Archive for the 'On the box' Category

Nowt on the box

Posted by on September 21st 2011 in On the box

They switched off the Sutton Coldfield analogue television signal a short while ago.

No problems for us, we thought, as we're using digital equipment.

Then they turned off the digital signal too.

This is the third time I've watched only the first half of Amistad.


PC Plodder

Posted by on September 12th 2011 in LMAO!, On the box, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)

RoboCop's distant cousin shows off his keyboard skills:



Now you know why it takes so long for the Feds to file a crime report.



Posted by on June 1st 2011 in Blog on Blog, On the box

I can't put into words how I felt when I watched Panorama last night. Probably best if I "lift" Alan's post, paste it in here unedited and then let you follow the links:



This post has nothing to do with the Challenge or windmills. It’s far more serious than that: Could all the readers of this blog PLEASE watch THIS PROGRAMME.

It will take an hour of your time. It’s a Panorama programme put out on Tuesday 31st May about the abuse that happens in care homes. Care homes are usually the last resort for families that can’t cope with a family member and so the family puts their entire trust for the care of their loved one in that of the home.

Watch this documentary and then think to yourself “it could be my father / mother / brother or sister in that situation”.

Visit Shirley’s blog post for a better take on this subject, but please, do watch the programme.

If you could publicise the programme yourself on your own blog, if you have one, or on twitter it would be really helpful too.

Thank you.



Thankfully the authorities have stepped in, four people have been arrested (and released on bail) and the hospital owners have apologised and suspended 13 employees (link).

Well done, Panorama, for representing the Beeb at its best.


Posted by on January 27th 2011 in Blast from the Past, On the box, Rambling on...

I went to the Post Office to send a parcel.

On display was a modern representation of a bit of nostalgia... a Thunderbirds motion-stamp set:

The grown-up side of me started to walk away, but by then the boyhood side had rifled through the coins in my pockets and bought the thing.

It's cool. Get one.

Articulated trailer

Posted by on January 9th 2011 in A bit of a rant, LMAO!, On the box

Another Beeb Boob...

Just finished watching the original Planet of the Apes movie and then flicked over to one of the BBC channels see what was on offer. There was one of those "on next" screen-shots informing us that Bruce Parry's latest adventure was next up.

According to the screenshot, it's called... "Artic" [sic].

I kid you not.

Another kick in The Proms

Posted by on September 12th 2010 in A bit of a rant, On the box

I well remember the good old days when the Last Night of The Proms was a real chance for a bit of good-natured enthusiasm for our national identity. A chance to enjoy some British classical music after 9 weeks of listening to foreign imports. Oh, and there was some "bobbing" to be done, too.

Well, according to the Beeb, that same ethos still applies: "While it lives up to its reputation of a fun Last Night party celebrating British tradition..." - sounds promising, eh?


It didn't deliver on that promise. We got the following:

  • Jonathan Dove A Song of Joys
  • Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien
  • Tchaikovsky arr. Rysanov Rococo Variations
  • Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
  • R. Strauss Verführung, Op. 33 No. 1, Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1, Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2, Winterweihe, Op. 48 No. 4, Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1
  • Chabrier Joyeuse marche
  • Smetana Dalibor – 'Dobrá! Já mu je dám! … Jak je mi?'
  • Dvorák Rusalka – Song to the Moon
  • Vaughan Williams Suite for viola and small orchestra – Prelude; Galop
  • Wagner Lohengrin – Bridal Chorus
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein Carousel – 'You'll never walk alone'
  • Trad, arr. Nic Raine Fisher's Hornpipe
  • Arne Rule, Britannia!
  • Parry, orch. Elgar Jerusalem
  • Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')
  • The National Anthem

Sift the Brit-Grit out of that. Be careful, there ain't much there, and there were hardly any "bobbing" opportunities. How on Earth can anybody justify omitting works by Henry Wood, such as his Fantasia on British Sea Songs? FFS, Wood started the whole shebang, he conducted the Proms for almost half a century, his bust looks down over the whole show, and now he's snubbed.


Just in case you don't remember those good old days, here's what we used to get. British stuff. Red meat on the bone...

  • Elgar Pomp and Circumstance: Military March No. 4
  • Walton Crown Imperial
  • Elgar Enigma Variations: No. 9 Nimrod
  • Holst I vow to Thee, my Country
  • Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Elgar Chanson de matin
  • Coates London: No. 3 Knightsbridge
  • Handel Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem)
  • Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
  • Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
  • Arne Rule, Britannia!
  • Elgar Pomp and Circumstance: Military March No. 1
  • Parry Jerusalem
  • The National Anthem

There you go. Proper stuff.

We used to get British conductors too, but that's gone all "PC" as well.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a Nationalist by any stretch of the imagination. It's just that I get narked by this constant erosion of our national identity.

At sixes and sevens

Posted by on May 25th 2009 in Just for fun, On the box

Another "WTF?", this one is brought to you from Freeview:

Do they know it’s Christmas?

Posted by on December 23rd 2007 in On the box, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)

We do! The Beeb confirmed that festivities have begun in earnest when, this afternoon/evening, it screened "The Great Escape".

For the few who've never seen this Great British Christmas Institution, here's the classic bike scene:

OK, the movie's probably not that "PC" these days, but the Beeb had no qualms about showing it... again.

Top stuff!

Catching up with transmissions

Posted by on August 1st 2007 in On the box

Having spent so much time being kept away from the telly (the kids are on holiday, so they're in charge of the remote control, apparently), I've been grabbing a few chances to catch up with some of the interesting programmes that I've been missing.

Many blogs and forums have told of the latest batch of outdoors epics from Julia Bradbury and Griff Rhys Jones, so I needn't go into much detail here, except to say that I've watched them with much enjoyment.

The programmes that I really needed to catch up with, and eventually did, aren't outdoorsy at all, so if you're already losing interest, look away now...

OK, let's start with The Music of the Primes. I found this to be fascinating - I've had more than a passing interest in prime numbers for many years now. This programme told the story well, in terms that the layman could understand, but not belittling the learned viewer. Chris (maths degree, senior computer systems analyst) would have enjoyed it, but managed to sleep through the whole programme, so she's a bit miffed about it.

Next up (or should that be down?) is Absolute Zero, a two-parter retelling the story of "a remarkable group of pioneers who wanted to reach the ultimate extreme: absolute zero, a place so cold that the physical world as we know it doesn't exist, electricity flows without resistance, fluids defy gravity and the speed of light can be reduced to 38 miles per hour". Brilliant stuff, every A-Level physics student should be given the opportunity to watch it. For myself, I can understand the physics behind superfluids and superconductors, but I've yet to get a mental grip on the concept of the Bose-Einstein condensate.

Then there's Atom, another mini-series. Part One was good, a sort of potted history of the concept of the atom. The series continues tomorrow (Thursday)... Part Two "tackles world-changing discoveries such as radioactivity, the Atom Bomb and the Big Bang, and tries to answer the biggest questions of all - why are we here and how were we made?" I reckon that I can cope with that, but I fear that I'll need a beer or two to get me through Part Three.

Finally, there's Dangerous Knowledge, a one-off documentary that's on next week. Sounds intriguing, and slightly depressing. I'll need to get even more beer in.

The astute will note that all of the above are BBC programmes... I just thought that I would mention it.

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