Wednesday, 3 December 2008

O, for a muse of fire

Charlie Brooker (or Charlton Brooker, as I amusingly discovered his full name to be recently) is always good for a laugh. His irreverent swipes on TV and popular culture often dissolve into the mental ramblings of a teenager who's spent too much time in his room on his own...well, watching TV.

But last night it all went a bit Alan Yentob, in a writers special in which he interviewed Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk, Doctor Who), Tony Jordan (Eastenders, Hustle, Life On Mars), Paul Abbot (State Of Play, Shameless), Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd), Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show) about the writing process. It was fascinating and all the better for not being po-faced in any way. Thanks to the wonderous BBC iPlayer you can watch it here for the next 7 days.


John Self 3 December 2008 at 10:51  

Oh goody, taped this last night so look forward to watching it soon (unlike most of the stuff on our hard drive, which sits there for - literally - up to a year before being deleted, unviewed).

Charlton! Heheh. That's almost as good as discovering that thick-knuckled, leather-and-quiff sporting hard man of film crit Mark Kermode's real name is Mark Fairey.

William Rycroft 3 December 2008 at 14:58  

Oh, yes, I feel a thread of embarrassing names coming on:

Alice Cooper - Vincent Furnier
Busta Rhymes - Trevor Smith
Dido - Dido Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong
Ice T - Tracy Marrow
Marilyn Manson - Brian Warner
and my long standing favourite:
Vanilla Ice - Robert Van Winkle

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