Media: Things we like


Marmalade, the magazine for creatives, could so easily disappear up its own backside. But, somehow, it manages to avoid the fate suffered by some of its rivals by combining quirky content with well-chosen contributors. The latest issue of the magazine interviews The Futureheads for the job of best band in the world; contains a guide on "how to make your first feature" and lists the 50 most creative ways to leave your lover. If all that doesn't get your creative juices flowing, nothing will.

UKTV History's forthcoming series Churchill's Bodyguard

This 13-part series is one of UKTV's biggest commissions and it looks like being an example of multichannel factual programming at its best. Starting in November, the series follows the life of Detective Inspector Walter Thompson, who accompanied Winston Churchill for 18 years and saved him from numerous assassination attempts. Based on memoirs that Churchill tried to suppress, the series uses archive footage and reconstructions of the unprecedented dangers faced by the former prime minister.

The World's Most Photographed exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

This is a moving, often awe-inspiring and insightful look at ten of history's most photographed people. The exhibition covers the history of photography, starting with Queen Victoria, who used early photography to connect with her subjects following the death of Prince Albert. It also has candid photographs of Adolf Hitler, who is shown joking with troops after conquering France and later looking utterly despondent after his failure to capture Stalingrad. The exhibition is being backed by a ten-part BBC TV series that takes an in-depth look at the ten icons.

Heat taking a feminist stance

Campaign thoroughly approves of Heat's negative stance on emaciated female celebrities. The magazine's penchant for warts-and-all celebrity coverage is a fantastic antidote to the air-brushing used by the glossies. What's more, Heat's "Circle of Shame" fulfils an important social function, too: it shows young girls that imperfections are normal.


Happy magazine

Are you in desperate need of your next fix of retail therapy? Well, we wouldn't recommend that you delve into the pages of the shopping magazine Happy to get it. Published by Northern & Shell, the rag touts itself as "completely devoted to shopping", but it is obviously not that devoted, considering that it has dropped its September issue. It also calls itself "the one-stop shopping magazine", except that's not true either, is it, because surely you still have to visit the shops?