Monthly Archive for October, 2006

Channel Four and Twenty Questions

swear

Favourite swear..

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happiest

Happiest moment..

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Favourite invention..

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c4song - Twango

First song..

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Update 27/5/07: Added “First song” video.

These three videos are part of a larger series asking the stars of Channel 4 shows twenty questions with each video being a collection of their answers. Celebrities featured in these include the stars of Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Scrubs, Lost, Desperate Housewives and The OC.

These videos are easily some of my favourite things I’ve ever posted on this blog. Channel 4 are just awesome at the stuff they can get their talent to do, whether its Judi Dench in a lobster costume or the cast of Lost in a Western they go to so much trouble.

If anyone has anymore videos from this series please email me.

- Thanks Craig and Jody for the vids.

(Download the DVPAL of the swearing video here, its only 281mb.)

The Australian Arena

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It turns out there is a German television network also called Arena, but the one we’re looking at today is the Australian subscription television channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus.

Among the people I work with it seems to be their channel of preference, and I’m guessing Entourage, Gilmore Girls, Nip/Tuck, Six Feet Under, Project Runway, SNL and Will and Grace have something to do with it.

This sixty second ident incorporates many of the networks shows into an LA backdrop featuring the tune “This Old Love” by Lior.

There’s more to… dressing up the lissajous.

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Two of the new ABC1 idents making the rounds at the moment. Follows a similar concept to one of the earlier releases.

The ABC logo also appears a little bigger then usual at the start of these.

All my life, watching America.

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The first 3 minutes of the new FiveUS digital channel just launched in the UK. It basically just introduces the programming, and you meet Russell who between shows will be touring the US talking to the people behind some of the shows and looking at the culture that we so love and hate.

Like in the other FiveUS clips this one also includes Sufjan Steven’s “Chicago”, but also mixes in a bit of Razorlight’s “America”.

Five Life my way

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Along with FiveUS, a new channel targeted at women has also been brought online by Five. Five Life will feature the likes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Home and Away.

More exciting for me though is the inclusion of Love My Way in the line up. I only recently discovered the show, and documented my enthusiasm for it here. If you live in the UK give it a go, and if you live in Australia catch up with the DVD’s because I think the third season is due soon.

Update: John Suchet reminding you to rescan for the new channels.

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The United States of Five

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Channel Five just launched two new digital only channels, FiveUS is as you could probably guess for American programming and will include the likes of the CSI’s and some American sports.

The music in the first video is appropriately enough “Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens, which is an awesome awesome song in its own right.

The third video is the first three minutes of Five US introducing the new channel, and also features the song “America” by Razorlight.

Update: John Suchet reminding you to rescan for the new channels.

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Podcastpalooza: Now all I need is a video iPod.

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Apparently the ABC is registering something like 1.6 million podcast downloads a month, the compares to the 3.5 million the BBC does, and considering the enormous difference in reach of the two broadcasters you’d have to say that is pretty impressive.

No doubt adding to an increase in that number is the new shows being added to the ABC burgeoning vodcasting venture. What started as just The Chaser’s War on Everything and JTV, has since grown to include Lateline, Lateline Business, Dig TV, and as of this week Media Watch and the new ABC2 show Good Game.

What’s next for the ABC though? At the Movies, Four Corners, News, Enough Rope, or hopefully all of the above.

November gets nostalgic on the ABC

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“On November 5 1956, the ABC made its first TV broadcast from its Sydney studios, inaugurated by Prime Minister Robert Menzies, and on November 19 the first TV broadcast beamed out from the ABC’s Melbourne’s studios.”

- From History of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

These promos featuring John Clarke take a look at next months line up of nostalgic and not so nostalgic programming including the new West Wing and the Queen’s Sister.

Nation Branding: The new BBC One idents.

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The full set of the new BBC One circle idents (for now). New idents as they’re broadcast will be added to this post.

One last dance for BBC One.

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The night before BBC One switched over to the new idents they played this montage of the “symbols which have defined BBC One for the last four and half years”. It features 14 of the idents from the Rhythm and Movement series.

I can’t imagine any network in Australia ever farewelling an on screen package like this, but it was very well done.