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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.



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...