Gotham is a US TV series shown on Channel 5 in the UK. As the name may suggest to the nerds amongst you (my people!), this is based around the fictional city made famous by Batman, and part of the DC comics universe.
This is no dark knight on TV. Instead, what we have is something original. The life of Detective Jim Gordon back when Bruce was but a bat-ling reeling from the bloody deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne makes for a compelling crime drama with an intense and beautiful Gothicism that pervades the very fabric of the setting. There's also intrigue here - the mafia of Gotham faces many a power struggle - and some soon-to-be familiar faces. Baby villains include Selina Kyle (aka Cat,) Ed Nigma (still just a lab tech obsessed with riddles,) Ivy (less poisonous and a far more tragic figure in her large green sweater and matted red hair,) and the Penguin.
Penguin has to be one of the main selling points of this series. A delightfully warped and Addams-family-esque individual played to absolute perfection by the young one-to-watch Robin Lord Taylor. There's something so very brilliant about the way the character is put together that you just can't look away. The Jim Gordon/Penguin frenemy relationship is both unnerving and endearing, giving you the same 'two sides of the same coin' dynamic that is traditionally monopolised by Batman and the Joker.
Honourable mention must go to Jada Pinkett Smith as the cruel crime boss Fish Moony, and Donal Logue as jaded and flippant detective Harvey Bullock.
And then there's Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie.) The straight-laced beating heart of the show, Gordon is the picture of integrity in a city that is drowning in crime and corruption, and he doesn't care who he ticks off.
Believe me, this show is worth the watch
If you have ever been lost at night on a country road you've never seen before, you'll probably get a kick out of this low budget psycho drama from Ireland. I certainly have (Alabama, not County Cork) and panic can quickly set in, especially for women. Getting lost in the forest is scarier still and so why not mix the two? Nothing creepier than the wind in the trees and you cant see the path out.
Director Jeremy Lovering (mostly TV work) gets his first crack at filmmaking here and certainly nailed rule number one – deliver a cool trailer to promote your movie, voted Best independent film trailer of the year no less, as well as Lovering earning a directing award from the British Independent Film Association for In Fear. I fully support low budget British film and will review everything I can now that their showcase of Blockbuster Video has gone. If just one of you guys rents or downloads this movie because of me then I have done my job to support our guys.
Young and attractive student age couple Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert) have been dating for a couple of weeks now and off to a music festival in Ireland in the car. Tom plans to take Lucy to the discount Kilairney House Hotel on the way, which he booked online, hoping for a ‘little action’ with the sneaky add on. Before making their way to the hotel, the couple stops at a pub and a seemingly minor confrontation occurs between Tom and some of the locals.
The hotel is cheap because it’s hidden away in the sticks on a series of remote roads in the Irish countryside, Tom and Lucy going in circles despite following the signs on increasingly rural and narrowing roads. Their satnav has also stopped working. It eventually dawns on them that they keep returning to the same point no matter which route they take and are unable to find their way back to the main road. They are well and truly lost.
As dusk descends and the skeletal autumnal trees claw at them like the rising tension in the car strange things begin to happen, including Lucy spotting a man in a white mask and items from their car somehow ending up scattered in front of them on the road as that dusk turns to darkness.
While speeding down the road away from the lurking presence, Tom clips a man in the road. He and Lucy pick up the chap, who says his name is Max (Allen Leech). Max also claims to be under attack by the same people stalking the couple and hops in the back seat, bloodied and not slow on coming forward on how to get out of Dodge.
With an 83% critic’s approval rating but just 40% of the audience keen its one of those films. The critics are looking at the filmmaking and performances – for the budget – whilst the audience wants to be freaked out and entertained with lots of story and thrills. Not a lot of money can’t always deliver that. But fair play for what they have delivered on very little and this taught and creepy little tale starts well.
It's nicely constructed with a cloying atmosphere of ever-increasing dread as darkness and torrential rain begin to fall but tales off towards the conclusion of its quixotic ending that slightly tempers its achievements to that point. Writer/director Lovering simply couldn’t end his film and went for ambiguity over a nice neat bow that explained the bits we were not quite sure about. Is this simply the local travelers terrorizing two townies or is their supernatural going on? That is left up to you it seems.
