’60s Batman: What I’ve Learned

Robin and I are just good friends. Sometimes I just pretend I didn’t see the Bat Signal; especially if it’s really late at night and it’s cold and raining. Just send out some damn cops; my taxes pay for them, so in a way I’m still saving the city. And I pay a lot of…

MTV Arabia

MTV Arabia launches this week and the 60th MTV channel could be the most influential since the original launched 26 years ago. Time Out spoke to those in charge about beginnings, censorship, and cleaning up hip hop. Words Matt Pomroy MTV is now older than most of the people who currently watch it. It was…

Spies Like U.S.

Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two deep-cover KGB spies hiding in the plain-sight of Washington DC’s suburbs in mid-1981. They’ve been there since the ’60s in an arranged marriage, as part of a special breed of Russian spies, trained for years to be able to pass themselves off as ordinary Americans.…

The Twilight it’s OK to like

From 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling hosted half-hour tales that melded sci-fi, mystery and morality tales, usually with a twist. It would prove to be some of the most creative and influential television ever made. His show, The Twilight Zone, was described by horror writer Stephen King in the early 1980s as being “damn near…

Cop and ratings

Why police procedurals continue to endure – and influence. A TV holy trinity of cop, lawyer and doctor series will once again be churned out this year. Studios love them as they deliver solid ratings and because there can be a new crime/case/ patient each week, meaning the viewer can miss a few episodes and…

What would Larry David do?

The new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm doesn’t just mark the return of one of TV’s best comedies, but also the return of a modern-day hero Here’s a test for any man. You can judge what sort of person you are by how much you agree with Larry David in the HBO comedy Curb Your…

Jacques in a box set

Broadcast into millions of homes around the world from 1966 to 1976, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries chronicled the sub-aquatic explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew aboard RV Calypso. For the first time, the entire series is available on DVD. The former French naval officer, who died in 1997 aged 87, was…