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Presenting the next Oscars: Jon Stewart!

I think I'll take a peek at Life on Mars; it's a new drama coming to BBC1 soon, looking at a detective swept from 2006 back to 1973. Not exactly the first occasion time travel's been used in a drama, but, it might be worthwhile. Here's one of the trailers (2MB).

You really want to read this entry by the inimitable Ursula Vernon, wherein she recounts.. memories of dogs. ^_^

This Sanyo camcorder might be in my future this year. I'd like to get something HD-capable; even though my old Hi-8 Hitachi's still going strong at about ten years old, getting the right coal for its steam chamber is becoming troublesome. It's "only" 720p, whereas there's also a similarly priced Sony capable of 1080i; unfortunately, it looks like 1080p remains the preserve of professional units in the five digit range. Being able to double as a reasonable still camera (5.1MP) would be pretty cool, too.

Big bunny.

From Romania, an advert against cosmetics testing on animals:

(The original 2.5MB version can be found here)
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And just for the hell of it, here's a German musical curiosity I came across a while back in some long-lost net.nook: Dschinghis Khan - Moskau (5.1MB), with much, much more polyester than you probably recall him being originally famous for.
Hmm.. eight parts? Might be a good thing - that means they've got the entirety planned and written, so there won't be endless padding involved. (Crime Traveller? Don't think I ever came across that.. but my TV's pretty much exclusively from online sources, so I don't get to see promos or ads, nor, sadly, series folks don't bother making available)

Hyperdrive might be worth a look.. we'll see soon enough. Feels like they might be aiming a bit self-consciously to be Wacky™, but that could easily be the website copyrighter's fault.

(So where are ITV and C4's SF contenders? Or are they just conceding the field entirely to Doctor Who, as if there can be only one SF show on TV at any given time? I suppose C4 needs the airtime for Big Brother and its fifty squillion offspring)
Crime Traveller was made years ago, think it was aimed to be like a mid way point between Dr Who + a bog standard Cop show...my Bfs got the DVDS, but it was kind of a 'Once watch' for me [See also 'Star Cops' = post Blakes 7 days + CRAP] "The Tripods" has prob always been my fave English Sci Fi show [Dunno if you've seen both series, or better still read the books ?]

I can't help thinking Hyperdrive will prob try to be 'Wacky' but fail miserably, just be considered a piss poor Red Dwarf rip off etc, but I guess I'll give the first ep or 2 a chance..charas don't look all that intreaging to look at etc

ITV has never really bothered with Sci Fi / Telefantasy much, just a few odd shows like "The Tomorrow people" etc and Gerry Anderson stuff etc

C4 just buy in stuff, think they think they had a major coup getting 'Lost' and later series of 'Friends' instead of Sky, they show a lot of stuff Skys shown too like the ST series, Stargate etc...wouldn't be surprised if they are the first tresstrial channel to show the New Battlestar Galactica series [Show I've got a LOT of respect for, hope you've seen or watch it !]
Hm! Sounds like CT'd be worth a look at least.. whenabouts does it date from?

Ah, The Tripods. Frightening stuff.. not even sure I'd be able to watch it again. (See also Cube, inspired by a work by Jim Henson from 1969)

True, ITV doesn't seem to have much of a SF track record - though we shouldn't forget Sapphire & Steel. ^_^ The interplay between MacCallum and Lumley was quite something. Pity it sounds like the CG Captain Scarlet crew's been disbanded - certainly, its TV budget showed, but I was impressed how faithfully it followed the spirit of the original, taking full advantage of CG to accomplish scenes they couldn't have dreamt of realising with marionettes and physical sets.

If only C4 could find their way to being an innovative broadcaster again - but they've drunk too deeply of Big Brother. (As have the current Republicans, but that's another matter :)