Apropos of nothing, here are the Beatles singing in their fabulous house in Help!
If you enjoy language, deep thinking about humanity, or any kind of provocative thought, I encourage you to watch a new five-part series on BBC 2, Stephen Fry’s Planet Word.
In the BBC’s impenetrable wisdom, it has chosen not to show the series on BBC America yet, nor in the near future. There is, after all, only so much time left after one has scheduled the required doses of Gordon Ramsey’s various series and long-ago episodes of Star Trek: Next Generation.
Fortunately, we Americans can currently find the episodes posted online…. Continue reading A world of words
Brilliant spur-of-the-moment improvisation of a Shakespearean character’s backstory, by Russell Brand. Is he the most astonishing entertainer alive? I think so.
If you’re reading this tonight, Sunday night October 24, you still have time to get to your TV and set your DVR for this show: Sherlock on PBS.
And if you are reading this Monday or later and missed it, you can catch one of the many repeats. Which you’ll want to do, so you’re set for the next two Sundays, when episodes 2 and 3 are broadcast. Or in the worst case, preorder the DVDs.
This new Sherlock series is amazing. It was produced by the BBC and broadcast over the summer in Britain. I watched it via (illegal) YouTube uploads, 15 minutes to a segment, the moment they were available. Clever, fast-paced, funny, suspenseful, high-stakes, beautifully shot and edited, with characters that you like instantly and care about.
My friend Christina, who clued me in before the BBC’s original broadcast so I’d be on the lookout for it on the Internets, described Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes as the “adorable bastard child of Doctor Who and Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.” This is just about right, assuming that child had been raised by Gregory House.
Please watch and tell me what you think of the show. Then let’s all band together to get the BBC and PBS to show future episodes in a much more timely manner. Three months’ delay is far too a wait for great television.
“Introducing Cat! The new compact, selfish dog.”
David Mitchell’ Soapbox: David Mitchell ponders the origins of the word Camelopard
I have a personal rule never to buy first generation technology: I am happier every time when I wait until the bugs and kinks have been worked out. Let the early adopters take the glory of being the first to have a fancy new gadget, since they are willing to pay more and to suffer through the early manufacturing defects and expected problems with, for example, antenna interference when you hold the device in the most obvious and comfortable way.
But there are times when I’m sorely tempted to break my rule. Times like when I watch this amazing film:
(via Mike Industries)
A couple of memorable performances:
Is this my favorite episode of QI yet? Most probably.
If David Mitchell had been one of the guests, I might well have died happy after watching this. I still could.