Roll on a remarkable short time to 2014 and we have Benefits Street. Nothing subtle here. Basically we get to watch people living in a street where most are on benefits. Call me old-fashioned but there is something distasteful about this.
With the release of his hit BBC TV detective drama Shetland on DVD, I spoke to the Scottish actor about the show... and thoughts on being an action figure.
During the BGT auditions, Team Midas will pick three acts, the acts we believe will get to the final. Last week the fantastic Lucy Kay took one of those places. Will anyone join her tonight...let's find out.
Does TV and film influence us more than we realise? Probably. Are our brains being shaped by the violence, sex and nastiness we see on a daily basis? Most possibly. Is there a way we can stand up and shout when we see positive, surprising, heartwarming stuff on the screen as an antidote to all of the above? Yes, there is! Read on, and prepare to join in from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
Jason is a young, about to blow comedian, who has Trinidadian heritage, but his new comedy sketch show (Sniggers With Attitude/ SWA ) for London Live TV is an inclusive comedy show for the new, young, pop culture demographic.
You may have seen the heartbreaking sixty-second story: an old man takes his lovely little fluffy white dog for a walk to deliver a bunch of flowers. It transpires he is delivering the flowers to the graveside of lost loved one. The dog comforts him with a lick and they eat dinner together, with the man preparing the dog's favourite meal, Cesar.
The Met Office now has a team of space weather advisors, monitoring and forecasting potential disruption to the UK due to extra terrestrial events. By this, I mean the possible disruption to the technologies and infrastructure we all now heavily depend upon, including communications systems, power networks, satellite services like GPS, and the aviation industry.
OK, so ITV4 may not be the most high profile channel of them all, and Warren United may not be high profile enough to kick-start a movement towards more British animated comedies on television... but at least it's a start.
Last up were 79 year old Paddy and dance teacher Nico. It all started, well a bit boring...them dush, the action started. Showing that age is NO barrier, Paddy was awesome. It was so good that Amanda pressed her Golden Buzzer, meaning they are automatically through to the live shows.
Some artistic revolutions are only recognised in hindsight, some spotted when they're actually happening. Vasari knew he was living through a Renaissance, so did Brian Epstein. As Stewart Lee's 3rd television series comes to an end it's clear to me that nothing less than a one-man revolution in stand-up comedy has occurred.
Rev used to offer subtlety, humanity - the realism that we're not all types or stereotypes, that rooted on feet of clay stand individual people doing their best to come to terms with things. The beauty of Rev used to lie in the puzzlement of Tom Hollander's expression: a man bewildered by circumstance and people.
She has captivated millions with her powerful singing on Strictly Come Dancing and has echoed the thoughts of many when expressing her views on the X Factor phenomenon.
I trained for six months for my first one, from sofa to start line, as I'd never run at all before that. It was hard, very hard. I could barely do three miles. Then I realised that running isn't always a physical battle, my fight was in my head. Since I broke through that barrier of thinking 'I can't do it' I've been hooked, and there's nothing quite like the sense of achievement when you complete a run. Exercise helps me to feel in control of my body. Control was something I didn't have when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 at 34 years old.
What are they going to do in an 90 to 120 minutes of movie world time? Tell us about that one time Adama spanked Apollo for disobeying orders? A mini-collage of Starbuck kicking ass and changing the game? A Rambo-esque montage of Gaius Baltar being a raging dickhead?
I wonder if the word 'bossy' is a western term, I can't quite imagine having been in the Kiberan slums someone ever being referred to as bossy. A survivor yes, bossy, I doubt it. So, if you are fortunate enough to have strong-willed girls in your life make sure your words and actions promote their natural leadership skills, empower them not destroy them.
Knocking the BBC has become a national pastime and it's an easy thing to do because there is no other license fee funded public service broadcaster to compare it to. However, next time you are anywhere outside of the UK and you want to remind yourself of how precious our BBC really is, just turn on the TV or radio...