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TV: Mad Dogs
Glenister, Simm, Warren and Beesley return next month for another run of the black comedy about a laddish holiday gone awry. Sky subscribers wanting to catch up on series one and two can do so over on Sky Go.
Profile of the impossibly dry Irish comic, best known for his trenchant attacks on the Catholic church. Allen ploughed a lone – and lonely – furrow on the stand-up circuit, largely resistant to the comic trends of his day, but was nevertheless hugely influential, not least on the alternative comedy scene of the 1980s. Family, friends and peers as diverse as Stephen Frears and Maggie Smith discuss his work, legacy and the story behind his missing finger, which »
- Gwilym Mumford
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
Claire O’Connor writes for Forbes about a research paper connecting episode-marathons with obesity...
"Harvard Medical School instructor Dr. Rumi Chunara published a study showing that areas with a high proportion of Facebookers with “sedentary-related interests” based around the television — say, box-set DVDs or episode marathons — generally have higher obesity rates. Conversely, neighborhoods with a greater percentage of the population showing “activity-related interests” through their Facebook ‘likes’ tend to be areas with fewer obese residents."
Read the full article here.
It may seem like this is going off on a tangent, but bear with me. In the last two weeks, the BBC have screened a 4-part series titled The United States of Television: America in Primetime. In the first week, Alan Yentob analysed the role of masculinity within primetime TV (from Father Knows Best, through All in the Family and The Cosby Show »
- Flickering Myth
Who is the definitive American TV dad? What are his hopes and fears? How does he deal with change? Where did he get that hat? Are those Findus Crispy Pancakes? Why is he shouting at us to get off his porch? Ooh, is that a gun? These and other vexed questions are addressed in the first episode of America In Primetime (Saturday, 10.15pm, BBC2), a wholly engrossing four-part stare through the net curtains of Us TV. It's a weighty 2011 PBS series gently Britished-up by the BBC, with tonight's opener taking a thorough squint at the history of that most familiar and conflicted of fictional small-screen idols: the primetime patriarch. An introductory "representative domestic incidents" montage invites us to feel the width of the bugger's Mo. Dick Van Dyke »
- Sarah Dempster
3 items from 2013