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  • in reply to: Dirty Feed #214788
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Yes, I do have an interest in teletext – I used to be a BBC Micro nut, which included a teletext mode. I once considered doing a redesign of Dirty Feed based around the look of teletext, but dismissed it as more trouble than it was worth. Would have been fun, though…

    in reply to: Hale & Pace do Son Of Cliché, and a MYSTERY #214741
    John Hoare
    Participant

    This is EXTREMELY INTERESTING, and requires FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

    I have nothing else to add, but this thread deserves a reply right now!

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #214473
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Excellent. A sneak peek at Dave’s new commission: “John Hoare’s Modern Life is Shitish”.

    aka the next five DwarfCasts.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #214448
    John Hoare
    Participant

    An article which looks to be my usual kind of Twitter nonsense… and then turns rather odd about halfway through.

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2016/08/a-guide-to-social-media/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #214347
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The only article ever to spend time comparing Quatermass and Mrs Brown’s Boys:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2016/08/mammy-gets-the-snip/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #214211
    John Hoare
    Participant

    For those that don’t follow me on Twitter – I’ve been posting lots of shorter entries on Dirty Feed this month as a little experiment, rather than one bigger article every month or so.

    There’s no one piece that stands out, but if you like the little things I’m obsessed with, it might be worth scrolling down the front page and seeing if anything catches your eye.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #214006
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Anyway, latest Dirty Feed piece, linking together Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Monty Python:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2016/06/who-framed-michael-eisner/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #214005
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Way back machine is one internet tool i learnt from you John, and in my music worlds its been vital, not least because we spent years building a web site then it went down after fans fell out about its future, those that carried on recovered years of work that would have otherwise been lost. Nice article the internet like life suffers from “things aint what they used to be”

    This is excellent. There’s sadly bits of G&T which have fallen by the wayside which the Wayback Machine rescues. Although that’s due to my own incompetence rather than any falling out. Which makes it worse, really.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf – Censored? #213975
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I like it when the man with the funny teeth needs a poo.

    HELLO

    in reply to: Lego Red Dwarf Idea #VoteSmeg #213974
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I #VotedSmeg and my penis got infected and dropped off :(

    in reply to: Red Dwarf – Censored? #213944
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I didn’t know about that Bottom edit. Bloody hell.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213824
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Funnily enough, while I was reading your blog I was thinking about how much I could hear your voice coming through and how distinctive and great to read it is.

    I’m properly chuffed to read this. Thank you!

    Latest piece is a bit worthy and not as much fun as comedy stuff I’m afraid:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2016/04/the-fragility-of-the-web/

    I’ll get back to knob jokes shortly.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213548
    John Hoare
    Participant

    PS. I also read your other FT post. I was really surprised to read that the Twitchin/fainting joke has been misunderstood. He says “Tw-” and sees the twitch! Then Twitchin says “it’s Twy-chin, actually.” This has rocked me to my very core.

    You’re not the only person to say this – quite a few have:

    On the other hand, I’ve talked to plenty of people misinterpret it the same way I did – and Cleese has obviously met far too many. I can *definitely* see how it was intended now – there’s a close-up of the twitch, for fuck’s sake! – but I think Fawlty forgetting his own name earlier sets some people down the wrong road.

    Any plans to do a Clement and LeFrenais Dirty Feed in the future? Or a Rik and Ade?

    No plans at the moment for any Clement/La Frenais stuff – but I would like to write something properly about Filthy, Rich & Catflap. We’ll see. I try and go for things nobody else has written, if only because if a proper writer tackles a subject, they’ll do it far better than me!

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213546
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I actually quite liked Hardware as well. Possibly worth a Dirty Feed article, actually..

    In the meantime – the differences between the original pilot recording of Fawlty Towers, and its final broadcast:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2016/03/fawlty-towers-a-touch-of-class/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213295
    John Hoare
    Participant

    John. What’s your favourite Simon Nye sitcom? Also open to others, obvs-iously.

    I feel I can’t answer this properly, as I haven’t actually seen How Do You Want Me?

    I will say that I love Is It Legal?, and think it’s hugely underrated.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213256
    John Hoare
    Participant

    A dissection of the Men Behaving Badly episode ‘Stag Night’, comparing its script with the finished episode:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2016/02/men-behaving-badly-stag-night/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213137
    John Hoare
    Participant
    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213127
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Looking forward to this Labour of love! Thank you for all the great reads.

