campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 18 November 2005 12:00AM
Bless those wonderful people at Channel 4 for bringing back Peep Show for a third series - one of the funniest British comedies of the millennium.
It is hilariously funny, with great writing and fantastic acting from the comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb. However, its major strength is that it provides a scarily realistic look into the life of the modern male and all of his fears, loathings, sexual desires and hang-ups. The point-of-view camera work can become a bit infuriating if it is used too much, but the sheer weight of gags more than makes up for this.
These days it seems that absolutely anyone can be famous and talent, charm and even good looks seem to be the last things anyone needs to get their 15 minutes. For those of us who are completely fed up with the seemingly unstoppable rise of D-list celebrity-worshipping in the media, salvation can be found at the showbusiness gossip website Holy Moly. Its bile-spewing mail-outs and rules of modern life have deservedly attained cult underground status.
It now looks as though Holy Moly will be entering the mainstream with the recent launch of a book and a television show in the offing too. Holy Moly, we salute you.
It's not the first time that Shakespeare has been updated for modern audiences. But if the first two of the four new television adaptations are anything to go by, the BBC's Shakespeare Retold season looks set to display a lot of the charm and gusto of its source material. When the BBC's director-general, Mark Thompson, assumed power last year, he promised to reverse the dumbing-down trend that was prevailing at the Corporation, without sacrificing mass audiences. With this series, he has delivered.
This ITV channel has put a lot of distance between itself and its lower-rent siblings and has come up with a bunch of programmes that are actually quite good. The new series of Kojak, starring Ving Rhames, looks to be a winner, and full marks to whoever had the bright idea of buying and repeating The Larry Sanders Show. The hapless chatshow host has been off our screens for far too long.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
OK, OK, we know that online advertising is the fastest-growing medium since - well, ever really. But does anyone else have a problem with pop-ups that corrupt the web page you are trying to read? Maybe it's just our ten-year-old iMacs, but it seems to be happening more and more lately.
And don't even get us on to ads that cause our computers to actually crash. It's amazing that more people don't block them. Hang on a minute ...
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