The musical legend will appear in the 'Party Time' episode after the big game
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Thursday 04 March 2010
Best line of the week so far? No contest, I think, though obviously my survey hasn't been absolutely comprehensive. The scene was a brief and tangential one, a minor character in the drama staggering away from a heavy night on the ale and puking convulsively on to the pavement. After wiping his mouth he wearily takes a swig from the can of beer in his hand and says, in a scouse accent, "Can't wait till I've had enough." It was the last thing you saw in the opening episode of Alan Bleasdale's GBH, currently being repeated on the cable channel Yesterday, and it was a reminder that, at its best, British television drama can (or perhaps could) compete with anything the Americans can do. You'd have to have watched the whole episode to understand how good that detail was – how it gave a gleeful, sardonic flick to Bleasdale's theme of thirst – for revenge and power and gratification. And, regrettably it's the kind of thing we've learnt to expect from buy-in American drama rather than the home-grown product.
Wednesday 03 March 2010
Friday 26 February 2010
Wednesday 24 February 2010
Sunday 31 January 2010
Carola Long: 'The make-up in Mad Men is so well observed that you can practically smell the powdery retro lipstick'
Saturday 30 January 2010
Thank goodness for the return of 'Mad Men'. Just when I thought I might have to drag myself off the sofa in search of some real-life glamour, along comes the vicarious version. Series 3 of the most visually seductive programme on TV has the usual cocktail of, well, cocktails, alpha males, case studies in how to wear, walk and wiggle in a pencil skirt and, of course, perfectly applied make-up.
Friday 29 January 2010
Thursday 28 January 2010
When it comes to grown-up drama – rather than children's drama for grown-ups – America is unquestionably in the ascendancy right now. It's hard to think of any domestic equivalent for a show like Mad Men, which ignores the stock ensembles of the emergency room and the police station and allows its characters to retain a bit of opacity and mystery. Or one which would launch into its third series with a scene as oddly oblique as the opening minutes here. Don Draper, standing at a stovetop heating milk, sees a compressed vision of his own origins play out in his kitchen. He's born to a prostitute who curses his father as she dies in childbirth. "I'm going to cut his dick off and boil it in hog fat," she groans, and the woman who takes the baby and hands it over to a childless couple of ominous fury takes this as a cue for a christening: "His name is Dick.. after the wish his mother should have lived to see," she says darkly.
Monday 25 January 2010
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Tuesday 13 October 2009
Monday 21 September 2009
It was like 2008 all over again at last night's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles: Mad Men and 30 Rock took the top honours, British talent punched above its weight, and Ricky Gervais appeared on stage to add some light relief during a sometimes-turgid three-hour telecast.
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