Friday evening TV recommendations

I'm already looking forward to tonight's TV. Sad to say it, but I've become a bit of a 'Come Dine With Me' junkie. Forget Big Brother, the culinary and social adventures of real people are much more compelling - and I've even picked up a couple of good recipes as a result.

So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that my colleague Tony Boniface is a contestant in tonight's episode from Bristol. Becky has already tweeted about it - but I'm keeping away from anything that might ruin the suspense. If you don't have such qualms, you can find out a bit more background about the episode from the Channel 4 website - or get a better idea about our man Tony by checking out @SausageTony on Twitter... that might give you some clues about his strategy for tonight!

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Paul Scholes's picture

Found the off button

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

Me & the dog have been on our own all week (wife lucky break with her sis in NYC, work colleagues away/on hols) and I just forgot to switch the box on Monday night and it's remained off ever since. Bit like a car, suppose I might turn it over and pump up its tyres over the weekend but it's interesting how you can just fall out of the habit AND there are no withdrawal symptoms.

Have to be honest though the radio is my methadone!

Daffy Duck's picture

Normal

Daffy Duck | | Permalink

A bunch of people playing about with food, or a bunch on nonentities locked up together - what a choice. Apart from Arsenal v Liverpool tomorrow I cant see anything worth wasting my time on.  In other words, a normal weekends TV.

 

Becky Midgley's picture

Nice one Paul

Becky Midgley | | Permalink

I don't watch much TV at the weekends to be honest, I find other things to amuse myself with.  Although pretty bogged down by textbooks at the moment, so sometimes I do watch a bit of Telly so I can switch my brain off, often with comedy, or something equally non-taxing.

Weekends are made for being outdoors!  Make the most of these last few summer evenings, John, I know you are partial to a spot of guitar playing, get out into the garden and charm the birds :)

mwngiol's picture

Weekend TV

mwngiol | | Permalink

Unless there's a live Everton match, Grand Prix, or Doctor Who to watch then the missus and the kids get the TV to themselves all weekend (if there's any cricket on which is actually competitive then I'll watch a few overs every now and then).

I used to watch a load of TV but, like Paul, once you get out of the habit you realise there's very little actually worth watching and you don't miss it. Not sure if it's because I've got more selective as I've got older or whether TV has just become more and more pants.

Daffy Duck's picture

Everton ?

Daffy Duck | | Permalink

mwngiol

Unless there's a live Everton match,

 

 

Isn't that the football equivalent of masochism ?

 

 

 

mwngiol's picture

Masochism

mwngiol | | Permalink

Almost keeping pace with the millionaire clubs while being run on the equivalent (spelling?) of benefits. I call it shrewdness and efficiency. Surely all accountants should be Evertonians?? :p

Flash Gordon's picture

Big Brother & X Factor

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Aren't both the above kicking off again now? Sounds like a good reason to keep the tv turned off permanently!! I don't watch much tv these days - stuff like the CSIs, New Tricks, that sort of thing though I've several on the recorder that I haven't watched yet. I put dvds on while I work for company so don't really feel the need for more. My guilty pleasure though is the american footie that I get via t'internet - new season has started (well, pre-season matches but same thing) so I'm watching plenty of that in the evenings. Other than that my weekend will be a curry tomorrow night and hitting the brand new textbooks that are piled up calling me :)

(Although I have just ventured out into the evening sun to cut the grass - beautiful evening out there)

Daffy Duck's picture

I'm with Flash

Daffy Duck | | Permalink

mwngiol  "Almost keeping pace with the millionaire clubs while being run on the equivalent (spelling?) of benefits. I call it shrewdness and efficiency. Surely all accountants should be Evertonians?? :p 

 

 

Surely, as it is the most profitable club in Britain, all accountants should be Arsenal fans?

People call Wenger for not buying overpriced players, but the club has a positive balance sheet.  Didnt I see somewhere that Manchester United were about £700 million in debt?

 

 

The best hour on TV ?  Definitely New Tricks.  In fact I bought the entire first 6 series on DVD (God bless Amazon's sales).  They are definitely worth watching a second time, whereas most of the rubbish on TV isnj't worth watching even for a first time.

 

Flash Gordon's picture

God bless Amazon

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Ditto Daffy - I've also got them on dvd.Originally started watching because I fancied Amanda Redman in Dangerfield but they're worth watching regardless. An hour worth spending in front of the box.

I love Amazon - my credit card company also loves Amazon because of the amount I spend! Miles cheaper usually than the shops and I don't have to leave my desk, bliss :)

Daffy Duck's picture

After a dog, Amazon is definitely man's second best friend.

Daffy Duck | | Permalink

Flash Gordon

I love Amazon - my credit card company also loves Amazon because of the amount I spend Miles cheaper usually than the shops and I don't have to leave my desk, bliss :) 

 

 

If, like me, you're a typical male shopper who has a panic attack at the mere thought of trailing around a town, dealing with dizzy shop assistants (who don't "assist" at all), and constantly getting run over by women drivers of buggies, then my bet is, that like me, your first port of call at Christmas is Amazon too.

A few years ago I went "late night shopping" the week before Christmas, went into a bar, and it was packed with totally bemused men who hadnt got a clue what they'd bought or why they'd bought it, they just hoped that their wives and girlfriends really did need a new Black & Decker sander and drill because they had lost their bottle going into Ann Summers and had swiftly turned into the hardware store next door instead.

