Jonathan Durden may have got off to a slow start and came close to being evicted last week, but in his own quiet way he is steadily raising the bar. An epic moment of flatulence and an offer to give the incomprehensible twins a holiday in his villa show that he's slowly coming out of his bored shell. And he needs to. In the words of the Daily Mirror's television critic Jim Shelley: "Smart enough bloke, but at the end of the day, he's just not very interesting." We're pretty sure that those who know him will disagree.
THE RISE AND FALL OF TONY BLAIR
There's been much comment recently about the new rise of the "intelligent" TV documentary, and this two-part Andrew Rawnsley piece on Channel 4 is the latest to qualify. Immaculately scripted and presented by Rawnsley, he gained access to some of Blair's closest friends, enemies and confidantes who helped to tell the story of his ten years in power. A really impressive, balanced piece of documentary making and just what Channel 4 should be doing right now.
Emap might be looking at selling off its underperforming title, but we rather like it. Arena seems to stand out in the men's market for its design, features and some of the interesting items at the front of the magazine. The magazine may have suffered from too many editors in too short a space of time, and also perhaps from a lack of confidence in it at Emap, but we hope that its future is secure.
PIRATE MASTER ON SKY ONE
Once again Sky has acquired a watchable reality show from the US, this time Pirate Master, which is currently airing across the pond on CBS. Obviously it helps if you are into pirate-themed antics, but this show is better imagined than most reality programmes. Put simply, 16 contestants are fighting it out for the ultimate prize of $1 million in "gold" and break into competing teams each week to use maps and other clues to find treasures. It's all good, camp, fun and the once a week format leaves us wanting more.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
DIE HARD 4.0
It's not that we don't like the film - we're actually oddly predisposed towards hackneyed thrillers featuring Bruce Willis saving the world, while wearing a vest. It's the title of the movie that winds us up. And it's not just the Die Hard producers that annoy us. Trying to capitalise on the web 2.0 vogue, everybody and their aunts seems to be slapping a punctuation point and a zero on to a number to try to sound contemporary. This really isn't cool anymore so please stop talking about "agency 3.0" etc. Unless you work in computer coding on the West Coast of the US, it doesn't sound trendy, it just sounds lame.