Media: Things we like


Along with the Coen brothers' excellent No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood is a major contender for Oscars triumph later this month. The much-hyped performance from Daniel Day-Lewis as oilman Daniel Plainview doesn't disappoint. Day-Lewis is in virtually every frame and delivers a flawless performance, which is expected to land him the Best Actor Oscar. The film's director, Paul Thomas Anderson, is great at building atmosphere and the film is beautifully shot, but may prove a bit ponderous and one-paced for action lovers.


Despite general flatness in the magazine market, the homes sector is performing well, especially at the luxury end, so it's no surprise that there is an opportunity for online products. MyDeco is the brainchild of the internet entrepreneur Brent Hoberman and launched last month. Its strength is that it is more than an internet magazine - it allows you to interact by creating your own look for your home using products from the likes of Heal's, Jasper Conran and John Lewis. The magazine section is good, too - complete with lifestyle features and a buyer's guide.


With England's rugby team struggling, it was good to see fans of the round ball catered for so well last Sunday. In what surely approached something of a record, we were able to watch live football from 1.30pm until well after 8pm. Starting with Sky's coverage of the Manchester derby, we then caught the final 20 minutes of Sampdoria versus Napoli on five, before switching back to Sky for Chelsea's clash with Liverpool. It was then over to Eurosport for Egypt's triumph over Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations. An epic day of sport, and all on commercial TV.


Five has made a real event out of its capture of the Aussie soap from the BBC. Launching earlier this week (with two showings a day, Monday to Friday), Neighbours is part of a "soap hour" alongside Home & Away in the early evenings. Five has created a buzz, with some amusing ads from VCCP, a party and by attracting specially created ads from the likes of Red Bull and Daz. Now it just has to beat The Weakest Link on BBC1.



It hasn't been a good week for GCap Media, and if it was expecting a boost from the return of Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen on Capital's breakfast show, further disappointment could be in store. Van Outen's Carry On-style humour might have worked on the Big Breakfast, but it's just wrong for the school-run audience - even Vaughan sounds embarrassed by some of her remarks. And judging by comments on Capital's website, she's putting off previously loyal listeners, too.