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The West Wing and widescreen

This is one of those blog posts which is mostly for my own interest. We're up to the start of season 2 in our West Wing DVD (re)watching. That season 1 cliffhanger is brilliant... only spoilt by the excessively perky end theme music (I love the opening title music, but I've never liked the ending piece, to be honest). The West Wing is one of those shows that lasted across the transition from

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SVOD: Stan, Presto, Netflix, Quickflix

I've been pondering Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) services. The thinking goes like this: Let's say I want to watch Breaking Bad. I've heard great things about it, and I love high-quality long-form drama that good television provides. Blu-ray is the best way to watch this type of drama, for the ultimate in (domestically-available) quality picture and sound. But I don't want to buy all t

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The West Wing looks ahead to the 21st century

In my house, we're re-watching The West Wing, after I bought the box set cheap last year as a present to myself. It's just as brilliant as it ever was, and once again leaves you wishing that Barlet actually ran the White House... or if he wasn't in the White House, then maybe in The Lodge. The show is full of snappy dialogue, but this bit from season 1, episode 9 struck me as particularly pr

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Geek central, Melbourne

They say geek is the cool, right? Geek central in Melbourne must be the corner of Elizabeth and Little Collins Streets. Why? Because within a few metres are no less than three pop culture shops: Firstly, there's the Doctor Who "popup" (eg temporary, until January) shop. Actually it has Sherlock merchandise too, which probably makes it more of a Steven Moffat shop. Secondly, a little

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Why does the government want to kill Community TV?

It takes a special kind of cunning to first nobble the National Broadband Network, that if fully implemented might have been able to reliably deliver realtime high-definition video into homes... ...and then cancel community television licences, and demand those stations go online instead. This seems like a bad idea in many ways, not the least of which is that many of the disenfranchised

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Doctor Who breaks new ground for television

It would seem Doctor Who is breaking new ground in some interesting ways. They've engineered a "world tour" which involves the show's stars jetting around the world for live appearances in 6 cities around the globe over about a week. It's just about finished now... I'd imagine they'd be suffering horribly from jetlag by the time they get back to the UK. It was a set of public screenings for fan

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A day at OzComicCon

We went to OzComicCon for the first time on Sunday. Here are some photos. It was at the Exhibition Buildings, and pretty much filled the space, both upstairs and downstairs, plus a couple of big tents outside, one of which included the main stage. Parts of it got quite crowded, and it was kind of amusing to see people dressed up as the most hideous and frightening monsters in the many universes

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Before home video

In the days before home video, we had to resort to other means to re-live movies and TV shows. Novelisations of productions were common. I knew people who had hundreds of Doctor Who novelisations -- virtually every story had a book published. I had perhaps a dozen. Other books made it into publication -- scripts, programme guides, and spin-off material. Of course these are still common, but

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Who remembers Infinity Limited?

Sometime one morning in 1983 (I think) I was walking through Elsternwick Park on my way to the bus stop to go to school (year 7), when I saw a hot air balloon at low altitude. On the basket appeared to be a Penrose triangle -- the logo for Infinity Limited, the ABC's science show for kids, which we used to watch at school. Turned out they were filming a scene for an episode -- the park is less

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RIP Rik Mayall

BBC: Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56 I'm quite upset by this news. As a teenager, I grew up with - and adored - the shows he was in... The Young Ones of course, but I went hunting for those that people may have since forgotten (or never seen, because they didn't make it to air here, or were on at obscure times)... Filthy Rich And Catflap, The Comic Strip Presents (including