    Thank you! I hope reading it didn’t cause a severe brain haemorrhage.

    I’ve now updated the piece at the end with further commentary on the breaking news straps. It is rather hardcore, though. And not in a fun way.

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/12/the-quatermass-experiment-experiment/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #213015
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The differences between the original 2005 live broadcast of The Quatermass Experiment, and its DVD release:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/12/the-quatermass-experiment-experiment/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212881
    John Hoare
    Participant

    From memory (and I pretty much memorised series 2) 2015 repeat = original broadcast.

    Yeah, I put my disclaimer more as a health warning really. I’m not convinced there are any editorial changes. But you never know…

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212880
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Lovely, thanks Si!

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212877
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Ah, I didn’t realise the DVD version of the Christmas ep was extended compared to broadcast! So much of this stuff to dig up…

    What I *do* know is that the DVD version of You Ain’t Seen These, Right? is far longer than broadcast – by about 20 mins or so. Plan to do something on that at some point, too. (I do actually still have my VHS off-air of Fast Show Night.)

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212875
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Working on a piece about Fast Show edits at the moment.

    Well, that took longer than I expected:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/11/the-fast-show-series-2-dvd-edits/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212741
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Cheers clem and Stephen!

    More to come soon. Working on a piece about Fast Show edits at the moment.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212697
    John Hoare
    Participant

    And after YEARS of wondering, I finally have an answer to the question posed in the previous article!

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/10/hearts-of-darkness-the-thrilling-conclusion/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212688
    John Hoare
    Participant

    New Dirty Feed article, about One Foot in the Grave and edits. A heartland piece for Dirty Feed if ever I wrote one.

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/10/one-foot-in-the-grave-hearts-of-darkness/

    in reply to: I Complained To The BBC Tonight #212551
    John Hoare
    Participant

    House of Fools was fucking shite.

    You absolute fucking idiot.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212509
    John Hoare
    Participant

    To be honest, what can be sensibly automated is already automated. I mean, pre-recorded programmes run automatically from the playlist with no intervention from the op, unless changes need to be made – and make it to air accurately to the frame.

    But anything live will require human intervention. Rarely will live programmes go to an ad break at a planned time to the *second* – timings drift all the time during live production. There’s no way to automatically take the ad break during a situation like that – someone has to take the decision to push the button, whoever that person is. A computer can’t decide that.

    Technically you *could* have an automated voice giving counts etc – and I have heard such things in production galleries before. In practice, for TX, it’s not worth it. There still has to be someone there to deal with problems – if either TX or the production has a breakdown. Or hell, if the production ask for extra time – there has to be someone in the seat who speaks for the *channel*, and takes that decision, rather than letting production teams run riot.

    Again, when you talk about “manually going to VT” – I mean, there’s no was to automate an entirely manual process like that. The whole thing when you’re in an emergency situation is that it needs human input to take decisions and make things work.

    A *lot* of what we do in TX is checking to pick up errors – again, most of this just isn’t something which can be automated. There’s no way a computer can tell that someone has put, say, the end of Part 1 of a programme in the wrong place, or that the audio description doesn’t match what is on screen. It needs a human eye or ear to notice, and then human input to correct.

    Short version: there’s a *lot* more automation in this job than there used to be. But removing the human element any more would be a very bad idea. You’d end up with a lot more stuff like this – the very opposite of what you’re intending!

    in reply to: I Complained To The BBC Tonight #212454
    John Hoare
    Participant

    In the short term, I’d much rather see the licence fee go towards all of the terrestrial broadcasters as a whole, rather than be confined to the BBC. I don’t believe in the licence fee. For me, it’s like paying Ford for the privilege of driving on the roads even if you buy a Nissan and frankly, the sooner it was scrapped, the better. I really do get the feeling that the BBC, behind closed doors are starting to plan twenty years down the line for when the corporation will no longer receive public funding, or a shadow of what it takes in now, or receives what it does now but is completely restructured into a more commercial arm of a new company with a new charter that incorporates other commercial broadcasters. I could easily see Channel 4 and the BBC becoming part of a single company but with very different programming styles and receiving shared revenue from the licence fee and commercial enterprises. Just look at Disney and how many studios it runs, each successful and each catering for different audiences.

