‘The Double’ is based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic book of the same name. The film is directed by Richard Ayoade, the permed haired one of the brilliant IT Crowd. It’s not the first film he has made as he bought us Submarine in 2012 (based on the book of the same name by Joe Dunthorne), an intelligent coming of age comedy, having strong echoes of the American film Rushmore by eccentric director Wes Andersen. Setting a pattern The Double has strong echoes of Terry Gilliam’s visual classic Brazil. Ayoade is a magpie director but a potentially good one.
The son of a Nigerian father and Norwegian mom, the London born writer/comedian/presenter cut his behind the camera teeth making indie music videos. He is one of those ubiquitous Oxbridge graduates that seem to be able to click their fingers to get a TV sketch show because they were members of the Cambridge Footlights Club.
In a non descript and alternate and antonymous version of our Earth, anxious twenty something wage slave Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) lives in a urban nightmare of office work, routine and longing. He is a bit of a loser and spends his nights in his gloomy flat peeping with his telescope on pretty neighbor Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) in the opposite tower block. She knows he exists and that’s about it.
On the night we join Simon’s lugubrious life of voyeurism and downtroddeness we see him spy someone walk out onto the ledge and night and jump to their death. Suicide is not uncommon in this part of town.
At work Simon’s world is about to take an even bigger turn for the worse with the arrival of the more condiment and charismatic James (Jessie Eiesenberg) to the office. Simon is soon surplus to requirements in his employee’s eyes and so decides to befriend his doppelganger, which no one else seems to have noticed this guy look a lot like him. James boosts Simon’s confidence so he can make a play for Hannah. But she notices the new version of Simon and soon dating James. James gets Simon to do all of his work so to impress Mr Papadopoulos (Wallace Shawn), the boss, some more. Simon begins to realize that he is slowly being erased and James is taking his place, perhaps why people jump off buildings.
This is a broadsheets critic’s film, why it did only £1.7 million, overstylised with a discombobulating and ever so slightly pretentious narrative and eclectic soundtrack to distract from its many flaws. It would be cruel to say The Double is what was left on the cutting room floor from Brazil but it feels that way, the same way Submarine and its lead young actor looked remarkably like Jason Schwartzman’s character in Rushmore. There is nothing wrong with artists drawing from other people’s work they enjoyed but the look is unmistakably Anderson and Gilliam here respectively. That’s not to say I didn’t get something from it.
It’s a bleak dark comedy about contemporary urban alienation and how we feel we are slowly outliving our usefulness in our jobs and lives. Eisenberg is a good playing both leads but plays it’s the same way in most of his films as the intelligent geeky guy who can’t get the girl, as he does here. I cant say I enjoyed his biggest hit to date, Social Network, but really liked Zombieland, so that type of hit and miss actor. This actually reminds me of Youth in Revolt with Michael Cena, a very similar style of indie comic actor. Adventureland is another good film to catch with Eisenberg in.
Imdb.com – 6.5/10.0 (29,154votes)
Rottentomatos.com –82% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 68% critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Year Book –
A digital TV channel available on Sky and Virgin Media. It's core demographic is young women, but a number of shows have general appeal. In recent years the channel seems to have had more investment and resources put into it by its owners. This has led to better programming and more homegrown content which rivals Sky1. Such programming includes Four Weddings, Pop Goes The Band, Dating In The Dark, Most Haunted and Britain's Next Top Model. Aquired content from the States include drama series Medium, CSI, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds and Cougar Town. Reality such as The Bachelor, Next Top Model franchise and fashion shows fill up the schedule.
The channel has alot of premium content that is not available on Freeview. Courtney Cox's sitcom is exclusive to Living and has managed to pull in large audiences. This kind of programming makes Living a key channel and one of the main digital channels not owned by a terrestial broadcaster. I've been hooked on a number of series, and Living TV shows fill up my DVR. Essential viewing in my book for men and women alike.
