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The 14 most exciting things to happen on TV in the 90s

Louisa Mellor Dec 7, 2017

UK kids wouldn’t have survived the 90s without The Crystal Maze, Knightmare, Gladiators and more…

Remember boredom? Boredom was to a nineties childhood what stress is to modern adulthood – a constant and inescapable presence, relieved only by television.

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The difference is, even television could be boring in the nineties. Grown-ups exclusively watched One Man And His Dog, The Budget and Ballykissangel, the sort of programmes that gave you Sunday-night-dread any day of the week. Try as you might to escape border collies, Kenneth Clarke and priests having harvest festival scrapes in picturesque Irish villages, it simply wasn’t possible. There were no streaming services to come to your rescue. Video rental was a birthdays-only treat. What else were you supposed to do? Read?

Every so often, a bright light would shine through, illuminating the murk of Ground Force and Oh,
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

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Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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Harry Hill is a brilliant, berserk genius. So why is he floundering?

On paper, his new show The Remote Controller is an awful idea – but Hill’s comic delights should never be underestimated. Fingers crossed he turns it into a hit

In 1996, You’ve Been Framed host Jeremy Beadle unveiled his big new project. Beadle’s Hotshots was a series in which he invited members of the public to submit sketches and short films they’d made at home. The show vanished without trace almost immediately, because nobody thought the idea of watching handmade footage from Joe Ordinaries at home would ever catch on. Then someone invented YouTube and proved everyone wrong.

Now, in 2017, You’ve Been Framed host Harry Hill has unveiled his big new project. The Remote Controller is an upcoming show where the British public are asked to pitch ideas for new television programmes to a panel of industry experts. It sounds like an unholy amalgamation of Dragons’ Den,
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Celebrating You’ve Been Framed!

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Home video clip show You’ve Been Framed is currently airing its 29th series. We celebrate its many joys…

In the desert days before Charlie bit anyone’s finger and that baby panda sneezed its way into our hearts, there was scant opportunity to see funny home videos. Video recording equipment was strictly a luxury item. Even if your town had a Rumbelows, it would set you back roughly the price of an Austin Allegro Estate to buy a camcorder only slightly larger than an Austin Allegro Estate.

Which meant that back then, the only way you could see a toddler accidentally tip their nan into a pond, or a drunken man fall foul of a hubristic attempt to ride his son’s BMX up an improvised garden ramp was to be there in person.

You’d hear tales of course. Oh the stories. Playground talk about
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These are the 7 TV shows you cannot miss this week

Digital Spy recommends the very best in television – these are the seven most exciting shows airing this week, from the debut of two hit Us shows to the return of Who Do You Think You Are?

Monday - The Last Man on Earth, Dave at 9pm

The UK premiere of the post-apocalyptic comedy starring Will Forte.

When most of humanity is wiped out by a deadly virus, Phil Miller searches across North America for other survivors. He eventually finds Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal) and realises that he's not as alone as he thought.

Tuesday - Aquarius, Sky Atlantic at 9pm

The crime drama set in 1960s California hits UK shores in a double-bill premiere.

When 16-year-old Emma Karn disappears from her Beverly Hills home, her mother calls in La homicide detective and old flame Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) to investigate. Sam is soon on the trail of elusive cult leader Charles Manson,
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Bottom box set review – a hilarious tale of two social outcasts

Unfairly labelled juvenile and tasteless, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson’s flatshare comedy was one of the last sitcoms to boast political insight with the power to make you laugh uncontrollably

Farts and frying pans. Those are two of the things people tend to think of when you mention Bottom, the flatshare sitcom created by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Taken off the air 20 years ago, the show garnered an unfair reputation for being pleb TV: even the titles featured Edmondson taking one in the knackers on a park bench. When Mayall died, a year ago this month, the BBC shamefully only repeated one episode, which doesn’t do Bottom the justice it deserves. In an era when British comedy was desperate to attract Us investment, Bottom pandered to no one. It was perhaps one of the last sitcoms to boast political insight, mass viewing figures – and the power to make you laugh uncontrollably,
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The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything

The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything
1999 seems so far away now. At the fag end of the millennium, it was the year that gave us Stanley Kubrick's posthumous final opus, Britney Spears's first album and Hugh Grant playing the iconic Time Lord in a Doctor Who Comic Relief special. That wretched song 'Blue' by Eiffel 65 was violating our ears. It also saw a micro-budget (reportedly $35k) film creep into UK cinemas on October 22 and change the horror genre forever. The debate rages on whether that was for better or worse.

