Friday, July 23, 2010

Channeling the Force

It could have all been so different.

I remember when Channel 5 started. Long before it went all Five up in our faces. There was an amusing one-off Hospital thing with Celia Imrie in funny nurse hats... and the endless showreel loop before the launch...

You can tell what era it was by the clip above.

But anyway. Reading this is interesting. What's that? IBA recommends a channel situated somewhere beyond Birmingham?* And only now are the Beeb doing the decent thing and upping sticks (in part) to different parts of the country.

Don't get me wrong, I live in the centre of the Universe (or London as we let it be called elsewhere), but contrary to all popular thinking, other stuff happens elsewhere. The London experience is not everyone's experience. Why did EVERYTHING have to end up here?

Roll on the BBC Provinces channel.

* Surely no.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A different kind of Chap.

"Well to be honest, after years of smoking and drinking, you do sometimes look at yourself and think, you know, just sometimes between that first cigarette with coffee in the morning to that 400th glass of corner shop piss at 3AM, you do sometimes look at yourself and think...this is fantastic."
Bernard Black

...I never said they had to be real. And grumpy people are funny. And funny is cool.