A Christmas treat

Oliver Jeffer’s brilliant Lost and Found has been adapted as a 30 minute short for television by Studio aka. So set your vision-boxes to Channel Four at half two this afternoon (or half twelve on Stephens’ Day) and enjoy the eye-candy.

More over on the studio aka site.

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Last chance saloon

The final installment of the BBC Four series on children’s literature - Now We Are Growing Up - airs tonight at 9pm. The show features interviews with Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Eoin Colfer, David Almond, Ralph Steadman and Dave McKean.

More on the series here and here.

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More unmissable TV

The second part of BBC Four’s series exploring childhood reading - Now We are Six - is on tonight at 9. Looking at classic books, from Alice in Wonderland to The Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, the works of Roald Dahl, Raymond Briggs and Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz and Quentin Blake all make appearances too.

Those who got to see last weeks episode tell me it was interesting, useful and was preceded by a great documentary about the life and times of Kenneth Grahame. Tonight’s preceding writer is E Nesbit, the lady behind The Railway Children.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be peaking in through the window next door. They have digital… More about the three part series here.

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Some TV should not to be missed

Tonight on BBC Four (one for all you digital heads) When we were very young - a series exploring childhood reading - the first episode focuses on picture books with interviews, readings and demonstrations from Michael Rosen, Shirley Hughes, Alan Ahlberg and Lauren Child.

The second episode, Now We are Six, will look at classic books, from Alice in Wonderland to The Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and feature Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs.

So go watch the clip from tonight’s show and then tune in at 9pm tonight on BBC 4 (repeats until Sunday) See, some TV just shouldn’t be missed.


Seeing the future

The journo’s have started up the smoke machines, donned their best towels (on their heads, don’t be rude) and polished up their crystal balls to have a look at what is coming up over the next few months in television and books.

TV this Autumn is covered on the - one of my highlights has to be Merlin on BBC One:

No Robin Hood this autumn (that’s back in the new year); Saturday teatimes will instead get a magical, Arthurian makeover. Colin Morgan will star as the fledgling wizard, opposite Richard Wilson, Anthony Head, Michelle Ryan and a dragon sounding suspiciously like John Hurt.

And in books Suzi Feay over in the Indepenent UK has a look at what will be the next big thing -

And the next big children’s book is… about a bunch of kids in a boarding school! Andy Mulligan’s Ribblestrop (Simon & Schuster, April 2009) is a hilarious and morally questionable tale about a disastrous school whose pupils can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The building was falling down even before a disaffected pupil set fire to it. Health and safety is non-existent, rebuilding and DIY forms a major part of the curriculum, and a donkey sanctuary occupies the playing fields. The book’s hapless hero, Sam, is concussed, scalded and stripped of most of his clothes in the very first chapter. Ribblestrop has the “crazy school” appeal of Hogwarts and the grim humour of Lemony Snicket, and looks like a winner.

It’ll be interesting to see how the predictions fair once the smoke clears… In the mean time I’m off to find a beginners guide to tarot cards.

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Patrick Ness - buzzin’

If you’re near a TV today at about 4pm switch over to the Den on RTÉ 2. Patrick Ness, the man behind The Knife of Never Letting Go, is on The Buzz with Sonagh and Declan.

>> Go watch the clip on RTÉ.ie

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too hot to handle?

Buzzmachine’s Jeff Jarvis made his first post on the Guardians new Comment Is Free site by lashing out at the FCC over hypocritical controls on what should be aired on American television. On the ruling that the words ‘fuck’ and ’shit’ are profane and grossly offensive Jarvis replied “To sum this up all too bluntly: “nigger” and “kike” are constitutionally protected while “fuck” and “shit” are not. In a response to the FCC fines the Daily KOS have posted the Parents Television Council contact details on their site.

The episode of Without A Trace that is costing CBS $3 million was aired earlier last year by TV3, I have emailed the BCC to try and find out how many complaints, if any at all, were made against TV3 for showing the same episode. Did anyone watch the programme? Was it as bad as the PTC have made it out to be, and is it worth $3m in fines? I’ll update as soon as the BCC get back to me.

UPDATE: No word from the BCC and I’ve been too busy to realise - I will have another go today.  

released from its prison: comment is free

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