Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Quick Links

>> Ultimate Dallas
The official site for the definitive glossy soap. Includes preview clips from Justin Lee Collins’ Bring Back Dallas show.

>> Visual Complexity
“A visual exploration on mapping complex networks” – This comes across like a cross between an arts installation and a post-grad dissertation. I can’t pretend to understand it, but it looks pretty, and helps me feel marginally more intelligent just for looking at it!

>> DIY Fixit
Because it’s compulsory for all British citizens to either barbecue or put up shelves on a bank holiday weekend

>> Pirates of the Carribbean: Official
>> The Pirate’s Realm: Online Pirate games
Ahoy me hearties!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Doctor Who, Any Dream Will Do and Radio Times

>> Dr Who Online
Of the many unofficial Doctor Who sites this is one of the most popular and longest established. It’s a thoroughly comprehensive reference source for die-hard fans and features regular Q&As with cast members and production crew past and present.
But there’s also a handy beginners guide to help more recent converts get to grips with the Doctor’s adventures in the days before David Tenant and Christopher Ecclestone. From tomorrow onwards watch out for Vortextra – updated after each week’s episode with new quizzes, facts and games specific to each new story.

>> Joseph: Any Dream Will Do
As well as the timelord’s new adventures, the residents of Website of the Day Towers will also be glued to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new talent show which aims to cast a forthcoming West End production of Joseph And His Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat.

>> RadioTimes.com
The online version of the Beeb’s TV & Radio listings guide has gained a range of digital-friendly features this week, including a guide to all TV shows available for legal download, a podcast directory and detailed guides to the 50 most popular shows (such as Lost, Doctor Who, ER & Peep Show)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Fame Academy, Comic Relief & BBC/YouTube partnership

With 2 weeks to go until Red Nose Day 2007, the online activity around Comic Relief is becoming frenetic!
>> Comic Relief Does Fame Academy

Comic Relief Does Fame Academy starts tomorrow night – Watch the official site for news updates, video highlights and profiles of contestants, judges and tutors.

Noesify >> Red Nose Day: Official
>> Comic Relief on My Space
>> Noseify Your Photo
>> Red Lead – Comic Relief game for your own my Space page
As well as the official Red Nose Day site you can also befriend Comic Relief on MySpace, accessorise your photo with a digital red nose, or add the Comic Relief Red Lead game to your own MySpace page

>> BBC News: BBC strikes Google-YouTube deal
>> You Tube BBC Channel
>> You Tube BBC Worldwide Channel
>> Radio 2 on YouTube: Dermot O’Leary and the Magic Numbers
You may have already heard or read about the new partnership announced today between the BBC & YouTube. There will be three BBC channels on YouTube showcasing short BBC video clips – many of them exclusive, including video diaries from Life On Mars & Dr Who, and behind-the-scenes Radio 2 clips including Russell Brand and terrific footage of Dermot O Leary mucking around with the Magic Numbers.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lazytown

Lazytown >> Lazytown: Official Site
>> Cbeebies: Sportacus’ Workout Game
>> Lazytown on Wikipedia
As well as my regular Website of the Day responsibilities, I also consider myself to be Steve Wright in the Afternoon’s pre-school telly correspondent.
One of the jewels in the crown of Cbeebies’ current schedule is the Icelandic import Lazytown – a high-octane mixture of live action, Max Headroom-style prosthetics, CGI and puppetry. The show’s lead character is Sportacus, a self-described "slightly-above-average hero" who is charged with persuading the kids of Lazytown to forgo junk food and video games in favour of fruit and exercise.
Find out more about the series on Wikipedia, or get a flavour of the show’s exhausting but highly infectious approach to healthy living by trying Sportacus’ Online Workout on the Cbeebies site.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Send a free Valentines Message

>> Love Is Blind
Last year we mentioned the RLSB’s Love Is Blind site and the response was fantastic. The site lets you post (anonymous) romantic messages on an animated montage of love hearts. Your valentine will receive an email which links them straight to your message. The service is free, but helps to raise awareness for The Royal London Society for the Blind’s work. Also mentioned today:
>> Life on Mars
Download an animated DCI Gene Hunt for your desktop, or a use a range of sound bites from the programme as your mobile ringtone or text alert.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Ugly animals, Life on Mars video clip, Trumpton Quiz & 24 game

Uglyoverload >> Ugly Overload
Last month we drew your attention to Cutecore - a site devoted to photos of various adorable fluffy, furry and downy animals.
Ugly Overload is the yin to Cutecore’s yang – it’s the web’s premier collection of photos of creatures more likely to make you go ‘eurgh’ than ‘aaah’.