    My complaint to the BBC was not based on some single reaction to a single programme. It was the tipping point for my frustration at this once well-loved and respected broadcaster which has been in the news for years with nothing but scandal and reports of huge amounts of taxpayers money being wasted and series after series of just nonsense being put on the air. I may not like much of what BBC Three puts out, but I understand the need for that channel. Then I saw what was on that night and I thought ‘Really? This is good ol’ Auntie claiming to be putting out its best, every time? Bollocks to this’.

    You absolute fucking idiot.

    in reply to: I Complained To The BBC Tonight #212330
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Sadly, whilst I agree with everything that the BBC stands for, its days are numbered unless it can truly modernise itself. I do not believe that in another fifty years, the BBC will be as we know it today.

    Bearing in mind that the BBC wasn’t as it was today 50 years ago either, this is an exercise in stating the obvious.

    in reply to: I Complained To The BBC Tonight #212295
    John Hoare
    Participant

    You absolute fucking idiot.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212270
    John Hoare
    Participant
    in reply to: Netflix Music Change in The End #212235
    John Hoare
    Participant
    in reply to: PLOTS FOR SERIES 11 #212180
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Camille returns, and Taiwan Tony falls in love with her, thinking that she is a female racially stereotypical vending machine called Ah-so Suzi.

    That’s the arc plot stretching across XI and XII.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #212175
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The Crystal Maze and “modern audiences”:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/07/the-crystal-maze-modern-audiences/

    John Hoare
    Participant

    Rimmer.

    in reply to: Why so much hate for Remastered? #212016
    John Hoare
    Participant

    At this point, I would like to bring up Family Guy being a HUGE success for BBC Three… and is filled with references to US-specific things which haven’t crossed the Atlantic.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #211930
    John Hoare
    Participant

    DIRTY FEED IN ACTUALLY UPDATING AGAIN SHOCKER.

    You may enjoy this interview I did with a current BBC continuity announcer about what he loves about radio:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/06/duncan-newmarch-the-jingles-i-grew-up-with/

    Or you may not, in which case FUCK OFF.

    in reply to: Why so much hate for Remastered? #211873
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Why so much hate for Remastered?

    I admit, perhaps some parts about the Remastered could have been fixed, or left alone, but let’s face it, they served their purpose of helping sell Red Dwarf overseas, introducing it to an international audience.

    The sound work on it is awesome, some of the interior sounds really set the scene in a way that just wasn’t possible back in 1987-9. Also, I hate to admit it, but I prefer the overall look of the Remastered. The quality of the image just looks better somehow, and whatever they did to the colours have really highlighted them in a way I never noticed before from the originals.

    Apart from us Red Dwarf geeks, who would actually prefer the originals to the Remastered? Think about it. Put yourself in the shoes of somebody who has never seen Red Dwarf. If they were introduced to the original first series, I am sure that they would probably see it as some stuffy old comedy show, much like Last of the Summer Wine or of that period. With the Remastered, it looks fresher, more vibrant and more… youthful somehow.

    :(

    in reply to: Red Dwarf VIII? #211809
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Most disappointed I’ve been with Red Dwarf is probably the end of Emohawk. First time I thought ‘is that it?’ on first broadcast.

    WHAT A DIBBLEY

    (I like Emohawk a lot, but that ending isn’t great. And the first half of the episode is far stronger than the second.)

    John Hoare
    Participant

    no characters like Taiwan Tony who seem to fall back on the lower brow humour akin to the abominable series VIII

    Absolutely nothing wrong with low brow humour at all. Some of my favourite jokes ever are entirely in the gutter.

    It just needs to be done well, rather than badly.

    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ll review your lemons.

    John Hoare
    Participant

    what should Red Dwarf strive to be in this modern age?

    I find this a really interesting question. To turn it around on its head: is what Red Dwarf was in Series 1 especially relevant to 1988? Was Red Dwarf V intrinsically linked to to 1992? In some ways, production-wise, yes… but I think it’s difficult to argue that the really important stuff is: the stories and the characters.

    Even production-wise, Red Dwarf was so busy making up its own way of doing things in 1992 that it’s perhaps difficult to argue it even looks or feels much else that television was doing. Conversely, its biggest visual cue was still Alien… from 1979!

    I’m always wary of the idea that as time goes on, things *always* develop. My last big sitcom watch was You Rang, M’Lord, from 1988-93. It’s doing clever, funnier, more interesting things than the vast majority of audience sitcom does now. I could go back far further than that, but you get the point. (Lest anyone think I’m fully in rose-tinted-glasses mode, Mom is up there with the finest sitcoms I’ve ever seen. But that’s a discussion for another post.)

