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Top Shot Season Three Preview Plus iPhone Case Giveaway

8 August 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The third season of Top Shot is kicking off tomorrow, and I hope you're going to be tuning in. I have a rundown of the new contestants for you, and a special giveaway of a Top Shot branded iPhone case so you can show off your support of the show.

The contestants look like a good crop this season, even though this is a show that seems to have the opposite problem of most reality competition shows, at least from my perspective. As these series continue with further seasons, it seems to me that the contestants have continually increasing levels of competence, and that doesn't generally work for me. I don't really want to watch the cooking, design, or fashion show that is built around contestants who are already firmly entrenched in the field.

Top Shot doesn't really have any option though, even though there are contestants who are "amateurs, »

- Marc Eastman

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TV highlights 05/08/2011

4 August 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Superheroes of Suburbia | Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son | BBC Proms 2011: Human Planet Prom | America's Got Talent | Big Love | Alan Carr: Chatty Man | The Rob Brydon Show

Superheroes of Suburbia

7.35pm, Channel 4

It's doubtful that Lois Lane or Mary Jane ever waved off Superman or Spider-Man with the words "Bye, be safe, don't do anything I wouldn't do", as wife Julie does for her husband The Dark Spartan, aka 27-year-old Will from Torquay. Like the others in this fabulously quirky documentary, Will takes his costumed superhero duties entirely seriously – despite the fact that he has yet to stop any crime. There is darkness and melancholy here, rumbling quietly below the surface, but it never threatens to unbalance Christian Watt's funny, original and very English film. Superb. Ali Catterall

Someone's Daughter, Someone's Son

9pm, ITV1

Just because a documentary is hard-hitting (such as the fly-on-the wall Strangeways earlier this year »

- Ali Catterall, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Sian Rowe, Phelim O'Neill

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All bow to Cthulhu's best known prophet so far: The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus

7 May 2011 12:46 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Or not, actually! Cinema Vertige's Alexandre O. Philippe and Robert Muratore recently made the funny and insightful documentary "The People vs. George Lucas" and have now announced their next project. Well, more than announced actually, they even have a trailer for it. It's another documentary, and their subject this time is Paul, the German octopus in the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen who for years predicted the outcomes of soccer matches with a near-infallible success rate. Paul rose to fame during the European Championship of 2008 (even though he had the final wrong), but turned absolutely nuclear during the World Championship of 2010. Octopi don't get very old so he died last October, but in his last summer he »

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