April 1, 2006
"Call me Bubbles, darling, everybody does"
Friday night television has become so fokkin' Brittastic that I cannot leave my house - or my flat, as it were. At 9 pm, we have the new Doctor Who on the SciFi Channel. This one stars Christopher Eccleston as a very enthusiastic Dr. Who and Billie Piper as his sidekick, Rose.
Fans of British Pop know that Billie was a cheesy pop star in the late 90's, whose career tanked after 2 albums, at which time she hooked up with the infamous Chris Evans, dethroned radio god in England. The paparazzi then followed Billie for several years as she did nothing with her life but walk down streets to pubs, usually with horrible roots. She has since left Evans and done good with this series, in which she is quite spunky. If you have not watched, let it fill your Battlestar Galactica void, though it's considerably more lighthearted than that very earnest show.
After Who, we catch 20 mins of the near-perfect 3rd season of Little Britain on BBC America. My fave characters are Bubbles ("Champagne darling!") Devere, the ginormous sex-crazed minx and her rival Desiree, who must be seen to be believed... they always end up nude and in shocking sexual situations.
At 10:20 pm BBC has Nick Park's Creature Comforts, a show which welds Park's claymation creatures (different non-human species, like slugs, rats, moles and woodpeckers) to interviews with what I presume are real people, talking about various subject like gardens or clowns. It's hilarious and really sweet. Park does a brillant job of matching the voices to the various animals, insects, etc. I really love it when the interviews feature someone who is inarticulate, has a lisp, or seems to fall asleep mid-interview. This show concept pre-dates Wallace And Grommit, but I am just catching up.
So you see, I cannot leave the house on Friday night! I must turn down my many invites...not since the days of Homicide and X-Files have I been so nailed to the couch.
Posted by xolondon