The Blair Witch Project's financial rewards were huge, with the film grossing $10,931 for every $1 spent according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Yet its cultural impact was arguably more staggering. In an age when the Internet was in its mass-market infancy and mobile phones were a luxury bearing the game Snake, it was felt that the horror genre had nothing new
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Eurovision song contest 2014: the winners and the losers - as it happened

Could UK entrant Molly do better than last year's Bonnie Tyler? Were France's Twin Twin the new Jedward? Would commentator Graham Norton ever replace Terry Wogan in our hearts? Find out all this and more. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the Eurovision final, as it happened

11.32pm BST

And, as Conchita belts out her song for one last time, it's time for me to go and get some sleep. The Eurovision Song Contest of 2014 is over. It went on for so long that my internal bodyclock is now under impression that its actually 2017, but who cares? We made it! Deepest congratulations to Conchita, sore commiserations to everyone else and even sorer commiserations to your bottom which, if it's anything like my bottom, fell asleep at 9pm and is now covered in a layer of permanent bedsores.

As always, thank you so much for joining in with all your comments tonight. Truly, you are all troupers.
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Britain's Got Talent delayed by football: Funniest Twitter reactions

The opening episode of Britain's Got Talent was delayed this evening (April 12) by ITV's coverage of Fa Cup football.

The semi-final tie between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal went to extra time and penalties, resulting in Britain's Got Talent starting 45 minutes later than scheduled at 8pm. Arsenal emerged victorious.

The news was met with anger from some enthusiastic fans of Simon Cowell's talent show, while others hoped that the episode would be delayed indefinitely. However, most took the opportunity to joke about the situation.

Take a look at some of the best reactions to the delay below:

Shouldn't Wenger bring on Ant and Dec?

#Bgt #FACup

— Tim Lóvejøy (@timlovejoy) April 12, 2014

listening to @AleshaOfficial 'Breathe Slow' on repeat to calm myself after the Bgt delays. I can't wait much longer! *counts from 1 to 10*

— Jon Hornbuckle (@JonHornbuckle) April 12, 2014

These lads in blue and white must get 4 yesses #Bgt

Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April
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TV highlights 10/10/2013

  • The Guardian - TV News
Trust Me I'm A Doctor | Equestrianism: Horse Of The Year Show | Truckers | Peaky Blinders | Breathless | The Duchess, The Killer And Her Lover: Countdown To Murder | Tricked | The Big C: Hereafter

Trust Me I'm A Doctor

8pm, BBC2

This new series purports to reveal the facts behind widespread medical stories and to help resolve the confusing claims around what exactly is and isn't good for us. The tendency with such magazine programmes is to rely on gimmicks, but here the stunts are largely kept in check and the results are informative. If you're hoping to find out the best way to assess fatness, whether extra sleep is healthy and if we should all be taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes, look no further. Martin Skegg

Equestrianism: Horse Of The Year Show

8pm, Sky Sports 4

Coverage of day two of the 2013 celebration of all things equine from Birmingham's NEC, marking
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Off Their Rockers: older people and even older jokes

Hidden-camera shows are just silly, and Off Their Rockers is no exception, despite promising us a fresh perspective on ageing

First, let me preface this by saying what we're probably all thinking; hidden-camera shows are the worst. They're cheap. They're lazy. They're vaguely exploitative. They're the sort of thing that get shown on short-haul flights by airlines who clearly don't care about you. The form hasn't progressed a jot since the days when Jeremy Beadle would end each prank by pulling off a revolting false beard to reveal his revolting real beard. They are the worst.

