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One-screening wonders

Seven shows that were cancelled after just one episode. Or in the case of one of them, a third of an episode  Heil Honey I’m Home! (1990) Back in the early 1990s, this Nazi comedy was commissioned by satellite television channel Galaxy, part of British Satellite Broadcasting. The premise was Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun happily…

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’60s Batman: What I’ve Learned

Robin and I are just good friends. Sometimes I just pretend I didn’t see the Bat Signal; especially if it’s really late at night and it’s cold and raining. Just send out some damn cops; my taxes pay for them, so in a way I’m still saving the city. And I pay a lot of…

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Time In: TV reviews

Written for the Time In section of Time Out Magazine Pepper Dennis Sat 2, MBC4, 9pm Rebecca Romain, who plays the titular star, is one of those professional MAWs (Model, Actress, Whatever) that have hung around longer than most, although a quick look through her online resume at imbd.com shows that she’s spent more screen…

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The Twilight it’s OK to like

From 1959 to 1964, Rod Serling hosted half-hour tales that melded sci-fi, mystery and morality tales, usually with a twist. It would prove to be some of the most creative and influential television ever made. His show, The Twilight Zone, was described by horror writer Stephen King in the early 1980s as being “damn near…

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Cop and ratings

Why police procedurals continue to endure – and influence. A TV holy trinity of cop, lawyer and doctor series will once again be churned out this year. Studios love them as they deliver solid ratings and because there can be a new crime/case/ patient each week, meaning the viewer can miss a few episodes and…

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Still working for Peanuts

Arguably the greatest piece of Christmas television is 45 years old this month. And it’s never been more relevant, even if the meaning has, once again, been lost. The first time they saw it, the powers-that-be hated A Charlie Brown Christmas. The 1965 television debut for the comic strip was to be a cautionary tale…

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Rock Stars

Quality and popularity aren’t always synonymous. Or put simply, people love rubbish. When the British were asked in 1999 to vote on the most significant moments in television, they proved that the public aren’t to be trusted over matters like this. Del Boy from Only Fools And Horses falling over in a bar was ranked…