Media: Things we like


The return of the former Xfm man is welcome after months off the radio. His Virgin breakfast show got off to a lively start. OK, so many of the hallmarks from his Xfm days remained the same (silly jingles, good gags and mentions of James Nesbitt), but O'Connell's talent is possibly better suited to the wider stage that Virgin offers. Consistency and ratings will determine O'Connell's future but, based on early performances, Virgin has been wise to hire him.


Stephen Poliakoff is the king of the castle when it comes to one-off TV and his Friends and Crocodiles screened on the BBC was no exception. Billed as looking "at the state of the nation", the drama was both epic and extraordinary, telling the tale of the working relationship of two very different characters: the inspirational, yet maverick, Paul (Damian Lewis) and the more pragmatic and sensible Lizzie (Jodhi May) in the grip of cataclysmic change. Next up is Gideon's Daughter staring Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson. We can't wait.


Or known alternatively as the gay cowboy film or "bareback mountain". We greeted a film about two cowboys going on "fishing trips" together on a mountain range with initial scepticism but glowing reviews have been received from everybody who has seen the film. An original storyline, some fantastic acting and some top male totty make for a fantastic, if highly emotional, two-and-a-half hours of viewing.


It was like being back in the mid-80s, watching that World Championship final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis. Sunday night's BBC2 coverage of the Masters snooker final between Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan and John "The Kid" Higgins went down to the last frame and a breathtaking clearance from Higgins to win when he was 60 points down. A nation of snooker fans was forced to stay up until midnight on a Sunday night to witness the drama but that all added to the occasion. Who'd have thought knocking coloured balls into pockets could be so thrilling?


Falling tabloid standards

It's not that we hated all the stories about the whale in the Thames last weekend (although our sentimental streak only runs so deep), it was more the lack of imagination showed by the tabloids in naming the poor creature that annoyed us. The best the Daily Mirror could come up with was "Whaley". How long did that take to come up with? About three seconds? The Sun didn't fare much better, dubbing the whale "Wally" even though she was female.

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