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Where does one start with Black Ball?
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Where does one start with Black Ball? A film vaguely based on a true story? Another addition to the long list of Mel Smith directed comedies which do not quite work? A stab at Ealingesque class warfare? A film about bowls? A satire on the commerciali[…]

I only got to see Boudiccea, I mean
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I only got to see Boudiccea, I mean Boudicca, during the ad breaks of The Deal last night, but what I saw suggested that I may have made the right choice. Chelmsford 123 is not so far in the past that some of us don’t remember its piss poor att[…]

He was smart, bisexual, funny, cynical, daring, vivid
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He was smart, bisexual, funny, cynical, daring, vivid, his poems sold tens of thousands on day of publication and went on to grip a generation all across Revolutionary Europe: so why does the BBC insist Byron be read in vague RADA mumbles by a wan qu[…]

Do You Remember Saturday Morning TV?
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Do You Remember Saturday Morning TV? – Philip Schofield, Emma Forbes, Sarah Greene, Cheggers, Andi Peters, Gordon the Gopher…where are you now?
This morning I switched on the TV and witnessed the hideous debacle that is “Dick and D[…]

Newscasters should be your friends
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Newscasters should be your friends: well, actually, I’m not at all sure if this is true. They pop up in your life night after night, but it’s a bit mad to smile back at them or wave goodnight when they say “see you tomorrow”. […]

Masturbation is shocking!
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Masturbation is shocking! Raising Victor Vargas proves this, when the evilest thing the titular character can do is supposedly teach his brother how to masturbate. The only problem with other tremendous RVV is that the lead chaarcter is too nice. The[…]

Jellybaby?
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Jellybaby??
THE RETURN OF DOCTOR WHO TO THE BBC! The Do You See campaign for Johnny Depp to play the doctor starts here! Jessica Stevenson for assistant? Zombie Pirate K9?
Can’t you hear those gentle strains now? Diggerydum diggerydum diggeryd[…]

Save vs Death
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Save vs Death: article from the fine gaming site State positing that a lack of reliance on stat-crunching and character customisation is killing the computer Role-Playing Game. It had me spluttering with disbelief, mostly at the notion that 2nd Editi[…]

COMMENTARY CONUNDRA
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COMMENTARY CONUNDRA
YELLOW SUBMARINE
Commentator: line producer John Coates
You sometimes wonder who they’re going to get as a commentator on some discs — as will be seen eventually, you half figure they just called up whoever was around[…]

Since the Christmas schedules are crammed with big news titles squaring up for a fight of Harryhausen proportions
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Since the Christmas schedules are crammed with big news titles squaring up for a fight of Harryhausen proportions, the third quarter is closing to the sound of decks being cleared. The year’s poor sellers are being dumped onto high street conc[…]

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