Recently I was reviewing the channels I get with my Virgin Media package to ascertain if it was worth getting rid of it or keeping it. It has become an expensive monthly expense and I was looking at ways to save cash.
In honesty, I discovered that nearly every channel I watched was available with a Freeview box...all except Living TV.
I have to admit that the thought of losing this channel filled me with dread. It is by far one of the most successful channels available on satellite or cable and I believe that it is because it knows what programmes to pick to keep you interested.
I have been an avid Living TV fan for many years...I fondly remember the swishing hand logo - made famous by Jerry Springer to advertise their channel.
I have stuck with this channel because it offers me a good range of trash TV and TV that I can enjoy without it all getting abit too heavy. It is the OK/Heat magazine of the television world.
My other half loves Charmed and can sit and watch that for hours at a time...there are usually three episodes on a day so there is no shortage of it on in our house!
Other highlights have to include America's Next Top Model - One of the cheesiest programmes ever made...but what a programme...bitching, fighting and arguing...and that is just the judges!
Many of the programmes are repeated throughout the day and there is also a Living + 1 and a Living 2 now - such is the populariy of the channel.
Spiritual Mediums make up most of the afternoon slots, along with chat show extremes such as Jerry Springer and Maury Povich.
The ghost and spirit genre is a popular part of the channel line up with Ghost Whisperer, Most Haunted and various haunted house programmes festooning the channel. It is also, the home of Will and Grace, with episodes played almost daily.
One of the best things the channel does is called Hangover TV.... amust for Sundays when one is feeling a little bit delicate, you get back to back episodes of favourite shows that you can sit in bed and enjoy...shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Ok...so it may not be BBC4, but it is a lot of fun...and well worth the cable box!
WHAT IS IT:
Living TV is a Virgin Media channel on Sky channel 112. There is a plus one channel on 113 and Living 2 on 114. It features a range of entertainment programmes including comedy reruns, reality shows, US dramas and talk shows. Its current line-up includes a documentary following Jade Goody, America's Next Top Model and Gray's Anatomy.
If you are into celebrity gossip and talk shows this is the channel for you. It often has programmes about skinny celebrities and has the kind of follow-around celeb documentaries that Heat readers will love. It also has a number of outrageous American talk shows such as Maury and The Steve Wilkos show which are quite fun to watch. I absolutely love America's Next Top Model and the current cycle is now showing on Monday nights. Living TV is also good at giving you a chance of catching up on shows you have missed as many programmes a repeated once or twice during the week. Despite being a sceptic, I really enjoy watching some of the psychic/medium shows such as 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry and Beyond with James Van Praagh as you get to learn the methods they use to convince the audience that they are making contact with lost loved ones. There are usually reruns of Will &Grace in the evening which makes good teatime viewing. I'd say it was a channel aimed more at women than at men but it has some really enjoyable light-hearted viewing in its schedule.
It is mostly trashy stuff and I would imagine many people would dislike it for this reason. I don't really watch any of the celebrity documentary shows as they don't really interest me very much. It can get pretty samey as many of the programmes follow the same format. There is a lot of advertising on it and sometimes this can be quite disruptive when you are trying to watch something. Also, there are quite a lot of repeats so you may not always be able to find something new to watch.
LivingTV is one of the better cable channels, it is part of the Virgin group and can be found on channel 110 with Virgin cable and there is a repeat channel as well that shows the same programme on a one hour delay.
Most of the programmes are repeats that have already aired on other channels however they are good quality programmes such as CSI Vegas and this is a show I enjoy but have not seen every single episode so sometimes I come across an old one that is new to me.
Many of the shows are American in origin, I particularly like Grays Anatomy and also Justice which is a legal drama and one I have not come across on other channels. Criminal Minds is another great crime drama and in addition there is the less good CSI Miami as well.
Not all the content is great, they do have some of the poorer reality shows like Americas Next Top Model and also the weight loss challenge programmes called The Greatest Loser, these are ok when it is UK contestants but they have also aired the American and Australian versions as well.
