My Week In Media: Burn Gorman


Last week I read...

I'm a film buff and I was keen to find out about the response to Daniel Craig's 007. Empire and Hot Dog had great reviews and finally he's been accepted as the new Bond. So many millions go into that franchise that if you make a mistake, it's awful. There have been a few pieces about The Roundhouse opening again as a venue. All the greats played there from Pink Floyd to The Ramones, and the Chili Peppers played last week. I'm so glad this incredible venue hasn't been turned into a sterile art gallery.

Last week I watched...

How Music Works with Howard Goodall on Channel 4, and I saw the accompanying piece in the Radio Times. He's got an encyclopedic knowledge and comes across really well. He looks to the future and explains how the use of music on the internet is just in its infancy. I've been watching The Old Grey Whistle Test, the old BBC2 music show, on DVD while travelling from London to Cardiff. It has that tacky Seventies BBC studio feel and then these amazing performances which just burst through the screen. Apparently, they had £500 to make each show. David Bowie would play three songs and get £50, while John Lennon asked for Bath Oliver biscuits instead.

Last week I listened to...

I love going on BBC6 and BBC7 and listening to documentaries. There was one last week on the making of The Stones' Beggars Banquet, with "Prince" Keith Richards talking about the turmoil and what they were going through at the time. Another on Radio 1 was about the three weeks of riots in France last year, which ignited a debate about freedom of speech, certainly for the French rap scene. It was called Straight Outta Clichy. I'm a big hip-hop fan and it was very well researched.

Last week I surfed...

I start the week with The Onion (www.theonion.com) for a fresh spin on what's been going on. I've been listening to Kate Nash's music on MySpace (www.myspace.com/katenash music). She's a sort of Lily Allen with a very fresh and original voice. I'm a bit of a trainer geek so I've been on Crooked Tongues (www.crookedtongues.com). It tells you the history of a particular trainer, which new makes are coming on the market and how much older ones are selling for on ebay. There's a new New Balance limited edition on there this week which I'm pondering getting, but I think my wife would kill me.

Burn Gorman appears as Owen Harper in 'Torchwood' on BBC Three

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