Monthly Archive for March, 2007

Five is Ten: 3,500 days of soft porn and Hitler.

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Five is ten! You’ll have to forgive me for the title of this post, it refers to a Dead Ringers bit (video after the jump). The graphics and execution on these special anniversary idents are fantastic, and I love the route they’ve taken of the network literally being ten years old like a child.

Above Kirsty Young, Matthew Wright, Naomi Wilkinson reflect on their time at Channel Five, which for a network I know nothing about is certainly growing on me. And below some cross promotion with Five Life and that Dead Ringers bit, so keep reading…

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If you wanna be my Five.

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Channel Five celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday, the above is the start of the channel, and the Spice Girls guaranteeing it will be the new sensation (how did that pan out?.. i’m not being facetious I really don’t know what people think of it).

This Week in Current Affairs: 28th March

Update: Ratings are in, they nearly doubled last years viewing average.

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The Chaser’s War on Everything returned last night, and while I can tell you it beat out House, Cold Case and Heroes in Canberra, you’ll have to wait for someone else to tell you how it did in metro Australia, but I think its fair to say it probably did pretty well.

It was a complete return to form, and my favourite of all segments, What have we learned from Current Affairs this Week was just brilliant, with a special tribute to Naomi.

Sorry Ten, you’ve been Chaser’d.

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Ten’s new idents got a serving last night for their love of imported content.

Download last nights entire episode right now from the ABC here.

Craig Reucassel on Triple J

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(3:20s / 4.6mb) Recorded from Triple J 101.5 Canberra. Download the MP3 here.

With just hours to go until the return of The Chaser on ABC at 9pm here is Craig Reucassel stuck in Canberra talking to Triple J giving the show one last plug.

Four to the Floor: The Dubai skyline

Download all the C4 idents in one swoop here (80.2mb *.zip).

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Big thanks to Graham and Craig, who within minutes of each other both sent me the latest (and perhaps coolest) Channel 4 ident. And who am I to deny you seeing both?

I definitely prefer these semi-plausible ones over some of the others, but until something better comes along, the whole series is still some of the best stuff happening on TV. Watch the other 14 idents in the series here.

The ABC goes cross platform: Arts.

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Another of the cross-platformers, this time promoting ABC online, radio and television for you lovers of art. Crikey has picked up on the ABC’s high level of self promotion these days;

There’s nothing new here, even if it does make listening/watching/surfing the ABC feel like you’re in an Escher drawing

I don’t see a problem with it though, its certainly better then advertising. Check out the rest of the cross platformers (news, kids and science) here.

ITV2 really Schruted it.

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You’ve probably all seen the conceptually challenged ITV1 idents by now, and while these ITV2 idents stick to a theme at least, they don’t have much depth, but from a channel that describes itself as being personified by Cameron Diaz maybe thats what they were going for.

But none of that really matters, because ITV2 is the UK broadcaster of The American Office, a show which makes TV worth watching, and work worth going to.

The Chaser’s war on.. Iceland and Iraq

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Continuing with the rental of the world’s cheapest billboard gag that started on the Chaser’s website, the ABC has turned them into some coming soons for the show, which if you didn’t know already returns March 28th at 9pm.

Top Gear of the Pops.


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We’ve got Red Nose Day in Australia, and we even have some form of Comic Relief, but I’m absolutely struck with the intensity in which the whole campaign seems to over take the United Kingdom. This year alone they’ve raised over £40,000,000 and still taking your donations.

Among all the other TV specials they ran to motivate you to donate, the one that caught my eye was Top Gear of the Pops, which combined the now canned formats of Top of the Pops with everyones favourite car show Top Gear, all in the name of charity.. aww.