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Bookmarks tagged with “tv”

  1. The Solitary Life of Cranes - 4oD - Channel 4

    A beautiful documentary about what it’s like to work as a crane driver, looking down on London. And you can watch it. Free. The Internet is good.

  2. TV drama: The Shield versus The Wire | Television & radio | The Guardian

    Chris Petit from 2008, for the bit on The Shield. “The Shield is reprobate, founded on moral ambiguity, driven by violence, lacking the core of good guys who police Homicide and The Wire … [it] is more like science fiction in its prediction of anarchic alienation and breakdown.”

  3. Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation - World on a Wire

    Three hour German TV science fiction film from 1973, which sounds great, re-released on DVD. (via an article in June 2010 ‘Sight & Sound’)

  4. Grange Hill Online - Locations

    Amazing: matching up shots from Grange Hill episodes with photos of the real world contemporary locations. The Internet’s fab. (via EnemyOfChaos on Twitter)

  5. What all this Leno/Conan/Late Night Gubbins is about: a primer for friends in the UK (from )

    Lengthy but clear explanation from Anna Pickard. Hurrah! I’m hoping she does get started on ‘Saturday Night Live’…

  6. David Simon - Vice Magazine

    Once you’re past the interviewer’s introduction, this is good, aside from being split over several pages. Grr. Particularly liked the explanation of the Ancient Greek vs Shakespearean difference between The Wire and most other TV/film.

  7. Copy©unts

    Showing where advertisers steal their ideas from. Which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t still claim to be innovative. (via Haddock)

  8. Channelography

    “Creates statistics about BBC Programmes by reading and analysing the captions.” Like the start of a way to search the “text” of programmes.

  9. Misfits -

    Click ‘Play’ to see what I’ve been making with Six To Start for the past few weeks.

  10. Equinux - Mac software to watch, chat and record digital TV

    The Tube. Looks like an interesting alternative to something like EyeTV for watching and recording TV, if you have a tuner. Plus social gubbins.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Home

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

  15. 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.

  16. YouTube - Cassetteboy vs The Bloody Apprentice

    By half way through I couldn’t stop laughing. Bloody brilliant.

  17. TV Writing - Pilot School

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

  18. April Fool Funeral at Improv Everywhere

    For the clip of the US TV news show lifting an April Fool from the Improv Everywhere site and reporting it as if it was real, without doing any checking.

  19. BBC News | Entertainment | BBC Two to show US TV’s The Wire

    Showing every night!? Sheeeeeeeeeeeeit, why does BBC2 screw up every single decent US show it gets its dumb hands on?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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)

  23. The Netizen

    I’ve been digitising VHS tapes. I found this 1996/7 TV show from the then soon to be defunct Wired TV. It’s quite dull.

  24. YouTube - The Day Today - Britain in Crisis

    Always worth a watch when it looks like things are tanking. “This is Britain and everything’s alright. Everything’s alright. It’s OK. It’s fine.”

  25. LRB · Mark Greif: You’ll Love the Way It Makes You Feel

    Great article on ‘Mad Men’, nailing some (but not all) of the things that annoy me about it. But so many people rave about it, despite all this, that we’re going to try again…

  26. Back to the Garden: 1958 TV show on Global Warming!

    It’s more than a little galling to see a TV programme from 1958 explaining global warming. We’re only doing something about it now!? (via Boing Boing)

  27. 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)

  28. 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)

  29. 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.

  30. BBC - BBC Three - TV Listings

    TV listings done as a slowly whizzy (and pointless) Flash thing. Is there really *nothing* more useful that BBC staff could be doing? (via Haddock)

  31. 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.

  32. “You Don’t Understand Our Audience” by John Hockenberry

    “…a series of lessons I learned about how television news had lost its most basic journalistic instincts in its search for the audience-driven sweet spot, the ‘emotional center’ of the American people.” (via Oblinks)

  33. Grange Hill Online | Series 31 is coming!

    Being shown “exclusively” on CBBC”, old theme tune returns, age range covered is moving downward for a younger audience, “fantasy sequences” being introduced… doesn’t sound good.

  34. What bugs me is not identity fraud but who will be watchdog to BBC’s Watchdog

    Funny piece by Toby Young about Watchdog’s Facebook identity theft scare mongering. (via ObLinks)

  35. BBC - Programmes

    What I’ve been working on, launched today: a permanent URL for every episode of every TV and radio programme. The data needs much improving and there’s lots more goodness to come…

  36. Swear-engine from Ben Hammersley

    “An entire episode of Deadwood, with everything but the swearing taken out.” Even more than I expected. I miss Deadwood.

  37. - Watch Movies/Cartoons/TV-shows/Animes online!

    Links to TV/movies watchable online elsewhere. I keep forgetting the URL.

  38. TV Links

    Lots and lots of TV that’s been on in the UK to (presumably illegally) watch online. (via Haddock)

  39. Henry Woolf

    My suspicions confirmed: Harold Pinter’s lifelong friend and collaborator was also the man from 1980s education show ‘Words and Pictures’. He could have spiced things up a bit more…

  40. 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)

  41. YouTube - Torn

    Caught this performance while flipping channels the other night and liked it a lot. The Internet’s great when you can just point at bits of TV like this.

  42. YouTube - Olbermann: the beginning of the end of America

    Awesome rant about Bush’s irresonsibility. Fantastic and relentless. I love how Americans still refer to the subject of their ire as “sir”. (via Haddock)

  43. YouTube - Extras - Episode 5 - Acting by Sir Ian

    I’m very much enjoying ‘Extras’. Some great bits, like Ian McKellen’s description of acting. Wonderful, and so straight-faced.

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

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

  45. My So-Called Life, Episode 19

    We finished watching the series this week. I feared it wouldn’t have stood the test of time, but it was mostly good, and the final scene had me in tears.

  46. Guardian Unlimited | The Guide | Jacques Peretti: History in the remaking

    The commodification of our childhood memories. “Once they start making programmes about your youth, you may as well kill yourself with a spiked ball, preferably while wearing rollerskates.”

  47. Trading Spouses Margaret freaking out - Google Video

    Very scary video from a US version of “Wife Swap”. Now, this woman vs Richard Dawkins would be interesting… (via

  48. Wonderland: New PSP advert

    Cool TV ad by Alice’s sister, a smidgen of which was shot one Sunday downstairs on Beech Street.

  49. Stella Artois - Le Sacrifice , ad, advert | visit4info | TV/Cinema

    I don’t like adverts, but I do smile when I see this fake surrealist film ad at the cinema. Nicely done.

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