What I do like is the variety of the shows and while not everything is top notch it is one of the channels I always check out o the listings
Living TV is a fantastic channel which shows a great deal of the television programmes that I watch. I first started watching it when my parents got Sky. It was a novelty to have so many channels to choose from and I soon learnt that many of them we're absolutely rubbish but Living TV doesn't fall into this category. I found myself recording many of the programmes that Living TV air whilst off sick from work one week. The channel suits me as it is predominantly crime and drama based programmes, my favourites.
*About Living TV*
Virgin Media Television own the British channel Living TV that was launched in September 1993. It was initially launched as UK Living but has since changed its name to Living TV in 1997 in order to lose its association with the UKTV network.
The TV channels demographic used to be predominantly women, with shows like Greys Anatomy and America's Next Top Model, however they now have many shows that will appeal to the majority of ages and also men.
Some of the programmes on the channel that I watch include:
Justice - This is a legal drama that was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and I think it's a great show. I unfortunately am in the minority in this opinion as it only has been axed after only one series.
Close to Home - This is a legal drama that focuses on criminal prosecutor Annabeth Chase's family life and her case files. Rarely does she not convict those that she goes after.
Greys Anatomy - This is a medical drama that follows a group of medical interns in terms of their careers and personal lives. I think this programme is one of the best around, although it's definitely not for everyone. It's not based on anything close to real life and is a great, fun show to watch.
CSI (Las Vegas) - The original CSI is based in Las Vegas and observes Grissam and his team solving a wide range of crimes using scientific methods. It amazes me how much you can learn whilst watching a programme like this. I wouldn't advise watching it if you don't like gruesome sights.
CSI Miami - This program is a spin off from the Las Vegas CSI. It follows Horatio and his team of forensic investigators solve various crimes in Miami. I find this to be just as good as Las Vegas.
Criminal Minds - This is a criminal drama show which analyses the criminal's behaviour in order to solve the crimes. I love this show as it is full of great storylines and fantastic characters, especially Morgan and Reid.
Lipstick Jungle - This program is brought to us by the same author as Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell. It follows the lives of three best friends as they attempt to create a balance between their successful careers and personal lives. It has a fantastic cast and glamour is a guarantee.
Army Wives - This is a drama that follows the lives of the wives (or husband) of those serving in the American Army. It is very different to anything else I have seen on television and shows the perspective of those who worry for the safety of their partners.
Dirty Dancing: The Time of Your Life - This is a reality show that goes in search of a Johnny and a Baby. Kelly Brook is the presenter and a judge on the show after replacing Jennifer Ellison. You certainly don't have to like dancing to find this enjoyable to watch.
Private Practice - This is a spin off show from Grey's Anatomy and is brilliant. I was really gutted to find out that Addison was leaving Greys but we I learnt that it was to star in a spin off show, I soon got over my disappointment. Addison has joined her friends from medical school at their fertility and hormone clinic. It is very different to Grey's Anatomy but has the same level of crazy storylines.
Other shows that are popular that I personally don't like include Most Haunted, Ghost Whisperer, Charmed and Living with the Dead. It also has a variety of reality television shows on throughout the year, for example Jade's PA.
*What Channel Can Living TV Be Found On?*
Living can be found on 112 on Sky Digital. I also love the fact that it has a plus one channel that screens the same shows an hour later. This is fabulous for me on Sky Plus to plan my viewing! This is located on 113. You can also locate it on channel 110 if you have Virgin Media or channel 111 for the repeat.
*Do I Recommend the Channel?*
I highly recommend Living TV due to the large variety of shows that it has and the quality of those shows. I think it would be amazing if Living TV were to become available on free view television rather than just via sky but I think that is highly unlikely.
I adore Living TV and I unquestionably suggest that you watch the shows that it broadcasts. If there was one channel that I couldn't live without, Living TV would be it. It has brought a number of my favourite shows to my attention.
