Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
One Tardis spin-off too many?
But the show comes hot on the heels of the announcement that producer Russell T Davies plans a second DW spin-off show early next year - The Sarah Jane Adventures - which will be aimed specifically at children and shown as part of the CBBC schedules.
In our latest tellytunes poll, we asked for your views on the spin-offs and the verdict was a strong "one too many" vote, with 57% of you saying that one spin-off would have been enough. 24% of voters said they welcomed the double dose of spin-offs while 19% felt that the Beeb were starting to just milk it for all its worth! (I wonder though if the vote many have been swayed more in favour of the multiple spin-offs if the second one wasn't Ye Olde Sarah Jane but rather the proposed-but-sadly-scrapped plan for the Rose spin-off instead!
We'll wait to see what the ratings say but it seems that the Beeb are edging their bets by launching the show on BBC3, although BBC2 repeats won't be far away.
And a further word of warning was issued today that would suggest that the Doctor Who brand is certainly not invincible. BBC Online bosses announced that its experiment during the latest series of Doctor Who to provide Tardisodes - exclusive one-minute episode trailers - to mobile phones had flopped with the service attracting little over 3,000 downloads per episode.
One thing's for sure though - we know you love your downloads of the Doctor Who theme as the show continues to be one of our highest ranking searches on the tellytunes tv theme finder!!
Friday, October 13, 2006
Top 10 themes for this week
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
This week's top 10 TV themes
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Is the Hamster love here to stay?
On the morning after his accident, a sudden uprising of the secret underground Hammond fan club began, with literally millions of people who you would have assumed up until that point didn't even know who he was suddenly began singing their heartfelt praises for him.
I've only really started to watch Top Gear in the past couple of years but by far the most entertaining thing about it as far as I'm concerned is Hammond. As has been said many a time since his accident, the fact that he manages to act the fool while performing some of the most daredevil feats is pure entertainment.
I was really shocked to read about his accident on the Wednesday evening and subsequent reporting on Thursday morning which initially suggested the poor guy had had it. But, touch wood, his seemingly miraculous recovery goes on.
Following the huge amount of front-page newspaper coverage, I posed the opinion poll question on the tellytunes website in recent weeks: Richard Hammond - is he worth front-page news? The verdict was an overwhelming YES by 88%. Only 8% thought the coverage was OTT but, most surprisingly, only 4% of people had never previously heard of him.
And the most comical height of the coverage came last week. Imagine the scene - you're Home Secretary John Reid and you've got your eye on becoming the next leader of the Labour Party and therefore the next UK Prime Minister. For two months, you've been writing and rehearsing your speech for the Labour Conference - your big moment to make an impact, to stake your claim on the Premiership. Your big moment comes, you're live on every rolling news channel in the UK. You begin...
"Dear Respected Labour Party Conference delegates. I am speaking to you today as...." BANG - bugger that says the Sky News producer, we're off live to Leeds where Richard Hammond is being stretchered into a helicopter for his hospital transfer to Bristol. Dr Reid's career down the pan in a flash thanks to some two-bit TV invalid and his Bupa membership.
But, while John Reid's career may be on the downturn, the same certainly can't be said for that of the Hamster. On the assumption that he makes the full recovery that doctors are expecting in 5-6 months time, the popularity that has appeared form nowhere for him in the past weeks must surely stand him in good stead for future TV projects. BBC2's Battle of the Geeks featuring Hammond and shown on Sunday night attracted 1.9m viewers. You can't tell me that nearly 2million viewers would have given up their Sunday night for that if it hadn't of been for the current situation.
And fair play to him - he deserves a decent show for his efforts. Let's hope he gets it - but on just two conditions: 1) he sticks with Top Gear and 2) ITV don't re-commission that ruddy Five O'Clock debacle!!
Get well soon Hamster!