Media: Things we like

ROCKY BALBOA

Seventeen years since the last outing, Rocky V (which was a truly disappointing affair), Sylvester Stallone has dragged his best-known character, Rocky Balboa, out of retirement and back into the hearts of the fans.

Closer to the gritty realism of the first two films than the 80s showboating of III and IV, the final instalment in the series not only packs some awesome fight action, but also a truly emotional punch, as Rocky strives to come to terms with his passage into old age, as well as life without Adrian, his wife, who has died. The film has been an enormous hit at the UK box office, taking £3.6 million in its opening weekend - 30 per cent of the total box office.

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA ON BRAVO

Bravo deserves credit for bringing this fine US comedy to our screens. Described as "Seinfeld on crack", it centres around four young friends who own an Irish bar in Philadelphia. Picked up by FX in the US, and then Bravo in the UK, the show is one of the funniest around, as well as being vulgar and very politically incorrect.

THE URBIS CENTRE

Manchester's Urbis Centre is a free museum in the centre of the city that explains and celebrates city life through an ever-changing series of exhibitions. The architecture of the building itself is impressive enough, but the range and depth of the displays - from a dissection of life in Hong Kong to a study in the consequences of Manchester's Arndale Centre bombing (which includes people on video describing the experience) - are more often than not astounding and always riveting.

AL MURRAY'S HAPPY HOUR ON ITV1

A follow-up to his successful An Audience with Al Murray, "Pub Landlord" comedian Al Murray returns to our screens in this Saturday night series on ITV1. The show features the Pub Landlord interviewing various showbiz stars and his usual interaction with the audience. It's great to see ITV doing some decent comedy on a Saturday night, and hopefully will prove to be a renaissance for quality popular on the network.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

THE ATTITUDE OF CHANNEL 4'S CHAIRMAN, LUKE JOHNSON

The former Pizza Express man has provoked anger among viewers and the print media for his inaction over last week's Big Brother racism debacle. After a board meeting this week, he delivered a statement that confirmed Big Brother would remain on the air, and that Channel 4 is "focused on its completion". Not exactly the contrition many wanted to hear from the broadcaster. Johnson stopped short of apologising, and C4 would only say it would work "to identify any lessons that can be learned".

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