Last Friday saw the News International red-top at its best as it campaigned to get the high-street banks to pass on interest rate cuts to their mortgage customers. The Sun gave full vent to its spleen, with a front-page headline screaming "Pass it on, you bankers" and by winning the support of Prime Minister Gordon Brown for its coverage, which "named and shamed greedy giants" of the banking world. By Saturday, most banks had relented and knocked the full 1.5 per cent off their standard variable mortgage rates.
First seen on E4 during the summer, the teenage comedy The Inbetweeners has just started a repeat run on Channel 4. We missed it first time around, so are enjoying its scatological yet warm humour for the first time. The show takes us back to school sixth form, where the main action centres on Will, a posh kid taken out of private school and sent to his local comprehensive after his parents split up. The script may be festooned with words such as "boner" and "gash" but somehow The Inbetweeners never loses its naive charm.
The Monocle shop
The magazine Monocle is entering a brave new world by launching its own shop this week. The store, in Marylebone, will stock the magazine's branded clothing and homeware products, made through partnerships with fashion brands such as Commes des Garcons and Drakes London. No doubt Monocle fans, who have been indulging in retail therapy via the title's website, will be forming an orderly queue at the new store. Success may spark a new trend in the magazine world.
FT.com is sporting a nice rosy hue. The redesigned website now matches the colour of the famously pink newspaper perfectly. The look brings a nice coherence to the title and its digital version. The site, through Avenue A-Razorfish, also has a new structure with a more defined main column for the top ten must-read stories, comment pieces and simpler navigation and drop-down menus to declutter the page. The ads on the website will continue to be sold by digital specialists in an integrated sales team.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
We know we're too old for Britannia High, but we're also too old for High School Musical 3 and we love that. It just seems that ITV's take on a fictional performance arts school in London lacks any redeeming qualities. The plot is wafer-thin, the acting wooden and the music (under the direction of Take That's Gary Barlow) less than award-winning. Sadly for ITV, the viewers seem to agree with us - last Sunday's episode attracted just 2.5 million viewers in the 7pm slot.