TV: Impractical Jokers

I recently stumbled upon an extremely funny programme called ‘Impractical Jokers’. This then spawned a 3hour late night tv session with increasing levels of hysterical laughter. This was the UK version, broadcasted on BBC3. It is the first time I had heard of this show at all, but I have now become hooked.

After finding out that it was originally an American show, I decided to spend an entire day watching episodes and clips online. This was possibly one of the most rewarding things I have done in a while. If you have not seen this show, watch it. Here is a clip:

Try not to pee yourselves!

4/5

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Songs for Christmas

While Gangnam style may be a very popular song that has a tendency to induce psychotic episodes and brings people to a happy place by dancing like a complete moron in public, I was left quite perplexed whilst watching BBC3 last night. Before the episode of Family Guy at 10.30pm, there was a show reel of all the films and television that will be shown throughout the Christmas season. These classic Christmas songs were set to the background music of Psy’s Gangnam style.

While I have nothing against ridiculous music that actually has the added effect of making ‘cool’ people look like retards, I am not sure whether the BBC has chosen the best genre of music to represent Christmas.

Here’s a list of better suited songs:

Jingle Bells – Yuletide Blasphemy

Merry Christmas I F_____ Your Snowman – Showcase Showdown

Slashed Wrists This Christmas – Gruff Rhys

I Will Cry at Christmas – Denim

Coventry Carol – Maddy Prior

Reindeer – The Knife

Blue Xmas (To Whom it May Concern) – Miles Davis

I Believe in Father Christmas – GregLake

I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up for Christmas – Aimee Mann

No Xmas for John Quays – The Fall

Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa – De La Soul

Santa Claus – The Sonics

Yeah so the entire list was stolen from a Guardian article but its Monday morning and I’m tired and lazy. Plus copy and pasting is so easy.

So I lied, no books, just TV

Well – a little bit about books.

When you’re off work sick what do you do? My general habits involve spending several hours feeling sorry for myself, and then indulging in warm drinks and watching Sherlock Holmes for hours on end. And when I say Sherlock Holmes, I mean the real thing – not that Hollywood Robert Downey Jr rubbish – I mean classical Jeremy Brett, horse and carriage, old school Sherlock Holmes.

However, I am also quite fond of the BBC show, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The best thing about this remake is that it doesn’t actually have the pretence of being a remake – it’s a whole new interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classics. It brings Sherlock to the present day without loosing the essence of the character – he is still that socially awkward, seemingly asexual detective that everyone loves.

In support of these two Sherlock Holmes franchises I bought them all on iTunes, then broke my laptop and have not bought myself a new one, so I am now stuck with bad quality internet streaming on the laptop borrowed from my other half. Oh the sacrifices one must make to get their necessary fix of comfort TV.

On a positive note, a third series of Sherlock is expected to start production in a few months time, so, hopefully, it wont be too long before the general population can indulge in this delight once again.

Also, a note about the books: They are fabulous – I’ve gotten through all of the short stories but have not yet got round to reading the novels. All in good time Arthur, I promise I shall read them soon.

All hail Autumn television!

Why does the US start new programmes in September/October? Is it because the winter blues are here and everyone’s too depressed to go outside? So they stay in watching TV and eat loads of cake. Well, America, I don’t appreciate that all shows are condensed into the autumn/winter months, spread them out a bit! Its not like I go out in summer, I have no social life America! Take that into account when making your schedules…

So anyway, the new season of:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation –

A decent start, continuity from the last season which is always a good thing. And I know it’s been a few years, but I still miss Grissom. CBS, I will give you one hundred trillion dollars to bring him back! The weird bug guy made the show. But in all seriousness, the characters are good, let’s just hope for some consistently good content over the season.

CSI: New York –

Not an immensely strong season premiere, I hoped for better things from you New York! But, a decent amount of the original characters are still there. Just a pre-warning, you replace Gary and I’ll leave. Forever.

Law and Order: SVU –

Not too sure about the double episode, I didn’t think the content needed to be stretched quite that much. I’m also not entirely certain if I agree with all this conspiracy stuff. The show was good when they got victims, arrested criminals and tried them in court. Why change the recipe??

The Mentalist –

This programme is good because it is infuriating. Does that make sense? I’m not sure if I still like it as much as I did the first couple of seasons, BUT the fact that I still don’t know who Red John is will keep me watching.

NCIS –

Dun dun duuh, the terrorist is dead by the end of the programme?? Well I wasn’t expecting that! But it was pretty cool how it happened. These programmes really do have the clichés in common don’t they? I’m not sure why I continue to watch. I think its out of routine and familiarity at this stage.

Homeland –

I started watching this because my other half saw the advert and said “TCRC, I think you’ll love this” (Yes, my other half calls me by an acronym – because that is true love). So I watched season 1 and I guess I liked it enough to start watching this season too. Not too sure on the first episode, but it could develop nicely.

How I met your mother –

This is trash TV at its very best, and so frustrating. So the first episode starts off with a glimpse of the mother’s ankles – well now, that’s basically porn! Part of me hopes that this season will be the last, just so I can find out who the bloody mother is, while the other half is like, NO, carry on FOREVER!

The Big Bang Theory –

I’m kind of sad that Howard is still in space. It’s cool to watch but I do live in hope that he will return soon. This is by far the best of the returns this autumn, mainly because I can relate to the characters so well, being that I am a HUGE geek, and, obviously, a physicist. Well, I got an A in GCSE physics, so I’m probably qualified enough.

Any other shows you followers (all 7 of you) are watching this autumn?

The Brit chasers

Review: The Revolution Will Be Televised, BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc4Qvx2ri7U

Just a glimpse of BBC’s new satirical comedy. FYI: All the episodes so far are available on iplayer at the moment.

So this political comedy show, well it’s just ingenious isn’t it? Mocking our political system amongst other random British sentiments, it is a hilarious show. And seeing what these guys get up to and, more so, get away with is very entertaining. I recommend this show to any dissatisfied Brit or anyone who simply wants a laugh at “the man’s” expense.

And while I completely stand by the fact that this is a brilliant programme, the only issue I have with it in the slightest is its unoriginality. There is something about it that is just so reminiscent of the Aussie programme The Chasers’ War on Everything and, although the format is different, the familiarities are definitely there. Nonetheless, please do watch it!

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