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  • Ricky Gervais | Shiny Shelf
    BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June

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  • The Thick Of It | Shiny Shelf
    of show but it s a sad day if a great political comedy like this is assumed only to appeal to a niche within the chattering classes As BBC4 can generally not afford to produce its own drama or comedy it seems likely that the cost has already been split with BBC2 but I m making no assumptions it might yet end up in an 11 20 slot This is potentially an important programme so put it where people can see it Line Break By Eddie Robson Share The Thick Of It Tags Armando Iannucci BBC BBC Four BBC Two Comedy TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison

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  • BBC Four | Shiny Shelf
    TV Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky By Eddie Robson on 19 April 2005 Comments Off I don t know anything about Patrick Hamilton or his novels But then that s the point of BBC4 isn t it It allows you to feel like you know something about something Tags BBC BBC Four Patrick Hamilton TV Zoe Tapper That Was The Year That Was Part Two By Shiny Shelf on 29 December 2004 Comments Off I hate this sort of thing I should probably be disqualified from commenting on comics this year on account of only really reading Astonishing X Men Likewise my lit reading is woefully behind with only The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and The Da Vinci Code being published in 2004 I very nearly Tags Alias BBC BBC Four BBC One Beat Takeshi Kitano Comics Douglas Adams DVD Fifth Mike Mignola Movies Music Star Wars TV X Men He Knew He Was Right By Jim Smith on 20 April 2004 Comments Off I haven t read any Trollope not even The Pallisers and He Knew Was Right serialised October 1868 May 1869 published in book form May 1869 is apparently far from typical of the author s work Tags Andrew Davies Anthony Trollope BBC BBC Four BBC Two Bill Nighy David Tennant Geoffrey Palmer Laura Fraser TV Historians of Genius By Mags L Halliday on 24 February 2004 Comments Off The notion that history is the new rock and roll has always struck me as ignorant What this series does is demonstrate that there have always been historical superstars and rock and roll is the real newcomer Tags BBC BBC Four Documentary TV The Alan Clark Diaries By Jim Smith on 27 January 2004 Comments Off Entertaining though this doubtlessly is one can t help but feel dubious about laughing along with the likes of Clark however engagingly John Hurt plays him Tags BBC BBC Four John Hurt TV The Private Life of Samuel Pepys By Eddie Robson on 17 December 2003 Comments Off Something of an odd decision to screen this one off drama so soon after BBC1 s Charles II The Power and the Passion which covered a lot of the same historical period Tags BBC BBC Four Steve Coogan TV On An Average Day By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off One of the most welcome new strands of programming on BBC 4 is a series of contemporary West End theatrical productions which have been taped for posterity Tags BBC BBC Four Kyle MacLachlan TV RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan

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  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Shiny Shelf
    Fry plays the voice of the Guide itself as well Stephen Fry every bit as avuncular and silky in his delivery as Peter Jones before him This attention to getting the characters right occasionally threatens to undersell some of the gags with a lack of overtly comic delivery The direction doesn t necessarily help in this respect concentrating as it does on sweeping visuals rather than tightly edited banter However this is where the cutting back of material from earlier versions really helps as the film goes on the pace picks up and the lapses into expositional Guide entries get fewer and fewer the humour gets snappier and the plot carries through nicely to an all new very satisfying ending It s somewhat telling that its as the story moves further away from radio material and into scenes written straight for the screen that it works better as director Garth Jennings is clearly more comfortable with Gilliam esque visual humour than dialogue The look of the film as a whole is nothing short of gorgeous and also funny in itself aside from the aforementioned Marvin there s a Henry Moore esque version of Deep Thought with a TV for a head an ornate bulbous Heart of Gold and a dazzling Magrathea If you were to write a fatuous one line pitch for Hitchhikers based on the concept and the author you might go for Star Wars crossed with Monty Python That s never been really true of any previous version but it s pretty spot on as a description of the film No it s not the funniest thing you ll ever see but then it s trying to be two things at once a science fiction action movie as well as a comedy As a compromise between these two things trying to cross over between the teenage and student appeal of the books radio series and the demands of a cinema going audience the movie works Yep there are a few things wrong with it but step aside from pre conceptions and it s an enjoyable ride One final note recent interviews with Adams widow friends and colleagues suggest that for the author getting the Hitchhikers movie made would in some way fulfil the potential of the property Regardless of how it is rated compared to earlier incarnations by comprehensively recasting and reshaping the material and delivering it to a new audience Jennings movie has taken Hitchhikers to the level of those select few stories that carry over between generations changing to fit the times and the audience And for a writer having that happen to your work is as close to immortality as it gets Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Tags Comedy Douglas Adams Movies Sam Rockwell Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and

