Media: Things we like

THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE

Hoorah for Mariella Frostrup's agony page in The Observer Magazine. She pulls no punches and you just never know what she's going to say. It's one of the many highlights of the excellent OM, which strikes exactly the right balance between health, cars, fashion, popular culture and food and drink. When the paper goes the same "Berliner" way of its sibling The Guardian, let's hope it leaves the magazine well alone.

CHANNEL 4'S ASHES FEVER

For eight intense weeks, sports fans in England wrung their hands and bit their nails as the England cricket team finally beat Australia to win the Ashes. The coverage has already been covered in this column, but we just had to mention Channel 4's wonderful documentary last Saturday afternoon. Its speedy turnaround should have been a hindrance, but the coverage was spot-on, and still emotional, while the interviewees, Pietersen, Flintoff, Warne and Vaughan, were the perfect choices. Ending with a montage of action with Jerusalem playing over the top, it rounded off a wonderful summer brilliantly and if you taped it, you've saved having to spend £20 on a cash-in DVD.

HARPERS & QUEEN

Harpers & Queen has come a long way from its Sloaney origins. Today it is a true alternative to Vogue in the glamour stakes. Its Business supplement in association with The Times in October's issue is a canny ad-get accompanied by credible editorial.

DAILY MAIL'S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

The Mail's London Fashion Week special has more of a hint of The Sunday Times Style section about it, but then it is a fashion and lifestyle supplement. Overall, though, it's much more accessible for a diverse audience. A one-off to 700,000 readers in the Carlton ITV region, the supplement is a first for the newspaper and offers readers real extra value.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

MONARCH OF THE GLEN

Bloody hell, you know winter's back when Monarch of the Glen makes its annual pilgrimage to BBC1's Sunday-night line-up. The axe should have swung on this show long ago. The original cast has all but gone, leading the hard-pressed writers to invent more and more far-fetched storylines designed to write new characters into the script. Pass the remote control.

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