How to create your own festive television schedule

Television in this region makes almost no concession to the fact it’s the Christmas season, so here’s a list of TV episodes (with series and episode number) you might want to get hold of to put you in the mood. In this case, a good mood — sorry EastEnders fans. And, of course, we’re not…

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 Cousteau documentary

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…

Great White Hope

The latest in a line of white-trash sitcoms, and why it’s more real that reality TV. In times like these when the rich are screwing the poor more than ever, it’s nice to be able to root for the underdog. But underdogs on television are increasingly appearing via reality TV, where it’s often hard to…

Internet Archive

The online treasure-trove of free film As the fight against illegal downloads goes on, it’s worth knowing that an increasing number of films, music and books have fallen legally into the public domain and are now free for everyone. You’re able to access these files via The Internet Archive (www.archive.org) and it’s fast becoming one…