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  1. Empty sets - BBC Archive

    “Give your video calls a makeover, with this selection of over 100 empty sets from the BBC Archive.” Very good. (via @wonderlandblog)

  2. The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks | Vanity Fair

    Lovely, long description of making the show by cast and crew, fourteen or so years on. Must have been brilliant to be a part of something like that.

  3. Brian Sewell: the BBC’s factual television is an insult to the nation

    Very good. So rare to find a documentary that is complex or deep and isn’t full of daft re-enactments or the presenter pretending to “discover” something.

  4. Double Agents in Love by Lorrie Moore | The New York Review of Books

    A decent, and favourable, review of ‘Homeland’. Good on the second series’ confusion, and the romance that doesn’t quite work: “Give Danes and Lewis a country cabin, a roaring fire, and a bottle of wine, and we feel only anxiety.”

  5. A Complete Guide to Seinfeld’s Sneakers | Complex

    Not that Jerry’s style is one to be emulated, but top marks for obsession. (via Kottke)

  6. Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 1 on Vimeo

    I love watching these kinds of effects reels. It’s amazing what you see these days that’s so realistic you don’t really notice the effects. (via Kottke)

  7. Movies, Downloads, Blu Ray, DVDs, Cinema & TV Listings | Find Any Film

    Alerts for when films you want to see appear in the formats you want. Good idea but ugly, confusing, unintuitive, Lottery-funded. Needs a slap with the Web 2.0 stick.

  8. U B U W E B - Film & Video: John Berger - Ways of Seeing (1972)

    Ooh, all four episodes for download. I’ve never seen the TV version.

  9. - News List - Football’s coming home to Channel 4

    Channel 4 gets Sunday Night Football. I’m very glad there’s some free-to-air NFL again, but am amazed deals like this are only finalised a week before the season starts. I hope the presenters are as good as Five’s were.

  10. YouTube - BBC Town Planning Programme circa 1961

    Featuring the Barbican area, London Wall, etc. A shame the clip is so short. More, more!

  11. David Mamet’s Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit | Movieline

    I’m a sucker for writing tips, whatever medium they’re intended for. (via Daring Fireball)

  12. Fader | iPlayer Grabber, the iPlayer downloader for Mac OS X

    iPlayer has ceased to function on my G4 PowerBook - it gets about one frame per second. But iPlayer Grabber lets me watch things on it. Hurrah!

  13. Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: Saving Britain’s Past

    This really is a good programme, with a nice balance of old and modern. And no struggling to make stories over-dramatic, like too many documentaries these days.

  14. BBC - BBC Internet Blog: A Christmas Present from the HD Channel!

    A way to calibrate your HD TV, but mostly for the links to Flickr pictures of HD-sized versions of the traditional BBC test card with girl and clown.

  15. Home

    A good source of answers to the question “what model of TV should I get?” (and similar, I imagine).

  16. Pulse Laser: Shownar

    This is what I’ve been working on, off and on, for the past while, with the lovely folks at Schulze & Webb. Is good.

  17. TV Writing - Pilot School

    Scripts for loads of pilot episodes of (mostly) US TV shows. (via John August)

  18. Television Tropes & Idioms - Home Page

    Big wiki cataloging “devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations”. Big, big time sink.

  19. Girls who eat their feelings, girls who don’t eat anything… | Ask Metafilter

    List of scenes from movies that explain the different cliques within a school. Looking forward to the YouTube compilation.

  20. is serially monomaniacal: Hallelujah

    2007 article about Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and its covers. Also good on ‘The OC’. More decent writing about TV please. (via Blech)

  21. YouTube - Sony Bravia LCD TV Advert (Play Doh) & “The Making of”

    A TV ad with stop-motion rabbits (which I hadn’t seen until now) followed by a little making of doc. Amazing amounts of coordination to get it all done. (via Ted Mills)

  22. 2.0 Expo 2008: Clay Shirky

    Or watch Clay give that “how do they find the time?” talk in person on this video. Worth it; he’s an awesome speaker. (via Daring Fireballl)

  23. Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody

    Clay on the answer to “where do they [gamers, Wikipedias, bloggers, etc.] find the time?” By watching less TV. Great stuff.

  24. BBC drops Grange Hill | Media |

    Damn. I’ve still been enjoying recent series, and the next one will be the last. I bet you it (and Top of the Pops) will be brought back by future BBC decision makers, like Dr Who was.

  25. Interviewing the man behind The Wire. - By Meghan O’Rourke - Slate Magazine

    Interesting interview. Sees the show “as a 66-hour movie” and “a Greek tragedy, but instead of the gods being petulant and jealous Olympians hurling lightning bolts down at our protagonists, it’s the Postmodern institutions that are the gods” (via Kottke)

  26. YouTube - Broadcast Yourself - Results for “grange hill”

    Fantastic amounts of time wasting. See especially “grange hill,old ,skool” (the “Just Say No” video).

  27. Grange Hill Online - Mersey TV Pulls Plug on GH Online

    Copyright issues beset the world of Grange Hill fandom.

  28. BBC - CBBC - Grange Hill

    A new series, the 28th, starts this afternoon. Hurrah!

  29. Bloggerheads (UK) - Jerry Springer, the BBC, Mediawatch UK, and those f**king c**ts at The Sun

    Wonderful deconstruction of the insane rabid Christians’ and tabloids’ mindless campaign. The ironies keep on coming.

  30. MVGroup

    Good collection of Bit Torrented documentaries, including ‘Connections’ (you have to register for forums to see the listings).

  31. blinkx video search

    Search TV and radio broadcasts. Works nicely, although clips are a bit short. “Smart Folders” (if you’re on Windows) sound good.

  32. Poynter Online - How I Wrote The Sopranos: Deconstructing the Stories Behind the Bada-Bing

    Summary of David Chase and team’s process for creating the nested stories and arcs.

  33. BBC - BBC Four Music - Gillian Welch Session

    Tonight or tomorrow… if her recentish show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire was anything to go by, this should be awesome.

  34. The Living Room Candidate

    Awesomely comprehensive collection of US presidential campaign TV adverts from 1952 to 2004 (doesn’t seem to work in Firefox).

  35. This week’s UK television

    Beautifully minimal, customisable UK TV listings, including XML versions.

  36. Seinfeld Videos

    Torrents for every season of Seinfeld (in a choice of low and high qualities).

  37. Seinfeld DVD - It’s Official! - Seinfeld Blog Discussion

    Finally. Although I bet many fans have long since given up waiting and downloaded all the episodes by now…

  38. Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | John Barron

    Awwww, CJ’s died. No, not West Wing CJ, Reggie Perrin CJ:

  39. BBC - BBC Four Documentaries - The Shock of the New Episode Guide

    The whole series is being reshown, starting tonight. It *was* my art history class on my foundation course. Brilliant.

  40. Big Brother Popularity Poll

    Graph showing changing popularity of housemates over time.

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