Going to the Life Laundry

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 DIY and interior design shows purport to improve your life by improving your environment – but do any of them actually work? You can get the Homefront team to do your kitchen for you, or call for DIY SOS when you’ve made a hames of things yourself. The Changing Rooms posse […]

The Rules of Comedy

Monday, October 21, 2002 So you want to write a radical situation comedy? It’s got to be ground-breaking and edgy with new settings and scenarios, unlike anything seen before. Father Ted, Seinfeld and Will and Grace all rolled into one. In that case, you just have to follow the rules. You might think comedy is […]

Losing the Ryder Cup

Monday, September 30, 2002 Spare a thought for Steve Ryder, the journeyman sports broadcaster for the BBC. He’s just spent the last three days covering the Ryder Cup (no relation), without being able to bring us any live coverage, because the Sky Sports schemers had the rights. Poor Steve, normally enthroned on high above the […]

All Grown Up – Minority Report reviewed

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 ‘What happened to our sense of wonder?’ mumbles Van Morrison in his song ‘On Hyndford Street’, and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report answers that question with a degree of pain and pessimism we’ve not seen from him before.  Spielberg was famously the Peter Pan of Hollywood, his films warmed by the sense […]

Ray Mears – Practical visionary

Monday, July 22, 2002 Ray Mears is that rare and perfect combination – a practical visionary. When he’s talking you through the challenges of surviving in the world’s wildernesses, you trust his judgement and expertise, but you also warm to his more philosophical side. I’ve always been disappointed they make astronauts out of fighter pilots […]