On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.
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Tuesday 26 October 2010
They may have been dismantled by Arsenal at the weekend, but Joe Hart maintains Manchester City are "ridiculously good".
Friday 15 October 2010
What his enemies had wanted, expected and prayed for most devoutly was an 18th-century morality tale along the lines of the idle apprentice. John Bercow would be led by his prejudices desires and defects into situations he couldn't control and would be dismantled by them.
Monday 11 October 2010
First they want to hug their loved ones. Then they’ll party. Finally, once the dust has settled and their hangovers have cleared, the 33 men who will have survived being trapped inside a Chilean mine for almost 70 days, intend to leverage their international fame to make sure they never have to put on a hard hat and venture back underground again.
Thursday 30 September 2010
Nintendo's struggle to bring its hotly anticipated 3D-capable player to the market has sparked concerns over the outlook for the company, with sales of its existing products sliding in key US and European markets.
Wednesday 29 September 2010
I can't recall yet seeing a stage show derived from a TV series that has ever been a wholly satisfactory venture, though perhaps, like the pile of Armstrong & Miller merchandise on offer tonight, a live arm is deemed a necessary accoutrement to a brand, as much as it is an exercise in going back to one's original roots.
Thursday 23 September 2010
This week the new controller of Radio 4, Gwyneth Williams, settled into one of the best jobs in the British media. She has had a long summer to decide what she will bring to the cultural treasure-house, but to be honest, what everyone really wants to know is, what will she cull? Which programmes will be making their way to broadcasting Dignitas? Can Quote Unquote, the Methuselah of game shows, continue to defy its listen-by date? What possible rationale allows You and Yours to run for a full hour? And will she be the one to think the unthinkable on Thought for the Day?
Thursday 16 September 2010
An ex-Army major caught cheating his way to £1 million on a TV game show has sliced off three toes in a freak gardening accident.
Saturday 11 September 2010
Thursday 26 August 2010
Humphrey Ker, David Reed & Thom Tuck...
Friday 20 August 2010
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Monday 02 August 2010
Interactive fashion – that genre rare for its democracy in a world of diktats – comes in many shapes and forms. For those old enough to remember Bodymap, it might once have entailed buying a skirt that could be worn long or short, a sartorial miracle achieved merely by folding over a super-stretchy waistband more or fewer times. Rocket scientists need not apply.
Wednesday 21 July 2010
It looks like the next stage of the New Labour project is for the leaders to become proper celebrities. Mandelson's doing well so far, with his advert for The Times being impressively putrid, in which he publicises the serialisation of his book by sitting in a camp Gothic pose purring "I am the Prince of Darkness". But it fails in one respect, that the reason he's called the Prince of Darkness isn't because he played Dracula in a film or always wore a cloak, it's because he really is the Prince of bloody Darkness. It's like the difference between one of the Chuckle Brothers doing an advert where he says: "I'm a nutcase I am", and one in which a similar line was said by Raoul Moat.
Peter Wheeler: Actor and broadcaster who became the voice of ‘What The Papers Say’ and ‘Crown Court
Tuesday 20 July 2010
The genial Peter Wheeler epitomised the breed of broadcaster happy to remain an off-screen voice for decades. His output ranged from current affairs to comedy and quiz shows. While active nationally, he never strayed too far from his home area of the north-west, enjoying long associations with Granada Television and BBC Manchester. He was particularly noted for his work as reader, and voiced telling headlines and extracts on the long-running, channel-crossing newspaper review What The Papers Say (1956-2008).
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