For the most part In Fear, largely improvised with the unknown two leads only broadly aware of the general direction of the story, is a quiet triumph. The kids behave like kids lost in the boonies and they bring across that growing panic battling with their youthful bravado. He wants to impress her by dealing with the increasingly deteriorating situation but also not let on he is crapping himself. It’s not a bad little effort and very much a film of two halves and you should give it the benefit of the doubt for its Twighlight Zone set up and atmospheric creeps and check it out if it pops up on demand somewhere.
Channel 5 (Five) is the youngest of the five major terrestrial channels in the UK. It was originally launched in 1997 so it has been around now for 13 years. The channels popularity slightly increased as it improved its programming schedule and included more interesting and entertaining programmes but recently has gone back down a bit again. It was never really going to be the most popular television channel and it's audience share has hovered around 5% for much of it's existence. Originally it had a quite a few problems with reception and many people could not actually receive the channel or it was not very clear. There may still be some issues for people but not as many as there were at the start due to the increased use of digital and satellite television. The channel was known as channel 5 until 2002 but re branded with the name five which is the current name of the channel.
Five currently has a range of programmes on it. It is not my favourite channel by any means but it does have some programmes which I do sometimes watch. The morning shows during the weekday include the likes of The Wright Stuff which provides topical debate on some of the latest news stories and issues. There is also Trisha Goddard which is a talk show which is much in the same idea of Jeremey Kyle but a bit toned down in nature. I am not a huge fan of American TV drama shows but these have been on Five as well and have been popular. These include the likes of CSI , Law and Order and Prison Break. The channel also shows Australian soaps Neigbours and Home and Away. Neighbours having been poached from the BBC. The channel also has some sports and has coverage of American sports such as baseball. It also has coverage of some European football (Europa League which was formerly known as the Uefa Cup). It also has cricket highlights from England matches. The channel also has some decent films on from time to time.
This channel has some good programmes and it is one that I watch from time to time. It did well to get shows such as CSI and Prison break which helped to increase it's popularity after a relatively slow start. It has though got alot of programmes and content which seems like it is used to fill in the gaps.Overall I would give it 3/5 stars.
When Channel Five begun, they quickly amassed quite a tawdry reputation as the worst of the five channels, and earned a lot of criticism for their frequent airing of softcore porn in the early hours of the morning. While I might have appreciated it more than many as a kid growing up in the late nineties, they're a channel that have evolved into not only a respectable, but thoroughly entertaining channel that gets more of my attention than, say, the stuffy and family friendly BBC1.
As someone who was raised on fine US crime dramas, Five is a welcome getaway from the rather dreadful British dramas we're subjected to, and they have gained a reputation as the home for these sorts of programmes, with CSI, NCIS and best of all, The Shield, all being regular fixtures on their channel. Also, they air a lot of films, and aren't afraid to push the boat out in regard to violence, language and swearing like some other channels, making with a channel for the thinking man's TV watcher who doesn't want to be wrapped in cotton wool.
The channel also panders to less discerning tastes with the Aussie soap Home and Away, but frankly this doesn't bother me as it doesn't cloud their programming schedule, and demonstrates that they aren't elitist or exclusive in any way. While I will never watch Five as much as Channel 4, their recent re-branding as "Five" has helped their image, and their fresh and exciting imports give them more appeal to less middle-minded viewers.
The real drag before digital came in was that many people couldn't pick up Five for some reason, but thankfully that has been alleviated in our digital age, and Five has also flourished to have their own sister channels such as Five U.S.
I remember when five first hit the airwaves, it launched with the big coup of having secured the rights to the England vs Poland match. The picture quality was terrible due to the very limited bandwidth they had and I questioned whether this was dead before it had even begun but after some very bland programmes and thankfully after the hiccups, things have improved markedly.
