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TV, as I live and breathe

The mark of an enjoyable night on the couch watching telly is when the next day, you're still thinking of whatever it was you saw the night before. Like yesterday, when all day long I kept thinking back delightedly on Rufus Sewell and erm...Iforgethername..'s portrayal of Kate and Petrucchio in the modern day adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew as part of the Shakespeare Re-Told-project. After last week's disappointing MacBeth, this was far more to my liking. It had pace, it had drive, it had funny in abundance...and to see Rufus prancing about in drag was priceless.

Alternatively, what you see on television may make you sad -- and I'm not talking about news footage of starving children in Africa or the plight of the tiger in India, because that takes sadness to a whole different level; but of the sadness born of watching favourite characters break up -- like Luke and Lorelai did in Gilmore Girls last night. How could Luke give up on him and her just like that? They were meant to be 4evah! This was my only 'ship left after the wreck of Spuffy and the ultimate sacrifice of Nine/Rose. I feel a bit fragile today, and it's all Luke Danes's fault!

Anyway, here's a meme I gacked from crackers4jenn, that's sort of in keeping with this theme:

My "Everybody Loves It And I Do Too" Show:
Well, I don't know about everyone, really; but I think a fair number of people on my flist would agree with me when I say: Doctor Who, of course! Amazon have let me know that my box set has been shipped, and I can't wait!

My "I'll Catch It on DVD" Show:
Rome...though on second thought, I probably won't. I've seen 2 or 3 episodes, but can't get excited about it. I, Claudius however is one I am really tempted to buy, especially since I saw it on special offer the other day.

There's two "I Love It And You Should Too"-shows that I can think of: first off, there's American Dad. The BBC have only recently started broadcasting it, together with Family Guy, but I like American Dad better. I'm not usually that keen on cartoons, but this one, I really enjoy. Secondly, there's Blackpool, currently airing on Belgian TV. An all singing, all dancing murder mystery set in the seaside town of that name, it reminds me a bit of such other much-loved British shows like Pennies From Heaven or The Singing Detective.

My "I Love, But Keep Missing, Dammit" Show:
Desperate Housewives. And the same goes for Lost. All week long I go "mustn't forget, Desperate Housewives on Tuesday!" and "mustn't forget, Lost on Friday!"-- and every Tuesday and Friday I realise that drat! I've forgotten to tune in again.

My Guilty Pleasure Show:
EastEnders -- no matter how bad or far-fetched or unrealistic or plain stoopid the storylines get, I'll always come back to it.

My "Comfort Food" Show:
Sex & The City. Where I live, it seems to be on endless repeat, which is good as I still haven't seen each and every episode, or any idea how many boyfriends Carrie went through while pining for Mr. Big.
Also, What Not To Wear...it's such a relief and a comfort to see time and time again that there are things that can be done to flatter my body shape and type!

My "I'll Never Abandon You, EVER" Show:
Except...I sort of did. But still -- the Buffyverse: BtVS and AtS S5.



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Nov. 23rd, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
The fact that Celebrity Come Dancing even exists (and that my mum watches it) makes me very, very sad.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
LOL! Even though I must admit to the guilty pleasure of seeing Darren Gough trip the light fantastic every other Saturday night (for some reason, this seems to be the frequency with which I tune in).
Nov. 23rd, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
Shame on you.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Don't see why it should be...
Nov. 23rd, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
dammit Shrew would have to have been good wouldn't it!!! - I got so disappointed with Macbeth half way through! - I deleted both of them from the Sky+ box :(!!! - but I'll watch Dream :)

and Rome is still on there to be seen - but I know what you mean - I keep passing it over because I don't really care.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
What? You deleted Shrew unseen? You did miss out on a treat (though not the kind as shown in my icon)!

The thing with Rome is that it's far too disjointed to make much sense -- the BBC shows a cut version to the original, but even when I tune into that on the Belgian channel, I have a hard time getting into it. Since I know my Roman history inside out, there are too many things that grate, too many things that don't mesh, and too many things that are simply not that interesting from my POV. The only character I sort of have a rapport with, is Pullo...but having read som spoilers, I'm sure that'll go rapidly. And I hear Cleopatra is totally miscast...
Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
I did!! unseen!!! for shame! :( .. I was annoyed at Macbeth for being boring and got trigger happy freeing up space on my Sky+ memory... if only I'd known yesterday!


I didn't realise Rome was cut - knew Italy was but not here .. aahhh. ...but don't even recognise a character called Pullo, so that shows how much attention I'm giving it! I studied Roman only so far as A'level archaeology demanded - so not enough to get annoyed with the history.

