Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Late thirties wellbeing theory

This from Aldous Huxley's After Many a Summer (1939):

"Directly or indirectly, most of our physical ailments and disabilities are due to worry and craving. We worry and crave ourselves into high blood pressure, heart disease, tubercolosis, peptic ulcer, low resistance to infection, neurasthenia, sexual aberrations, insanity, suicide. ... And it's the same with bodily posture: the more we worry about doing the thing immediately ahead of us in time, the more we interfere with our correct body posture and the worse, in consequence, becomes the functioning of the entire organism."

Whatever happened to neurasthenia?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tinniswood and Imison nominees announced

Nominees for the Tinniswood (best radio drama broadcast in 2009) and Imison (best original drama by a writer new to radio, broadcast in 2009) have been announced.

For the Tinniswood it's The Moment You Feel It (Ed Harris), Ivan and the Dogs (Hattie Naylor), Cry Babies (Kim Newman), Vent (Nigel Smith), and People Snogging in Public Places (Jack Thorne). If the BBC heirarchy hold sway with the judges it will be Naylor.

For the Imison we have Trying (Erin Browne), The Road Wife (Eoin MacNamee), The Lady of Kingsland Waste (J Parkes), and Fifteen (Deborah Wain). The Imison is much harder to predict, given that these are writers not yet being promoted by the BBC. My guess, therefore, is MacNamee, simply because the Beeb loves the Oirish.

We shall find out who actually wins on October 4. In the meantime, congrats to all!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Sky announces new comedy and drama

Sky has stepped up its original commissions. Sinbad the Sailor, in 13 parts, is from the makes of Primeval. The compulsory David Morrisey is given Thorne, two dramatisations of Mark Billingham's psycho police thrillers whilst the obligatory John Simm and ubiquitous Philip Glenister get Mad Dogs, which I'm guessing is an offbeat ironic thriller with comedic overtones and protagonists whose personalities are diametrically opposed. To be fair though, nobody expects Sky, at this stage of its evolution, to be cutting edge in concept or casting. It is far worse to think they probably beat the BBC to these commissions.

New US imports include sitcoms Raising Hope (from the makers of My Name is Earl) and The Middle with the guy who plays the janitor in Scrubs. US drama centres on Ride-Along from the makers of The Shield, and Lone Star about a Texan with two lives.

Overall, it's better than ITV.