So what does channel 5 offer? during the morning and early afternoon it offers the usual mix of talk shows, cooking programmes and this is not something of any interest to me. However the night time channel 5 really is an entirely different proposition as for football fans like myself, they cover friendlies and competitions such as the UEFA cup.
I am admittedly a sucker for U.S crime dramas though and in this respect, the selection and quality of the dramas is fantastic. There is the superbly crafted and delivered Law and Order and all of it's off shoots. The original and involving show the mentalist, the always bizarre but captivating CSI and the excellent prison break.
Channel 5 could be criticised for not showing enough british dramas but is has to weigh up the cost implications and secondly, I have yet to see any crime dramas deliver with the same quality and consistency as the mentioned u.s dramas.
It now competes on very equal grounds with the more well established tv channels and is testament to the fact that there was room for one more terrestrial channel. This is a very good channel and actually offers more in my opinion than most of it's older rivals.
Channel Five is quite new in the world of TV but it is fair to say it is my favourite original terrestrial channel.
Channel Five is famous for its brilliant US crime dramas from CSI to NCIS, Law & Order and previously House. Channel Five delivers what other channels never have which is to bring great crime drama straight out of America giving viewers some great entertainment which is what the yanks do the best.
Channel Five also do some Australian soap operas like Neighbours and Home & Away, neither to my liking but they keep these for daytime viewing.
Five also does some really good documentaries like Mean Machines, Big Bigger Biggest and things like Ice Road Truckers. They are very professional and make Five quite diverse in terms of program content.
Now the only downside to Five is the news, which I rarely if ever watch but sometimes forced to in-between good programs in little bulletins. I don't trust the news readers on Five and unlike the BBC it seems a bit relaxed for my liking plus the studio does not suit the situation. I think we can put this all down to the fact that Sky sort out the news for them so we can let them off.
Overall though Five is a great channel and its sister channels Fiver and FiveUSA mean that you've got loads to choose from, shame about the news but you can't win them all.
Five is a TV channel that is the fifth terrestrial analogue TV channel. It was launched in 1997 we did not get this channel till we had sky installed as like many people our TV Ariel could not pick up channel five.
As well as being the fifth and final analogue channel it was the only analogue channel to have its logo on the screen at all times, though this was removed in 2002 to return to are screen in 2007. For me the logo does not both me and I get use to it and don't see it, but for my husband he hates these on the screen as he always says they cover what he wants to see.
So what's on channel 5
Well I had to look in to this a bit as I don't remember the last time I watched a program on channel 5
In the mornings it has children's show like peppa pig, Thomas and friends and noody in toyland. My children like these shows but we just don't watch them on 5 as they all on children's channels on sky
In the day there are shows like the Wright stuff (this is a talk show but I really cant stand the presenter), news and house doctor which is a DIY show.
In the evening there are the soaps Neighbours and Home and Away I use to love these show when on BBC and ITV but since moving to 5 I believe they have really gone down hill.
They also seem to have a lot of law shows on like CSI and Law and Order
With so many sky channels I just don't feel there is any thing I want to watch on 5 maybe it would be different if I only had 5 channels as I would have more of a limited choice but for me now if I didn't have channel 5 it would make no difference to me.
The year was 1997, and back then, there were only 4 tv channel on our screens, but that was until Channel 5 came about. However, even though it was a new channel, not everyone in the UK are able to recieve channel five, and it doesnt even come with an cable company, so for some of you, it is unfortunate.
Over the years, one thing that I have noticed about channel five is that is broadcasts making shows that come from other countries, and it is very rare that there is a long running british show shown on this channel, after all the channels soap, family affiars got cancelled. Some of my favourite shows on this channel have to be the american show, CSI, and all of the shows that go with it, i.e New York and Miami, and course the brilliant Australian show Home and Away, you cant beat them, they are great, possibly better than some of our own soaps.
When it comes to Home and Away, it wasnt always shown on channel 5. About 7 years ago it was orginally shown on ITV 1 but switched due to contract issues. Now, both of the major Australian soaps, that along with Neighbours are shown on this channel are both bringing in huge numbers. Last year, there was an episode in which the UK had more viewers watching it than the australian viewers, which just shows how popular both the show and the channel are.