>> Media Guardian: Kids Classic Spoofed for Life On Mars
>> Watch the Life on Mars/Chigley spoof clip (Windows Media format)
>> Life on Mars: Official site
BBC One’s terrific time-travel cop show returns for a second (and final) series this spring. Fans of the show will love this clip which turns John Simm’s character DI Sam Tyler into a Chigley/Camberwick Green-style puppet

Chigley >> Trumptonshire Quiz
Most people who grew up on Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley will recall Windy Miller, Mrs Honeyman and firemen Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb – But can you name Mrs Dingle’s dog, Chippy Minton’s wife, or the very first character ever to appear on Camberwick Green?

>> 24: CTU Agent.com
Sky have created a terrific site to promote the new series of Kiefer Sutherland’s real-time anti-terrorist thriller 24. Enter your mobile number, email address and the access code 99K36F. You will then receive emails and texts from Sutherland’s character Jack Bauer and other characters from the show, who apparently need your help to apprehend their terrorist nemeses!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tedfest 07

Tedfest >> Friends of Ted: Tedfest 07
>> Inis Oirr: Official tourist site
>> Wikipedia: Aran Islands
You may have read about the row that's broken out between rival Aran Islands off the coast of Galway about who is best qualified to host a celebration of the ecumenical sit-com Father Ted. TedFest is taking place next month on Inis Mor, but residents of Inis Oirr say that their island featured in the programme's credits and Inis Mor is just cashing in. Either way, the organisers of TedFest 07 are clearly massive fans of Father Ted and the itinerary for the event is highly entertaining with highlights including Ludo Aerobics, Hide a Nun and Seek and the Priest and Nun's Five-a-Side Football Tournament.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Cold or Flu? (and Happy Days)

Fonz >> CNN: Cold & Flu Report
>> NHS Best Treatments: Flu
>> Wikipedia: Happy Days
>> TV.com: Happy Days episode guide
On Sunday the Mendoza family are going to see Happy Days legend Henry Winkler in pantomime. In preparation, last night we watched an episode of Happy Days in which the Fonz had the flu, and was hallucinating that evil-doers were attempting to surgically remove his cool.
And all of that is why today’s sites encompass both Happy Days episode guides and how to tell whether you have a cold or flu, and how to prevent or treat either condition.
All together now – ‘He’s Behiiiiiiiiind You!!!!”

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I'm Not A Celebrity, Get Me In There!

>> I'm Not A Celebrity, Get Me In There!
Many people are feeling bereft this week now that Matt Willis has been crowned King of the Jungle, and there is no more I'm A Celebrity until 2007.
Perhaps that void can be filled by following the adventures of a nice man called Mark, who is determined to become an internet celebrity in time to gain a place in the jungle on next year's series. His site will feature regular video updates as he seeks to entertain his visitors and gain the attention of the programme's producers.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Westlife, Popmaster, Andy Murray and Robin Hood

>> MyWestlife
Star in a customized version of the video for Westlife’s current single The Rose: Just type in your name, to see it appear in several scenes of the video (on a wedding invitation and in a text message

>> Popmaster Score Counter
An unofficial site to help you play along with Ken Bruce’s massively popular Popmaster Quiz in real time and keep track of your scores

>> Andy Murray (Official)
The official site for the ‘British Tennis Sensation’ gets a big thumbs up at Website of the Day Towers, for lots of lively interactive features. This week site regulars have been voting on what kind of haircut Andy should have in time for the Aberdeen Cup. ‘Short at the back, messy on top’ was the surprise winner with 43% of the vote, trouncing ‘Grade 4 all over’, ‘Trimmed and thinned but keep it longish’ and ‘Cut it myself (again)’

