Media: Things we like


We're starting to get sucked into this music channel (available on Sky Digital), which basically involves members of the public sending in videos of themselves miming to songs. Charlie Brooker has already admitted, in his excellent Screen Burn column, to watching Bedroom TV for up to four hours in a row - and we can see why. There's something addictive about watching people taking themselves seriously while miming away to crap old pop songs.


ITV1's experiment in linking a behind-the-scenes comedy to a soap opera set in Cornwall has got us hooked after two episodes. Ben Miller is excellent in Moving Wallpaper as Jonathan Pope, the producer of the soap, as he manipulates his team and wastes money on expensive items for his office. Half the fun is in spotting references between the two programmes, but while Echo Beach is hardly an innovative show, it makes for a bright half-an-hour on a Friday night. And you can't argue with an audience of five million and a share that beats the BBC.


Five might have some trading issues right now, but, along with Fiat's agency, Starcom, it has developed a clever sponsorship that will see the new Fiat 500 launched exactly 500 hours into 2008. Fiat is the first sponsorship to take advantage of relaxed Ofcom rules by sponsoring a whole evening of programmes, beginning at 8pm on 21 January. An onscreen countdown clock has already appeared each evening to mark the build-up to the launch and, on the launch evening, there will be a mix of idents and ad break flashes between every commercial.


The new US drama series started on BBC1 last week, and we've been manipulated into needing to know what happens next. Glenn Close plays New York litigation lawyer Patti Hewes, who makes Nurse Ratched look easygoing. The series follows Hewes and her young protege Ellen Parsons, played by Rose Byrne, as they fight a lawsuit against a highly corrupt CEO. This compelling legal thriller/murder mystery may have its occasional cheesy moment, but, on the whole, is a welcome addition to the Sunday-night schedule.



So ITV has moved News at Ten back to its rightful slot at 10pm. Big deal. Exciting perhaps for those at ITV who want a bit of competition against the BBC and for the presenter Sir Trevor McDonald, who gets to raise his profile once again, but the move seems to have generated a collective yawn from most viewers. On its first night, the News at Ten managed 4.1 million viewers, while the BBC pulled in 4.9 million. So the majority of people outside of ITV and Westminster seem to have been underwhelmed by the hype accompanying the return.