Three episodes in, and the US drama hasn't disappointed in living up to the first series. A cross between The Fugitive and 24, the first series featured an epic prison breakout. Now the prisoners are on the loose, there's more potential for mayhem. Hidden treasure, the FBI in pursuit and a vengeful prison guard are just some of the factors at play. Let's hope five gets the viewing figures that it deserves for this one.
THE CINEMA SALES PUSH BEHIND PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
We have a soft spot for any pirate-themed shenanigans, so we can only applaud the antics of Carlton Screen Advertising and Pearl & Dean in promoting the upcoming launch of the final instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film trilogy. More than 300 cutlasses (plastic to avoid alerting the police) were sent to media agencies through the post; this was followed up by actors dressed as pirates visting media agencies. A touch camp, but it cheered us up during a grim January.
SKY'S NEW MAGAZINE PACKAGE
Sky has revamped its customer magazine package. Although we're yet to see the fruits of the main Sky the Magazine contract transferring to News Magazines, we are now receiving a bundle of three magazines, including its new sports and movie titles. The magazines, through Haymarket and Future respectively, are well put together and surprisingly readable. We also like the personalisation in each pack, including recommendations for programmes we might like. We're not sure why they picked Brokeback Mountain on Sky Movies as our number one pick, though.
We love this new category of gambling emporium (this week, the Government awarded permission to build the UK's first in Manchester) which allows for 1,200 slot machines under one roof. Anything which has the word "super" in its title must, by definition, be a good thing, and the best in its category, so we can't wait for this one to open. Here's hoping the Government sees sense and grants permission for more super-casinos across the country. Beats spending Saturday afternoon in the local William Hill.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
THE CORRIE WEBSITE STORYLINE
In which Coronation Street's Norris Cole, the busybody shop assistant, has just found a website that puts him in touch with his old school friends. The "brilliant" website is now leading to hours of banter with his sidekick Rita that makes for very dull TV. It can't be a coincidence that ITV owns the Friends Reunited website, but does it need to be so desperate in shoe-horning in mentions of social networking to its flagship soap? Surely, it would be easier just to bring back Surprise Surprise sponsored by Friends Reunited.