    The biggest thing Red Dwarf could do to make the new series relevant for me: stop trading on past glories. I mention in my Lemons review that too many jokes and ideas are like photocopied versions of old episodes. I’d love to see the series move entirely away from that… whilst still feeling Dwarfy.

    And that is, admittedly, a fucking difficult tightrope to walk.

    in reply to: I hate Back to Earth #211660
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Not sure where the line is. You make a good point.

    I should point out that I wasn’t thinking of your posts when I wrote that!

    Indeed, I was very much thinking of mine. I know if I’m not careful I could have the tendency to spiral out of control into fan entitlement… so it’s something I just make sure I remind myself of occasionally.

    in reply to: I hate Back to Earth #211644
    John Hoare
    Participant

    See, one of the things I loved about VII was the atmosphere. I agree it wasn’t especially funny – it felt like people trying to impersonate the sort of jokes Rob and Doug did for six series prior – but some of the mood, and tone, and atmosphere stuff was, I think, pretty marvelous. If a better balance can be struck between that and the comedy, I think VII could be a strong template for something really rich.

    See, I run into contradicting myself at this point. I’m very much a fan of a show being what it wants to be, and I thoroughly disagree with people who want shows to stay the same and never change. I believe I’ve defended the later Buffy seasons on this charge before, for instance.

    But when it comes to VII… no, I don’t go with it. The very things which drew me to Dwarf in the first place are changed or missing… and I can’t go with what’s left.

    Why that is a tricky one, and after ten years of this fucking site I’m still not entirely sure I can put it into words. Partly I just don’t think the writing and actors suit a more drama-led approach. But it’s partly that Red Dwarf is special to me *because* it fuses audience sitcom and science fiction. With VII taking a step away from that – I mean, it has the laugh track, but inevitably it has a different feel when the audience isn’t actually THERE – it just turns into something I didn’t sign up for, in effect.

    Mind you, my thought experiment on this subject is always: “Imagine what the show would have been like shot like Series VI”. Some of it I’d undoubtedly like more. But then there’s stuff like the “I’ll have pasta” scene in Tikka which feels like material I’d *never* like, shot in front of an audience or not. And all the Kochanski material feels like the weakest material in the entire Red Dwarf “canon”. I despise every last thing about it.

    Having said all of that, whenever we talk about where the show will go in the future, I’m very much of the mind that Doug should do what he wants, and then see if people like it. Fan entitlement syndrome bullshit is… well, bullshit.

    John Hoare
    Participant

    I think we should be happy with what we got for X as far as direction goes. Doug was obviously really up against it and to start planning different framing etc. for various scenes probably wasn’t practical. After all, a couple of the episodes only just about came together in the end…

    You know, I’m really not inclined to cut X any slack on this score.

    This isn’t some fan project. This is a mainstream television series, with a proper budget, which was commissioned for one of the most high profile channels in the country which isn’t an old terrestrial. It was put in a primetime slot. It’s one of Dave’s most high-profile original commissions, if not their *highest* profile original commission. Sure, the producers would have liked a higher budget, but that’s pretty much true of any programme makers anywhere.

    To critique Red Dwarf X without holding it to the very highest standards is patronising to the show, as much as anything. It should be some of the very best television out there. I give it no quarter.

    in reply to: I hate Back to Earth #211616
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’d have to go:

    X > VIII > probably BTE > probably VII, though swap those last two around depending on how annoyed about BTE I am that day

    That is less a comment on VIII, and more a statement of my absolute hatred of VII. My grandma’s funeral had a funnier comedy atmosphere.

    in reply to: I hate Back to Earth #211565
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I have an opinion on Back to Earth.

    But you don’t wanna hear it right now.

    John Hoare
    Participant

    One of my favourite DVD features is the full-length Back in the Red

    You may enjoy the final part of my Xtended Revisited series being published tomorrow, then.

    Or you may want to go and run into the road instead.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #211208
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Dirty Feed celebrates April Fools’ Day… with a BBC Micro version of Mornington Crescent:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/04/acorn-fools-day/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #211165
    John Hoare
    Participant

    You planning any more podcasts? I enjoyed those…

    Hooray! Thanks.

