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Update: Sorry, looks like these weren’t uploaded with rightsholder permissions and are now gone. Why would people steal from Bill Bailey? Anyway, read about the most recent programme here.

Sorry for delayed news, Friday was hectic.

Saw Bill Bailey last night. A genius in every way, and a good gig, if he didn’t give us much new material as he played his home stage at the Riverside Studios – although he did wheel out a Tenori On for some entertaining novelty… watch out for him defeating evil and creating beauty if he gets it out in the future. Seeing him did remind me of his work with news themes…

To contrast with NBC news – where we go for techno-remixes, the Americans go for ‘ET being chased on a horse by Darth Vader’…

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I learned of the gig, which was intimate and cosy and v. fun, directly from Bill. We also saw John Cleese in the audience, which was pretty cool. A nice way to spend a Sunday evening.

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Time for The Wire in the UK?

As I was watching The Wire on BBC 2 last night something struck me – I have spent a small fortune developing my DVD box-set collection but I don’t own a single drama single series made in the UK.  The Wire, one of the best TV shows ever made in my opinion, tops my list that includes The Sopranos, The Shield, Lost, The Corner, Oz and West Wing – but nothing from Blighty.

I won’t bang on about the gritty realism of the Baltimore-based series – you can read plenty here and here.  I will leave discussion about the production values,  sub-plots and dual meanings developed in The Sopranos to someone else – I am more interested to know we aren’t making like this in the UK? Is the BBC spending too much on sporting events and soaps? Is ITV more interested in its search for talented singers? You can normally expect Channel 4 to come up with something but Shameless, whilst funny and a decent watch,  doesn’t really cut the mustard.

HBO (the US channel responsible for most of the above shows) has shown that making decent quality drama series can still be profitable by selling box-sets by the bucket-load around the world. I think I’ve spotted a gap in the market – maybe I will start writing my own, that’ll give me something to do this weekend.

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