Media: Things we like

Spaced on More4

Having been chastised for accusing Channel 4 of an over-reliance on gypsies, we are delighted (and a bit nostalgic) to see one of C4's best and most innovative series receive another airing on Sunday nights on More4. It's difficult to believe that the first series was first broadcast nearly 12 years ago - the humour, the surrealism and the frequent references to pop culture seem as fresh as the day that Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes wrote and acted them. One of the few excuses for not watching Spaced is that you were too young for it to register when it first came out. Well, there's no excuse now. Sundays, 11.40pm (that's 23.40, Mike ...). And there's not a gypsy in sight. It also acts as a nice taster to the release of Pegg's new movie, Paul, next week.

Premier League Darts

Kicking off tonight (Thursday) at The O2, the 2011 Premier League Darts will tour the country over 15 consecutive nights, culminating in the play-offs at Wembley Arena in mid-May. Now in its sixth year, the PDC-organised event will see the world champion, Adrian Lewis, who threw a nine-darter on his way to the title last month, take on his former mentor Phil Taylor twice. Other players include the five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld and "The Wizard of Oz" Simon Whitlock. This tournament shows that darts isn't just for Christmas.

Universal McCann's Marie Curie app

Marie Curie Cancer Care's annual Great Daffodil fundraiser gets under way next month to raise £5.5 million to support the palliative care of cancer sufferers. As part of its pitch for the account, UM came up with a "virtual collection tin" app for fundraisers that gives them a simple way to send texts to their contacts encouraging them to donate. People can choose to donate either £2 or £5 in reply to the text message and are charged via their mobile phone bill, removing the need for bank details. The app will then track how much has been raised, like an old-fashioned collection tin - clever. We hope it helps the charity meet its target.


Comic Relief

We like comedy, support charity (see above) and can even just about tolerate Lenny Henry, but Comic Relief leaves us cold - in fact, it manages to be only slightly less nauseous than Children in Need.

This year's enforced laughter-fest sees self-satisfied celebrities including Lorraine Kelly and Dermot O'Leary going for a trek in Kenya with Scott Mills and Craig David, while Katie Price, Joe Swash and Lulu will be participating in Let's Dance For Comic Relief. While no-one doubts the worthiness of the cause and aside from whether this is in the BBC's remit, surely the days when we need low-rent talent to encourage our benevolence are over. Still, at least the publicans will be happy on 18 March.