My Week In Media: Jane Fallon


Last week I watched ...

Reality TV. Rather sadly, I've become addicted to Masterchef Goes Large, so much so that I now have it on series link and which, as it's on every day, is filling up the memory on my Sky+ box rather rapidly. Thankfully, America's Next Top Model has started again, as has Project Catwalk - much better now since Kelly Osbourne (right) took over - which features some of the worst clothes you will ever see.

Last week I surfed...

Nike's Nike Plus (www.nike.com/nikeplus) site, since some friends bought me the new Nike trainers which link up to your iPod nano and record the distance, speed and time of your runs. Sadly it's taught me that my runs are pitifully short and painfully slow. I've been following the progress of the dog project auction (www.dogproject.co.uk), where paintings by artists, designers and celebrities are being sold to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. As of today I am still the top bidder on the painting I want the most - a dog in high heels, carrying a handbag and for some inexplicable reason saying "my name is Edna". If I had been able to stay longer at the live auction of some of the paintings last week I would definitely have bid on Jake and Dinos Chapman's fantastic picture of a cat entitled "Tracey Emin's Pussy".

Last week I read...

The hysteria surrounding the whole size zero debate has kicked off again with New York Fashion Week and I have been following it in The Guardian. We all know there are models who are too thin, but I don't think the answer is to start banning girls who are naturally skinny from the catwalk, just because there are other girls who have starved themselves to get there. Like so many things the saturation coverage has ensured that "size zero" has now become a buzz phrase for teenage girls and no doubt made some of them think it's something to aspire to. The Celebrity Big Brother race row - a media-created frenzy if ever there was one - still hasn't gone away. So now we've had Jermaine Jackson's anti-bullying tour and Jo O'Meara allegedly calling for the show to be axed, along with the various perpetrators telling their side of the story in OK! magazine. There's no doubt that there was some horrendous bullying going on in the house, but racism? I don't think so. It's time to move on.

Last week I listened to...

The phone-ins on LBC, London's talk radio station at three in the morning. I'm an insomniac and I like to know there are other people awake at the same time.

Jane Fallon is a TV producer whose credits include 'Teachers' and 'This Life'. She is also the author of 'Getting Rid of Matthew', published by Penguin, £6.99

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