Mandrake has upped its game recently, moving away from snobby but inconsequential tittle-tattle of what's happening among the aristocracy. A recent posting about Hugh Bonneville particularly caught our eye. The Downton Abbey star had been Tweeting about his happy experience at Chessington with his family. He talked of his joy at "jogging through a bluebell wood ... glorious" and that Just William was "superb family viewing". Mandrake pointed out that Bonneville also starred in films such as Scenes Of A Sexual Nature and Conspiracy Of Silence but that "few, if any, users of the Twitter social networking website make a better advertisement for married life" than him. Clever.
Superman thinking of renouncing US citizenship
In a nice little PR stunt, Action Comics has revealed that the latest story plot sees Superman considering giving up his American citizenship. Although he is, of course, originally from Krypton, he was adopted by a Kansas family. But he is thinking of becoming a "world citizen" instead, in protest at being seen as an "instrument of US policy". However, given Americans' sense of pride at the shooting of Osama bin Laden, manifested by the braying crowds chanting "USA, USA" in Times Square, who'd bet against Action Comics altering its stance and Superman retaining his current status?
ITV's live event coverage
After comprehensively trouncing the BBC with its coverage of the General Election last year, when it managed to get the most accurate predictions far earlier than its rival (and didn't put Joan Collins on a boat on the Thames), ITV quite rightly won universal praise for its coverage of the royal wedding. Huw Edwards aside, the decision to field the vacuous Fearne Cotton and Edith Bowman showed that the BBC got the casting very wrong. Over on ITV, Daybreak kicked off proceedings, while Phillip Schofield and Julia Etchingham got the tone perfectly right. It's just a shame that, as with the election, ITV got fewer viewers and was unable to sell ads around its superior coverage. Incidentally, Sky's was better too.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
Bank holiday TV
What's happened to the bank holiday blockbuster films or TV specials on the terrestrial channels? This always used to be a keenly fought battleground but, instead, there was the World Snooker Championship, a couple of (quite good) dramas and a documentary about an eccentric academic who was trying to recreate Barnes Wallace's construction of the Bouncing Bomb. All were watchable enough but there was still lacking the TV event (other than the obvious) that was traditionally a feature of a bank holiday.