The other big show, CSI, has also been a big hit on the channel and always brings in huge numbers, I never miss an episode. All 9 seasons have been shown on the channel along with other seasons of New York and Miami. Even though this channel does have some good shows, it will never be able to go up against the likes of BBC and ITV, just becuase they have bigger shows and a better following. This could be attributed to the fact that not everyone can watch channel 5, but to me it is still one of the best.
This channel was launched in 1997, it's the 5th terrestrial channel in the UK. This is the only terrestrial channel that doesn't get coverage in the whole of the UK and is unavailable on cable.
The shows that are on the channel include Australian soaps neighbours (since 2008) and Home and Away, CSI, House Doctor, Zoo Days, The Trisha Goddard Show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, House, Fifth Gear and The Gadget Show among some others.
Neighbours - This was a new addition to the channel early this year, which used to be on BBC 1. The Australian soap is very popular which could help Five's TV ratings and statistics because it could attract more viewers.
Home and Away - This is the other Australian soap which is also on Five.
The Trisha Goddard Show - This show used to be on ITV when the show was called Trisha.
CSI - CSI is a Canadian tv series that is about a Forensic Scientists team.
There are some good shows on here but they can't compete with BBC, ITV or Channel 4 because they don't have 100% coverage in the UK like the others which means less viewers.
Channel 5 started way back in the year 1997, it was rather cheap and tacky put over the years my opinion has started to change. Some of the programs are great for the young chldren, my daughter loves noddy and fifi and the flowerpot men. If you have children and they get up early they will love this section. The sport has also improved on this channel you get uefa football which is rather good, the plus point is prison break and also some of the films shown after 9 o'clock can be better quality than itv.
Let's face it; we all know that when Channel 5 began in 1997, it had nothing. It was a channel that purely relied on cheap imports, smut and painful attempts at original programmes. It wasn't long before it gained its reputation for the cheap, seedy terrestrial, which was nothing but a complete waste of time. It's a good job it has always been free, because no one would have wanted to pay for this terrible channel. In fact, people would have been more interested in paying to not have it!.
But September 2002 saw a big change in the channel. It was re-branded as "five". Ever since, its programmes have been much better quality, and the channel now actually has something to offer, and finally might be taken seriously, rather than a broadcasting joke. Hit US imports such as Prison Break, and decent US comedy such as Two and a Half Men, are just a few of many improvements of the channel. Its audience figures have increased, and after a disastrous start, the channel is finally making some progress. Well it couldn't get any worst could it?.
But, one thing the channel did have when it was Channel 5, was great presentation. The logo, the designs and music looked and sounded great! But back in those days, presentation was all it had, because the schedule and reputation wasn't up to much. Ever since it's re-brand as "five", the schedule has improved, but presentation wise the channel is boring and pointless. I mean, plain white 2D font of the word "five" isn't what I call a logo. And is a man doing press-ups and a woman holding a dog lead, the best they could come up with in terms of presentation? They have completely lost the plot! They might as well have given the creative job to a three year old! It would be a step closer to an imaginative design!. There latest tricks before a programmes shown sees scene's that demonstrate emotions, but these dont even display the channels so-called logo! and is it really necessary to spell out the emotion there trying to show during the scene, for example a bunch of race dogs racing round a track, do we really need them to spell out the word fast?, I mean we arent physically stupid? FIVE- We get the point! But I suppose there latest attempts are better than five's other ideas since being "five", but still are nothing special compared to the bright and colourful designs it once had. And what's happened to the news? It was credited on its new and modern way of presenting news (remember Kristy perched on a desk while telling the top stories?), but now, it seems to be more formal, with the presenter sitting down while telling the news. One and probably the only quality channel 5 ever had was it's fresh approach to news! Now it's news style is just getting too similar to other channels!.
"fives" presentation may have gone down hill, but it has managed to shake off its smutty reputation that it once had, and its schedule now is much better. Now all it needs is a team of people that have actually got an imagination, in order to think of some interesting designs and a logo for the channel.