>> Robin Hood Games
Practice your swordsmanship and retrieve the strong box from Nottingham Castle in the latest game to accompany the BBC 1 series.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

BBC Electric Proms

Full line-up and broadcast details plus audio and broadband video from the BBC's first ever Electric Proms Season - Highlights include Paul Weller, James Brown, The Who, Jamiroqaui, The Magic Numbers, Kasabian, Billy Bragg and many many more.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Torchwood

Torchwood >> Torchwood
From Russell T. Davies and the same BBC Wales team responsible for the triumphant return of Doctor Who, comes this “sexy, dark and dangerous” post-watershed spin-off series. John Barrowman stars as Captain Jack Harkness – leader of a group of Cardiff-based renegade criminal investigators looking into human and alien crime. As with Doctor Who, the Torchwood site is rich in multimedia content, with a 360 degree virtual tour of Torchwood HQ and extensive video clips including an exclusive “Making Of” programme.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

YouTube and Video Sharing

Youtube Just as last week was a busy week for developments in the legal music downloads market, this week has seen extensive news coverage of video-sharing site YouTube.

Although the site is only 18 month old, its growth has been extraordinary – It is already visited by 1 in 8 of all UK internet users and its UK user base has grown by 478 percent since January this year.

Vimeo For the people who haven’t visited YouTube, the site does for short video clips what Flickr does for photos (Read Miles’ review of Flickr) – You can upload and share video clips, leave comments about any of the videos already published, and add clips to blogs and other websites.

YouTube users can save their favourite videos and “subscribe” to automatically see all new videos uploaded by other users with similar interests

Revver The site’s massive popularity ensure that your videos will reach the widest possible audience, but many experts consider some of YouTube’s less popular rivals to offer a more flexible or efficient service.

Well-established alternatives include Google Video and Yahoo Video, but among the best-reviewed are Vimeo (praised for speed and ease of use), Revver (who share their advertising revenue with site users) and Jumpcut (who let you edit and remix your online clips)

For more details of some of YourTube’s competitors read the following roundups:
>> Digital Video Guru: Ten video sharing services compared
>> Fabric Of Folly: Top 20 video sharing sites rated

Jumpcut And here are just a few of the last week’s headlines about YouTube:
>> BBC News: Microsoft to launch YouTube rival
>> Web User: Record industry threatens YouTube
>> MediaGuardian: The rise and rise of YouTube
>> BBC News: YouTube in 'landmark' music deal

>> More interesting YouTube links and coverage

Friday, September 15, 2006

Cow Games & Stiff Records

Milkthecow >> Cow Solitaire
>> Milk The Cow
Thanks to Emma Mason for her email challenging me to find “a good cattle or livestock-related game for the weekend”.
Cow Solitaire does what it says on the tin – It’s Solitaire with cows instead of marbles. Milk the Cow challenges you to click on as many cows as possible in order to fill your virtual bucket with milk.

Also mentioned today:
>> Stiff Nights on BBC Four
>> Radio 2 Music Club: Beginners Guide to Stiff Records
>> Stiff Records (Official)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Soap Show

Soapshow >> The Soap Show
If you're hooked on any of the British or Aussie soaps – from Corrie to Neighbours via Emmerdale and Young Doctors, this is a fantastic resource. The Soap Show is a weekly online radio show jammed with interviews, episode guides and gossip about the biggest soaps. The makers seem to have excellent access to both UK and Antipodean soap stars and there are lively discussion forums and chat rooms where fans can get together to debate storylines and favourite moments.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Mercury Music Prize, Dr Who e-Book and Back to School tips

Mercurys >> BBC Music: Mercury Music Prize
>> Mercury Prize - Name That Track

>> Dr Who - Download Mark Gatiss's free e-Book
>> David Walliams & Mark Gatiss' Dr Who spoofs

>> BBC Schools - Tips for parents
I couldn't decide what to talk about today, so I sat on the fence and chose three different subjects! Tonight from 9pm BBC Four reveal the winner of the 2006 Mercury Music Prize. BBC Music has extensive links to reviews of all the nominated albums and interviews with the shortlisted artists. There's also a good addictive audio quiz on the official site. While we wait for new Doctor Who on Christmas Day, there's a free download of a Dr Who novel from the programme's official site, written by The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss. TV Ark also has video of Mark Gatiss and David (Little Britain) Walliams' spoof Dr Who sketches. Finally, if your children are returning to (or starting) school this week, you'll find a wealth of invaluable tips and information at the BBC Schools site.

