While viewers of ITV1 saw "evil" Tracy Barlow sent down for a minimum stretch of 15 years for murdering Charlie Stubbs, online Corrie aficionados could access itv.com to view an alternative "happy" ending, or, as ITV puts it: "Treacherous Tracy Barlow revels in evil delight when she realises she's fooled the jury!" A fantastic example of the potential of itv.com, which has attracted sponsorship from Douwe Egberts.
THE FINAL 24 ON SKY ONE
Sky might be having its troubles with Virgin Media, but it's starting to put out some good stuff on its flagship channel. This documentary series, focusing on the final 24 hours in the lives of stars such as River Phoneix, Marvin Gaye and JFK Junior, looked like a disaster waiting to happen, but, instead, was surprisingly good. Going far beyond the usual multichannel documentary fodder, the series offered some real insights.
APRIL FOOL'S GAGS
We generally despise newspapers playing "amusing" April Fool's gags on readers. And my weren't they amusing this year, as every Sunday paper went to town on exclusives such as Tony Blair appearing on stage at the Old Vic? However, we make one exception for the betting company Blue Square, which planted a story in the News of the World featuring the former world darts champion Phil "the Power" Taylor playing on a square darts board. Apparently, it's the future for darts. Or maybe a truly inspired PR stunt?
This year's feast of fighting fun, shown on Sky Box Office, was one of the best yet. The mighty Undertaker took top billing, but a real highlight was the "billionaires" match that pitched Donald Trump as a manager against his old mate, World Wrestling Entertainment's own Vince McMahon. There's nothing better than spending the wee small hours watching 70,000 fans in Detroit going mad. The only downside? No Triple H due to injury. Therefore, no DX. And that sucked.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
ROCK BANDS REFORMING
As the relaunch issue of the British Airways customer magazine, Business Life, shows, rock bands don't age particularly well. The Police are back. They've avoided each other for years, yet have, apparently, put aside their "musical differences" for the sake of the fans. Given that they are charging around £90 a ticket for their reunion tour, we sense that Sting and his buddies, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers, might not be solely motivated by the need to jam together. However, if you are that way inclined, just dig out their old LPs and have a bop around your living room instead.