Monthly Archives: May 2012

To lazy for DVD’s

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Perhaps it is that we are lazy…………..I sometimes wonder why watching films on TV is so much appealing than watching it on your DVD player……When in fact it is not easier at all, you have to watch it when someone else decides and have breaks every 15 minutes, are we just too lazy to put the DVD in the player, and often find myself staying up to watch the end of the film on TV when I already own the DVD- What’s the point? Perhaps we are all striving for the feeling of belonging and the feeling of watching Bridget Jones Diary with the rest of the country make sus feel us special I guess we can also tweet about it to reiterate that feeling!
On the 12th of November I along with thousands of other people documented a pat of my day on this Saturday. The outcome will be Britain in a day, the project is a joint venture with BBC2/ BBC learning being produced by Ridley Scott, and will be created into a programme documenting life on the day in 2012.
 A few weeks ago I was also invited to partake in part two of the project…. Not only have the thousands of videos been narrowed down, students were invited to create there own local area playlists, to act as a online archive to compliment the programme. When the online sites go live in a few weeks and the programme next November I think it will be an interesting experiment and a great way to remember 2012.
This weeks highlights:
  1. Britain’s hidden homeless: Monday 9pm BBC3- Documentary exploring homeless people and how sleeping rough and sofa surfing is affecting peoples lives.
  2. Jimmy and the Giant supermarket: Tuesday 9pm Channel 4- New documentary series investigating how Britain’s low cost meat products are being made so cheaply.
  3. The Olympic Aquatic Centre: Mega Builders- Friday 8pm Channel 5-We all know a lot of money has gone into Olympics and it’s become a bi of hot topic, but how have they built the big wave shaped building for the games.
  4. Alan Carr: Chatty Man: Friday 10 pm Channel 4- Chat show hosted by Alan Carr with guests Michael McIntyre and Kylie Minogue.
  5. Notting Hill- Saturday 9pm ITV2 Film staring Julia Roberts & Huge Grant even if you own the DVD its not the same as watching it on TV. 

Events for this summer and the future

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Event Tv is something of things to come many BBC employees have said that TV outputs are likely to become much more event led….We have seen channel 4 doing it for quite some time with of course their T4 on the beach yearly roadshow, where the whole of Weston- Super Mere is taken over for the day with 13 -17 year olds, highlighting all the great music acts along with TV presenter and actors will come out for a day to the beach.
In recent years the BBC has been joining in too however only amongst Children’s with cbeebies and Mr Bloom doing a improve your local area roadshow, CBBC’s big birthday bash! 


But of course with the country going a little bit Olympic mad, so has Blue Peter and in the saturdays during the latter part of the torch relay Blue Peter will be broadcasting live in the morning and then hosting a fun-day throughout the afternoon! 


Coronation Street have already made their ‘Streets of Dreams’ theatre production but soon will we be able to attend Corrie Fun-days?

This week’s progress of the street!! ( many thanks to my camera assistants who kindly took this weeks photo for me) 



This weeks highlights:

  1. 56 up -Monday ITV1 9pm second par of this series now the 7year olds are 56
  2. 90210- Tuesday E4 9pm seems to be nearing the end of the series just as Naomi is engaged 
  3. Hitler’s Children- Wednesday 9pm BBC2- documentary looking at the ancestors of Hitler and what life is like with a name everybody knows.
  4. Michel McIntyre Comedy Roadshow- Friday 9:30 BBC1- for a blast of comedy from McIntyre’s comic genius first episode in series 2 
  5. A picture of London- Saturday BBC2 9:15 eye witness accounts into how London has grown and changed over the years.