There are exceptions to this, of course, but these tend to be so impossibly extreme that they barely even count as entertainment. The infamous Scare Tactics "Satan's Baby" stunt is still deeply disturbing, and I remember once watching a harrowing daytime Maltese show that decided to fake an actual drive-by shooting, complete with anguished screams and exploding blood squibs,
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Mad Men season six premiere: how red-carpet fashion ruins TV shows

Seeing stars of period TV drama in modern dress is an upsetting experience. I only want to see them as the characters I love

It was the Mad Men season six premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday and, as usual, the famously beautiful cast paraded out in their nice dresses and suits for the waiting cameras. And, as usual, a little piece of me died to see them in modern dress and looking like the 60s never happened.

Luckily, Jon Hamm is capable of looking like Don Draper the minute he puts on a jacket and tie. If you just looked at him on the red carpet, the bubble would have remained intact. You could believe he smelled of Lucky Strikes, bourbon and danger. But the rest of them – everything was just wrong. The men's facial hair was either modern stubble or missing And the women, who evidently had more
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Win! The Ultimate Bourne Collection Blu-Ray!

To celebrate Universal’s 100th anniversary, we are giving 2 people the chance to win their own copy of the thrilling Jason Bourne series with The Ultimate Bourne Collection Box set, available now.

Relive the action-packed adventures of Jason Bourne as he searches to uncover the truth about his identity and goes on a dramatic journey to discover one of cinema’s greatest conspiracy theories.

All three explosive films, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, are included in the trilogy box set released by Universal Pictures (UK).

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just answer the below question:

Which actor plays Aaron Crossin the upcoming The Bourne Legacy?

a. Jeremy Renner

b. Jeremy Piven

c. Jeremy Beadle

Simply send your answer using the form below, with the subject ‘Bourne’ and we’ll pick twowinners!

Competition closes midnight Sunday 12th August

The Ultimate Bourne
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TV highlights 27/03/2012

The Syndicate | Mad Men | I Just Want My Pants Back | Facejacker | Reggie Yates: Teen Gangs | Horizon: Global Weirding

The Syndicate

9pm, BBC1

Timothy Spall and Joanna Page star in Kay Mellor's new five-part drama about what happens when a group of Leeds supermarket workers win the lottery. Things are complicated when, the night before their big victory, the shop is burgled, leaving one member of staff fighting for life. Spall gives his best pathos-on-legs performance and Page shines as single mum Leanne, but the less wholesome characters are painted with broader brushstrokes. As a morality tale, it works, if a little heavy-handedly. Julia Raeside

Mad Men

9pm, Sky Atlantic

After 18 tortuous months Matt Weiner's debonair drama finally returns to our screens with a double episode, this time on Sky Atlantic a mere 48 hours after its Us debut. Information about the show's forthcoming season is scarce, but one would expect Vietnam,
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Room 101: do Frank Skinner and the new format work?

The comedy show is back on a new channel after a revamp – so what do you make of its new host and format?

When Paul Merton hosted his final episode of Room 101 in 2007, it's fair to say that it wasn't mourned. At first, people assumed that it would return the following year and, when it didn't, nobody really noticed. But then last month, without much in the way of hype or promotion, it sprang back to life on a new channel, BBC1, with a new format and a new presenter.

This time around Frank Skinner has taken over hosting duties and, rather than the single guest of old, three celebrities now compete to banish their least-loved items to Room 101. It certainly gives the show a different feel, but whether or not this revamp works is another matter entirely.

You can understand the reasoning behind this decision. In previous versions,
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After Apollo 18: five more found-footage horror stories we'd like to see

From The Blair Witch Project to Apollo 18, found-footage horror films provide sure-fire scares. But what other spooky footage might be out there waiting to be found?