Friday, August 18, 2006

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria

Maria >> How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria
>> Singalonga Sound Of Music
>> BBC News: The Cult of The Sound of Music
Tomorrow Andrew Lloyd Webber will be one week closer to finding his Maria for the imminent West End Revival of The Sound Of Music. BBC 1’s latest reality talent show follows the legendary composer’s quest to find a new West End superstar, and this site feature loads of video highlights, episode guides and a photo competition in which members of the public are invited to re-enact scenes from the show. Meanwhile Singalonga Sound Of Music is the official site for the Sound Of Music karaoke events which turn the original film into a massive party complete with fancy dress and authentic edelweiss!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Big Bubble

Bigbubble >> Big Bubble
It’s Day 79 in the Big Bubble tank and tankmates Nat (A 24 year old Glaswegian goldfish chef) and Sarah (22, a guppy promotions girl from Bradford) are both up for eviction. You can follow developments live on the Tank Cam or discover what the tankmates think of their fellow fish in the Diary Tank. I’m hoping that ex-roadie Dave (who travelled the world with Voodoo Death Fish) will win this year’s contest.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ceefax Online

>> Ceefax.tv (Ceefax search engine)
>> Teletext Now and Then
This is more an exercise in enjoyable nostalgia than a super-useful service, but it does serve as an enjoyable reminder of text-based information services in the days after the testcard but before the internet!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Little Britain re-enacted by Daleks

Littleskaro >> Dalek Lou and Dalek Andy at the optician
>> Dalek Sebastian has a crush on the Dalek Emperor
>> Dalek Vicki Pollard don’t know nuffink about no doctor
In spite of the finals taking place this weekend in Wimbledon and Berlin, the final that I’m most excited about is the final episode of this series of Doctor Who in which the Cybermen battle the Daleks for control off the Earth.
To the best of my knowledge Little Skaro is the only site on the web to feature Daleks re-enacting sketches from Little Britain.

For more information about BBC Three’s forthcoming Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, keep an eye on leading fan site Torchwood News, or explore the official site for Torchwood House where Queen Victoria first encountered the Doctor.

Monday, July 03, 2006

David Walliams’ Super Swim for Sport Relief

Walliams >> Goosefat.tv
>> Sport Relief: Keep Walliams Afloat
At some point this week (when weather conditions are considered ‘optimal’, Little Britain star David Walliams is due to embark on his attempt to swim the English Channel in aid of Sport Relief. Sponsor David online and you could see your name appear in the Super Swim Schoal of Fame – in which an animated fish represents each one of his sponsors.
The site has video of David talking about the inspiration for this fund-raiser, plus footage of him getting “greased up” before he gets into the water.
There’s also a Keep Walliams Afloat game, in which you have to help navigate a cartoon Walliams through the Channel, avoiding sharks, submarines, coral and oil rigs!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

BBC Virtual Museum

>> BBC Virtual Museum
This site ties in with BBC 2’s People’s Museum programme which is currently running as part of Museums and Galleries Month. The programme travels the UK in search of hidden treasures and lesser known exhibits from museums around the country.
All 73 artefacts showcased during the programme will feature in the virtual museum, but you get to vote on which exhibits get pride of place in the top-floor exclusive gallery.
Today’s shortlist includes a set of original designs for the Titanic and the actual couch used by Sigmund Freud to analyse all his patients!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Soccer Aid

Socceraid >> Official Soccer Aid
>> Soccer Aid on ITV
On Saturday evening at Old Trafford an England team captained by Robbie Williams will go up against a “Rest Of The World” team with Gordon Ramsey as skipper. Both teams feature a mix of World Cup legends and celebrities, and the whole exercise aims to raise funds for UNICEF’s work to provide financial help and support to children in the world’s poorest countries.
Between them these sites offer news updates and video clips from the TV coverage plus the facility to donate online, tips on organising your own fundraising event and information about how the money raised will be spent.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Springsteen, Eurovision, Da Vinci Code & BB7

>> Exclusive Bruce Springsteen Concert Video
From now until early on Sunday morning you can watch video highlights from The Boss’ recent Radio 2 gig on this very site and (for digital TV viewers) by pressing the red button on any BBC TV channel.