    I definitely have podcasts planned – I just want to make sure I can commit to a run of them rather than just shoving out the odd one with no proper releaser schedule to it. Hopefully this year, but I’ve said that since 2013…

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #211068
    John Hoare
    Participant

    A little piece I’ve written about radio jingles:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/03/jingle-history-101/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #211004
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Just remembered I never linked to my latest article here, about what John Cleese dislikes about Fawlty Towers:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/02/11-things-wrong-with-fawlty-towers/

    (Weirdly, this got retweeted and linked to by quite a lot of people, and is probably the most-read article ever on Dirty Feed. Apparently, my best work is stuff where I just crib a load of quotes off John Cleese and have my own contribution be as minimal as possible.)

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #210890
    John Hoare
    Participant

    New Dirty Feed post – why TV channels go wrong, and why it’s nothing to do with “automation”:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/01/on-automation/

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #210863
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Thank you all!

    G&T will update soon – I believe we have at least one Dwarfcast in the can. We’re all a bit busy with other stuff at the moment, but two more High & Low pieces are next on the agenda too.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed #210859
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Update on Dirty Feed, about Comedy Central and Twitter:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2015/01/comedycentraluk/

    Admittedly, not quite as shit as @RedDwarfHQ, which is possibly the most stupid thing to have ever happened with anything ever.

    John Hoare
    Participant

    I still think Danielle Ward would be *perfect* for Red Dwarf. She’s a fan of the show, too.

    in reply to: So, what do the whipper snappers think of the show… #210679
    John Hoare
    Participant

    A family member was talking about watching Red Dwarf recently. He turned to me and said “You like Red Dwarf don’t you?”.

    “It’s complicated” I said.

    I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN. I always feel I have to qualify it.

    Mind you, you don’t have to get me talking about Hi-De-Hi! for long without me proclaiming the first three series are the best, either.

    in reply to: So, what do the whipper snappers think of the show… #210672
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I was talking to someone the other day who has just retired from working in BBC presentation/transmission, and had been there since Red Dwarf’s very first episode.

    She thought it went shit from VII.

    in reply to: Any of these worth watching? #209630
    John Hoare
    Participant

    MEXICANS

    in reply to: Animal Crossing: New Leaf #209458
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Oh look, it’s another annoying link to Dirty Feed. It is relevant, though:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2013/11/mom/

    in reply to: JUST READ IT, COLIN #209448
    John Hoare
    Participant

    MANI506: Yeah, it all goes WRONG then. That’s another article I mean to write at some point.

    Phil: a) Thanks! and b) I actually thought similar once I’d finished it. Not sure I’d manage to find enough interesting to say that wouldn’t be repeating myself, but I might do a couple more at least.

    Definitely doing some more sitcom reviews over on Dirty Feed, anyway!

    in reply to: IT Crowd Series 4 #209328
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Douglas shouting “Check your privilege!” made me laugh A LOT. Series 2 seems so far away – these days, Matt Berry is my favourite part of the show, and he never used to be even close to that. That’s as much to do with me clicking with Matt Berry as much as anything else, though. (Can’t wait for the series of Toast of London later this month – I thought the pilot was great, and I’m hard to please with new comedy, especially single-camera.)

    Anyway, with The IT Crowd, I was very drunk whilst watching it, so can’t give a proper well-considered opinion – but on first watch, it felt like it was cut extremely fast. I would have liked it to slow down occasionally. Especially with it being a final episode. The final revelation about the fate of our heroes seemed to finish before it had even been started.

    in reply to: Animal Crossing: New Leaf #208816
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I won the Bug-Off.

    Same here, with 100 points.

    But I was at a TV recording at 6pm so the ceremony was cancelled :-(

    in reply to: Yes, Prime Minister audience recording report #207063
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Couldn’t bring myself to start another thread, but after a bit of a quiet patch, I’ve been updating Dirty Feed again recently. This is the KIND OF NONSENSE YOU MIGHT EXPECT:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2013/04/four-channels/

    in reply to: Extended Blackadder II Theme #206141
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Fun Fact: ’tis the same guitarist who did the mental Red Dwarf opening. Tom Blades (possibly the best name for a guitarist in existence)

    I did not know that! Interesting. Nice that the extended version has a bit more of him going a bit insane.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf is Back on Netflix Streaming, but… #205656
    John Hoare
    Participant

