I’m surprised there’s been no mention of this on here over the weekend. A three day pop-up DAB station with loads of archive stuff from across the 50 years of BBC Radio 1. Currently listening to Emperor Rosko, who is baffling but playing(ed) some great tunes.
The imminent BBC report of how much its highest paid front of camera people earn seems to be generating more media furore than anything since, well, the announcement of of a new Doctor Who who has two hearts but not X and Y chromosomes. I kind of get that they are effectively on the payroll of every license payer, but isn’t this manufactured outrage from the usual suspects (for which read anyone who is convinced the BBC is biased against their own common sense political views)?
Is this an issue on which anyone has strong opinions, or is it just another case of the media loving to talk about themselves, and a useful stick with which to poke the comments boards? I suppose the second is exactly what I’m doing here, but I am a bit baffled that it seems to be such a huge deal. Any thoughts?
I missed most of the first series and thus had to catch up on the iPlayer after I discovered I was hooked. It’s got better and better over series 2 & 3. A fair bit of darkness in there, which appeals to me. I like Andy’s songs, even though they’re pretty crap. I suppose they’re meant to be.
The BBC claim that the production company Unique and Brian “agreed” that it was the right time for him to step down, after a period of ill health (see link), but Brian refutes this, calling it “balderdash” (link in comments). At 88 years old it seems he’s still raring to go.
A damn shame to lose him from the programme, and rather a shoddy way to ditch him, in my opinion.
I am disappoint.
There were loads of tantalising clips of live performances from TOTP, OGWT, Later, Parkinson and so on. None lasted much more than a minute. Other than that, we had a fair amount of official videos that we can all view elsewhere. And news features. Nothing makes more excited than a news reader making an announcement. Bowie provided a voice over, cut from a variety of interviews, some of which looked, when pictures were shown, very interesting.
I expecting to see full performances of songs at various points of career. As an example, I’ve added one in this post. Sadly, that did not happen. I would happily buy a DVD of all of his performances at the Beeb but I won’t be watching this again.
There was one astonishing moment. Jools Holland asked a good question!
This Saturday on BBC2 at 9pm. The link below is for a 20 second trailer, featuring a snippet of isolated Blackstar vocals. Phew. Programme link in comments.
In these dark times it’s never been more needed. It gets my son off his ipad, daughter off snapchat and all of us screamin laughing and generally enjoying every thrilling minute of Planet Earth II. I am not a nature doc type of person, but it’s just television of the very best order. Didn’t see I but like all sequels its got a bigger budget, there’s space marines and a glass office – ok maybe not the last two, but the HD camerawork from the microscopic to the epic is astonishing. The ‘breakout moment’ I believe they say was baby iguanas v snakes in the first episode. You can find versions on Youtube cut to Messi scoring, William Tell, boss scenes from video games and so on. I’ve included it in the comments, but there’s been several gob-smacking moments every episode – this week the see-through kung-fu kicking wasp attacking micro frog, the eagle fight in the mountains, leopard v crocodile, the crazy surfing penguins, the incredibly sad blind crabs – catch up right now if you haven’t. I’m imagining a version recut with Adam Curtis’ voiceover from Hypernormalization….
The 4-disc Bowie Radio Sessions vinyl box set is currently at the bargain price of just £29.99 on Amazon UK. I snagged one a couple of hours ago with a gift voucher, and have just checked and it’s still the same price, so probably not a mistake, just a good bargain. It’s £75 on HMV!
Two hours of DJ Shadow mix action. His first Radio 1 session since 2003 seemingly…
I can’t see that anyone else has posted this (apologies if I have missed something), but the latest Julian Temple doc was part of the Imagine series on BBC this week.
I always enjoy his films but I think this one is above excellent. The subject matter is a little dark, but the way Wilko talks is inspiring & it has been on my mind since watching it.
It is still on iPlayer & well worth a watch.
Did anyone watch this last night? As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, her music, although admirable, isn’t my cup of tea, but this mixture of live performances, an interview with Graham Norton, plus a couple of pre-recorded skits made for great Friday night telly. She came across as warm, down to earth, modest and very funny, which I suppose we already knew, but it was nice to see it confirmed. Best of all was this sketch, where with the help of makeup and latex she posed as Adele-wannabe ‘Jenny’ and joined half a dozen others to audition as a tribute act.
Oh dear. Basic stuff.
I admire the passion, but the content is risible. I’m guessing his dad’s bigger than their dad, too.
Come on, Mr Neil, things are much more complex than you care to mention. If you have a platform on national television, you should take your responsibility more seriously. You’ve had a week to get it together.
although Colin H may wish to ignore this plug….
As mentioned in the ‘Lovely’ thread I adore that Bob Mortimer fellas humour so grandly pissed off that the odd and hilarious ‘House Of Fools’ has been axed by the Beeb. OK maybe it did get rubbish viewing figures and was wilfully odd but I liked it. No more Beef. Bastards
After years of the BBC dragging it’s heels you can now download programmes to listen to in your own time, just like you can do with their telly progs….travel listening sorted from now til they decide to pay per listen as per Eton Dave’s financial strategy roll out coming here soon.
Not because they think his last 9 albums are crap
Those daring young men at the BBC are planning some lovely Poverty Porn for us.
They will find “Britain’s Hardest Grafter” in a Hunger Games style show that pits low paid workers against each other, specifically targeting young graduates who haven’t found a job yet.
On BBC2 no less.
I want my licence fee back. This is not how things should be.
Whether you like him or not (for the record I loathe Top Gear but don’t mind him on other programmes) surely there can be no argument that he had to go for his awful behaviour. What I am I saying? This is the net; of course there can be arguments. Off you go then …
I often bemoan the somwhat predicatable line-up of “Later…” and lack of a decent, dedicated new music TV show (Festival footage doesn’t count). I was interested to see a pilot broadcast of a proposed new pop TV show appear on iPlayer. It has the somewhat unpromising title ‘All Shook Up’ but apart from that I thought it was alright actually. It’s as no-frills as you can get, with an obvious huge nod to Whistle Test..no set dressing, wires trailing everywhere, no fancy lighting or video effects and a suitably deadpan Marc Riley in the ‘Whispering’ role.
It’s nice actually just to watch some bands play in the Whistle Test style. Just 30 minutes with three pasty-faced new(ish) bands all of whom look somewhat undernourished under the cold studio glare. They all play a couple of songs each. No festival flag waving gurning tossers getting in the way, no over-excited presenters saying the word ‘amazing’ every 3 seconds, no unnecessary boogie-woogie vamping from Jools. I can’t believe a show like this would cost much to make, and I’d be quite happy with this – 3 new bands each week, point a camera at them, introduce the bands, roll credits. Job » Continue Reading.
Cheech & Chong were unfortunately omitted.