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Gunge, pub quizzes and a baby: Edinburgh Fringe review

17 August 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jenny Morrill Alex Carter Aug 17, 2016

Get Your Own Back Live, Knightmare, Chloe from 24 and a bit of GroupOn? Jenny and Alex have been to the Fringe...

We've just spent a week at the Edinburgh Fringe, where we devoted equal amounts of time to eating, tutting and refusing leaflets. In between this, we managed to fit some shows in.

We're going to talk about some of these shows here, instead of telling you about the thousands of hipsters we encountered. Seriously, guy doing “street typing” on a typewriter – no thanks.

Get Your Own Back Live!

I'll cut to the chase here – being in the audience for Get Your Own Back Live was the most fun I've had since I was born. And I'm counting that time I found a bottle of mystery booze in a hedge.

The show is a pretty faithful (if cheaper and more self-aware) version of the original. »

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Bargain Hunt and the quest for useless knowledge

5 August 2016 1:41 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Carter Aug 17, 2016

The BBC has a packed line-up of daytime antique shows, but the original Bargain Hunt still provides the most edutainment...

It is an immutable law of the universe that everything everywhere will at some point be bought on Bargain Hunt. That important looking bit you keep in that tin of random things in case you find out what it’s for? In 2064 some antiques expert who hasn’t even been born yet will explain casually that it was used as a stand for rich Moldovan aristocrats' spare eyeballs, or a small portable gardening tool for calibrating parasols. It doesn’t matter if it was actually the plastic thing that keeps your router standing on end.

It’s these genuinely true histories of random objects bought from someone’s car boot that makes Bargain Hunt the most educational of daytime shows - it teaches you about things you »

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Does Star Trek: Nemesis deserve its reputation?

1 August 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Carter Aug 3, 2016

A Generation’s Final Journey nearly killed the franchise. But did it deserve to bomb?

The first Nemesis disc I owned inexplicably didn’t work properly in my first DVD player, and eventually stopped working entirely. When rewatching the film for this article, I found that the Blu-ray I have is bent for no reason at all and won’t work in any player. I tried downloading it off Sky, but it stopped downloading halfway through and refused to download any more until I deleted the whole thing and tried again after rebooting the box. I tried Netflix but weirdly Star Trek: Nemesis is part of a different rights package to the other Next Gen movies. Is this such an awesome film that digital media are still unable to cope with its majesty? Or is it so bad that it reaches out into the real world and breaks everything it touches? »

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Homes Under The Hammer: the most comforting show on TV

23 July 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Carter Aug 2, 2016

Homes Under The Hammer is a comforting constant in an ever-changing world. Here's why it's your TV best friend...

Homes Under The Hammer is the adult equivalent of Teletubbies: every episode is exactly the same, there is only the vaguest semblance of peril, and every episode has a weird house in it.

I bloody love Homes Under The Hammer. It’s the kind of low-engagement programming that suits any time and any mood. I like nosing around people’s houses. I like the idea I could be a filthy capitalist if I could just stop ranting about Star Trek and do some plastering. The identikit nature of every episode is ideally suited to its 10am weekday timeslot, being watched exclusively by the unemployed, the ill and everyone’s dad. As a freelance writer with both a cold and a dad I absolutely understand that feeling of having a head filled with mush, »

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Star Trek: Insurrection - revisiting Star Trek 9

20 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Carter Jul 27, 2016

From the highs of Star Trek: First Contact, why did Star Trek: Insurrection become the most forgotten Trek movie?

“Ok, ok, so First Contact was a major box office and critical success, but it would have been so much better had all those great space battles been replaced with Riker having a shave in the bath.”

Said someone, somewhere, presumably.

Star Trek: Insurrection was the great hope for the franchise. The lessons learned from past failures. No more interference from the studio. Just put the right people in the right place and let them do their thing. It worked for Khan, it worked for First Contact, so it should work for Insurrection. Right?


Star Trek: Insurrection stands in the unusual position of being a film that would have benefited enormously from executive meddling. If one voice had spoken up and said “this film has problems”, perhaps »

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Star Trek: Generations - looking back at Star Trek 7

29 June 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Carter Jul 12, 2016

The film where Jean-Luc Picard met James T Kirk: we take a look back at Star Trek: Generations...

This article contains spoilers for Star Trek: Generations

Entropy. That is the ultimate theme in Star Trek: Generations. As signified by the long tracking shots of a bottle of champagne, culminating with it smashing upon the bow of the new Enterprise. The mechanism by which all change happens. How order turns to chaos, and why all good things must come to an end.

It’s also the only word that can possibly integrate the two disparate halves of the film. The treatise on the afterlife and impermanence, versus Data discovering the meaning of laughter. But really, that’s clutching at straws (and that’s coming from the guy who defended Star Trek V). For all the good ideas and fascinating moments, Generations is the curate’s egg »

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Cuffs: No Second Season for BBC Police Drama a Shame Says Star

27 January 2016 3:58 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Cuffs star Eleanor Matsuura thinks it is a shame BBC One cancelled the police drama after one series (season). She and co-stars Amanda Abbington, Alex Carter, Jacob Ifan, and Pete Sullivan took to Twitter to express their sorrow over the cancellation, in mid-December.

More than a month later, Matsuura is still disappointed by the "premature" decision to cancel the Cuffs TV series, which also starred Ashely Walters and Broadchurch's Shaun Dooley.



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