August 26, 2009
Channel 4 today announced what we’ve all been expecting for some time now. Next years Big Brother (the 11th series) will be the last on the channel.
Speaking at a press conference today, C4 director of Television Kevin Lygo said ‘it’s time to move on’. He went on to say that the show was still commercially viable and the decision was made mostly because of C4’s Public Service Remit.
This years show has faired the worst of any with an average viwereship fo 2 million. Back in 2002 the show was able to reach 8 million and only last year it was still making 4 million regularly.
There’ll be one more Celebrity BB in January and a full series in summer next year before it leaves Channel 4 giving them over £50 million of freed up budget. But producer of the show, Endemol, say they plan to continue the series on another broadcaster. ITV, Sky and Five have all been cited.
As far as I’m concerned, this was the right decision. I have watched the show since the beginning in 2000 and after 10 years I think it;s time to call it a day. I also hope no other broadcaster picks it up for the time being as it’s just overkill. Maybe in another 5 years or so it could make a stunning comeback, but right now it’s run it’s annual course.
The current and now penultimate series ends of Septmeber 4th.
August 25, 2009
It’s a day late again (sorry), but here’s what you can expect to see up on the site during this week.
Wales 2009 – As I mentioned last week, I was on a much needed holiday ( hence the lack of site updates). This week I’ll let you know all about it through a series of posts that I’m very originally calling ‘Wales 2009’! There’ll be a review of Oakwood themepark (which I believe is the biggest in Wales), some general observations I made and a visit to a Sci-Fi character’s grave! So look out for those articles during the week!
Grad Slam Tennis (Wii) review – Now i did mention this last week (as I fully planned to write it up last week) but due to me having little-to-no time, it didn’t materialise. Hopefully this week I’ll be able to let you know what I thought of the new Motion Plus game!
And as always I’ll be on the look out for any other interesting articles or rants that I can have!
August 24, 2009
Simon Cowell’s moneyspinner returned to our TV screens on Saturday, but it seems it wasn’t as popular as he’d perhaps hoped.
The main problem seemed to be the shows changes. This year the audition stages of the show are taking place in front of a live audience similarly to Cowell’s other programme, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This also allows singers to have backing music if they please.
These changes have deterred many viewers with over 70 percent of viewers saying they were unimpressed according to ‘Yahoo!’. Many seem to think that the new format has ruined the ‘fun’ of the earlier stages.
Now personally, I would love to think that this is the start of Cowell’s empire crumbling, however that’s far from the truth. Almost 10 million tuned in on Saturday, which for a 6th series is amazing. It’ll only be next week that we discover if the changes have lost the show it’s audience (I somehow doubt it ).
In other news a comic book in America also called X-Factor, is very close to cancellation. Maybe it’s only a matter of time!!!
August 23, 2009
Has it been a week already?! Yes it has indeed and so it’s time to pick a Song for this Week. I’ve decided once again to go for an oldie this time, one that until recently I had forgotten about until I rediscovered it through new technology. It is, undoubtedly, a classic.
This Week’s RHP Song Of The Week
Ring Of Fire
So why on earth have I picked this song? Well as with many people, I have always liked the song, it’s a great tune with equally good sing along lyrics. But the reason I have decided to pick it this week is down to a certain program called Spotify. You may remember I featured Spotify as a ‘Fun Thing To Do On The Web’ a couple of weeks ago. Through it I have re-found this gem from the 60’s and rekindled my love for it.
The song itself was recorded in 1963 and became Johnny Cash’s biggest hit, staying at number 1 for a whopping 7 weeks. It’s an interesting song for me as it’s not really a genre I’m into. Country has never been my thing, but Cash’s vocals and the arrangement of instruments (including that famous trumpet sound) make this a great song to listen to.
If you’ve not discovered it yet, I really urge you to, it’s a brilliant tune that has withstood the test of time.
August 17, 2009
Not a massive amount this week I’m afraid due to the fact I’m going to be away fro most of it! But there are a couple of things to look forward to!
Grand Slam tennis (Wii) – Fantastic, Fair or Flop
Another week and I’ve brought myself another MotionPlus game for the Wii. This time it’s EA’s attempt at recreating the perfect swing of a Grand Slam Tennis champion. This is also the first game to officially feature Wimbledon. But does it serve an ace? I hope to get this written by the weekend.
As I mentioned, I’m going away, but where? Well there’s a themepark and a capital city involved, so expect a few articles from my few days away towards the start of next week!
August 16, 2009
This week I’ve decided to go a bit oldie with my selection. This song is an extremely highly rated song and it fully deserves its title as one of most original and inspiring songs ever written.
This Week’s RHP ‘Song Of The Week’
There’s no denying the greatness of this song. It may not be to everyone’s taste perhaps, but it was so truly different and imaginative when it cam out in 1975. I couldn’t imagine any bands who regularly make it in the charts crafting such an amazing tune nowadays. It’s a song that dares to be different and succeeds. The video is also a joy to watch and really shaped the way music videos are made today.
One of the reasons I’ve chosen this song is due to my recent rediscovering of it through SingStar. Even though I am quite rubbish at it, it’s such a fun song to sing away to. It’s also s widely known that everyone can join in with. Not many songs in this modern day and age have the long-last appeal that this does.
I’m also pleased to champion Queen as a band. I honestly feel they are the best Rock band to ever walk this earth. And that doesn’t necessarrily mean they’ve written my favorite songs, but they’re so well remembered and did so many different things which have become standard to music these days. They truly were a legendary band.
So yes it may be played alot and it may be an unoriginal choice, but Bohemian Rhapsody really is one of those ‘great’ songs and thoroughly deserves to be this week’s ‘Song Of The Week’.