Will Channel 5 ever big big? I do not know when it was when Channel 5 launched a few years ago with the Spice Girls, but Channel 5 has always been full of rubbish, and have finally decided to do something right and get rid of family affairs (title of programme doesn't even deserve capital letters). Actually I am wrong they did do something right a few years back and got CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) on Channel Five but that eventually got very boring. They have also replaced Jonathan Pearce with John Barnes, but even that has bad effects on TV, Jonathan Pearce is now a commentator on Match of the Day on BBC1. Lets just hope the 75 words I have to write for this review I have reached because I am tired of wrting this review of Channel 5 already.
Hi and thanks for reading this review on the little girl Hayley Okines and her condition Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome.
Possibly some people would have watched the television programme last night on channel 5 (09-05-05) If you did or did not please read on.
Hayley Okines is a little princess aged 7, she lives in the UK with her family the only difference is that Hayley suffers from a condition called Progeria.
Is an extremely rare genetic disease that accelerates the aging process about seven times the normal rate. So what does that mean, It means a child who is aged 10 and they are a sufferer of this rare condition will have similar respiratory, cardiovascular and arthritic conditions of a 70 year old would have.
The condition Progeria only affects between 1 in 8 million (reported) children. There are only between 30 and 40 reported cases of Progeria worldwide to date.
To date there are only 4 case of Progeria in the UK
Features of this condition in children include dwarfism, wrinkled aged looking skin, baldness, and a pinched nose. The Childs mental ability is the equivalent to other children of the same age. Children with this rare condition are unlikely to live past there early teens, There has been one or two case where children with the condition have lived until there early twentys.
There is no cure for this condition, in fact until recent years there has been very little research.
Hope the above gives you an insight to the condition.
As I said this is about Hayley and for Hayley.
I have always kept up to date with how Hayley is doing. I read a lot in the papers about this lovely little girl and watch as many programmes I possibly can about this rare condition.
Hayley was born with the condition but unfortunately it was not diagnosed until she was one year old that was in 1999. Due to the rareness of this condition Hayley was diagnosed with several other conditions before she was correctly diagnosed with Progeria.
Hayley is still an very active little girls in many ways, She goes to main stream school and has many many lovely friends. She has met many famous people including Kylie , Brian McFadden, John Terry (Chelsea) and many more. She has been invited to many celebrity bashes including Children of Courage Awards. Hayley is well travelled as her condition takes her too many functions and seminars.
As there is no cure for this condition, Hayleys parents can only give remedies and medicines to make her quality of life as good as possible.
Hayley does this once a week at her local pool, this is designed to relax, and help pain. It is also to stop here arthritis getting any worse
People believe that an aspirin a day keeps the doc away; Well studies have shown that taking an aspirin a day can reduce Heart attacks and Strokes. Hayley takes half a 75 mg tablet a day.
There are several more medicines that Hayley does take each day, But I would prefer if you read all that in the link below.
Now I am not going to write any more about Hayley and her condition I would appreciate if you would read all about her condition on her own web site.
Ways you can help Hayley
Leave a message in her guest book
Send her a donation: Details of her paypal account are on her website
Post a donation: As above
I would really appreciate if people would visit her website and leave a message in her guest book, I am sure you will be touched when you read all about this little princess in her own words. Take the time to look at all her pictures.
The main reason I decided to write this was to raise awareness of Hayley and her condition, myself and my wife we really touched and moved by the television programme. Watching the TV programme was so moving it brought a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat.
I am only asking people to visit her site and if possible to leave a donation.
I will be donating each and every month to this worthy charity.
Thank you and please say a prayer for Hayley.
Hayleys Page: http://www.hayleyspage.com
Sunshine Foundation http://www.sunshinefoundation.org
Progeria Research Foundation http://www.progeriaresearch.org/index.shtml
I cant stress how much I am willing to help this little princess.
I have send a letter to Hayleys parents making them aware that I planned to do this review and my intention to get as many people as possible to view Hayleys website and of course raise as much money as possible
Once you read this please ask your friends and family to read it too.