I am not a fan of adverts but I like that the channel doesn't have ridiculously long adverts at random times whilst you are watching a programme.
For further information visit www.livingtv.co.uk.
Now then. LIVING, which is the new, innovative name for LivingTv, is a channel operated by Virgin Media Television. Some of the stuff is imported from their sister channels in Bravo and Virgin1, but some is exclusive th LIVING.
Many of its most popular shows are Paranormal, which is quite strange for a Female-Orientated channel.
Most Haunted is arguably the most popular, along with Ghost Hunters, Americas Next Top Model, and their spin-offs with Canada and Britain. Greys Anatomy, CSI and The Ghost Whisperer also have a permanent home on LIVING, however CSI's premiere Seasons usually show first on FIVE. It also covers a lot of the life of Jade Goody, currently showing episodes of her life as she was recently diagnosed with Cervical Cancer.
LIVING is available to all customers on Sky and Virgin Media, with the respective channel numbers being 112 and 110 respectively.
It also operates an On Demand function on Virgin Media Cable TV and, more recently, BT Vision. It offers a Catch-Up alternative to watching the live programming on some of its programs, and also offers series' of programs previously shown. The series' are usually split into half and updated after a certain amount of time.
Whilst at home with my youngest I have become a complete television addict. I go onto the tv guide area of Sky and I know exactly what stations I care about and what to not even bother looking at. I've mentioned in a previous review that I enjoy watching Americas Next Top Model but Living Tv has won my affection with a lot more than just that. Just to list a few ...
Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, it follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives. Nico (Kim Raver), editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, wants to become a CEO. Movie executive Wendy (Brook Shields) is trying to find the work / life balance. And designer Victory (Lindsey Price) is on the look out for the right man along with trying to accomplish her dreams. My mum says this show is just trying to cling to the heels of Sex and the City and its success, but i never saw Sex and the City so I can't really comment.
CSI (miami too):
Crime Scene Investigation. I really enjoy these types of shows. They keep you on your toes and thinking. At first I only watched CSI (Los Vegas) and thought that Miami and New York versions would be just copies but in another city. I was bored one day and started to watch an epidsode of CSI Miami and have to say it was very different and fun to watch. the shows follow the investigation and lab units of the police force as they try to solve crimes, murders and such. Included in following the plot lines of each show you also get taken on a ride of learning the personal lives of each character. Now and again the show will end on a cliff hanger and although irritating not to know until the next airing what will happen it keeps you guessing and interested.
Vegas: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Lauren Lee Smith,
and Paul Guilfoyle
This show revolves around an elite team of FBI people who look into America's most twisted criminals. Anticipating their next moves, before they make them. Each member of the team brings their own area of expertise to the show as they identify motives, triggers and the like of the criminals they are investigating.
Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness, A. J. Cook, Joe Mantegna, and Paget Brewster.
Living Tv brings a lot of shows that keep my attention. There are also some one off airings that I find very interesting such as one that is due to start soon called Rehab. This is going to follow a number of people in the public eye who have certain addictions such as drugs, plastic surgery, eating disorders and so on.
Living TV is a channel that is on Sky and Cable. I believe the channel was owned by Telewest, but i'm not sure if it is still under them now.
Living is on Sky channel 112 and Cable 110. There is a +1 hour of this channel as well, and I know on Sky it is the next channel along, but am not sure of the Cable listing.
Living is a channel I watch quite a lot, as the programming is alright on it. I think the main market for this channel is meant to be female, aged between 25-40, as was stated by Living years ago, but any age or gender i'm sure can watch this and enjoy.
So what type of programmes are on this channel? The channel runs from 7am-5.30am 7 days a week and has shows like
Australia's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
It tend to show a lot of the new shows and the good thing about this channel is the amount of new content it will show. For example Lipstick Jungle is a new show over here from the creator of Sex and the city and it has been on Living for the last few weeks. America's next top model is always shown exclusivley here as well.
