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Here We Go... again. (www.chortle.co.uk)
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Filming starts on series two of Tom Basden comedy

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It launched the careers of Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, Mitchell and Webb, plus Olivia Colman – but it nearly got cancelled. Two decades since its first episode, its stars reflect on the show that made them.

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Two of the UK’s top comedy stars, Richard Ayoade and Jonathan Ross, have received backlash on social media after reviewing The IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan’s memoir.

Irish scribe Linehan has gone from the writer of much-loved Channel 4 comedies The IT Crowd, Father Ted and Black Books to an outspoken anti-transgender activist in recent years, leading many in the UK and Ireland to boycott him.

He fell out of public favour after several incidents where he expressed anti-transgender or transphobic views, including comparing the use of puberty blockers to Nazi eugenics and experiments on children.

Linehan has repeatedly expressed his belief that he is a victim of cancel culture, and that his views have lost him work and caused his divorce.


Some early reviews of the book have been included as part of its online marketing. One notable name quoted alongside the memoir is Linehan’s former IT Crowd colleague, Ayoade, who played shy computer technician Maurice Moss in the Channel 4 comedy.

Ayoade’s quote reads: “Graham Linehan has long been one of my favourite writers – and this book shows that his brilliance in prose is equal to his brilliance as a screenwriter. It unfolds with the urgency of a Sam Fuller film: that of a man who has been through something that few have experienced but has managed to return, undaunted, to tell us the tale.”

A review from Ross hails Linehan as “one of the best TV comedy writers of all time”. The quote goes on to declare the book “a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered: a) how to create a hit sit-com and b) how it feels to lose everything. It’s funny, complicated and utterly compelling”.


Journalist and transgender activist India Willoughby wrote: “The Richard Ayoade endorsement of Graham Linehan is really disappointment – because at this point in the gender war, you’d have to use a lot of cognitive dissonance not to see Glinner for who he is.”

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Comedian and actor Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse during a seven-year period at the height of his fame.

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The full commentary track is here. Looks like the Beeb slap down anyone trying to sync the whole footage, hence the YouTube Short. Here's another bit from them leaving the palace.

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New horror epic out on Halloween

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[-] [email protected] 24 points 7 months ago
  • Bitwarden. Didn't take long to start supporting them as the price point is incredibly reasonable.
  • Mastodon (monthly donation to instance admin)
  • Some random Android apps which have a paid/plus version and a free one. I use my free Google credits to upgrade, so doesn't actually cost me anything but supports the developer. I tihnk the first I did this with was ACalendar.
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"Baby you're foul in clear conditions, but you're handsome in the fog"

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Britain’s biggest broadcasters announce today their latest collaboration: the development of a new free TV service that will deliver live TV over broadband.

For the first time for free, British viewers will be able to easily browse and watch live TV channels together with on demand content streamed straight to their smart TV via the internet.

It’s an evolution that puts the distribution of free TV at the centre of the streaming age. The new service will provide millions of broadband-only homes with easy access to a single consistent experience for live free TV over IP. Viewers will be able to seamlessly browse channels through a modern and intuitive programme guide, and use innovative functionality designed to make it easier to find and explore new shows directly from live TV.

Set for launch in 2024, the new service, called Freely, will be built-in to the next generation of smart TVs and feature a line-up of public service broadcaster content and other free-to-air channels. It will replicate the terrestrial TV experience, building on the heritage and popularity of the Freeview TV platform, currently used in 16m homes.

As viewers increasingly consume content online, this next phase for free TV is about the distribution and availability of the PSBs’ live channels for a streaming age. It will help ensure the availability of PSB services into the future and complement the new provisions for on demand and streaming prominence, set out in the draft Media Bill.

Freely is being developed by Everyone TV, the organisation which runs free TV in the UK and is jointly owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Jonathan Thompson, Everyone TV chief executive, says: "We are delighted to be working with the public service broadcasters on the next phase of free TV’s evolution. This new development is a reflection of the fact that a growing number of UK viewers are watching content online, but still want easy access to the shared experience of live TV.

