Tonight I’ve watched Bend It Like Beckham and Love Actually. It’s not because I’ve got a thing for Keira Knightley; that was just a nice coincidence. Saying that, I may watch Pirates of the Caribbean next, after making sure that she was Amidala’s decoy in Star Wars Phantom Menace 😉
I’m probably going to have nightmares if I can’t get the image of a naked Bill Nighy out of my head! I hadn’t seen Love Actually before and it was a great Christmas movie. This Christmas’s telly has been pretty poor. The only two things I’ve recorded are Tomb Raider because I’ve never seen it and the two parts of Auf Wiedersehen Pet. The Auf’Pet was an interesting choice. I only recorded it because I knew it was going to be the last episode that the lads are making. So what is going to replace it? There’s no Only Fools, Blackadder or the like to watch anymore. All we have is a constant bombardment of shows where you have to ‘text in and vote’ or re-runs of old stuff. There wasn’t even a Bond movie on this year. Standards are slipping!
An interesting change is taking place in the US. HBO are at the forefront of original, well made programming in the US (read expensive!). They’ve brought us The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex in the City and, more recently, Deadwood. HBO don’t have adverts, instead charging everyone a subscription (a bit like FilmFour) and it’s proving very popular and very successful. The programming and quality are driven by the viewer rather than the marketing and advertising people.
We’re so lucky in the UK to have the BBC, the envy of many. But if this Christmas is anything to go by, it’s slipping in stature. At the moment BBC1 is showing Carry On At Your Convenience… ‘nuf said! I’m watching the darts.
PS Don’t forget to post my birthday presents today just to make sure they get to me before my birthday on Thursday.