4 items from 2014
If youre not watching this modern-day retelling of the legend of Sleepy Hollow, then now is the time to start particularly if you love Buffy, The X-Files or Fringe
Warning: contains spoilers for season one
Theres a famous segment in Eddie Izzards Dress to Kill in which hes imagining the panoply of stage names that Gerry Dorseys management must have rejected before eventually settling on Engelbert Humperdinck. Zingelbert Bembledack! Yingybert Damblebaan! Zangelbert Bingledack! Winglebert Humptyback! Slut Bunwala! Sleepy Hollow, FOXs surprise hit of last year, is almost certainly the result of similarly desperate, caffeine-fuelled pitch meetings: What about ... Peter Pan, in space, with dragons instead of Lost Boys? Sleeping Beauty, only shes an Mma champion, and the Prince is a cyborg played by Mario Lopez! Fear and Loathing in the Jungle Book! Sleepy Hollow, set in the present and the Headless Horseman has machine guns and is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! »
- Luke Holland
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
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. »
- Stuart Heritage
The Big Allotment Challenge: BBC Two, 8pm
Fern Britton hosts a new show where nine pairs of gardeners compete to produce the best fruit and vegetables from their allotment. Filming took place over several months, so throughout the six-part series, the cameras will flit back and forth to show the contestants' progress. While they play the long game with their gardening, the competitors are also tasked with more immediate tasks, such as flower arrangement and production of jams and jellies.
Gardening experts are on hand to judge the hopefuls: Royal Horticultural Society judge Jim Buttress, floral designer Jonathan Moseley and food writer Thane Prince will give their verdicts on the efforts and decide which of the teams will have to leave the competition.
Since the dawn of entertainment itself, those who aspire to rise above the rest and have their name go down in history have strived to do anything and everything possible to make sure that us mere mortals remember them. For some, that is as simple as just being really talented, as in, they’re actually good at what they do immediately and don’t need any extra help in achieving fame. But for others, the name can either be just the start, or even the key to their success lasting the years.
Take that not in any way plastic-surgery-ravaged gentleman in the picture above. That esteemed fellow is Englebert Humperdinck, a crooner who is, if we’re being honest, only remembered in terms of musical contribution for “Release Me” in the sixties. But what a name he has, and I guarantee to you that most who hear his name never forget it, »
- Stephen Kennedy
4 items from 2014
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