting for God” (sadly missed). I adored this show and they only ever released series 1 on DVD. Annoying as I wanted to see the episode from series 2 where the band Loop (I think) played hellish noisy noise stuff pretty much throughout [edit: Just remembered it wasn't "Loop", it was a band called "Slab!"]. Bring it out BBC!
And that leads us to what isn’t in the list.
For a start House isn’t in there. I can sort of understand this as every episode of House is effectively the same as every other. But the writing’s good and Hugh is bloody brilliant in it.
And if you’re going to have “A Very Peculiar Practice” in there then where are the 3 Beiderbecke series? (Starring James Bolam, the lovely Barbara Flynn – also in AVPP and lots of ace trad jazz) A major omission in my book.
Ah well as I said, lists do this I suppose.
D sent me a text today from out of the blue. It made me awfy happy indeed.
It seems that one of the bands that I grew up with is re-forming.
Not any old band no but probably the band that influenced my tastes more than any other (thanks to my brother).
Made my day!
I’d assume most people who read this would already know this but I thought I’d make it known again.
I’m on the NHS Organ Donor registry and should the occasion occur that my organs can be used for someone else’s benefit (AND when I can’t benefit from them) then I would be most annoyed if they were simply thrown away. Seems such a waste. Get ‘em used!
If you’ve always thought about joining the donor register then you can do it online here.
I recommend it to all and sundry (except those with manky organs obviously).
Head teacher to bullied child’s parent: “Well I’m afraid your son deserved it. He’s ginger you see.”
Grr. The idiocy of it.
PowerDVD Ultra from the manufacturer via download = £77 with their special discount for new year.
PowerDVD Ultra from Amazon on CD ROM including postage = £48.
Thought I’d try to be green by buying it as a download but stuff that. Amazon wins.