February 19th, 2010

gamiila sig #2

EE anniversary

As I woke up feeling grotty, and neither coffee nor Ibuprofen seemed to do the trick, I called in sick. That is to say, I hope I did; as I have neither my new manager's nor my new department's number and so I left a message on another department's manager's answerphone and am praying that they'll pass it on. Note to self: must get manager's number.

Because I didn't find out the Beeb had changed the schedule for Material Girl to the graveyard slot on Wednesday night, instead of its usual prime time Thursday night slot, I missed the last episode and went to bed grumpy last night. Maybe I should get one of those Swedish identity cloak thingemajigs and see if I can't get the iPlayer to work for me that way? Though it seems like too much of a to do just to watch one programme...Wonder if there's going to be a second series? I hear the reviews have not been kind.

Speaking of tv, tonight's the 25th anniversary of EastEnders, which means I've been watching this soap for quarter of a century. I can't say I've never missed an episode; in fact, I think I've missed quite a few over the years, but I've always come back to it even if I do tend to lose interest at certain times. Tonight's going to be the big reveal of who killed Archie Mitchell, but frankly, whoever it turns out to be, I couldn't give a rat's arse. I'm sure it can't be Bradley Branning, nor Janine Butcher though.

Janine Butcher...she used to be one of my favourite characters, before she came back; and I must admit, she's again so now; but I do wonder what's happened to her conversion to Judaism since her return. She never mentions it anymore, never insists on being called Judith as she did in the first two or three weeks of her return to Albert Square, doesn't keep shabbos, has gone back to ordering bacon sarnies in the caff...I think it's a pity. I can only remember there having been two other Jewish characters in Walford over the course of the years, Felix the barber and Dr. Legg; neither of whom has ever had much of a storyline.

But my all-time favourite character is Dot Branning, Dorothy Cotton as was. I dread the day when she's made to leave the show or decides enough's enough, because she must be getting on in years; and there does seem to be a tendency to pull in a younger audience by bringing in more and more teenagers. What other purpose is there for a new character like Zsazsa or those boys she hangs out with (I forget their names)? It's not as if there werent't any established younger characters like Peter and Lucy in it already.

Anyway, even if I don't care who ultimately killed Archie Mitchell (I'm far more interested in finding out if anyone remembers Owen under the remembrance tree, and the evil Pentecostal minister Lucas to stand revealed as a lying hypocrite/murdering scumbag), I will be watching tonight!
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