A welcome return to the media world for the former Maxim editor Greg Gutfeld who presents this late-night (small hours of the morning) current affairs panel show in the US. It airs in the UK on Fox News at the slightly more reasonable hour of 9am on Sundays and is well worth checking out. More subtle than Fox's usual staple of right-wing propaganda, it provides a forum for Gutfeld's brand of warped satire, alongside several prominent showbiz and political commentators. "The Discovery Channel without the badgers and the porn music," is how Gutfeld described it during the second episode.
THE GADGET SHOW ON FIVE
We're enjoying five's weekly take on the latest gadgets on the market. It was among the first to run a substantial piece on the PlayStation 3 and its review of the best men's razors on the market also made for oddly compulsive viewing. While we remain unconvinced by the charms of Suzi Perry, her co-presenter Jon Bentley (pictured) is a true British eccentric and brings real enthusiasm to the gadget world.
ASDA'S UK CURRY INITIATIVE
We really like curry and also support anything that can be done for the environment, so we applaud Asda's attempt to win the green pound. The supermarket is growing the ingredients used in curries, such as karela and mustard leaf, at sites in Lincolnshire and Lancashire in a bid to cut food imports. Anything that will ease our conscience while tucking into our lamb Jalfrezi is welcome. We hope these ingredients are on shelves soon. The only question, then, is who will promote the range in Asda's new ad campaign?
NO PLACE LIKE HOME RERUNS ON PARAMOUNT COMEDY
We're usually disappointed when we revisit vintage comedy - Terry and June, for instance, is unpalatable after five minutes. However, this hidden 80s gem, being reshown on Paramount Comedy, is an exception. The pace of the poor gags borders on slapstick, but the echoes of Tony Hancock in William Gaunt's main character are inescapable. Arthur and Trevor's trips to the greenhouse to escape their wives and drink poor-quality sherry will stir feelings of empathy in every married man.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
BRITS BOASTING ABOUT CRACKING AMERICA
The UK used to export talent such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Cary Grant, but now it's all reality TV people who can't stop talking about how great it's all going in the US. This week, we've had "Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe (anyone remember him?) buying a vineyard in Sky One's Corkscrewed, Gordon Ramsay in The Observer Food Monthly on how everything's great in LA, and Simon Cowell gaining increasing notoriety via American Idol. Please put a sock in it.