Media: Things we like


You may have little idea who or what Selmore is (it's an advertising agency based in The Netherlands, apparently), but its website,, is well worth checking out - it's the best ad agency website we've seen for a very long time. The homepage is a virtual reality street: wander along it, click on a shop front to be introduced to the partners, or follow the map to make your way around the virtual town. A brilliant and creative use of the internet.


Nip/Tuck, Sky One's cosmetic surgery drama, reached new heights of tension and absurdity as its current series reached its climax. We finally found out The Carver's identity in a tense scene involving the kidnap of Christian and Sean. Meanwhile, crazy son Matt was confronted by his Nazi-sympathising enemies. Yet, despite all the mayhem and mutilation, there was a curiously tender final scene. The best thing to come out of Miami since Crockett and Tubbs.

IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING SHIT?: The Encyclopedia of Modern Life

Blame it on the winter blues, post-Christmas depression or maybe we're just your average bunch of cynical hacks but Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit? strikes a chord. If you've ever found yourself cursing the likes of Keane, Richard Curtis, Ikea, chick-lit and loyalty cards, then this is the book for you. In a world increasingly awash with double speak, cretins and phoney ideas, this provides a very funny antidote. The entry on the Daily Mail is a must-read for those in the media business.


Directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, A Cock & Bull Story tells the tale of The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy but focuses more on the offscreen antics of the actors starring in the film. Brydon steals the show with his jokes at the expense of Coogan and an excellent supporting cast includes the likes of Gillian Anderson, David Walliams and Stephen Fry.


Hotel Babylon on BBC

The BBC's latest attempt to put some zing into its flagging drama output leaves much to be desired. This eight-part series promises to offer viewers a "tantalising and seductive insight into the sexy world of the luxury five-star hotel industry, where money not only talks but can buy just about anything you desire" including, presumably, a new TV licence. The premise sounds vaguely interesting but the result is far from it. With its deliberately amoral attitude to money, it's as if Footballers' Wives had never happened, while its gaudy sets and dodgy performances leave you feeling like you've just checked into a glorified Crossroads.

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