God bless Hayley you little princess
When Channel Five first started a few years ago it soon got a reputation of relying on cheap American imports, even cheaper home produced programmes and a regular diet of soft porn films, soaps and repeats to fill its schedules. Not surprisingly, it was dismissed by most people as being a waste of time. However since its re-launch and name change it has become a much better channel and now does have the calibre of programmes that can tempt viewers away from the other terrestrial choices. So here are my ten reasons why you might consider watching Channel 5 Number 10- Minority Sports Five provides a good coverage of many sports that these days would not otherwise be seen on terrestrial TV. They might not be to everyone’s taste but part of the remit of this channel was to cater for minority interests. At various days during the week you can see; American Football, Kickboxing, Boxing, Australian Rules Football, Motorsports (including drag racing and bike racing), Ice Hockey and triathlon competitions. Popular sports such as golf are also covered although the focus is on the lesser events. Number 9- Documentaries Five shows one off documentaries on a wide variety of subjects. In the last few weeks we have been offered ‘The Real James Bond Gadgets’ a history of the real life high tech gadgets used by intelligence agencies, ‘Diana’s Top Ten’ a profile of Diana Princess of Wales as reflected through her record collection, ‘Killer Waves’ highlighting the danger of tidal waves and ‘Women With Beards’ an interesting investigation about differing attitudes to female body and facial hair. Other documentary series like ‘Mysteries of the Ancients’, ’Aztecs’, ‘Kings and Queens’ and ‘The Impressionists’ (painters not mimics) provide more high-brow interest. Number 8- Football Not the really big matches, but f
or your obsessive football fan there is a lot to savour. A few months ago there was extensive coverage of the under-21 European Championships, there is also late night highlights of the EUFA cup as well as the Dutch League and the Argentinean League. Jonathon Pearce’s Football night provides some in depth discussion of football issues and general league game analysis. You’ll have to stay up late though, most of these can be seen after midnight. Number 7- 5th Gear This is Five’s equivalent to the BBC’s Top Gear and it is even fronted by ex-Top Gear presenters Quentin Willson, Tiff Needel, Adrian Simpson and Vicki Butler-Henderson. The format of the show is what you’d expect, test-drives, previews of new car and motoring related issues including some more off beat ones such as the recently highlighted ‘car exorcism’. The programme doesn’t attempt to do anything radically different form ‘Top Gear’ and in the same way that Top Gear did it succeeds in presenting cars and car issues in an interesting way to both enthusiasts and casual observers alike Number 6- Films The soft-core ‘erotic’ thrillers are still there tucked away amongst the weekday late night schedule but now there are also some real blockbusters in the prime time slots. Here is a selection of the best of them over the past few weeks Analyse This- De Niro and Billy Crystal play mobster and spychiatrist respectively in a very good comedy Terminator 2- Arnie is finally Back! The Matrix- Probably one of the best Sc-fi films made in recent years Groundhog Day- Bill Murray has a recurring day. Magnum Force- Classic Dirty Harry Contact- Jodie Foster goes looking for aliens Saving Private Ryan- Excellent WW2 drama featuring Tom Hanks Number 5-Five News with Kirsty Young Channel five have always tried to be slightly different in terms of news, not that
the items covered in itself different just the tone has been changed form the stuffy professionalism of the BBC or the more populist ITN to a new more informal and youth orientated presentation. This is really news for people who are not news addicts and the more casual approach suits this kind of audience. The anchor to Five News is Kirsty Young who became famous for reading the news perched on the edge of her desk rather than behind it. Five also were the first to run short five minute news updates and different times during the evening schedules as part of the add breaks. Some might say that this was all a gimmick but at a time when newspapers, and general interest in News and news topics like politics is at an all time low any inventive attempt to access those who might be put off by the traditional approach ahs to be applauded. Number 4- Dark Angel First shown on Sky One, this is a stylish sci-fi series, a mixture between X-men and Alias. The stunning Jessica Alba plays Max and genetically engineered human part of a secret government plan to breed new super soldiers. Inevitably Max and a number of her ‘siblings escape and go on the run in a post apocalyptic America ruled by an authoritarian government. This series is high on style and production values, Jessica Alba looks great as the super human being who made a living as a cat burglar before she meets and falls for the idealistic leader of a underground movement Logan Cale aka ‘eyes only’, devoted to fight corruption and injustice. The stunt are realistic and the soundtrack high tempo and up to date, but unlike the many other designer sci-fi to hit our screens recently this does develop the characters and it has a intriguing plot, which does twist and turn unexpectedly throughout the series run. Number 3- The Shield Hard-hitting police drama doesn’t even begin to do justice to this US import. Set in a tough precinct of LA it features the
