Media: Things we like

The end of H&F News

Blessed to be headquartered, as we are, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, it was pleasing to see that the council-owned and council-tax-funded freesheet H&F News has finally been stopped. Aside from questions of the political bias of the fortnightly paper (the rash of council-owned papers have been coined "Town Hall Pravdas") and the correct use of residents' money, if this happens across the country then hopefully the squeeze will be taken off the regional newspaper groups that traditionally, and impartially, serve local audiences.

Foster's Funny

So much could have gone wrong with this but Foster's has, it seems, managed to pull off the return of Alan Partridge, the first in a series of comedy shows to be revived on the Foster's Funny website ( In the short-form shows, Steve Coogan's Partridge appears as an even more tragic figure than before with his career slipping to the fringes of North Norfolk Digital radio station. The expensive lessons of Bud TV seem to have been learnt and credit is due to Foster's and Naked, which developed the activity.

2 Minute Silence

Thom Yorke, Martin Johnson and Andy Murray are among the noiseless contributors to The Royal British Legion's "2 Minute Silence" fundraiser that launched this week. Available on digital download, the contributors include serving and injured soldiers, motionless and just looking at the camera, and the only sound is the gentle hum of background noise. It makes for powerful stuff and is better than the irritating chuggers that clutter up Hammersmith's King Street.

The launch of Football Manager 2011

Wave goodbye to your weekends - the most addictive computer game of all time is back for a new season. With all new fancy features and a database so detailed that it's actually used by Premier League scouts, FM 2011 is simply the best way to prove once and for all that you really do know better than your team's real-life manager. As always, the game's launch has been supported by an impressive marketing push, which included an excellent six-page advertorial in Sport magazine.


The end of Downton Abbey

Adam Crozier might be pleased that ITV's high-rating Downton Abbey (10.1 million viewers for the series one finale) has come to an end, given that he's apparently let it be known that he'd rather be chasing low-rating niche audiences, but we are not. It's no exaggeration that Downton Abbey was probably the TV event of the autumn. Beautifully shot, acted and written, Sunday nights won't be the same. Like all good dramas, it left us wanting more - can't wait for the second series - and deserves a shelf-load of gongs.