Media: Things we like

THE TATE MODERN SLIDES

The latest exhibit in the Tate's Unilever Series is some enormous slides installed in the Turbine Hall by the German artist Carsten Holler. Apparently, Holler is fascinated by the experience of sliding and the creation of a feeling of "voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind". We don't know about this, but sliding down the largest slide, from the Tate's fifth floor, is certainly an exciting event, and saw us almost fly off the crash mat at the bottom. What's more, it's free. Holler's aim is to build a series of huge slides across London, or another major city. Definitely more fun than getting the Tube to work.

VINCENT ON ITV1

ITV has been a bit reliant of late on old, albeit excellent, staples such as Cracker and Prime Suspect. This week, however, it unveiled the new Ray Winstone drama, Vincent (pictured). Winstone was excellent, and this marked a return to his usual hard man form, following his recent ad for Kellogg. The general standard of acting was high, and there were enough twists and turns to sustain our interest over the 90 minutes.

MR & MRS SMITH'S HOTEL COLLECTION

The latest Hotel Collection book from Mr & Mrs Smith is a joy to read, and a total godsend if you're looking for the best insights and advice on a huge number of holiday destinations. This instalment, the company's third published book, concentrates on the European Coast and Country, and offers in-depth local knowledge on a varied selection of coastal towns and beautiful cities, from France and Italy to Spain and Portugal. Backed by www.mrandmrssmith.com, this book offers advice for finding those little extras which can turn a good holiday into an unforgettable adventure.

FIVE US

Five's new US import digital channel got off to a great start, with a blend of old and new. We loved catching up with old episodes of CSI, but there's also plenty of unseen content - including the Stephen King drama Nightmares and Dreamscapes and law series Conviction (pictured). Five might have taken its time creating a digital strategy, but five US is a welcome launch.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

THE BBC'S BLACKMAIL ATTEMPTS

The BBC director-general, Mark Thompson, is threatening to take his ball home and scrap the planned move of parts of the Corporation to Manchester, unless he gets an inflation-busting licence fee settlement from the Government. Since issuing his challenge, commentators have pooh-poohed his argument, claiming that if he really wanted to move the likes of Radio Five Live "up north", he could. Thompson's bravado may prove to be ill-advised if either Gordon Brown or David Cameron emerge as the next Prime Minister. Both seem much less keen than Tony Blair on maintaining the status of the Corporation.