Your in charge in more ways than your remote

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So TV has been going a bit interactive crazy this week, channel four have this amazing factual programme Hidden Talent I think its great but when I was explaining it to a friend earlier in the week I realised how if you have not seen it, explaining it makes it sound….RIDICULOUS. ……..But here goes again…(and don’t judge a programme by my explanation you really must give it a go yourself.)
It is Richard Bacon presents the show and him and a group of experts have an aim to uncover the public’s hidden talent, test centre’s were set up inviting people to come and be tested from that the best and most likely achiever were set a task and then the programme follows them as they train with experts and hope the achieve the goal……the thing I find must fascinating and perhaps strangest to comprehend are the types of talents they are on the search for…..were not on the look for dancers, magicians, or (the very topical and my favourite) dancing dogs…..the show is on the hunt for, somebody good at climbing, lie detecting or learning languages, to name the first few however perhaps as these are not your average talents this is where the programme gains some of its interest.
Now if this show was on TV even just a few years ago I don’t think it would have been as successful because it wouldn’t have worked interactively but of course nowadays everyone wants to join, tweeting, watching extra clips or in this case taking the hidden talent tests online to discover if like the contributors in the programme you have your own hidden talent.
And for those of you watching the Britain’s Got Talent live final did you hear the announcement and indeed see the interactive advert. Where if you have the Shazam app on your mobile you were able to get your device to recognise the music and you would be at first entered into a prize draw for Pepsi Max and Cadbury’s, I don’t think we will be waiting too long before we are able to chose using our remotes witch adverts we want to want…..or perhaps even during the break your TV will log you on to Twitter so you can tweet about the current show…….(copyright that is my idea….A.Kimberley 13th May 2012) creating an extremely interactive experience live.
I hope that you all watched ‘Small Teen Turns Eighteen” and if you didn’t it’s still on Iplayer till Thursday-http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01hllwm/Small_Teen_Turns_Eighteen/
What a great programme it was not only was the production great, Jaz and her family were yet again inspiring and it was another wonderful insight into their lives very moving especially during the sections with her Dad as his addiction fights…….I don’t think I would ever get bored of watching more documentary’s as Jaz gets on with her life and I think it would be wonderful to see her again as she gets a job and married…….fingers crossed.
Another great documentary that works again and again, is the up series that I has always been whirling around my mind since I watched as episode at school, because I have been unable to remember what its called…but now I know I cant wait for tomorrow, originally commissioned as a one off documentary with a group of 7 years olds looking into the class system it soon turned into a longitudinal study re visiting the contributors every 7 years and now they are 56, and I wonder how their lives have been progressing.



This weeks highlights:
  1. Inside Facebook: Zuckerbergs $100 billion gamble-Monday 8pm BBC2 – looking into how the social network with earn the money its expected too when it goes on the market next month- contributions from the man himself. 
  2. 56 up- Monday 9pm ITV1- longitudinal study re visiting the contributors every 7 years
  3. Hidden Talent – Tuesday 9pm Channel 4 – looking for someone with the natural talent for opera singing.
  4. Long lost family- Thursday 9pm ITV1- Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present another episode of Long lost family where a groom to be is looking for his Dad before the wedding.
  5. Piers Morgan life stories- Lulu- Friday 9pm ITV1- acclaimed interviewer piers morgan interviews Lulu about her career in the music industry and her marriage with Bee Gee band member. 

Small teen!

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In 2010 there was an amazing extraordinary people documentary about Jazz a girl who has restricted growth, and her mum Bev who also does! The programme was a great success and was recommissioned as a four part series the next year! And it’s back tomorrow sees a new episode “Small Teen Turns Eighteen” as the name says the programme will document Jazz as she turns 18, the show has been given an amazing prime time slot 9pm on this bank holiday Monday on bbc3 and I know it will be just great and even if you did miss the other shows now is your chance to jump on board! Tonight also sees the launch of Planet Earth Life, I think that much of the beauty of wildlife programmes is the access to the animals which could obviously be improved if there was less time pressure and the best bits could be chosen in the edit! So I will be very interested to see how they make the show exciting and what if whilst live the animals are no where to be found! And another live sensation tonight  Britans Got Talent with the finalists chosen love or hate it we are in for a full week of variety! My favourite has to be Pudsey the dog! This weeks highlights to add to the ones above:

  1. Planet earth live BBC1 Sunday  8:50 
  2. Small Teen Turns Eighteen monday 9pm BBC3  
  3. Hidden Talent- Tuesday 9pm Channel 4 :looking for someone with a talent for languages to appear of TV in Jordan.
  4. Britain’s Got Talent: semi finals- Monday – Thursday 7:30 ITV1
  5. Coronation Street Monday- Thursday ITV1 9pm