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  1. An article I’ve written over at fansite Ganymede & Titan, where I count down to Top 10 and Bottom 5 special effects in Red Dwarf.

    Tags: red dwarf special effects comedy sitcom

  2. bohaynowell:

The revolutionary broadcaster David Frost died a year ago today. This is a feature about one of his most important productions, The Frost Programme, dating from 1967, when the show was as its peak. It’s a fascinating look into the production process and the effect of the charismatic Frost on his colleagues and his audience. Fun fact: the Rediffusion studios (in Wembley, London) in which The Frost Programme was recorded are now known as The Fountain Studios, where several well-known shows currently on UK TV are made, such as ITV’s The Cube.

An absolutely extraordinary, hugely valuable find. Anyone with the slightest interest in this era of television needs to read this.

    bohaynowell:

    The revolutionary broadcaster David Frost died a year ago today. This is a feature about one of his most important productions, The Frost Programme, dating from 1967, when the show was as its peak. It’s a fascinating look into the production process and the effect of the charismatic Frost on his colleagues and his audience. Fun fact: the Rediffusion studios (in Wembley, London) in which The Frost Programme was recorded are now known as The Fountain Studios, where several well-known shows currently on UK TV are made, such as ITV’s The Cube.

    An absolutely extraordinary, hugely valuable find. Anyone with the slightest interest in this era of television needs to read this.

    Tags: david frost the frost programme itv 1960s rediffusion

  3. Red Dwarf model shoot for Ace Rimmer’s ship, “Dimension Jump”
Taken from the raw model footage on the Series IV DVD. Just don’t mention the spelling mistake on the slate. Shhhhhhh.

    Red Dwarf model shoot for Ace Rimmer’s ship, “Dimension Jump”

    Taken from the raw model footage on the Series IV DVD. Just don’t mention the spelling mistake on the slate. Shhhhhhh.

    Tags: red dwarf comedy sitcom special effects dimension jump ace rimmer

  4. As I have said many times before, one of my favourite things about radio jingles is hearing all the different versions of the same jingle over the years - same track, different lyrics, different radio station.

    Here are some beautiful jingles for internet station Skylab Radio - along with other versions of the same jingles, sung for stations such as BBC Radio 2, KVIL, CIDC, and many more. I could listen to stuff like this all day.

    Oh, wait a minute, I do.

    Tags: radio jingles

  5. » New York Times: View of #Ferguson Thrust Michael Brown Shooting to National Attention

    You know how I like to take one tiny part of something, ignore the wider whole, and generally just be an annoying little shit? Well, I’m about to do that again. Fair warning.

    But one little phrase stuck out at me, from David Carr’s New York Times piece about Ferguson and Twitter:

    "But as the world has become an ever more complicated place — a collision of Ebola, war in Iraq, crisis in Ukraine and more — Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations…"

    "As the world has become an ever more complicated place". Has it? How?

    At this point, I was planning to go back through the years - 2013, 2012, 2011… listing all major news stories. But each of these news stories didn’t start in that year… they have years, decades, centuries of history. Thus proving my point, of course. I fail to see how we can suddenly point to 2014 and say that the world is an “ever more complicated place”. The world’s always been a mess. You don’t need me to go back to the decline of the Roman Empire to prove that one.

    There are always hideous outbreaks of disease, war, and civil war. It’s the one constant this world has.

    The thing is, I doubt David Carr even really thinks what he wrote there. It’s a phrase, tossed off in the middle of an article which makes lots of good points. It’s just something I’m especially sensitive to… journalistic cliches, thrown in without thinking. Because all they do is obscure the truth, not help illuminate it.

    Tags: journalism new york times

  6. “Is DivX any good?”

    Dick and Dom, on Twitter, today.

    Ladies and gentlemen, my favourite use of Twitter yet.

    Tags: dick and dom twitter

  7. Presented without comment.

    Presented without comment.

    Tags: csi vt clock

  8. Tony Hawks doing warm-up for Red Dwarf Series 1.
Taken from the documentary “The Beginning” on the DVD set The Bodysnatcher Collection. It’s no longer available to buy new in Region 2 - but you can buy the Region 4 from Australia. It’s one of my favourite DVD sets I own.

    Tony Hawks doing warm-up for Red Dwarf Series 1.

    Taken from the documentary “The Beginning” on the DVD set The Bodysnatcher Collection. It’s no longer available to buy new in Region 2 - but you can buy the Region 4 from Australia. It’s one of my favourite DVD sets I own.

    Tags: red dwarf comedy sitcom bbc tony hawks

  9. Sorry!, "Curse of the Mummy", 1981.

    Much like this example from It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, it just goes to show that contrary to what a lot of recent sitcoms seem to think, you don’t have to floodlight the entire set just because you’re shooting in front of an audience.

    Tags: sorry! sitcom comedy bbc

  10. Thanks for freaking me the fuck out, Channel 4.

    Thanks for freaking me the fuck out, Channel 4.

    Tags: channel 4 websites