As I say I do like this channel and do watch it often, but admit the content isn't exactly stimulating often. I keep saying I will stop watching America's next top model, but always get sucked into watching it.
An entertaining channel and since I am 28, it probably appeals to me how it should!
Having had Sky for quite a few years now I have come to recognise that some channels are worth tuning in to while others are a load of doggie do-do’s! You must admit, most of the channels offered by Sky are the latter. Of course they all appeal to someone out there but not everyone is into the God Channel are they? Well, unlike many channels on Sky, Living tends to cater for a wide variety of tastes. I must admit, I may not be the best qualified person to write about this channel because I do rarely watch it, more on that later. Some of the most popular shows include: Most Haunted, Scream Team, 6th Sense – with Colin Fry, Charmed, Crime Scene Investigation, Will and Grace, What Men Want, and Dreammakers Check out: http://www.livingtv.co.uk/ for more information. The only reason I’m writing an opinion about this channel is because I wanted to tell you all about the programmes I watch on it, but dooyoo don’t have them listed and I’m not even going to try to have them added! So, what are these programmes? Right well I’ll cover them in alphabetical order (don’t worry, there’s only two, see, I did say I’m not the best person to write about the channel as a whole!)…. ----------------- Programme #1 ----------------- ~ Most Haunted ~ This programme is (was?) my favourite programme (well, it came an equal first with Vets In Practice!). This programme was, as you may have guessed, about haunted locations around the UK. The team would go around and spend a night in Britain’s most haunted locations with cameras, EMF metres, etc. The team consisted of Yvette Fielding, the presenter, Dr. Jason Karl, the parapsychologist and Derek Acorah, the psychic medium). What was interesting about this programme was that they didn’t just limit themselves to
haunted houses/castles/the usual places associated with ghosts. Some of the more unusual places included: Blackpool Ghost Train (it really is haunted), Aldwych Station, Theatre Royal and Souter Lighthouse. For a map of all the places they visited check out: http://www.derekacorah.org/mhmain.shtml There’s also a message board on here and plenty of information on his general site, www.derekacorah.org about many aspects of the paranormal. Or check out: www.livingtv.co.uk/mosthaunted You have to register though for that website – registering is free, straight forward and well worth it. I can’t mention all of the programmes (in total they covered 16 locations) however I will mention some of my favourites/most interesting parts. Theatre Royal: There is supposedly a ghost who haunts the theatre, many people (both staff and visitors) have seen strange things and/or felt/heard/sensed something. Many of the crew (including Yvette) saw a pair of legs by a stair case, there was no body attached, it was just a pair of legs! One thing they did catch on camera though was a chair in the theatre. Not just any old chair though, oh no. One of the crew was sat on this chair (you know them chairs that automatically pop back up when you get up like in cinema’s?), they got up and left and then the next time they look this chair is in its down position just as if there was someone sat in it. There were EMF fluctuations around that area when they went up to it with their EMF metres. Also, on close inspection the material looked like it had a dip in it just as you’d expect if someone was sitting in it. Having watched most of these programmes with my mum present in the room I got a great sceptic view of it all too. Like she said, they could easily have rigged the chair to stay down, true, I admit that. Also, like she said, the theatre would be so old the material would be natura
lly stretched through wear and so would always appear like it had someone sitting on it. She couldn’t explain the EMF fluctuations though. Aldwych Station: For those of you who don’t know what this is, it is an underground train station (the part they stayed in was disused). One particular ghost had been seen numerous times crossing one particular part of the track. They set up a laser detection system (like what’s used in home alarm systems) across this particular part of the track. It was set up to be about 1m from the ground. A couple of hours passed and then all of a sudden they alarm sounded which meant something must have passed through the beam. Being 1m high it couldn’t have been a rat. Like my mum said though, one of the crew could have done it (deliberately or not) or a bat might have flown through the beam (the changes of that must be slim though, even you sceptics must admit that!). Derby Gaol: This was a very interesting programme. Jason (the parapsychologist) set up a wooden crucifix on a table top, he put it on top of a piece of paper and drew