>> Eurovision 2006
The build-up continues towards tomorrow night’s final in Athens, with Daz Sampson flying the flag for the UK. Once again the site features broadband video of all finalists, a downloadable score card and the latest photos and diary updates from the British contingent.
There’s also a WAP service (text EURO to 81010) promising photos, interviews & quick facts, Teenage Life song lyrics, a quiz and live scores

>> The Da Vinci Code (official)
An impressively whizzy site to go with this year’s first big blockbuster. The Da Vinci Galley challenges you to find secret symbols hidden in each of 6 Da Vinci masterpieces in order to unlock a secret area of the site.

>> Big Brother 7: Official
>> Big Brother on Digital Spy
Say goodbye to your life for the next 13 weeks …

Friday, May 12, 2006

Cybermen Links

Cybermen >> Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen
Tomorrow night, the second most iconic monsters in the history of British sci-fi return to our screens for the first time in 18 years.
  • Swot up on the history of the Cybermen on Wikipedia.
  • The Fear Factor rating on the official site will tell you how scary tomorrow’s episode will be for small children.
  • The Classic Series Memory Jogger is a useful feature that helps you find details of a particular vintage episode from plot bullet-points.
  • Cybus Corporation is a fan-created site for the fictitious organisation who feature in tomorrow and next week’s episode of the programme.
    (NB: This site may contain story spoilers for the Cybermen episodes.)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Screensavers

Holdingpattern >> Old-Style TV Clock Screensavers
>> Holding Pattern: Aeroplane window screensaver
Do you pine for the old-fashioned on-screen clocks that used to appear on BBC One and Two and ITV between programmes? Pine no more, because these free screensaver downloads can bring the glory of 70s and 80s channel idents to your computer desktop!
If you want something a little bit more dynamic to appear on your computer screen, Holding Pattern may do the trick. It recreates the view out of a window in economy class on a transatlantic flight.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Peppa Pig

Peppapig >> Peppa Pig
Yesterday at Website of the Day towers we were celebrating Ruby’s fourth birthday, so I promised that today’s site would be one of her favourites.
Peppa Pig currently airs on Channel Five and Nick Jr in the UK – it’s a hugely appealing (award-winning) cartoon series starring 5-year-old Peppa and her porcine friends and family (Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, baby brother George and his favourite toy Mr Dinosaur).
The Pig family wear clothes, drive cars, go to school or work, watch telly and play on the computer, but they also retain a few piggy characteristics including snorting and (most-of-all) jumping in muddy puddles.
The music, bright colours and simple animation style make it very popular with under-fives, but it’s also got a nice tongue-in-cheek sense of humour which makes it a favourite with the kind of parents whose tolerance for most pre-school television is pretty limited.
The site is fully animated and has video clips from the show, character profiles, a gallery for toddlers to send in their own Peppa drawings to win a prize, and a range of games which are well-targeted at pre-schoolers. Ruby and I have spent many happy hours here!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Lost World of Friese-Greene

>> Watch full episodes of The Lost World of Friese-Greene
>> The Open Road: Interactive Video Archive
Last night I finally got around to watching the first episode of BBC Two’ fascinating new social history programme The Lost World of Friese-Greene in which Dan Cruickshank travels from Lands End to John O’ Groats retracing the steps of pioneering 1920s filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene.
If you enjoyed Who Do You Think You Are you should like this too. The companion site is a fantastic multimedia resource, which makes the whole of Friese-Green’s film archive available via an interactive video player similar to the Planet Earth Explorer created for BBC One’s Planet Earth series.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Download Free Video from the BBC News Archive

>> BBC Open News Archive
You may have seen some news coverage over the last few months about plans for the BBC to open up the archives and make them available to all licence payers. The first example of this is Radio 1’s online Superstar VJ’s project (which is aimed primarily at the UK’s video DJs). This new archive initiative from BBC News is a much more mainstream exercise:  For a trial period, licence payers can download nearly 80 news reports covering iconic events of the past 50 years from the fall of the Berlin Wall, to footage of the England team prior to their 1966 World Cup victory.
(NB: Make sure you read the Rules in Brief page to understand the restrictions on how this material can be used!)

