Media: Things we like

THE LAUNCH OF JOOST

The founders of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, have been testing an online TV service, codenamed The Venice Project, for several months now. This week, it officially launched as Joost, and is being positioned as the first global TV distribution platform. The site's real leap forward, though, is in combining a full-screen TV service with more community-based content. You can get in early by becoming a beta tester for the service at www.joost.com.

DARTS ON BBC2

Rarely does a pub sport throw up such rip-roaring, nail-biting entertainment. Yet Sunday's Lakeside World Championship final was an absolute stonker, as Martin "Wolfie" Adams almost threw away a six-leg lead against his opponent, the 100-1 outsider Phil Nixon. The plucky house husband from Durham got it back to six all, but 50-year-old Adams dug deep and killed off the match. The best bit, though, was watching Tony Green almost burst with excitement as the match unfolded.

RETURN OF THE NEW STATESMAN

Following on from The Young Ones, but before Bottom, Rik Mayall showed his devilish acting talent as the despicable brown-nosing nouveau-riche Thatcher boot boy Alan B'Stard. Now, the original writing duo of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have created a stage show to breath life into the character. And what a life it is. The writing is as fresh as ever, with B'Stard now a New Labour minister, while Mayall (as Alan) is still full of evil, sneering malevolence and cringeworthy fawning in equal measure.

METRO'S 'JOHNNY BALL REVEALS ALL' ACTIVITY

After a bit of a quiet period, Metro is back with another inspired trade campaign. This time it is in support of an event about engaging audiences. The campaign features the former Think of a Number presenter Johnny Ball. Metro is supporting a viral campaign featuring Ball with an impressive mailing, which also features Ball, and is offering a £300,000 campaign in Metro to one lucky winner. It's the humour and willingness not to take itself too seriously that we like about Metro and this shines through in abundance in this campaign.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

THE MINT ON ITV

ITV Play's late-night quiz can be addictive but, like the rest of the country, we've never won a bean, despite phoning in numerous times on ITV's premium-rate phone lines. We quite like the camp presenters, but as we found with the lottery years ago, playing The Mint seems pointless since the odds are apparently overwhelmingly against us. And ITV Play will have to be a bit more careful in future, because it received a rap on the knuckles this week from Ofcom over its Quizmania show, which breached its guidelines.

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