Media: Things we like


Essentially VH1's version of The Osbournes, but featuring the family of the wrestler and film star "Hulk" Hogan. The genius of this programme lies in Hulk's character - playing the serious, hard-man wrestler while having to deal with family crises such as his daughter's first date with an older man. The most hilarious episode on MTV's all-day run of the show last weekend saw an upset Hulk having to deal with his jealousy at his son spending more time with a girlfriend. Hulk's solution? A day with an automatic weapon at the shooting range.


Labrador-like loyalty to one media owner is a rare thing indeed. So for Canon to run the same campaign - "wildlife as Canon sees it" - in National Geographic for a quarter of a century deserves an appreciative nod. Since April 1981, Canon has wowed readers with its stunning photography of a different endangered animal every month, a feat that will soon find itself in the Guinness Book of Records. The March execution introduces us to the rather peculiar four-eyed antelope.


What a relief it was to watch Arsenal's epic encounter with Real Madrid on Sky Sports. The digital broadcaster shares Champions League rights with ITV and seems, to us, to offer vastly superior coverage. From widescreen pictures that actually fit modern TVs through to better pundits, Sky wins on virtually every score. Our only complaint is the annoyance of the co-commentator Andy Gray spouting off on referees and bad decisions before he has had a chance to consider the replays. His verbal diarrhoea almost matches Ally McCoist's on ITV.


Gaining popularity ahead of the St Patrick's Day celebrations, the Guinness blog aims to give you the "inside track" on the Guinness brand. And, if you work in advertising, it's amusing. We get creatives on the Guinness account bemoaning their luck ("It's a tough life writing ads and we don't have all the time in the world. There's nothing more depressing than staring at a blank sheet of paper until your forehead bleeds") but, thankfully, there are fun elements, such as links to St Patrick's Day parties and Guinness products.



Far be it from us to bite the hands that feeds, but has anyone else noticed how Channel 4's ER seems to carry way too many ads? The first scene airs before the opening credits, so there's hardly time for the trusty medics to wheel a bloody patient out of the ambulance before the first ad break. As a result, the show feels as if it is constantly being interrupted, even with only three ad breaks.

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