Monday, November 28, 2005

TV Genius

Tvgenius_1 >> TV Genius
There are plenty of TV listings sites available, but many of them are riddled with distracting advertising which gets in the way of finding the information you need. TV Genius takes a different approach: It’s a TV search engine, which concentrates on helping you find the times and channels for the shows that interest you, and does so with minimum fuss and distraction and at maximum speed. You can search by programme name, star or description (for example Little Britain, Alan Titchmarsh and makeover) and sign up for free email or SMS reminders of when a particular programme is due to transmit.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

20 Years of Neighbours

Haroldbishop >> BBC Neighbours
Unbelievably, Australia’s biggest ever soap opera has been on air for 20 years and that anniversary is celebrated on BBC 1 all week with the return of a bunch of much loved characters including Doug Willis, Annalise Hartman and Joe Mangel. If (like me) you’ve not been a committed Neighbours viewer since the heyday of Mrs Mangel, Bouncer, Plain Jane Superbrain and Mr Udagowa, you can get up to speed with a year-by-year timeline. There’s a section dedicated to the anniversary and a terrific Harold Bishop’s Food-Flinging Frenzy game set in the coffee shop 

See also:
>> Perfect Blend
Best of the unofficial sites featuring a really detailed anniversary section which runs down the top 20 tearjerkers, comedy moments and embarrassing moments in the show’s history.
>> Neighbours Fans
The leading forum for die-hard fans – so a great place for hints about upcoming storylines. The programme’s story editors are regular posters here, so you may find your own suggestions can influence future plot developments!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The best TV adverts ever?

Website of the Day: 28th July 2005

Visit4info_1 >> Visit 4 Info: Video showcase of the best TV and Cinema Adverts
What’s your favourite TV or cinema advert of recent years? The chances are you’ll find the video featured on this site which showcases some of the funniest or most creative adverts. It seems to be aimed primarily at the advertising industry but is still a really entertaining bookmark for home users. You can search for a specific ad by product name or type, by date or by key word. Alternatively you can just enjoy watching some of the featured ads from lists like Top 10 Cool Ads, Sexy Ads or Funny ads.
Miles' favourites:
>> Hi ... I'm Ray Gardener ...
>> Me Ears Are Alight

Friday, May 20, 2005

Eurovision 2005 on WAP and web

Website of the Day: Friday 20th May

Eurovision_2005 >> BBC Eurovision
The countdown continues until the start of this year’s contest in Kiev at 20:00 BST tomorrow. This year‘s site features broadband video of all 39 entrants, language and trivia quizzes, a downloadable score card and the essential Terryisms Generator, in which an animated TOG-meister will provide a eurovision-friendly quip or observation for every mouse-click.

For the first time this year, there’s also a dedicated Eurovision WAP service, which enables anybody with a WAP-enabled mobile phone to get instantaneous Eurovision coverage even if you’re nowhere near a TV or computer. To access the WAP service simply text Eurovision to 81010 (Max charge 15p). The WAP service promises Javine photo galleries, lyrics to Touch My Fire, a full broadcast schedule, guide to all 39 contestants and much more.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Desperate Houseflies

Website of the Day: Wednesday 18th May

Houseflies_1  >> Desperate Houseflies
If you’re enjoying Channel 4’s post-modern glossy soap, you’ll almost certainly love this strip-cartoon spoof starring six suburban houseflies living in a picture-perfect neighbourhood called Diphtheria Lane. These character profiles give you a good idea what to expect:
“Lynette regrets giving up her free-wheeling lifestyle to raise a pile of undisciplined little maggots.
Former pesticide commercial model Gabrielle is having an extramarital affair with a blowfly in the garden.
Bree thinks patterning her life after the flies in Martha Stewart's garbage is the road to true happiness.”

and so it goes on....

