Posts From Mike Watkins

Off Location

Property Rights: Ofcom have cleared Channel 4 property series, Location, Location, Location of political bias after presenters Phil Spencer and ex-Tory party advisor Kirstie Allsopp launched a campaign to get stamp duty reformed. In an episode broadcast in June the pair suggested that stamp duty was a contributing factor to the slowdown in the property market and that it should be changed to ease the current financial problems. Ofcom received

Den The Dragon

    Money Matters: Dragons’ Den judge and star of ITV’s Tycoon – the flop rip-off of the BBC‘s Apprentice – Peter Jones – says he gets rather annoyed by begging letters from spongers who want cash without working for it. He commented on Teletext: “To really annoy me, ask me for money so you can buy the house of your dreams and a car like mine.” Well, that’s what

Carphones For Factor

X Facts: If you care – we know we don’t – The Carphone Warehouse is sponsoring the upcoming series of The X-Factor.   Spooky: The Digital Spy forum members are far from ‘happy’ with Spooks Code 9 – although their standards are debatable. Most of them think Tiffany Mitchell was an all-time ‘classic’ soap character – so we can safely ignore their opinions. New ITV (again): Eight months after the

Faking It

BBC fined £400,000 over fake phone-ins Media regulator Ofcom has issued a £400,000 fine on the BBC for breaching competition rules on viewer phone-ins. The amount is the biggest ever penalty the watchdog has ever imposed on the on the Beeb. A number of programmes faked winners and mislead entrants to BBC competitions. Shows effected range from the Russell Brand radio show to Scotland‘s Children In Need telethon. The BBC

Friday Summer File: It’s Well ‘ard Editing

Welcome to the second and final special edition of The Friday File. For two weeks only the reigns have been handed over to me, Doug Lambert, while Ian prepares to launch a new season in August. So those pesky soap stars might have sighed a breath of relief but alas it was too soon because the Friday File hasn’t gone away just yet.   Re-Edit for ‘Enders EastEnders producers have

That L Thing

    New CSI: Miami Characters: A new character, a medical examiner, will appear in the popular forensic detective series CSI: Miami. Megalyn Echikunwoke, best known for her role of Isabelle Taylor in the Sci Fi series The 4400, will join the cast of CSI: Miami on a recurring basis. Echikunwoke, will play a medical examiner who makes a good impression on Lt. Horatio Cane [David Caruso] which will lead

Friday Summer File: German Bill

Welcome to a special edition of The Friday File. For two weeks only the reigns have been handed over to me, Doug Lambert, while Ian prepares to launch a new season in August. So those pesky soap stars might have sighed a breath of relief but alas it was too soon because the Friday File hasn’t gone away just yet. The Bill goes German For its 25th anniversary The Bill

Nipped and Tucked

    Nip/Tuck to close: Cosmetic surgery drama series Nip/Tuck will get one final season before drawing to a close. American channel FX has confirmed its ordered 19 more episodes of Nip/Tuck that will make up the final season of the drama. At the moment a 22 episode season is currently airing in America but the additionally 19 episodes, which are the next season, will take the total number of

Friday News File: Pointless Plots

Welcome to the eighth – and final edition in this, the third ,series – of the Friday News File, we’ll be back with more in August. Also a quick note about TV Weekly, we didn’t present an edition this week as we felt that mocking the talentless and ridiculous was possibly in bad taste – as its usually ITV that’s at the heart of much laughter – with the death