around the edge. They left the room and during the night they caught the cross moving on the camera they set up to watch it. This was firm evidence until they pointed out that the bottom edge of the paper couldn’t be seen on camera meaning they could have pulled the paper slightly in order to jolt the crucifix out of place. I do agree that they might have done this but then when you watch the evidence again, you see the paper rising up in a strange way (sort of as if its being blown from underneath, not quite though because it rises more slowly than it would do if you blew underneath it). On all of the programmes they caught orbs on camera. I find this very interesting because orbs were all over the place in some locations. Also it seemed that when they were caught on camera, the machinery tended to
fail (and EMF readings were seen). I do admit that it would have been easy for them to fake many of the things caught on camera and many of the things the crew saw, heard (and of course sensed) were not caught on camera. Also, to make the programme more edgy (fun to watch?) Yvette was sent off to spend the night on her own in some rooms or she’d be sent off for as long as she could cope to sit in a certain room. This did add to the programmes scare factor but it really didn’t help those of us who are really into the paranormal because, although she is a good presenter, she tended to be so scared (which I can fully understand) that she either screamed all the time, cried all the time or spent about 2 minutes there and then legged it in the opposite direction! Derek (the medium) came up with plenty of facts that were later found to be true and some that still haven’t been proven. He gets his information from his spirit guide, Sam, sometimes he couldn’t get a full name and so trying to verify someone called Elizabeth (for example), isn’t the easiest of tasks! Of course he could have done a web search for the places first and memorised the facts associated with that location before arriving. We were told that he had no idea of the places he was being taken to from week to week though, its down to whether or not you believe them though. At one of the locations, Leap Castle, they captured one of the best images of a spirit: http://www.derekacorah.org/leap.shtml All in all this programme gets an 8/10. Worthy of 10/10 if only they’d caught that cross moving on with all 4 edges of the paper visible on camera. Most Haunted had a special programme on Halloween from 8:55pm - 1am too which I just had to watch. It came live from Dudley Castle, it was the first ever live and interactive ghost hunt in the world apparently too. There were 4 webcams set up so you could watch
them live off the net (unfortunately the quality was dire though), you could then email them telling them what you’d seen in which room. They then analysed the tapes, check the time you saw it and then would announce it on the programme if something had been seen. One funny part involved “lots of people have been emailing us about a lady kneeling down…. we’ve checked the times and this lady was one of our sound people”!! Lol, oh well, at least it proved the webcams worked! There were quite a few orbs caught on camera and also a strange shadow walking past an archway, even my mum couldn’t think of an explanation for that because to cause a shadow like the one in question you’d have seen someone walk past the archway if they were faking it. Of course it could have been done on a computer but we won’t go there. I really do hopethat they make another series (and practically everyone on the message board agrees with me). At the very least they need to make an episode to collaborate all the evidence found (after checking the times!) on Halloween, I’d love to see what was caught on their camera’s and what people watching on the webcams saw during the night. ------------------ Programme #2 ------------------ ~ Scream Team ~ http://www.livingtv.co.uk/screamteam/index.htm This programme is currently being shown on Tuesdays at 9pm-10pm. (Its also repeated on Sundays at the same time I believe). For any Most Haunted fans out there you’ll remember that Living TV launched auditions for a team of people to spend the summer investigating paranormal occurrences throughout the UK. I nearly applied myself and now really wish I had done! The auditions looked like great fun (well apart from the bucket test). They asked the final 10 to come into a room on their own where they were given a bucket. They had the bucket on their
