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All the US shows to feel the axe!

All the US shows to feel the axe!

As the US networks set out their new schedules some shows have bitten the dust. Below is a list of shows we know to have been axed or ended. A Agent Carter (FX in the UK) American Idol *Aired its final season this year.* (FiveUS/VIVA in the UK) Angel from Hell...

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Celebrity Big Brother: First impressions

Celebrity Big Brother: First impressions

Banish those New Year blues, get finding your snack of choice because guess what fellow Reality TV lovers? We are in for an absolute treat. Our treat comes in the shape of a cracking line up for the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother. I actually think...

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Big Brother Launch Night 2012

Big Brother Launch Night 2012

A look at the night Big Brother returned to Channel 5 Here we go. The daddy of reality TV is back with it’s second ‘normal’ series since moving to Channel 5. Last year was a slight disappointment with a very TOWIE approach taken with a focus on relationships, sex and...

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The Mentalist, Five

Did we like it? We're not crazy about The Mentalist but it's the sort of slick, converyor-belted US crime drama – number one in the ratings there – that's good enough to watch if there's nothing better on. What was good about it? • We quite like the premise – what if...

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Stylista, Five

Did we like it? Another pungent vomit trail retched up from the moribund guts of the reality TV show’ genre’, with the noxious stench of rehearsals, scripted responses and pantomime villains. What was good about it? The unwitting irony of the sole occasion in which...

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Minder, Five

Did we like it? It's a long time since our viewing eyes visited Five (they've got a new logo since we last stopped by) but we were curious to see this much-advertised revival of the 1980s ITV comedy-drama hit (a show that largely passed us by back then). It wasn't a...

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Going for Gold, Five

Did we like it? John Suchet steps into Henry Kelly’s brogues in this LIVE Five revival of the old BBC daytime quiz. And if these early shows are anything to go by, the live format is a very bad move. With Suchet’s performance so wooden we thought a chair had been...

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CSI: Miami, Five

CSI: Miami, Five

Did we like it? It's series six of our favourite of the CSI brands – Las Vegas has lost the plot and New York never grabbed us – and we're still loving it. However, storylines involving Horatio Caine's complicated private life always get in the way – and now he's...

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Superstars, Five

Did we like it? We like to imagine the original Superstars from the 70s as the jolly, Cambridge-educated athlete jousting for Olympic glory in the 1500m and breasting the tape ahead of a sour-faced Hun. But those impressions, as well as our jaded jingoism, are...

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Brits Who Made The Modern World, Five

Did we like it? The tale of how eccentric genius Colin Chapman essentially altered the landscape of Formula 1 motor racing through innovating a new chassis design in his low-rent workshop was enlightening enough, but the problem was, the esteemed Peter Snow aside, the...

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30 Rock, Five

Did we like it? Following Studio 60 from the Sunset Strip, 30 Rock (the title refers to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, headquarters of NBC) is another series set behind the scenes of a TV show, though it drops the drama and focuses solely on the comedy. Written, produced and...

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David Beckham’s Soccer USA, Five

Did we like it? Tim Lovejoy and his Soccer AM mercenaries have made this magazine show as good as it can possibly get, but, much like if gravity vanished from the Universe, without the titular ex-Manchester United winger, it would disintegrate into disparate atoms....

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Dirt, Five US

Did we like it? The new vehicle for ex-Friend Courtney Cox, this was a decidedly mixed bag. Cox plays ruthless tabloid magazine editor Lucy Spiller, who’s not above setting up and blackmailing celebrities in order to generate the stories to sell her scandal sheet....

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MacIntyre: Edge of Existence, Five

Did we like it? A programme in which Donal MacIntyre provided another glimpse into his profoundly uninteresting character through a largely pointless escapade to allow the Insect Tribe of Papua New Guinea to have the privilege of meeting him. What was good about it? •...

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Kitchen, Five

Did we like it? In a banquet of overblown kitchen hi-jinks drama, some of the courses were hard to swallow, but most of the meal was a tasteful/tasteless treat. What was good about it? • There was plenty of drama in a swanky Glasgow restaurant's sweltering kitchen....

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At War With Next Door, Five

Did we like it? At times this attempt to resolve neighbours-from-hell battles was intelligent, gripping and unintentionally funny but elsewhere it seemed vulgar, pointless, manipulative and ultimately futile – imagine Jeremy Kyle hosted by someone who genuinely wanted...

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Disappearing Britain, Five

Did we like it? A hybrid of Who Do You Think You Are? and The Lost World of Mitchell And Kenyon in which Sarah Lancashire exhumed rose-tinted memories of community holidays, and succeeded in making an entertaining and informative documentary. What was good about it? •...

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Perfect Day: The Funeral, Five

Did we like it? While a little contrived, overlong and melodramatic, the final part of the Perfect Day trilogy was saved by the fine acting of Claire Goose, Aidan McArdle, Tom Goodman-Hill, Claire Keelan, Bruce MacKinnon and Kate Ashfield, and more conflict (of the...

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Tripping Over, Five

Did we like it? Tripping Over didn't fall flat on its face but Five's bid to enter the youth drama market stumbled a lot before just doing enough to make us interested enough to see if all the strands can be held together as they stretch around the world. What was...

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The Girl’s Guide to 21st Century Sex, Five

Did we like it? No, we didn’t. Part titillation, part medical students’ guide to sexual health, this mess of a programme had no coherent idea of what it wanted to be. Linked by Dr Catherine Hood (a ‘Sexual Health and Relationship Expert’, apparently) this was a random...

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World’s Strongest Man

World’s Strongest Man: Super Series, Five Did we like it? The old BBC shows may have lacked the requisite ‘razzmatazz’ necessary to enliven the sight of men who appear to have been sired by the sacrilegious union of some of the lesser Himalayan peaks and an...

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