    KISSING IS THE SAME AS SEX

    IT MAKES ME DO A NAUGHTY

    in reply to: Christmas Compilations? #205036
    John Hoare
    Participant

    in reply to: Odd Dwarfy type things. #204906
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Thanks all. I’ll definitely write an article on those Dwarf text adventures, then…

    in reply to: Odd Dwarfy type things. #204899
    John Hoare
    Participant

    This that I have just written seems suitable for this thread:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2012/12/oh-a-magic-door/

    (Posted on Dirty Feed rather than G&T just because it seemed to suit better. NO CONSPIRACY.)

    in reply to: GTA V #203845
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I think Roman might be my single favourite character in any GTA game. The fat fuck.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed Podcast #203831
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Short follow-up to the last podcast:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2012/11/this-is-5ng-calling/

    in reply to: GTA V #203809
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I dunno, though. I keep hearing GTA IV is overly-serious – and yet characters like Roman and Little Jacob have some of my favourite comedy moments in the whole of the series.

    Agreed that Vice City is best, though.

    in reply to: Old series fans take on X #203773
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It does seem to be the most divisive episode of a divisive series.

    It’s the only episode I really, really like.

    in reply to: Old series fans take on X #203696
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ve seen a fair few people outside fandom cite their least favourite episode this series as Lemons.

    in reply to: G&T 55 Banner Project #203461
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Cool, I just got this particular one for the first time!

    http://www.ganymede.tv/images/headers/random/slightlyrare/banner2004-2006.jpg

    Oooh, that’s one of mine! I used to do them before Danny started working his magic. That’s one of my favourites I did too.

    in reply to: GUEST STARS FOR RDXI ? #203119
    John Hoare
    Participant

    DANIELLE WARD.

    in reply to: USA fans Crap Treatmant #202481
    John Hoare
    Participant

    YOU ARE A TIT LYNDSAY

    in reply to: Oh piss! #202347
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I HATE MY LIFE

    in reply to: Yes, Prime Minister audience recording report #201798
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Just out of curiosity, are you talking about things you have written on here, employers checking G&T or something?

    Things written on here, yeah. And Noise To Signal and Dirty Feed too.

    I’ve commented under aliases before – mainly because everyone else was using a handle – but for actual writing, no matter how unimportant, it just felt wrong. If we’re going to be pretentious about it, I suppose it’s because I’m pretty much the same person online as off, so using my real name for everything just seemed the obvious thing to do, somehow.

    I should point out that I’m just talking about me, not any kind of general point that EVERYONE SHOULD POST UNDER THEIR PROPER NAMES, or anything. There are things I can’t talk about online now BECAUSE I use my real name for everything. In some ways, I could be more honest under an alias. But then using your real name has advantages too.

    To my knowledge, no employer has ever checked G&T. I could defend everything I’ve written here; in fact, I’ve included it on CVs before. I hope everything I write here would come across positively because I show a passion for television. But there’s always a risk someone will take against it.

    (One safeguard I always use: I never talk about my current job publicly online. That’s a bit of separation which feels eminently sensible.)

    in reply to: Yes, Prime Minister audience recording report #201780
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Yes, the thought that they were just using aliases had crossed my mind – although I’d be surprised if everyone I used to know was. Interestingly, ALL my best friends now use their real name online, at least for certain things.

    I sometimes wish I’d used an alias online, and it certainly would have helped under certain circumstances. But it never really felt right to use one against my writing, somehow.

    in reply to: Yes, Prime Minister audience recording report #201771
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Not worth starting another thread for, but I wrote this yesterday:

    http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2012/09/lost/

    I’m interested whether anyone here has had the same – quite a few people have told me similar stories…

    in reply to: Rare Vanessa Feltz interview with Bobby and Norm 99 #201764
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I tried to watch a bit and felt massively ill.

    BRILLIANT opening caption, though.

    in reply to: Rare Vanessa Feltz interview with Bobby and Norm 99 #201725
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I do really want to see it.

    I can’t quite tell you why.

    in reply to: More extras passed at the BBFC #201722
    John Hoare
    Participant

    MEN BEHAVING BADLY INTERJECTION.

    That lost pilot is a Comic Relief sketch, with the show in the style of a 70s sitcom, rather than an actual lost pilot.

    MEN BEHAVING BADLY INTERJECTION ENDS.

    Annoying, considering there IS an unreleased pilot for Men Behaving Badly. There were some clips on a Radio 4 documentary a while back.

    in reply to: Rare Vanessa Feltz interview with Bobby and Norm 99 #201721
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Still processing. Hmmm.

    in reply to: Thoughts on Rob Grant #201720
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I believe the reason given at the time was that it also referred to the “grave-robbing the archives” nature of the boxset. You may or may not buy that.