I think I'd better crawl back into MY "comfort food" show CSI - Vegas

probably grisly murder and corpses shouldn't be comforting.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
I was annoyed at Macbeth for being boring

Glad to know I wasn't the only one who thought so! I only stuck with it for about 10 minutes...and for the last week, I've been worried about possibly not being a big enough Shakespeare buff to appreciate it properly!
Nov. 23rd, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
Rome...though on second thought, I probably won't. I've seen 2 or 3 episodes, but can't get excited about it.

Possibly because, although both Caesar and Marc Anthony are historically described as extremely charismatic, neither actor manages to convey it. In fact, pretty much the only one that does get me feeling for him is Vorenus.

Blackpool, currently airing on Belgian TV.

It is? Oh well, I own the DVD... (Also features another familiar face, but then you knew that.)

In 'I love it and you should too', I'd put Dr Who, since it really doesn't have much of a fanbase that I know of in the Netherlands. My 'everybody loves it' show would be Lost.

Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
In 'I love it and you should too', I'd put Dr Who, since it really doesn't have much of a fanbase that I know of in the Netherlands.

Oh, I'm so out of touch with what's hip and what's not in The Netherlands, it's unreal. I hardly ever watch Dutch television and as to the Top 40, these days I have no idea of nor interest in who's No. 1...
Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not that much more in touch, but even when I talk about Dr Who with SF and Fantasy fans around me, the reaction is either 'Dr What?', or 'Oh yes, you told me about that. Has it been broadcast here yet?'

I should make an effort to get more in touch, seeing as I'm going to be a teacher and I have to know my audience :-)

Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Eh, that was me. I forgot that I wasn't logged in. Silly me.

Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Well, you didn't forget to include your sig so I knew it was you all along!

I think it might be different for me since I'm surrounded by ex-pats all day at work, and to the Brits at least, Dr. Who is something of an institution. Although for some reason, I seem to have been the only one who actually watched it this time round, they do seem to understand my taking an interest in the series.

Outside of work and my corner of the Internet, though, I must agree that Lost sets far more tongues wagging...I would probably have a whole lot more to say about it, too, if only I could remember to tune in often enough! ;-)
Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Still haven't been able to watch either Rome or Egypt! So many bad reviews, and I know I shouldn't take them as read, but still!
Nov. 23rd, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
Rome -- I'd give it a miss. Egypt -- well, I've seen two epsiodes so far, and the last one, about Belzoni, wasn't too badly put together...But mostly, I just look at the scenery, and go 'I've been there! And there! Yeah, and there, too!
Nov. 24th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
hahahaha I like doing that;)
Nov. 23rd, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
I've downloaded all of Rome, but I haven't seen any of it yet as I promised myself I'd read & watch I, Claudius first. And, though my Roman history is rather sketchy, I'm really sad to hear your opinion of the series. *sighs*

Two on my flist really like it, though.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say it's bad, exactly...it just isn't my cup of tea. I find it quite boring, and the fact that I'm watching a jumbled up version doesn't really do it any favours, either.

I, Claudius, OTOH, is brilliant. Though dated in part (the sets, the make-up, the special effects), the adaptation's still strong, staying close to the book, and the acting is phenomenal...not just Derek Jacobi, mind -- John Hurt is absolutely, perfectly, deliciously hideous as Caligula and as for Brian Blessed's blustering portrayal of Augustus...I can't praise it enough.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ok. Hmm. Also, the Beeb is insane for doing that.

I only have vague memories of I,C, but I remember that I was quite impressed. :-)

*pulls out Jacobi icon*

Btw; bought cheap special edition of Dead Again a while ago. :-)
Nov. 23rd, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Dead Again? You mean the film with Ken Branagh and then-wife? Well done you! I love that flick!
Nov. 23rd, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yup. Me too; haven't seen it since it was released on video, though. I think. :-)

It's so very pretty. :-)
Nov. 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
It certainly is! I must watch out for it next time I'm in Media Mart...
Nov. 23rd, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC)
Are the GG they show there behind the ones they show in the US? (Because that is not what happend in the ep I saw last night.)
Nov. 23rd, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Are the GG they show there behind the ones they show in the US?

I believe so. I have been reliably informed that we're watching the 5th season.
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Nov. 24th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oops! I think I just mailed it to your hotmail-account...which you can't access. I am so not cooking on gas today!
Nov. 24th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thick as two short planks...I've now mailed you db's address as well. Still not sure you'll get it, though...
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