Media: Things we like

More4's ad campaign

More4's new ad campaign is a must-see for anyone who's ever wondered what Jon Snow or David Starkey would look like in drag. The presenters are joined by Time Team's Tony Robinson and Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud wearing fetching wigs and headscarves in the ad promoting the channel and its online pub quiz. Perhaps worryingly, the team make a surprisingly convincing bunch of old ladies. The ad was was made by 4Creative.


The Watchmen movie was never going to be as good as the graphic novel, but that doesn't stop it being a thoroughly enjoyable, intelligent, three-hour action film. Obviously (because of the original subject matter), the storyline is brilliant, the cinematography and acting is impressive but not showy, and the tone is, mostly, just right. Whether you've read the graphic novel or not, the film is still a worthwhile experience. And if you haven't done either, do both.

The ALEway Festival

Station pubs are invariably rough, unpleasant places but The Betjeman Arms at St Pancras station turns this perception on its head. A great destination in its own right, the pub is attracting an eclectic mix of drinkers and gourmets testing out its ales and food menu. The pub capitalised on this reputation with last week's ALEway Festival, a mini ale festival that offered drinkers 30 ales and six ciders at quite reasonable prices. While we're struggling to remember the finer details of the evening, we enjoyed the atmosphere at the pub as beardy Camra members mingled with sophisticated Euro travellers.

Edge's 200 covers

As fans of both video games and interesting magazine design, we've long enjoyed the glossy Future title Edge, which has celebrated its 200th issue by producing 200 unique cover designs for the March issue. Covers feature video-game heroes such as Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog, and are all immaculately designed to make them collectable among the gaming community. With this many covers, Future has surely set a record that is destined to survive for a long time.


The Red Nose Kilimanjaro climb

Hats off to Comic Relief for raising £58 million for charity on the night of BBC1's broadcast but, sadly, much of the accompanying programming was utter dross. James Corden's embarrassing routine with the England football team was only slightly better than Kilimanjaro: The Big Red Nose Climb, which featured the conclusion of the climb up the African mountain by profile-hungry celebrities such as Gary Barlow, Cheryl Cole and Ronan Keating. Needless to say, it was hard to find much in the way of genuine comedy in this escapade. There was much better over on ITV in the shape of Moving Wallpaper and Al Murray.