Media: Things we like

News of the World's Wayne Rooney splash

The second News of the World splash in a row to make it into "Things We Like" and the paper is once again becoming an essential purchase on a Sunday morning. Its allegations about Rooney's antics and further reports on the Pakistan betting scandal investigation hardly make for happy reading for fans of sport but then that's not the newspaper's fault. It's a shame for the News of the World's current team that all this good work seems to be overshadowed by the ongoing phone-tapping scandal.

This Is England '86

Judging by the first episode of this four-part follow-up to the Shane Meadows film This Is England, Channel 4 has commissioned one of the best dramas of 2010. Also directed by Meadows and featuring cast members from the film, This Is England '86 follows the main character Shaun, played by the excellent Thomas Turgoose, as he hits 16 and leaves school. The first hour was engrossing and funny and backed by a great soundtrack. A must for those who remember the 80s.

The new-look FourFourTwo

FourFourTwo, published by Campaign's parent company, Haymarket, is marking the new season with a redesign, which includes a fresh look and a number of new sections. The revamp gives more space for stunning football imagery from all over the world (this month's snapshots of the fates of old football grounds is particularly worth a look), while, for the budding footballer inside all of us, a new "performance" segment gives tactical, technical and nutritional tips from top players, managers and conditioning experts.

U Be Dead

We're used to gentler fare on ITV on Sunday nights but we enjoyed its "stalker drama" starring David Morrissey and Tara Fitzgerald. U Be Dead was really smoothly filmed and pulled in an impressive audience of more than five million, beating the BBC's offering in the same slot. Based on a true-life story, the plot fizzed along and Morrissey is always excellent. If this is representative of ITV's autumn season of drama, then we're impressed, and now we can't wait to watch Morrissey in Sky1's impending dramatisation of Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne novels.


Twenty20 cricket on Sky

It's no real fault of Sky's but we can't bring ourselves to watch coverage of the current limited-overs series between England and Pakistan. The action just seems to leave a bad taste in the mouth following the allegations surrounding the Pakistan team. We can't wait for the league football action to kick off again so that we can forget about cricket until the Ashes and some matches that aren't, hopefully, tainted by any whiff of corruption.