Now half an hour online and my christmas shopping is done, courtesy of Amazon & the postman. Hell, Amazon even do a wrapping service :).

 

 

By the way, I still fancy Amanda Redman, indeed if any man said he didn't I would immediately call an ambulance and check to see if he still had a pulse.

 

Flash Gordon's picture

Christmas shopping

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

I avoid shops like the plague anyway (introverts hell) but I wouldn't even consider it in December. All those people getting in the way and as for ditzy shop assistants, you're lucky if you can find one at all. When you do it's 'oh I don't work in this department'- do I care? you work in this shop so help me!

Never tried Amazon's wrapping service but if Pets at Home started offering wrapping I'd definitely use it as it takes hours (and all my patience) to wrap the pooch's presents (mainly because I get carried away at P@H - the one shop I do love) only for her to spend 30 seconds per present shredding the paper into tiny wet bits on the carpet. But she enjoys it and that is what Christmas is about. If only I could get the cats to show similar enthusiasm....  

Daffy Duck's picture

Cats

Daffy Duck | | Permalink

Flash Gordon. If only I could get the cats to show similar enthusiasm....  

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancol-Pet-Products-Timberwolf-Pyramid/dp/B0030UD0UE/ref=sr_1_66?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1313827651&sr=1-66 

 

Try this - got my cat one and he's never out of it, I put it in a quiet corner and whenever he's feeling anti-social (which is most of the time) he can be found snoring in it. Great value for £15.

 

 

ShirleyM's picture

Our cats are the opposite

ShirleyM | | Permalink

They have to be sprawled all over us, or laid on the chair/settee as close to us as possible. If I sit at the computer desk they still try to get on my knee, or they sprawl all over the desk, with legs & tails on the keyboard!.

We get an occasional break when they lay on the bed or under the bathroom radiator.

One is a siamese, and the other is a lilac oriental (sister & brother). The orientals have been selectively bred for their affectionate temperaments for centuries, and it shows! All our previous moggies have been farm cats or rescues (except for a longhaired colourpoint we had years ago), but these act more like a cross between a cat & a dog.

Daffy Duck's picture

Pedigree mongrels

Daffy Duck | | Permalink

I've heard that siamese are more canine than feline.

I could never justify paying for a pedigree cat when we have a Cats Protection League cattery only about 5 miles from us.

They have a unit for cats with problems and those who have been there more than 6 months and, of course, there are mugs like me.  I swear they se me coming and immediately dig out the oldest, ugliest, smelliest cat they have because they know I'll take the ones no one else wants.

 

Flash Gordon's picture

Cats

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

My cats have both got pyramid beds - but in their typical fashion they sleep on top of them so they're squashed down! I put them in the wash a while back and had to then squish them back down again because I got 2 looks that plainly said 'what have you done now?!' But one cat is a real cuddlepot & sleeps for England whereas the other accepts affection on his terms not mine. Though he actually slept on my bed the other night while I was in it which was a first - I barely moved so as not to disturb him. I didn't get a particularly comfortable night but it was so sweet!

I'm always keeping a lookout on my local rescue website but I think it would have to be a kitten - not sure how they'd cope to another adult cat joining them.

ShirleyM's picture

Rescue dogs

ShirleyM | | Permalink

All of our most recent dogs have been rescues, and all had major problems when we adopted them. Our most recent is a GSD, she was 4 years old when we got her, she was/is hyperactive, was totally uneducated, and kept jumping over our 6ft wall. We put a 1ft fence on top of the wall but she cleared that too. We monitored the points where she found it easiest to jump over, and put overhangs up. That stopped her!

She stopped trying to escape once she had settled in with us and had some training, and is now a wonderful companion, but it was very worrying for a while.

I do try to buy pedigrees occasionally, as I support both mongrels, and pure breeds. If nobody kept pure breeds they would eventually die out, although I applaud anyone who gives a rescued animal a good home. I have taken my share of rescued dogs and cats over the years .... and the cats that just decided to move in uninvited!

Hi John 

sarah douglas | | Permalink

Hi John 

For me Friday is about going out .   But I have to confess I have been addicted to Underbelly on STV.   Especially the first two serious.

If ITV eventually decide to show it is worth a watch.   Its a crime drama based on real life drug barons in melrose from the 80's to 2000 .    2nd serious was really spooky especially with the accountant. 

Old Greying Accountant's picture

No evidence to support my assertion, but ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

Daffy Duck wrote:

I've heard that siamese are more canine than feline.

 

Apparently this is true of Cheetahs too, which is why they could be trained to hunt in the same way as dogs.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

Don't know about Friday night ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... but last night (Sunday) I left the telly run on past the end of MoTD to find myself absorbed in a fascinating documentry about Formula 1 racing, I hoped TC watched, if not he should find it on the BBC i-player.  It was called Grand Prix: The Killer Years

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z8v18/Grand_Prix_The_Killer_Years/

Opens with a crash at Monza in which a driver killed himself and 15 specators, and the race carried on to the end whilst the dead bodies and wreckage were being dragged away. "Elf and Safety" would be having apoplectic fits these days!

RIP David Purley a true hero.

Lisa_Mandy's picture

Not masochism - just common sense

Lisa_Mandy | | Permalink

mwngiol wrote:

Almost keeping pace with the millionaire clubs while being run on the equivalent (spelling?) of benefits. I call it shrewdness and efficiency. Surely all accountants should be Evertonians?? :p

 

I thought we all were. 

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