    To be honest, I love Bodysnatcher so much I’m pleased it got pride of place. I remember thinking that it would probably be an interesting curio, but I was looking forward to the other stuff on the disc more – the documentaries especially. I was astounded at how much I loved it.

    in reply to: More extras passed at the BBFC #201689
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The length of recording for Episode 2 was perfect.

    Ep 3… well, could have been rather better. Slightly complicated guest set, though.

    in reply to: More extras passed at the BBFC #201686
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It really didn’t feel that long during the recording. Although that’s partly because of a GREAT BIG MISSING SEQUENCE at that point.

    (Also, sitcom recordings *never* like they’ve shot enough in my opinion, and yet they always do. Had the same with IT Crowd recordings.)

    in reply to: Red Dwarf X Broadcast in the USA #201671
    John Hoare
    Participant

    We’ve also geo-blocked Saturn. Just because.

    This is the first time a Dave-written thing has made me laugh.

    in reply to: VII FIlmic Removal #201631
    John Hoare
    Participant

    That's The Joke

    in reply to: VII FIlmic Removal #201621
    John Hoare
    Participant

    THIS IS A BORING TOPIC

    in reply to: Craig was on Loose Women (again) today… #201574
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Oh pissing mobile sites

    http://www.thepisstube.com

    in reply to: Thoughts on Rob Grant #201496
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It’s odd. Rating both Bodysnatcher and Identity Within in terms of the actual quality of the shows is peverse, really – a bit like rating deleted scenes on how good they are. It’s not really the point – the point is how interesting they are, as a glimpse into Dwarf that could have been. In that respect, they both succeed superbly.

    Oddly, though, Bodysnatcher does go beyond that for me – into a fantastic episode of Red Dwarf. I didn’t actually expect that. Identity Within… doesn’t, shall we say. But that’s the luck of what comes out of the dusty drawer.

    in reply to: Thoughts on Rob Grant #201491
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I love Bodysnatcher with every fibre of my being. Need to do a proper review of it, actually – the site doesn’t really have one. (Mind you, it doesn’t have a Back To Earth review either!)

    I did do this podcast on it, though. Nothing here that people don’t already know in there – but I wanted to try and get it out there to a wider audience.

    in reply to: Back to Earth isn't Shit #201468
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Having watched Blade Runner since, yeah I felt I enjoyed It more so. But I’ve never swayed from It, I always thought It was excellent, and I’m rather gutted to find that nearly ALL my friends who like Red Dwarf detest Back To Earth with a passion – So much so, I’ve literally had to fight tooth and nail to persuade them to watch the new series, constantly getting ‘If It’s like the last one, I wont fucking bother’ thrown back In my face.

    This does bring up something odd – because I’ve had exactly the same. Everyone I’ve talked to about Back To Earth outside fandom – they hated it without fail. Including one person who doesn’t seem to get passionate about anything… but got very passionate when I got onto this subject.

    Not that I’m saying the people I know are necessarily representative of the general audience, mind!

    (What I also found strange is how few questions there were about Back To Earth at Dimension Jump XV, considering how many fans loved it. But then I’ve complained about fans not being interested in the DVDs before either, so I don’t think that proves much beyond a lot of fans being RUBBISH.)

    in reply to: Back to Earth isn't Shit #201465
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The problem with the dramatic bits in Back To Earth was that – for me – they didn’t earn them by being extremely funny as well.

    Without wanting to sound like a stuck record, this is something Hi-De-Hi! does perfectly.

    in reply to: THE PRESS!!! #201295
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ve still got a bizarre memory of what I imagined Out of Time to look like with Series One aesthetics.

    I have something very similar – I always think the “To Be Continued” at the end is in Microgramma like the Series 1-3 closing titles, due to seeing a clip and reading about it in some weird order or another.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed Podcast #200735
    John Hoare
    Participant

    How was the Donnington Collection? I’ve been there, probably had more cars in when i went it was after the Damon Hill era.

    I can’t remember a bloody thing about it, sadly.

    I DO remember going to Rollers, and trying to play pool whilst still wearing my roller skates, whilst a group of people gathered round to have a good laugh.

    in reply to: Dirty Feed Podcast #200484
    John Hoare
    Participant
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