2 items from 2014
The Fleming, Lucan and Hellboy star on his viewing pros and woes
The Newsroom. I love the pace. Jeff Daniels is brilliant as the anchor and Emily Mortimer's very good as well. I loved The West Wing; it's my favourite ever television show. I've always loved the writing of Aaron Sorkin. He cleverly intersperses big issues alongside personal relationships. That always interests me, the idea of looking at public issues and the private.
Earliest TV memory?
Super Gran. It was a children's teatime programme on in the 1980s, about a Scottish grandmother who has super powers. It had a very distinctive theme tune, originally by Billy Connolly. It was quite rocking, actually!
It's pretty old school… The World At War. They'd never make it now – they'd probably not get the money – but it just has such extraordinary documentary footage of that war and interviews with »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
Now that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? approaches its final episode to my surprise I find myself sad – even though I never enjoyed the show
On reading last week that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has ended its final run, I was amazed to find myself caring. To my surprise, it made me sad. I didn't know I gave a damn about that show – I certainly never particularly enjoyed it – but it turns out I'd been quietly assuming that it would continue and, unbeknownst to my conscious brain, deriving comfort from that assumption. Suddenly it was gone and I missed it, like an old pot plant that you only remember is there when it dies.
Mind you, I'm glad I didn't watch it more – on the dozen or so occasions I caught an episode, I mildly regretted the time spent. It wasn't very entertaining, just moreish – the televisual equivalent of Twiglets. »
- David Mitchell
2 items from 2014
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