Media: Things we like

Inspector George Gently

- When even The Mail on Sunday starts writing gushing features about Mad Men and HBO's attention to detail, it suggests that it is close to the point of no longer being cool. But fans of authentic retro drama will be pleased to see Martin Shaw return in the beautifully shot 60s period drama Inspector George Gently on BBC One. While the contrast between the CID department of the Durham Constabulary and the creative departments of Madison Avenue are obvious, little expense has been spared by the BBC in ensuring its authenticity. The plots are good too.

- ESPN's Aviva Premiership rugby

Anyone tired of the laboured and formulaic banter between Stuart "When I played for Bath" Barnes and Miles Harrison will find ESPN's coverage of the Aviva Premiership refreshing. Mark Durden-Smith has graduated from hosting ITV's lightweight "jungle" shows and brings a deftness of touch - as well as good sporting knowledge - to ESPN's share of the games. His on-air banter with Austin Healey is particularly amusing, as is the brave decision to hold the post-match analysis and interviews among the fans rather than holed up in a studio.

- Walker Media

While not quite as daring as the exploits of the Metal Hammer editor, Alexander Milas, who dressed as Zorro for the first "Jump4Metal" charity fundraising bungee jump, a team from Walker Media are taking part in a 10km walk tonight (Thursday) to raise money for Unicef and the Have a Heart charity to build a brighter future for vulnerable children in London and Rwanda. Barclays has agreed to match the amount raised up to £750 and Walker Media will do the same.

- BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion has come up with its answer to Apple's iPad and both share many similar characteristics, including a stupid name. RIM's PlayBook, which sounds as though it should be used to keep toddlers occupied, has a seven-inch screen with frontand rear-facing cameras to enable video conferencing and is therefore targeted at the business market. It will also look very nice on anyone's PlayDesk.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

- Local TV study

In these economically straitened times, what was the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, thinking when he commissioned the Lazard banker Nicholas Shott to explore the commercial viability of his planned local television services? Surprise, surprise, Shott reported back that local television would struggle to survive in sparsely populated areas and that, even in urban areas, "the economics of a TV business funded mainly by advertising will still be challenging". You don't say! It would have been a better use of taxpayers' money spending it on pot plants.

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