Yesterday, the leaders of the three largest political parties in the UK
engaged in a live televised election debate
for the first time in history. Most
that Nick Clegg, the leader of Britain's perennial third party the Liberal Democrats, made the best impression
in yesterday's first of three weekly debates
leading up to the general election on May 6. The progressive-leaning Guardian even goes so far as to claim that he is now prime ministerial material
This being Metafilter you will undoubtedly ask, "how does Cory Doctorow figure into all of this?" Well, he agrees with Nick
on the Digital Economy Act
. Then again, Nick is agreed with
quite a lot
Blatantly jumping on the opportunity to create yet another thread on The Wire
, I'd like to remind you that starting tonight
, BBC 2 will air the entire series start to finish, an episode every weekday. First episode starts in a moment, at 11:20 PM UK time. Watch! [more inside]
The dangers of being a TV news reporter
. A guaranteed context-free three-minute montage of television field reports gone awry.
Sorry lads - Wank Week is cancelled
. Channel 4's planned series on masturbation, which would have come this month and which was to feature such illuminating documentaries as "I Can't Stop Wanking
" and "Masturbation for Women
, as well as a portrait of the UK's first masturbate-a-thon
, has been pulled
as a result of the recent Big Brother controversy
. Would-be viewers feel stiffed
and wonder why 4 is being so hard on
its viewers, who are now left to entertain themselves.
"I feel guilty because I have friends that are working really hard to get into television or acting and I'm just sitting here having not done anything more than enjoy playing with gadgets."
Susi Weaser (24) makes little one-minute gadget reviews
them on YouTube . The BBC must have liked them - because they hired her
Animated video broadcast on Iran's IRIB
state television, apparently aimed at children, seemingly promotes the virtues of becoming a suicide bomber. Coralized wmv link
The Simpsons are going to... the Middle East!
As a treat for viewers during Ramadan, Dubai-based network MBC
has dubbed 30 episodes of the Simpsons into Arabic
. But in order not to offend their audience, this version of Our Favorite Family is, well, a bit different; for instance, Homer (rechristened Omar) doesn't eat bacon or drink beer. Speculation about the fate of other characters abounds, One Angry Arab
is not impressed
Today in the Netherlands
, public broadcaster BNN
aired the first episode of sex- and drug-themed television show "Spuiten en Slikken"
; the punning title translates to either "Shoot Up & Pop (Pills)" or "Squirt & Swallow". [more inside]