Channel 4's Alternative Election Night proved a ratings hit last Thursday, scoring a greater number of viewers than ITV1 between 10pm and midnight. We enjoyed the show's sideways take on events, especially some of the gags from the hosts David Mitchell and Jimmy Carr. In a night lacking true "Portillo moments" until about 4am, Channel 4's coverage helped to keep us awake into the small hours, whereas Jeremy Vine's odd little paving stone graphic on the BBC just made our sore heads hurt even more.
The Capital 95.8 Breakfast Show
Commercial radio had some highlights at this week's Sony Radio Awards and chief among them, it seemed to us, was the triumph of Capital's Breakfast Show hosts Lisa Snowdon and Johnny Vaughan in the "Best Entertainment Programme" category. Praised by the judges for "great originality and a wonderful chemistry between the two hosts", the programme's success demonstrates that commercial radio can more than compete with the BBC in terms of talent and originality.
Live hung-Parliament TV
We've enjoyed the past few days of live TV news coverage of the attempts to form a government. Especially watching the pressurised news anchors who might have assumed they'd be on their post-election sun-beds by now. Sky News' Kay Burley and Adam Boulton have hit the headlines for hosting especially lively interviews. The BBC's Jeremy Paxman, meanwhile, has come under fire for saying "bollocks" in a live broadcast. All good fun, we say. As the pressure grew throughout the week, so did the entertainment for the armchair viewer.
Iron Man 2
We enjoyed the original Iron Man film, featuring Robert Downey Jr as the Marvel comic hero. The sequel doesn't disappoint either, with more humour than the original and action throughout. The performances, from Downey Jr and the likes of Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow, are strong, and the film consolidates Iron Man's reputation as the acceptable face of the Hollywood action film. For some couples, it might even work as a date movie.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
The Zoo/Danny Dyer spat
The Bauer lads' title Zoo and the actor Danny Dyer, until last week a columnist in the aforementioned magazine, seem to deserve one another. After a line relating to cutting a woman's face appeared in Dyer's column, the two parties entered into an unedifying spat over who was to blame. Sadly, "facegate" seems to capture the spirit of decline that surrounds both Zoo's circulation and what seems to us to be the ever-declining quality of Dyer's acting roles. Few tears will be shed if both now fade from public scrutiny.