knee and a towel placed over the top of it. They were then told to put their hands into the bucket without looking. All sorts of yucky things pass through your mind don’t they? Namely the things featured on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!”. I wouldn’t mind doing that just so long as I knew it wasn’t a spider lurking in the bottom of the bucket! It was nothing of the sort (it was just a bit of jelly or a sponge) but this test was great for testing those who risk it and give it a go despite being terrified and those who chicken out. Anyway, the final 5 were picked to travel around in ‘the silver bullet’ (a silver bus in other words!). The great thing about this programme is that they look at ALL aspects of the paranormal, not just hauntings involving ghosts and poltergeists. They are given a two day task in an envelope and left to get on with it. They meet up with locals of the area and people involved in the case (e.g. eye witnesses). So far they’ve investigated things such as: ~ Alien abduction ~ This involved a man from Todmorden, Lancashire, who used to live next door to my mum! He was a police man and was driving back one night over the moors where he saw a strange light. He doesn’t really remember being abducted as such but he was hypnotically regressed for this programme (he’d not been hypnotically regressed since the initial occurrence about 25 or so years ago). He came out with all sorts of tales about being in a round room surrounded by bright white light while being prodded and poked by beings about 1 metre tall with strange eyes and hands. The hypnotist said that it was very, very unlikely that he was faking it because it really is difficult to fake being in a truly hypnotic state (which he was in). The things he comes out with while hypnotised are the same as what he came out with all those years again too. ~ Big
cat case? ~ This was on last week and involved a case of a wallaby at a rescue centre being found with its head and one of its forelegs ripped off. There was barely any blood found at the scene and the body itself had been drained of blood. Many other wallaby’s seem to have been victims of this sort of case across the UK too. The team investigated whether or not the wallaby had been attacked by a big cat (or similar) or had fallen victim to Satanists (or just general weirdo’s who like to do this to animals). Other animals have been found with organs missing and all their blood drained even when there is no sign of entry. The team witnessed a post-mortem on the wallaby (it’s a good job we don’t have smell-o-vision!) and the vet came to the conclusion that it was people who had done this to the poor creature. It had lost its leg when it attempted to hide its head away from the thugs doing it to it. The cuts were too clean-cut for a big cat (or similar) to have done it to it. ~ Blair Witch? ~ The first ever episode involved the team spending a time in a woods which hosted the work of occultists. They wanted to see if anything happened while they spent the night there camping. (The camp nearly everywhere, even when investigating somewhere that has a spare few rooms they seem to camp outside!). Anyway, back to this specific episode. There were lots of ribbons and twigs fastened to tree’s (just like in the Blair Witch film). Branches were bent and placed in the soil to form a sort of tunnel associated with the works of occultists. Many of the locals had experienced strange things in the area (including people going missing [a local vicar went missing and was found many years later in the woods], dogs behaved strangely when out on a walk around there, they tend to go missing too when they’re let off their leads). There’s been loads of programmes, far too many
to mention one by one. They really do cover all sorts though, not just ghosts. This coming Tuesday (the 12th) they are spending a night investigating Robin Hoods grave. It is said that he is buried in Kirklees graveyard, near Brighouse, West Yorkshire. http://www.mysterymag.com/html/the_haunting_of_robin_hood.html On Saturday (the 9th) I visited my sister (it was my nephews 5th birthday) who lives in Brighouse. I enquired as to exactly where the grave was and so her boyfriend decided he’d take me. I think this is a good time to mention another aspect of these hauntings. There is reported vampire activity around this area too (don’t laugh, look at the evidence before you all roll around laughing ok?): http://www.gothicpress.freeserve.co.uk/The%20Kirklees%20Vampire.htm http://www.gothicpress.freeserve.co.uk/Noticeboard.htm http://www.mysterymag.com/html/uk_vampires.html (Yes, I am of sound mind and disposition before you all think I’ve gone loony!) Anyway, so he decided to take me to this grave (its on private land so we had to go when it was dark, great!), its by this wood over this hill, it seems miles from the nearest road. Needless to say I’d armed myself with two cloves of garlic from my sisters kitchen and a necklace with a cross on (you can never be too prepared!). Sadly (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) I didn’t see anything. I’d love to spend a few hours there though with a digital camera and a night camera. Oh well, maybe one day I’ll get to investigate it properly. I can’t wait for Tuesday’s episode now! Don’t forget to tune in, 9pm on Tuesday! This series gets a 9/10 (I like the fact that they cover all different aspects of the paranormal rather than just focusing on ghosts).