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Make Your Own Childrens TV Icons

Website of the Day: Thursday 12th May

Makeabagpuss_2 >> Make Your Own Bagpuss Pajama Case
>> Knit Your Own Clanger
I find it therapeutic to chop vegetables and iron cotton handkerchiefs, but I have several friends who assure me that nothing is as soothing and therapeutic as knitting, so what better to knot than your very own moon-dwelling aardvark-resembling children’s TV icon (That’s a Clanger to you and I). The instructions for making your own Clanger appear to have been put together by series creator (and legendary cult TV auteur) Oliver Postgate. When you’ve successfully knitted a Clanger, try expanding you portfolio by following the instructions from the first Bagpuss annual, in order to assemble your own home-made saggy cloth-cat pyjama case. See also:
Bagpuss on BBC Cult | The Clangers on BBC Cult | Official Oliver Postgate

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Mr T and Me

Website of the Day: 3rd May 2005

Mrt >> Mr T and Me
The A Team may no longer be in production, but the abiding influence of Mr T (the former wrestler turned actor, role-model and fool-pitier) lives on. This site is primarily an online museum, showcasing an extraordinary collection of Mr T memorabilia. From home-made pez-dispensers to “squirt ‘n’ fun cameras” via (of course) cuddly toys, there seem to have been few merchandising opportunities left unexploited by the purveyors of the T brand. A revelation!

Friday, April 29, 2005

Exterminate

Website of the Day: Friday April 29th

Dalek >> Dalek Links
Whatever your online dalek needs, you’re likely to find a link for them here. The delights on offer from this site include (but certainly aren’t limited to)
• Disco Dancing Daleks   • a Dalek opera   • How to build a Dalek
• Where to buy or hire one   • How to tell if the Dalek you just bought is real
• 101 things to do with a dead Dalek   • Dalek Chess
                               • Dalek fonts for your computer   • On-line Dalek jigsaw puzzle
                               • Are You A Dalek personality Quiz

Friday, April 15, 2005

Friday games: Code-breaking and muppetry!

Website of the Day: Friday 15th April

Gonzo >> The Interpretor Game: Help prevent an assasination attempt on a foreign VIP
>> The Great Gonzo's ridiculously dangerous and downright fooolish stunt game
Two games for your enjoyment this weekend. There's a rather addictive strategy game on the official site for Nicole Kidman's new film The Interpretor: You play a special agent who has to help foil an assassination plot. This one should appeal to anyone who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code as it's all about foreign languages, cryptic clues and code breaking. Meanwhile, to help maintain the Steve Wright In The Afternoon muppetry rating, the Gonzo stunt-game features our favourite tap-nosed muppet being fired from a cannon into a large bucket of water. Your role is to adjust the cannon's fire-power and velocity to make sure Gonzo doesn't miss his target!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Doctor Who

Also mentioned today:
>> Official Doctor Who
The official BBC site tells you pretty much everything you could wish to know about the new series and the classic series. Very definitely a labour of love. Do post comments here after the programme on Saturday - I'll be interested to hear what you thought of it - I think it looks great!

Friday, March 18, 2005

Justice for Kirsty

Website of the Day: Friday 18th March 2005

Kirstymaccoll_2 >> Justice for Kirsty
Tonight at 1140 BBC2 is screening a documentary called Who Killed Kirsty MacColl. The programme charts Kirsty’s mother’s attempts to investigate the real circumstances of Kirsty’s death four years ago in a powerboat accident off the coast of Mexico. The Justice for Kirsty campaign site tells the story in full and explains how you can support the campaign.

Kirsty MacColl fans will also be interested to know that several of her albums have just been reissued with bonus tracks (including the rare Titanic Days, which includes fan-favourite Soho Square) and there’s a box-set due at the end of the month featuring previously unreleased material.

