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Telly Notes: Nigel Slater makes a right meal of supper

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 23/09/2009 - 17:12

Define ‘simple cooking’. Easy? Quick? Cheap? It’s all of those, certainly. What it is unlikely to conjure up are visions of growing your own seasonal vegetables, planning and nurturing your various roots and shoots for months on end before finally picking a few of them to form the basis of a stew. There’s something terribly flawed in the concept of the series Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers (BBC One) and, more generally – let’s not blame Nigel here – with TV’s incessant blending of cookery and ‘grow your own’ as though the two activities are one and the same thing.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 23/09/2009 - 09:20

If you watch only one programme tonight, make sure it's Wounded (BBC1, 9pm). Whatever you think about the British presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fact is our young men and women are dying out there, or coming home with horrific injuries. Wounded is on our screens tonight as the Ministry of Defence has allowed a camera crew to film some of these troopers for the first time ever. This emotionally wrenching documentary follows two soldiers from their arrival back home through their entire treatment and rehab. You'll need a strong stomach to watch this as some of the footage is graphic, whether it's the depiction of a landmine going off or close-ups of a bloody stump where a leg was blown off. Continues after the news.

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Film Industry News Bites

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Wed, 23/09/2009 - 07:33

Trio signed to star in Facebook movie
Director David Fincher has cast the three major players in his movie about the formation of Facebook. CEO of the company Mark Zuckerberg will be played by Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg, founding President Sean Parker will be played by Justin Timberlake and co-founder Eduardo Saverin will be played by Andrew Garfield. More on this story at Variety.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Tue, 22/09/2009 - 09:41

The growing hysteria about paedophilia in the UK has led to some very draconian laws that have restricted the rights of all of us. But while it's easy to acknowledge that child porn has become more accessible thanks to the internet, which has also made it easy for paedophiles to groom vulnerable children, has the actual problem really increased? In To Catch A Paedophile (ITV1, 10.35pm) ex-cop and child protection expert, Mark Williams-Thomas, goes behind the scenes at the Paedophile Unit attached to London's Metropolitan Police. The cameras trailed the specialist officers for 6 months to observe how they track down and arrest paedophiles, including the controversial practice of honey-trapping potential offenders in internet chatrooms. This promises to be a fascinating insight into the workings of a vice squad. Part two is next week.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 21/09/2009 - 09:32

As a nation we have a reputation for producing "great British eccentrics", but nutters come from elsewhere too. Dutchman Wim Hof is one such - the kind of bloke you look at and think, "mad! Just barking!" I'm sure he's a lovely person but he's the star of Channel 4's Daredevils tonight (9pm) and the subtitle, The Ice Man, is a bit of a giveaway as to his nuttiness. For Hof decided last March to run a marathon 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle. So? What's so nutty about that? Only the fact that Hof did it wearing sandals and shorts, and went shirtless to up the ante a tad. This film is about Hof's preparation and

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Rage: The world's first interactive multi-venue film premiere

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 20/09/2009 - 15:45

Rage Premiere

By Vicky Seymour-Hunt

The world's first completely interactive and multi-venue film premiere will take place across the UK and Europe on Thursday, September 24. Sally Potter's new film, Rage, will be broadcast live via satellite from London's BFI Southbank to up to 30 different digitally-equipped venues, in an unusual one-night-only screening.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 20/09/2009 - 08:43

The most engaging prospect in the schedules this evening is Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour (Channel 4, 9pm). In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, our young aristocracy would embark on the "grand tour" of Europe before returning home to a lifetime of running their stately homes, our nation and the empire. Here, the design pundit follows in their footsteps to find out exactly what they got up to when unleashed in the great cities across the channel (clue: it wasn't all learning about art and languages, it involved a lot of sex and drugs and their equivalent of rock 'n' roll). This looks to be both educational and entertaining. The four-parter begins tonight in Paris as McCloud traces the trip made by architect Inigo Jones.

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Tonight's terrestrial telly tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 19/09/2009 - 08:12

Blow the trumpets and send in the jousting knights! For by Camelot, Merlin is back on BBC1 tonight at 6.40pm. Setting aside the very splendidness and all-round brilliance of Doctor Who, Merlin is simply the best family viewing to have graced early Saturday night screens in yonks. Yes, it's all daft fantasy that bears little resemblance to the meagre known truth of Arthur's court, but it's incredibly well-made daft fantasy. It's well scripted, the fabulous CGI comes from The Mill (which does Who and Torchwood), it'll scare your kids the right amount in all the right places and

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WIN one of 5 double passes to The Crimson Wing screening plus Q&A

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 18/09/2009 - 21:19

To celebrate the release of Disneynature’s first film, The Crimson Wing, Screenjabber is giving five lucky people the chance win a pair of tickets to a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with co-directors, Matt Aeberhard and Leander Ward.

This exclusive screening of The Crimson Wing will take place at London's Cineworld Haymarket on Monday September 21 at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 6pm.

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News: Waveriders bags top surf award

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 18/09/2009 - 11:59

Irish surf film Waveriders bagged the Best Documentary Prize at the 37th Annual Surfer Poll and Video Awards held in California on Wednesday (September 15).

Directed by Joel Conroy and narrated by Cillian Murphy, the film charts the story of legendary Irish-Hawaiian lifeguarding pioneer George Freeth, the man credited as the "father of modern surfing", who was responsible for the rebirth of the Hawaiian Sport of Kings in the early 20th century and for introducing surfing to the sunny shores of California.

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