"Our aim is to ensure that all viewers have access to a free, aggregated live TV experience that champions British content and is delivered in a way that suits audience needs and preferences. Every one of us should be able to share in the best of British ideas and creativity on TV."

Tim Davie, Director General of the BBC, says: "Ensuring the universality of public-service television is sustained into the future is of paramount importance to the UK and all its public service broadcasters. We are delighted to be deepening our collaboration in helping viewers access our content, ensuring that, in a digital age, we deliver value for all audiences and that no one is left behind."

Dame Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV, says: "As more and more UK households use internet-connected TVs, it's critical that the public service broadcaster channels remain available and easy for them to find. This new collaboration enables the UK public to continue to get all of their favourite British TV channels, for free - just as Freeview did at the advent of digital TV. Alongside the important reforms set out in the draft Media Bill it will help PSBs to continue to thrive for years to come."

Alex Mahon, CEO, Channel 4, says: "Streaming TV is increasingly the new normal for audiences, particularly young viewers, so it has never been more important for trusted PSB content to be readily available to everyone, for free. We look forward to working closely with our PSB partners so that when the Media Bill’s prominence provisions become law, the technology to make Britain’s favourite TV shows easy to find will already be in place."

Maria Kyriacou, President of Broadcast & Studios, International Markets at Paramount, says: "We know that British audiences continue to have a strong appetite for the high quality, relevant and impartial content provided by our UK public service broadcasters such as Channel 5. This new collaboration across the PSBs will ensure that, as these viewers continue to shift to IP enabled televisions, they continue to have an easy way to access the channels and content they know and love."

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[-] [email protected] 17 points 7 months ago

Something about weeing in a policeman's hat. There's another one about weeing behind a car as long as you have one hand on it.

Ooh, source: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/from-urinating-in-a-policemans-hat-to-wearing-your-sandals-near-to-the-queen-this-country-has-a-host-of-bizarre-legal-offences-2442321 Most other places say that policeman's hat one is nonsense though.

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Interesting take. I would have gone for "A known enemy of Putin suddenly dies in a plane crash over Russian airspace."

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"Very complicated and costly endeavour". Make them do it. They need to be taught that "ooh, it seems to have caught fire after some dirt heaps appear to have fallen onto the access road" and "oh dear, the contractor got confused and knocked the whole thing down instead of just the unsafe bit", are not acceptable practices. They'll have to spend a large amount of time and money and will end up with still have a building on their land that they don't want there. Do it.

[-] [email protected] 26 points 8 months ago

They finally worked out how to exit this realm?

[-] [email protected] 17 points 9 months ago

I'm waiting for the Bookwyrm integration: https://github.com/mateusz-bak/openreads-android/issues/96

Unfortunately there's no API in Bookwyrm yet: https://github.com/bookwyrm-social/bookwyrm/issues/785

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There's an open source equivalent at https://codidact.com/

[-] [email protected] 33 points 9 months ago

Also, is that carpet in the kitchen? Eww.

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It has this already - see editions under the book. Some books have been added incorrectly as new books though.

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Even mainstream clothes are better in the woman's section. I was in Peacocks (fairly small cheap clothes shop - you can see most of what they've got by standing near the centre) and you can just tell where the men's clothes are by the sea of dull, boring shades with not a single thing showing any sign of colour at all, like the brightness is turned down to 1 on the telly. The style differences are minimal. Even the material is just awful scratchy fabric for the most part. Look over to the woman's section and it's a sea of colour, many more different styles (not that many, as I said, this is a small cheap shop), and if you touch anything it's instantly noticeable that the material is much better quality, softer. I don't get woman who wear men's clothes - why would you put yourself through that?

[-] [email protected] 17 points 9 months ago

And skirts. They are soooo comfy, but it's not socially acceptable to go outside in one.

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