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  • Sam Rockwell | Shiny Shelf
    overnight Tags George Clooney Movies Sam Rockwell Steven Soderbergh Confessions of a Dangerous Mind By Stephen Lavington on 25 March 2003 Comments Off The name Chuck Barris has pretty much zero recognition here in the UK In America he is much more famous Chuck was the TV producer responsible for Tags Charlie Kaufman George Clooney Movies Sam Rockwell Steven Soderbergh RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March

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  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Shiny Shelf
    reflection of the author s own mental state but Hitchhiker s destroys the world for laughs then shows how meaningless and tiny the ultimate apocalypse was It s Hamlet where Arthur gets to see the entire universe and it means nothing It s this sensibility the sheer mockery the word infinite makes of anything a human being can imagine that s the controlling idea of the novels Simon Jones s Arthur was always on the verge of a nervous breakdown even before the Vogons showed up Martin Freeman seems constantly on the verge of falling asleep The main good thing about the movie is that it looks lovely Spot on Everything is perfect The Vogon fleet is everything it needs to be as are the Vogons themselves Like From Hell the design work couldn t be bettered and like From Hell I really hope they filmed the actual movie while the sets were up The ending is also nice a weird reverse Dr Strangelove sequence You don t hear Wonderful World but you do get to see it and that s better It s very much in the spirit of Douglas Adams in his optimistic mode although even that was filtered through the knowledge that the rhinos and parrots he championed were on the verge of extinction There are nice Alice in Wonderland moments like a knife that toasts as it cuts that really sing and whether by Adams or not really seem to capture the spirit of his work The makers know their stuff The bulldozers come from Cottington Council Ford walks into a bar and they call him Ix there are jewelled crabs on Vogsphere Zaphod snacks on Starbix and steals the Heart of Gold from Damoran There s a great attention to detail throughout But it s not funny You know this but I ll spell it out all the same Jokes have two components a set up and a payoff Both have to be present in that order for the joke to work I know that you know that The makers of this movie don t It s not just that old favourite jokes are cut off before they actually become jokes it was in a cellar Arthur declares for all the world like it s a punchline and not just a perfectly reasonable place for planning applications to be located it s that almost everything that s meant to be a joke doesn t get enough build up or the payoff is gabbled out It s cut together in a way that makes almost every effort at comic timing stilted and there s little rapport between the actors Perhaps someone said within earshot of me as we all came out the cinema it wasn t meant to be a comedy Yeah The thing is that s precisely what it s meant to be It fell flat with the audience I saw it with an evening one on the opening weekend so people who presumably were

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  • Help | Shiny Shelf
    and he is consistently undervalued as an actor quietly providing excellent support in often unworthy projects I used to watch Kiss Me Kate a Caroline Quentin vehicle for chrissakes because he was in it His superb work on the spoof documentary series People Like Us probably would have established him more firmly had he not been off screen the whole time unfortunately his film maker character was much funnier if he remained unseen Help ought to belatedly propel Langham to the British comedy A list it s a genuine original which showcases two comic talents to the best of their respective abilities Note to US TV s format hunters don t buy this one unless you ve got a VERY talented actor lined up Line Break By Eddie Robson Share Help Tags BBC BBC Two Comedy Paul Whitehouse TV Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC

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  • Paul Whitehouse | Shiny Shelf
    BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006

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