Media: Things we like


Since it first hit TV screens in its own right in 1989, there have been rumours of a feature-length Simpsons film. And the 18-year wait has been well worth it. The film confidently avoids the many hazards of moving a worldwide TV hit on to the big screen by not dedicating too much screen time to one character or filling it with unnecessary gags. The jokes that are in there are in there for a reason - because they're funny, and there are still loads of memorable moments. The team has really pulled out all the stops with the animation as well: despite being 2D, it is sumptuous and still feels modern.


We've enjoyed Setanta's launch into the live football market, at last giving Sky some much-needed competition. OK, so it's now really confusing as to which packages to buy into, but Setanta offers some viewers a good alternative as it's only £10 a month. It will be interesting to see how much appetite there is for the channel, given its large ad campaigns and Sky's reaction with its own marketing activity. However, Setanta has signed up Des Lynam, so it's apparently serious about challenging.

BLACKLE has been launched by Heap Media and works along the lines that a black screen, rather than white, on the Google search engine could save significant amounts of energy if adopted en masse. It's worth loading as your homepage because not only do you look like you're doing your bit for the environment, but it also makes a change from a boring white screen (if only to replace it with a boring black one). Heap is appealing to users to spread the word by inserting into their e-mail signature.


We enjoyed Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's motorbike-based show Long Way Round on Sky One, and now there's the prospect of a follow-up, Long Way Down, where the pair ride from the northern tip of Scotland to the very south of South Africa. For those who can't wait for the show to air on BBC2 in September, there is an excellent website that provides links to BBC video content, as well as updates of their progress.



England are doing their best to throw away the Test series against India. The team's main winning tactic - "sledging" the opposition batsmen - seems to have backfired miserably, so it's probably best they start doing their talking with the bat and ball. England's antics reached a new low last Sunday when Kevin Pietersen and his gang threw some jelly beans on to the pitch in a bid to distract the Indian batsman Zaheer Khan. As a result, Khan was so angry he took five England wickets the next day and won the match for India.