excellent Emmy Award 'Best Actor' Michael Chiklis as the corrupt cop Vic Mackey. Mackay and his team are involved in drugs running, a protection racket and even the murder of an undercover policeman but despite this they do a good job of keeping the crime rate down. This is the central contradiction in the series, how can a bad cop also be a good cop? We soon realise that all the characters whether cops or crooks are not easy to define. Even Mackey’s captain who suspects Mackay and is out to catch him will still use Mackey and his unorthodox methods when it suits him as in the first episode where Mackay violently interrogates a child molester who has kidnapped and hidden away a little girl. This series often makes uncomfortable viewing but is well acted and intelligently directed. You could say it was a ‘Hill Street Blues’ for the millennium. Number 2-C.S.I CSI stands for 'Crime Scene Investigation' and it is basically the case files of a forensic/detective team based in Las Vegas. It doesn't have any of the dark, heavy feel of other series like 'Silent Witness', this is pure Hollywood designer crime drama, although it is quite graphic in its detail of the aftermath of the crimes. It's a mixture between Miami Vice, Quincy and NYPD Blue. You have to suspend belief a little as you see them achieve miraculous results with their high tech forensic techniques but it is great fun, well acted and well made. Number 1- A Mind to Kill This is another little known gem that has been going for some time now it was first aired in 1994. It is a high quality two-hour murder mystery set in Wales starring the excellent Philip Madoc as the hard nosed. And world weary DCI Noel Bain. It has been described as the Welsh Morse but it reminds me more of Taggart. This is gritty drama where the crimes are often gruesome but the quality of the stories is consistently good, as is the quality of the ac
ting. Apart fr om the crime solving nature of the showthorugh the course of the series we follow Bain as he comes to terms with his wife death at the hands of a drunk driver and his difficult relationship with teenage daughter who is just as strong willed as he is. It works on many levels the crime mysteries are complex enough and with enough red herrings to keep you guessing and the emotional sub plots involving the main character are skilfully developed to give the show a continuity form episode to episode. This is very good piece of programme making, good enough to rival better know exponents of the genre like 'A Touch of Frost, 'Morse' or 'Midsomer Murders'. It deserves more praise than it gets and a much larger audience. Things are not perfect by any means on Channel Five (are they on any channel?) but they are getting better. The channel still suffers from the lack of well-made, high-quality in-house programmes but that is more to do with the limited budget at their disposal than a lack of imagination. It does still lag behind the other terrestrial channels in its output but at least it is improving and has ceased to be the laughing stock it once was. So there you have it ten reasons to watch Channel Five, try it out. Thank you for reading and rating this opinion. © Mauri 2002
Let us be truthful-channel 5 has produced a load of rubbish over the first 3 or 4 years of its existence. It showed outdated movies, cheap American soaps and then tried to become more serious by showing poorly made documentaries. However, recently the standard has been increased greatly by new management who have decided to rid themselves of their tacky image and invested in top quality movies from Hollywood (The Matrix and Men in black 2 amongst them), innovative new game shows and even started art shows for those who watch that genre of programme! Also they seem very interested in bringing new sports to the British audience such as Australian Rules football and the American golf circuit. It may not be everyone?s idea of top class television but it is reaching out to those people that channel 4 now have as regular viewers, the alternative market. We've also been promised a new more mature outlook, including the acquisition of older presenters and newsreaders to give a more reputable and respectable feel to the channel. This move may backfire on their newer growing audience but at least steps are being taken to improve this once ridiculous channel.