There's nothing scarier than a found-footage film. Look at The Blair Witch Project, which spooked a generation raggedy even though it was essentially about a bunch of trees. Or Paranormal Activity, which is undoubtedly the most frightening film ever made about a woman standing up for a really long time. And now there's Apollo 18, out next week, which asks the question, "Why did Nasa abort the moon landings?" and answers it with: "Probably because the exact same plot as The Blair Witch Project happened or something."

In fact, the only thing scarier than a found-footage film is the thudding realisation that film-makers are going to ride this gimmick out until it snaps. There's no end in sight, which is why we should
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Tonight's TV highlights

  • The Guardian - TV News
Planning Outlaws | Ice Road Truckers | Fast and Loose | Legends: Thin LizzyBad Reputation | True Blood | Heroes Of Comedy

Planning Outlaws

7.30pm, Channel 4

Depending on your perspective, planners are either faceless jobsworths or guardians of Britain's green and pleasant land. However, what most will agree on after seeing Melody Howse's First Cut documentary is that you take them on at your peril. Jim, for instance, liked his straw bale-built educational centre so much that he decided to move in. The result? A four-year legal battle and, he claims, "the extraordinary position" of the council trying to evict him from "a house that they didn't believe I lived in". JWIce Road Truckers

8pm, Five

It is a perplexing irony of our time that "reality TV" has come to refer to television programmes utterly divorced from reality. In that context, the success of Ice Road Truckers, a chronicle of Alaskan truck drivers,
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10 Cinematic Gems From The Last 10 Years You Shouldn’t Have Missed – Part 2

  • HeyUGuys
In Part One of this most excellent of moviegoing adventures we dug deep into the dense celluloid strata of the past ten years in order to uncover a quintet of quirky gems from the years 2001 to 2005.

Thus far we’ve sung along to transsexuals, bravely fought in the battle of the sexes, had an audience with angels, travelled backwards through time and entered a young girl’s twisted dreamscape but, with half the journey still laid out before us, we have little time to tarry.

And so, without further ado, let us continue our journey with the remaining five films on the list …

I’M A Cyborg, But That’S Okay! (2006)

Already a huge fan of Korean director Park Chan Wook thanks to the awesome triple whammy of “Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance”, “Lady Vengeance” and, of course, the jaw-dropping brilliance of “Oldboy” I was altogether delighted to discover “I’m A Cyborg,
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From Beaulieu to Bestival, BBC4's Festivals Britannia documentary is a history of outdoor merriment

As the makers of Synth, Metal and Folk Britannia turn their cameras on the audience, the days of battling jazzers, hippy free-for-alls, or huge convoys of crusties may be over, but outdoor rock is booming

Last year, roughly one in 10 British adults attended a festival. The Performing Rights Society estimated that around 150 festivals generated some £450m for the British economy, with just 10 events accounting for half that total. Whether you fancied dressing up at Bestival, slam-dancing at Sonisphere or waving at a BBC camera at Glastonbury, there was something for everyone. The festival circuit is now a fully enshrined, middle-class version of the aristocratic Season, making this the perfect time for BBC4's Festivals Britannia film. "My suspicion is that it wouldn't have been made even 10 years ago," admits writer and director Sam Bridger. "And it's slightly different to the other films in the series [Pop, Synth, Folk and Metal Britannia] in that it's not about one genre of music.
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Harry & Paul on, er, Harry & Paul

How well do TV funnymen Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse know each other? There's only one way to find out: with a revival of gameshow classic Mr & Mrs

Harry On Paul

1. Paul had posters of which two football teams as a child?

"Spurs. Not Arsenal. He hates them. I've never visited his bedroom; I did when we shared a flat. I was a milkman in Finsbury Park in my university holidays. I'd leave at 5.30am and race to get back before he went to work. He would always be there ironing his Hawaiian shirts."

[½ Point – He Had Everton, Too]

2. What was Paul's punk band with Charlie Higson [later of the Higsons] called when they were at the University of East Anglia?

"The Right Hand Lovers. They were shit. Paul was a wastrel, really. He thought university was one big pharmaceutical playground so he dropped out and went to work for Hackney council."

[Correct]

3. Which comedians' house did Paul plaster?

"Stephen
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