Alan Partridge Is Back.

If you are fortunate enough to have fancy non-council telly in your house then set your Betamax video recorders for 9pm tonight on Sky Atlantic for Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life.

The one hour special kicks off the brand new mini series which sees the much anticapated return of the much loved and equally hated fictional radio and television presenter Alan Partridge as he revisits his hometown of Norfolk, revealing that the only sticks he uses in life are those that are made from trees.

It’s immediately followed by the first episode of Armando Iannucci’s new politically themed comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer.

Morgan Spurlock Might Be An Idiot.

If you had this misfortune of sitting through the first episode of Morgan Spurlock’s new series New Britannia on Sky Atlantic last night, then we wholly sympathise with you.

In short it wasn’t very good and pretty disappointing and for us at least once again demonstrated the extreme difficulty Americans have understanding and identifying the difference between Britain and England, more specifically the difference between Britain and London. This basic failing was clear for everyone to see, in fact Morgan recently admitted during an interview that he didn’t have time during the shoot for the 10 episode series to visit either Wales or Ireland, yet the show is supposed to be an in-depth look at Britain.

We did learn something new which was the revelation of the existence of a ‘British accent’, however no real explanation or even a sample was provided as to what exactly a ‘British accent’ sounds like. As Scots we were also pretty depressed when we read an interview with the documentary filmmaker for TV Choice, who posed the banal question ‘Do you find Scots grumpy?’, to which Spurlock replied:

I didn’t find them any grumpier than any other Brits we met. But it was funny when we showed up in Scotland on a fantastic, sunny day, because the Scots seemed to hate it! They were much happier the next day, when it was freezing cold and p***ing with non-stop rain, because that was how they felt it should be!

That’s right Morgan we just despise the sun, we loathe it’s very existence, we’re like ginger headed vampires who simply burst into flames when sunlight makes contact with our skin, which is why we all wear heavy tweed jackets, kilts and love nothing more than standing in the rain smiling through our rotten teeth, while we count out our gold coins.





Brace Yourself. Another Game Of Thrones Series 2 Teaser.

It will apparently gallop back onto our screens here in the UK on April 2nd on Sky Atlantic and personally we can’t wait.

Judging from the short trailer above, entitled: ‘You Win Or You Die‘, it appears that Joffrey is now in full-on bastard mode. This second series will be based on George R.R. Martin’s second novel in his ‘Song of Ice and Fire‘ odyssey, ‘A Clash of Kings‘.

Game Of Thrones Has A Cast Of British Whatstheirnames.

If you haven’t been watching the amazing and highly addictive fantasy series Game Of Thrones on Sky Atlantic then we highly recommend you rectify this horrendous mistake immediately.

Based on the best selling series of books by George R. R. Martin HBO have produced what we certainly regard as not only the greatest fantasy TV series to date, but possibly one of the best pieces of television in the last 5 years. While most of the cast are British we’ve been surprised to learn exactly which actors have been used to flesh out the roles.

What follows is a completely spoiler free post, as we haven’t even included details about the characters each of the actors plays, or their subsequent relationships to others in the series. We’ve excluded Sean Bean, Lena Headly, Charles Dance and Aiden Gillen for obvious reasons.

Jerome Flynn as Brunn

Oh yes it is. We couldn’t believe the 48 year-old other half of 90s chart toppers Robson and Jerome was in this series either. This could be his best work by far…which wouldn’t be hard.

Ron Donachie as Sir Rodrik Cassel

Ron as Master At Arms in Titanic.

Best remembered in Scotland for his role in the mini series Tutti Frutti, Donachie has also appeared in Titanic , Made Of Honor, (WTF?), Disney’s Live-action version of The Jungle Book and more recently in Jason Statham’s new movie Blitz.

Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon

Probably a no-brainer for most folk. Addy is indeed famous for his breakthrough role in British comedy The Full Monty with Robert Carlyle, he also starred in A Knight’s Tale, the Russell Crowe version of Robin Hood and sadly The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont

Iain Glen as seen in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Iain Glen has been working in film and television for the last 25 years among his credits include Gorillas In The Mist, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. For us Iain’s character is by far our favourite of the entire series so far.

Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle

Jesus where do you begin with an actor who has appeared as General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, For Your Eyes Only, Cry Freedom, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets and Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade in which his death scene will probably be best remembered.

James Cosmo as Commander Jeor Mormont

His most famous role will probably always be that of Hamish Campbell’s father in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart but Scots born Cosmo has also appeared in Trainspotting, The Chronicles Of Narnia, and most recently in the biker gang TV series Sons Of Anarchy.

Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon

A favourite actor of director Terry Gilliam who cast Vaughan in both Time Bandits and Brazil. His other credits include Sam Peckinpah’s controversial Straw Dogs, but the role most people will remember him from was in The Remains Of The Day where he played the father of Anthony Hopkins’ character.

Roger Allam as Magister Illyrio Mopatis

With a plethora of credits under his belt including roles in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Queen, V For Vendetta, Allam has also appeared in numerous TV series including Ashes to Ashes but his most famous role to date is that of Peter Mannion in the political satire series The Thick Of It.

Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark

Mawle recently appeared in Philip Ridley’s Gothic horror Heartless and has also popped up in Made In Dagenham, he played The Ripper in the  mini series Red Riding but we best remember him as a security guard whose life crumbles around him thanks to a mortgage he cannot afford to pay in the brutal TV movie Freefall, which we’ve kindly posted the first part below.

Alfie Allan as Theon Greyjoy

Probably best known for being the brother of pop star Lilly Allan Alfie has also appeared in the TV movie Freefall, (see above), Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Atonement. His sister must really love her brother as she famously wrote a song about him.