This is a great channel I'd mostly say it's a womens thing though. It has celebrity makeovers, fashion shows, agony aunt etc. This channel is a bit rude at night I have heard. Soem films are a bit like that too. I like the chat shows, Jerry Springer, Maury, others too. I think they're interesting. It's a channel that comes with any package you always get it. It's not got that many things on that are new though it goes on from morning til 12noon.
Filling eighteen hours a day on a limited advertising income cannot be easy - many have tried and failed and it must be to Living's credit that it has survived so long. Originally part of the "UK" boquet of channels it now stands alone and has inherited the pre-school programming of the now defunct Children's Channel. The kids programming occupies the 7.00 am to 9.00 am slot, before and after this the channel has a number of highlights - though most are repeats from terrestrial channels. Such shows include Peak Practice, Soldier Soldier and Brookside. Soap fans can induldge in re-runs of Home amd Away too. Cookery programmes include Ready Steady Cook and lifestyle offerings Channels 4's Real Holiday Show. Imported drama includes Charmed a mystery suspense show featuring Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannon Doherty which has been bought by Channel 5 but continues on Living. Weekdays at 9.00pm is movie time - as it is on Channel 5 - and two types of film dominate the schedule. The first is the true life American TV movie focussing on family tragedy. The other, preferable in my mind, is older films already shown on terrestrial channels - a recent example being the excellent Shirley Valentine. Overall this is an entertaining channel, weak points include numerous American talk shows (this is the channel that first bought Jerry Springer to a UK TV audience) but quality British repaets and original programming though low in quantity is good to see (Stag and Hen Show, Practical Parenting - both self explanatory titles) on a chanel operating o a presumably small budget.
Living hits the mark in some respects and completely missed in others. By this I mean you can view some of the very best talk shows on tevelision, for example Sally Jessy Raphiel, Maury Povich (as well as the tacky Jerry Springer of course). The films however are (frankly) crap though. All they show are the sickly made for television offerings, supposedly for women. The only film I have every watched on Living, however is The Karen Carpenter Story and this is in 3 years! Apart from the above, on Living you will also find Ready Steady Cook, Can't Cook, Won't Cook, Home and Away. Repeats that are still worth a watch if you can't find anything else on. This channel generally is the sort you flick to when you cannot find another program to watch though. It's like a back up. The stuff they show is not intellectual, but much of it is entertaining. Living also has a children's channel from about 6 till 9 every morning too which is very useful for pre school kiddies.
UK Living is a real good channel available on sky digital, it has some really good programmes especially chat shows. The programmes range from drama's to cooking programmes, and when they have cooking programmes you can check out the ingredients on the Uk living text page. I used to watch this channel alot before especially Jerry Springer, but these days it is difficult to find time to watch it as their are so many channels and so much more choice. All in all I like this channel and it is a good one. It is particularly good for women as well as it has alot of women programmes on. It has a good text page to go with the channel.
Living offers quite good entertainment and does not shy away from being "fun for the masses" without any real intellectual value. Jerry Springer is probably the best representative of this channel but there is a lot more this channel, if talk shows are your thing. One annoying thing is that at midnight, just when one could wish to cuddle up in bed and watch something nice on the box, Living turns into yet another shopping channel - as if one more was needed and that is often a great excuse to the man in the house to flick through the channels to Bravo or Men and Motors - again. But what really made me reconsider my opinion about Living was their Thursday night drama on the life of Princess Diana. No matter what any of us thinks of her, the poor woman is dead, and that cheap dramatization of her life, is sensationalist and nothing but disgusting. Many say she is dead because the world did not leave her alone, and programmes like that are one good argument to support this theory.