Media: Things we like

Grant and Phil return to EastEnders

EastEnders has taken a bit of a pasting from ITV's Coronation Street in the battle of the soaps in recent years. However, that could all be about to change with the return of Albert Square hard men, the infamous Mitchell brothers. With the first uttering of the words "'Ello mum", it was as if Grant and Phil had never been away. Clad in a leather biker jacket and thigh-hugging jeans, Grant looks every inch the poor man's Terminator. The icing on the cake of this return to form would surely be the return of the gravel-voiced actor Mike Reid - aka Frank Butcher. "Pat!" anyone?

Uncut DVD magazine

We think IPC Media's new quarterly film magazine, Uncut DVD, is a welcome addition to the newsstands and a refreshing antidote to the studio-driven fare served up by better-known film titles. Whether it's a warts 'n' all retrospective of Clint Eastwood or a review of the recent Hitler movie Downfall, Uncut DVD oozes passion and authoritative critiques of the latest films on DVD. This is a movie title penned not by the Hollywood PR machine, but by the people it is aimed at: movie-lovers.

A History of Violence

While David Cronenberg's latest film eschews the surrealist and sci-fi elements that were his touchstones in Naked Lunch, Crash and eXistenZ, there is much to enjoy in A History of Violence: a carefully established small-town ambience that is shattered by occasional flashes of graphic bloodshed, and subtly excellent performances from Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and Ed Harris. A fitting adaptation of John Wagner and Vince Locke's superb graphic novel.

Burger King's in-store "Have it your way" activity

Eating burgers can be a cold, gruelling experience. Especially if, like us, your most recent indulgence in a Whopper was at a deserted motorway service station. Burger King's witty, warm and endearing packaging makes the experience so much more friendly. Each product package comes with the "have it your way" line and a few lines of copy that reassure you that you're not boring for ordering "regular" or urge you to stuff your fries into your sandwich. We're loving this.


The end of the half-term holiday

For one week only the roads were quiet - free of Chelsea Tractors transporting small children to school in tow-bar-cushioned safety, and free of teenage cyclists with a death wish. The journey time to and from work was halved and we were able to cram in more time in bed or at the office. Now, the traffic chaos has returned and it's business as usual on the roads, leaving us cursing Mayor Ken and the cost of Tube and bus travel.


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