Media: Things we like

PLANET EARTH ON BBC1

On Sunday evenings, we like to slip down a gear, make a cup of something hot and settle down in front of a nature programme featuring bears or monkeys. But what's this?

A nature programme featuring David Attenborough but using the new device of stunning aerial photography to reveal details of different landscapes.

The first episode last Sunday focused on the Poles and in future weeks, we'll get to have a close look at mountains, caves and deserts. This is a welcome spin-off from the Google Earth phenomenon.

CHANNEL 4'S 4HOMES MAGAZINE

The broadcaster's first foray into consumer publishing (excluding magazines licensed from its television properties), 4Homes is a surprisingly attractive read and has the added bonus of being able to use Channel 4 stars such as Kevin McCloud and Gordon Ramsay. The cover has impact on newsstands and the content is easy to follow and practical too.

CHRISTIAN O'CONNELL'S "PEOPLE'S ANTHEM"

Christian O'Connell is using his breakfast show on Virgin Radio to create an unofficial football anthem for the football World Cup. Listeners get to contribute potential tunes or lyrics to the recording and O'Connell is trying to pull together a crack team to sing on the final song. His first signing? The former Liverpool footballer John Barnes, who rapped on New Order's 1990 World Cup song World in Motion. Barnes agreeing to take part made for great radio. O'Connell just needs to find a band to record the song now.

SYRIANA

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Traffic, Syriana basically does to the oil industry what Traffic did to the drugs trafficking business.

George Clooney has just picked up an Oscar for his fine performance and, though it's a bit overcomplicated, this is essentially an enjoyable thriller with a hard-hitting message.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

Any broadcast coverage of the Oscars

It's not the Oscars we don't like, it's just the tired old cliches that seem to have accompanied the UK broadcasters' coverage of the event. Here's the formula that every broadcaster seemed to follow after the live action: get an interview with Joan Rivers about the frocks on show, speak to the plucky Brit who landed the Oscar for best sound direction on an overseas documentary and replay Reese Witherspoon's embarrassing speech over and over again. Where were the interviews with the stars of Brokeback Mountain after its failure to win Best Picture, or the scoops on George Clooney's on/off girlfriend? In the newspapers, that's where.

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