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Louis CK: TV’s First True Auteur?

Louis CK: TV’s First True Auteur?

We don’t watch TV for continuity, we watch it to be entertained, challenged, made to laugh, made to cry and to escape the mundanity of everyday life. Louie, through the single-minded vision of it’s creator is the first show in a very, very long time that can genuinely say it does all of those things and more. Continue reading

We Need To Talk About Hannah

We Need To Talk About Hannah

Hannah has always had an incredible knack for putting her foot in her mouth and making us cringe with embarrassment; for me mostly in empathy and horrid recall of my own social failings. However in season 3 there has been slightly more to it. Hannah has often been just downright nasty. Continue reading

AZTV: F

FIREFLY Firefly is a space western set 500 years in the future that follows a rag-tag crew of smugglers onboard the vessel Serenity. Created by cult favourite Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse) and ran for… well listing when it ran from and how many episodes aired and in which order can be pretty tricky. An … Continue reading

AZTV: E

EYES Or to be specific the act of a character manually/magically closing the eyes of a deceased comrade. There isn’t an official name, but I guess it fits closest to the “Dies Wide Open” trope. It may seem an odd obtrusion, but it always brings a sigh and roll of the eyes (pun not intended) … Continue reading

AZTV: D

AZTV: D

Jamie Malcolm’s fourth piece in our encyclopaedia of TV features some of the great doctors – Fishman (aka the way too literal way one from Arresed Development), Doc Cottle from Battlestar Galactica, and – of course – Zoidberg Continue reading

AZTV: C

AZTV: C

CLAY DAVIS I’m finding it difficult coming up with a more despicable, manipulative, slimy and corrupt character in TV history… Vic Mackie (The Shield) President Charles Logan (24) Pete Campbell (Mad Men) Joffrey Baratheon (Game Of Thrones) Arthur Mitchell (Dexter – as discussed in A) Fox News (‘News’) and any character portrayed by Powers Boothe might … Continue reading

Six Classic Bottom Episodes #1 – ‘Gas’

Six Classic Bottom Episodes #1 – ‘Gas’

‘Gas’ being only the second transmitted episode in Bottom’s existence, was a bit of a landmark. Those who must have been slightly let down by the series opener must have then come to this episode and thought “I have no idea what is going on, but I laughed a lot”. “It’s the Gas Man!” became an instantly quotable catchphrase, and this episode announced the comedy duo’s return to television gold. What would follow was rarely as strong as this brilliantly executed farce, but it did prove that they still had it, and that this was going to be a show worth sticking with (for a while at least.)
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AZTV: B

AZTV: B

The second installment of AZTV is a nostalgia-heavy affair for 80s and 90s kids, with Brum, Big Art Attack and Batman: The Animated Series. Also includes a feature on Bottle Episodes, Botchamania and more! Continue reading

AZTV: A

AZTV: A

Welcome to a brand new feature on The Warm Glow! Jamie Malcolm will be writing an A-Z on TV throughout 2013, a new instalment every two weeks. The first features Alias, Annie’s Boobs, Arthur Mitchell and more. Continue reading

Essential Christmas Specials #3: Only Fools And Horses

Essential Christmas Specials #3: Only Fools And Horses

For me, forget the Queen’s Speech, Fools and Horses is Christmas. From 1981 to 2002 following the ill advised revised specials, Neil Sullivan’s masterful sitcom was the crown jewel in the festive TV calendar, regularly pulling in almost half of the population. Fools and Horses was different to a lot of shows in that its worst period was actually the very early seasons when Sullivan was still learning his craft, and the show excelled the longer its epic run continued. And it saved the best for last* with the Christmas trilogy of 1996 being not only the peak of the show, but for me the quintessential Christmas specials. Continue reading