Related Links:
>> BBC Four: Who Killed Kirsty MacColl
>> Freeworld (Official Site)
>> Kirsty on ZTT Records
>> Kirsty on BBC Music

Friday, March 11, 2005

Red Nose Day 2005

Website of the Day: 11th March 2005

Rednoseday >> Official Red Nose Day 2005 | >> Red Nose Day on bbc.co.uk
>> Comic Relief Does Fame Academy | >> Donate Online 
You may have heard us talking earlier this week about the online games created for the Red Nose Day Viral Challenge but by the far most important thing you can do on the official Comic Relief site is donate online. You’ll also find information about school activities, Fame Academy, video clips of some really poignant films showing exactly how your money is spent, an animated history of the red nose and a wealth of fund-rasing ideas and suggestions.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Chip Cartoon Characters

Frylock Yesterday in the course of our conversation about National Chip Week Steve asked if a chip or French fry has ever ever had a starring role in a film or TV series. So a resounding hats off to listener Paul Callow who emailed to to tip us off about the existence a crime fighting box of chips named Frylock. Frylock is one of the stars of an overnight show on Cartoon Network in the US called Aqua Teen Huger Force. More info on the Cartoon Network site.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Eastenders Valentines

Website of the Day: Monday February 14th 2005

Walford_valentines_1 >> Eastenders Valentines
Although life can get pretty bleak in Walford, there’s certainly a lot of lurve in the Square… This special Valentine’s site includes a Walford personality love quiz, the chance to vote for your dream Albert Square valentine, video clips of classic Eastenders kisses and weddings, a range of Valentines E-cards and a romantic Alfie Moon wallpaper download!

Monday, January 17, 2005

Puppets against Terrorism

Website of the Day: Friday 14th January 2005

Teamamerica >> Team America: World Police
Those of us who grew up watching Thunderbirds may have been rather disappointed by last year’s live action film. Perhaps Team America will turn out to be the film we had hoped for. This is a particularly savage (and pretty vulgar!) satire of American foreign policy from the creators of South Park made entirely with Gerry Anderson-esque puppets. The explosions may be bigger (and the language fruitier) than we remember from Thunderbirds, Stingray et al, but the voices and puppets are instantly familiar!

Friday, December 03, 2004

Celebrity Stomp / Virtual Waltzing

Website of the Day: Friday December 3rd
In the 21st Century, a big TV show is nothing if it doesn't have a good online game to go with it, so in an impressively scientific survey I've been comparing the official games for I'm A Celebrity… and Strictly Come Dancing.

Celeb_stomp_1Celebrity Stomp is the simpler of the two games.  You play a celebrity in the Australian jungle whose camp is overrun by hungry bugs – You have to stomp on them before they munch on you!

Comedancing Strictly Come Dancing: The Game starts by asking you to choose, dress and accessorise your virtual dancing couple before plotting their route across a dancefloor which looks a bit like a Snakes and Ladders game-board. The judges then score your performance for style, skill and stamina!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Farewell to Fish

Website of the Day: Wednesday October 6th

Michaelfish>> BBC Weather: Tribute to Michael Fish (MBE)
All hail the great man of British Meteorology! Today is Michael Fish’s last day on our screens as a weatherman, following 32 years of loyal service to the BBC and over 40 years with the Met Office. This site pays tribute to the man who has become a TV institution, with entertaining anecdotes about the transition from magnetic weather symbols to computerised graphics, photos and videos chronicling his (ahem) eccentric fashion choices, plus a whole page devoted to the infamous storm of 1987.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Britain's Favourite Fictional Boffin

scientists>> Britain's Favourite Fictional Boffin
This online vote is a collaboration between the excellent BBC Cult TV site and the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
The whole thing is clearly inspired by programmes like The Big Read and Britain’s Best Sitcom – The vote has already been narrowed to a final ten boffins and you have until August 20th to cast your final vote.
Each week 2 celebrities will be championing their favourite scientist, so this week Nicholas Parsons is speaking up for Frank N Furter while Kermit the Frog proposes the case for Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker of Muppet Labs. Other finalists include Mr Spock, Q, Scully from the X Files and Austin Powers’ nemisis Doctor Evil.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Big Brother with Plasticine Animals

Website of the Day: Wednesday 7th July

pigbrother>> Pig Brother on BBC Cumbria
Tying in (very loosely!) with today’s Lake District theme, people whose interest in Big Brother is waning may want to switch their allegiance to BBC Cumbria’s spoof online reality series, which stars 8 animals made entirely from modelling clay who are taken out of their natural environment and locked in an ark moored off Maryport.. Video highlights from the Pig Brother house are posted on the site on Friday mornings with text updates at least twice a day. We’re quite taken with Frank the ‘scouse frog.